Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: 30521 Batmobile polybag

Continuing Batman week with another polybag.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which gives us a $0.07 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Parts.  Plenty of Plates, and Jumpers, some Brackets, Slopes, Tiles, Rims, Tires, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, and Technic bits.  A couple Lampholders, Clip Tiles, and a Truncated 2x2 Cone round out the fun bits.



Build.  Another IO Frigate.

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: +20 (A+).  Once again, very good for a licensed set.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: Bat Signal Polybag

Let's continue Batman week with another semi-rare polybag.

Bag.  MSRP is unknown because this was a giveaway at the Lego store in January.  Let's call it $4.99 for argument's sake, which gives us a $0.12 Price per Piece.


Instructions.








Stickers.

Poster.










Minifig.

Parts.  Plenty of Plates, an Octagonal Bar Plate, some Slopes, Brackets, Modified Tiles, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, a 4x4 Dome, a 4x4 Round Brick, a couple Pneumatic Hose Connector w/Axle Connector, Technic Axle/Pins, and a Printed Batman Logo Tile.





Build.  I went with the Bat Signal.  It'll make a great Station.

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: -5 (B-).  About average for a licensed set.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: 30524 Batwing Polybag

Let's start Batman week off with a semi-rare polybag.

Bag.  MSRP is unknown because this was a giveaway at the Lego store in January.  Let's call it $4.99 for argument's sake, which gives us a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.







Parts.  Plenty of Plates, Slopes, and Tiles.  A couple of Lampholders, Headlight Bricks, Hinge Bricks, and Clip Tiles.  Some Cones, Brackets, and Lightsaber Handles.  A 1x4 Brick w/Studs on Side, Motor Brick, and Mod. Plate w/Arm Up, finish out this treasure trove.


Build.  An IO Frigate.

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: +20 (A+).  Very good for a licensed set.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: 41579 Mixel Camsta

It's Friday, so let's close out the week with the last review of the last set of the last Tribe of the last Series of Mixels.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which gives us a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.








Parts.  I don't think we've seen Propeller Blades before.  Plenty of Slopes, Brackets, Bricks, Plates Clip Plates, Bar Plates, and Jumpers.  A few other oddball parts as well.






Build.  This Frame was built pretty quickly.  2Rd+d8/2G/2W.

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: +20 (A+).  The final top score for the Mixels line.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sales Alert

Sorry about dropping this a little late in the week.  I had to get the reviews out of the way first.

Target is running a BOGO40% Off sale on Friends, Star Wars, City, and Duplo sets this week.  If it's like last week's sale it'll stack with Clearance prices.  Also, if you get two of the same set it's effectively 20% off each.

Toys'R'Us is running a 20% off select Lego sets sale.  There's a few good deals here.

Good hunting.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: 41578 Mixel Screeno

Penultimate review of the last Tribe of the last Series of Mixels.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which gives us a $0.07 Price per Piece.


Instructions.








Parts.  A Minifig Ice Cream Cone and Axle Ball Joints immediately jump out at me.  Plenty of Slopes, Bricks, Tiles, and Plates, some Clip Plates, Ball Joints, Levers, Technic Axle Hole Bricks, New Headlight Bricks, and Brackets.  A Tooth Plate, Double End Bar Plate, Jumper, and Modified Plates w/Studs on Side round it out.






Build.  An IO Frigate.  I tried building a
Frame but the parts weren't speaking to me.

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: +20 (A+).  Another top score.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Review: 41580 Mixel Myke

Let's try and finish out the last Tribe of the last Series of Mixels.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which gives us a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts.  A few Bricks, Round Bricks, Brackets, Plates, Clip Plates, Barbs, Slopes, and Exo-Force Arms.  A couple Bar Claws, Radar Dishes, Bar Plates, Printed Tiles, and Apollo Studs.  An Octagon Bar Plate, a "Roll Cage Bar", and a Friction Ram.





Build.  A club for Melee, Direct Fire eyes,
and extra leg Movement (2Rh/2Rd/1G/2W).

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: +20 (A+).  A good start for the run to the finish.