Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Gerbera-Tetra

I stumbled across a stockpile of Gundam Converge sets the other week at a local Asian grocery store and I grabbed a bunch.

Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.










Disassembled.  The gun is Direct Fire, the backpack could be Movement or Defense.  The helmet could be Defense or Spotting, the antenna is Spotting.  The arm blades could be Melee or Spotting.




Assembled.  The attachment points for the parts on this one -- except the backpack -- are all tiny and thin.  I was afraid I was going to break them when connecting them.





Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A good set but the fiddly nature of the parts makes me a little leery of this one.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Hi-Zack

I stumbled across a stockpile of Gundam Converge sets the other week at a local Asian grocery store and I grabbed a bunch.

Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.









Disassembled.  The gun is Direct Fire, the shields are Defense,the backpack could be Defense, Movement, or Spotting, the helmet could be Defense or Spotting.




Assembled.





Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A good price and plenty of Attachments propel  this set to the top score.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Tallgeese

I stumbled across a stockpile of Gundam Converge sets the other week at a local Asian grocery store and I grabbed a bunch.

Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.  This is the first I've seen 
cardboard sleeves for individual parts.









Disassembled.  I see Artillery for the rifle, Defense for the shield, Defense or Movement for the back jets, and possible Spotting for the crest.




Assembled.







Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A good price and plenty of Attachments propel  this set to the top score.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hsanhe Set Review 5

I occasionally go food shopping in an Asian grocery store.  They have a little section for toys, knick-knacks, and other assorted things.  I found these at that store.  The company that makes them doesn't even seem to have a website.  You can find plenty of information on their sets, but not much on the company itself.  (Even that seems to have disappeared.)


Box.  The price has changed to $2.99 per box.  That gives us a $0.08 Price per Piece which is better than the last time I bought them.



Instructions.








Parts.Several Clip Plates and Cheese Slopes, some Clip Tiles, a few Bar Plates, a couple of Lampholders, some Plates and Barbs, a Jumper, a couple of Tiles, and a Studless Slopes.


Build.  A 4P Frame that I'm pretty proud of.
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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  You should be able to find this in bulk for a lot less online.  These sets would make good candidates for the Double Set Challenge.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hsanhe Set Review 4

I occasionally go food shopping in an Asian grocery store.  They have a little section for toys, knick-knacks, and other assorted things.  I found these at that store.  The company that makes them doesn't even seem to have a website.  You can find plenty of information on their sets, but not much on the company itself.  (Even that seems to have disappeared.)

Box.  The price has changed to $2.99 per box.  That gives us a $0.09 Price per Piece which is better than the last time I bought them.



Instructions.





Parts.  Plenty of Clip Plates and Cheese Slopes, some Plates, Tooth Plates, Bar Plates, Barbs, a Jumper, a Lampholder, a Half Travis Brick, and two Travis Bricks.


Build.  A 4P frame and a 6P microfig.



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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  You should be able to find this in bulk for a lot less online.  These sets would make good candidates for the Double Set Challenge.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Clone Brick Dinosaurs

I picked up a few clone brick dinosaurs the other day.  This picture on AliExpress seems to be the closest thing I could find online.  For a while now I've had this idea for a table setting bouncing around my head, Dinosaur World.  Nothing but dinosaurs and trees for terrain.  Now, instead of trying to buy up a bunch of Jurassic World sets, I'm looking at these knock off individual dinosaur sets.

Boxes.  I paid $4.99 each for these.

Stickers.









Parts.

Assembled.




Size Comparison 1.  A Chub and a Classic for an idea of size.

Size Comparison 2.  A Lego Dilphosaur for comparison.


Head Comparison.  I figured this was worth a look.  The Lego Dilphosaur needs a Friction Pin for mounting.





I figured the best system for putting numbers on these sets is the one for non-Lego kits.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  The Stegosaurus is the size of a Classic and the Velociraptor is a little larger than a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes for the Velociraptor, no for the Stegosaurus.  (+5/-5)
Score: +20 (A+), Velociraptor.  +10 (A-), Stegosaurus.  Good scores for both sets.  But then again, I was going to buy these regardless of the score.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Purity: Kre-O B9528 DJ Suki's Wooferbug Review

Kre-O is back!  Well, sort of.  There appear to be four new sets for the Trolls movie.  Which was released back in the first week of November 2016.  So why are they just hitting the shelves now?

Anyway, on to the review.

Box.  MSRP is $7.99.  I paid $9.99 for this at Toys'R'Us.  This gives us a $0.18 Price per Piece -- $0.14 at MSRP.



Instructions and Stickers.







Mini-Kreon.  This thing has
a giant head and cloth hair.


Parts 1.  Purple, and Light Blue pieces,
and that Felt piece could be interesting.










Parts 2.  Blue, Light Blue, Green, and Teal parts.  Bricks, Brackets, Plates,
Ball Joints, and Clip Plates, not a bad selection and I like the colors.










Build.  I'm thinking 2Rh/1G+d8/2W 
with the extra legs and that ram.




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+).  Not bad for a licensed set.