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Leafs, redpill us on Play Day. Is it just rebranded Block Tech for Walmart? What other foreign and exotic brands do you have?

Previously: >>7912417

Lego General: >>8085187
Mega Construx: >>8084488
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>>8086278
While there's no official confirmation, can say that the minifigs are identical and the plastic quality is about the same, so yeah it's fair to conclude that they're a rebranded Block Tech. I got a Play Day ambulance and it was just an awful build, very clunky and poorly designed. Thing is, Walmart still has Block Tech stuff as well, though they seem to be trying to clear them out lately.

As for other brands, ones I've seen include Make-It Bricks at Dollar Tree (alongside Block Tech); Dragon Blok at TRU and Canadian Tire (a sub-brand of Wange, famous for the blockhead minifig); BanBao and Montoy at Dollarama (the latter make lots of other toys too); various Chinese brands at the liquidation centre (Kazi, Weagle, Wange, Enlighten, Bela, Elephant, Sluban, Sheng Yuan, Lele, Dargo, CB, Bozhi, Loho, Zhiling, Decool, Sembo, Jie Star, WInner, Gudi, Starmerry, Zuanma, Mindbox, Great Friend (some more I'm forgetting, and a few that were without any kind of brand).

Pic related came from Dollarama, box just said Brix and boy does it stretch that ubiquitous phrase "contents may differ from picture on box".
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tfw it finally arrived
After 4 months of waiting, hopefully it has been worth the weight
I'm still waiting for another bigger set from Aliexpress that's supposed to be here by June, so this should keep me busy enough (manual has around 400 steps,most of which are fairly complex by Lego standards)

>>8086306
tfw my local stores never tried selling anything that isn't LEGO cause people have complained in the past that "they're dangerous chinkshit, potential hazard for kids"
Good for you anon
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>>8086306
Wow does that ever stay from what's advertised. The art on the box actually looks pretty good
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>>8086278
>link to Lego general
Why? By another day there will be a new Lego general. Those generale burn fast.
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>>8086278
I have seen a few in Walmart but don't own any, the figures remind me of sluban
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Is Brictek still around? The only places I ever saw it in the States was Big Lots and online on Amazon, then it was only Amazon, and now Amazon's Brictek inventory seems to have dried up.

>>8087321
They always link to us in their OPs, so it seems like common courtesy.

>>8087324
Nah. Sluban's new minifigures are completely different. Even the old minifigures were knockoffs of Oxford figures.
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It's big brain time
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>>8090555
Peculiar faces are great
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>>8086278
>They managed to make minifigs even uglier than Cobi.
Why is this allowed.
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do any non-lego brands make a small plate with clips on both sides? (I mocked these up in studio's custom piece creator.)

there really needs to be a bricklink for special Chinese parts
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Just saw these and I got interested

Have not brought any large size set from non Lego brand for years now

Is sembo any good?
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>>8097300
Quality is great, I would highly recommend. Though a lot oft he 1x1 studs are a bit tall.
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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000842590924.html?spm=a2g0s.9042311.0.0.322b4c4dDme88w

Found something cool, anons. Time to add more to the waifig collection
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>>8097130
kreo
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>>8097338
Which one would you recommend out of the rally series?
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>>8097130
Kre-O used to have the 1x1 with clip on both ends, but I believe they’re out of business. Haven’t seen them since.
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>>8086278
edmonton bros check in
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>>8097695
The Lancia's amazing, though the stickers are coloured with a different green than the bricks, which is unfortunate but even with that, it looks fantastic.
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>>8090555
mmmm lego brigs
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>>8098242
'Ey
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>>8098274
lmao fucking great
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>>8086278
Lego Monkie Kid knockoff when
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prTKD-D1Dv4
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Anyone recognize this? My son picked it up but did not have any instructions or anything. Blocks have BL on it. Is it block tech maybe?
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>>8111325
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>>8111325
>>8111329
I regret to inform you that your son has acquired Best-Lock. You have my condolences.
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>>8111633
Ha, thanks, it was free so no big loss
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I'm thinking of getting the Lepin knockoff falcon but I have no clue if I should get it from their webstie or some seller on aliexpress
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>>8114265
If you buy it off Aliexpress, you can kinda have a chance of saving money by not including the box.
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>>8114268
Yeah it looks I can also get it sooner by having shipping options on Ali. Just can't justify spending that much on a genuine UCS falcon fucking 1500 aud
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>>8114272
good luck getting it soon. ive had alot of stuff stuck in china since late march.
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The fuck is going on with Lego general?
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Well, that took no time at all.
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new cars fellas, time to enter the hole again.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000879994142.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.b0a2ae91yoSzMx&algo_pvid=87117f68-55b9-4e6e-bc4b-c52650dda89f&algo_expid=87117f68-55b9-4e6e-bc4b-c52650dda89f-13&btsid=0ab6d69f15880746748083157e07a6&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_
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I've never found a reasonable explanation for this, but does anybody know why Star Diamond sets are so difficult to find online? It's not limited to eBay or Amazon; they rarely show up on Chinese sites like Aliexpress. Are they blacklisted or something? I feel like we're missing out on some interesting builds.
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Why can I no longer see knock-off minifigs on AliExpress? Have they been banned/ blacklisted? All of the usual sellers I normally buy from no longer have stores, or they're empty.
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>>8120556
still available for me, but the amount of offers seems to be thinned out.
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>>8120556
There definitely seems to have been a culling of some kind....
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>>8086306
I picked up some of the montoy micro blocks knock offs at dollarama. They're cute but I think it may have been a mistake. They are hard to put together with my big mitts and after finishing one, I swear I'm cross-eyed for a couple of hours. Of course those are personal issues, do not let them stop you from buying. They seem to hold fairly well though the calico cat (I've done it and the french bulldog) tail is only a 1 stud connection so it's a little loose.
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Are the figs in pic related sold like that, or do I need to order bits and pieces to make them?
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>>8121660
each piece is from a different seller: the custom printed parts, Eclipsegrafx skeleton gloves, Si-Dan headset, Brickarms guns, etc.
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>>8118013
really curious about Zebra Blocks quality. I was going to wait for the SY or KING version, but some autists on r/lepin bought it so they should have a review shortly
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>>8119261
No idea.
I wish they were more common, too.
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Some new updates to the Enlighten/Qman website. First up is the new Cherry theme: "Cherry Mew Mew Music Festival!" They're really knocking it out with this line.
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>>8131989
I've got good news and bad news.First, the good news: Enlighten has the Neon Genesis Evangelion license. The bad news? Well, just take a look at what they're doing...
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>>8131996
Next up: A new minifigure series called "Miniworld." The square heads make me think that it might be based on some sort of mobile game or Minecraft clone.
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>>8132004
Finally, they have this image of three mechs on the launch page, but there's no product listing for them yet. It looks like they will transform without much disassembly.
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What are you guys building while in quarantine?
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>>8132009
lego transformers? heresy!

I can't wait. Actual transformers are shit, all they have had for the last three years is nothing but g1 remakes over and over
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>>8132009
these better be able to hold minifigures when in vehicle modes, or I'm gonna be disappointed in this lost opportunity.
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>>8135275
The larger one might, but the smaller ones probably don't have the space. They've made ones in the past that will seat minifigs, tho.
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>>8114265
I bought a falcon from Ali and it was great and a fun build
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I have a problem /lg/. My lego bins are clogged with so much dust that I cant be exposed to them for more than an hour without feeling sick. I'd like to clean them out but theres so many legos that I dont know where to start. Also I live in a college dorm for half the year so im afraid the bins will just get dusty again. Any suggestions? Should I get better storage?
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>>8136990
shit wrong thread dont lynch me
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>>8136990
>>8136997
i guess the same is true for non-lego-brick-bins as well.

Get them clean: put your lego into a pillowcase and put them into the washing machine or dishwasher.

They will be dust-free and as good as new.

get plastic boxes with a cover, like pic related:
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>>8119261

They had a kung fu panda line last year. I saw a few sellers with 4 out of the 5 sets, but I was never able to find pic related, which sucks because it's the only one with the bad guy in it.
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>>8086278
just by looking at this pic i can tell you a story. seems the knight in shining armor wants to go see his white bitch who cheated on him, the dude sneaking out but gets caught
then the knight goes for a foreign ho
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>>8131996
>Shinji and Misato merch
Already better than the majority of Eva figure lines that just stick to Rei/Asuka and the occasional Mari
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>>8086278
>rebranded block tech
The uk has some stuff made by a company called Brick by Brick that also look like block tech figs, and I know I've seen a handful of other companies with the same figs, I can't imagine there's that many companies out there with that same unique design, but I also don't know why they would want to have so many different aliases.
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>>8138462
>40 figure collection
>it's the same 8 figures times five
Nobody falls for this shit, right?

What happens is that some stores will want a store brand product, so they will strike a deal with an experienced company to rebrand their product rather than try to build the product from the ground up. It's a commonplace practice.
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Anyone have the Xingbao Schutzenpanzer Puma or Lepoard 2A6?
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>>8139324
https://youtu.be/BE-5efGCFVM
https://youtu.be/_nVWs7fhGWw
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Got this set down from 50 to 35 bucks incl. shipping. It's a national vendor so it'll arrive fast as fuck too. Did I do good? What's kinda confusing me are all the names, the producer. On the box it says Jubilux, but the vendor sells it under WAMO, when I look for it on google I found the exact same tank under the name Sluban.
Whatever, I won't bother with the small buggy car, that's just spare parts but I really like the tank and the building. Small helicopter is a nice addon too. The figures seem a bit shitty but I can't tell with the small picture, they still should be good enough to put a full-head helmet on them. They don't have to be as good as lego, Xingbao-tier quality would suffice for me.
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>>8141838
As far as I can tell, Jubilux is a rebrand of Woma. The designs in this set all originated with Korean brand Oxford. Sluban's entire back catalog is copies of Oxford sets, which is why you see duplicates between Sluban and Woma.
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when i search aliexpress, i see some Zelda figures. anyone have them and can give me a review? or any reviews out there on them? i wonder the quality. i know Chinese blocks vary greatly in quality...
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>>8132009
Mystery solved! The Enlighten/Qman website has been updated. These three mechs are part of a second wave of "Blast Ranger" sets. There are three more mechs in addition to the three already shown.
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>>8144667
There's also a new subtheme coming: "Mine City Police."
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>>8144345
https://downtheblocks.blogspot.com/2019/02/kopf-kf486-kf2025-kf2027-legend-of.html
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Anybody have the instructions on this Farnsworth house?
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>>8144672
>the villain hanging onto the helicopter with the ball&chain still on his foot
Kek. But it seems to be several different sets and not one big one, since the identical policemen are there 2x. Or they are just "common policeman" type characters like faceless army guys. Either way, normally I'm not a fan of those big heads but those look pretty good. But while the policestation looks passable every vehicle looks rather lame.
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>>8144731
>https://downtheblocks.blogspot.com/2019/02/kopf-kf486-kf2025-kf2027-legend-of.html
lol that wasnt even the one i saw... lol he had anime eyes reminiscent of the star wars clone wars anakin
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>>8144672
This one is also new, a second wave of Thunder Mission sets.
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>>8145813
There are more vehicles than the picture shows, some more interesting than others. This series seems to have a new special piece that can act as a claw trap or catapult. (See the front of the car on the right)
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>>8141838
It arrived and it only took two days! Here is a high quality pic of what is inside.
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>>8146595
And here is the backside with some stats. Future tanks are faster than sports cars apparently. First things I noticed when unpacking:
It's more than I expected.
All motives are stickers and not prints, sad but expected.
The figures are skin-colored and not yellow (this is a plus)
None of the bags are numbered and the instruction for everything is just 14 pages. So yeah, building it is gonna be a blast.

Gonna get drunk and start today. If the brick quality is passable, I believe I made a good deal. Of course you could say it's cheaper by buying directly from China, but getting a package in 2 days instead of a month is worth those 10 bucks I could've saved, at least this once.
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>>8146609
>All motives are stickers and not prints, sad but expected.

That means you can leave the stickers off and use the bricks for something else at a later point without having prints on them that might be annoying later.
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>>8145813
The crooks tend to get the wilder vehicles in these themes.
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>>8148133
Oops, meant to post this set.
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Walmart is doubling down on Play Day here.
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>>8149392
Ngl a couple of the newer sets are tempting me (the SWAT vehicle and tank).
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>>8149392
>>8149395
And I just realized that many of those sets are actually Sluban that have been rebranded. Definitely going to pick them up now, that SWAT vehicle set has an asking price of more than double on Amazon.
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>>8149402
Yeah, I recognized the Mars Rover right away. Well, that's weird. So Play Day is a mix of Block Tech and Sluban sets?
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>>8149462
Could be some weird contract Walmart made to try and push more competition with Lego since they've really scaled back their Mega stock. Play Day has over triple the shelf space Mega gets, which consists of mostly Poke and a little bit of Cod. Could also be something unique to Canada: Wange is sold at TRU and Canadian Tire under the brand Dragon Blok and I've only ever seen Sluban at the liquidation centre.
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>>8149508
>Could also be something unique to Canada
I wonder. I did a quick check of Walmart's US site, and they do sell product under the Play Day brand except it's all outdoor toys and coloring books. I've never seen Block Tech sold at US Walmarts, either.

I feel like there's some sort of trade issue at play which explains why Chinese brands have found their way to shelves in Canada and not the US. It sucks, because I would love to roll up to a Walmart to buy Sluban sets instead of having to order online.
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>>8086278
I didn't check Aliexpress for a while and now notice that basically nothing shows up in searches.
What happened that figure characters names aren't used in item listings anymore? I can't even search most of the article numbers like kf989 or pg2239. Some of these aren't even in production for half a year so it can't be sold out completely. Is there a trick or did the sellers ban Europe because of the virus? But i still get thousands of listing when simply searching the lone word "blocks". XP-269 can't be searched but there are dozens of listings for that Vader when click through random related item recommendations.

Are there maybe other sites with low/no shipping and 60-80 cents per figure? Would love to switch to someplace else.
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>>8156022
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000521717373.html

you are welcome
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Hi, it's my first time posting here. Are "My World" Minecraft Lego knockoffs any decent? They're much cheaper than regular Lego, and I could get some sets that aren't easily available anymore.
Anyone got any experience with those?
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Thanks, but it doesn't really help with my overall problem because it was one of the figures I was able to find. Most figures appear to be sold out.
I thought this lawsuit thing was just about Lepin and actual sets. So why are Xinh figures nowhere to be found? XH1343 aren't on Aliexpress nor on Ebay. Was the company banned from all platforms or what has happened?
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>>8157837
I have no experience with minecraft sets but the company that made the set in your pic tends to be one of the higher quality bootleggers out there.
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>>8158059
If you have the model number or an image of the figure you are looking for, you could try reaching out to a seller to see if they can source one for you. Maybe there's a seller you've bought from in the past...? They might even be able to shed some light on the whole situation.
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>>8086278
Wait does he have a black and white princess

Nice
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Guys, my Jubilux sad has a really bad chemical smell. Admittedly, I just now opened it and maybe (hopefully) it goes away but it is really heavy. I didn't have that smell with Xingbao and Lego. I don't think they would sell cancer in a childrens toy box, but I hope it's not dangerous and goes away. Did you have any experiences with this chemical/plastic smell with your bricks?
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>>8160452
It's pretty common with cheaper foreign brands and more likely with older sets. I once bought an old Qiaoletong set, and the parts had a strong chemical odor. Specifically, it was the tires. That smell comes from excess plasticizer migrating from the soft plastic. It went away after leaving the set out in the open air after a while.
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>>8160640
Oh, alright then! Yeah, the set I bought was rather old as well, I think. Thanks!
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https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000742399863.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.576a5fa77Zg1eq&algo_pvid=894b604f-3361-471f-a4f3-49caa74342b6&algo_expid=894b604f-3361-471f-a4f3-49caa74342b6-7&btsid=0ab6f81615898369842975282e5b63&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_

Anybody have a review of this set?
It is called Battle of El Alamein from the brand Sluban, the tank appears to be a Sherman to my untrained eye but I am not sure.
I am torn between getting this one or the Cobi Sherman. Tending more to this one because the olive green appears to be closer to Legos colors, making modding easier but I can't find any real life pics.
I wish they would have used a 2x2 brick with curves on both sides for the turret.
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>>8161253
I think it's supposed to be a M26 Pershing, but I think it looks more like a M47 Patton II. Either way, if you're interested in buying a Sherman, probably go with Cobi.
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>>8135970
Not buying the big falcon is kinda cringe
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How many shitty ali express storm troopers will make my army look impressive?
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>>8162183
As a Star Wars trooper autist I like to have between 6 and 16 for the less prominent types (like 501st Clones, AT-ST drivers) but for regular shiny Stormtroopers I have settled with a number between 80 and 100. Shiny Clone troopers I have around 40 of.
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>>8161253
Here’s a review I found; https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=MzIzMjI2ODExOQ==&mid=2247498962&idx=1&sn=316ef37d06eefcad448fe69b997ab636&exportkey=AWX08d%2FqY0a7lS38d1B8clE%3D


It’s in Chinese but there’s lots of pictures and you could just copy paste it into google translate. I’d say Cobi has better quality bricks (like, much much better) but Sluban might be better in scale with minifigs.
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>>8161339
It’s most definitely a Sherman. This is the M26 Pershing Sluban has planned for later this year.
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>>8161253
>https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000742399863.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.576a5fa77Zg1eq&algo_pvid=894b604f-3361-471f-a4f3-49caa74342b6&algo_expid=894b604f-3361-471f-a4f3-49caa74342b6-7&btsid=0ab6f81615898369842975282e5b63&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_
>>8162628

Its a sherman firefly to be specific.
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>>8162627
>>8162628
Fuck, now I want the body of the Sluban Sherman set but with pieces from that Pershing turret. Would also have been nice to have two Shermans but then I would need two of each of these sets.

Thanks for the help.
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>>8162772
No problem. Here’s a link if you’re planning on buying from Aliexpress. This seller has pretty good prices.
http://s.aliexpress.com/VJ7FZJRF
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>>8162182
It was the first AliExpress set I'd bought so wanted to make sure I didn't get a bust.

Really want some sort of old style castle and Knights set. Any recommendations?
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>>8159299
Must be the chinese government enforcing Legos monopoly on that specific figure shape because of the Monkey Kid / New Years themes strengthening corporate ties in that region.

I have seen an interview with a german seller called Blue Brixx. They say the patents of the minifigure are outdated now. The guys wanted to sell military Bootlego figures imported from China but got a cease and desist order. Now they are fighting Lego in german court hoping to have a judge decide that the shape of a minifigure is a functional requirement of the design and not an artistic choice. But that judgement can take a decade and would only apply to germany, I think it would take such a lawsuit in China (unlikely right now due to the new chinese themes) and most other countries for a reversal of the situation. And even then I can see countries deciding differently from each other because the situation isn't as clear cut as when the question was if a plastic building block system required bricks to be perfectly square shaped.
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>>8164012
>have a judge decide that the shape of a minifigure is a functional requirement of the design and not an artistic choice
Then they will lose. All Lego has to do is submit figures from competing brands like Mega Construx, Block Tech, Sluban, Cobi, Qman, etc. as evidence that it is an artistic choice.
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>>8163019
If you want to build your own castle, i recommend the helms deep set. It has so many generic grey parts.

I have not seen any "good" castles on Ali so far. At least none that tickles my nostalgia enough to buy it.

There is this one though:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000069433354.html

Could serve as a good base for conversions.

There are (or were), however, lots of sellers offering oldschool knight minifigs like pic related. I bought like 30 of them.
Now all i need is a home for them.
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>>8164372
Well, it's a building block system.
I would argue each piece of a figure should be able to connect to regular bricks in natural ways. This means for figures a connection point at the waist/hips with bricks, which is not the case with any of these offbrand figures, making them look unnatural to the system for most people, leading to the preference of Lego minifigs.
So making a torso with 1x2 studs dimension should be possible but isn't right now because you aren't allowed to make them square shaped like Lego but that is the definition of functional design.
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>be me
>fiddling around with a new Qman/Enlighten figure
>snap the thumb off one of the hands
>recall the set came with spare figure parts
>it's an extra pair of legs
well shit
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>>8164751
>making them look unnatural to the system for most people, leading to the preference of Lego minifigs
Looking "unnatural" is not a concern of functional design. That people express a preference based on appearance means the argument is one grounded in aesthetics.

The argument of functional design can be summed up thusly: Does it work? Non-Lego brands have designed their figures to interact with brick elements in some way or other. If we use the ability for torsos to attach to 1x2 stud elements as the litmus test for "natural" functional design, then does that make Lego's own mini-doll design functionally "unnatural?"
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>>8165304
The offbrand figures designs have to break their own building system with connection points not used anywhere else to not be declared "too similar to minifigures". That is the crux of the argument, that this is nonsensical because the blocky form of the minifigure is universal to the system, so it should be defined how similar a figure is allowed to be without infringing that weird 3D image trademark that Lego still has.

I never really understood why there is a distinction between the Lego figures and the bricks in the first place. The pieces of a figure on their own can be a multitude of things like hands as door handles and legs as a textured wall block due to their design being perfectly integrated into the block system while Friends and Sluban figures can never be anything else besides mannequins, figures, parts of a person, etc. Once Legos rights to perfectly square edges on bricks went away it also should have applied to the minifig pieces.

The aforementioned germans also repackage some sets so there are no references to figures on the box and instructions but they still include all the parts except the head, arguing that this makes them not minifigures, just blocks and pieces.
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>>8166282
>>8166282
Are they minifigures, or are they not minifigures? Those alternate uses minifigure parts are just that - alternate uses. Their primary/intended use is to represent humanoid forms.

I don't necessarily disagree with you, but if the arguments you've presented are what the Germans are going to present in court, then they are going to lose.
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tfw it's finally done
I was genuinely surprised of the fact that they actually bothered to include an extra copy of the most common blocks, and the instructions were surprisingly clear, given the amount I paid for this
Still, some joints required surgical precision and some good old bruteforcing, and don't get me started on how hard it was to attach the arms to the minifigs, took me like 10 mins each
Still, fuck it was a good set
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>>8166282
>The pieces of a figure on their own can be a multitude of things
What the fuck am I reading? This only applies to their heads and accessories at best.
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>>8168331
did not follow this thread to closely. What set is this? Looks cool. How are the tracks? Do they move easliy?
Got a link to Ali?
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>>8168372
Name is in the second pic of the thread, I'd drop you a link but I made the purchase back in Jan and I can't seem to find it again right now
I can tell you that I got it off Amazon, and I remember it was a brand new edition, so online you'll mostly find info of the older series (from what I can tell it has less pieces and the decal on the side of the turret only says "99")
The tracks move well enough, but you need to be very careful when handling it because some parts are just kinda "slapped on" (like the two small horizontal panels right next to the main grill in pic related) and so they will fall off if you touch them too much
The turret has can rotate for like 135° and a few hatches can be opened to fit a minifig like in my first pic (hidden behind the machinegun), plus you can also open up the rear door to see the engine inside
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>>8166592
Another things I found out after my post seems to be that even some redesigned figures that have the general shape of the official minifigure but more rounded corners and an added shoulder joint are part of the reason why Lego is suing the guys. That this is already too similar to the standard minifigure.
This is extremely weird, they could construe a case against most alternate figure designs if this is already too much. Keep in mind this figure can move it's arms sideways as well so it isn't even identical in function.

>>8168338
Read the entire post, I gave examples, they barely appear in sets but with fan created designs they are going to become more and more common.
I mean, where really is the line? Chinese could sell the torso, arms and such pieces all separately, call it something else or just generic blocks and circumvent the issue entirely that way already, I wonder why they don't just do that.
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this thing is going for 12$ on aliexpress. Worth a buy?
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>>8169238
yes, seems to be a good kit.

I have an halftrack and an armored car from the same brand (also with those stickers that make the armor look used) and they are perfectly fine.

The soldiers included are top quality.
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>>8168990
>they could construe a case against most alternate figure designs if this is already too much
They already do. Earlier this year, Zuru lost an appeal in US Federal court over their figure infringing Lego's trademark. You can read the court's opinion here:

http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions-orders/19-2122.Opinion.1-15-2020.pdf

>I mean, where really is the line?
The line has been drawn by Lego competitors like those mentioned in >>8164372.

>Chinese could sell the torso, arms and such pieces all separately, call it something else or just generic blocks and circumvent the issue entirely that way already, I wonder why they don't just do that.
Because buyers don't search "generic blocks" when shopping for minifigures. It would also be incredibly aggravating for buyer and seller to have to place 10+ orders to receive a single minifigure.
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>>8111325

B...L... block... tech, maybe?
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New Mine City theme: Spaceflight. Enlighten's been on a tear lately. Too bad it's not as impressive as Sluban's recent Space theme.
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So I went back and got the Play Day/Sluban Battle Tank, cuz why not
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>>8173126
They've followed the Lego route in numbering the parts bags, and the Mega route by having the last bag contain the figs and various parts from throughout the build. Both companies are the source of parts used, but there's a fair amount of OC pieces as well.
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>>8173130
One of my favorite things about the set has to be the parts separator - cheeky croc 2.0.
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>>8173133
The instructions are comprehensive and easy to follow, not too dumbed down like Lego. And as a plus over Mega, they added a little "shiny" detail to all metallic grey pieces, to differentiate them from the dark green. More than once I've gone back some steps to swap out a piece cuz it can be hard to tell the colors apart with Mega instructions...
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>>8173137
The finished product. Probably the best Sluban kit I've built to date, more robust certainly (though still not quite at Lego tier for clutch). It has a fun play feature where you rotate the turret with a knob at the back, and the little details like the remotely-operated machine gun are neat. Would've been nice to have some accessories for the crew like some tools or weapons, but thats a small nitpick really. I got the SWAT APC set as well and will share once built; am tempted to go pick up the F-14 they have at some point too.
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>>8173126
Envious of you Leafs. I'm not a tankfag, but that doesn't look too shabby.
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brought the boys outside for a bit of fun today
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>>8175301
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>>8173133
Did this include the keychain head, too?
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>>8177229
Keychain head?
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>>8177295
I take it from the your response, the answer is "No." Sluban's version ofthe set includes the brick separator and a keychain with a head on it for reasons?
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>>8177466
That's horrifying. Now I feel cheated... Was my first big Sluban set; technically pic related was but it's a 9 into 1 thing and none of the 9 came with a separator.
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I mean, I guess the idea is that you're supposed to put one of the bodies on the keychain head so you can carry it around with you. Why would you want to, though?
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>>8120556
China's government is probably forcing their factories into making medical supplies to meet the wu flu demand.
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>>8145594
>needs instructions for a shitty glass box with sticks holding it up
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>>8086278
Good Afternoon /pbbg/ I just wanted to ask a quick question on how to begin buying fake brands. I wanted to get this set in lepin or something but I dont know where the best place to get it from is.
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>>8178828
probably aliexpress; enjoy the wait. and the coronavirus.
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>>8179597
Is aliexpress a good website to use? I dont want to put my information on there and then it just get sold to some scammers. Where else can you get it at?
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>>8180989
I've had one asshole try to use my card in Hong Kong but my bank stopped it, no other problems.

Some of the sellers take paypal also, so there's a bit extra protection.
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>>8180989
Never had any issues. Refunds are not complicated and Aliexpress itself has an automatic function for that if a parcel does not show up in time.
If anything, i would rather buy from Chinese sellers on Ali than from my fellow Germans on Ebay.
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>>8182173
>If anything, i would rather buy from Chinese sellers on Ali than from my fellow Germans on Ebay.
You trust Ali that much huh? I have never used it so I am just trying to figure it out
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>>8183332
It works for me.
Ordered probably around 60+ items from them. Electronics, Cloth and Toys. 3 times i did not receive the parcel within the estimated time frame. 3 times i did get a refund without doing anything more than clicking on the "item did not show up"-button.
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>>8097488
Anybody buy this?
Curious to see what the minifigures actually look like.
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just bought this off of aliexpress, how good are the motors/battery?
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Oh noes, did the Mega Construx thread died?
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>>8187908
yea due to the 50 lego mario shit threads
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>>8189492
The Mega thread was already autosaging from hitting post limit, but yeah the Lego gen spam has been bad.
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>>8184708
I give them an 80% chance of being DOA
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Desperate to find the Lepin helms deep set LEPIN 16013 but £80 for 1300 pieces seems.steep.
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I don't know much about Doraemon, but these look kind of cute.
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>be me
>want to buy set on Aliexpress
>specifically ask seller if said set is in stock
>seller replies
>”if you have any questions let me know”
>??
>buy the set anyway, if he doesn’t ship it in 8 days I get a refund automatically
>7 days pass, nothing happens
>ask him when he’s gonna send
>replies with “sorry the set you chose is out of stock. Would you like a refund or choose something else from the store with a 10% off discount?”
>ffs, guess I just wait 1 more day so I get the automatic refund
>mfw he literally ships it the same fucking day
>dude isn’t replying and now I gotta wait 10 days to open a dispute

He has offered me a refund though but how does this work exactly? Does anyone know because I’d rather not get tricked or scammed
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>>8193710
https://service.aliexpress.com/page/knowledge?pageId=37&knowledge=1060015227&language=en
Basically, the seller will attempt to deny the refund request and make a counter proposal i.e., extend the wait time. If you reject the counter proposal, AliExpress will step in and an arbiter will be assigned to your transaction. They will normally side with the buyer in these cases.

What carrier did they use? It's possible they sent it out. You may want to wait a few days to see if the tracking updates. The thing about these sellers is that the majority don't know a lick of English, and I'm pretty sure they just copy-paste canned responses without knowing what they're actually saying. There's also a good chance the person responsible for responding to inquiries and the person managing inventory are not the same.
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>>8194117
He replied twice, first he just said I could apply for a refund, second was just “the backstage can apply for a refund. Please check it”.

I have no clue what he wants me to do. Tracking hasn’t updated yet, it’s now been 3 days since he shipped. 17track says no carrier has accepted it yet. But I don’t think he has shipped anything since he told me my order was out of stock. Looks like I’ll have to wait until I can open a dispute.
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>>8194755
They use fake tracking numbers sometimes, that's probably what happened. All you can do is wait and dispute it.
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>>8189679
hoping KING comes back with their old lineup
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is ywobb reliable / legit?
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anyone know any aliexpress sellers that I can get the hitler minifig from? I know you need to message them to get the hitler fig but i'm not sure which sellers have him.
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>>8200036
Look for sellers that have German fig sets and ask around, not sure what else you can do now that they seem to be moving a lot of stuff to the downlow.
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bump
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ok just put in a order for a hitler and hetzer, see you in a mouth
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when will the chinks bootleg 80012?
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>>8086717
Do stores around you not carry megablocks anymore?
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>>8209635
I just ordered 12 hitler minifigs. Im gonna leave them around my town as gifts for children.
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Does anyone know if Qman / Enlighten "Friends" minidoll heads are the same or compatible with anime style minifig heads from MineCity line ?
I want to buy some female heads first but there is 2 at most that interest me in big MineCity boxes.
"Friends" line boxes are a bargain following this criteria if useable.
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>>8210667
>thinks retailers actually carry mega bloks
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>>8211109
The new ones like the one in the pic aren't. But if you go to older sets the heads should be the same size.
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>>8211109
The newer waves of Cherry sets have the same type of heads as the other new Qman figures so I believe they’re compatible.
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>>8211109
>>8211699
Disregard what I said, I'm retarded.
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>>8211699
>>8211805
I've found some small playsets for both lines.
A figure with some accessories for 5 bucks at most, I ordered 1 of each to do some tests.
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>>8212575
Good stuff anon, post results when you get them.
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Are we allowed to post Cobi in this thread? I made an E-100 heavy tank last week and finally got around to taking some pictures of it.
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>>8212565
I have seen what may have confused you.
"Cherry" line use the same stuff as "Friends" look-alike, only difference is that "Cherry" is centered around the same 4 girls are main characters.
Maybe an anime or comic tie-in ?

>>8212643
Go ahead, Cobi is always welcome.
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For some reason Canada Post has been delivering parcels on Sundays, not that I'm complaining heh. After over two months (ordered it during the anniversary sale after an anon linked it in the previous thread) which included a canceled shipment, very cordial dialogue with their store rep and a delivery date extension it has finally arrived. Not sure if I'm up to building it today but will post pics when it's finished.
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>>8215815
had my eyes on that. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
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>>8184708
please post a first impressions / review when you get it. im interested in picking one up.
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Wheres a good place to get enlighten stuff. Just aliexpress? Hows the brick quality and stuff

I want more cool stuff for my lego collection
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>>8218680
https://www.yourwobb.com/search?q=enlighten

arrived in two weeks for me, tracked, even during covid.
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>>8218506
I bought and assembled mine a few weeks ago.
I'm glad I didn't take the motor and RC kit. The turning radius is very wide and the rear suspension barely stays in place.
The mounting of the gears must be precisely adjusted and lubrication is recommended. It's more of a rolling model kit than an RC car.
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>>8217393
Bit of an accidental bait and switch here but this Panzer IV came just a day later and I only realized after opening it that it's a Sembo, decided to build it first as a warm-up.

Overall it's a good build, nice details and the clutch is just under Lego's, about the norm for Chinese bricks these days. There are a few nitpicks I should mention, however. The set relies on several stickers to get that nice weathered look and some of the details, i'm fine with that but the execution is a bit lacking. several stickers overlap just a bit, others aren't quite big enough. it's mostly not noticeable unless you look closely, but at least one I'm gonna have to trim a bit. There's also a case of stickers across multiple tiles on the front armor slope if that's a dealbreaker for some. The tread links suffered a bit of QC oversight as well, with three of the links being broken to varying degrees. There were a couple spare pieces but I had to use a bit of gorilla glue in the end to hold a couple of the connections together. Perhaps the biggest drawback if playability is your thing is the treads don't roll well on any surface I've tried.
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>>8221938
The intrepid crew. They are quite well-armed, something I criticized the Sluban tank for: MP-40, Mauser C96, pair of Lugers, MG 37 (aka former Czech ZB-53) on tripod, pair of combat knives, (captured?) British anti-tank gun and a couple Panzerschreck rockets despite not having the launcher for them.
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>>8221944
And here it is alongside the two other most recent tanks I've built lately. The Tiger will follow at some point! [spoiler]also have a Cobi set of Tiger 131 waiting its turn[/spoiler]
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Anybody know any good minifigure sellers on aliexpress or anywhere else? I bought a couple clear minifigs a while ago, wanted to get more but of course the store's been closed.
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>>8218951
40 studs long x 16 studs wide?
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I think I might actually try and get this one. LEGO's shitting the bed a bit too often. One Anon mentioned Sembo being one of the better quality brands, can anyone else confirm?
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>>8222102
Yes more or less 1 stud length wise, 16 studs wide.
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>>8222749
hmmmm, i hope it scales well with the F40 or the xingbao aventador, or it's really gonna trigger my OCD, kek.
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>>8222709
That is true.

I have not built any of their houses like on your pic, but their military vehicles are top.
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>>8222796
Then I'm definitely going to try it out, thanks!
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>>8222809
Most of the stuff on this pic is Sembo. The minifigs in particular are really high quality, but the bricks themselves are very nice as well. Color matches and the clutch is good too. No issues during the build at all
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>>8222781
Car is about 1:12 scale. Can't remember if it was stated by CaDa or others Anons.
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>>8222855
Well shit, now you're getting my hopes up hard.
>One yellow minifig in mini-Hitler's army
>Clearly a Jew traitor
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>>8222872
He (and the Hitler in brown uniform) are from the same set funnily enough. They are, togehter with the unarmored car in the background, from an Enlighten set though
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>>8222933
Good thing I don't expect logic from these Chinese brands.
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>>8222872
>yellow
it's probably hirohito
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>>8222709
Got a link to this one?
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>>8222709
Is there a way to get just the stripper minifigs? Not interested in the building.
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>>8223506
Look for Ditta Von Teese aka "stripper" minifigs ref wm473, wm474 & wm475 at World minifigs. Front middle zone seem to be a new zone or a mix.
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>>8165304
name and where to buy this set please?
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>>8224028
70830
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Sembo Tiger is built, pics and stuff to follow soon.
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>>8223340
https://lepinworld.com/shop/lepin-city-sets/5-in-1-sembo-sd6991-street-night-club-with-led-light-usb/

Here you go
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>>8228512
>85 bucks
fuck that
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>>8228528
I've seen shittier LEGO sets go for more, but I get the response.
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Right, Sembo Tiger time. At 1154 pieces this thing is a beast, with a sticker sheet to match. After my first experience above with the Panzer IV I was a bit apprehensive about these, but as far as the stickers were concerned there were no problems. Everything fit well, with the camouflage patterns lining up pretty nicely overall; there were no cases of stickers-across-multiple-pieces either.
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>>8229688
>88s for an 88mm-armed tonk
Czech 'em. Anyways the panzer itself. Lots to love here, some to be a bit peeved by, and a little bit of hate too (kinda like my ex with some words switched around, I'll leave you to guess which). I love how big it is, especially sitting next to that hapless IV workhorse. The level of detail is great, even if a lot of it is down to stickers. While tricky to access the crew compartment in the front of the hull is spacious and the engine compartment with access hatch is useful for keeping this fussy feline in the fight.

Minor annoyances center mostly around the clutch this time: As noted with the IV their quality is slightly below Lego's overall, but on some specific pieces that can dip some. Calling out 2x2 round plates (boat studs) in particular for making that overhang above the treads more of a challenge than necessary. I also substituted a 2x4 plate for a 2x3 in the turret as resulted in an illegal overhang on the ball joint for the gun barrel, not sure how they overlooked it.

That little bit of hate mostly concerns the treads which suffer the same struggles as the IV did (they were "fun" to assemble as well). I also ended up having to deploy gorilla glue in a couple spots, once for a questionable build choice, the other for the muzzle brake part that just wouldn't stay in place.

Annoyances and hate aside this is a very nice tank, 8/8 would werf with my nebel.
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>>8229729
Side by side with its older brother,
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>>8229731
The set also includes a ruined house, barbed wire that flops over cuz the plastic isn't rigid enough and a neat little motorcycle with SS-emblazoned sidecar.
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>>8229733
Lastly the half-dozen lucky ubermenschen who get to fight gommies with this monster, one of whom appears to have a furry souvenir from his Stalingrad stint. And just to show that the Chinese know their history, these late-war SS recruits are practically drowning in firepower:
Gewehr 43
>MP 40
>Sturmgewehr 44 with Vampir night vision sights (for night-jigglin')
>Panzerfaust
>Panzerschreck rockets (and even a launcher this time)
>more guns, knives, shovels, FOUR PAIRS OF BINOCULARS

So that's been my Sembo Tiger experience, more Tiger goodness to come!
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>>8229731
I wonder how he scales and looks right next to a Cobi Tiger.


Nice looking tank Anon. Thanks for the pics.
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>>8229729
The turret basked looks really strange to me.
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Combat Zones Fire theme getting a new wave.
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>>8211109
I really like their heads, they are really cute.
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>>8230440
Sure thing, and there will be a Cobi side-by-side in the near future! Been sitting on this for ages now, almost don't want to open it but it's gonna happen this week.

>>8230459
It isn't the best design, especially from the overhead view but it could be worse. Tbh the basket on the Cobi Tiger doesn't look much better from the box art, we'll see once it's done I guess.
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>>8229733
>flops over cuz the plastic isn't rigid enough
Maybe try heating it with hot water and reshaping the plastic?
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>>8232199
What I meant is that the barbed wire strand in this set is made of a softer plastic than the one from the Panzer IV set (same company, not sure how they accomplished that). About the only workable solution would be to add some extra pieces to the A-frames so they aren't relying on the barbed wire to keep them upright.
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>>8231880
Both don’t have a particularly good turret basket, that Cobi version of the tiger has one that’s too small and also has the wrong shape.

Cobi’s newest version, which is coming in November, has the best look of all the versions yet imo.
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>>8119261
This set looks amazing.

Is that a copy, a MOC or an original creation? You can see that the designer put his heart into it. Could easily be a LEGO set.
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>>8233488
No idea if that specific set is a copy of a builder's work, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out it was. Still, Star Diamond is a legitimate brand. Wish I could find more sets online.
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>>8233716
I didn't know Star Diamond is a legitimate brand. I'll keep an eye on it.
I don't buy from companies that ripoff the Minifigures, since it's a LEGO trademark or from any other company that rip off MOCs or pirate stuff.

These builds are great though.

I believe that Oxford, Qman, Mega Blok and Star Diamond are in a "safe" list. Should we create one?
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>>8233756
We used to have one included in the thread OP, but that was a long time ago.
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>>8234012
I just checked their catalogue...
They have some sets that have minifigures clones. A shame. They have some pretty nice figures...
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>>8233756
I don't think enough people care about the "safety" of these brands to maintain a list, but you're welcome to do so.
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>>8164012
Didn't LEGO won a case like this already in Europe? It was consdiered a 3D Trademark.

They won't win. All the other pieces are in public domain though, I believe that even the Animals.

I don't understand why they are completely ignoring the Intelecutal properties though, I have the belief that the animals are sculptures, so they should have been protected by copyrights. But you can find the animals everywhere.

>>8168990
I think they are suing basing on trademark infrigment, not in copyright/patent. So they will probably argue that it's causing brand confusion.

Since they have the 3D shape trademark... I don't know, it could go anywhere.

https://www.trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com/2015/07/lego-mark-wars-toy-giant-snaps-together-two-favorable-3d-trademark-rulings-in-europe/

It's a trademark in the entire Europe Union.

So any minifigures clones would be an trademark infringement. So if you create product it would be like you are distributing LEGO's logos and stuff.
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>>8233274
That looks cool, and i like the dark gray.
But hopefully they do one in plain sand/dunkelgelb as well.

I have ordered a Quan Guan KV-2 which should arrive soon.
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So anyone use Aliexpress recently in the US? Your shit arrived just fine? No issues due to Corona?
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>>8236084
Haven’t ordered any bricks yet ‘But my order or masks on 5/17 haven’t arrived yet but my bootleg transformers Ming toys I ordered on 05/31 arrived at my mom’s. I just have to pick it up, still have three other orders from that day MIA.
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Tiger 131 is built and here's the promised side-by-side with Tiger 121. Cobi's is definitely the better of the two, was much easier to build and is scaled better to the figs included. Got more tanks on the way and I'd also like to see anon's KV-2 when it's built.
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>>8241262
Man it's a shame Cobi went full Lego Premium price.
Time to go back to Sluban
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>>8118013
Come back and tell me about it you asshole.
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Has anyone found a seller who has good Hitlers? Mine’s saluting arm is loose to the point it falls off when moved and I’d like to buy a few replacements.
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>>8242614
Be nice. I think anon was just commenting on how fast the chinks knocked off the set. Here's a review:

https://customizeminifiguresintelligence.wordpress.com/2020/05/04/reviews-of-zebra-blocks-698998-pirates-of-barracuda-bay-clone-of-lego-ideas-21322/
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>>8243170
The enlighten set with the Limo is still available.

My "black uniform"-hitler came with an extra arm with swastika in addition to the ss-arm you are using on your pic.
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>>8243793
I assume you mean this. I was hoping for the black but thanks for reminding me of this. I’ll order one tonight.

I miss being able to buy single figures on Ali. Golden age of cheap bootlegs is dying.
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>>8243793
Do you have a link to the store by chance?
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>>8244439
https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32811097120.html

There are a couple more sellers. Just look for "Enlighten Military", you will spot it.
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>>8244459
>de.aliexpress
Based Reichbrickposter
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>>8244459
Meant the black hitler btw, already have the Enlighten set
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>>8244483
here you go Anon. A bit harder to find as the sellers can't picture the minifigs, but the sets are still the same. (see the faces in the top right)
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>>8244609
https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000088417230.html
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>>8244639
Thanks man. I did get a set of these guys before but it didn't come with the extra arm.
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>>8244639
Thank you my friend. That’s the set I ordered way back. Mine didn’t have an alter arm either. Hopefully this time.

I should probably sell off the extra troops. Haha.
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>>8244646
>>8244659
the extra arm came with the individual minifigure that was available around a year ago. I could not find it again, but luckily i ordered 3 of them back then.
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>>8086278
>/pbbg/
I can't remember what it means.

What was it again?
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>>8245603
plastic building blocks general, dipshit.
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>>8245647
No need to be rude to the anon, this isn't the lego gen.
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>>8245660
suck my dick, bootlegfag
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>>8245744
/biog/ is that way >>8245011 :)
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Anyone own these? How are they?
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>>8243883
>this has a better side-build than most lego sets
kill me
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Got my last shipment in the mailbox today so as announced here is my compatibility test of Enlighten/Qman minifigures with regular ones.
Left-one is a regular style minifigure coming from a "japanese" Sembo set, middle-one is same body with "Colorful City" head and hair parts and right-one again same body with "Cherry / Girls Friends" head and hair.
It's a quick and dirty test, i'll do a better one later (I also got a small ligntbox to improve my shots).
Both Qman lines use the same heads and hairs, main difference is "Colorful city" bodies are regular while "Cherry / Girls" are mindolls.
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>>8246200
So the hair/heads of Qman minifigures and minidolls are interchangeable? Good to know
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>>8246200
I'm under the impression that LEGO isn't enforcing the Minifigure trademark in eastern. Or maybe they lost their rights there?

Also, these heads are so cute.
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Another anon has shown that Lego was able to get their trademark recognized in Europe but no indication of that in China.
On the other hands former Bootlego brands create new subsidiary to go legit. To acheive that they simply modify enough minfigures and minidolls designs to be kosher by Chinese Laws.
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Here's your EVA unit, bro
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>>8246575
I GOTTA SIIIIIIING
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>>8246615
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HEY guys!
I recently bought some Lego scale weapons from Aliexpress, and I was wondering what is the best way to make the handles a little bit thinner, because they are pretty big, even too big for the Lego minifigs, and I'm sure that they would break Mega's hand molds easily after a while.
Would using sandpaper and then smoothing it be a good idea?
I have 3 x 10 wep sets so I don't want to experiment TOO MUCH less I break them.
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>>8248192
>using sandpaper
That's one way. You could also probably use something like a needle file or even an emery board to take down the plastic.
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Th-thanks Amazon...
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>>8248766
I'm not suprised the mailman dropped your package and got the fuck away when he saw your door.
What kind of shithole do you live in? Mexico? Not even grass wants to grow there.
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>>8248766
This sort of shit is why I tack some other cheap items to my brick orders and instruct them to ship in as few packages as possible, so they're compelled to send it a box. They're making a killing during the pandemic, and they won't spend a couple cents on packaging?
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>>8248923
>>8248766

Here (Germany) there is a option to tick during checkout if you specifically want Amazon packaging for items that otherwise would be without because their own box is suitable for shipping.

Including smaller items won't help though, because they will simply send 2 shipments (which they might do anyway because item A comes from warehouse A and item B from warehouse B).

Just checked, Amazon packaging option is free.
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WHY THE FUCK DO THE CHINESE HAVE BETTER CITY SETS THAN LEGO.

STEP UP YOUR FUCKING GAME, LEGO. YOU UNCREATIVE PIECES OF SHIT.
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Godfucking damn it
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>>8258308
What the actual fuck.
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>>8258312
>LEGO: "If you want an Animal Crossing set you'll have to get 10.000 votes and then win in a contest."
>Chinese: "lol here's ur set"

What's the catch to this shit? Bricks from China using lead paint?
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>KOBE-
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>A brothel
Based Chinese.
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>LEGO refuses to make City anything but a police state where it's all about police & firemen having daring adventures
>China has actual variety in building types
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What IS the quality of the paint and plastic in these sets, any way.
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>>8258298
The majority of designs are pirated from Lego Ideas projects and builders' MOCs.
>>8258328
The catch is the sets are unlicensed (hence the mangled engrish of "Aminal Corssing").. Very few building blocks are painted. The coloring is normally added in the molding process.
>>8258378
Like, domestic Western building blocks, quality varies from brand to brand.
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>>8258360
Wait for real? That’s something.
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>>8259415
The night club's even better. The front of the building has two big Heineken beer bottles on its sign and these are the figurines in it.
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>>8258378
can only speak for the couple of tanks i bought from enlighten, sembo and quan guan and they all are really good quality.
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>>8258461
>>8259490
Thanks, that's really all I needed to know. I used to be a LEGO brand whore but they've fucked up a lot lately so now I'm giving these a chance.
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>>8259522
have fun and post pics if you build something
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After my last experience with Dragon Blok I was quite hesitant to give them another shot. Still, the temptation was too great to resist in the end, I love the Osprey and I passed on it until they had one left on the shelf. First impressions were good; new parts separator design for my growing collection and a really nice instructions booklet (two pages of IRL stats at the beginning). For those who aren't familiar with them, Dragon Blok is a sub-brand of Wange that seems to be Canada-focused (have seen some of the sets on AliExpress, can't remember if they were under Wange or unbranded). Wange's most distinguishing specialty is the blockhead minifig.
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>>8261296
It is as beautiful as it looks on the box. While I'm generally not a fan of super-specialized pieces like aircraft cockpits it is really a must to pull off such a set. There's other Ospreys on Ali with more brick-built designs; none of them look good enough to me. Anyways the good and the bad. The good is the overall build is pretty sturdy, clutch is good and it's designed to be broken down easily for storage. There's a neat side door and a ramp at the back to access a spacious cargo area. No stickers whatsoever is an additional bonus, everything is printed.

Getting to the bad, it's minor stuff and nitpicking for the most part. The cockpit pieces are particularly specialized to incorporate the refueling probe, limiting MOCs to craft of that nature. The technic pins for the engines are strong enough to hold them to the degree they're at in the pics, but no lower. Even swapping out for Lego friction pins can't hold the mad props in flight mode (if you're truly desperate to swoosh you can always swap out the technic bricks and pins for bricks with Xs and little axle pieces, but I digress). One of the specialized parts for the side of the fuselage was slightly warped, which required some tricky assembling but was ultimately able to overcome it (good thing as I'm not sure how I would get a replacement otherwise). I'd say my biggest nitpick is the design doesn't permit for easy access to the cockpit for seating or removing pilots; the instructions tell you to add the pilots before the top cockpit piece. I tried using the side door but was unable to get a figure in the cockpit (gotta mention I love how that door, while tricky to open, is neat in the way it locks into the fuselage like a real aircraft door).

This set has done much to mend a lot of the ill feelings I had towards Dragon Blok since the pirate ship debacle, I'm very tempted now to get the attack helicopter they have. Mega CoD and Chinese legos figs not included and for size comparison only.
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>>8261296
>>8261341
Thanks for the writeup. I see that set pop up on AliExpress, and I'm always tempted to pull the trigger. If I get an Osprey, though, I'll probably get pic related.
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>>8261341
I love it too, though I must admit, the one I bought had an issue where the engines don't actually stay in place very well/don't balance properly. I fixed it by adding more weight on the inside and swapping some parts out for lego, which... was annoying. But it worked out in the end.
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>>8262409
Yeah, I mentioned that with the technic pins, might do the weight thing too but honestly it's not a big deal for me, anything I do with it will have the props in landing configuration anyway.
>>8262402
Not a bad-looking tilt-rotor and I'm a fan of the Black Gold theme, that prop blade design with the pin holes throws me off a bit though.
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>>8258336
>kobe
>not made by cobi

bootlego dodge charger just arrived. plastic quality is very good, pegs and axles arent tight, they slide in perfectly. good thing i didnt pay for the real thing.
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Does anyone know if its still possible to get the bootleg bionicle sets with the articulated hands, and if so, where? I can't seem to find the ones i knew of on aliexpress anymore.
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Instead of building something today I tried my hand at a little micro-gunsmithing. From the last couple bulk weapons shipments I ended up with a large stock of these KOs of the MinifigCat Uzi with removable suppressor; unfortunately the KO version is molded as one piece, with the suppressor on backwards (see top left corner with correct configuration beside it). Some drilling, cutting and fine-tuning later and we're all set for covert warfare; perfect for gun battles in libraries, churches, cemeteries ( don't want to be waking the dead whilst making others dead eh) and anywhere the loud and proud BOOM HEADSHOT would be met with a stern look and a sterner Shhhhhhh!
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>>8265783
>Problem, sound?
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>>8265783
wow, nice job.

what is that supposed to be in center row, second from the bottom?
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>>8267782
For the longest time I didn't know; it's one of the more common rifles to show up in those piles of guns lots off AliExpress but wasn't made by any of the more well-known Lego armorers. Turned out that BrickTactical, formerly X39BrickCustoms is apparently the original producer of the weapon, which they label as an SKS. A quick look-up does show the SKS rifle with Tapco Intrafuse Stock System as being the likely IRL inspiration for the gun.

Think I'll do a few more of these, forgot about pistols heh. Also tempted to look through my purchase history to figure out where I got the most of those Uzi KOs, gone through over half my supply making these and it was pretty fun.
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it ain't me.
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>>8270835
>it ain't me
Prescient words there anon, sweet tank btw. Got this nice Huey set in recently, was surprised to learn it's Predator-themed (the figs had been blurred out of the listing pics). It's a Sluban offering, confirmed by the M38 logo and minifig style unique to them. Must say I really like that Predator, the extra effort they put into having his shoulder gun and wrist blade is awesome. The other figs don't look much like other characters from the film but that doesn't bug me really. And hey, another cheeky croc separator!
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>>8274275
This is a really nice UH-1, larger than I expected and very well designed. The sliding doors are a great play feature and I'm gonna borrow that rounded nose build for a Huey MOC sometime. The little car is neat but feels like filler really, along with the terrain build with falling tree gimmick. For those concerned with contaminants, I scoured the set thoroughly and while there were a couple Chinese atoms present, these were safely and easily removed. Overall another winner, there's another not-Predator set with an APC that I'll be ordering in the near future.
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:::I don't need it::
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>>8274275
>>8274297
Shockingly, this is an officially licensed set based on the recent "The Predator" sequel.
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>>8276186
I'll be ordering it as soon as I sort out an order cancellation with another store; without reasons given they're saying they're not shipping my package and that I can cancel and re-order. Kinda suspect they're trying to gyp me cuz when I ordered they had free shipping by ePacket as an option and the sets in question were among the cheapest prices on Ali. Fast forward a week after they marked the order as shipped and I notice the tracking says shipping canceled. Coincidentally the price of the sets have gone down around a couple bucks each, but the free shipping has been replaced by a significantly more costly one. The reason this all relates to the Predator set is I've found a store with it and the sets I wanted in that order, a couple of them at higher price but everything under free ePacket shipping. Just waiting to hear back for details on how to cancel since it's marked shipped; can't say I'm impressed with their communication, seems like someone responds to stuff less than once a day which contrasts with every other store I've ordered from getting back to me fairly promptly, time zone differences considered and all.

Anyway what cracks me up about the Sluban sets is the stuff in this post here >>8275770
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Got something new from China. Haven't built it yet, but the bricks look very good quality wise. Minifigs too.
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>>8277513
And there it is.

It had some issues and a couple of bricks had slight molding issues as well as 3 of the track links. 1 more track link was unusable because it was broken, probably during transit.
But there were like 10 spares, so this was not a big deal.
The tank looks nice, and the chassis is really sturdy and solid but the turret/gun design makes it hard to turn the turret if the gun is lowered.

Overall a good purchase i'd say but i did expect no disappointment from Quan Guan. However i'd rate it worse than the Panzer III and the Panzer 38(t) from them. This might be because these two are dircet Cobi-Clones and this one is (at least i think it is) originally designed by themselves.
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>>8277682
Pretty nice anon, thank you for sharing. Would you say Quan Guan is "the" Cobi knock-offer? I have a couple on order but the listings were unbranded. You're probably right about the OC part, can't find any indication that Cobi has made a VK 1602 Leopard. Would be interesting if it really is their own build, it's quite the obscure tank that never even made it to prototype stage as it was deemed unfit for late-war.

One other thing I've noticed about obvious Cobi clones on Ali is many use the same muzzle brake piece; BrickArms makes pieces just like it but it could also be OC. That was one thing I didn't like so much about Cobi's Tiger 131, the muzzle brake part of theirs doesn't look much like the IRL one, largely since it doesn't have open holes on the sides.
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>>8277750
The RSO Raupenschlepper is also a "chinese" original but i have not build it yet.

Most of their bigger tanks seem to be Cobi clones. Their Panther, the Tiger, KV-2 and some others. Some of the smaller ones seem to be originals. They seem to frequently release new stuff which is always nice.

I'm still waiting for the KV-2 that i mentioned earlier in the thread. Really strange that this one arrived before it, i ordered it way later.
Maybe i should ask for a refund in case of the KV but i'll give it another week i guess.
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>>8277859
Were they from two different stores? Seems like every store has their own way of shipping things, regardless of what option you pick. Some of my orders enter the country through BC (Canada here) which I'd imagine is the normal way; other times they show up in Ontario and are repackaged there in Canada Post materials. I can't afford the higher end shipping but I try to go ePacket even if it's not free cuz the tracking is reassuring, but when they're taking the ON route the tracking doesn't say much of anything until it arrives there and then suddenly it gets registered by whoever ships it on and it works from there. All very interesting...

I got my disputes on that one shipment in and they were resolved pretty quickly, should be getting a refund in the next while. Think I'm going to go ahead and make the replacement order with that Predator set, got the spare cash and though I'm still laid off I can request the CERB again (held off so far this month in case I get recalled before August but it seems to be less likely based on new info I got today). Got a couple more Cobi tanks in recently but I've been lazy about building them, and the rest of my backlog (GoT Drogon, 2nd Scorpion, Viking Longship, Frostraven, Play Day/Sluban F-14, etc...)
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>>8278482
i always order from different stores. I don't want to risk them to combine a shipment which would cause it to get over the magical 22€ border and i would have to pay customs fee for it.
I'd rather order 15 single minifigs than 15 at once. Its funny if you think about that flawed logic. It really is cheaper for me to order some products from china than it would be to send a single letter within my own country.
Most of them ship for free to Germany but i noticed a trend among Ali-sellers that they seem to have warehouses or even distributors in Europe.
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>>8278482
Wanna talk about backlogs? I'm convinced that when my body is found, it'll be under an avalanche of unbuilt sets. I donate a bunch to holiday toy drives every year, but the backlog seems to stay about the same size. I've tried to be super conscientious about ordering or buying anything this year and only leaped on something if it was a really good bargain. It would probably be even better if I stopped looking altogether, but I can't help myself.
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Made this after it finally came.
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>>8280154
Best minifigs I've seen from bootlego. Detailed and we'll made
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>>8280156
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>>8280158
Track was a ball ache.
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>>8280164
Turrent a bit loose.

Instructions were small so boomer like me had some build issues. Overall good purchase for £13
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>>8280167
The off-center 1x1 tiles on the front slope are bugging me, otherwise nice share anon.
>Track was a ball ache
This is my least favorite part of building the tanks and probably the biggest contributor to my laziness, heh.
>>8279799
>mfw was woken up this morning by the Viking Longship box (among other things) falling on me
We gotta be better than this man, otherwise we're in line to be the next Collyer brothers.
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More suppressed goodness, this time with weapons issued to not-Mega CoD figs. Anyone familiar with these can confirm that each fig comes with a big pile of accessories, usually including a flashlight. Having an overabundance of this largely useless tool inspired me to repurpose a few as a means to kill quietly. I'm particularly fond of the Chigurh Special at bottom left.



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