Monday, October 20, 2014

Random Mechs 9

Here's another set of mechs for your enjoyment.

Heavy Assault Drone "นาค" by MijeW. The Brothers Brick beat me to this one.  It looks like something from District 9.








Kabutops by Invader_Quirk.  I'm not sure why I haven't blogged
this before now.  The ankle connections look a little dicey though.



Infantry Drones by Ordo.  These would make a good "multiple units to a plate" frame.  Especially as the ankle and shoulder connections look a little flimsy for game play.




Titan YL by Si-Mocs. These look to be in
scale and have some great sticker use.





Ares by Max.  This looks like it would be excellent for 4P scale.  I wonder if it could actually be built in those colors?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: 30301 Batwing Polybag

Here's a review of the second Lego polybag from the Hallowe'en seasonal section in Target for this year.

Bag.  Purchased for $3.99.  That gives us a Price per Piece of $0.09.







Instructions.



Parts.  Lots of plates in this one, mostly of the wedge variety.  We have some slopes w/no studs of the 2x2 and 1x4 variety, along with some Cheese Slopes in opaque and translucent.  Some axle  holders, technic bits, a cone, a mudguard plate, a modified bracket, and a flame piece round out the selection.  The only piece out of this set that I can never have enough of is the translucent 2x2 studless slope.  They make great cockpit pieces.








Creation.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, for the Nth time.  I call it the
Bat-Frigate, which has the following stats, 2Ra+d8/1G/2W.
The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, 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?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  No minifig is a good starting point but beyond that I'm not seeing a lot to recommend this set.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Terrain & Scenery 3

Here's another set of interesting creations to make your gaming table pop.

Ambuscade by n7mereel.  Forget the minifig, look at that tree!







More awesomeness from Matt Bace.


IMG_1555 by Christian Benito.  This is a great little diorama.











Micro ZIŁ 135 by [Maks].  I'm not sure what scale
this truck is at but it features a working suspension.


Container Truck by Wami Delthorn.  A nice sci-fi truck in 4P scale or so.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Purity: 3742 Offshore Racer Idea Builders Set

Another Idea Builders set.  Next to last of the four sets I bought.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.08.







Instructions.







Parts.  There are a lot of plates and inverted slopes in this set.  The pieces that most intrigue me are the two black ones in the lower left corner, 1x2 multi-slope bricks with studs on all three faces.  Those pieces look to be great for SNOT work.




Creation.  Another IO Frigate.
Stats: 2Ra+d8/1Y/1G/2W.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, again.  (+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?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  These sets look to be a lot of fun.  No minifigs and some interesting pieces make these a great bargain.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Purity: 3744 Stunt Plane Idea Builders Set

Another of the new Mega Bloks Idea Builder polybags.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.08.









Instructions.

Parts.  A lot of plates and wedge plates.  Two of those funky "T" plates, two 1x5 stud plates, and a weird 2x4 Jumper Plate stand out from the plates.  Four bent bars, a short 2x2 cone, a 1x2 Studded Slope, and a Bar/Pin piece stand out for "regular" parts.










Creation.  Another IO Frigate.  They're a lot easier to create from small limited sets than frames.  Stats: 2Ra+d8 (wing guns) /1B (ECM spikes) /1G/2W

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO is an easy creation.  (+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?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  These sets look to be a lot of fun.  No minifigs and some interesting pieces make these a great bargain.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Purity: 3745 Battleship Idea Builders Set

The Mega Bloks site doesn't seem to have a listing for this line.  Well, it does have an Idea Builders line but it only has two sets and both of them are bigger than polybags.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.08.







Instructions.



Pieces.  We've got a couple of SNOT pieces here, a bunch of slopes including a 1x3 Double Inverted Slope and one 1x1 curved slope brick.  A few Bar Claws, one 1x1 Round Plate w/Bar, a T piece, a tiny antenna, a Modified Tile w/Bar, and a 1x2 Modified Slope all make for some interesting greebling.  Not to mention the majority of parts are in either Battleship Grey or Silver.  There is a 1x8 Plate missing from this picture though.  I discovered it while writing this review.







Creation.  Another Frigate for MFZ:IO.  Lets go with 2Ra/2Rs/1Y/1G/2W for stats.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO is an easy creation.  (+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?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  These sets look to be a lot of fun.  No minifigs and some interesting pieces make these a great bargain.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Purity: 97170 Mega Bloks Halo Forerunner Terminal Review

These went on clearance at both Target and Toy'R'Us a few months ago so I decided to get the set of three.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 which gives us a price per piece of $0.15.



Instructions.  These look more like a fold-out map than instructions.






Minifig.  This guy is quite rubbery and unlike Lego minifigs.  It also has a fair amount of articulation.










Parts 1.  The double Sided 1x2 Plates in the middle are interesting, as are the T Bar Plates at the top.  Down in the bottom right corner is the reason I grabbed this set, a textured 2x2 Round Plate.  It'll look great as a starship engine.  You could probably stack up those pieces that look like bars of Silver and make a Station out of them.



Parts 2.  The clear bits are part of the stand for the final model




The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Maybe.  You can probably pull a Station out of this.  (+0)
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: C+ (-10).  The pricing on these just kills the score.  The mold cost on that minifig must have be pretty high.  They are going for ~$5 or $6 on Clearance so it does drop the PpP down to a reasonable level.