Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: 70700 Space Swarmer

I was planning on reviewing one of the new Chima Legend Beast sets.  But someone already beat me to it.  :-D  So I dug this one out of my review pile instead.

This set retails for $11.99, which gives a price per piece of $0.14


Parts 1.  Octagonal Bar Plate, two fan bar plates, a couple of minifigs.  That blue robot head might make a good mecha head.

Parts 2.  Blade Tonfa, Robot Arms, two printed tiles -- one each round and square -- four new 1x2/2x2 Brackets, two new Technic bits, three minifig guns, and a host of other small bits we all like.

The first design I cranked out was a quad, my old standby.  I call it the Bug.

The second was an experiment in connections called Power Armor.

The last is something slightly experimental.  Knuckle Dragger.  Now, none of these are going to wow people at the gaming table, but they do prove that you can use this set to create something right out of the box.

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+).  This should have had a better score.  Lego seriously dropped the ball with the pricing on this line.

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Galaxy Squad, our local Wal-Mart had several hive crawlers on clearance for $35 each (560 piece count) - this discount might be on all of the Galaxy Squad stuff but I'm not sure since this is all they had available.