Friday, November 17, 2017

PAX Unplugged

For the next three days I'll be helping demonstrate Mobile Frame Zero at PAX Unplugged.  We'll be at booth # 414 so come see us if you're there.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: 5009416 Kai's Pod Polybag

This was a "free" giveaway this week with $30 Lego purchase at Toys'R'Us.

Bag.  MSRP is $5.99 for this at Toys'R'Us which gives us a $0.17 Price per Piece.



Instructions.







Minifig.




Pod, Outside.  It's slightly under seven Bricks tall.







Pod, Inside.  Laying flat, it's two Bricks tall.  You can attach five Bricks inside to make it a one-shot piece of Cover.





Parts.  Plates, Tiles, Brackets, Cheese Slopes, Grille Tiles, Apollo Studs, Clip Tiles, Clip Plate, and Minifig Sai and Katana.


Build. Nothing.

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).  One of the worst scoring sets I've ever reviewed.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: 30478 Jolly Santa Polybag

I guess the Christmas season has started.  I think this is going to be one of the polybags at Target this year.

Bag.  I paid $3.49 for this at Toys'R'Us which gives us a $0.05 Price per Piece.



Instructions.










Parts.  Tons of Plates, some Slopes, Jumpers, and Tiles, a few Bricks and Mod. Brick 1x2x1-1/3 w/Curved Top.  A Clip Plate, a Handle Brick, a Brick w/2 Studs on side, and a Mod. Plate 2x2x2/3 w/2 Studs on side.





Build.  Yeah, that's a crappy 4P Frame.

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+).  Nice price point, but the contents are a little lacking.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Double Set Challenge Revisit: Broken Rules Edition

I could call this Round 4.  Unfortunately this time I broke one of the rules I set down in the original post.  This time I went with the First Order Walker and the Batman Phantom Zone polybags.  This combo comes out to 113 pieces.  Now, seven of these pieces are from the minifig but that still brings us to 106 pieces and over the limit I imposed.




Here's both packages.











Here's a Frame  (2Rd+d8/2B) and two Stations.






Here's the leftover parts.



At $3.49 and $3.97 respectively, that's roughly $7.50 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $22.50 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $37.50 for an Attacker (5 units), and $52.50 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sales Alert: Black Friday Preview

Details are being leaked about this year's Black Friday deals.  Target has a 30% off on five Lego sets sale.  They are listing 41126 Friends: Heartlake Riding Club, 21124 Minecraft: The End Portal, 76054 Batman: Harvest of Fear, 70626 Ninjago: Dawn of Iron Doom, and 75139 Star Wars: Battle on Takodana at $34.99.

Five Below is listing 2 for $5 Lego Dimensions Fun Packs on Saturday and Sunday.  Kinda surprised they have any left at this point.

Good hunting!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Double Set Challenge, Revisit 3

Here we go for Round 3.  This edition starts with the Kylo Ren's Shuttle and the Ninjago Airboat polybags.




Here's both packages.











Here's a Frame  (2Rd+d8/2Y) and a Station.






Here's the leftover parts.






At $3.49 each, that's roughly $7.00 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $21.00 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $35.00 for an Attacker (5 units), and $49.00 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

The next set of polybags I'm experimenting with is the Creator Turtle and the First Order Walker.



Here's both packages.












Build.  A Frame (2Rd+d8/2B) and Station.







Here's the leftover parts.




At $2.99 and $3.49 respectively, that's roughly $6.50 for a Frame and a Station.  Extrapolating that out, it's $19.50 for a Defender size Squad (3 units), $32.50 for an Attacker (5 units), and $45.50 for a Primary Attacker squad (7 units).  You also have plenty of leftover parts to convert into SSRs or other Attachments.

Once again, all three of these sets are currently available in stores.
Hopefully this post gives people ideas for new creations.