Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: 30277 Star Wars First Order Star Destroyer Polybag

Here's a current polybag that can be found at Toys'R'Us.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.07.



Instructions.











Parts.  Plenty of Wedge Plates, regular Plates, a Jumper, a Lampholder, some Slopes, Boat Bumpers, Grille Tiles, Tiles, and Modified Plates 2x2x2/3 w/2 Studs on Side.









I figured I'd try and build a mech.

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+).  This is a good set for a start in Intercept Orbit, or otherwise.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: 30322 Duplo Wildlife Polybag

I picked this one up at Toys'R'Us.  This set wouldn't normally be something I would review but I have a reason you'll see at the end.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 which is a Price per Piece of $1.00.


Instructions.










Minifig.  :-)


Parts.  Three Bricks.


Build.  Here's the reason I bought this set.  as you can see in the picture on the left, System Bricks can attach to the studs on Duplo Bricks.  This gives us a base to build pieces of Terrain or Cover using a lesser amount of pieces.  The hill in the picture on the right will take 1 Hit before being reduced under the Height Limit for Cover and 3 Hits before being destroyed.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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: -15 (C).  Scoring this set isn't really fair.  This review was done more as a way to inform people of the compatibility between System and Duplo Bricks.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: 30351 Police Helicopter Polybag

A while back a set of polybags was released through Barnes & Noble.  Here's a review of one of them.

Bag.  MSRP is $3.95 which is a Price per Piece of $0.09.


Instructions.








Minifig.  Look closely, that's a female face.


Parts.  Two White Taps, a Minifig Space Camera, some Slopes, plenty of Plates, a couple of 1x1 Clip Bricks, 1x2 Bricks w/Studs on 1 Side, and a Bar Plate (open ends).  A nice little selection.


Build.  Okay, I copped out and built 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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  Not a bad score, more parts would have helped.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Mobile Worker (Ramba Ral Custom)

Let's finish out Gundam Converge review week.



Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.







Disassembled.  I can see Melee for the arms and Spotting or Defense for the head.





Assembled.






Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's the same size as a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Three.  (0)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  Basically a reskin of the Mash Custom Mobile Worker I reviewed before.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Gaplant

Another Gundam Converge review.



Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.







Disassembled.  The cannons could be Direct Fire or Artillery attachments.





Assembled.






Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's in between a Classic and a Chub.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Two.  (-5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +10 (A-).  Essentially a reskin of my previous Gaplant review.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Gundam Converge Mobile Worker (Mash Custom)

A Gundam Converge review to start the actual posts for the week.


Box.  I paid $8.99 for this at H Mart.


Parts.







Disassembled.  I can see Melee for the arms and Spotting or Defense for the head.





Assembled.






Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)
Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  It's about the size of a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Three.  (0)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  No.  (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  Not bad, but the set is pretty limited.