Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Review: 30313 Garbage Truck Polybag

This one's starting to get a little thin on the ground, so here's a review before it disappears in the Clearance flurry after Easter.

Bag.  $3.99 at Target in the Easter section.  Price per Piece is $0.08



Instructions.








Minifig.


Parts.  There's not really a lot here.  The Clip Bricks are nice as are the Droid Arms, the Double Clip Plate, Lightsaber Bar, 2x2 Dishes, and Slopes w/Plate.






Build.  I'm calling this the Go Kart of Doom.  Stats: 2Rd+d8 (trash can blasters) 2Rh (plow) 1G (wheels) 2W.

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.  Barely.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  A good score, but not that great of a set.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sales Alert

I thought we were going to get a week off, but I guess not.  Toys'R'Us is running a 20% sale on Lego Friends, Star Wars, DC Super Heroes, and Duplo sets.  That should help bring some of those Star Wars Microfighter sets into the affordable range, among other things.

Target is also running a $23.99 sale on the following sets: 76031 Super Heroes Hulk Buster Smash, 41059 Friends Jungle Tree Sanctuary, 41097 Friends Heartlake Hot Air Balloon, 31024 Creator Roaring Power or 70168 Ultra Agents Drillex Diamond Job.  They are regularly priced $29.99.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Survey Answers

I figure enough time has passed on my Survey Questions that any new answers aren't forthcoming.  Here are the results.

Survey Question 1: How Often Do You Play?
Never: 4 votes (11%).
Less Than Once a Year: 12 votes (32%).
Yearly: 3 votes (8%).
Every 6 Months: 7 votes (18%).
Every Other Month: 7 votes (18%).
Monthly: 4 votes (11%).
Every Other Week: 1 vote (3%).
Weekly: 0 votes.
More Than That: 0 votes.
Total Votes: 38.

Survey Question 2: How Long Have You Been Playing?
Prior to 2012 (Mechaton): 7 votes (16%).
2012 (MFZ:RA): 9 votes (20%).
2013: 10 votes (22%).
2014 (MFZ:IO): 14 votes (31%).
2015: 5 votes (11%).
Total Votes: 45.

Survey Quest 3: How Old Are You?
Teens: 1 vote (3%).
20s: 11 votes (28%).
30s: 18 votes (45%).
40s: 10 votes (25%).
50s: 0 votes.
Older: 0 votes.
Total Votes: 40.

Survey Question 4: Favorite Faction?
Ijad: 4 votes (13%).
Solar Union: 10 votes (31%).
Free Colonies: 8 votes (25%).
Your Own Solar Calendar Creation: 4 votes (13%).
A Creation Outside the Solar Calendar: 6 votes (19%).
Total Votes: 32.

Survey Question 5: What's Your Favorite Part of Mobile Frame Zero?
The Setting: 8 votes (24%).
The Rules: 5 votes (15%).
The Lego: 16 votes (48%).
Special Snowflake: 4 votes (12%).
Total Votes: 33.

I'm kinda surprised that question two got the most responses.  I'm not really surprised that the community skews older, or that the Lego is the favorite part of MFZ.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Non-Human 17

More non-human robots/frames/mecha for you to ogle.

Sentrybarfs by cmaddison.  A trio of simple, clean builds.










but I think it's a good size for MFZ.




'Scavenger's Daughter' Tachikoma by dtowncracka.  A very interesting set of parts choices and techniques in this build.  It took me a second glance to figure out it's not quite as large as it looks.






like this drone, lots of character for not so many pieces.


Pirate Drone by J-Sam.  I like this one, it's a cute little build.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lego Ideas Rewind

There are a bunch of grandfathered Cuusoo submissions that are set to expire in 35 days when Ideas hits its one year anniversary.  Some of these should get a shot at the review process and I think the community should throw its weight behind them

Microfig Mechas by The Mugbearer.  I've featured his work here before in both Ideas posts and a Spotlight.  Type 3 Mecha from this submission would be right up our alley.

Box Bot by Beitle. I think this deserves to be doing a lot better than it is.

Steel Brothers - Steel Blade by polinozs.  This is a fairly simple design but it has a lot of good parts.

Micro Mechs - Pocket Models by BWTMT Brick.  C'mon, 4P scale mechs.  What's not to love?

Tesla Troops by Garry_Rocks.  This is a massive submission and I hope it gets a little closer to its goal.

Chronos by Accelerando.  One of the main complaints I hear is that Lego doesn't have any sets that are ready to go right out of the box.  This was purpose built for MFZ.  C'mon!!  What more do you want?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

3rd Anniversary

Three years ago today I made my first post for this blog.  468 posts and still going strong.  To mention another milestone, it looks like I'll hit my 500th post sometime in the first or second week of June.  Woof.  That's a lot of talking for someone who wasn't sure they had something to say.  Thanks for listening.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: 30256 Iceklaw's Bear Mech

This guy should be available in general retail.  I've heard of it being sold at Target back during Christmas.  I picked this up at Toys'R'Us.
Bag.  MSRP of $3.99 gets us a $0.10 Price per Piece.







Instructions.


Minifig.  The wolf helmet could make for an interesting mecha head.



Parts.  There are a bunch of good parts here.  Bar Claws,
2x2 Studless slopes, Mod. Plate w/Bar (open ends), 1x1 Round Bricks, Tooth Plates, 1x2 Mod. Bricks w/Axle Hole, Mixel Joints, etc.  There just isn't enough of these parts.








Build.  A stumpy, roughly 4P, mecha.  Stats: 2Rh+d8/1Y/1Gd8/2W.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  This is the best scoring Chima polybag I've reviewed so far.