Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Build Journal: Hecaton 1.7

Eight years ago I posted a look at my Hecaton frames.  Then three and a half years after that I posted an update.  Now, with even more new parts available, I've gone back to update them yet again.



The main change to the body is the use of Rounded Plates in the legs.  This saves a total of four pieces.  I also changed the arms to Bar Holders w/Clip instead of the Exo-Force Arms as the colors and availability align a bit better with what I'm trying to do.  I also decided to make the Attachments more in line with the way I've been making them for other Frame designs.  If you're unfamiliar with this idea, that means I make them out of different colors and parts than the ones on the base Frame.  I also put together a Soldier archetype to finally get a handle on the Attachments for the squad.



Right side view.  This gives a clearer look at the Direct Fire (gun) and Movement (levitator) attachments.










Left side view.  This gives a clearer look at the Spotting (antenna array) and Defensive (armor plate) attachments.










Recon by Fire.  This is my old White Hecaton updated with the new
parts and colors to fit in with the new direction for the squad.











Brawler.  My old Red Hecaton updated to the new standards.

Now all I have to do is create Single Shot Rockets and
Stations to finally finish this squad after almost a decade.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Cool Real World Locations 3

The Plain of Jars.  Kinda weird, right?  In the Northeast section of Laos there are hewn stone jars ranging from 1 meter to 3 meters tall, in over 90 sites with up to 400 jars at a site.  Archaeologists have theorized that they were used for prehistoric burial practices.  It's also a UNESCO World Heritage site.


In 6P scale 1m is three Plates tall -- 3.3 if we're being precise -- so that means 3m is ten Plates tall and classifies as Cover.


So this is is an attempt to model one of the tallest Jars.  It has 12 pieces -- which would be two Hits -- and is a little over 11 feet tall by 10 feet in diameter in 6P scale.  It consists of (3x) 4x4 Round Plate w/2x2 Hole, (8x) 2x2 Round Corner Brick, and (1x) 4x4 Inverted Dish.


You can build this in Black, Bright Light Orange, Dark Blue, Dark Pink, Light Bluish Grey, Lime, or Red.  A bunch of these, along with a few different tree designs should make for a visually distinct battlefield.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Review: 30591 Ninjago Titanium Mini Mech Polybag (Take 2)

When I previously reviewed this set, I was asked on the Facebook group how it compared size-wise to the standard MFZ Frames.  At the time I had already built, broken down, and sorted the set so I had to find another one.  Newsflash!  I found this one on store shelves instead of ordering online.  So here are both builds with other Frames/Parts/Builds for comparison.


Bag.  I paid
 $4.99 for a $0.07 Price per Piece.



Chub, Titanium Mini Mech, and Classic.







Microfig, Titanium Mini Mech, and Nanofig.








MF0 Temple and Titanium Mini Mech.









Chub, Titanium Dragon (There's no name for this in the instructions,
 it's just called Alt Build, so I went with this name.) and Classic.






Microfig, Titanium Dragon, and Nanofig.









MF0 Temple and Titanium Dragon.








Here's a picture of the Titanium Dragon all by itself.  I believe it's a call back to the Dragon Hunter polybag from 2018.  Hopefully that clarifies things and helps people make a decision on purchasing the set.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Review: 30388 Star Wars Imperial Shuttle Polybag

This was one of the "Free with Purchase" sets available for the "May the 4th" promotion this year.  I think another "FwP" polybag has become more widely available this year, so maybe this one will too.


Bag.  I paid
 $4.99 for a $0.06 Price per Piece.





Instructions.








Parts 1.  Slopes, Wedge Plates, Plates, Round Plates, Quarter
Circle Plates, Tiles w/Studs, Boat Sliders, Inverted Studless
Slope, Mod. Plates w/Studs on Side, Clip Plates, Double
Jumpers, Bar Plates, Bricks, Inverted Slope, Brackets, and Tiles.








Parts 2.  Tiles, Plates w/Door Rail, Jumpers, Bar Studs, 
Cheese
Graters, Plates, Double Curved Slopes, and Inkwells.
 




Build.  Two Frames, one 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?  Yes.  (-+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  I'm sure this could be a Ship-in-a-Bag, but it felt more fun to do this.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Review: 30566 Fire Helicopter Polybag

I found this set at a local-ish Target last week.  It was on a sidekick with other polybags.


Bag.  I paid
 $4.99 for a $0.13 Price per Piece.




Instructions.







Minifig.  






Parts.  Plates, Inverted Wedge w/Cutout, Propellers, Windscreen,
 Arches, Inverted Arches, Wedge Plates w/Cutout, Tile w/Pin,
Vertical Clip Plates, Bar Plate, Axle Plate, Stud Shooter, Brick,
Slopes, New Headlight Bricks, Printed Tile, and Round Plates,
 




Build.  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?  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-).  Another disappointing City polybag.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Review: 71700 Ninjago Jungle Raider

I picked up two of these back in March when Target was running a BOGO40%OFF sale.  It already has an excellent Price per Piece so getting two at a discount was a no brainer.


Box.  MSRP was
 $9.99 for a $0.08 Price per Piece.
Price per Piece for the sale value ($7.91) was $0.06.





Instructions and stickers.








Minifig. 










Parts 1.  Minifig Katanas, Plates, Tires, Axle Plates, Roll Cage Windscreen,
Wedge Plates, Brackets, Double Hole Technic Bricks, Rims, Curved Slope
w/Recessed Stud, Bar Plates, Studless Slopes, 2x4 Bent Perpendicular
Pin Connectors, Rubber Axle Connectors, and Exo-Force Arms.






Parts 2.  Plates, Boat Slider, Flags, Jumper, Tile Clip, Clip Plates, Vertical
Clip Plates, Tooth Plates, Lampholders, Printed Large Cheese Slope, Grille
Tiles, Friction Pins, Pins, Pin/Axle Connector, Studless Slopes, Cheese
Graters, Lightsaber Hilts, 3L Pin/Axles, 1L Pin Connectors, Lightsaber Bars,
Slopes w/Cutout, Minifig Dao, Round Tiles, and Technic Half Bushings.

Build.  Frame and IO Frigate.  I probably could have made
some Cover and/or a Station if I tried a little harder.
 
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 is a versatile little set, well worth it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Review: 60224 Satellite Service Mission

I bought this at one of my local Targets.  I didn't really plan on reviewing this as the normal price was the normal over-price for City sets.  This was marked down though, and it was also the last one of a discontinued set, so I grabbed it.


Box.  MSRP was
 $8.99 for a $0.11 Price per
Piece.  I paid $6.29 for a $0.08 Price per Piece.




Instructions and stickers.





Minifig. 






Parts 1.  Windscreen, Triple Inverted Wedge, 6x4 Inverted Slope
w/Cutout, Wedge Plates, Wedge Plates w/Cutout, Plates, Inverted
Studless Slopes, Wedges, Studless Wedge, Tiles, Spoiler w/Handle,
Tiles w/Clips, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, Inverted Slope, Printed Slope,
Curved Slope 2x2x0.6, Round Brick, Truncated Cone, and Shuttle Tail.






Parts 2.  Inverted Domes, Tile, Triangle Tiles, Dish, Flags,
Bar Plates, Clip Plates, Cheese Graters, Vertical Clip Plates,
Padlocks, Plates, Round Plates, Log Bricks, Round Tiles,
Bar Clips, Minifig Wrench, and Slopes w/Cutout.


Build.  IO Cruiser.





Set Build 1.  I built the set as I have plans for it.  
In 6P scale the ship
is roughly 43 feet long.  The satellite could function as a Station.




Set Build 2.  In 6P scale the ship is roughly 45 feet wide.
It is made of 69 pieces, which is 12 Hits (rounded up).
 
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 a bad little set, it just falls victim to the horrible pricing of the City line.  The score for the price I paid is +20 (A+).