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SSC: More Cheap Dollar Store Sets

Postby Hackjob » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:52 am

So this is another go at the SSC: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3829

You may have seen my fist SSC attempt: viewtopic.php?f=12&t=5572. I was pretty happy with the results, even thought the blocks were sub-par, so I went and bought a few more (larger) sets. Very shortly after I saw darksyntax's review of similar sets and I probably wouldn't have purchased these after reading it, but since I already had paid for 'em, I figured might as well give it a go. Hey, maybe my suffering can help someone else right ;) ? I ended up purchacing 4 of these "Action Blocks" brand sets (2 Military, 1 Consrutruction, 1 Police) with around 100 pieces each for $5 a set. That puts them way below the golden ratio but ufortunately, the quality is also way below Lego brand, and 20 of those pieces are less-than-stellar minifigs and accessories. This review is for the 2 Military sets, which I had the highest hopes for with their neat looking dark green pieces. I used all the pieces of both sets exept the minifigs and accessories

Set 1, note that this has an older style box, smaller and with different grafics. Apparently titled "Scout" the new boxes have no set name. I call this frame the Heavy Assault Robot-5, HAR-V (Harvy), a nod to the U.S. Humvee this set is sorta like.
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HAR-V with barracks, ad-hock cover, drop beacon, and Listening Post #6RNPH12.
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HAR-V: 27mm cannon ( d6Rd d6Rd ), comms array ( d6Y ), ablative armor ( d6B ),booster pack ( d6G ) -Soldier Loadout
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Ironically enough, I really like how this frame looks and was able to make cover and a station too


Set 2 (new box style) no set title I can find the box just says military, note that the minifigs and accesories are the same in both sets. I'm calling it Light Offensive Unit-1, LOU-1 (Louie) after the famous "Huey" helicopter.
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LOU-1 with terraforming station and Observation Post #85KXF14
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LOU-1: Twin vibro blades ( d6Rh d6Rh ), ablative armor ( d6B ), booster pack and variable geomitry wings ( d6G , d8G )
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Well, I kinda like how this one came out too...


The verdict? Well, I will give them a passing grade, but just barely. I don't think I can recommend them while Mixels are also $5, but I don't really regret buying them... The HAR-V is prone to exploding when you handle the fragile connections in the hips, the illegal wedging of a plate between 2 studs there is just not secure, but is sorta critical to the build (I'm seriosly considering using the Kragle on that joint). The LOU-1 seems pretty sturdy in handling, but all it's connections are legal. I actually built an alternate loadout of the LOU-1 first, it had the helicopter skids and blades on it's back/shoulders in a sorta quad-50 arrangement. I'm tempted to buy 1 more of each set to have a company with x2 soldiers, and hth and support specialists, but I worry that might be throwing good money after bad. I also think if I mashed these two sets together I could make a pretty decent frame. I have not played a game with these frames, if I do I'll try and take pics of the game and every time 1 falls apart. These sets are a bit of a conundrum for me, since I like what I built, and they aren't very expensive, but the low quality is really discouraging. Sigh :|

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Re: SSC: More Cheap Dollar Store Sets

Postby VitorFaria » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:56 am

Woah, Amazing!

I loved the way you wasn't scared of using basic plates for detail, they give a nice raw look if you know what you're doing!

Those are "Best Lock" sets rebranded, I suppose, judging by the minifig accessory molds.
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Re: SSC: More Cheap Dollar Store Sets

Postby Xand0r » Thu Feb 26, 2015 11:56 am

Very interesting! Before Mixels these might have caught my eye, but as you say, the Mixels are just so perfect for frames...
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Re: SSC: More Cheap Dollar Store Sets

Postby VitorFaria » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:05 pm

Xand0r wrote:Very interesting! Before Mixels these might have caught my eye, but as you say, the Mixels are just so perfect for frames...


There are sets from Kazi and Star Diammond that are just as good for frames as Mixels, have great quality and are even cheaper, pitty they are hard to find these days.

I miss the time when I could buy this for just over 2 dollars.
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Re: SSC: More Cheap Dollar Store Sets

Postby darksyntax » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:53 pm

That HAR-V (Harvy) is quite a nice frame. Nice job using all those single stud connections for angle and hinging. Well done!
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Re: SSC: More Cheap Dollar Store Sets

Postby Hackjob » Fri Feb 27, 2015 11:02 am

VitorFaria wrote:Woah, Amazing!

I loved the way you wasn't scared of using basic plates for detail, they give a nice raw look if you know what you're doing!

Those are "Best Lock" sets rebranded, I suppose, judging by the minifig accessory molds.

Thank you! I just work with what the set gives me :)

Xand0r wrote:Very interesting! Before Mixels these might have caught my eye, but as you say, the Mixels are just so perfect for frames...

Thanks, yeah the money spent on these might have been better used on Mixels, oh well...

VitorFaria wrote:There are sets from Kazi and Star Diammond that are just as good for frames as Mixels, have great quality and are even cheaper, pitty they are hard to find these days.

I miss the time when I could buy this for just over 2 dollars.

I have not had the chance to try either of those brands, I will if I can find 'em though.

darksyntax wrote:That HAR-V (Harvy) is quite a nice frame. Nice job using all those single stud connections for angle and hinging. Well done!

Thanks! That's high praise coming from a master such as yourself! I'm really happy with how the HAR-V came out. Be carefull though, if you compliment it too much I might have to go buy another set :lol:

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