Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: 75165 Star Wars Imperial Trooper Battle Pack

I picked this up a while ago.  I was scrambling a bit for a review to do and dug this out of storage.  As you can see, I did not pay full price.

Box.  MSRP was $14.99 for a $0.13 Price per Piece.



Instructions.







Minifigs.


Parts 1.  Hinge Plates, Plates, Round Plates, Slopes, Cheese Graters, Stud Shooter Triggers, Clip Plates, Axle/Pins, Mod. Plates w/Pin Hole, and a Grille Tile.
  





Parts 2.  Hinge Bricks, Plates, Round Plates, Round Bricks, Brackets, Hinge Plates, Slopes, Antenna, Stud Shooters, a Panel, a Wedge Plate, and a Bar Tile.

Build.  Frame (2Rd+d8/2Y).

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  The usual sort of score for a Star Wars minifig set.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Purity: Mega Bloks FWP18 Military Inventions Review

I picked up a few Mega Construx sets recently at Kmart.  They were also mentioned on the Facebook page a while back.



Box.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.







Parts.  1x5 Plates!  Sandbags, Bricks, Plates, Tile Clips, Modified Tiles, Missile Parts, "Ammo Chains", "Barbed Wire", Launcher, Projectile, Antenna, Flag, Angled Plate, and a Bar Clip.

Build.  Station or 1 Hit Cover.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At.  (0)  (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: +15 (A).  Not a bad set for more overtly military themed games.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Purity: Mega Blox FWP20 Blue Inventions Review

I picked up a few Mega Construx sets recently at Kmart.  They were also mentioned on the Facebook page a while back.

Bag.  Did I mention the bag is re-sealable?
MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.05 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts 1.  Mystery Bag and pieces. The light orange piece is flexible and attaches to the posts on the dark orange pieces.

Parts 2.  Bricks, Plates, Wedge Plates, Slopes, Brackets, Jumpers, Angled Tiles, Stadium Tiles, and Domes.






Build.  Another 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+).  Excellent price and some interesting colors.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Purity: Mega Bloks FWP24 Red Inventions Review

I picked up a few Mega Construx sets recently at Kmart.  They were also mentioned on the Facebook page a while back.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.05 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts 1.  Mystery Bag and piece.  The
brick is actually only two plates tall and reminds me of something from Tenkai Knights.

Parts 2.  Bricks, Plates, Slopes, Brackets, Jumpers, Angled Tiles, and Domes (those White 1x1 round pieces).

Build.  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+).  Excellent price and some interesting colors.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Battle Report: Cherry Blossom Forest 2

This is one of the two games that occurred last Friday.  We had three players in this game and four in another.  I still had this terrain out from the game in January so I just shifted it over to a different table.

Pete (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.  (Landsharks)
    Red Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
 
 
Blue Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W + SSR (x3).
   Yellow Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.
   Orange Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.

Tom (5 Frames & 19 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 28 points.
   Crusher Recon by Fire-- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Red -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Purple -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   Yellow -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W.


Me (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 21 points. (Thanatos)
   Orange Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Brown Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   White Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.
   Green Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.


This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.



Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): Pete's Red frame hits my Orange frame for 1.  Pete's Yellow frame closes with and burns my Orange frame for 2.  Pete's Orange frame closes with and burns my Orange frame for 3, destroying it.  Tom's Crusher frame hits Pete's Red frame for 1.  Tom's Red frame hits Pete's Blue frame for 1.  Tom's Yellow frame runs forward and hits my White frame for 1.

Pete: 42 points.
Tom: 28 points.
Me: 18 points.






Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 9): Pete's Orange frame burns my Red for 2.  Pete's Blue frame hits my Red frame for 1.  Pete's Yellow frame burns my Red frame for 4, destroying it.  Pete's Yellow frame seizes my Brown Station.  Tom's Crusher frame hits Pete's Blue frame for 2.  My Green frame hits Pete's Blue frame for 1.  Tom's Yellow frame hits my White frame for 1, climbs up the steps, and seizes Pete's Yellow Station.  My White frame moves up to the bridge and hits Peter's Blue frame for 3.  Tom's Orange frame hitss my Green frame for 2 with a SSR and seizes Pete's Orange Station.


Tom: 36 points.
Pete: 28 points.
Me: 12 points.





Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 6): Tom's Purple frame moves over and carves my White frame for 3.  Pete's Red frame hits the bridge support for 1 and Tom's Yellow frame for 2.  It does the Station Dance.  My Brown frame starts moving towards Tom's Stations and hits the tree Tom's Crusher frame is using for cover for 2 and the frame for 1.  It does the Station Dance.  Tom's Orange frame runs over and carves into my Green frame for 2.


Tom: 36 points.
Pete: 28 points.
Me: 12 points.





Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 4): Tom's Red frame hits my White frame for 2, destroying it.  My Brown frame keeps moving towards Tom's Stations and hits the tree in front of Tom's Crusher frame for 1.  Pete's Yellow frame floats over and burns Tom's Yellow frame for 1, Station Dance.  Tom's Purple frame carves my Green frame for 3, destroying it.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Tom: 36 points.
Pete: 28 points.
Me: 6 points.






Here's a bunch of during/aftermath pictures.









Thoughts & Observations:
  • I picked the wrong squad for this size table.
  • I made mistakes in placement during the Set-up phase.
  • I had to rebuild the Landsharks to accommodate Pete's requested loadouts.
  • I got compliments on the terrain from a couple of players that hadn't seen it yet.
  • I didn't use any of my SSRs in this game.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Review: 71346 Dimensions Powerpuff Girls Team Pack

I picked up a bunch of these when TRU was going through its death throes.  I needed some parts from the set so into the review queue it went.

Box.  MSRP was $24.99 for a $0.27 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minifigs.


Parts 1.  Dimensions Bases, Modified Bricks, Slopes, Bricks, Round Bricks, Plate, Modified Plate, Tiles, and a Printed Tile.






Parts 2.  Plates, Round Plates, Padlocks, Clip Plates. Jumpers, Slopes, Bars, Technic Half Pins, Tiles, Round Tiles, and Printed Tiles.

Build.  Frame and a Station.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  Plenty of Medium Lavender and Padlocks but an awful price.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Review: 30409 Friends Bumpercar Polybag

I found this in the checkout aisles at Target last week.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Minifig.


Parts.  Plates, Slopes, Flags, Antenna, Modified Plates, Round Plates, Jumpers, Tiles, Bricks, Modified Bricks, a Panel, and a Minifig Steering Wheel.







Build.  IO Frigate and a Station.

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+).  Useful parts and fun colors.