Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Purity: 89263 Kre-O Transformers Optimus Prime Brick Box Review

This is the third of a series of Transformers "Brick Boxes" released by Hasbro in past holiday seasons.

Box.  I paid $6.99 for this at Walgreens.  This yields a $0.09  Price per Piece.


Instructions.  None of these sets came with instructions.









Kreon.

Parts 1.  Bricks and Plates.









Parts 2.  Brackets, Slopes, Plates, Tiles, Grille Tiles,
Modified Bricks, Bar Plates, and Clip Plates.




Build.



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 licensed set with the max score, we don't see that often.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Battle Report: Teslaville 3

The usual suspects got together this past Sunday for our eighth game this year.  Teslaville was chosen as the battlefield because Tom hadn't had a chance to experience it yet.

Occam's Spork (4 Frames & 12 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.
   Green/Blue Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

   Green Missile Monkey -- 1Gd8/2W + SSR (x3).
   Blue Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.


Me (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 35 points.  (Pangolins)
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Lavender Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Lime Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.

   Orange Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.

Tom (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 35 points.
   Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   White Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Brown Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Pink Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.


Tyler (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.  (Nagas)
   Green Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W + SSR.
   Lime Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Orange Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Red Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.
   Yellow Armored Scout -- 2B/2Y/2W + SSR (x2).
   Blue Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.

This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.












Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): Occam's Spork's Green frame shoots two SSRs at Tyler's Lime frame for 1.  My White frame moves closer to the train tracks and shoots Occam's Spork's Green frame for 1 damage but it does the Station Dance.  Tyler's Blue frame targets Tom's Pink frame, 1 damage is done to the cover and 1 to the Frame which is negated by the Station Dance.  Tyler's Orange frame targets Tom's Pink frame, 1 damage is done to the cover -- destroying it -- and 1 to the Frame which is negated by the Station Dance.  Tyler's Green frame moves forward and destroys Occam's Spork's Green frame with 2 damage.  Tom's White frame hits Tyler's Orange frame for 2.  My Lavender frame hits a Whirligig for 1 damage in an attempt to cause falling damage on Tom's frame which was sitting on top of it.  Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame hits my Lavender frame for 3.  Occam's Spork's White frame hits my White frame for 2.  Everyone ticks down the Doomsday Clock.

Occam's Spork: 35 points.
 Me: 35 points.
Tom: 35 points.
Tyler: 24 points.




Events of Turn 2 (DDC@6): Tom's Pink frame hits Tyler's Orange frame for 3.  Tyler's Red frame seizes Tom's Station on top of the Whirligig.  Tom's Brown frame hits Tyler's Yellow frame for 1.  Tyler's Yellow frame moves forward and retaliates by hitting Tom's Green frame with a SSR for 1.  Occam's Spork's hits my Orange frame -- which had closed to melee range the turn before -- for 2.  Tom's White frame hits Tyler's Blue frame for 3.  Tyler's Blue frame then hits Occam's Spork's White frame for 1.  Tyler's Lime frame hits my White frame for 2.  Tyler's Green frame keeps moving forward and hits Occam's Spork's White frame for 3 damage, one of which is negated by the Station Dance.  My Green frame hits Occam's Spork's Green/Blue frame for 1 which is negated by the Station Dance.

Occam's Spork: 35 points.
 Me: 35 points.
Tom: 30 points.
Tyler: 27 points.




Events of Turn 3 (DDC@3): Tom's Brown frame hits Tyler's Blue frame, which is guarding on of his Stations, for 1.  Tom's Pink frame closes to melee range and hits Tyler's Blue frame for 1.  Tom's White frame hits Tyler's Blue frame for 1, destroying it.  Tom's Pink frame seizes Tyler's Station.  Tom's Orange frame hits my White frame for 1 damage, destroying it.  My Lavender frame hits Tom's White frame for 6, destroying it in a fit of revenge.  Tyler's Lime frame hits Occam's Spork's White frame for 5, destroying it, then he seizes his Station.  The Doomsday clock is ticked down to zero.

Tom: 30 points.
 Me: 30 points.
Tyler: 24 points.
Occam's Spork: 21 points.



Here's a few pictures of the aftermath.



Thoughts & Observations:
  • Our group has now played more games this year than any previous year.
  • This was the debut of Tyler's new squad made from Mega Bloks.
  • It was also the debut of of my new squad made from Kre-O.
  • Which I finished right before the game started.
  • I made a mistake when I set up my forces that may have cost me the game.
  • Although my horrible dice luck may have had something to do with that too.
  • I did more damage with that insta-kill in the third round than I did in the rest of the game.
  • There was some debate after the game was over about the amount of cover on the battlefield and the access level to the train tracks themselves.
  • This is only the second time we've had three different building block systems on the table at the same time.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Purity: 82964 Kre-O Transformers Bumblebee Brick Box Review

This is the second of a series of Transformers "Brick Boxes" released by Hasbro in past holiday seasons.

Box.  I paid $6.99 for this at Walgreens.  This yields a $0.09  Price per Piece.


Instructions.  None of these sets came with instructions.











Kreon.

Parts 1.  Several large Plates, Mudguards, Slopes, Hinge Plates, Fists, a Modified Plate that appears to be some sort of car frame, a sprue of weapons & equipment, a Head, a Launcher Brick, and a Missile.






Parts 1.5.  Here's the
Launcher and Missile.


Parts 2.  Plates, Bricks, Slopes,
Mod. Brick w/Pin Hole, Clip Plates,
Bar Plates, Wheels, and the
Mount for the head in Parts 1.



Build.  2Rh+d8/2G+d8.


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 licensed set with the max score, we don't see that often.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Purity: Tenkai Knights 13003 Titan Valius Review

Continuing forward with the idea of doing reviews on multiple building block systems for Bricktober.

Box.  MSRP is unknown.  Walmart.com is selling it for $8.99 for a $0.26 Price per Piece.  I paid $3.00 for mine for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts 1.

Parts 1.5.  These are
the cubes opened up.




Parts 2.  Plates, Tiles, Double Sided Plates,
Bar Plates, Slopes w/Studs, and a Clip Plate.



Parts 3.  Great accent pieces.



Build.  I made the set.





Size Comparison.  This thing is huge.




The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Maybe?  (0)
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: -10 (C+).  I've never been a fan of the Tenkai Knights sets.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Purity: Kre-O 82961 Transformers Megatron Brick Box Review

This is one of a series of Transformers "Brick Boxes" released by Hasbro in past holiday seasons.

Box.  I paid $6.99 for this at Walgreens.  This yields a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.  None of these sets came with instructions.










Kreon.  I really like the clip-on Arm Cannon.


Parts 1.  Bricks and Plates.









Parts 2.  Tons of Plates.  A few Tiles, Brackets, and new Headlight Bricks.  Some Slopes, Wheels, and Wheel Mounts. A couple of 1x1x2 Cones and Levers.



Build.  Not the greatest but I didn't have much to work with.


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 licensed set with the max score, we don't see that often.