Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Purity: Mega Bloks 05662 Power Rangers Red Lion Zord Review

I found this in Ocean State Job Lots back before Christmas along with a few other sets.

Can.  I paid $5.00 for this which yields a $0.05 Price per Piece.  I can't
find any sources for the original price so make of this what you will.


Instructions.









Minifig.

Parts 1.  The piece in the upper left is
the Head.  The Printed Slopes are neat.









Parts 2.  The Mega Bloks version of the Mod. Brick w/Pin is slightly odd in that they are only two Plates tall.  The piece in the lower right is the Jaw for the Zord head.

Parts 3.  Bar Plates, Clip Plates, Slopes, Bricks, Plates, Mod Bricks w/Pin Hole,
and that 10 Stud long Mod. Plate.





Build.  Frame.  I should have tried this set a long time ago.

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+).  A perfect score but on a secondary retailer price.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Purity: Mega Bloks 05661 Power Rangers Super Mega Jet Zord Review

I found this in Ocean State Job Lots back before Christmas along with a few other sets.

Can.  I paid $5.00 for this which yields a $0.06 Price per Piece.  I can't
find any sources for the original price so make of this what you will.


Instructions.









Minifig.


Parts 1.  Those Angled tiles are nice, as
are the Antenna, and the Printed Tile.








Parts 2.  The variety of Modified Plates is Nice.  I really like the Modified 2x2 Round in the lower left.

Parts 3.  More Angled Tiles. 
 Wings and Tails are nice too.






Build.  An 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A perfect score but on a secondary retailer price.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: Gundam Converge PMX-002 Bolinoak-Sammahn (141)

I wandered into Barnes & Noble the other day and found a few Gundam Converge kits I haven't reviewed yet.  There may be a few GC weeks upcoming.  :-)  This kit is part of Wave 04 from 2016.

Box.  MSRP was $7.99 at Barnes & Noble.


Parts.







Disassembled.  The head can be Defense or Spotting.  The "jets"
can be Defense, Movement, or Spotting.  The shield can
be Defense.  The shield blades can be Melee or Spotting.


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.  Slightly larger than 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+).  Another Gundam Converge winner.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Survey Answers 2018

Here's the results from the updated 2018 survey that I ran on the Hangar in the last quarter of the year.

Survey Question 1: How Often Do You Play?
Never: 7 votes (25%).
Less Than Once a Year: 6 votes (21%).
Yearly: 2 votes (7%).
Every 6 Months: 6 votes (21%).
Quarterly: 2 votes (7%).
Every Other Month: 3 votes (11%).
Monthly: 2 votes (7%).
Every Other Week: 0 votes.
Weekly: 0 votes.
More Than That: 0 votes.
Total Votes: 28.

Survey Question 2: How Long Have You Been Playing?
Prior to 2012 (Mechaton): 3 votes (14%).
2012 (MFZ:RA): 0 votes.
2013: 4 votes (18%).
2014 (MFZ:IO): 3 votes (14%).
2015: 3 votes (14%).
2016: 2 votes (9%).
2017: 1 vote (5%).
2018: 6 votes (27%).
Total Votes: 22.

Survey Quest 3: How Old Are You?
Teens: 4 vote (16%).
20s: 5 votes (20%).
30s: 11 votes (44%).
40s: 5 votes (20%).
50s: 0 votes.
Older: 0 votes.
Total Votes: 25.

Survey Question 4: What's Your Favorite Part of Mobile Frame Zero?
The Lego: 12 votes (57%).
The Rules: 3 votes (14%).
The Setting: 2 votes (10%).
The Community: 2 votes (10%).
Special Snowflake: 2 votes (10%).
Total Votes: 21.

Survey Question 5: Favorite Faction?
Ijad: 3 votes (15%).
Solar Union: 3 votes (15%).
Free Colonies: 4 votes (20%).
Your Own Solar Calendar Creation: 1 vote (5%).
A Creation Outside the Solar Calendar: 9 votes (45%).
Total Votes: 20.

The response level to Question 1 dropped 27%.  The highest voting category switched to "Never" from "Less than once a year".
The response level to Question 2 dropped 49%.  The highest voting category switched to "2018" from "2014".
The response level to Question 3 dropped 38%.  The highest voting category didn't change for this question.
The response level to Question 4 dropped 37%.  (It was also Question 5 in the prior survey)  The highest voting category also didn't change for this question.
The response level to Question 5 also dropped 37%.  The highest voting category switched to "Creation Outside the Solar Calendar" from "Solar Union".

I'm not surprised by the drop in votes.  Things have been quiet on the Hangar and in the community for a while.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: 30364 Popcorn Cart Polybag

Continuing on with the polybags, I bought this at Walmart early this week.

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


Instructions.











Minifig.  That printed 1x1 Brick is neat.


Parts.  Plates, Axle Plates, Panels, Window Frames, Wheels, Ice Cream, Technic Pins, Tiles, Slopes, Technic Bricks, Corner Bricks, and a Bar Plate.





Build.  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?  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-).  Some useful parts but not many.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Review: 30572 Race Car Polybag

Continuing on with the polybags, I bought this at Walmart last week.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts.  Plates, Axle Plates, Brackets, Rims, Tires, Slopes, Tiles, Mudguard Plates, Jumpers, Clip Plates, Round Plates, Nipples, Mod. Plates 2x2x2/3 w/2 Studs on Side, Mod. Plates 1x4 w/2 Studs, a Bar Plate, and a Grille Tile.  This is the first set I've reviewed with the Angled Studless Slopes.



Build.  I'm addicted to Ram Carts.

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+).  Good set, but the parts quantities are weird.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: 30528 Mini Master-Building MetalBeard Polybag

Continuing on with the polybag and Lego Movie 2 theme from last week, I bought this at Walmart two weekends ago.

Bag.  I paid $3.97, for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.












Parts.  Exo-Force Arms, Technic Plates, Axle Plates, Rims, Minifig Swords, Flame Pieces, Bar Clips, Small Barbs, Plates, Ball Joints, Slopes, Bracket, Flag, Antenna, Padlock, Minifig Telescope, Minifig Head, Minifig Hat, Dish, Octagonal Bar Plate, Cyberbeard Plate, Clip Plate, and 1x4 Mod. Plate w/Angled Tubes.





Build.  Frame (2Rh+d8/1Y ) with
alternate (2Ra) Attachment.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  A Frame-in-a-Bag, but needs to be cheaper or have more parts for a better score.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: 30340 Emmet's "Piece" Offering Polybag

Continuing on with the polybag and Lego Movie 2 theme, I bought this at Target last weekend.  It can be found in the Seasonal section.

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


Instructions.












Minifig.

Parts.  Plates, Bricks, Slopes, and Curved
1x2x1.3 Bricks.  Lookit all that Magenta!









Build.  Three 2 Hit pieces of Cover.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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: 0 (B).  Good if you need some funky cover fast.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Review: 30527 Lucy vs. Alien Invader Polybag

Continuing on with the polybag theme, I bought this at Walmart last weekend.

Bag.  I paid $3.97, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Minifig.


Parts.  Plates, Bricks, Mod. Bricks, Large Jumpers, Tiles, Plates w/Pin Holes, Technic Pins, Trans-Clear Boat Bumper, and a Printed Round Tile.






Build.  Two 2 Hit pieces of Cover.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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: 0 (B).  Good if you need some funky cover fast.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Polly Want A Baggy 7

Wow, seven years of this?  Time flies when you're searching for that one specific piece in the pile of Lego that is life.  :-)  As usual, the information comes from Brickset.

30361 Fire ATV another ATV for the City fire department.  That looks to be a new Minifig Axe pice though.

30362 Sky Police Jetpack looks like it could be the core of some sort of drone.

30408 Tulips this has to be close to 60 pieces.

30409 Emma's Bumpercars I like the Blue and Purple pieces.

30527 Lucy vs. Alien Invader could be good for terrain?

30528 Mini Master-Building MetalBeard this one has already gotten traction on the Facebook page.

30529 Mini Master-Building Emmet looks like it has possibilities.

30533 Sam-X looks to be a Frame-in-a-Bag.

30535 Fire Flight another Ninjago throwback set.  Looks like it might be better than the original.

30571 Pelican not sure what to think of this.

30620 Star-Stuck Emmet Sand Green Pentagonal Tiles!

40341 Sea Accessories looks like it has some useful stuff but the Price per Piece is going to be awful.

Last year's crop of polybags started out weak but finished pretty strong, so maybe this year will turn out the same way.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Review: 40354 Brick Headz Dragon Dance Guy

I bought this at the same time I bought the Samurai Mech.  So it looks like there's going to be a lot of red and gold parts in the reviews this week.  This set confuses me.  The Dragon Dance doesn't involve wearing a costume and Lego put out another set that gets it right.  So what's up with this one?

Box.  I paid $9.99, for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts 1.  Plates, Bricks, Mod. Plates, Mod. Bricks, Round Bricks.

Parts 2.  Red Tooth Plates,
Trans-Red Minifig Heads!




Parts 3.  1x2 Technic Plate, 1x1-1x1 Brackets, Minifig Microphones.

Build.  IO Frigate again (2B/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?  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).  Lots of good parts in useful colors.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Review: 70665 Ninjago The Samurai Mech

I stopped into my local Lego store on New Year's Day and found this on the shelf.  I bought it immediately and went home to write a review.

Box.  I paid $14.99, for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions & Stickers.












Minifigs.

Parts 1.  Plates, Slopes, Wedge Plates, Mudguards, Ball Joints, Stud Shooters, Bar Plates, Pin Hole Plates, a Tile, and a Helicopter Blade.



Parts 2.  Ball Joints, Wedge Plates, Brackets, Clip Plates, Plates, Slopes, Flags, Corner Bricks, Bar Holder w/Bar, Bar, Technic Pins w/Stop Bush, Exo-Force Arms, Hinge Bricks, Tile, LArge Round Jumper, and a Boat Bumper.

Parts 3.  Pneuma-Ts and Clip Tiles!






Builds.  Two 2Rh/2Rd/2B Frames 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?  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).  Only the price is holding this back from having an A+ rating.