Friday, February 22, 2019

[Guest Post] Purity: Sluban B0633C M38 Car Club Review

Here's another guest post from Francisco Duarte.

I must thank Mantis King for allowing me to another of these. These reviews are really fun to do and I hope they can help people sort out sets available in Europe.

While searching for new parts I stumbled upon a toy sale at a local Minipre├žo store (they are common in Portugal, where I live). I found a couple of boxed sets made in China by Sluban at a discount of 50%, so I got them for around 5€ - 316 parts in total. This would put each part at around 0.02 Euros or less - a true bargain. Were they at full price they would still be at 0.03 or 0.04 Euros per part, which is nothing to sneeze at.

The first of these sets is a white car, with 152 parts inside the
box. These are mostly white, with some red and black.

It comes neatly packaged.

There is a set of instructions.


A minifig.  (Editor comment: That neck post is so weird!)

Plates, bricks and wedge plates.

Mudguards, 1x12 plates, wings, a 4x4
plate and a 10 stud long mod. plate.

Another brick, two odd short 1x1
bricks, 1x1 bricks w/pin, cylinders,
two 1x2 Technic-like bricks, axles,
wheels, tires, a windshield, transparent
slopes and tiles, a seat, steering wheel
parts, and binoculars.

Slopes and tiles of several shapes and sizes. This
set is really diverse regarding the parts it offers.

I’ve built two IO ships. One frigate
with two support weapons systems
and a sensor array in the front, and
one carrier with two underslung
catapults, a radar and a point
defense system.

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 set is really solid, and you can get two ships or a small Frame company at a very low price. The parts do fit together tightly, but one should be warned that there can be at least one defective part per box.

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