Monday, November 11, 2019

Purity: Mega Bloks GCM71 Pokeball Sableye Review

A Series 8 Pokeball review to start out the week.

Box.  MSRP is $6.99 for a $0.29 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Pokeball.


Parts 1.  I like the faceted eyes and the  insert for the ears. 









Parts 2.  The Double Ended 1x1 Round Bricks are really interesting.



Build.


Size Comparison.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  I like the color but, it's not too stable standing by itself.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Build Journal: Standing Stones

I had an idea descend on me a few weeks ago after discovering an interesting technique in a set review.  You'll have to wait to see the culmination of that idea but, in the meantime, here's a part of it.

I've come up with a fairly simple technique for making Standing Stones out of Lego.  These Neolithic creations can be found all over the world but they are generally associated with "Ye Olde England".  As part of my effort to keep things simple, I'm using a limited number of pieces.  Essentially it's a C6 for terrain.  I'm going to build them in Dark Bley to make them look like chunks of granite.  You could use Light Bley too, but I'm saving that for something else.  Other possible colors are Black pieces for basalt, Dark Tan for sandstone, or Dark Red for fancy marble.  It all depends on what kind of look you're going for.




Parts List




And depending on what you use for bases, if any, you can arrange them in shapes or rows to simulate walls.  At the moment I'm partial to Round Corner Plates.  If you put the Standing Stone on the plates in the same orientation, all you have to do is change the direction of the plates to make a pattern.














This basic parts list can be expanded upon if you want to make it look like
there are small sections of stone that have been chipped off or worn away.

2x2 Double Concave Slope.
2x2 Facet Brick.
2x3 Curved Top Brick.



If you want to make the stones a little tougher but still retain the same size you can use two bricks in place of one.  For example, replace a 2x4 Brick with two 1x4 Bricks.  My favorite trick for this is replacing a 2x3 Brick with two 2x2 Corner Bricks.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

NaMoFraFArMo




Joshua is starting a new meme? event? happening? for the month of November.  Post your creations with the hashtag #NaMoFraFarMo and get in on the fun!

As a note, you should still use the #MobileFrameZero hashtag along with it so whatever post you make can still be located, long term.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Terrain & Scenery 15

Time again for another look at random Lego bricks arranged in a visually pleasant manner.  :-)


Cabo Agave DA2 Space Program by Pico van Grootveld.  A little
on the small side but this would make for an awesome battlefield.



is a fantastic little build.





Mercedes Actros Flatbed Hauler by Robiwan_Kenobi.
Two designs in one picture!



Rover Iterations by Si-Mocs.  Multiple variations on a theme.





PLS: Palletized Load System by Lego Junkie.  Looks
like it may be a variation on a Zizy creation.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Purity: Make-It Bricks Robot Review

I found this in the Dollar Tree store while searching for more of the Landmark sets I was using to build Frames.  I only found the one box even after visiting multiple stores.

Box.  MSRP is $1.00 for a $0.03 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts.  Wedge Plate, Axle Plates, Bar Plates, Slopes, Mod. Brick, New Headlight Bricks, Clip Plates, Wheels, Grille Tile, Plates, Jumper, Antenna, Round Plates, Brackets, Cone, and Clip Tiles.


Build.  I built the set.  2Rh/1B.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Frame.  (+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-).  A Frame in a box.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Ready2Robot Survivor Battle Pack

We're looking at another non-Building Block item to see if it can be used for MF0: Rapid Attack.    Ready 2 Robot is a blind buy collectible mecha designed with mix and match parts.  Sounds right up our alley, doesn't it?

Box.  I paid $7.99 at TJ Maxx.  MSRP was $19.99.


Inside of Box.









Actual contents of box.



Instructions.



Data Sheet.






Parts 1.  Rocket pod,
doesn't actually fire.




Parts 2.  The fully assembled one.

Back arms for Melee, front arms for Direct Fire, Artillery,
Defense, or Spotting.


Parts 3.  Instead of individual
pictures this time around, here's
the contents of the second
container all at once.


Right arm could be Melee, left arm could be Direct Fire, Defense, 
or Spotting, the pods could be Direct Fire, Artillery, or Spotting.

Assembled mech with pilot.



Size Comparison.


The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  At.  (0)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Maybe?  Roughly the same size as a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +15 (A).  Again, it looks cool but half of it's a blind box so you can't easily build a squad.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Ready2Robot Blind Box Review

Once again we look at a non-Building Block item to see if it can be used for MF0: Rapid Attack.  I could have sworn Dark Cloud Blogs had already reviewed these.  I vaguely remember talking about them at some point.  Ready 2 Robot is a blind buy collectible mecha designed with mix and match parts.  Sounds right up our alley, doesn't it?  I took a lot of pictures because there were a bunch of little packages tucked inside the main box.

Box.  I paid $4.99 at TJ Maxx.  (I saw them on Clearance at Target for $2 several months ago.)  MSRP was $9.99.



Instructions.









Data Sheet.



Box, without wrappers.









Parts 1.  Leg.



Parts 2.  Body.





Parts 3.  Leg.

Parts 4.  Arm or Melee attachment.






Parts 5.  Arm or Melee attachment.


Parts 6.  Direct Fire, Artillery,
or Spotting attachment.




Parts 7.  Defense, Movement,
or Spotting attachment.



Parts 8.  Pilot container.  The instructions on the
package for removing this from the box were
crap.  Check the instruction sheet first.



Pilot, decanted.  I put a paper towel down just
in case the slime was more liquid than gel.



Box, disassembled.




Assembled mech.





Assembled mech with pilot.






Posed on box.




Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  At.  (0)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Maybe?  Roughly the same size as a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +15 (A).  It looks cool but it's a blind box so you can't easily build a squad.