Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Review: Gundam Converge ARX-014S Silver Bullet Suppressor (219)

I haven't reviewed a Gundam Converge set in over a year.  Let's fix that, shall we?  This is from Release #17.

Box.  MSRP was $11.99 at Newbury Comics.


Parts.  Two bags in this set.










Disassembled.  The helmet vanes and antenna could be Spotting.  The helmet could be Defense or Spotting.  The backpack verniers could be Defense or Movement.  The leg antenna could be Defense or Spotting.  The frame piece could possibly be Spotting.  The gun could be Direct Fire or Artillery.



Assembled.






Size Comparison.


The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  In between a Chub and a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  I guess the top score streak had to end sometime.  Still, a snazzy looking figure.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Review: 71361 Super Mario Character Pack

With August starting the new Mario Lego line is being released.  There are a number of new parts and prints available in this line so I figured I'd grab one of the blind bags to review.


Bag.  MSRP was $3.99 for a $0.17 Price per Piece



Instructions.









Parts. 4x4x0.6 w/Reduced Knob Plate, Cloud Plate,
Panels, Printed Tile, Stickered Tile (Yes, some stickers
come pre-applied in this line.) Studless Slopes, Plates,
Feet Plate, Slopes, Round Plate, Mod. Plate w/Studs
on Side, New Headlight Brick, Corner Brick, Wings,
Clip Plates, and Corner Slope.

Build.  A flying 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?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  While there are some neat pieces and prints the Price per Piece is horrible.  Especially with the variable nature of blind bags.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Review: 76065 Mighty Micros Captain America vs. Red Skull

Finishing out Mighty Micros week.

Box.  MSRP was $9.99 for a $0.11 Price per Piece



Instructions, parts
list, and stickers.








Minifigs.  I've always liked the expressions
on the minifig heads in this line.

Parts 1.  Axle Plates, 4x4x1.3 Mudguard,
 Mudguards, Cylinder w/Pinholes & Center
Bar, Offset Plate, Brackets, Plates, Tires,
Rocket Fins, Clip Plates, Slope, Minifig
Steering Wheel, Plate w/Arm Up, Inverted
 Tile, and Tiles.

Parts 2.  Rims, Bar Plates, Plates, Large Jumper, Bracket,
Bar Tile, Jumper,  Minifig Goblets, Cheese Graters, Cheese
Slopes, Round Tiles, Round Plates, Slopes w/Cutout, Clip
Tiles, Clip Plates, Minifig Megaphones, Large Cheese
Slopes, Minifig Bucket, Levers & Bases, Technic Half
Pins, Steering Wheel, Cones, and Brick.

Build.  I stuck pretty close to the actual builds for this one.  Mainly because they look fun.

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 with some rare colors and the best PpP of the week.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Review: 76091 Mighty Micros Thor vs. Loki

Lets make it a Mighty Micros week.  :-)

Box.  MSRP was $9.99 for a $0.13 Price per Piece



Instructions and parts list.









Minifigs.  I like Loki's helmet.

Parts 1.  Axle Plates, 4x4x1.3
Mudguard, Wedge w/Cutout,
Plate, Offset Plate, Brackets,
Minifig Handlebar, Steering
Wheels, Studless Slope, Air
Scoop, Wing Slope. Clip
Claws, Wings, and Tires.


Parts 2.  Round Plates, Plates,Tiles,
Grille Tile, Brackets, Panel, Clip Plate,
New Headlight Bricks, Cones,
Lightsaber Hilts, Cheese Slopes,
Rims, Round Tiles, and Clip Tiles.

Build.  A Stag Beetle
and a Missile Cart.

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+).  It has some nice Gold pieces but might be better if bought in multiple.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Review: 76066 Mighty Micros Hulk vs. Ultron

Another random small set review from the backlog pile.  Turns out this had some pieces I needed for a build I'm working on.

Box.  MSRP was $9.99 for a $0.13 Price per Piece



Instructions and parts list.









Minifigs.  The Ultron head is neat.

Parts 1.  Axle Plates, 4x4x1.3 Mudguard, Mudguard w/Fenders & Lights, Double Inverted Slope w/Cutout, Bigfig Fists, Tires, Clip Claws, Minifig Handlebars, Brackets, Bar Plates, Plate, Air Scoop Piece,
Panel, Minifig Steering Wheels, and Bar Tile.






Parts 2.  Plates, Clip Plates, Jumper,
Studless Slopes, Rims, Grille Tile, Plates
w/Pinhole, Panel, Round Plates, Cheese
Slopes, Minifig Turkey Leg, Lampholders,
Minifig Space Guns, Minifig Wrench, Barbs.

Build.  A 2Rd+d8 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+).  You can make a decent looking starter Frame with plenty of extra pieces.  I think parts count and licensing fees are keeping this set down.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Review: 75132 Star Wars First Order Battle Pack

After a bit of searching last night, I grabbed this from the backlog pile .

Box.  MSRP was $12.99 for a $0.15 Price per Piece



Instructions.







Minifigs.  The Black helmet could
look really good as the head of
one of my Generic frames.

Parts 1.  Plates, Slopes, Hinge Plate, Turntable Base, Flags, Studless
 Slopes, Stud Shooter, Brackets,
Bar Plates, Panels, and Bricks.


Parts 2.  Hinge Brick, Tiles, Turntable
Top, Plates, 3L Friction Pin, Printed
Tile, Round Plates, Stud Shooter
Triggers, Mod. Plate w/Pin Hole
(inverted), and Technic Bricks.

Build.  A 1 Hit piece of
Cover 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?  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+).  Good if you like Minifigs -- and maybe Stud shooters -- but not much else.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Review: 75033 Star Wars Microfighter Series 1 Star Destroyer

I dug into my backlog again for today's review, all the way back to the start of the Microfighter line for the final set in the first series.

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





Instructions.







Minifig.

Parts 1.  Slopes, Plates, Wedge Plates, Brackets, Tile,
Technic Bricks, Inverted Slopes, Brick, Mod. Plates w/
Pin Hole, Mod. Plates w/Door Rail, and Mod. Tiles w/Pins.








Parts 2.  Round Plates, Dishes, Lampholders, Jumpers, Tiles,
Grille Tiles, Plates, Cheese Slopes, Large cheese Slopes,
Flick Missiles, Cones, Minifig Blaster, and Technic Brick.


Build.  Two bare bones IO Frigates.

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).  A higher parts count brings up the score for this set.