Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: 31001 Mini Skyflyers

This was originally released at $6.99.  I picked this up for $4.99 at 5 Below.  It has 62 pieces.  Which means it has a Price per Piece of $0.11.



Package.  I've found these plastic containers really useful for storing Lego.  They can hold a fair amount for their size.








Instructions.


Parts 1.  Mini-brackets, Lampholders, 1x1 round plates, Trans-Blue 1x1 round tiles, Trans-Black 2x2 slope w/o studs, 2x2x2 cone, wedge plates, 1x2 Cheese Slopes, and a bunch of other decent parts.







Parts 2.  These two were loose in the package.



Mecha.  2Ra+d8/2W.








Flier. 2Rh (pulse lasers)/1B (rocket
motor)/1Gd8 (no ranged weapons)/2W.

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). If you pick this up at 5 Below like I did, then it changes to a PpP of $0.08 and a rating of A-.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: 41505 Mixel Shuff

This is the last of my Series 1 Mixel reviews for the moment.  I still have to track down the last three, if they're even available in my local area.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which is a Price per Piece of $0.10.







Instructions.



Parts.I really like those textured Slopes in the top of the picture.  Only two ball joints but four of the Bracket 1x2 - 2x2 Inverted though.  One Plate, Modified 1x2 w/3 Teeth (Claws) which I'm beginning to really like, four 1x1 Clip Plates Horizontal, and two 1x2 Plate w/Bar (closed ends) catch my eye along with the Large Jumper and Boat Stud.











Here's a quick 4P Mecha for the review.  I put together
another one a little later after I disassembled this one.
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?  Yes.  (+5)

Score: +15 (A).  We have our first less than perfect score on a Mixel set.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: 41500 Mixel Flain

We continue with the Mixel Review Week.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.09.





Instructions.







Parts.  There are a lot of Plates and Modified Plates in this set.  Only two ball joints though.  Two of the new tooth pieces as well.  Honestly, although it has two of my favorite piece -- 1x2 Plate w/Bar (open ends) -- I'm not that thrilled with the selection in this Mixel set.









A quick 4P Mech.  I'm statting this one up as 2Rd+d8 (arm missile 
pods) / 2Rh (flamethrowers) / 1B (back armor panels) / 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?  Yes.  Barely.  (+5)

Score: +20 (A+).  We max out the score on a Mixel set but, this one barely squeaks through.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: 41507 Mixel Zaptor

In an effort to catch up on my Mixels review -- the 3rd wave is being released shortly -- I'm going to try and do a week of Mixels reviews.

Bag.  As per usual this cost $4.99 for a Price per Piece of $0.08








Instructions.


Parts.  Clip plates -- vertical and horizontal -- some radar dishes, two new headlight bricks, three new inverted brackets, small "bows", ball joints -- male, female, and hermaphrodite -- and a ton of cheese slopes.  All that plus that neat lightning piece and a bunch of other parts make for a pretty good selection.





Mecha.  This guy is 4P and
has 2Rh+d8/2W for stats.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below, easily.  (+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+).  Once again, we max out the score on a Mixel set.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: 30106 Friends Ice Cream Stand Polybag

A Friends review!  I believe this is the first one I've done.  Hopefully not the last.

Retails at $3.99, which gives us
a price per piece of $0.12.







Instructions & Minifig.






Parts.  I'm going to be honest.  The only reason I grabbed this set was the Tan 1x1 Cone w/Bar piece there in the middle of the picture.  It looks like it would make a perfect gun muzzle  Since this set was released, it has become available in Black in some Mixel sets.


Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  No.  I tried, but everything I built just looked like a jumble of pastel bricks.  (-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: -15 (C).  I picked this up because it was on clearance at 50% off and I wanted one of the pieces.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

MFZ:RA Commander's Handbook

A new web app for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack has been released.  Developed by Blorf on the Hangar, it has four components; Asset Tracking, System Simulation, Rules of Engagement, and Loadout Archetypes.  I managed a sneak peak and it looks pretty good.  Go check it out.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Purity: A3138 Star Trek Space Dive Review

As far as I can remember, I grabbed this for 80% off during the recent Toys'R'Us Color Clearance sale.

Box.  Yes, I know, Blurry.  MSRP is $7.99, which gives us a Price per Piece of $0.22.  Ooouuuch.








Instructions.





Kreons.  The one on the right is a standard Kreon.  The one
on the left has a solid torso because it has a battery inside and
it lights up when a circuit is completed with the neck stud.


Parts.  Those four white angle bracket parts  in the middle of the photo are why I bought this set.  There are two 2x4 Inverted Slope pieces, two 1x1 Trans-Red Smooth Round Bricks, and two 1x6 Male Hinge Plates that could possibly be useful.  Beyond that you have two 6x6 Female Hinge Plates, a bunch of other plates, and the ubiquitous Kre-O brick.


The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  One of the Kreons is good for 4P scale.  (+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?  Not really.  (-5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: C (-15).  Honestly, this could have gotten a B- but I don't think it deserves it.  
 Even saying one Kreon is good for 4P scale is pretty weak.  I only grabbed this because it was dirt cheap and I knew I could use four of the parts in it.