Friday, July 13, 2018

Micro Mecha 5

I'm still feeling lazy,  so it's time for another look at the smaller end of the scale.

Tiny Arty by countable_nouns.  The thumbnail
makes this look a lot bigger than it really is.












Microframes Front by markwisski.  These look really neat.
Microscale MS-09 Dom by umamen.  Seriously cute.













Dinobots WiP by grantmasters.  These look great.

Only four today.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Random Starships 6

How about some neat starships for a lazy Monday morning?

a cool starship.  And of course there's no download available.

Microscale Spaceship # 2 by The BrickGuy.
Frigate size, nice composition and color.







of the Millenium Falcon that's IO Frigate sized.

SSV Normandy SR-2 by pretraumatic.  This looks really slick.
It's a stud or two over the size limit for Cruisers though.









Mobile Defence Group by TenorPenny.  It seems like -- when
it comes to spaceships -- I'm always coming back to this guy.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bulk Smash

One of the locations of Bricks & Minifigs -- the Southington, Connecticut one to be specific -- is running an event on Sunday (7/8/18).  This event is called a "Bulk Smash" and part of the profits are going to charity.  It starts at 6 pm and you have to pre-register.  The phone number is 1-860-385-1007.  The address is 1173 Queen St., Southington, Connecticut 06489.  Here are some specifics from the e-mail I received.

"For those of you who may not know, our BAM family member Amber was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is thankfully going to make a full recovery but will be out of work for a month or more. To show our support we are offer a portion of the proceeds for the bulk smash sales to Amber. 100% of the profits from any additional buckets that are purchased the night of the event will go directly to Amber. We hope you can make it!

What is bulk smash you ask?
Bulk Smash is an exclusive after hours event jam packed with giant tubs of loose Lego pieces for you to pick through.
-pre registration is required
-$30 gets you a bucket to fill with $40 worth of bulk, access to tubs that have never been sorted through, and refreshments
***Every person who comes through the door must purchase a bucket. If you are planning to bring children plan accordingly***
"


Company website is here.

I'm planning on attending, so I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Review: 5004920 Friends Ski Pod Polybag

A quick -- non-theme -- review for the 4th of July.

Bag.  I believe I paid $4.99 for this, which gives us a $.024 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Pod, outside.



Pod, inside.







Minidoll.


Parts.  Medium Azure, yum!  The Large Jumper,
Clip Plates, Bracket, Studless Slope, and Tiles are useful.  The Minifig Goblet can be handy too.


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).  Another Friends polybag with a brutal score.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Sales Alert

Target is advertising the newest Harry Potter sets this week.  Two of them stand out to me 75950 Aragog's Lair and 75956 Quidditch Match.  Both of them are at or below the Golden Ratio and they look like they have interesting or useful parts.

Also, I've found more Clearance sets at Target.
70914 Bane's Toxic Truck Attack for $34.98.
70916 The Batwing for $82.98
70921 Harley Quinn's Cannonball Attack for $34.98
and
75102 Poe's X-Wing Fighter for $46.18

Good hunting.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: 40187 Flower Display

This is another new set, I'm not sure if it's a "Seasonal" one or not.

Box.  I paid $5.99, for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts 1.  Clip Claws in Green are the stand out pieces for me.



Parts 2.   Corner Bricks in Black!








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+).  Frame and a Station for $6 with plenty of leftover parts.  Works for me!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Review: 40311 Lego Xtra Traffic Lights Polybag

A few weeks ago Lego Xtra polybags debuted in Lego stores in Europe.  Looks like they've finally made it to the United States.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts.  Plenty of New Headlight Bricks.  I
think those Bar w/2x2 Base are new.  Tons
of 1x1 Round Plates.  The Minifig Bottle
could be handy.  Tile Clips, Tooth Plates,
Dish, and new Leaves should be useful too.




Build.  The proverbial Glass Cannon frame, 2Rd.


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-).  Seems like a fitting score for a parts pack.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sales Alert

Looks like Target is moving into Clearance Season for Lego again.  I saw the following sets at the following prices at my local store.
72005 Aaron's X-Bow for $34.98
76084 The Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $34.98
41320 Heartlake Frozen Yogurt Shop for $27.98

They also had the following Mega Construx sets marked down.
FNP 30 Heavy Pike Patrol for $11.98
FMK08 Avalon Courser Sparrow for $10.48

And I believe that today is the last day for most Toys'R'Us stores.  Tomorrow is the final day for the entire company.

Good hunting.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Review: 40312 Lego Xtra Streetlamps Polybag

A few weeks ago Lego Xtra polybags debuted in Lego stores in Europe.  Looks like they've finally made it to the United States.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.12 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts.  Lampposts, a Lime Green
Minifig Camera, a new Minifig
Lantern, and a new printed
cellphone Tile.  Not to mention
the Translucent Minifig Heads.



Build.  Three pieces of 1 Hit 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?  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-).  /There are some interesting and useful pieces in this set.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Random Mechs 22

I haven't done a picture post in a while, so here's some neat stuff to look at.

Swedish Commonwealth Units my Magic Tuba Pixie.
You're getting a twofer with this one.









Gorilla Drone by BobDeQuatre.  This is utterly fantastic.



Hawkeye Hardsuit by Brian Kescenovitz.  Probably
way too large, but it has some neat techniques.







ED-209 4 U by Grantmasters.  Another awesome
ED-209 build.  This one includes a breakdown.




Yesterday's News by LEGOLIZE IT MAN.
A fun little build with instructions included.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Review: 75075 Star Wars Microfighter Series 2 AT-AT

Let's take another trip in the wayback machine to finish out the week..

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.11 Price per Piece.



Instructions.









Minifig.


Parts 1.  Plenty of Dishes.  1x1 Technic Bricks are good too.







Parts 2.  Bar Plates, Bar Claws, Brackets, Slopes, Dishes, Plates, Pin Hole Plates, a Hinge Plates, and a Hinge Brick.

Build.  A quick 2Rd+d8 Frame.  People have used the set as is for a 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?  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+).  Another good set let down by lack of parts.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: 75029 Star Wars Microfighter Series 1 AAT

I'm firing up the wayback machine for this review.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.11 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Minifig.  The legs might be the hardest part to actually use.



Parts 1. Plenty of Plates, Slopes, and Brackets, 
with a few Modified Bricks and Plates.








Parts 2.  Plates, Slopes, Cones, a couple
of Clip Tiles, Boat Studs, Bricks, Bricks
 w/Studs on both sides, Levers & Bases,
 Minifig Telescopes, Flickfire Missiles, a
Turntable, a Dish, a Hinge Brick, a
Technic Axle, and a Technic Hinge



Build.  A Frame, a Station,
and a 1 Hit piece 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?  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+).  A few more parts would have gotten this a better score.  As it stands, it's a decent set.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Purity: FNL87 Pokeball Rattata Review

I grabbed this Pokeball set because I thought the purple parts might match the Crabrawler.

Box.  MSRP is $6.99 for a $0.25 Price per Piece.


Instructions 1.  These are in a bag.











Instructions 2.  Here's why.

Parts 1.  Those are Inverted Clip
Tiles over on the bottom right.









Parts 2.  The Ball Joint Plates in the top right are double sided.



Build.



Size Comparison.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  I like the Magenta pieces but the actual build isn't that great.