Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Good Sets for Parts 13

Let's look at some of the new sets for 2017, shall we?

70904 Clayface Splat Attack -- 448 Pieces for $34.99.  Look at all those "Medium Dark Flesh" pieces.  And a Batman set coming in at $0.08 per Piece?!?

70911 The Penguin Arctic Roller -- 305 Pieces for $29.99.  Plenty of useful pieces across multiple colors.  Also an affordable licensed set.

70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack -- 201 Pieces for $19.99.  Tons of useful parts, good colors, good price.

70349 Ruina's Lock & Roller -- 208 Pieces for $19.99.  Useful parts and the bad guys for this year's release of Nexo Knights sets use Purple as their accent color.

31062 Robo Explorer -- 205 Pieces for $19.99.  Plenty of useful parts -- it is a robot after all -- and lots of Medium Azure.

31058 Mighty Dinosaurs -- 174 Pieces for $14.99.  Good parts, good colors, good price.

60152 Sweeper & Excavator -- 299 Pieces for $29.99.  Good parts, multiple colors, and it's an affordable City set.

I'll probably do another one of these as soon as Bricklink gets their Parts Lists updated.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Build Journal: Xeno-Princess

I built this because I wanted another crack at the Cheapest Biped Challenge.  I felt I could do it better and with more interesting colors.  It was named by Zeekhotep and Shades Corvid.



It's essentially just a simplified Lockon with bigger legs and longer arms.  Here's the parts list with costs.

Flat Tile 2x2 (x2) (Exact Color: Light Purple, Category: Plates, Element ID: 4615728, Design ID: 3068, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.14)

Plate 1x2 (x8) (Exact Color: Light Purple, Category: Plates, Element ID: 4654128, Design ID: 3023, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.56)

Plate 1x2 Ball Cup/Friction Middle (x6) (Exact Color: Medium Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 6043656, Design ID: 14704, Price: $0.17, Total: $1.02)

Plate 1x2 Ball Ø5.9 Middle (x6) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 6039479, Design ID: 14417, Price: $0.17, Total: $1.02)

Brick 2x2 (x1) (Exact Color: Light Purple, Category: Bricks, Element ID: 4550359, Design ID: 3003, Price: $0.13, Total: $0.13)

Plate 2x2 Round (x2) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special Circles & Angles, Element ID: 4211042, Design ID: 4032, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.14)

Slide Shoe Round 2x2 (x1) (Exact Color: Medium Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special Circles & Angles, Element ID: 4278273, Design ID: 2654, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.07)

Plate 1x2 w/Shaft Ø3.2 (x2) (Exact Color: Medium Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 4515369, Design ID: 60478, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.14)

Plate 2x1 w/Holder, Vertical (x2) (Exact Color: Medium Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 4535738, Design ID: 63868, Price: $0.10, Total: $0.20)

Plate 1x1 w/Holder (x2) (Exact Color: Medium Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 
4594238, Design ID: 60897, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.14)

Plate 1x2 w/1 Knob (x1) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Element ID: 6092572, Design ID: 15573, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.07)

Flat Tile 1x2 (x1) (Exact Color: Light Purple, Category: Plates, Element ID: 4580010, Design ID: 3069, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.07)

Brick w/Arch 1x1x1-1/3 (x1) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Bricks w/Bows & Arches, Element ID: 4210797, Design ID: 6091, Price: $0.10, Total: $0.10)

Brick w/Bow 1x4 (x1) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Bricks w/Bows & Arches, Element ID: 6042955, Design ID: 11153, Price: $0.13, Total: $0.13)

Roof Tile 1x2x2/3, ABS (x2) (Exact Color: Light Purple, Category: Bricks, w/Slope, Element ID: 4649749, Design ID: 85984, Price: $0.13, Total: $0.26)

Overall Total: $4.19


Once again, I'm thinking about putting together a squad of these to sell at PAX East.  They'd have Stations and Attachments and be ready to play, except for dice.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Polly Wants A Baggy 5

Another year and another look at what polybag offerings the Lego Corporation has for us. Once again this information is taken from Brickset.

The new Nexo Knights polybags; 30376 Knighton Rider, 30377 Motor Horse, and 30378 Shrunken Headquarters all look interesting.

I also like the Ninjago polybag 30426 Stealthy Swamp Airboat.  Creator polybags 30476 Happy Turtle and 30477 Chameleon also look fun.

Of course 30496 U-Wing Fighter is going to be a must for IO.

The Batman Lego Movie Polybags; 30521 The Mini Batmobile, 30522 Batman in the Phantom Zone, 30524 The Mini Batwing, and 5004930 Accessory Pack all look interesting but they all seem to be tied to some sort of promotion or not available yet.

30546 Krypto Saves the Day is already available in Toys'R'Us stores.

30449 Milano should be real interesting, but I feel it will be really difficult to get.

Good hunting!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Build Journal: Sentinel

Back in April of last year, over on the Hangar, Luke_BMM started the Cheapest Biped Challenge.  The point of the challenge was to build a cheap, reasonably sized biped Frame with parts available on the Lego Pick-A-Brick system.

This is my entry.  I had the initial thought of what would it be like if you combined Ball Joints with some building techniques from Zizy.



Here's the parts list with costs.

Front, 2x2, Sport (x1) (Color: Black, Category: Decoration Elements, Element ID: 4143875, Design ID: 30602, Price: $0.20, Total: $0.20)

Corner Plate 1x2x2 (x2) (Exact Color: Black, Category: Plates, Element ID: 242026, Design ID: 2420, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.14)

Flat Tile 2x2 (x1) (Category: Plates, Element ID: 306801, Design ID: 3068, Price: $0.07, Total: $0.07) Note: Since this piece will be used to differentiate the Frames from one another, I am not including a color.
Plate 2x4 (x2) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Element ID: 4211065, Design ID: 3020, Price: $0.13, Total: $0.26)

Angular Plate 1.5 Bot. 1x2 1/2 (x2) (Exact Color: Dark Green, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 6099243, Design ID: 99780, Price: $0.13, Total: $0.26)

Plate 1x1 w/Holder Vertical (x2) (Exact Color: Black, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 4517925, Design ID: 61252, Price: $0.10, Total: $0.20)

Plate 1x2 Ball Cup/Friction Middle (x4) (Exact Color: Medium Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 6043656, Design ID: 14704, Price: $0.17, total: $0.68)

Plate 1x2 Ball Ø5.9 Middle (x4) (Exact Color: Dark Stone Grey, Category: Plates, Special, Element ID: 6039479, Design ID: 14417, Price: $0.17, Total: $0.68)

Hinge Plate 1x2 (x6) (Exact Color: Dark Green, Category: Functional Elements, Element ID: 6102767, Design ID: 19954, Price: $0.33, Total: $1.98)

Overall Total: $4.47  It's not a bad price, but those Hinge Plates really killed my total.

I've been thinking about putting together squads of these to sell at PAX East.  They'd have Stations and Attachments and be ready to play, except for dice.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Review: 70372 Nexo Knights Nexo Powers Blind Bag

These are another new release to help expand the Nexo Knights line.

Bag.  I paid $3.99 for this at Toys'R'Us, which gives us a $0.40 Price per Piece.  OUCH!


Instructions.











Parts.  The Trans-color shields are neat.  The Clip Plates, Tile, and Boat Bumper are useful.  The triangular piece is going to be really useful.




There is no build because you really can't manage one from those parts.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: -15 (C).  That is a really bad score, especially for a non-licensed line.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review: 30522 Batman in the Phantom Zone Polybag

Let's start the new year out right.  These were recently released and can be found in the Seasonal aisle at Target.

Bag.  I paid $3.99 for this, which gives us a $0.07 per piece.


Instructions.










Minifig.  The Utility Belts may be useful at some point.


Parts.  Look at all that Dark Red.  Octagonal Bar Plates, Clip Tiles, Travis Bricks, Bar Claws, and Lightsaber Blades are all great.  Everything else is useful too.







Build.  I copped out and just built the set.  I figure it will make for a really fantastic looking IO Frigate.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A really good score for a licensed set.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking Back Revisited

Let's take a look back at the past year. 

I'm down thirteen posts from last year, lower than the year before as well.  I'm still holding my slightly more than three posts per week average for the third year in a row though.

The Central MA gaming group continued to meet this year.  We managed seven games together, including another one at PAX East.  We even managed two games at the same time during one of our meets.  We fizzled out after three months in a row at The Wiz though.  I'd like to maintain a more public presence in 2017 for the group.  Maybe cycle through a few other game stores to get us in front of more people.


I managed 99 reviews this year; 4 clone bricks, 7 Mega Bloks, 8 Kre-O, 13 model/toys, and 67 Lego.  That comes out to an average of 8.25 per month.  Which is an increase of 1.7 reviews per month.  I also came up with another review rating system -- which was finalized with help from Dark Cloud Blogs -- for non-Lego models.

I'm closing in on 600K views, which is roughly another 250K views since last year.  Thank you to everyone for that.  My Flickr stream is over 1.5 million views which I must thank everyone for as well.

I got to attend PAX East again, meet more great MoF0s, and play a fun game.  I'm really looking forward to 2017 as it looks like everything that was planned with Dark Clouds Blogs will take place.

See you next year!