Monday, March 3, 2014

Purity: A3368 Star Trek Enterprise Review

Should this be Star Trek Week?  Yes, I think it should.  Let's start with a review of the Kre-O Star Trek Enterprise small scale model.

Front of package.  Those batteries that are included must already be in the light brick, because I did not see a separate package for them.  MSRP for this set is $4.99.  Which puts the price-per-piece at $0.13.

Here's the back of package.  As you can see there are other sets available at this size.

Parts in package.  If you're careful and don't destroy the package when opening it, you can use it to store the pieces for later.

Instructions and stickers.
Parts 1.  I see a Light Brick, which is probably going to sit around gathering dust because I never have any idea of what to do with them.  I also see something that looks like one of the new Lego brackets.  Those have been out for what, a year?  There's also some of the textured Cheese Slopes that everyone likes.

Parts 2.  That Enterprise logo base is never going to see any use.  And that Trans-Blue stand is going to be a pain too.  Those funky 1x2/1x2 brackets are really fun though.

Here's a quick frame I built.  I'm calling it the "zoomer".

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At retail price, 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-).  It's not a bad set.  It just suffers from the same problem all Kre-O licensed sets do, horrible pricing.

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