Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: 30241 Mandalorian Fighter Polybag

Let's finish up the week with a Lego polybag.

Bag.  $4.99 for 49 pieces leaves us with a Price per Piece of $0.10.






Instructions.





Pieces.  Mostly plates and tiles.  I do see a Lampholder and a couple of the new, small brackets.  There's also that funky Double Pin w/Pin Holder Technic piece on the middle left of the picture.  All in all, not really a lot of exceedingly useful parts.







Creation.  I came up with a Scouting
Frame.  MFZ Stats: 2Y/1Gd8/2W.
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).  This one's a little sparse but does have some useful pieces.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Purity: 3743 Speedy Racecar Idea Builders Set

The last review of the new Mega Bloks Idea Builders sets.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.09.







Instructions.






Parts.  Yay, wheels.  Mostly plates, tiles, and slopes -- studless and
inverted -- in this set.  The "T" shaped plate is really interesting because
it has that half stud offset that you usually only get with Jumper Plates.







Build.  Okay, I know, another IO frigate.  What
can I say, they're easy with these kinds of sets.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, again.  (+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: A- (+10).  This one's a little sparse but does have some useful pieces.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Random Mechs 9

Here's another set of mechs for your enjoyment.

Heavy Assault Drone "นาค" by MijeW. The Brothers Brick beat me to this one.  It looks like something from District 9.








Kabutops by Invader_Quirk.  I'm not sure why I haven't blogged
this before now.  The ankle connections look a little dicey though.



Infantry Drones by Ordo.  These would make a good "multiple units to a plate" frame.  Especially as the ankle and shoulder connections look a little flimsy for game play.




Titan YL by Si-Mocs. These look to be in
scale and have some great sticker use.





Ares by Max.  This looks like it would be excellent for 4P scale.  I wonder if it could actually be built in those colors?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: 30301 Batwing Polybag

Here's a review of the second Lego polybag from the Hallowe'en seasonal section in Target for this year.

Bag.  Purchased for $3.99.  That gives us a Price per Piece of $0.09.







Instructions.



Parts.  Lots of plates in this one, mostly of the wedge variety.  We have some slopes w/no studs of the 2x2 and 1x4 variety, along with some Cheese Slopes in opaque and translucent.  Some axle  holders, technic bits, a cone, a mudguard plate, a modified bracket, and a flame piece round out the selection.  The only piece out of this set that I can never have enough of is the translucent 2x2 studless slope.  They make great cockpit pieces.








Creation.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, for the Nth time.  I call it the
Bat-Frigate, which has the following stats, 2Ra+d8/1G/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?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  No minifig is a good starting point but beyond that I'm not seeing a lot to recommend this set.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Terrain & Scenery 3

Here's another set of interesting creations to make your gaming table pop.

Ambuscade by n7mereel.  Forget the minifig, look at that tree!







More awesomeness from Matt Bace.


IMG_1555 by Christian Benito.  This is a great little diorama.











Micro ZIŁ 135 by [Maks].  I'm not sure what scale
this truck is at but it features a working suspension.


Container Truck by Wami Delthorn.  A nice sci-fi truck in 4P scale or so.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Purity: 3742 Offshore Racer Idea Builders Set

Another Idea Builders set.  Next to last of the four sets I bought.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.08.







Instructions.







Parts.  There are a lot of plates and inverted slopes in this set.  The pieces that most intrigue me are the two black ones in the lower left corner, 1x2 multi-slope bricks with studs on all three faces.  Those pieces look to be great for SNOT work.




Creation.  Another IO Frigate.
Stats: 2Ra+d8/1Y/1G/2W.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, again.  (+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: A- (+10).  These sets look to be a lot of fun.  No minifigs and some interesting pieces make these a great bargain.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Purity: 3744 Stunt Plane Idea Builders Set

Another of the new Mega Bloks Idea Builder polybags.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.08.









Instructions.

Parts.  A lot of plates and wedge plates.  Two of those funky "T" plates, two 1x5 stud plates, and a weird 2x4 Jumper Plate stand out from the plates.  Four bent bars, a short 2x2 cone, a 1x2 Studded Slope, and a Bar/Pin piece stand out for "regular" parts.










Creation.  Another IO Frigate.  They're a lot easier to create from small limited sets than frames.  Stats: 2Ra+d8 (wing guns) /1B (ECM spikes) /1G/2W

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO is an easy creation.  (+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: A- (+10).  These sets look to be a lot of fun.  No minifigs and some interesting pieces make these a great bargain.