Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Review: 40375 Xtra Sports Accessories Polybag

Continuing on with recent Lego Xtra polybag purchases.  This one is more minifig oriented than Monday's review.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.11 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts.  Plates, Printed Tile, Tiles, Clip Plates, Bar Plates, Slopes, Log
Bricks, Arch Bricks, Minifig Hockey Sticks, Bow & Arrow, Skis,
Helmets, Trophy, Rollerskates, Ski Poles, Skates, and Round Tiles.



Build.  Three pieces of 1 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?  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-).  Some good parts, but I don't feel like it's as immediately useful as the Botanical Accessory pack.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Review: 40376 Botanical Accesories 2 Polybag

A year and a half ago the Lego Xtra polybags were released.  There was an article that came out before they were released about botanical pieces being made from sustainable products.  I haven't heard anything about that decision being reversed, so I wonder if these parts are made that way.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.12 Price per Piece.


Instructions.












Parts.  Quarter Circle Plate, Fences, Large Jumper, Small Trees,
Branches, Arch Brick, Grass Stems, Leaves, Round Brick, Plate,
Flower Stems, Round Bricks w/Leaves, and  Flowers.




Build.  I'd consider the Trees 1 Hit cover along with the piece in the middle.


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-).  Not bad if you're in a hurry and need some terrain.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Battle Report: Alien Planet @ Paper Asylum

We returned to the Paper Asylum for the fourth year in a row for our second meet up of the year.

Pete (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.  (Pink Bunny Brigade)
    Red Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W + SSR.
   Blue Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Swarmer -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   
Orange -- 2Ra+d8/1B/1Y/2W.

PJ_Nichts (5 Frames & 18 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 35 points.  (mecha)
   Blue -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1G/2W + SSR.
   Orange -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1G/2W + SSR.
   Silver Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Yellow Spotter -- 1Gd8/2Y2W.


Jesse (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 35 points.
   Planty -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.
   Birdie -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.
   Tiny -- 2Rd/2Ra/1B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Roy -- 
2Rd/2Rm/1B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Wuhan -- 2Rh+d8/2Rd/1Y/2W + SSR.

Me (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points. (Seraphim)
   Yellow Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Purple Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.
   Brown Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.

This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.



Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): PJ Nicht's Orange frame runs over from his Stations and clubs my Yellow frame for 3.  Pete's Red frame hits my Purple frame -- as it runs up and challenges his Blue frame -- for 2.  My Brown frame turns to the right and hits Roy -- in cover behind the Bladetrees -- for 2.  My Orange frame hits Pete's Blue frame for 2.  Tiny hits my Green frame for 1.  Planty moves away from the Juicebar station and swats PJ Nicht's Orange frame for 1.  Wuhan peeks out from behind a Flower Tree and hits my Green frame for 2.  PJ Nicht's Silver frame advances down the battlefield and blasts Pete's Orange frame for 4.

Pete: 42 points.
PJ Nicht: 35 points.
Jesse: 35 points.
Me: 24 points.

Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 8): My Blue frame moves behind the stand of Serrated Leaves then hits Pete's Orange frame for 2, destroying it.  Pete's Red frame blasts my Purple frame for 4, and destroys it in retaliation.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame clubs Tiny for 2 and captures the Juicebar station.  PJ Nicht's Blue frame defoliates Planty for 2, as Planty makes a move for PJ's Stations.  PJ Nicht's Silver defoliates Planty again -- for 2 -- with a SSR.  My Orange frame hits Pete's Blue frame for 3.


PJ Nicht: 40 points.
Pete: 35 points.
Jesse: 30 points.
Me: 21 points.

Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 6): PJ Nicht's Orange frame captures the Cosplay Gear station and clubs Wuhan for 1.  PJ Nicht's Silver frame keeps advancing and captures Pete's Orange station.  Pete's Blue frame hits my Blue frame for 1.  My Blue frame retaliates and hits Pete's Blue frame for 4, destroying it.  PJ Nicht's Green frame hits my Yellow frame for 3, destroying it.  Roy, from behind the Barrelbushes, hits Pete's Red frame for 1.  My Green frame punches Tiny for 4, destroying it.  My Brown frame blasts Planty for 4, destroying it.  The Doomsday Clock it ticked to zero.

PJ Nicht: 50 points.
Pete: 21 points.
Me: 18 points.
Jesse: 15 points.

{I forgot to take pictures of the last round and aftermath.}

Thoughts & Observations:
  • I think my MFZ resolution for the year will be to play with a different squad in each game.
  • Not different loadouts, different Frame designs.
  • We got a late start, I probably should have gotten the game going sooner.
  • As Primary Attacker I should have had a better plan of attack.
  • I should have pulled the "Rook Maneuver" and placed my Stations inside Pete's perimeter then tried to swarm his position.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Review: 75194 Star Wars Microfighter Series 5 First Order TIE Fighter

I actually didn't need any parts from this but I did need another blog post to fill out the week, so I dug this out of my backlog pile too.

Box.  MSRP was $9.99 for a $0.11 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Minifig.

Parts 1.  Round tiles, Slopes, Plates w/Door Rail,
Brackets, Plates, Clip Tile, Half Pins, Tiles, Apollo
Studs, Headlight Bricks, Bricks, Flick Missiles,
Barraki Eyes, Hose Nozzles, and Minifig Gun.







Parts 2.  Plates, Wedge Plates, Plate/Tile,
Brackets, Plates w/Pinholes, Printed Dish,
Technic Brick w/Pinhole, and Slopes.

Build.  IO Cruiser without Systems.

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+).  A little Plate heavy for RA but a good starting point for IO.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Review: 75028 Star Wars Microfighter Series 1 Clone Turbo Tank

Once again I needed the Two Bar Plate piece -- this time for my SA-1c Chevron Siren frames -- to finish out a squad I'm working on, so I dug this out of my backlog pile.

Box.  MSRP was $9.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.





Instructions.






Minifig.


Parts 1.  Technic Bricks, loose in box.









Parts 2.  Bricks, Plates, Round Bricks, Wedge Plates, Brackets, Bricks w/Studs on 1 Side,
Plate w/Bars, and Plates w/Pinholes.


Parts 3.  Round Plates, Large Jumper, Tiles, Small Jumper, Plates, Grille Tiles, Slopes,
Minifig Binoculars, Axle Pins, Pins, Levers
& Bases, Flick Missiles, Headlight
Bricks, Cones, and Minifig Gun.




Build.  IO Frigate (2Ra+D8/1Y).

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  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).  It took me a moment to come up with the build but, I think this was a good set.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Review: 30411 Chocolate Box & Flower Polybag

This is the polybag available for Valentine's Day at Target in the Seasonal section.  I actually found this in the checkout aisles of one of the Targets near me.

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



Instructions.








Parts 1.  Tiles, Leaf, Corner Bricks, Plates, Cupcakes, Cheese Slopes, Quarter Circle Tiles, and Minifig Cherries.


Parts 2.  Heart Plates, Dish, Bricks, Studless Slopes, Curved Bricks, Round Bricks, Round Plates, Plates, Tiles, Bar w/Stop, Curved Tiles, Dome, and Large Jumper.




Build.  A Frame and two 1.5 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+).  It has some nice colors and parts but it doesn't really come together for me.