I am trying to not lose my cool and start typing all of the expletives that are currently running through my head. I have just finished three of the most frustrating hours that I can remember spending on a game. Not even playing the game, but assembling the pieces. I have no idea who designed these models, nor why they made the decisions that they did regarding the sheer number of parts per model, many of which could have and maybe should have been cast as a single piece. Perhaps there are real reasons why these decisions were made. However, as a consumer, as a gamer, and as a model builder I am extremely frustrated.
The photo shows just one aspect of my frustration. Remember, the “assembly instructions” do not give any indication of order of assembly. With this particular model an order of assembly should have been included. Further, because this model has multiple arm variations those also should have been included with the “assembly instructions.” You will notice there is only one arm and leg assembly shown. Not happy about that, as much of my ONE HOUR per miniature time was spent trying to figure out not only which of the three to four pieces per arm went together, but how those fit and looked on the main body of the miniature.
Speaking of the main body, notice the two arrows: one points at what looks to be a casting mistake and the other points to the part (casting mistake) on the “assembly instruction.” Trust me when I tell you that this one part is not worth what ever reason anyone gives you for making it separate from the main body. See this part fits onto the front of the main body, meaning that this piece could have easily been included with the main body. I lost this piece twice. The second time, Barb commented that there were pieces of flash bigger than the missing part; no wonder the part got lost.
My frustration level peaked, when I went to assemble a jet fighter, only to discovered that there is an order of assembly, not that the “assembly instructions” indicated that. That order is: the head MUST be put in place before any other assembling is done, other than gluing the top half of the main body to the bottom half. Again, why couldn’t the main body be one piece?
I don’t know what more to say. I can only imagine what other assembly issue lay ahead.
While I highly doubt that anyone who designed these miniatures will ever read this post, I really would like to learn the process of design from the people who made the decisions. Those reasons will mostly likely not change my opinion that these miniatures are too complicated for their purpose-playing a game-or my opinion that Robotech RPG Tactics has a huge knock against it for the sole reason that anyone will have to spend hours building miniatures before you can play the game.