Friday, December 8, 2017

Review: 70629 Ninjago Movie Piranha Attack

This is outside my piece count limitation for Lego reviews but it's another new for 2018 set and it looks like it has some good colors and parts so I'm gonna give it a shot.

Box.  MSRP is $19.99 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions & Stickers.







Minifigs.




Parts 1.  The Large Round Jumpers are neat, as are the Bar Bar Holders.





Parts 2.  The Bracket and the
Car Hoods are fun pieces.



Parts 3.  Some large Sand Blue pieces
here.  The 2x2 Round Bricks w/Pin
Holes are cool.  As is the Offset 1x4.





Parts 4.  More Sand Blue.  Rocket
Fins, Technic Bits, and 2x2
Tiles w/Center Hole are good.



Parts 5.  Apollo Studs, Large Round
Jumpers, Inverted Studless Slopes,
Barraki Eyes, and more Sand Blue.




Build.  A quick Frame and two,
one Hit pieces of Cover.


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 a better builder could wring something more interesting from this set.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: 30355 Jungle ATV Polybag

We've known about this set since the beginning of the year but, this is the first time it's surfaced anywhere that I know of.  It was part of a "free" offering at Toys'R'Us last week.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 which gets us a $0.11 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minifig.

Parts.  Plates, Axle Plates, Wheel Arch Plates, Tires, Rims, Clip Plates, Grille Tile, Jumpers, Bar Claws, Bar Holder Claws, two types of Handlebar, and Handle 1x2x4.







Build.  I coaxed a Ram Buggy (2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/1Y) out of this.  I made a quick change and took two pictures.



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+).  Yeah, that sound about right.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sales Alert

It's exactly three weeks to Christmas, so the sales will probably start getting pretty heavy.

Target has a 20% off select Star Wars, Juniors, Disney Princess, and Duplo sets sale this week.

Toys'R'Us has an online Lego sale.  They also have a BOGO40% off on all Mega Constux and sports construction sets sale this week.  That one is in store too.

JC Penny has a few items on sale.  They actually list the percentage off in the quick description!

Kohls has Mega Bloks on sale this week too.  But it looks like their base prices are inflated.

Good hunting!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: 31071 Creator Drone Explorer

Getting back into the reviews, this is a new for 2018 set that I found in New Jersey while at PAX Unplugged..

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions 1.







Instructions 2.
Instructions 3.








Parts 1.  Not as much Orange as I'd hoped for.  Plates, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, Wedge Plates, Brackets, Slopes, Technic Bricks, Mod. Bricks, Axles, Mod. Tile w/Pin (up), Rotors, a Motor Brick, and a Windscreen.

Parts 2.  Plates, Round Plates, Apollo
Studs, Translucent Grille Tiles, Slopes,
Bar Clips, Levers, Technic bits, a 1x1
Brick, Exo Force Arms, and a Padlock.



Build.  Frame, Station, and a 1 Hit piece of Cover.  I
blasted these out during my lunch break last Friday.


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+).  Great parts set but. it doesn't have that "it" factor I associate with great build sets.

Friday, December 1, 2017

PAX East 2018

I know I just got done talking about PAX Unplugged, but tickets are on sale for PAX East 2018 already.  The con is now four days -- Thursday to Sunday -- and the dates are April 5th to April 8th.  Saturday is already sold out so if you want to go you better get hopping!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Battle Report: Stone Garden @ PAX Unplugged

We managed to organize a full scale game at PAX Unplugged.  Hydromancer, sBritcher, Cmdr. Rook, and myself all shared the field of battle.  We started a little late so we didn't have time for the usual depth in note and picture taking.

Hydromancer (4 Frames & 13 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 30 points.
   Turtle -- 2Ra/2W.
   Thunderbolt -- 2B/1Gd8/1Y/2W + SSR (x2).

   Four Armor -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Osprey -- 
2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

sBritcher (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.
   Yellow Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Silver Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Lime Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.


Me (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.  (Shkval)
   Silver Artillerist -- 2Ra+d8/2B/2W.
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Lime Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Soldier -- 
2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.

Cmdr. Rook (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 
2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Heavy Soldier -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1Y/2W.

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












Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): Hydromancer captures one of Cmdr. Rook's Stations.  sBritcher captures then loses one of Cmdr. Rook's stations.

Hydromancer: 36 points.
 sBritcher: 18 points.
Me: 18 points.
Cmdr. Rook: 15 points.

Events of Turn 2 (DDC@8): Hydromancer seizes another Station, then loses two Stations and his Turtle Frame.  sBritcher loses a Station.  Cmdr. Rook seizes two Stations.  I seize one Station and destroyed Hydromancer's Turtle frame (Turtle paste!).  Lots of Station Dancing in this round.


Hydromancer: 24 points.
 Me: 21 points.
Cmdr. Rook: 21 points.
sBritcher: 15 points.









Events of Turn 3 (DDC@5): Hydromancer gains a Station back, then loses two more along with two more Frames.  Cmdr. Rook loses and gains a Station.  I gain another Station.  At this point they were shutting off the lights in the main hall and we had to pack up so the Doomsday clock is ticked down to zero.


Me: 24 points.
 Cmdr. Rook: 21 points.
sBritcher: 15 points.
Hydromancer: 12 points.



Here's a few pictures of the aftermath.



Thoughts & Observations:
  • This was a fast paced but fun game.
  • Cmdr. Rook finally got to participate in a big game at a PAX.
  • I like the look of my Shkval frames but the hip joint set-up is a little wonky.
  • I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next year.