Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: 40028 Mini Hogwarts Express

Of course, Dark Clouds has already done a review of this.  :-)  Mine might turn out a little different.

Bag.  Purchased at 5 Below for $3.99.  Price per piece of $0.06.


Parts 1.  Those 2x2 Rounded Slope bricks are pretty interesting, as are the 1x2 Bricks w/Groove.  I also like the 1x2 w/2 Holes.

Parts 2.  Four new headlight bricks and a bunch of cheese slopes
catch my eye.  I'm never averse to 1x1 round plates either.

Mecha 1.  Copping a bit of darksyntax's style on this one.  I originally thought I wasn't going to be able to make anything using this set but switching up styles helped with that.  Stats: 2Rd+d8 (side guns)/ 1B (armored legs)/ 1Y (cyclops eye) /2W.

Mecha 2.  This one's more of a 3P or 4P scale.  I'm calling it a Robo Hover-Tank.
Stats: 2Rd+d8 (side guns)/ 1B (sloped armor)/ 1G (hover system) /2W.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, 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?  Not really.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  As I mentioned, I purchased this at 5 Below which means it should be available in most second-hand stores.

1 comment:

  1. I don't mean this as a correction or negative criticism, Mantis, but I think you should rethink the first question of your grading system.

    As you have become a better building, what you believe can count as a frame or not has widened in scope. While sets like the Umbaran obviously qualify, I disagree whether this set does. Your skill level does not and should not increase the value of any given set.
    Great review, though. I might pick one of these up if I can find them.