MOC: Royal Rabbit Robot

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A loosely rabbit-themed mech built from three Lego Batman Movie sets.

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Five Below Brix Advance Force D-33 Bomber & Dino Park Hunter

It’s been a while since I last reviewed a set from Five Below.  Too long, in fact.  It’s time to come back with a vengeance.  I’ve got a review of not one, but two sets to make up for the absence!

First up, we’ve got a set from the Brix Dino Park theme.

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Brix

Dino Park

Hunter

73 pieces

$2.00 USD

If you keep tabs on cheapo building toys, this box art might look familiar.  That’s because it’s identical to the box art for one of the Block Tech dino setsHere’s a video review of the set in question.  I’m guessing these “Brix” sets are Block Tech sets re-badged for Five Below.  The bottom of this box says the set is made by RMS International, just like the Block Tech set I reviewed.  The back of the box re-uses the box art and advertises the “unique multifunctional characters!”  All that’s in the box is a bag of parts and the instruction leaflet.

 

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I usually don’t say anything about a set’s instructions, but this set’s instructions were tiny.  The small instructions made building this simple set harder that it should have been.

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The figure is almost identical to the Block Tech figures I reviewed.  This one has a bit less molded detail since he’s a regular human instead of a superhero though.  The “Dino Park” emblem on the torso is a nice detail.  All the parts are decent quality.  It’s a decent figure.

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The dino doesn’t even get close to decency.  While the part quality isn’t that bad, the parts are used to build a flimsy & dopey dinosaur.

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Even if the dino wasn’t ugly, it has a major design flaw that keeps it from being a good toy.  The two halves of he body are connected by a single plate.  The connection is far too loose.  The front of the dino wants to separate from the rear half.  There should have been a 1×2 plate under the spikes on the dino’s back to keep this from happening.

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To make matters worse, neither the figure nor the dinosaur are anything like what’s pictured on the box.  The legal doesn’t include the usual “styles and colors may vary” boilerplate, so someone could probably sue about this.  At least there are 73 parts in the set.  (I checked!)

I wouldn’t recommend this set, even if the part quality isn’t that bad.  The other sets in this range might be better, but this one is garbage.

 

Hopefully the other set I picked up is better.

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Brix Buildz

Advance Force

AF-3 D-33 Bomber

176 pieces

$5.00 USD

This box looks more exciting, but there are some signs it could be bad.  Some of the parts are loose in the box photo, and the photo is reversed.

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The back of the box gives us some details on the D-33 bomber.  I’m not an expert on military aircraft, so I looked the plane up.  If my cursory web search is to be believed, the D-33 bomber doesn’t exist.  No idea where they’re getting it’s history if that’s true.  The legal information on the bottom of the box just says that the set is manufactured by Five Below.  No information on the manufacturer.  Here’s what’s in the box.

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When I started building the set, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the parts were high quality!  They weren’t on par with Lego, but they were close.  The studs show the source of the quality.  The set was manufactured by Kazi, one of the best Chinese brick bootleggers.  For some reason, only about half of the parts have the Kazi logo on them.  They all have the same level of quality, though.

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The set doesn’t have any stickers, just printed parts!

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The design of the “pilot” figure is awkward, even if the parts are high quality.  The figure’s torso and legs connect via a single stud like a Kreon.  The helmet seems to be a bootleg of the Minifig.cat BK1X helmetThe helmet is compatible with Lego figures, and vice-versa.

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There isn’t any compatibility between the figure and the jet, but it’s still a good build.  It’s fairly detailed, even if it doesn’t have a cockpit.  (Maybe that’s what the radome style structure on the top is supposed to be?)  There are 4 “machine guns” mounted on click hinges on the plane.

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I like this set a lot, and I might return to pick up the other sets in the military series.

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MOC: Mega Bloks Call of Duty: Black Ops II Escort Drone

MB has made most of the drones from Call of Duty: Black Ops II into sets, with the exception of the Escort Drone. I decided to try my hand at making one.

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I don’t have any Mega Bloks propellers small enough to work as a tail rotor, so this drone is out of control. (Just like all the US drones at the end of the game.)

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Ready for deployment!

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Novvember 2015 Build

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It’s Novvember again, and that means it’s time to build another Vic Viper!  I don’t have a lot to say about this build, so I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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