Friday, June 15, 2018

Review: 71285 Dimensions Marceline the Vampire Queen Fun Pack

I picked up a bunch of these the other day at TRU for cheap, so I decided to do a quick review.

Box.  MSRP was $11.99 for a $0.20 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifig.


Parts 1.  Octagonal Bar Plate, Motor Bricks, Clip
 Plates.  The Dimensions Bases can be fun too.








Parts 2.  Bar Plates, Apollo Studs,
Exo-Force Arms, Bar Holders
w/Clip, and some Purple pieces.

Build.  A 2Rd+d8/2Rh/1G Frame.

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+).  An Ijad frame in a box, or at least I think so.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: 41071 Elves Aira's Creative Workshop

Digging into the archives for an old set to review, mainly because I need the parts to complete a squad I'm working on.  Apparently this is the first Elves set I've reviewed.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifigs.



Parts 1.  Not really much of note here.








Parts 2.  The translucent Bricks are nice as is the 1x2 Plate w/Bars.
Minifig Wings are always useful as are the 1x3 Studless Slopes.




Parts 3.  Two Pneuma-Ts, two Taps,
four Lampholders, two Headlights,
one New Headlight, and assorted
Tiles, Plates, Slopes, and other bits.



Build.  Cover, Frame (2Ra+d8),
and a 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?  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: +15 (A).  Not bad if you're looking for quick, simple builds.  Otherwise this is an accent piece set.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Purity: Arcade Classics Asteroids Arcade Cabinet Set Review

There's another group of Arcade Classics sets from "The Bridge Direct".  These are brick built versions of old arcade game cabinets.  As before the only real source of information is a Youtube video.  I originally thought these were all the same pieces with different stickers but turns out I was completely wrong on that count.

Box.  I paid $3.99 at Toys'R'Us for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Stickers.


Parts 1.  Those 1x1 Round Tiles in the bottom row are like the Brick Forge versions rather than the regular Lego ones.  Everything else is bog standard.



Build.  Station and a 2 Hit piece of Cover.

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: +5 (B+).  A cheap way to score some Terrain type clone brick pieces.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: 70365 Nexo Knights Battle Suit Axl

Let's finish the week with another review.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.11.



Instructions.










Minifig.


Size Comparison.  The Axl Minifig
could function as a Frame in a pinch.







Parts 1.  That Axe Blade could be interesting.  Nexagon is always
 useful.  Pentagonal Tile and 1x3 Inverted Double Slopes are fun.


Parts 2.  Lots of good parts here
and, I'm really starting to get into
Bright Light Orange as a color.





Build.  Station and
Frame (2Rd+d8/1Y).

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 a bad set, it just needs more parts or a lower cost.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Purity: Mega Bloks FPM03 Pokeball Crabrawler Review

Here's a quick Pokeball set review for the middle of the week.

Box.  MSRP is $6.99 for a $0.21 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts 1.  Everything in this photo
is neat except the 1x1 Plate.

Parts 2.  Those Double Ball
Joint Plates are double sided,
as are the Half Moon Plates.




Build.  Those big hands
really unbalance it.

Size Comparison.

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-).  I'm not sure how I feel about this set.  I like the colors but the actual build isn't that great.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Post Game Interview

I'm trying something a little different today.  After the last game, due to this discussion on the Hangar, I handed out a questionnaire with a few simple questions on it to try and get some insight into the choices made before the game started and while we were setting up.  I did this because I wanted to do something new on my blog and I wanted to take a look at the strategy and tactics used in Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack.

Here are the questions I asked.

1.) Why did you choose the squad composition and size that you brought to today's game?
Tom: See 2a.
Chuck: I have no idea, really.  I went with the max loadout minus one System, because I didn't want a unit disadvantage.
Occam's Spork: More units are more fun.
Stevenik: Try to start at a higher position.  Less guys, more systems.
Me: I crunched the numbers on past games and saw a trend in squad sizes, so I tailored my squad size to take advantage of that.  Squad composition was my normal Soldiers plus one Brawler.

2.) Did you have a strategy for today's game?
Tom: Yes.
Chuck: Yes.
Occam's Spork: No, strategy falls apart as soon as other units are put down.
Stevenik: Yes.
Me: I thought I did but it all fell apart when my anticipated position in the battle order changed.

2a.) If so, what was it?
Tom: Try to get 6 PPA.  If not Defender, use Artillery to provoke fights between other players then use Melee to claim a Station or two at the end.  If Defender, deny as much area as possible during set up and place Station forward for other players to fight over.  Then apply previously mentioned strategy.
Chuck: Try not to suck.
Stevenik: Attack Tom.
Me: My backup plan became steal 1 - Tom's Station,  2 - ????, 3 - profit?!?

3.) Why did you place your squad on the table the way you did at the start of the game?
Chuck: I have no idea, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Stevenik: Place my Double Spot/Double Artillery at furthest point on the table which was changed in the first round.
Me: It was the closest spot to Tom's Station and the only really open area on the table.

4.) Did your strategy for today's game change at any point while we were playing?
Tom: No, things went entirely to plan.
Stevenik: In the first round.
Me: Yes.

4a.) If so, how?
Stevenik: Artillery was attacked first round.
Me: In the last turn I saw open Stations and I went after them in an attempt to win.

5.) Any personal comments you'd like to add?
Tom: Despite everything going to my plan, this was a strange game as there were a lot of ways I could lose.

The answers I received are under the corresponding questions.

I hope this gives some insight to the strategy and tactics of the Missile Base Omega game.