Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: 30449 Guardians of the Galaxy Milano Polybag

This was a "free" giveaway at the Lego store for part of the month of May.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.08.


Instructions.










Parts 1.  Plenty of Wedge Plates,   Some Slopes, Plates, and a 2x2 Brick.  A couple of Brackets, some 1x2 Female Ball Joints wCup on End, and the elusive Compact Technic Steering Arm w/3 Ball Joints.



Parts 2.  Some Slopes, Hinge Bricks, Plates, Tiles, Technic Bits, and a Dish.

Build.  Once again, since Dark Cloud Blogs already built the set,
I'm trying for a Frame instead.  We've got a quad walker with 2Rd/2B.

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 really good set.  Let's hope it comes back on the market at some point in the future.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: 30277 Star Wars First Order Star Destroyer Polybag

Here's a current polybag that can be found at Toys'R'Us.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.07.



Instructions.











Parts.  Plenty of Wedge Plates, regular Plates, a Jumper, a Lampholder, some Slopes, Boat Bumpers, Grille Tiles, Tiles, and Modified Plates 2x2x2/3 w/2 Studs on Side.









I figured I'd try and build a mech.

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+).  This is a good set for a start in Intercept Orbit, or otherwise.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: 30322 Duplo Wildlife Polybag

I picked this one up at Toys'R'Us.  This set wouldn't normally be something I would review but I have a reason you'll see at the end.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 which is a Price per Piece of $1.00.


Instructions.










Minifig.  :-)


Parts.  Three Bricks.


Build.  Here's the reason I bought this set.  as you can see in the picture on the left, System Bricks can attach to the studs on Duplo Bricks.  This gives us a base to build pieces of Terrain or Cover using a lesser amount of pieces.  The hill in the picture on the right will take 1 Hit before being reduced under the Height Limit for Cover and 3 Hits before being destroyed.

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).  Scoring this set isn't really fair.  This review was done more as a way to inform people of the compatibility between System and Duplo Bricks.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: 30351 Police Helicopter Polybag

A while back a set of polybags was released through Barnes & Noble.  Here's a review of one of them.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.95 which is a Price per Piece of $0.09.


Instructions.








Minifig.  Look closely, that's a female face.


Parts.  Two White Taps, a Minifig Space Camera, some Slopes, plenty of Plates, a couple of 1x1 Clip Bricks, 1x2 Bricks w/Studs on 1 Side, and a Bar Plate (open ends).  A nice little selection.


Build.  Okay, I copped out and built another IO frigate.

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-).  Not a bad score, more parts would have helped.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Mobile Worker (Ramba Ral Custom)

Let's finish out Gundam Converge review week.



Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.







Disassembled.  I can see Melee for the arms and Spotting or Defense for the head.





Assembled.






Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's the same size as a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Three.  (0)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  Basically a reskin of the Mash Custom Mobile Worker I reviewed before.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Gaplant

Another Gundam Converge review.



Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.







Disassembled.  The cannons could be Direct Fire or Artillery attachments.





Assembled.






Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Two.  (-5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +10 (A-).  Essentially a reskin of my previous Gaplant review.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Mobile Worker (Mash Custom)

A Gundam Converge review to start the actual posts for the week.


Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.







Disassembled.  I can see Melee for the arms and Spotting or Defense for the head.





Assembled.






Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's about the size of a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Three.  (0)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  Not bad, but the set is pretty limited.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sales Alert

Toys'R'Us is running two interesting sales today.  The first is Buy One Get One Free All Mega Construx sets.  The second is 20% off all Speed Champions and Technic Lego sets.  These look to be in store only sales.

Good hunting.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Byalant

A Gundam Converge review to finish out the week.


Box.  I paid $10.99 for this at Newbury Comics.


Parts.






Disassembled.  The arms can represent Melee, the head can be Defense or Spotting, and the horns can be Spotting.  The head also separates into three pieces so you should be careful with it.




Assembled.  This model is a little
back heavy so you may need
the base on the gaming table.





Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  That sounds about right.  I'm not too impressed with this one.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Sales Alert

Toys'R'Us is running a 40% off on select Lego sets in an online sale for today and tomorrow.  Jump on this as there are some good sets listed at really good prices.  They're also running a 20% off Duplo and Juniors Lego sets sale.  Unfortunately the only set with good pricing in that sale is the Juniors Batman/Superman set.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Battle Report: Airfield Ambush 2

The Usual Suspects got together this past weekend for another game on the Airfield setting.  The same players convened, except there were starships on the playing field instead of airplanes

Tom (3 Frames & 12 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (4 assets) = 28 points.
   White Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Brown Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.


Occam's Spork (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 20 points.
   Blue/Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   White/Blue Tank -- 2Rd+d8/1B/2W + SSR.
   Blue Moving Wall -- 2B/2G+d8/2W + SSR (x2).
   Green -- 2Rh+d8/2Rd+d8/2W.


Me (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 20 points.  (Solidboxes)
   Yellow Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   
Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.

   Blue Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/2W.

Narbey (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 15 points.  (Skitterers)
   Yellow Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   
Green Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.


Tyler (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 15 points.  (Quattros)
   Orange Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Purple Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   
Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR (x2).
   Red Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.




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








Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): Tom's Brown frame hits my Orange frame for 1 and the Milano for 1.  My Orange frame hops down off the Milano and makes a move for Tom's Station.  My Yellow frame hits Tyler's Red frame for 3.  Occam's Spork's Green/White frame hits Narbey's White frame for 1.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits my Green frame for 1 and the Milano for 5.  Tom's Green frame hits Narbey's White frame for 1.  Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame hits Narbey's Yellow frame for 3.  Narbey's Red frame hops on top of the Milano.

Tom: 28 points.
Occam's Spork: 20 points.
Me: 20 points.
Narbey: 15 points.
Tyler: 15 points.



Events of Turn 2 (DDC@7): I seize Tom's Station with my Blue frame.  Tom's Green frame hits Narbey's Yellow frame for 1.  Narbey's Green frame hits Occam's Spork's Green frame for 3.  Tom shoots the Hangar building with a SSR for 1.  Occam's Spork's Blue frame hits my Blue frame for 4.  Narbey seizes my undefended Station with his Red frame after my Green frame moves off the Milano and makes an attack run at Tom's Green and White frames.  I shoot at Tom's Green frame and hit his White for 2.  Narbey's Red frame hits my Green for 4.  Tyler's Orange and Red frames both hit my Yellow frame for 1 damage each.  Tom's White frame hops on top of the Hangar building and destroys my Blue frame with 1 damage.  Occam's Spork seizes control of the Station it had been guarding.  Tyler's Purple frame hits my Orange frame for 3.


Occam's Spork: 24 points.
Tom: 21 points.
Narbey: 18 points.
Tyler: 15 points.
Me: 12 points.




Events of Turn 3 (DDC@3): Narbey's Green frame hits Occam's Spork's Green frame for 1.  Toms' Green and Brown frames hit Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 1 each.  My Green frame hits Tom's White frame for 2 and moves up next to the Station Occam's Spork is holding.  Tyler's Green frame hits Tom's White frame for 4, destroying it.  My Orange frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 1.  Tyler's Purple frame hits my Orange frame for 1.  Narbey's Red frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 1, destroying it.  My Green frame then seizes the Station it had been guarding.  My Yellow frame hits Narbey's Red frame for 1.  Tyler's Orange frame hits Tom's Brown frame for 3.  The DDC ticks to 0.

Narbey: 18 points.
Me: 16 points.
Occam's Spork: 16 points.
Tyler: 15 points.
Tom: 14 points.
Thoughts & Observations:
  • There may be such a thing as too much cover.  The Milano absorbed 6 hits and barely looked scratched.
  • Tyler rolled seven damage dice on multiple occasions and came up empty on all of them.
  • We had an observer for the game that has expressed interest in playing.
  • The bus on the airfield might have been too obtuse a reference.
  • This game wasn't as deadly as the last game on the airfield with only half the amount of Frames being destroyed.
  • This is my second game in a row with no Artillery attachments in my squad.