Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: 75002 AT-RT

This set was introduced in 2013 and looks to be on the way out.  I've had it for a while and been meaning to review it.  No better time than now.

Box.  MSRP is $19.99.  That gives us a
Price per Piece of $0.09, which is great
for a licensed set.




Instructions & Stickers.  This is the
first time I've seen an instruction
book oriented the long way.



Minifigs.  You can actually use the Droid for parts.








Parts 1.  These are the parts to assemble the Droideka.




Parts 2.  You have half a Ruler here.





Parts 3.  And even more parts here.


Build.  I just made the Droideka because I was in a
hurry.  You can see it's a little large for 4P scale.



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: A+ (+20).  Another Star Wars set gets the top score.  Inconceivable.  :-)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

An Interesting Post on Another Blog

If you have any interest in clone bricks,  Woodelf did a post comparing Mega Bloks HALO pieces to Lego and other Mega Bloks pieces.  It's a well thought out, in-depth examination.  You should give it a look.   He also has other MFZ and Lego related posts.  His blog, Mental Propinquity, is interesting and I don't read it as often as I should.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: 75000 Clone Troopers vs. Droidekas

This set has been around for a while and I still see it on store shelves here and there.  I think it's going to be discontinued in 2015 though.

Box.  Retail is $12.99 for 124 pieces.
That is a Price per Piece of $0.11.





Instructions.



Minifigs.  Not much to see here.
I have used Stormtrooper helmets
as heads for mechs before.



Parts 1.  This is like a parts box
bonanza.  Clips, Pneuma-Ts, Droid
Arms, Levers & Bases, etc.  Jackpot!




Parts 2.  This bag had the larger pieces.  One thing I found annoying was that the Droidekas and Clone Trooper pieces were not kept in separate bags.







Build.  I assembled the two Droidekas from the set.  What
can I say, I was tired and in a hurry to finish this review.
As you can see, they fit nicely at either 4P or 7P scale.
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: B+ (+5).  Pretty good for a Star Wars set,  Six or more additional pieces and this would have had a really good score.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sales Alert

Toys'R'Us has all Kre-O on sale at 50% off.  This includes Clearance, so run down to your local and snag some good deals while the sale is still on.  The shelf tags I saw list the end date as 12/18/14.  This is the second time this year that TRU has had Kre-O at half off.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Review: 30053 Republic Attack Cruiser Polybag

This set has been available for a while, and can still be found at the checkouts of certain Target stores.


Bag.  I paid $3.99 for this, which gives us $0.10 per piece.










Instructions.  Yup, crappy picture.



Parts.  That is a lot of plates and tiles.  The 1x2 slope, the 1x2 vented slope, and the 1x1 round bricks stand out from the crowd.   Jumper plates, Cheese Slopes, and Lampholders are always useful.











Build.  Yet another IO Frigate.  But considering this was a 
spaceship set, not that surprising.  Also, not that great a picture.

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: B+ (+5).  Not bad for a licensed set, not that much to write home about either.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Purity: 91766 Mega Bloks Hot Wheels Dragster Review

I've been wanting to review this polybag line for a while.  The price has deterred me 'til this point.

Bag.  MSRP is 28 pieces for $3.99.  Which is $0.14 per piece.  Ouch.  I picked this up on sale which brought the Price per Piece down to $0.10.








Instructions.



Parts.  Lots of Lime Green in this set.  I do like the quarter sphere piece.  The SNOT hexagons are nice too.  The angled tiles, pin axles, and translucent wheels all possess the potential for fun.  I'm looking forward to experimenting with the dual claw bars too.





Build.  Once again, it's easy to build an
IO Frigate from the pieces for a racecar.


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?  No.  (-5)
Score: B- (-5).  Not bad for a licensed set, but not that great either
.  If you buy this on sale like I did, the score becomes B+ (+5).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Single Set Challenge: 30250 Ewar's Acro Fighter

I've had a lot of fun with this set and managed to make more builds from it than I expected.  I named all of my builds so far "Ewar's {blank}", mainly because I'm lazy and din't really have the time to figure out names and stories for all of them.

"Ewar's Walker."  MFZ Stats: 2Rd (dorsal
guns) / 1B (Chi gem) / 1G (extra legs) / 2W
Brickshelf gallery.










"Ewar's Frame." MFZ Stats: 2Rh+d8 (wing
blades) / 1Gd8 (no ranged weapons) / 2W

"Ewar's Tank."  MFZ Stats: 2Rd (Chi cannon)
/ 1B (wing armor) / 1G (hover plates) / 2W
Brickshelf gallery.





"Ewar's Station."






"Ewar's Robo-Tank."  MFZ Stats: ?? / 2W
Brickshelf gallery.





"Ewar's Frigate."  MFZ Stats: 2Ra (dorsal guns)
/ 2Y (sensor arms) /1G (frigate movement) /2W