Friday, May 25, 2018

Purity: Arcade Classics Frogger Review

There are three of these Arcade Classics sets from "The Bridge Direct".  The only real reference to them to be found online is a Youtube video.

Box I paid $9.99 at Toys'R'Us for a $0.08 Price per Piece.



Instructions.









Stickers.



Parts 1.  That Minifig Kite Shield
is neat, as are the two "T" shaped
Plates in the top row, and the 2x2-
2x2 Bracket.  More Kre-O large
Ball Joints in this set too.




Parts 2.  More Minifig Shields.  Slopes, Bar Plates, Clip
Plates, Plates, Minifig Hand-like Bar Claws, Brackets,
Tiles, a Bar Tile, a Boat Stud, and Slopes w/Studs.




Build.  Two Soldier Frames, two Stations, and two 1 Hit pieces 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? 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+).  Like Wednesday's review, a good set limited by its monochromatic nature.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Purity: Arcade Classics Q*bert Review

There are three of these Arcade Classics sets from "The Bridge Direct".  The only real reference to them to be found online is a Youtube video.

Box I paid $9.99 at Toys'R'Us for a $0.09 Price per Piece.

Instructions.











Stickers.

Parts 1.  Plenty of Plates here.  Those Round Bricks look to be 3x3 in size but only have 2x2 studs on them.  I see more Minifig Shields, and those are Kre-O Ball Joints in the lower right corner.


Parts 2.  Those 2x2 Plates in the upper right corner are double sided.  The Slopes w/Studs are neat too.





Build.  One Frame, three Stations, and three pieces of one 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? 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 as good looking as the Centipede set.  The monotone nature of the colors really hinders it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sales Alert

Target is running a 20% off sale on City, Ninjago, Friends, and Duplo sets this week.  Now might be the time to grab those Ninjago Movie sets you haven't yet.

The Toys'R'Us Store Closing sale is at 20% off for Lego and 40% off on Construction sets.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Purity: Arcade Classics Centipede Review

There are three of these Arcade Classics sets from "The Bridge Direct".  The only real reference to them to be found online is a Youtube video.

Box I paid $9.99 at Toys'R'Us for a $0.06 Price per Piece.



Instructions.









Parts 1.  Those 1x1-1x1 Brackets are neat, as are the 1x1 Round Bricks w/Studs on side.  Let's not forget the Minifig Hand-like Bar Clips.




Parts 2.  Plenty of Slopes, Plates, and Bricks.  Minifig Shields are nice.




Parts 3.  Slopes, Clip Plates, and Bar Plates




Build.  Two Soldier Frames, two
Stations, 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? 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 makes a great starter set.

Oh, by the way, this is my 1,000th post.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review: Gundam Converge G Parts (Hrududu)

Let's finish out Gundam Converge week with the six item in the set and a rare Saturday post.  Apparently this kit is a fighter and also parts expansion set for the Gundam Hazel.  Which makes it fairly interesting.  This kit is part of a sealed set of Vol.19 of Gundam Converge I picked up at H Mart.  I paid $64.99 for the entire set.

Box.  MSRP was $6.49 at H Mart.


Parts.  That little thing at the
bottom is a piece of candy.








Disassembled.  The little antenna on the tips of the wings can be removed too and, they could be Spotting.  the wings could be either Movement or Defense.  The nosecone could be either Melee, Direct Fire, Defense, or Spotting.


Assembled.






Size Comparison.



This is the combination of the
G Parts and the Hazel Custom.
The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  In between a Chub and a Classic.  (+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: +10 (A-).  This might actually make a good ship for a game of Intercept Orbit.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Review: Gundam Converge TR-1 (Hazel Custom) Blue

This is day 5 of Gundam Converge week.  This is a re-color of the kit I reviewed yesterday.  This kit is part of a sealed set of Vol.19 of Gundam Converge I picked up at H Mart.  I paid $64.99 for the entire set.

Box.  MSRP was $6.49 at H Mart.


Parts.  That little thing at the
bottom is a piece of candy.







Disassembled.  Something I discovered with this one is the feet come off.  The gun can be Direct Fire or Spotting.  The shield can be Defense.  Backpack one can be Movement.  Backpack two can be Defense or Spotting.  The head can be Defense or Spotting.  The arms can be removed for White die damage.

Assembled.  Like the other version,
it has trouble standing up.






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.  In between a Chub and a Classic.  (+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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Same verdict as the White one.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Gundam Converge TR-1 (Hazel Custom) White

This is day 4 of Gundam Converge week.  This kit is part of a sealed set of Vol.19 of Gundam Converge I picked up at H Mart.  I paid $64.99 for the entire set.

Box.  MSRP was $6.49 at H Mart.


Parts.  That little thing at the
bottom is a piece of candy.







Disassembled.  The gun can be Direct Fire or Spotting.  The shield can be Defense.  Backpack one can be Movement.  Backpack two can be Defense or Spotting.  The head can be Defense or Spotting.  The arms can be removed for White die damage.



Assembled.  It's a little unstable standing on its own.  This may be a problem later in the game it it has taken damage.


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.  In between a Chub and a Classic.  (+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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Pretty good except for the trouble standing part..

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Review: Gundam Converge V-2 Assault Gundam

This is day 3 of Gundam Converge week.  This kit is part of a sealed set of Vol.19 of Gundam Converge I picked up at H Mart.  I paid $64.99 for the entire set.

Box.  MSRP was $6.49 at H Mart.


Parts.  That little thing at the
bottom is a piece of candy.








Disassembled.  The gun could be Direct Fire or Artillery.  The back vanes can be Defense, Movement, or Spotting.  The shield can be Defense.  The head can be Defense or Spotting.  The arms can be removed for White die damage.



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.  In between a Chub and a Classic.  (+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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  This one is a solid choice.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Review: Gundam Converge Guntank Early Type

Did I mention I was doing a Gundam Converge week?  I'm doing a Gundam Converge week.  This is day 2.  This kit is part of a sealed set of Vol.19 of Gundam Converge I picked up at H Mart.  I paid $64.99 for the entire set.

Box.  MSRP was $6.49 at H Mart.


Parts.  That little thing at the
bottom is a piece of candy.







Disassembled.  the cannons can be Direct Fire, or Artillery,
or even Spotting.  The head can be Defense or Spotting.
The arms can be removed for White die damage.


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 a little smaller than 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +15 (A).  Not a bad score and a nice change of pace in terms of looks.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Review: Gundam Converge G Self

This is part of a sealed set of Vol.19 of Gundam Converge I picked up at H Mart.  I paid $64.99 for the entire set.

Box.  MSRP was $6.49 at H Mart.


Parts.  That little thing at the
bottom is a piece of candy.








Disassembled.  I can see this as a Soldier loadout.  Gun as Direct Fire, shield as Defense, backpack as Movement, and antenna as Spotting.  The arms can be removed for White die damage.

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.  In between a Chub and a Classic.  (+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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A nice looking mecha and a good Frame for a game.

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Road to PAX Unplugged 2018

The dates for PAX Unplugged have been confirmed on the website, it's Friday, November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd.  Registration opens in a little over a week.  We had a decent turnout from the MFZ community the last time.  Let's see if we can do better this time around.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Getting Started 2

"How do I start playing Mobile Frame Zero?"  As with many other situations, the answer is, "It depends."

Back in September of 2015 I did another post about this issue.  This is a different take.

Just want a squad for yourself? Find the instructions/parts list for the Frame you want to build, buy those parts off Bricklink/Brickowl/Pick-A-Brick, assemble your squad, find players, play
 game.

Intent on starting a MFZ gaming group by yourself and providing squads for all the players? Find sets that have the parts you want/need at a price you're happy with, build Frames, build Terrain, stockpile leftover parts, find players, play game, Rinse, Repeat.

Some where in between those points? Pick and choose from both methods.


A specific thing people might want to look at is the Double Set Challenge. In that I combine two small, cheap sets to make a Frame and possibly a Station. I've also been breaking down the costs to make Defender/Attacker/Primary Attacker size squads from those sets. 

Storage? Tackle/tool boxes are good for storing and transporting squads or small collections. Have a larger collection that you want to organize in some fashion? Read this.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Review: 76101 Outrider Dropship Attack

Now that I've finally seen Avengers: Infinity War I feel comfortable posting this review.  Okay, I generally don't go in for minifig heavy sets.  But the Outriders looked interesting so I gave it a try.  Also, this is going for less than retail at Walmart so that was a strong selling point too.

Box.  I paid $1244, for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions & Stickers.









Minifigs 1.

Minifigs 2.  Those Outrider Neck Bracket pieces are interesting.
Not what I thought they might
be, but interesting.








Parts 1.  These were loose in the box.

Parts 2.  Plates, Wedge Plates, Minifig Stud Shooters, Tiles, Bricks w/Studs on Side, and some new Jewel pieces. 





Parts 3.  Teal pieces!  Bar Plates, Lampholders, Tiles, Slopes,
Plates, Clip Bar Holders, Clip Plates, Nipples, and Flags.



Build.  A Frame (2Rd+d8) with two Spotting
drones, 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?  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).  Not a bad set if you can get it at the Walmart price.