Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BanBao Off Brand Showcase for MF0

One of many bags.
So I discovered these at Wal-Mart and figured I at least check them out given they all were all under ratio as long as they were not one of the double minifig packs. They are all $2.98

Set Parts
Minifig Parts
So I was surprised buy the quality of the plastic. It was nice and sturdy but certainly had a different feel to it then LEGO or even MEGA BLOKs. Though I couldn't fit the core of the minifig into the body so I didn't assemble it.

The Set
Before I put the set together I tried the pieces with LEGO plates and compared them. So they are technically compatible but there are some issues. The plate elements are just a bit thicker and the studs share the same trait leaving a gap everywhere. Also they are a tad loose as if the stud is a hair too thing. This is also reflected in the build as well.

2nd Bag
Opening a second bag I see these traits are pretty consistent and after looking at the bags the designers are not the best I would so. So I would NOT recommend picking this up and I think the destiny of these are a Goodwill donation.

Parts from bag 2
More Parts.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

LEGO City Police Car Set 30352 For MF0

The Bag
One of two bags for Target's Easter selection.

Prison Transport HVA or perhaps a Frigate?
Can you build some sort of creation right away?

I got the small asymmetrical spaceship above for +5 points.

Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?

$3.99 / 50 = $0.08 cents per parts.Under ratio for +5.

Parts 2
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? 

There is some parts here for +5 points.

Parts 3
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? 

Oddly enough I will go with my gut for 0 points.


Total: A set so not bad and the 'Police' Piece could be fun for some Law Enforcement Frames.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

LEGO Friends Gymnastics Bar Set 30400 Set Review for MF0

The Bag
This is one of two bags for this year's Easter Options at Target so check your seasonal aisle.

Parts 1
Can you build some sort of creation right away?

No builds for this set for -5 points

Parts 2
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? 

$3.99 / 26 = $0.15 per part; ouch for -10 part but on par for MOST Friends polybags.

Parts 3
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?

There are a FEW useful parts for +5 points.

The Set
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?

This set doesn't have a lot of parts in the first place; let alone a handful of good parts for -5 points.

"Here to end this battle on a Dance Off!"
Total: We have a C set; clearly one to avoid even if it has a specific piece you want.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

MF0 Flier


Do you like games with randomness and strategy but simple rules? Do you like piloted big robots fighting other piloted giant robots? Than welcome to Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack!
Build and Take Command of your own squad of mechs (Mobile Frames) to take resource points (Stations) while keeping your own.

You can buy the book or download the PDF for free at www.mobileframezero.com

Online Communities
-Google Plus: Mobile Frame Zero
-Facebook Pages: Mobile Frame Zero Fans

Other MF0 Games
-MF0: Intercept Orbit; LEGO Spaceship battles with Mobile Frame support.
-MF0: Firebrands; A GMless RPG by the creator of Apocalypse World. Pilot Frames, meet pilots, fall in love and make rivals.

Hashtags to Explore
-#MF0 : All things Mobile Frame Zero but mostly Rapid Attack and Frames.
-#MFZ : same
-#mobileframezero : same
-#MF0Stations : See the awesome points people have built for Frames to fight over.
-#MF0Cover : MF0 terrain built for frames to hide behind.
-#MF0IOrbit : Intercept Orbit related So spaceships!
-#MF0HVAs : The Stations of the IOrbit game.

-#MF0Firebrands : Firebrands related posts.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

LEGO The Batman Movie The Joker Battle Training 30523 Set Review for MF0

The Bag
Found this one at Walmart in a yellow display for LEGO The Batman Movie (FYI: It was as great movie!) merchandise.

Can you build some sort of creation right away?

No custom builds out of this set for -5 points.

Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? 

$3.99 / 49 = $0.08 cents, not bad for +5 points.

Parts 2
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?

There are a few usable parts in the bag. +5 points.

Parts 3
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?

This one is a no giving it -5 more points.

The Set
Total: We have a B rated set; unless there is a specific part in this bag you want I would just avoid getting this polybag.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mobile Frame Cosplay: Muscle Cylinder 1.5

So I made a Muscle Cylinder Prop...

I am not a regular cosplay (at the writing of this post) or prop maker of any kind.

This is actually my second concept/attempting at making a Muscle Cylinder Prop; hence the .5 in the title.

You have to start some where...
So I had everything planned in my head, went to Home Depot which began the editing on the go that would be this crafting adventure.

So I started with 1 1/2 inch wide PVC that was 2 feet long. Now I didn't want to be caring something that big around so first I had to cut this enough. When cutting make sure you have everything secure for both safety and accuracy

and in half...sort of.
. So not a perfect cut but I am not making a plumbing system.

There are ways to fix things...
So I did a bit of re-cutting and filing to get it a bit closer.

Now it time to start assembling things and I bought the actual glue went for putting PVC together but of course I pick the can that has leaked...around the lid so was SEALED SHUT FOREVER.

At this point I just moved onto the Hot Glue Gun; not like this thing was going to meet actually working pressures...

Said Tool
So first we need to cap the end with the bad cut.



Now for the other end; going for a partial feel. I found a piece called a Tailpiece that seem perfect for the job. First I glue it inside the cap then glue the other end with it partially inserted into the main body.

WaLa!
So next I needed what look like connection points or caps for connection points on each end so I had 3/4 end caps for that.


Get both ends and now the construction is complete!

Complete! - Sort of
Now we need to point it up to cover the PVC markings and make it a bit less plastic looking. I used a flat white spray paint. Took a few coats; should of used a primer first or something.


So after waiting for 24+ hours to let the paint dry and set I get around to a bit of detailing. Something to make it pop and some faux data. I could of stepped my game up with some stenciling to make it a bit more manufacturing looking. Did give it a 'Job Tag' given this is for a TTM Frame Mechanic.



And there it is; all done. Thanks for reading. Not bad but not perfect. Maybe in the future I will try for a 2.0?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

LEGO The Batman Movie The Mini Batmobile Set 30521 Review for MF0

The Bag
I found this at TRU a while back but slipped through my reviewing cracks. Let's play catch up.

Gun Frigate
Can you build some sort of creation right away?

I built this small but dangerous looking Intercept Orbit frigate for +5 points.

Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.

$3.99 / 68 = $0.06 per part for a big under ratio for +5 points!

Parts 2
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?

This is an absolute yes for +5 points.

Parts 3
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?

I got a decent but small ship, I certainly have frame parts but not enough to make a frame. Going to go with a yes but barely earning the +5 points.

The Set
Total: An A + plus that could be just an A. (I mean if you work in black like Batman than it probably an A+)