Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Purity: 97213 Rapid Attack Covenant Ghost Review

Yup, I actually bought a Mega Bloks set that wasn't clearanced or on sale.  I did have a 15% off coupon though.  I've been interested in these sets for a while, mainly for the pieces in that purple color.

This set retails for $11.99, which gives us a price per piece of $0.12.

Instructions.  There's a minor difference to the ones you'll find in a Lego set.  They highlight the studs where pieces are to attach in the individual steps.
Parts 1.  Lots of Pearlescent Charcoal and Dark Purple pieces.  The 1x2 Plates w/Slope along the bottom of the picture might be good for greebling in a build.  The two "half brackets" in the middle of the picture are interesting.  As are the two 1x2 Slope w/Studs pieces.

Parts 2.  The Dark Purple shaped pieces at the bottom of the picture could be interesting.  Same goes for the Trans-Clear pieces.  The 1x2 Brick w/Hole looks interesting, I'm not sure if it's functionally any different from a regular Technic Brick though.  The piece down in the lower right corner is a 1x2 Plate w/Studs on both sides.  That should definitely be useful.

Parts 3.  The 2x2 dome printed dome piece is what catches my eye first.  Then the two gun-like pieces down the bottom.  The curved tiles are interesting too.  Hell, everything in this picture is interesting in one way or another.

Minifigs.  They each have 11 points of articulation.  They kind of remind me of an old micro-scale action figure that used to come with Micro-Machines or some other old vehicular toy.  I think you can find better versions of that Power Sword from 3rd party companies like Brickarms or Brickforge.

Here's the Frame I built from the set.  I'm calling it the MB-1 Mega Beetle.
MFZ Stats: 2Rd (right arm)/ 2Rh (left arm)/ 2B (carapace)/ 2W.
Flickr page.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At retail price, 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 bad for a clone brick set.  I'm going to have fun experimenting with it.  If the price was two dollars less it would have scored higher.

1 comment:

  1. I love that hulking frame you built as an example! If I ever get a good coupon, I might pick one of those Halo kits up. Thanks for the review!