Monday, October 25, 2021

Double Set Challenge: Blok Head City Builder

Five years ago I came up with an expansion for my Single Set Challenge, the Double Set Challenge.  It's nowhere near as popular -- I think I'm the only one who's tried it -- but I still like the idea.

So when the Blok Head City Builder set came along and I commented that it needed one more Ball Joint Plate to be awesome, I figured I'd take a shot at a Double Set Challenge with it.


Granted, it does violate the first rule I set down, it has more than 50 pieces -- but I'm going ahead with it anyway.




First Build -- The Frame I wanted to build when I did the review
(2Rd [ventral gun] 2B [leg armor] 1G [motor stacks]).









Second Build -- Another Battle Cart Frame (1B [cockpit armor]
 1G+d8 [extra wheels/no ranged weapon] 2Y (sensor arms]).




Third Build -- A crappy little Station.

So from two sets at $8.00 total I managed two Frames and a
Station.  Six sets would get you six Frames and three Stations
-- for $24.00 -- which is a decent starting squad.  All you'd need
is something for SSRs and a Ruler and you'd be good to go.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Review: 60219 Construction Loader

I was walking through JC Penney the other night when I found this.  After a quick check of the price tag I saw it was on Clearance, so I bought it.


Box.  MSRP was $9.99, for a $0.11 Price per Piece.  I paid $7.49 for a $0.09 
Price per Piece.









Instructions & Stickers.








Minifig.  





Parts 1.  Roll Cage, Digger Bucket, Bent Lift Arms, Tires,
Wedge Plate, Plates, Mod. Plate 2x6x2/3 w/4 Studs on
Side, Bricks, Studless Slopes, Vertical Hinge Plate, Tile
w/Studs, Axle Plates, Fence, Rims, Bracket, Double Studless
Slope, Brick w/Studs on Side, Log Bricks, and Slopes.








Parts 2.  Tiles w/Studs, Tile, Plates, Jumper, Grille Tiles, Plates w/
Pinhole, Panel, Vertical Clip Plates, Large Cheese Slopes, Transparent
Round Plates, Inkwells, 1L Technic Connector, Round Tiles (Olive Green!),
Translucent Tiles, Translucent Plates, 3L Friction Pins, and 3L Pin.





Build.  Battle Cart (2RH+d8/1G/1Y), and a1 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+).  It's not a bad set at the Clearance price -- it'd have a +20 (A+) score -- but it has some weird parts quantities.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Terrain Workshop: Papercraft Quonset Hut 2

My prior attempt at a papercraft Quonset Hut worked pretty well.  Although I came up with a way to reduce the amount of parts after I put up the blog post.  After the last game I was talking with the other players about terrain and something one of them said brought to mind my old "Sci-Fi Outpost" table-settingI've used Quonset Huts as some of the terrain for that setting.  So I figured I'd try and update those old builds with the new hotness.  :-)

So I was wrong in saying that these would always be six Studs wide and three Bricks tall, 15 feet by 9 feet in 6P scale, since I figured out a way to add one Brick level in height.  With this build we have the Curved Slope 3x1x2 w/Stud as before.  But we add in a Brick 1x3 on top of one Brick 1x2 and one Brick w/1Stud on Side, to form half of the end of the hut.  Double it up to finish the end then double those up to get the other end.  Cover it in two pieces of paper, holes punched at the corners.  Instead of using Round Tiles to hold the paper in place, we're using 1x8 Tiles at the bottom and 2x2 Tiles at the top.  This cuts four pieces out of the total.  The door is still a Window Frame 1x2x2.6 topped with a Square Tile.  That totals up to 24 pieces which is 4 Hits.  So I managed to make a larger version with the same parts total.  In 6P scale this version is 13 feet Tall by 15 feet Wide by 22.5 feet Long -- counting the doorway.

I've discovered while working on the most recent papercraft builds that Log Bricks make excellent templates for marking the spots where the holes have to go.

If you want to update the smaller version, swap out the 1x2 Bricks for a 1x4 Brick.  Along with the changes to the Tiles securing the paper, that brings the parts total down to 18 pieces which is 3 Hits.


Standard Size Comparisons.



I hope people like this continuing exploration of using paper in terrain builds.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sales Alert

Hey, first one of these in seven months!  Target has Lego advent calendars on sale at 20% off, which means the Star Wars advent calendar should be $0.10 per piece.  Mega Construx Hot Wheels sets are 10% off, this should bring all of them to or under the Golden Ratio ($0.10 per part) and should make for really good deals on the larger sets.  The Mega Construx Pokeball is on sale online for 10% off as well.

Good hunting.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Random Starships 7

Since I've been dipping my toes back into shipbuilding lately, let's take a look at what's out there.

a little large for a Frigate in IO, but I think that's okay.







Image by Legolize It Man.  Possible HVAs.






Trigreener by Toa.  Some excellent use of color here.





but it has some great ideas we could all use.


for an image and it also has instructions for purchase.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Review: 30564 Monster & Vehicles Polybag

This was a "Free with Purchase" selection for late September purchases.  


Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, for a $0.08 Price per Piece.  









Instructions.






Parts.  Large Leaves, Plates, Corner Plates, Bricks, 2x2 Slope w/Curved Sides, Slopes, Curved Slopes w/Cutout, Brackets, Trolley Wheels, Round Plates w/Wheel holder, Minifig Steering Wheel, Lampholders, Bricks w/ Studs on Corner, Clip Plates, Bar Plates, Tooth Tile, Inverted Studless Slopes, Studless Slopes, Tiles, and Printed Round Tiles.



Build.  1 Hit piece of Cover, Frame (2W), and 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?  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 decent set, I just feel it has limited availability at this point in the year.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: 30563 Snail Superpowers Polybag

This was a "Free with Purchase" selection for late September purchases.  


Bag.  MSRP is $2.99, for a $0.08 Price per Piece.  









Instructions.







Parts.  Plates, Heart Plates, Bar Plates, Trolley Wheels, Brick, Inverted Slope, Tile, Cones, Rounded Slope w/Cutout, Clip Plates, Brackets, Round Plates w/Wheel Holder, Flames, Round Plates, Levers & Bases, and Printed Round Tiles.





Build.  A really simple Frame (2Rh+d8/2Y).

 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-).  Cute, and it has some nice colors, but I don't feel it's worth it.