Friday, January 19, 2018

Purity: Architek Space Animals Review

After tracking down the Star Rover set at Big Lots I found another set with it.

Box.  I paid $5.00 for a $0.02 Price per Piece.



Instructions.

Instructions 1
Instructions 2
Instructions 3
Instructions 4

Instructions 6
Instructions 5





Parts 1.  Neck Brackets.


Parts 2.  Yellow Half Pin.







Parts 3.  2x2x2/3 Slope w/Cutout.



Parts 4.  Tan Tooth Plates.









Parts 5.  Nothing special.



Parts 6.  Tan Tooth Plates again.


Sorry for the blurry pictures.




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

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+).  With the odd parts counts on some pieces, this could be a little better for the score.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Purity: Architek Star Rover Review

Continuing along with reviews of clone brick sets, I was alerted to the existence of this set by a post on the Facebook group.  As far as anyone can tell these sets are only available at Big Lots and through online wholesalers.

Box.  I paid $5.00 for a $0.03 Price per Piece.




Master Instructions.







Instructions 1
Instructions 3

Instructions 2

Instructions 6
Instructions 4
Instructions 5


Parts 1.  Orange Travis Brick, Headlight Bricks, and Tile Clips.





Parts 2.  Purple Tooth Plates,
Clip Plates, and Mod. Brick
2 x 1 x 1.3, Rounded.






Parts 3.  Nothing exotic here.



Parts 4.  Brown Tooth Plates





Parts 5.  Some nice Dark Red
pieces but nothing outrageous.





Parts 6.  Green Taps!



Build.  Two Frames and a 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?  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+).  Plenty of interesting parts but it needs a little bit of filler to be better in my opinion.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Purity: 10875 Sick Bricks 3-in-1 Power Up Playset Review

These sets were around for a while at Target.  They always seemed to be overpriced for what they offered, even if there was an online component involved.  This showed up at 5Below recently at a better price point so I decided to give it a look.

Box.  I paid $5.00 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.  The box lists 57 pieces but even counting the background, carrying case, and instructions there's only 55.



Instructions.







Minifigs.



Background.  Might be fun to
use for pictures at some point.



Carrying Case.  Useful.




Parts.  A lot of printed pieces here.  The Translucent quarter circle Tiles are neat as are the "tube" pieces.  Clip Plates and Bar Plates are useful.



Build.  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?  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 score for this set is based on the price I paid for it, rather than the MSRP.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Review: 70347 Nexo Knights King's Guard Artillery

Reaching into the backlog pile for today's review.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifigs.

Parts 1.  Technic Axles.








Parts 2.  Those curved 2x6
Plates are interesting.

Parts 3.  Minifig Sword Blades!







Build.  Flying Frame?  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?  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).  Some interesting parts, but not enough of them.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: 30358 Dragster Polybag

I wasn't expecting to get this but I spent more than $35.00 at the Lego store recently and this was the "free" gift.

Bag.  I'm guessing the MSRP is $3.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.



Instructions.










Minifig.



Parts.  Plates, Tires, Rims, Axle Plates, Tiles, Slopes, Skeleton Arms, Bar Plates, Steering Wheel, Wedge Plate, Brackets, Air Intake Brick.Technic Pin/Axles.




Build.  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?  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).  Not bad, but the parts quantities aren't great.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: 30542 Cute Pug Polybag

Didn't I just mention this set on Friday?

Bag.  MSRP is $3.99 for a $0.06 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts.  Four Padlocks.  Plates, Slopes, Bricks, Jumper, Grille Tile, Round Bricks, Bracket, Technic Bricks, Corner Bricks, Half Pins, Friction Pins. and a Lampholder.





Build.  Frame and a 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?  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+).  Another good polybag set.