Friday, November 17, 2017

PAX Unplugged

For the next three days I'll be helping demonstrate Mobile Frame Zero at PAX Unplugged.  We'll be at booth # 414 so come see us if you're there.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: 5009416 Kai's Pod Polybag

This was a "free" giveaway this week with $30 Lego purchase at Toys'R'Us.

Bag.  MSRP is $5.99 for this at Toys'R'Us which gives us a $0.17 Price per Piece.



Instructions.







Minifig.




Pod, Outside.  It's slightly under seven Bricks tall.







Pod, Inside.  Laying flat, it's two Bricks tall.  You can attach five Bricks inside to make it a one-shot piece of Cover.





Parts.  Plates, Tiles, Brackets, Cheese Slopes, Grille Tiles, Apollo Studs, Clip Tiles, Clip Plate, and Minifig Sai and Katana.


Build. Nothing.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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).  One of the worst scoring sets I've ever reviewed.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: 30478 Jolly Santa Polybag

I guess the Christmas season has started.  I think this is going to be one of the polybags at Target this year.

Bag.  I paid $3.49 for this at Toys'R'Us which gives us a $0.05 Price per Piece.



Instructions.










Parts.  Tons of Plates, some Slopes, Jumpers, and Tiles, a few Bricks and Mod. Brick 1x2x1-1/3 w/Curved Top.  A Clip Plate, a Handle Brick, a Brick w/2 Studs on side, and a Mod. Plate 2x2x2/3 w/2 Studs on side.





Build.  Yeah, that's a crappy 4P 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?  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+).  Nice price point, but the contents are a little lacking.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Double Set Challenge Revisit: Broken Rules Edition

I could call this Round 4.  Unfortunately this time I broke one of the rules I set down in the original post.  This time I went with the First Order Walker and the Batman Phantom Zone polybags.  This combo comes out to 113 pieces.  Now, seven of these pieces are from the minifig but that still brings us to 106 pieces and over the limit I imposed.




Here's both packages.











Here's a Frame  (2Rd+d8/2B) and two Stations.






Here's the leftover parts.



At $3.49 and $3.97 respectively, that's roughly $7.50 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $22.50 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $37.50 for an Attacker (5 units), and $52.50 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sales Alert: Black Friday Preview

Details are being leaked about this year's Black Friday deals.  Target has a 30% off on five Lego sets sale.  They are listing 41126 Friends: Heartlake Riding Club, 21124 Minecraft: The End Portal, 76054 Batman: Harvest of Fear, 70626 Ninjago: Dawn of Iron Doom, and 75139 Star Wars: Battle on Takodana at $34.99.

Five Below is listing 2 for $5 Lego Dimensions Fun Packs on Saturday and Sunday.  Kinda surprised they have any left at this point.

Good hunting!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Double Set Challenge, Revisit 3

Here we go for Round 3.  This edition starts with the Kylo Ren's Shuttle and the Ninjago Airboat polybags.




Here's both packages.











Here's a Frame  (2Rd+d8/2Y) and a Station.






Here's the leftover parts.






At $3.49 each, that's roughly $7.00 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $21.00 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $35.00 for an Attacker (5 units), and $49.00 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

The next set of polybags I'm experimenting with is the Creator Turtle and the First Order Walker.



Here's both packages.












Build.  A Frame (2Rd+d8/2B) and Station.







Here's the leftover parts.




At $2.99 and $3.49 respectively, that's roughly $6.50 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $19.50 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $32.50 for an Attacker (5 units), and $45.50 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

Once again, all three of these sets are currently available in stores.
Hopefully this post gives people ideas for new creations.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lego Storage Guide

Always of interest to the MFZ community is a way of storing the Lego we use in the game.  Tom Alphin has written a Lego Storage Guide for collections of all sizes.  At a quick skim, this is an in-depth guide that will be useful for a large cross-section of people.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Double Set Challenge, Revisit 2

Last Wednesday I posted a revisit to the Double Set Challenge.  That lit a bit of a creative fire under my butt and I decided to keep playing around with combinations of polybags that are currently available in stores.  This edition starts with the Kylo Ren's Shuttle and the First Order Walker polybags.




Here's both packages.











Here's a Frame (2Rd+d8/1G/1Y) and a Station.







Here's the leftover parts.




At $3.49 each, that's roughly $7.00 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $21.00 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $35.00 for an Attacker (5 units), and $49.00 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

The next set of polybags I'm experimenting with is the Creator Turtle and Kylo Ren's Shuttle.


Here's both packages.












Build.  A Frame (2Ra+d8/1B/1G) and Station.








Here's the leftover parts.




At $2.99 and $3.49 respectively, that's roughly $6.50 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $19.50 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $32.50 for an Attacker (5 units), and $45.50 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

Once again, all three of these sets are currently available in stores.
Hopefully this post gives people ideas for new creations.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Road to PAX Unplugged

PAX Unplugged opens two weeks from toaday and I plan on being there to demo MFZ for the Indie Bazaar.  I know six people on the MFZ Facebook page and two people on the Hangar -- with one known cross-over name -- are planning on going.  There's a topic discussing it on the Hangar, so speak up if you're going to be there.  I know people are interested in a meet-up and I'm sure people would like to get a full game in while the crew is there.  Let's make this happen!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Double Set Challenge, Revisit 1

Over a year ago  I laid down some rules for the Double Set Challenge.  Recently I was preparing to dump and sort two polybags that I had reviewed.  I had the Creator Turtle and the Ninjago Airboat ready for sorting, then I looked at what I had built individually and figured I could do better if I combined the two.  The original DSC was meant to be two of the same set combined but, both of these sets are under the 50 pieces limit so it might be more interesting to try it this way.




Here's both packages.









The Turtle build was interesting, but a little small and without Attachments.  The Airboat build was cool but had an illegal connection.  Let's see what happens when combine the two.



Here's a Frame (2Rh+d8/2Rd+d8/2W) and a Station.  There's
a part of me that's tempted to build a squad of those Frames.





Here's the leftover parts.








At $2.99 and $3.49 respectively, that's roughly $6.50 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $19.50 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $32.50 for an Attacker (5 units), and $45.50 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

This lead me to take another try with a different polybag.  This combo juuust sneaks in under the parts limit for the challenge.



Here's both packages.












Build.  A Frame (2Rd+d8/2Y/2W) and Station.







Here's the leftover parts.







At $3.49 each, that's roughly $7.00 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $21.00 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $35.00 for an Attacker (5 units), and $49.00 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

So all three of these sets are currently available in stores.
Hopefully this post gives people ideas for new creations.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sales Alert

I'm not sure if this counts as Bricktober, since it's the last day of the month, but Toys'R'Us is having a 20% off sale on select sets from the Superheroes, Ninjago Movie, Star Wars, Friends, and City setsThere's also a BOGO40% Off sale on the Lego Tape, and a BOGO40% Off on all Pokemon Mega Bloks construction sets.  To round it out, there's an offer of a Lego Ninjago Kai's Dojo Pod or Friends Ski Pod free with any Lego Construction purchase of $30 or more.

Target is advertising Lego Advent Calendars this week.

Good hunting!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: 40203 Halloween Vampire Set

I figured this review would be appropriate one to end Bricktober.  It's another old set, but I bought this the other week at Walmart.

Box.  I paid $9.84 for this which gives us a $0.07 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts 1.  Clip Plates, Tooth Plates, Cheese Slopes, Studless Slopes, Barbs, Boat Bumpers, printed Round Tiles,and Plates.


Parts 2.  Slopes, Plates Bricks, and a Wheel Well Plate.




Parts 3.  Here's most of the fun stuff.


Build.


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+).  Not bad, but not great.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Review: 30426 Ninjago Stealthy Swamp Airboat

I found this at Walmart recently.  I was surprised to see it on the shelf as I hadn't heard any rumors about its release.

Box.  I paid $3.49 for this at Walmart.  This yields a $0.08  Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifig.


Parts.  Jets, Stud Shooters, Ice Cream Cones, Bracket, 6x6 Inverted Radar Dish, and Printed 1x2 Cheese Slope are all interesting pieces.








Build.  A hover Frame or IO Frigate, you choose.  I know, it uses an "illegal" connection.



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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  It has some interesting parts and might make for the start of a squad.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Purity: Kre-O 82964 Transformers Bumblebee Brick Box Review 2

Apparently there was a second version of the Bumblebee Brick Box released along with the others.  It has the same part number as the other one.  I noticed this while I was preparing to dump and sort the parts from the box.  Luckily I stopped before anything got mixed up.

Box.  I paid $6.99 for this at Walgreens.  This yields a $0.09  Price per Piece.


Instructions.  None of these sets came with instructions.











Kreon.

Parts 1.  1x4 Hinge Plates, those funky
1x1 Corrugated Round Bricks,
and plenty of other fun stuff.








Parts 2.  Bricks, Plates, Rims, Tires, Slopes,
Clip Plates, Bar Plates, and Axle Plates.



Build.  A Frame 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?  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+).  Another Brick Box with the max score.