This set review will be more focused on analyzing the set in terms of using it as a starting point / parts pack for LEGO mecha building. Unlike other set reviews, I’ll be focusing more on the parts selection and if the set is worth it to be used for LEGO mecha building (specifically in the style I build in). I won’t be focusing too much on the minifigs, the overall build, poseability, stability, play features, etc. I’ve always really liked the Ninjago line of LEGO for the mechs and the dragons. This Zane mech is actually a redesign of
Ascendant Lords – Kingdom of VzirClassification: MeleeArmaments: (1) PA-ALVZRSCY-XY Along with the overhaul of his twin sister’s reFrame, Ran Al’ Vzir also had his previous Vzir’ Ran overhauled and updated. The much improved Vzir’ Regis has all the functional upgrades done to the Vzir’ Regalia. Unlike his sister’s mech however, Monarch Ran instructed Court Engineers for a more conservative upgrade. One request was to specifically retain the imposing look with its wide shoulders and caped design. The PA-ALVZRSCY-XY Scythe is also only slightly modified from its previous iteration. BUILD NOTES This build, according to the lore, belongs to the twin
To keep the Kingdom of Vzir’s fighting forces in top condition, the female Monarch, Rin Al’ Vzir, requested her Court Engineers to completely overhaul her Vzir’ Rin reFrame to match the newer reFrame models of neighboring countries.
Keeping up with their individual personalities and fighting styles, the new Vzir’ Regalia features a slender, more agile design and is now equipped with the SW-VZ-DUALR Dual Swords. The Quorus core flight module was further upgraded to allow better low altitude mobility. This is well protected by the new armor skirting design that also acts as extra flight stabilizers.
The Kobold was designed by the Progenitors as a cost-efficient mass-produced unit that’s capable of handling multiple combat situations in various terrain thanks to a quick-swap loadout system. While not as highly rated as the Dirius production model, its lower cost and high customization options makes up for what it lacks in performance.
The new Liberator line manufactured by the Marzan Empire is an entirely new approach to reFrame development. By retaining the core system throughout a variety of models and only making modifications mostly in limbs and armaments, it has allowed Marzan engineers to roll out 2 different models with varying roles in the same R&D duration as one reFrame unit.
Translated from the word Prosperity from an old pre-Quorus nation, the Fanrong serves both as elite reFrame unit and as a sign of Tian Guo’s wealth and military might. While not equipped with any ranged weapons like most reFrames in the Ascendant Lords, its high mobility coupled with the YANHU Fanrong shields allow it to quickly close in and cleave through reFrame ranks with ease with the PA-GUANDAO-FR.
It is believed that upon seeing this deep red reFrame that one will be blessed in good tidings. While this may be true for the inhabitants of Tian Guo, a newly formed Lordship that has deep roots to a long forgotten dynasty, seeing this on the opposite side of the battlefield isn’t so prosperous, even more when you’re within reach of its deadly PA-GUANDAO-FR.
From Sapiens to Ludens
We are Homo Ludens (Those who play).
Designed by Yoji Shinkawa, Ludens is the company icon and mascot of Hideo Kojima’s Kojima Productions video game company. Ludens wears an “extra-vehicular creative activity (ECA) suit”, and often carries a flag bearing the Kojima Productions logo – which is based off Ludens themself. Ludens is prominently featured in a video titled “Kojima Productions logo movie”, where they trek into the unknown of space and plant the studio flag into uncharted lunar ground.
The Dirius model was designed to be a high-performance mass produced unit that could be outfitted with different loadouts.
The first of its loadouts is the Full Armor package with reactive armor panels for major body parts. The extra armor raises the damage reduction of the Dirius by 200%, rivaling thicker armored reFrames although increasing the Dirius overall weight. Once an armor panel is damaged, the pilot can opt to discard that panel through the quick release locks on each panel.
ProgenitorsClassification: Mid-Long Range Armaments: (1) BZ-BLSTRCS198X(1) HC-DUALCS198X Marzan EmpireClassification: Melee Armaments: (2) SW-MACHETE (Takeda recolor) The Takeda is a custom recolor variant of the Kurosawa Sword Kai. It is rumored to move at thrice the speed. Nothing else is known about the unit. BUILD NOTES This was actually built as a display piece over at my ToyCon PH 2019 booth as a special color variant of the Kurosawa Sword Kai. As with most of Quiccs’ pieces, I just had to make a red version with gold accents and a more pronounced Samurai vibe to it. Build wise, there’s only very small
Piloted by Salaman’s Fury’s young mistress, the H’Da is a one-of-a-kind reFrame featuring a very rare reverse joint leg configuration. This enables it to have increased mobility and is coupled with the pilot’s deadly use of the KARIGATA-G1 spear, quickly moving into close combat and accurately piercing key points in enemy reFrames.