Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Purity: Mega Bloks CNF52 Minions Scooter Escape Review

I've been interested in this for a while but the price has never been right.  I finally bought it for $5.98 on Clearance.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a Price per Piece of $0.26.  Ugh.


Instructions.








Minion-fig?  :-)  This one comes pre-assembled.


Parts 1.  That 1x2 Tile w/Vertical Bar is interesting, as is the 1x1 Trans-Clear Round Tile, the tiny Bar Clip, the 1x1 "Apollo" Round Plates, the "Short Bar", and the Bar Connector (Black piece, center top).




Parts 2.  I really like the Roundels with the Union Jack printed on them.



Parts 3.  That 1x3 "Jumper" plate is really interesting.  As is the "seat" for the scooter that has a two studs and a Horizontal Clip on it.  The piece that hold the front wheel of the scooter might make for an interesting foot for  mecha.






Build.  I tried to make something but all I came up with was three crummy Stations.  I might have been able to make a better missile launcher Station if I spent more time working on it.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes, sort of.  (+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-).  There's nothing to recommend this set.  I only bought it for the Union Jack pieces.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ijad Lexicon

This is something I've compiled over many trips through the rulebook.

Ahu = <noun> God Place, lit. “Breath/Word Place”.
Auah Auijadé = <phrase> "All the people's words" or "Ijad words".
Auchiejh = <noun> Dagger.
Aushad = <noun> Torrent.
Bhadal = <noun> Community, Self Determination.
Boleh = <noun> An animal.
Eshaku GhanatehĂ© = <phrase> Eshaku's Ghanat.
Ghanateh = <noun> Four legged animal.
Ijad = <noun> People.
Ojebed = <noun> Gust.
Puketeh = <noun> Tiny (1 meter max. length), stalking, predatory animal.  Has four limbs.
Uhmetwan = <noun> An animal.
Ujekeh = <noun> An aquatic creature.
Utechteh = <noun> Migratory animal, livestock.

If I've missed anything please feel free to let me know.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Random Mechs 17

It's Friday and I'm feeling lazy.  Enjoy some random mecha.

"Dikke Dennis" by sjefke de kok.  I see some interesting techniques here.

Rn-04 Getreu II by FateHeart.  This is a fantastic
build and of course downloads are disabled.







SK7 "Eagle" by SenSeiSei.  I like the way this looks but
I'm unsure of how well it would hold up in a game.


Mitsubishi Arm Suit [Type 20] by .Tromas  Despite being made with Hero Factory Ball
joints, this looks like it might be in scale with MFZ.  Another disabled download.





AxxU Series Mechs by Colin.  A series of three mechs with
different armaments and slightly different upper torsos.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: 30285 Tiger Polybag

Available at Toys'R'Us.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 for a $0.06 Price per Piece.



Instructions.







Parts.  Plenty of Orange.  Also plenty of Plates, Slopes, and 1x1 Technic Bricks.  A few Ball Joints, Friction Pins, Clip Plates, Barbs, New Hedlights, and one Jumper.



Build.  A small frame about 4P
scale, 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/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 fun set with plenty of parts.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: 30349 Sports Car Polybag

This is currently available in Target in the Seasonal (Valentine's Day) section.



Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.



Instructions.

Minifig.

Parts.  That Frame part in the upper right corner just ruins this set for me.  The Motor Brick is nice as are the Mudguard Tiles and the 1x1 trans-color Round Tiles.  I've been needing one of those 2x2 Studless Slopes for a while so that really helps too.  Wheels and Rims are never really useful, but there are plenty of Plates, Tiles, and Slopes that are.




Build.  I managed a small IO Frigate.  2Ra/1B/1Y/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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  Enh.  A parts pack at best.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Build Journal: Small PaB Cup Challenge (Sort Of)

Back in May of 2014 on the G+ group, Kevin S. tried to respark a challenge that darksyntax created.  I've been meaning to give it a try and I finally got around to it.  Except mine has a bit of a twist.

Darksyntax recently posted these brilliant builds made from a SPaBCC.  I saw them and figured they'd be perfect for a friend of mine that recently got into the game and was looking to build their first squad.  I also had a thought that if you add the parts from 41549 Mixel Gurggle  that you could add some articulation to the original build.  Looking at the inventory for Mixel Gurggle, and the picture of the pile of parts darksyntax posted on the Hangar, I put together a proof of concept build from the parts I had available -- not caring about the colors.


This is my initial design.  It's a little short and the arms impact a little too much
on the hips for my liking.  I like and it though and it proves my initial idea is solid.



So I went out to my local Lego store and bought the parts for this challenge.






Here are the parts I chose from the Pick-A-Brick wall.


So that's what I had to work with.





My next version involved lengthening the legs and moving the shoulders up
so they didn't impact the hips so much.  I also made the torso a little thicker.





Adding attachments to it, I came up with a Direct Fire
Attachment (2Rd), a Defensive Att. (1B), and Spotting Att. (1Y).
 There's a Movement Attachment (1G) you can't see on the back.


I then tweaked the design for a 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W loadout.








Then once more for a 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W loadout.  I made a point of using
the same pieces for the same Attachments across multiple builds.






After I put together five Frames, I moved on to Stations.  I built an Eternal
Flame, an Abstract DNA Sculpture, and some sort of Comm Station.




After I built Stations I used the leftover pieces to make
a couple of Terrain pieces.  Each one can take 4 hits.



So all of this cost me $8.99 for the Small Pick-A-Brick cup and $4.99 (x5) for the Mixel Gurggle sets, for a total of $33.94 -- plus tax because I live in a state that has Sales Tax.  I figure that's a reasonable price for a working squad of Frames, Stations, plus a few pieces of Terrain.

Thoughts & Observations:
  • This is a good way to assemble a starter squad.
  • darksyntax came up with a great Frame design and that gave me the starting point I needed.
  • I may try this again.
  • If I had another chance at the PaB wall, I'd pick more 1x1 Round Bricks as I had just enough to finish the builds I wanted to make.
  • I might have even grabbed some of the leafy 1x1 Rounds to make some annoyance Terrain.
  • I have plenty of parts left over to do with as I wish.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Purity: 81506 Kre-O Transformers Optimus Prime vs. Megatron

For the last review of the Kre-O "transforming" Transformers week, let's look at the Optimus Prime versus Megatron kit.

Box.  Base price was $7.99 at Marshall's, for a $0.04 Price per Piece.



Instructions.




Stickers.


Parts 1.  Some interesting 2x2x2 Bricks w/4 Studs on 1 Side there, otherwise it's just a bunch of Plates, Tires, Rims, and a Brick.




Parts 2.  Kreon parts in the upper right corner.  Plenty of Plates, Tiles, Bar Plates, Clip Plates and Slopes, along with Kre-O Ball Joints.

Parts 3.  Kreon parts in the upper right corner.  Dark Red this time instead of Red for a 2nd Optimus variant.  Plenty of Plates, Tiles, Tires, Rims, Bar Plates, Clip Plates and Slopes, along with Kre-O Ball Joints.  There's also a couple of Bar Clips, and that funky 1x1 Round Plate w/ Vertical Bar.

Build 1.  A Wall, it'll take two hits before being reduced to non-Cover.

Build 2.  A fairly standard Frame,
a little on the tall side.


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+).  I'm sure the MSRP is closer to $20 than what I paid for it, so the score is questionable.