Friday, May 9, 2014

Purity: 38781 Transformers Decepticon Ambush Review

I picked this one up at Marshalls back around Christmas for $5.99.

Box.  MSRP is $11.99 for 80 pieces, which is a price per piece of $0.15.  Not good.

Instructions and Stickers.

Parts 1.  The corrugated 1x1 Round Bricks at the top center of the picture are pretty interesting.  Two Clip Tiles!  I've found those to be pretty rare in Kre-O sets.  I like the color on that Trans-Purple piece, I'd like more of them.

Parts 2.  More rubber wheels.  Looks like Kre-O has turned a corner there.  I see a couple more Trans-Purple pieces.  Those wheel arches would make for good shoulder pauldrons on a beefed up Chub.  The 1x1x2 Brick is interesting.

Kreon 1.  Again we see a translucent alternate
torso for the Autobot hero of the set.

Kreon 2.  This set has been chock full of Trans-
Purple pieces.  We see more here.  The gun for the middle Decepticon plugs right into the empty socket 
on the right arm.  Which is something I find interesting.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.
  The Kreons are good for frames at 4P scale.  (+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?  Not really.  (-5)

Score: B- (-5).  Like the Cycle Chase set, this would make a good army builder for people who play at 4P scale.

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