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.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Build Journal: Tan Machine

I stumbled across the instructions for Baseframe_2 in one of my random skims through Flickr streams looking for interesting mecha.  I thought the upper torso design by m_o_n_k_e_y would make for a good main torso for a mech.


Now all I had to do is come up with arms and legs to finish the design.

For the arms I went with a combination of techniques from Vincent Baker and Zizy.

The legs are an experiment with the new Mixel ball joints.








Here's what they look like all combined.











I'm probably going to keep experimenting with leg designs.  I'm not quite happy with this iteration.  I'm also going to work on getting the color scheme a little more unified.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Non-Human 12

Here's a few non-human mech designs to brighten up your day.

 JEP.3 by Legomania.  A neat little quad drone.









Chasm Riot Control by {Stride.  And
this is the one that inspired it.



Alien Cottage by lisqr.  This one is just fantastic.








BattleCrabBot by Groovybones.  The Brickarms minigun
might be hard for some people to get, but, other than
that, this would look great stomping around a table.



Daemon Inferno Mechanika by Ironweasel.  Ironweasel strikes again! The flame pieces in the head and tail might be a bit fiddly for game play, but a pack of these would look real nice on the table.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Anime

There's been a bit of discussion lately, on some of the different sites I frequent, about a handful of new mecha anime series.  I figured I'd share them with you as I haven't been watching much in the way of Giant Robot/Real Robot anime recently.

The first is Aldnoah.Zero.  The plot is that history diverged in 1972 and we settled Mars.  That settlement eventually became the Vers Empire which declared war on Earth.  In 1999 a ceasefire was declared.  At the start of the show the Vers Empire has started attacking Earth again.  It's available on Hulu, Crunchyroll, etc.

The second is Argevollen.  This one features a long running war between two countries and a new super mecha.  It's available on Crunchyroll.  I watched most of the first episode and the mecha designs look pretty neat.

The last is Knights of Sidonia.  It's set in the far future where the ship Sidonia may carry the last remnants of the human race.  Giant mecha, called Guardians, defend humanity from the Gauna, a gigantic, alien, shapeshifting race.  It is only on Netflix.

I hope you enjoy these shows.