Friday, December 2, 2022

PAX Unplugged 2022

For the next three days I'll be helping demonstrate Mobile Frame Zero -- and selling Rulers again -- at PAX Unplugged. We'll be at booth # 4102 under the Glyphpress banner.  The booth is by the Southeast side of the building between columns A8 and A12, in row 4100, near the bathrooms.


The demo table will be on the first floor in room 119, which is also on the South side of the building by Arch St., between Broad St. and 13th St.  I believe the room title is "RPG HQ and Library".

There's a big game of Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack scheduled for Saturday, starting some time between Noon and 1pm.  I'll try to get us a table in the Miniatures area or near it.  I'm bringing two sets of terrain so if we get any more interest I'll be able to cover a second table.  I'll even have a spare squad!

If you're going to be at the con, please stop by.  It's been too long since I've had the chance to meet MoF0s from outside my gaming group in person.  Let's talk Lego, mecha, and gaming!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Review: 30433 Volvo Wheel Loader Polybag

I found this in Target in the Seasonal section along with three other polybag sets that I have already reviewed, one recently, so you're getting this review now.


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

Instructions & Stickers









Parts.  Hinge Plow, Technic Panel, Tires, Thin Liftarms, Bent Liftarms,
Angled Liftarms, Axles, Axle w/Stop, Technic Connector w/Axles, 3L
Friction Pins, 3L Pins, 3/4 Pins, 1/2 Pins, Half Bushings, Cheese Graters,
Pin Connector, Barrel Hinge w/Axle Hole, Worm Screw, Gears, and Rims.

Build.  Ramcart! (2Rh/1Gd8/2W)

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+).  Plenty of Technic parts, feels like it needs something more though.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Review: 41697 Friends Turtle Protection Vehicle

I needed this set for one of the parts so I figured since it was under my self-imposed size limit I'd review it for you.


Box.  I paid $9.99, for a $0.11 Price per Piece. 

Instructions & Stickers









Minidolls.











Parts 1.  Plate.  Loose in box.











Parts 2.  Plates, Sword Leaves, Curved Plates, Mudguard Plates, Minifig
Surfboard, Tires, Inverted Slope, Rims, Axle Plates, Ball Joint Plates, Clip
Plate, Bracket, Brick w/Studs on Side, Technic Brick w/Axle Hole, Dinosaur
Tail/Neck, Crab, Turtle, Small Turtle, and Grille Guard/Push Bumper.


Parts 3.  Plates, Large Jumper, Clip Sign, Panels, Crown/Eggshell, Studless
Slope, Jumpers, Tile, Grille Tile, Large Cheese Slope, Flower Plates, Tile
Clips, Cheese Slopes, Rims, Round Translucent Tiles, Technic Connector
 w/Axle, Minifig Baby Bottle, Antenna, Bars, Slope w/Cutout, Plates w/Door
 Rails, Minifig Handlebar, Minidoll Life Jacket, and Minifig Hypodermic Needles.
 



Build.  Battlecart (2Rh/1Gd8/2Y/2W) and 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?  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+).  Another good Friends set.  Six more pieces would have given this a +15 score.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Review: Gundam Converge MSN-04 Sazabi (121)

Let's do another Gundam Converge review week.  These sets are from the first wave of 10th anniversary sets which was released in March of 2022.


Box.  I paid $10.99 at Newbury Comics for this.

Parts.











Disassembled.  The head vanes could be Spotting.  The head could be Defense or Spotting.  The backpack vanes could be Defense, Movement, or Spotting.  The shield could be Defense.  The sword could be Melee.  The assault rifle could be Direct Fire.  The long gun could be Artillery.  The arms can be removed for White dice damage.









Assembled.  I didn't fit the shield because either I'm going blind
or there was no mounting hole in the left arm of this model.

Size Comparison.







The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  About the same size as a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Five.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  A good looking model with lots of accessories and options.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Review: Gundam Converge RX-178 Gundam Mk-II (152)

Let's do another Gundam Converge review week.  These sets are from the first wave of 10th anniversary sets which was released in March of 2022.


Box.  I paid $10.99 at Newbury Comics for this.


Parts.










Disassembled.  The head vane could be Spotting.  The head could be
Defense or Spotting.  The shield could be Defense.  The gun could
be Direct Fire.  The arms can be removed for White dice damage.

Assembled.









Size Comparison.







The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  About the same size as a Chub.  (+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: +5 (B+).  The neat thing about this one is that you could buy three of them and use the different shoulder marking pieces to tell them apart.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Review: Gundam Converge YMS-15 Gyan (267)

Let's do another Gundam Converge review week.  These sets are from the first wave of 10th anniversary sets which was released in March of 2022.


Box.  I paid $10.99 at Newbury Comics for this.


Parts.









Disassembled.  The head could be Defense or Spotting.  The shield could be Defense.  The sword could be Melee.  The arms can be removed for White dice damage.

Assembled.









Size Comparison.




The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Above.  (-10)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  About the same size as a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Three.  (0)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: 0 (B).  Kinda silly looking and the head angle doesn't match the box picture.

Friday, November 18, 2022

The Road to PAX Unplugged 2022

After a year that didn't happen and skipping a year that did, I'm going back to PAX Unplugged and Philadelphia.  Joshua has a booth under his Glyphpress banner, number 4102, and I will be running demos of Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack for him.  I'll also try to organize a big game there -- like I always do -- there has already been discussion on the Facebook groupBadges are still available if you're on the fence.  I hope to see people there!  Two weeks!