Friday, November 16, 2018

Review: 41601 Brick Headz Cyborg

Let's finish up the week by going back to the Justice League.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99.  This yields a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Parts 1.  This was loose inside the box.



Parts 2.  Bricks, Round Bricks,
Mod. Bricks, Plates, Mod. Plates,
Tiles, and a Round Plate.







Parts 3.  Seventeen Headlight
bricks in Dark Bley.  Nuff said!

Build.  I used C6 techniques to attach the legs.


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 one is a massive parts pack.  I've been grabbing them whenever I found them marked down.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sales Alert

BrickForge is running an inventory reduction sale.  50% off all loose items.  No end date is given.

Target has previewed their Black Friday sale.  They list four sets at $41.99 in a "door buster" deal.  I think you can currently get three of them at that price plus the "$10 for spending $50 on Lego" sale that's running up until Thanksgiving.

Dollar General has a three day sale -- starting today -- on clone bricks, 50% off.  They're apparently going to start carrying Lego sets.

Good hunting.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review: 41586 Brick Headz Batgirl

Midway through another Brick Headz week and let's change up the color scheme.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99.  This yields a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts 1.  This was loose inside
the box.  Odd that it's 4x6 instead
of 6x6 like the others.

Parts 2.  Puuurple.  Mod. Bricks,
 Round Bricks, Bricks, Plates, Mod.
Plates, Tiles, Brackets, a Wedge
Plate, and an Inverted Slope.



Parts 3.  More Puuurple.  Slopes, Tiles, Printed Tiles, Mod. Tiles, Plates, Mod. Plates, a Wedge Plate, and Yellow Minifig Batarangs.



Build.  An IO Cruiser with plenty
of room for Attachments.



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).  Great color selection in this set.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: 41599 Brick Headz Wonder Woman

Let's start another theme week.  Beginning with the character that ended the previous week is a nice bit of continuity.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99.  This yields a $0.07 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts 1.  This was loose inside the box.


Parts 2.  Printed Tiles, Slopes, Bricks, Round Bricks, Mod. Bricks, Plates, Mod. Plates, a Bracket, a Printed Brick, and a Minifig Shield.






Parts 3.  Plates, Round Plates,
Tiles, Printed Tiles, Slopes,
Mod. Plates, and Minifig Swords.



Build.  I really wanted to use
the Shield but there are only
two Clip Plates in the set.


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+).  While it earned a good score, I'm generally "meh" about the Brick Headz sets.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Review: 76070 Mighty Micros: Wonder Woman vs. Doomsday

Finishing up the DC Mighty Micros week.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.12 Price per Piece

Instructions and parts list.












Minifigs.

Parts 1.  Trans-Clear
Tails and 2x2 Dome.







Parts 2.  Trans-Clear Headlight Bricks!

Build.  I modified the WW build
for this one.  2Rh+d8/1B/1Y.
  
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+).  While this set has the highest parts count and most interesting pieces of the three this week, it's still kinda disappointing like the rest of the Mighty Micros.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

PAX East 2019

Tickets for PAX East 2019 have gone on sale.  As with last year the con is four days and the Saturday tickets have already sold out.  The dates are March 28th to March 31st.  I've started a topic on the Hangar for those who will be attending.

Survey Questions 2018

It's been three years since I last surveyed the demographics of the MFZ community and since we've had some influx of new blood I felt it time to do it again.  I'd appreciate it if you participated.

Survey Question 1 is about how much you get to play MFZ.

Survey Question 2 is about the length of time you've been a member of the community.
Survey Question 3 is about how old you are.

I'll be posting another question today (11/8) and another on Friday (11/9).  Once I feel the questions have had enough time to run their course I will publish the results here on my blog.

These questions are all completely anonymous.  No names are attached to any of the votes.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: 76061 Mighty Micros: Batman vs. Catwoman

We're at the midpoint of the week and continuing the DC Mighty Micros reviews.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.13 Price per Piece


Instructions and parts list.











Minifigs.

Parts 1.  Those 4x4 Frame pieces might be tough to work with.






Parts 2.  Those Printed
Slope pieces are cool.

Build.  2Rh+d8/1G+d8.
  
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+).  I had fun with the build but, not that great of a set.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Sales Alert

Target is having a 10% off Lego advent calendars sale this week.  That puts the City and Friends calendars at $0.09 and $0.05 per piece, respectively.  The Star Wars one is $0.12 per piece on sale.  The "Spend $50 or more get a $10 gift card on LEGO" promotion is still going on too.

Kohls has one Lego set, a few Mega Construx, and a bunch of Cobi sets on sale online.  Not sure what the brick & mortar retail situation is like.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Review: 76062 Mighty Micros: Robin vs. Bane

Last week I spent some time trying to organize the attic a bit and my backlog of Lego sets at the same time.  I came across my collection of Mighty Micros so I figured I'd do a week spotlighting them.  Well, the DC ones I have, at least.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.13 Price per Piece

Instructions and parts list.







Minifigs.

Parts 1.  Those new Axle Plates are going
to be interesting to work with.  I like the
Mudguards and the Printed Spoiler too.





Parts 2.  Clip Plates, Bar Plate, and
Minifig Torches all look good to me.

Build.  Frame and 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?  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+).  Not bad, not great.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Starter Kit

The community talks a lot about starter kits for MFZ: Rapid Attack.  It's one of the few stumbling blocks for entry into the game.  I've finally decided to put my money where my mouth is and I've created one.

Flickr page.

These will be for sale at PAX Unplugged in a month.  As you can see there are five Generic Frames, three Stations, and a Ruler.  The Frames are all Soldier archetypes and have color coded Attachments.

I hope people like them, and I hope people will use them to get started with Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid attack.