Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: 41143 Disney Berry's Kitchen

Let's do a little something different for a review today.

Box.  MSRP is $5.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.10.



Instructions.







Minifig.


Parts 1.  That Flower Base in
Medium Azure might be
interesting to experiment with.








Parts 2. The Trans-Pink bricks are nice as are the 1x1 Mod.
Bricks w/Handle.  Apollo Studs in Gold are interesting too.





Build.  A couple of IO HVAs.
 Yeah, I know, weak.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Not really.  (-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: +5 (B+).  Not sure this set deserves this score.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Random Starships 5

Let's finish out the week with some starships!

Micro GARC Lineup by Jake.  All of these feature interesting
parts use, color use, and techniques.  They also look to
range in size between Cruiser and Frigate length.





but still a good one.  Looks to be the proper length for a Cruiser.




Dressed for Wargames... by nnenn.  This is another old one.
The picture's a little small and the ships are probably
too long for Intercept Orbit but they look fantastic.





Tiny Freighters by essaych.  Render.  These would make great HVAs.


Starship II by Adeel Zubair.  Nice color blocking, it
looks to be Frigate length, and downloads are disabled.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Terrain & Scenery 10

More pretty stuff for you to stare at this week.

Tiny Trucks by Robiwan Kenobi.  These look to be in 6P scale.

is really neat, and downloads are disabled.

MicroRover by Sad Brick.  A very nice 2P -- or
so -- build that also has downloads disabled.




Micro Rover by kamalmyafi.  Render.  Looks to be 6P or 7P,
it'll have to be thinned out a bit because it will probably take
more than 10 hits to destroy it.  Again, downloads disabled.


Vehicle Stuff by Sunder_59.  A nice selection of sci-fi vehicles in microscale.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Non-Human 27

I'm feeling a little lazy this morning, so here are some neat pictures to stare at.

Mini Walker, Ecxlem by James Wysiwig.  I first saw this
years ago and I'm finally mentioning it on my blog.  :-)













image by e.c. macCallum.  Render.  These are neat.





this picture, and it's Mega Bloks too!




Spiderling by Michael Raichelson.  I like the colors and the intimidating look.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Purity: Mega Bloks DTF91 Kubro Spock

Let's finish out Mega Bloks week with something a little different.

Box.  MSRP is $14.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.11.



Instructions.









Parts 1.  In the lower left corner is
an Inverted 1x2 Cheese Slope.




Parts 2.  The Black 1x2x2 Slopes w/Step are pretty interesting.





Parts 3.  The 2x4 Ziggurat Brick,
1x3 Inverted Double Slope, Angled Slopes w/Studs, Angled
Slopes w/Studs & Pin, and 1x2
Slopes w/Hole are all interesting.

Parts 4.  Double Sided
Plates and Apollo Studs!



Parts 5.  The Grey Half Moon pieces
are supposed to be Spock's Eyelids.


Build.  I managed an IO frigate after some time spent looking at the parts.




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+).  This set has some really interesting pieces, but I feel that you'd need at least two of them to make something really good from it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Purity: Mega Bloks FFJ33 Despicable Me 3 Wild Waterski Bike

Switching franchises yet again, let's continue with Mega Bloks week.

Box.  MSRP is $14.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.18.



Instructions.












Minion-figs.

Parts 1.  A little blurry.  The hole in the
center is too loose for a stud to attach.









Parts 2.  The Double Axle Holder in the upper right is really interesting.

Parts 3.  1x3 Double Jumper
Plates and a 2x2 Bar Tile?







Parts 4.  Apollo Studs and
Offset Jumper Plates.



Build.  A little thin, but I think it works.

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+).  About normal for a licensed set.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Purity: Mega Bloks DXF01 Halo Banished Ghost Rush Review

I feel like doing another Mega Bloks week.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.11.  Looks like they reduced the parts count from the two previous versions of this set.



Instructions.






Minifig.


Parts 1.  Just one of those odd
shaped Plates MB like so much.






Parts 2.  We have some translucent
parts and the MB Bar Claw pieces.


Parts 3.  Some Bar Plates
and some SNOT bricks.






Parts 4.  Some nice Dark Red pieces, Minifig pieces, and other bits.










Build.  I was really hoping for a Dark Red version of my
"Mega Beetle" frame but I had to settle for something else.
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+).  I had high hopes for this set.