Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: 70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack

The last review for Batman week.

Box.  MSRP is $19.99, which gives us a $0.10 Price per Piece.



Instructions & Stickers.




Minifigs.





Parts 1.  That Tri-Ball Joint makes another appearance.

Parts 2 .  Sand Green!  Hinge Plates and Macaroni Tubes are cool too.





Parts 3.  More Sand Green!


Parts 4.  Look at all that Light Blue.








Build.  The color selection isn't great but it's functional.
The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At.  (0)  (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: +15 (A).  A really good score for a licensed set.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Review: 30523 Joker Battle Training Polybag

The last polybag review for Batman week.


Bag.  MSRP is $3.99, which gives us a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifig.


Parts.  Plenty of Plates and Tiles.
The Minifig Neck Brackets(!) and
the new Chima Gun stand out to me.









Build. Station. Yeah, I'm not impressed either.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  A little bit lower, but not bad.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: 30521 Batmobile polybag

Continuing Batman week with another polybag.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which gives us a $0.07 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Parts.  Plenty of Plates, and Jumpers, some Brackets, Slopes, Tiles, Rims, Tires, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, and Technic bits.  A couple Lampholders, Clip Tiles, and a Truncated 2x2 Cone round out the fun bits.



Build.  Another IO Frigate.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Once again, very good for a licensed set.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: Bat Signal Polybag

Let's continue Batman week with another semi-rare polybag.

Bag.  MSRP is unknown because this was a giveaway at the Lego store in January.  Let's call it $4.99 for argument's sake, which gives us a $0.12 Price per Piece.


Instructions.








Stickers.

Poster.










Minifig.

Parts.  Plenty of Plates, an Octagonal Bar Plate, some Slopes, Brackets, Modified Tiles, Bar Plates, Clip Plates, a 4x4 Dome, a 4x4 Round Brick, a couple Pneumatic Hose Connector w/Axle Connector, Technic Axle/Pins, and a Printed Batman Logo Tile.





Build.  I went with the Bat Signal.  It'll make a great Station.

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-).  About average for a licensed set.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: 30524 Batwing Polybag

Let's start Batman week off with a semi-rare polybag.

Bag.  MSRP is unknown because this was a giveaway at the Lego store in January.  Let's call it $4.99 for argument's sake, which gives us a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.







Parts.  Plenty of Plates, Slopes, and Tiles.  A couple of Lampholders, Headlight Bricks, Hinge Bricks, and Clip Tiles.  Some Cones, Brackets, and Lightsaber Handles.  A 1x4 Brick w/Studs on Side, Motor Brick, and Mod. Plate w/Arm Up, finish out this treasure trove.


Build.  An IO Frigate.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Very good for a licensed set.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: 41579 Mixel Camsta

It's Friday, so let's close out the week with the last review of the last set of the last Tribe of the last Series of Mixels.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, which gives us a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.








Parts.  I don't think we've seen Propeller Blades before.  Plenty of Slopes, Brackets, Bricks, Plates Clip Plates, Bar Plates, and Jumpers.  A few other oddball parts as well.






Build.  This Frame was built pretty quickly.  2Rd+d8/2G/2W.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  The final top score for the Mixels line.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sales Alert

Sorry about dropping this a little late in the week.  I had to get the reviews out of the way first.

Target is running a BOGO40% Off sale on Friends, Star Wars, City, and Duplo sets this week.  If it's like last week's sale it'll stack with Clearance prices.  Also, if you get two of the same set it's effectively 20% off each.

Toys'R'Us is running a 20% off select Lego sets sale.  There's a few good deals here.

Good hunting.