Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Purity: A3138 Star Trek Space Dive Review

As far as I can remember, I grabbed this for 80% off during the recent Toys'R'Us Color Clearance sale.

Box.  Yes, I know, Blurry.  MSRP is $7.99, which gives us a Price per Piece of $0.22.  Ooouuuch.








Instructions.





Kreons.  The one on the right is a standard Kreon.  The one
on the left has a solid torso because it has a battery inside and
it lights up when a circuit is completed with the neck stud.


Parts.  Those four white angle bracket parts  in the middle of the photo are why I bought this set.  There are two 2x4 Inverted Slope pieces, two 1x1 Trans-Red Smooth Round Bricks, and two 1x6 Male Hinge Plates that could possibly be useful.  Beyond that you have two 6x6 Female Hinge Plates, a bunch of other plates, and the ubiquitous Kre-O brick.


The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  One of the Kreons is good for 4P scale.  (+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?  Not really.  (-5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: C (-15).  Honestly, this could have gotten a B- but I don't think it deserves it.  
 Even saying one Kreon is good for 4P scale is pretty weak.  I only grabbed this because it was dirt cheap and I knew I could use four of the parts in it.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Instructions 4

Scrape, over on the Hangar, has released a massive compilation of instructions.  It contains 66 sets of instructions and is quite large.  Although there are a few instructions that have already been published, there are a number of new ones.  There is also a second pdf with all of Neoaez.  Which is good because people were complaining that the links to his files were broken.  Enjoy!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Terrain & Scenery 2

Okay, it's Friday and I'm feeling a little lazy.  So here we go with another picture post.  Enjoy the weekend.

Micro Zoo 1 by Peter Thaler.  They don't really match 7P scale, and the scale between each creation is a little wonky, but they look really neat and they would be a fun addition to any game table.








some really nice techniques on this truck.

Ernie drove the fastest milkcart in the West by Karf Oohlu.  This is closer to 4P scale but, there's some serious NPU in the cab design.







6P scale and there's a set of video instructions to boot.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Purity: 97116 UNSC Siege Bike

I bought this one at K-Mart on a Clearance sale as opposed to Marshall's like the last one.

Box.  MSRP is $11.99.  Price per piece is $0.17.









Instructions, Promo Material, and Data Card.

Minifigs.  The clear one is a hard plastic different from the regular one.  It only has eight points of articulation as opposed to 12 for the normal one.






Parts 1.  Those 1x2 wedge plates are neat, as are the 1x2
studded Cheese Slopes.  That "T" Bar is longer than the Lego
Pneuma-T.  I like the Trans-Blue Cone.  And that 1x2 double 
female connector on the left hand side is really interesting.

Parts 2.  Those Jumpers actually have a hole all the way through.  The tiny pieces of tubing for holding 3mm shafting, Pneuma-Ts, etc. are pretty interesting.  I like the different Cheese Slopes too.






Parts 3.  Okay, this is a smorgasbord of parts.  Just look at them all!

Parts 4.  Here we get to the reason the PpP is so high.  Complex pieces like this will drive up cost.





The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  The minifigs are good for 4P scale.  (+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: B- (-5).  This is another one that's a parts set.  It's got some good accent pieces but, beyond that, there really isn't any heft to this set.  The minifigs could make a couple 4P figures and there are instructions to build a structure that could make a decent station but, beyond that there's not much.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Purity: 96993 Halo Brute Chieftain Charge Review

I found a few Halo sets at Marshall's recently.  So I figured I would review them.

Box.  MSRP of $11.99 for 72 pieces.  Price per piece of $0.17










Instructions & Promotional Material.

Minifig.  This guy has 11 points of articulation, and look at that club!






Here he is in comparison to a Classic.

Parts 1.  Those 1x1-1x1 brackets are interesting.  As are those studded slope pieces.








Parts 2.  I see a bunch of accent pieces here.
The "I-Beam" plates are always interesting.

Parts 3.  Here we figure out why there's such a bad parts to cost ratio.  Four, large, fairly complex parts that must have had high molding costs.  The printed 2x2 roundel and the 1x1 sloped pieces look good though








The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  The minifig is good for 4P scale.  (+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: B- (-5).  This one is really a parts set.  It's got some good SNOT and accent pieces but, beyond that, there really isn't any mass to this set.  The minifig could make a really good looking 4P figure but there's only one in the set.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Purity: A2226 Transformers Superion Combiners Review

Now we start the Autobot Combiner sets.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99  Price per piece is $0.13.


Instructions & Stickers.










Kreon Air Raid.  Clip-on and plug-in wings, along with the neat little clip-on SSRs, the 1x1 Round w/Vert. Bar, and the 1x1 Plate w/Double Bars (closed ends) are all cool pieces.  You may be able to use the helmet as the nose cone to some sort of giant rocket.





Kreon Firestrike.  Yeah, this one's a little blurry.  The black piece
2nd from the left in the middle row is a 1x1 Round w/Vert. Bar.






Kreon Silverbolt.  That 1x1x2 Cone piece is pretty interesting.  And, as always, I like the Kreon bazooka piece.






Kreon Skydive.  The usual suspects here.


 


Parts.  I'm having fun experimenting with those Black and Grey pieces that are used to make the Combiner form.



The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  The Kreons are good for 4P scale.  (+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: B- (-5).  This one could be a good army maker at 4P scale.  Especially if you find it at $0.07 per piece like I did.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Purity: 11002 Tenkai Knights Blastank/War Stallion Review

I came across this on Clearance at Target for $14.98 a few weeks ago so I decided to give Ionix another try.

Box.  Parts count is 148 pieces.  MSRP is $29.99 which yields a $0.20 price per piece.










Instructions & Stickers.





Tenkai Knight 1 Parts.  I like the shield and that Trans-Blue piece.  The 1x2 Plates are double studded and thinner than their Mega Bloks counterparts.






This is what he looks like assembled.





Tenkai Knight 2 Parts.  The guns look cool.







Here's what he looks like assembled.  I had to cant his torso back 
severely just to get him to stand up straight while dual wielding.





Here's a comparison of the first one with a Classic.  As you can see they fit nicely at that scale.






Parts 1.  Wow, that is a lot of textured bricks.  The mold costs on those must be expensive.  The Trans-Red chains are nice.  They fit into Clip tiles.



Parts 2.  The tank treads.







Parts 3.  Missiles, Missile "launchers", and the main body brick.



Parts 4.  A lot of plates.







Parts 5.  Some basic bricks, more textured bricks, and a few modified bricks.



Parts 6.  Some brackets, clip plates, bar plates, and tiles, along with more double sided plates.







Parts 7.  More textured bricks, a couple slope bricks, and a few wedge plates.



Here's the main body opened up.





Here's the loaded missile "launcher".




The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  The figures definitely work for 4P scale.  (+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: B+ (+5).  That's a lot higher score than I expected.  I should still do a SSC from this to see what can really be built from the parts.