Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Good Sets for Parts 8

It's been a while since I've done one of these.  Let's give it a shot.  I've already covered the movie sets elsewhere, and the Mixels should be obvious. Let's take a moment to look at some of the other new sets.

42020 Twin-Rotor Helicopter.  145 parts for $12.99.  As most people can figure out, I'm a big fan of Technic parts.

10667 Juniors Construction.  160 parts for $14.99.  Plenty of fiddly bits and plenty of color.  The only minuses are the mono-body vehicle piece and the minifig.

70161 Tremor Track Infiltration.  241 parts for $19.99.  I've always liked the Agents line.  This set is a tad monochromatic, but Tan and Dark tan can be interesting colors to work with.

70141 Vardy's Ice Vulture Glider.  217 parts for $19.99.  This set is similar in color to the one above.  It does have Translucent Light Blue pieces to make things interesting though.

60056 Tow Truck.  227 parts for $19.99.  I feel like I get to recommend City sets so rarely lately, it's almost worth a celebration every time I do.  This set has plenty of parts in Blue, White, Red, and Light Bley.

70130 Sparratus’ Spider Stalker.  292 parts for $24.99.  Lots of Technic bits in this one along with useful system pieces.

10673 Race Car Rally.  350 parts for $29.99.  Plenty of basic bricks for terrain and a healthy amount of the fiddly stuff we love.

21020 Trevi Fountain.  731 parts for $49.99.  $0.07 per piece, and while most of the set is standard bricks there are plenty of clip plates, bar plates, jumpers, skeleton arms, and SNOT bricks to make this worth it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Non-Human 13

Let's try to end out the month strong.

nayk by Bezor-1.  Kinda spindly, and it requires some modding,
but it looks different than most mech designs out there.








Red Anansi by Toto Hermanto.  Yeah, way to big for the nominal
MFZ scale, but the use of color and presentation is great.

Think Tanks - East vs. West by Bricksky.  An interesting
look at color and size to differentiate two similar builds.









Drones by Sean Sikula.  Slap a couple of these on a base
and you'd have a decent Dispersed Systems Frame.

DL-53 "Adamant" by LowestFormOf Wit.  LFOW comes
storming back with this excellent little number.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: 40028 Mini Hogwarts Express

Of course, Dark Clouds has already done a review of this.  :-)  Mine might turn out a little different.

Bag.  Purchased at 5 Below for $3.99.  Price per piece of $0.06.






Instructions.



Parts 1.  Those 2x2 Rounded Slope bricks are pretty interesting, as are the 1x2 Bricks w/Groove.  I also like the 1x2 w/2 Holes.







Parts 2.  Four new headlight bricks and a bunch of cheese slopes
catch my eye.  I'm never averse to 1x1 round plates either.


Mecha 1.  Copping a bit of darksyntax's style on this one.  I originally thought I wasn't going to be able to make anything using this set but switching up styles helped with that.  Stats: 2Rd+d8 (side guns)/ 1B (armored legs)/ 1Y (cyclops eye) /2W.












Mecha 2.  This one's more of a 3P or 4P scale.  I'm calling it a Robo Hover-Tank.
Stats: 2Rd+d8 (side guns)/ 1B (sloped armor)/ 1G (hover system) /2W.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, 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?  Not really.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  As I mentioned, I purchased this at 5 Below which means it should be available in most second-hand stores.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: 30250 Razcal's Double-Crosser Polybag

Once again, beaten to the punch by Dark Cloud Blogs.  :-)

Bag.  Purchased for $3.99 at 5 Below which yields a price per piece of $0.11.







Instructions & Minifig.


Parts.  Wow, that is a whole lotta nothin'.  The half brackets are good, jumpers always come in handy, and you can never have too many clip plates.  I'm not a real big fan of wheels though.






Okay, I managed to pull something out of the pile of parts.
It's a Frigate for IO.  I'd stat it up as 2Ra+d8/1Y/1G/2W.
It's a little thin but will work if you're in a bind.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, 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).  Buy this one if you want the parts.  Otherwise it really doesn't have much to recommend.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: 30229 Repair Lift Polybag

Here's a review of one of the newer polybag sets.

Bag.  This cost $3.99 at Toys'R'Us, which gives us a Price per Piece of $0.10.






Instructions & Minifig.





Parts.  In general, I don't like wheels.  I have built a few wheeled vehicles before but I don't go looking for them.  Hinge parts are always good.  I like the 1x2 Plate w/Bar (open ends) and the 1x2x1x2 bracket.  I'm not so sure about that lift bucket though.







Self-Propelled Gun.  It's not a bad looking little vehicle.  I'd
stat it out as 3Ra/1Rd (gun) / 1B (hull) / 1G (wheels) /2W.


The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, 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).  I really like the Self-Propelled Gun design I came up with.  It's not too far off the base design of the set and a bunch of these could make for a fun squad.  The only problem is you're going to be stuck with a minifig afterwards.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sales Alert

The Clearance sale at Toys'R'Us that I mentioned a while back will be ending on the 2nd of August.  "Brown" tagged items are currently at 70% off so you can snag some serious deals before this goes away.

Target is currently running its Summer Clearance sale.  You can find items at 30% off and 50% off.  If you want them, buy them, because they will not be there later.  I know this because I made that mistake.  Considering a lot of stores started with items at 50% off it may not last long.

Kmart is also running a sale of 75% off Clearance items.  I do not know how long it will last.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spotlight: E-Duty

Eduty has been a member of the MFZ community for a while.  He works primarily in LDD, but has bricked up a fair amount of his designs.

OMF-G1.  He had a number of designs before this.  This, however, is the start of the OMF numbering and the beginning of his evolution.  From there he progresses rapidly.






OMNI Line-Up.  As you can see he's already
hit 22 variations by the time of this picture.

OMF-G26 S1 Annie.  This is the next important milestone.  This is where he starts listing the PaB costs for each of his designs.







OMF-G31 Trinity.  If you think all he does is bipedal mecha, guess again.

Check out his photostream.  You will not be disappointed.