Sunday, November 23, 2014

Best Loc Seasonal Packs. F-15 Element

At the same time I bought all of those tanks, I also bought a pack of these fighters.  They're nowhere near as cool, unfortunately, and they do not come with a surprise extra set either. Also, the minifigures that come with them are like two-thirds the size of regular minifigs, for some reason. Haven't quite figured that one out honestly.

I got this set because from the package art I thought they were going to be F-14s. Meh. I do wish I had taken a picture of a regular minifig with the pilots for scale.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Transformers Tuesday - Mr. Potato Head Grimlock

Well, I was going to make this an installment of Minifig Monday, but then I forgot and posted an Examiner article, which was much overdue...but still. So anyway, to keep with a jolly naming convention, I have dubbed today Transformers Tuesday.

Mr. Potato Head and Grimlock. The only way someone could mesh two of my favorite childhood favorite characters and toys better than this would very likely have to require some sort of Major Bludd Battle Beast.

It's cute. It's clever. It's three inches tall. It's nearly everything you could want in adorable brick-a-brack.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Halo Mega Bloks UNSC Wombat Recon Drone

A recent release from the Halo Mega Bloks line, set 97451 includes The Rookie (the silent protagonist of Halo 3 ODST), as well as a Wombat Recon Drone, something which was seen briefly and mentioned in ODST, but never really explored in depth.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

LEGO 30264 - Frax' Phoenix Flyer

So, another month another exclusive polybag set. This time it's apparently a phoenix. Chima has sure expanded into some weird areas. This set is a little light on content, but if you look at it from the perspective of what you get on Frax himself, it works alright.

The flyer. So, this little thing is really not where it's at. Honestly, I'm less impressed with this even than I was with the parrot-dragon from the old Ninja polybag from some years ago.

That said, Frax does have some neat parts. Orange is my wife's favorite color, so she got a bunch of these. Following the usual pattern, I threw in an extra one for myself. I rather wish I had not at this point, since the set was a bit of a wash, but there you have it.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Toys For Wargaming - Megabloks 06872 - Vulture Attack

Well, I somehow managed to not post very much this week at all! The Dread Knight will be very angry with me. Nevertheless, I did have one bright spot on the hobby front, which is the Mega Bloks set I am showing you all now.

I saw this on Toywiz' pre-orders page a few months ago, and have been keeping an eye out for it since. Two reasons, as for a change, I actually wanted the main build of the set, which is a rarity for me, but also because it comes with the most dope attack dog to ever come in a brick set.

Seriously, while the Vulture drone is pretty killer, this armored bomb disposal dog is like something that came out of a playmobil set, except maybe a hundred times cooler. He has articulation at the head, neck, all four legs, and tail. That's more than some Star Wars figures! Also, his armor and accessories (I think that's a bomb sniffer or something) are removable, though I don't know why you'd want to.

If I were to have a complaint about this set, which is stretching it, I would say that it is a little on the pricey side for what you get, but then again...Armored...Attack...Dog.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Minifig Monday - Onni Kishi

Okay, so I'll be the first to admit...I always figured if I was to make a minifigure of a female knight from anime, it would probably be Saber. And yet, here we are, looking at my rendition of Onna Kishi from Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. I had watched the aforementioned anime recently, and rather enjoyed it. In particular, I liked the surly yet elegent warrior/nun who was friends and romantically entangled with the Hero, and by extension, the Dark Lady.

Onna Kishi (her name simply means 'Female Knight') was made by using generic castle knight legs, the torso of the wave 12 Swashbuckler, arms from the Robot Madame, face from Wildstyle, and hair from Rapunzel. The decal to make her armor and surcoat are from Saber Scorpion, the Kingdom of Jerusalem to be exact. Amusingly, I went through the website to find the closest decal I could to her armor, and kicked myself for not having the foresight to pick this one up, then as I was going through my own decals, found that I HAD actually bought one and forgot about it. Happy coincidences all around.

I've included her appearance from the anime as a comparison, for those not familiar with the show. Main points I was trying to emulate: freckles, thick braid, plate armored arms and legs, boyish figure, as well as color and general layout on the heraldry.  Onna Kishi has a few different color schemes in the series, and the other main one has her colors as blue, with a more 'compass' looking sun logo. I went with this look, because while the five cross KoJ coat of arms is not perfect, it's pretty darn close for the minifig scale.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Toys For Wargaming: Best-Loc Seasonal Packs

It looks pretty good on the surface, but you never quite know what to expect with Best Loc
So, I found myself in the 'Holiday' section of the local Target, which is always a great way to find some nifty toy grabs. And to my joy and be-wonderment, I found some Best-Loc military playsets. I'm always extra wary with Best-Loc, since they seem to be low on Quality, Quality Control, and in particular, the one important piece you absolutely NEED to finish a set. Still, since they seemed like they had multiples of each vehicle within one bag, I figured it was worth the risk.

The tanks are pretty solid. This is the way the book says to assemble, but if you turn the turret around, they strongly give the impression of a Sherman Tank. So I'm not sure which I prefer.
Boy am I glad I did!

I would say the minifigures are disappointing, but this is about what I expected. I already gave them all to my son. In some instances, they won't even hold their guns...something LEGO-esque figures should really be capable of.
Now, on fundamentals, there are still some core problems. The plastic used is lower quality than LEGO or Mega Bloks. There's flash, and mold lines. The minifigures are best left unmentioned. But my oh my the Tanks! These tanks are absolutely adorable. I simply cannot wait to do some wargaming with them. The turrets swivel, the treads are of one piece construction as I like, and in general, they are a minimalistic fun little build.

The Typhoon is pretty cool, though I was missing one piece (Best-Loc strikes again!)
Now, I mentioned that there are two figures and two tanks in each set, but did I mention the surprise jet fighter in each set? No? Yes, each set comes with a random, surprise extra fighter plane, bigger than the tanks. There is no indication that these are in there, much less which one you will get. I got an F-117 Nighthawk and what I suspect is a Eurofighter Typhoon. The F-117 is a better set, but neither is too shabby considering they are a complete surprise bonus. This set was a good enough value at $5 that I bought two packs without knowing about the fighter. Now that I know, I went back and got four more sets. I will update if there are more different fighters included.

Though the F-117 is the star of the show. Bit of a wonky build though.
And now that I'm done buying them, I figured it wouldn't hurt to let other people know.