Welcome to Plastic Building Block General. previously: >>8086278
posting my gun collection from last thread
The fire rises
>>8286684I keep finding morestill just one suppressor they pass around, that's a nice mental picture.
>>8286684>>8286712Just need to level up a bit.
>>8287220I have this set, sure hope the clutch is better in yours.
well shit i lost my snips
>>8292708Not him but i assume its this set:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000547959358.htmlA cobi clone from the looks of it.
A few new things popped up on the Qman website. Some sets are being made for the Miniworld theme. I guess it's a Minecraft clone?
>>8296342They're also rolling out a Technic thene. The cars look okay.
>>8296346These guns are more interesting. Apparently, they fire foam darts.
Can someone help me. I´m looking for 60204 City Hospital compatible on Ali and having a hard time locating one. All I seem to find is the lighting kits for them. Lepin or whatever they have become is making this set I´m sure because I keep seeing the lighting kit for it. Anyone? Please?
>>8296372I found this one, anon. Though it won't be Lepin. Lepin went under before this set came out, so it'll be a bootleg from someone else.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001255725954.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.2e895f72qSi9pL&algo_pvid=1247b063-b762-4c19-ae22-88a6e8a32482&algo_expid=1247b063-b762-4c19-ae22-88a6e8a32482-57&btsid=0ab50a5715952561668323217ef527&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_
For those of you who wanted the original Pirate Bay Lego Ideas submission, a new Chinese brand has stepped up to the plate.https://customizeminifiguresintelligence.wordpress.com/2020/07/11/reviews-of-jijia-block-49016-clone-of-original-lego-ideas-the-pirate-bay/They've remained mostly faithful to the submitted design.
>>8297211Much appreciated but there is something so odd about this store. The name for one. ¨Shop900254145 Store¨Also 0% feedback and 0 followers and they have a quantity of 997 of this set? I really want this set but not from this vendor. They never responded to my email either.I also find it odd because about a month ago there were a dozen reputable well established stores on Ali with preorder listings. Now they are all mysteriously gone. Could this set be an oddity in the clone world and not been made?? Anyone?? Comment? / Thoughts?
>>8299356It's possible, while I'm more risky with my Ali purchases, I've never had a bad experience before, doesn't matter what I ordered it always showed up as described.
>>8299406Yea after almost two days and no responses from this store I won be ordering from them. Not with 0% feedback and hardy any sales and the bogus store name. I'have ordered from many sellers and only had an issue with one never sending me anything but I did get my money back. It was just a pain to reorder from another seller.
>>8302923Understandable. Ali is pretty good with customer protections, but if you don't wanna have to go through the worry....I suppose just wait until you can find the set by another seller or until someone buys from this store.
>>8286672Does someone know a place that sells some bootleg goats? I can find pigs, cows etc easily on ali, but goats are nowhere to be found.
I probably overdid it a bit.
>>8313709Just finished the Quan Guan Tiger 131 and was quite surprised to find that it wasn't a straight across KO of Cobi's Tiger 131. For one thing the QG has a much larger hull, I mean look at this beast.
>>8313715It's hard to see from photos but QG is the bigger tank, while retaining a lot of the Cobi aesthetics and the same-sized turret.
>>8313719It's slightly taller as well, and I love how much longer the 88 is; Cobi's always felt a bit short and the muzzle brake piece on the QG is the icing on the cake.
>>8313724The QG also has about twice as many parts to it, though they use some nifty build techniques within the hull to save on parts and weight. That poor Sherman, with yet another Tiger and a couple Panzer IVs still to build... Should get him a Russian friend so he at least won't die alone.
>>8313730how is the quality of the QG tank compared with Cobi?
>>8314692Pretty much the same really. Cobi gets a slight edge as the QG set had one slightly mismolded piece that I had to fix so it would fit, but otherwise they're very comparable.
>>8315918Nice, been thinking of what to get next from the GQ line and the StuG is definitely up there. You have the muzzle brake sideways.
>>8315918>>8315961i'm thinking about getting Stug too, but i probably will end up buying a single-color tank again. My autism does not allow camo patterns whose edges are supposed to be round to be formed by block. My next purchase will probably be the King Tiger from link related:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000308172307.html
Is Kre-O ever coming back?
Last year I bought a bunch of these offbrand lego sets because I was immediately attracted to them by their supposedly retro design, until I saw the copyright stamp on the box saying 1988 which was pretty surprising because I wasn't expecting to find 32 year old toys outside ebay.I went to the same store again and found they were still there so I bought some dupes and this time I finally managed to find some info about the brand:https://philbricksters.blogspot.com/search/label/ATCO%20ToysApparently Lego sued them and they disappeared from the shelves in the early 90s? So these really ARE that old.
>>8321059tell me right the fuck now where can I get soapfuck itall of these
>>8322311only 1500 pcs though
Bit of a dump incoming, had some stuff arrive and got around to building a few things. First up, various sci-fi armaments, many of which seem slightly larger than they should be for minifigs...
>>8328456In fact they probably were meant for action figures and were retooled to fit lego hands, they're hilarious.
>>8328461From the same store I also got these. Wasn't sure what to expect from the listing photos, which didn't show a minifig per se but mostly the armor piece, implying you were getting the gear for a fig rather than a full fig. They're quite nice figs I'd say, plenty of detail and the new armor pieces are great.
>>8328470That other Predator set I alluded to earlier was a fun build, forgot to include the scenery builds here but they're window dressing. If there's one thing annoying about the set is the "soft" clutch that isn't very fitting (heh) for some of the design techniques, particularly for the side panels. Still, very much enjoying this pseudo-Stryker.
>>8328482Up next we got Kazi's Tiger offering. It occurs to me only now that I should've snapped a couple more pics showing the insides, since the model, unlike the other Tigers built to date, is designed much like a Lego set with removable sections. The turret sits on a "platform" that comes right off, revealing where a driver and another crewmember can sit, alongside a surprisingly detailed fake engine setup. The build process itself differed from the others in that a lot of the assembly was done in a similar component fashion. Despite being a 995 piece set the instruction booklet is relatively slim, using the old-school simple Lego format where there's no showing what pieces are needed per step; all is inferred from the step itself. Everything is crammed together to maximize space usage which got a little confusing at times, especially when they had you assembling multiple mini-components that wouldn't come into play until the next page turnover. It took me longer to build it than the others (save perhaps for the Sembo Tiger) but I was also watching the return of the NHL with all-day exhibition games, that may have been too distracting heh.Challenging building conditions aside it's another great take on a great tank; unfortunately the sticker sheet wasn't cut very well, thus the off-set iron crosses. No weapons for the crew either but I've been spoiled by those other sets that drown you in small-arms.
>>8328513Last one for now, a quartet of minibuilds from Enlighten. Thanks to the local liquidation centre getting in regular stocks of such sets for super cheap I've been able to resist the countless offerings on Ali, with a few notable exceptions. This is one of them; that awesome AWACS was what sold me but they're all really nice. I mean, who wouldn't d'awww at that chibi aircraft carrier eh.
>>8322379I gathered all the parts myself from various vendors and put them togetherThe minifigs are genuine Lego, the only non-lego things are Price's hat/vests/gunsSoap and Price's heads are Poe from SW & some dude from the Lone Ranger lineGhost's head is Citizen Brick (can't be found anymore)Ghost and Price's torso/legs are from the EclipseGrafx Spectre minifig (Ghost)Soap's hair is found in various Lego sets from ~2018 onwards, it's a mohawk hairpieceHis torso is from the Lego Dimensions Ethan Hunt minifig (Mission Impossible levels pack) with the hands swapped from light bley to dark bley, his legs are from the Jurassic World security guardHope that helps anon
>>8328519Here's the listing, same store I used to get the Guan Quan and Kazi tanks, and the Sluban Predator set.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32805640846.html
>>8317275Perfect timing to build this bad boy on a sunday afternoon.I think this is my biggest set since my childhood.
What is up with brickbunch.com? It's all "not made by a major manufacturer of plastic toys" or whatever, some are clearly replicas of Lego parts, others look identical to Brickarms weapons. The Lego-like ones are clearly not the real deal, but are the Brickarms-like ones actual Brickarms, or is a third party making replicas of Brickarms stuff?
Did BrickArms once make a prototype, or even a concept/rendering of a Halo plasma grenade? It seems to me I saw one on their forum about a decade ago but I don't remember>>8286692Who makes the bigguy mask?
>>8334719If I were to hazard a guess I'd say they're a reseller of Chinese KOs and OCs. Skimming through their accessories section I'm seeing lots of stuff I've bought from AliExpress over the years, including the metal weapons that came with pic related figs. BrickArms, Brick Warriors, BrickForge, MinifigCat and others have all had stuff KO'ed by the Chinese.
>>8334770By "OC" you mean original concepts made by the chinks?I just ordered a few of what looks identical to the BrickArms XSR since the XSR is only available in the weapon pack and I don't want to buy the whole thing. If it's a chink knockoff of BA I guess that's fine, I hope it's good quality.Btw, is that Clone Army Customs MJOLNIR? Are they good quality? I just ordered one set, I think BrickForge is probably nicer but wanted one of the Clone Army ones.>tfw used to have every single color that exists of BrickForge Spartans (24 colors I think; this was before sand blue existed) but sold a bunch and have about half of the colors still
>>8334723Don't remember seeing anything like that myself; closest I can think of is you could get their frag grenade in trans-blue, which could pass for a plasma grenade in a pinch.Regarding the Bane mask, they came with the figs and I could never find if they'd been copied from someone or if they were OC. I got them back in 2017 and unfortunately most minifigs seem to have vanished from Ali.
>>8334786Yeah, for example a lot of the pop culture minifigs they were churning out before the apparent crackdown. Nearly all weapons on Ali are KOs of the manufacturers listed above but there's OC ones starting to appear as well.The Spartans do appear to be KOs of the CAC stuff, I was impressed enough with the copies so I'd say the originals should be even better. Pretty sure I have a CAC suit somewhere actually, if I find it I'll post. Wasn't as big a fan of the BrickForge Spartan but I love me some of their ODSTs, heh. Their Blacktron version was pretty awesome.
>>8334786Oh yeah regarding Chinese quality of BrickArms KOs, generally they're passable except at close side-by-side inspection, but even then they're still pretty good. Pic is a comparison between a CombatBrick sniper rifle and its Chinese copy (the latter is the bottom one). There are noticeable differences but this shouldn't be as much of an issue with BrickArms copies as their weapons aren't as intricately detailed and they'll look good regardless. You may have to trim sprue marks and (if buying in bulk) get the occasional mismold but that last is pretty rare; got in two bags of assorted weapons and there was one mismold between them.
>>8334787Nah I definitely wasn't thinking of trans blue frag grenade. Maybe I was just thinking of the frag grenade in and of itself, or the plasma pistol, idk, but I kinda thought there was going to be a plasma grenade.Interesting on the masks>>8334800Very cool Blacktron ODSTs. Don't worry about getting a pic of the CAC Spartan, I'll have my own in a few days, just was curious what to expect.>>8334834Cool, thanks. I got 5 (pretty sure it's all they had in stock), even if only one looks perfect I'll be happy. Now the only Halo BrickArms stuff I'm missing are the rocket launcher and Spartan laser. Both are available online (splaer from eclipse graphix, rocket launcher from some other store I forgot which) but I'm not paying 25 dollars per weapon kek.Do you think BA will ever put either or both into full production?What I really fucking want is sangheili. Meca One (Exo Force minifig) looks pretty good as a zealot though.
Oh the BA rocket launcher is on ministry of arms if anyone wants to shell out the shekels for it.
>>8334852Yeah I can't justify the cost for those either. I'd be surprised if they ever made a mass-produced version of either, unless they thought they could capitalize on the upcoming release of Halo Infinite. Doubt they would though, Infinite hype isn't all that great and BA has been rather lethargic in putting new stuff out.
>>8286692You're a big guy
Do any of you guys have collections of BrickForge Spartans?
>>8338333Only a couple. My Spartan interests lie elsewhere.
>>8338389What colors BF Spartans do you have?
>>8338411Black for sure, can't remember what else.
Guys, what do you think?
When I was a kid our dad was too cheap to buy the Rego brand knockoffs from China. We had to play with the Mega Broks brand instead.
Can somebody tell me what I ordered here and which magazine goes with which gun?I know that the lower line of guns are Type 100 SMGs from Brickarms and are sold with the curved magazine. And I assume the other gun goes with the drum magazine but then I wonder what to do with the straight block magazine or if it might be historically accurate to switch between straight and curved styles on the Type 100.
>>8341043Type 100 - curvedMP-18 - DrumMP-28 - straight (alternatively MP-35)
>>8286672WTF happened to lego general?
>>8346108A perfect storm of pandemic, protests, pop culture and weapons grade autism. It is advisable to hunker down and wait it out, hopefully some cleansing flame will sweep it all away.
I've made a couple of pictures of my german ww2 vehicles.starting with the weakest set so far. this is a dual set to build either a panzer 4 or a wespe spg. It came with not enough track links (solved by now due to other sets with spares) for both tracks and overall the clutch of the blocks was mediocre. I didn't even finish it. I think one of the barrel-blocks also was missing.
>>8346309Next is the Sembo Sdkfz 251. I showed this before. Its a nice set and the stickers add a lot to the overall appearance. Comes with a funny swastika traffic sign.Minifigs from that set were superb
>>8346311Again an Sdfkz from Sembo. Also nice looking due to the stickers but the overall model is somewhat lacking. I know that its supposed to be an 234/3 but it could be better. Also came with great minifigs (true for almost all my sets so far)
>>8346313Cobi Panther (Pudel with the polish stickers left away to have a proper dunkelgelb German vehicle) next to Quan Guan panzer 3 (which is a very Cobi inspired set, not sure if its a direct copy though).Quan Guan Panzer came with great minifigs whereas the Cobi tank only had one, and its of course one of the ugly Cobi figures. They just are disgusting.Both tanks have the big tracks, so they drive around perfectly even on flat ground. (the sdkfz and the wespe above do drive too, but only on a surface like the bed here). The big tracks are way better.Funnily enough, the Panzer 3 is a better set, simply for the reason that the Cobi gun barrel is to heavy, so it never stays in an "errect" angle, and it will always go down until it rests on the top of the hull. The clutch on the bricks responsible for holding it is just to weak there. A shame, because besides that this Panther looks excellent. (It did cost 40€ compared to the 18€ of the Panzer III though)
>>8346316Then we have my recently finished Quan Guan Leopard recon tank.A good set, with a small weak area: the hatches on top of the hull are in the way of the gun barrel, so it can't rotate properly in an even angle. Came with 3 minifigs The tracks are medium sized and run properly on all surfaces. Not as good as the big ones, especially since they have finer detail, so there have been some track links with mold errors.
>>8346317I'm not sure if i showed this one before in here. Its an Italian P15/42 tank by Enlighten.Good set, tracks are small, so they are the weakest part of it.Interesting minifigs. Not the Lego type, but also not the disgusting Cobi figures.
>>8346320And last but not least my last finished tank, the big Quan Guan King Tiger.A really nice set. Tracks are good, it came with 6 minifigs and a ton of extra sprues for weapons and equipment (sadly one of those is the one with they really oversized machine guns.. )The front part of the tank could look better i think, but the turret is good and its looks like a Tiger 2 to me.Its a really big set and it took me way longer to build than i thought.
>>8346322And finally the collection of minifigs which came for the most part with those sets above.From all the available dunkelgelb german vehicles i'm only missing the Quan Guan Marder. That will be my next purchase, and then i'll see whats next.
>>8346327Thanks for sharing your latest acquisitions anon, nice to see the King Tiger especially as I was still on the fence about it. You're right about the front but I'll probably still get one at some point. A pity about the Panzer IV/Wespe set, the build looks good but can't make up for inferior and missing pieces. The Cobi Panther looks better than the Quan Guan version that I've also been undecided on, their turret just isn't quite right I feel. Using the same barrel with the inaccurate muzzle brake as the one on Tiger 131 is also disappointing eh.Just finished building the two 6-packs of artillery (from Quan Guan as it turned out), will try and have some pics up soon. Realized last night there's a third set out there; I got the German and Russian ones, there's a US one as well that has been ordered.
>>8346828Cobi has released a couple of Panthers, i think the Pudel/WoT version is one of the later releases and it looks better because of that.That QG Panther (its grey, thats the worst thing about it) might be a copy of one of Cobis earlier Panthers. The KT is actually not a Cobi copy (i saw a YT video about it). It takes elements from the two Cobi versions and tries to improve upon them, but does some of the same errors as Cobi.
An eye-opening look at the biggest Chinese building block manufacturer: https://customizeminifiguresintelligence.wordpress.com/2020/07/27/gobricks-the-foxconn-of-china-clone-bricks/
Has the BrickArms Halo magnum ever been available in silver outside of the Chief pack that came with the multi colored needler and a bunch of silver weapons?
>>8350037I can't seem to find the weapons pack you're referring to, could you link it? Far as I know the Magnum has come in black, gunmetal, tan and chrome in that one pack.
>>8350101It was a minifig with a bunch of weapons. Here's some pics:http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dragonator/Reviews/BrickArms/40chief1.jpghttp://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/HSP2/BrickWorld/bw_brickarms.jpgIt did not come with the machete or energy sword in those pics; it came with the minifig and needler in those pics, as well as a bunch of silver weapons. I got it at BrickWorld 2008 (or maybe 2009), sadly I no longer have the needler but I do still have a baggy full of silver stuff. I'm not 100% sure if this is everything that came with it because I don't remember if I've added or removed stuff from the baggy over the years, but I am assuming it is:>silver Halo magnum>silver Halo assault rifle>silver SMG (this is before BA made the current SMG, so they would cut off a few parts of another one, I believe the PDW Tactical, to make it look just like the Halo SMG)>4 silver cylindrical grenades>4 silver spherical grenades>4 gunmetal spherical grenades
Oh and here's another pack that had silver weapons. I didn't even remember this one existed, just came across the pic now: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/dragonator/Reviews/BrickArms-Review/sci-fi_pack.jpgThe gun in the middle is the one that would be modified to be turned into a Halo SMG. Maybe that even is supposed to be a Halo SMG (ODST?)
And the reason I'm asking is because I only have the one silver BrickArms Halo magnum but I want more for my BrickTactical Mark V Spartans cause who the fuck uses anything besides magnum in CE. I ordered a bunch of gunmetal because that's the closest that's available, at least I have the one silver for my Halo sigfig
I found one silver magnum on ebay but I don't care about the other weapons in the lot and I'm not gonna pay 8 dollars for one weaponhttps://www.ebay.com/itm/BrickArms-Lot-of-5-Sci-Fi-Weapons-Lego-Minifigure-Compatible-Great-Condition/283879239032
>>8350119>>8350126>>8350131Looks like I was a year late getting into BrickArms, guess they were more into silver back then. The last Sci-Fi pack I can think of they did in silver was the 2010 one and it didn't include a Magnum. You could always paint them, of course.
>>8350147based catI'm not into painting, I'd rather just go with the gunmetal ones. Oh well, my silver one will be all the more special since it's rare and I only have one. I miss that multi colored needler though, that was very cool. I must have sold it when I sold a bunch of my BrickForge spartans. Glad I still have the silver magnum.I also sold my ultra rare dark old gray Spartan (pic related) and original batch variant sand green Spartan, but I know someone who might have one of each he'd be willing to give/sell/trade to me. Hopefully.Anyway, do you happen to know much about trans clear BrickArms Halo weapons? I believe they've done the needler, plasma pistol, and assault rifle. Maybe others? I have a needler on the way, wondering what other options I'll have for my active camo spartan.
>>8350154Went through my small arms and the only trans-clear Halo weapon I have is an XLMD sticky bomb launcher, came as a bonus weapon in one of my orders. They did a limited edition trans-clear pack back in 2009 that had an AR and Magnum in it but otherwise it doesn't look like there's a way to buy any directly. I get all my BA stuff through BrickRepublic which offers free weapons with every BA purchase, though the free weapons aren't always BA. Case in point, I have two trans-clear MinifigCat M16A1s, pretty much my only other trans-clear weapons heh. You could always arm your guy with one of those, or an AK-47, or a Deagle, though you'll have to buy them direct from MinifigCat it seems.Got a dump of stuff coming shortly, from guns to more guns.
Before I get into the newer stuff I want to add a couple shots of this Kazi Tiger here >>8328513 demonstrating the removable components and showing the interior, which is significantly fleshed out in contrast to all the other tanks that may have seating/standing room for crew and often an engine at the back but nothing in the way of controls or drive shaft and stuff.
>>8351919The liquidation centre here gets in a lot of these X-into-1 sets. Sometimes I like the individual builds more than the combiner, sometimes the combiner more, and of course sometimes I don't care for any of them heh. In both these cases I went with the combiner build as I didn't much care for the individual ones, but at the same time I wasn't overly thrilled by either set in general. The main attractions for me were the minifigs; the top one for the unusual design, the bottom for their load-outs.>look closely at the bottom one for a hilarious muzzle flash mistake
>>8351956So here's that top set build, and boy was it a test of patience. Great Friend opted to go with the soft clutch formula, which doesn't lend well to the unstable design of the truck necessitated by the use of so many small parts. I've had this set sitting around for a while now actually, picking up the other one last week was the impetus to finally dig into it. I wasn't keen on it before as I didn't seem to have the means to build the combiner: with these sets they'll either provide a separate instructions sheet in the display box, or are spread across the instructions of the smaller builds. The display box didn't have the former and I'd gotten an extra of the helicopter minibuild which didn't have the latter, so much for that. But then I started opening up all the boxes and one of them had that extra instruction sheet in it, glory be!Anyway the whole thing is fragile as heck and basically a bust. The figs appear to be heavily inspired by Kre-Os design, with ball joint shoulders and hands and almost identical legs. Six figs across eight sets with only three unique figs in total is kind of weak too, will probably swap some heads around. No weapons or gear for them either, but more on that later.
>>8351993Bottom is a much better experience, for several reasons. This is my first set by ZHBO so I can't say whether this is typical but the clutch and overall quality is really good, certainly up there with the better brands. While a little goofy the combiner boat build is well-designed and makes good use of the parts, though I'm left with a pile of unused wheels by the end of it. The figs are great: while there's a bit of looseness in a couple pairs of legs they're all generally of near-Lego parity, with a different face for everyone (and even a chick with very generous lipstick if you're into that sort of thing). They're all outfitted with various levels of tactical gear "borrowed" from established outfitters, and while the slightly too big white pupils might be a little unsettling, everyone seems extra happy to be doing their job. And I would hazard to guess the next pic is the biggest reason why...
>>8352005So. Many. Guns. Every one of the eight boxes came with at least one sprue of weapons; a couple had as many as three. With enough firepower to equip five times as many SWATters, you can bet they don't even bother bringing along extra ammo when they can just grab another gun from the pile. They also haven't shied away from the militarized police meme either; one can spot assault rifles with underslung grenade launchers or shotguns, high-caliber sniper rifles, night vision goggles (for night jigglin') and even an M249 squad automatic weapon, for those pesky joggers.
>>8352009Before getting to the promised artillery sets I also have this little United Nations truck with UN trooper and innocent civilian PMC. This offering is from Qman which I understand to be a new brand from Enlighten. Honestly one could be fooled into thinking it was a (pre-China) Lego set, the quality is just that good. I got this set for two reasons: wanted to check out the UN line with one of its cheapest sets, and that beautiful hand cannon the Casque Bleu has been issued.
>>8352018"We're gonna peacekeep the hell out of you"
>>8351701I've got a trans clear needler on the way which I'll be happy with, but I'd like a trans clear magnum even more.
Oh and has BrickWarriors ever done their Galaxy Enforcer armor in dark green? That paired with CAC helmet would make a perfect Halo 4 Chief.
>>8352022At last, the arty, alas. Up first is the German sextuplet, consisting of two anti-tank guns, a howitzer, an anti-aircraft gun, a dual-purpose gun and a moaning Minnie. For a while I struggled to identify the grey AT piece as the instructions failed to indicate that the armor shield should be bent backward more; thankfully some of the Ali listing provide the names of the guns each are intended to represent. For those with that particular level of interest (myself included) we have:Front row ltr>15cm sIG 33>5cm Pak 38>7.5cm Pak 40Back row ltr>15cm Nebelwerfer 41>8.8cm Flak 36>2cm Flak 38Quan Guan are the brand of all these guns, and are quickly becoming my favorite Chinese producer of WW2 stuff. The detail on the figs is awesome, down to the Stahlhelm with eagle on one side and tricolor on the other. They're also provided with a good pile of small arms (just in case Ivan hits the ammo dump), including two different interpretations of the StG-44.>>8352046I don't think dark green is a color BrickWarriors does at all, at least I can't find anything like it from a quick skim through a few things.
>>8352056Now for the Russian guns, providing five wartime pieces and an anachronism. I knew something didn't feel quite right about one in particular, and upon learning the IRL inspirations I was vindicated. Again as follows:Front row ltr>85mm D-44>76mm M1942 ZIS-3>122mm M1938 M-30Back row ltr>152mm M1937 ML-20>85mm M1939 52-K>122mm 2A18 D-30That last gun is the one I felt wasn't quite right, which proved to be the correct perception considering it entered service in 1960. Further anachronisms spilled into their provision of small arms, namely two pairs of automatic pistols that are readily identifiable as Glocks and Nighthawks respectively (one Ali listing named them as Tokarevs and something I don't remember). They also have an Italian FNAB-43, probably captured around Stalingrad. The trio of brown rifles are likely from a similar source as they are German guns (98k, scoped 98k and G43). That brown weapons sprue is an odd one, have had it before in other sets and I just can't wrap my head around the pair of skinny potato-mashers and spare MG42 drum magazine that come with the rifles.Above nitpicking aside the figs are again superbly detailed; I find it hilarious that in this set the wounded guy (with face fully bandaged) is assigned to the anti-aircraft gun.
>>8352094One last photo, of the various odds and ends that came with the artillery sets. I really like that case with hinged lid, and the bits of scenery are a nice touch. Best of all they each come with a pair of munitions sprues, jam-packed with every kind of bullet and shell you can imagine. I'm extra happy for the straight-strip ammo belts, got a mighty surplus of French Hotchkiss machine guns from an arms shipment and none of them came with one.
>>8351919>>8351956>>8351993>>8352005>>8352009>>8352018>>8352022>>8352056>>8352094>>8352102Looks great, anon. Nice buyI found this recently, the figures look super cute. I've bought it, will update when it arrives.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001264705472.html?spm=a2g0o.placeorder.0.0.2cfd321e12t0hK&mp=1
FINALLY managed to find a site that wasn't a dysfunctional piece of shit, and ordered this set on a whim.And now we play the waiting game.
>>8352094i think the two brown sticks are just that, the sticks for the grenades. I remember that i have the top parts of those potato masher grenades from some other set.
>>8353015Now that you mention it I think you're right, the German set came with those exact grenades in black and the handles look identical.
>>8352094>>8352056nice. some of them are really easy to identify, some look kinda strange.My favorite is the Nebelwerfer.
>>8353482It's one of the better Nebelwerfers out there I've seen, for sure. Was able to identify 5/6 of the German ones and 4/6 of the Russians before looking them up; the M1937 ML-20 was the most off the mark I'd say, with the build appearing to be a lighter gun and missing parts under the barrel ahead of the armor shield. For 152mm one would expect it to have a barrel like the sIG 33 eh.
These popped very recently. I have been wanting historical accurate lego samurais for so much time now, or any samurai figure at all and here they are. The set contains 14 different in total+ 2 brickforge ones(one in gold and onr in silver)
>>8352468The buildings look really neat. The figs are cute, i wonder how exactly the are the arms
>>8352577Where'd u end up getting it? Would like one myself.
>it ain't me starts playing
Just ordered tanks for around 80€ ;_; i hope the customs office won't fuck me.
>>8364994You might have to though :^)
>>8303566And like that. The store is gone and is the listing. I saw a few orders get placed at the store and even a few for that item. (The Hospital).I'm glad I waited. I'll put the call out again though. If anyone knows where I can get the City Hospital 60204 Kit? All I see is the lighting kit again. I've searched High and Low on both Mobile and PC on the site and can't find one. My city won't be complete without one. Anyone??
Is there a bootlego Golden Retriever in existence? Something that looks like it would be compatible with standard lego minifigures? I was looking for official lego but they let me down. Only german shepherds and pugs apparently.
THOUGHTS ON COBI?
>>8367187Great designs, well-scaled to their minifigs, quality parts, good clutch... premium prices. Some people don't care for their minifigs. Far-right here >>8313715 is a Cobi.
>>8367223>>8367187>premium pricesStill cheaper than Lego though.But around twice as expensive than similar models from China.More display models than actual toy-tanks to play with. (i can only speak for their military stuff). Negative points:>Their minifigures look like shit. Literally ALL of the asian figures that are not Lego-Clones look better.>They only include 1-3 figures into their kits. A model from China usually has 3-6 figures included. Cobi has mostly just one. (Thats actually worse than Lego)
>>8373472At page 10 already again, haven't gotten any new Chinese Legos yet outside of a small arms shipment. Should get something in next week.
>>8377066same here, all my stuff is shipped and should arrive soon.
>>8367187Good fit for Mega Construx. Putting Mega Construx figures in Cobi vehicles is the ultimate pairing. Quality is neato too, only Lego is better.They cost alot though (also only behind Lego) and seem to be getting more popular thanks to perfectly catering to Wehraboos and Tank sim game nerds.
>>8379756>perfectly catering to Wehraboos and Tank sim game nerds.Which is something Lego could have done a decade ago already. Or even sooner. The fact that companies like custombricks were able to finance themselves by selling their sets from actual lego pieces for super high prices for that long shows that the market always was there.Lego is just to "good" to sell military toys.
>>8379817I get it that they really damn care about their friendly image (which they callously subvert all the time with their licensed stuff) but I'm convinced Lego would have a complete building block monopoly had they capitalized on that military niche too.I think all of PBBG would not be where it is today without the military themed stuff that Lego has neglected. Would you guys prefer a Lego doing official military stuff instead or is the great price for surprisingly good quality offbrands a blessing in disguise?I'm personally pretty happy with the tendency of offbrands to do larger 1/32ish scale vehicles and how Mega Construx figures are close to that scale. Its like the alignment of stars. Even Lego's new Speed Champions fit into this scale group and its great.
>>8380006>or is the great price for surprisingly good quality offbrands a blessing in disguise?100% this.I have fond memories towards Lego because i had tons of it as a child and used my own imagination to build my tanks and fighter planes back then. I would have loved it if Lego had sold tanks and military sets in general back then. (or if Cobi and the whole chinese companies would have been around and accessable for my 12 year old self).Nowadays however i see the steadily increasing price and the sets they offer are not as nice as i remember them from my childhood (no proper castle series as my biggest complaint)... So Lego really has not much to offer nowadays, and since the quality of more or less all the chinese brands is almost on par (or even ahead of Lego in terms of the minifigure prints) with Cobi i probably would go for a chinese military set instead of a Lego set, even if it had the same subject.
Amazing how they were able to produce a 1:1 scale replica of Tom Cruise.
>>8380689>a 1:1 scale replica of Tom Cruise.
>>8380689>super bumblebeeHeh, closer than usual
Can’t wait to pick up these two badass looking sets.
>>8387681Can you send a store link for this one? It looks awesome.
>>8388356These were unveiled yesterday so they won’t be up for sale at stores immediately. In a few weeks they’ll probably start popping up.
>>8387686oh damn, I want this just for the green parts.
As cool as Xingbao's new wave of Bundeswehr stuff is. Why the fuck is everyone releasing Leopard 2 models all the sudden?
>>8387681Well that took shorter than expected!https://a.aliexpress.com/_BPTcQ4https://a.aliexpress.com/_BT876g
>>8393576because they "inspire" each other.Honestly, no idea. But this happens with in scale modelling too. One company releases a Panther tank and out of the sudden 3 others also announce a new Panther kit.
>>8393794I suppose they don't want a single company to monopolize the sales, especially if it turns out to be a popular product. Its confusing as hell for the customer but I suppose the different scales helps differentiate them to some degree. I think Sluban, Sembo, Gudi and Xingbao have the best set designs at the moment. Sluban may even be the best but is their brick quality any improved? Even that Bf109 they made as recently as half a year ago had some of the worst pbbg clutch consistency I've experienced. I do prefer Xingbaos larger scale whilst Gudi... they are always late to the game, they make their version of a vehicle after I've already bought the Kazi or Xingbao ones.
Thoughts on COBI?
>>8393834Sluban is still mediocre from what I’ve heard. Which is a shame, because their newer models look great. Never been too much a fan of Xingbao because of the stories about their poor quality and construction techniques. Gudi has good quality but barely releases new sets (and mostly not in minifig scale). Sembo has it all if you ask me, but sadly they still only focus on Chinese military sets.
Saw these starting to appear on Ali last night, Red Alert 2 is my jam but the prices are ridiculous, at parity with Lego licensed stuff even.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001316175442.html>Grizzly Tank - 223 pieces>$34 CADAnd that's the half-off sale price, apparently. I paid a little less than that for the Kazi Rhino Tank back when that line was still available (the Rhino still is but none of the others are), had nearly double the piece count and was much larger, being intended to use with minifigs which were also included.
>>8394639Haven't got any pics of the Rhino atm but here's the Allied Barracks I also got. Still kicking myself for missing the rest, only managed to get those two and the Soviet defense turret.
>>8394037Dammit shame indeed. Their designs sure are good, theyd instantly jump up to no.1 minifig scaled sets for me if their quality was even half decent.Is Xingbaos quality actually bad? I agree on having some questionable construction techniques but my Xingbao stuff fits just fine as long as it isnt technic.
>>8396269From what I’ve heard and seen, xingbao’s quality has become drastically inconsistent
Built a couple Cobi sets recently!First up is the World of Tanks Tiger (the grey one). My Tiger 131 uses the older build and I wanted to check out the updated Tiger build. The first pleasant surprise was the lack of stickers! I thought all WoT sets relied on stickers for insignia and stuff, so at first I was disappointed when I opened the set and couldn't find a sticker sheet. I probably wasn't even going to use them, maybe the Balkenkreuz stickers, but it still stuck. Then, I noticed the front of the advertised all pad printing! Really happy to see the Balkenkreuz printed on the turret.
>>8397663Let's get the thing I dislike out of the way; I think the upper hull is way too narrow. 131's hull is largely the same size, but it's widened by a pair of vertical plates on each side. That little bit extra width makes 131's hull look more proportional to the turret.
>>8397669But, those vertical plates on 131's hull create a weird downward sloping edge along the side of the hull because it's attached to the skirt armor (which needs to slope). This makes the WoT Tiger much better looking from the side.Another side-on advantage for the WoT Tiger are the tracks and road wheels. The WoT Tiger has the front and rear sprockets in way more accurate positions than 131. The WoT tracks also have the perfect amount of slack which again makes them look accurate while also helping the tracks to roll super smoothly.The WoT Tiger has by far the best rolling tracks of any of my Cobi tanks. Even on the smooth surface of my desk, the tracks roll effortlessly!
>>8397686Of course, the biggest improvement is the turret. It looks soooooo much better! I also love the black plate they snuck into the build of the turret bustle. At first I was puzzled why that part was there, but then I realized it was to replicate the real gap in the Tiger's turret bustle. Such a massive improvement over the original build.Overall, the updated Tiger build was worth double-dipping on Tigers. I wish the hull were widened by a stud on each side, but the improvements in other areas help outweigh that issue. I am glad to have both versions of the Tiger build though, as the currently available Tiger 131 has also been updated to the latest build. Cobi's releasing yet another Tiger 1 which looks even more accurate with about 250 more parts. It's also a different color (dark grey), so I won't feel as bad when I inevitably end up triple-dipping, haha.
>>8397704Last up is the tank I just built today; the Leopard 2A4! Love how it looks!
>>8397711Some nice printing, especially the camo on the side skirts. I also like that Cobi bothered to apply blue prints to simulate the various optics on the turret roof.
>>8397721The Leo is my first modern tank from Cobi and it definitely doesn't scale well with Cobi's WWII sets, though at 864 parts the Leo took the most time to build of any of my Cobi sets thus far.I've also picked up a Cobi T-72 for the Leo to duel with. I just noticed, however, that the Leo's box lists the Leo as 1:35 scale while their T-72 is 1:28 scale. Ah well, the T-72 was only 30 bucks so it'll be fun to build anyways.
>>8397745Lots of accurate details and some interesting new elements. That tow rope on the turret bustle uses real thread, which I'd never seen before in a Cobi set. I totally love how they did the smoke launchers.
>>8397751Proportions are very good. I think the turret should perhaps be a bit taller and the cannon barrel a bit longer, but overall I love the finished result. Definitely recommended!
>>8397663>>8397669>>8397686>>8397704That turret looks fantastic, thanks for sharing. Cobi is hard enough to get here, doesn't seem I'll have much chance of getting one without paying a double premium.
>>8396466Oh shit like ever since that Lepin takedown incident? The grey Leopard and the mechs they did at the same timeperiod were just fine but if their qualitys dipped, that will affect these new Bundeswehr sets.
>>8397756Holy shit this guy is sexy as fuck
>>8397704That turret backside looks really good.The WoT Tiger is the way to go it seems.Another big improvement is the machine gun at the front of the hull.>>8397686It looks like you built your 131 with one track link missing. The track tension is to big compared to the WoT Tiger.
>>8397704i just went to ebay to check for a cobi Tiger 1 because i don't have a Tiger 1 at all in my collection.I found this. Apparently there is a new version of the 131 existing, similar to the grey Tiger on your pics. Now i just need to find it for less than 40€
just opened up a package that i got yesterday.Not the set i anticipated the most, but whatever.
Anyone know of a company making a bootleg version of this set (6292)?
>>8400926never seen bootlegs of these old classic pirate sets besides the ships.
>>8402349There was an anon in the Lego gen who once shared their collection of Enlighten KOs, was surprised to see how extensively they'd reproduced stuff from the 90s. Anon seemed to only have smaller sets but its possible the bigger ones were also copied. Getting them is another thing entirely, especially after the crackdown.
>>8402432This one shows they did at least one of the Islanders sets.
>>8402438This one's my own pic, evidence that Enlighten did larger sets of the period. I got this a few years ago at the liquidation centre, was one of my first forays into the wonderful world of Chinese legos heh.
>>8402444One more, they even did the iconic 1995 Shuttle Launch Pad set, albeit with a few color changes and moonrunes on the booster rockets.
>>8402452One last thing, did a quick search and came up with this review of Enlighten's copy of Forbidden Cove; unfortunately it's from 2008 which makes it highly unlikely one could still find it for sale anywhere.https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/14218-pictorial-review-0148-forbidden-cove-enlighten-version/
>>8402349Yeah I had noticed that, makes sense though>>8402432>>8402438>>8402444>>8402452Thanks for posting these! I knew someone would have done it in some form. But I guess with the crack down it's just as much work to get these cheaper than to be legit
>>8402432>>8402438>>8402444interesting. i will keep my eyes open then.Those islander sets were amazing.Sadly i never seen stuff like that on Aliexpress. And i regularly look for oldschool castle stuff. At least Black Falcon knights are still available.
>>8402635What words did you use to search for classic stuff? I hadn't had much luck with finding anything
>>8402691These knights are by "Dr. TONG"That company does lots of medieval minifigs, you have to dig through the many multi-item offerings to find some of these. There are sets of several as well as individual minifigs sold. Most knights on my pic don't have helmets because they come with the wrong ones, i ordered a bag of 100 of these black helmets in the meantime, so i have more than enough now.
>>8402691>>8404584For example, check this:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4001202485001.htmlA10, A11 and A12 as well as 28,29 and 30 are the old school knight emblems from the 90s. Finding the matching knights for these shields got a bit harder since they can't show actual minifigs any longer but you can always ask the sellers.
I have this coming from Aliexpress. It looks good as it is, but I'm definitely making some changes to streamline it.
Had a few small sets sitting around and finally got around to building them. Unfortunately they were a bit of a letdown, though there's still good stuff throughout.The two sets on the left are from Enlighten's The War For Glory line, got them and the Gudi pirate set on the right as cheap add-ons to a larger order.The Enlighten sets have a lot of weapons and armor which is what sold me initially, but I have to say the rock monster guy from the middle set is my favorite part of the lot. The clutch is more like earlier Enlighten, not helped by some fragile building techniques. The minifig hands were particularly tough to insert; the shields aren't prints but stickers; the big cat mount is pretty sweet with movable jaw. I wouldn't get any more from the line myself, but you can do worse for fantasy sets.The Gudi set was somewhat better for clutch, but suffered its own glaring bug in that two of the same baggie were included by mistake. The final build was supposed to have a brick-built skull & crossbones on the tower and a brick-built crab but that missing baggie had the necessary parts. Was gonna make them with Lego parts from my stockpile but never got around to it. The duplicate baggie did provide some extra weapons, heads and a second Viking helmet (don't ask why an Age of Gunpowder set would have a Viking). Really like the skeleton too, I might look into more of the sets just to get more skellies.
>>8410648The main and tail rotors could be better, but yeah a cool set overall.
>>8410654Following up on this is a Qman set from their Combat Zones line; sharing the booklet cover primarily to highlight the "Tactical Espionage Action" tagline, directly lifted from Metal Gear Solid 4 for some reason.
>>8410659It's a very nice set, something of a spiritual successor to an older Enlighten set that I also have and will compare to in a bit. The tank's design is clearly inspired by WW2 German models, German markings notwithstanding (all stickers). It is closest in many ways to a Tiger which is what sold me in the end, though oddly armed with a Bren defensive machine gun. Speaking of guns, one might recognize the sniper rifle as the same one from the Tumblerina vs. Hitler classic. The mortar is a new design; it's a little awkward with its shorter barrel but has a stud-shooter mechanism for firing its rounds that works pretty well. The main gun of the tank requires assembly and incorporates a spring launcher to fire the orange missiles.
>>8410678Couple more angles of the tank, one of them to showcase the large German cross on the back to prevent friendly air attacks. turret sits on a platform that can be lifted off to give access to a quite roomy interior, complete with engine, periscope and battle map. The last image is a side-by-side with the tank from the older set. It is larger, more fragile and intended to be more modern but in many ways they are alike. Both have very similar main guns with firing mechanisms, with the older tank's intended ammunition being 3L bar pieces. Another feature of the older tank not shown is its rear hatch with little scout car. Got a third tank, also from Qman that shares even more lineage with the old war machine that I'll get together soon.
>>8410690Managed to find a pic of the older tank from when I first got it that includes everything in the set. That ruined wall and telephone pole build is quite fragile due to weak Enlighten clutch, but I guess that's handy for battle play. The little scout car was so unremarkable I forgot about it at the time, can be viewed here:http://www.enlighten-brick.com/823.html
>>8410704One last item for tonight, saw these odd-looking minifigs while ordering that other Qman tank and had to try them out. They're cheap, nicely decorated and come with good headgear; no weapons or other gear though. Their design seems to be another attempt to move away from the Lego standard, this one being something of a downgrade as the legs have no articulation whatsover. The figs feel a lot like Legofied Playmobil figs really, although the latter can at least bend at the waist. Their boots are separate pieces from the legs, making these guys noticeably taller than an average Lego fig. I like collecting unusual Lego-esque minifigs but outside of the novelty there's not much going for them. They'll be duly armed from my arsenal and incorporated into their respective armed forces but will likely not long survive their first skirmish, owing to how much they'll stand out.
>>8410725Based. I would like to see all the different types of bizzarro minifigs you have picked up over the years.
>>8410704>>8410690>>8410678>>8410654>>8410659Nice sets, thanks for sharing pictures.How are the tracks on that "Tiger"? They are rubber monopieces? Do they work?I have a couple of new things myself.Will post pics on the weekend.
>>8410725To me, these Sluban figures are the nicest ones that are not direct Lego clones.
>>8411286They are as you described, and they work reasonably well. The older set's treads are a bit too big and the tank not quite heavy enough so it sort of floats on them; the newer one is a perfect fit and rolls better.>>8411290>>8411107Sluban's design is certainly one of the best alternates out there. Kre-O's are up there too, and I have a soft spot for Wange/Dragon Blok's distinctive blockheads. Will have to gather some of them together for pics, most of the time they're standard Lego KOs but with interesting faces, like the happy Chinese here. Block Tech's figs on the right are much more original, though again I mostly collect them for their great faces.
>>8411290They're a real bitch to put together, they still come out of the box loose right? Agree that they're one of the better alternate minifig designs; ball jointed wrists are something no one else really does.>>8411849>Happy Chinesekek, its like that one South Park episode.
These were from a dollar store brand called Make-It Blocks, which overall felt like another offshoot of the Block Tech hegemony, though they managed to produce their own minifig design. The quality is what you expect for the price but they've upped the articulation considerably with ball joint arm and leg sockets and a swivel torso. The sculpted head and torso are cool too, though I wonder what they'd look like with less minimalist faces; guy in the middle has some ayyy vibes.
>Ordered a set weeks ago>The international shipping site says my country's postal service has it>Not hearing anything of it and no way to track itI want my whores and booze damn it
>>8413558Kek it wouldnt be customs holding onto it as 'suspicious goods' would it?
>>8377066Where did you get those baggies from and at what price? I once ordered 100 random lego weapons on ebay, pic showing modern ones but only got star wars/sci-fi stuff.
>>8415824That exact listing is no longer available but I got another one at the same time from a different store here that had pretty much the same contents:https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000917648958.htmlThis is about the average for bulk weapons, can't always go by the listing pics since all the stores use the same ones but generally the contents are the same across the board for that time frame. Pic related was one of the first bulk lots I got a couple years ago and not much has changed; a lot of the same weapons but I'd say an increase in variety, haven't gotten sandbags in the last few and random accessories are also less common. Notable weapons in the last couple shipments were the BrickArms FAL (went from having 4-5 originals and maybe a couple KOs to almost two full slots of an organizer's worth), PPSh (with loose-fitting drum mag) and Hotchkiss machine gun (unfortunately sans tripod or ammo clip), Combat Brick's CB-416 and MinifigCat's SA-80, along with many of the guns in pic. I've found that lately you're going to get a reasonable balance of historical, modern and sci-fi weapons but again YMMV.
>>8410648That looks sweet! Please post some pics and tell us how the quality is when you’ve built it
Hey anons. Apparently Lepin's boss actually got imprisoned? I dont give a shit about Lepin nor the Lego sets that Lepin bootlegs but Xingbao is a subsidiary of Lepin or something. Is Xingbao going to be kill? It would be a shame, the stuff I have from them are some of my favorites.
>>8418285>Lepin's scapegoat actually got imprisonedFixed. Xingbao should be safe from litigation as their sets are original designs. What got Lepin in trouble was its blatant theft of Lego's IP. I don't think throwing the guy in jail was the solution, though. All they did was split Lepin into smaller counterfeiting brands to make it harder to halt production.
>>8355844spicbro, where are you from and what site is that?
>>8418420Yeah I thought theyd use a trick like that. I really hope Xingbao survives, if their bundeswher stuff gets shipped like normal, all is fine.All this whole thing just smells of Lego making deals with Chinese authorities in preparation for their expansion to the Chinese market; with all the political pretenses you'd expect of corporate dealings. I hope Lego had to pay a shit load of bribes to the Chinese for their folly in trying to break the Chinese market.
>>8419250nevermind, didn't grasp the picture at first sight but did it now.
I was scanning through pics on Baidu when I stopped on this one. Can anybody here ID the brick separator in the photo? It looks heavy duty.
Looking to bulk order bricks (Mostly plates and a few specialty pieces) I'm looking at JILE Blocks store on Ali. I'm not sure if anyone's ever ordered from them. Looking for feedback either way. I'm impressed with their inventory and their prices seem decent. Where does everyone order from? Anyone have a favorite store?? Good stories? Bad?
does anyone have these guys?
>>8426126I just got some in yesterday, will have pics up in a bit
>>8426177Phone let me down a bit with these but oh well. Along with the 40k dudes I got a set each of Dwarves, Uruks and some Qin dynasty theme. Of them all I like the Uruks the best, though their pikes should be much longer. The Dwarves' are almost as good; their one and glaring flaw is their armor, fairly movie accurate but as a result prevents their arms from raising much beyond waist level.
>>8426251Somehow I knew these would be of greatest interest, took close-ups of them and nothing else heh. A 40ker will have to enlighten us on the markings, I'm curious to know if it's from lore or made up. One of my troopers has a loose waist connection but otherwise everyone is good for clutch.
>>8426254While I'm at it, a couple other sets I've gotten in recently, both from Qman's Thunder Mission line (aka the United Nations theme). Tacked this set onto the larger one up next cuz it was cheap, glad I did. The ATV is ridiculously oversized but it feels appropriate for the theme. The UN trooper comes with another of those excellent Deagles, while the PMC looks a lot like the Oilers' Zack Kassian with his playoffs chops, which is awesome.
Are there any tanks similar to this one?
>>8426260This is the other set, the "Tank Attack". It's nice, has a definite 90s peacekeeping feel to it. Spacious interior with no engines; apparently it runs entirely on international goodwill. The one letdown for me is where the main gun meets the turret, using a locking hinge that limits the gun's elevation to specific degrees. The minifigs are again great, particularly the PMCs with their comically oversized RPG and cybernetic arm. Two of the M-16s provided have grips that aren't well-designed for minifig hands but that's small potatoes.
>>8426267Is that a T-72? Most of the non-western modern tanks I've seen on Ali tend to be Chinese, might be able to find their copy of it.>>8426277Here's that UN bullet magnet alongside the other two tanks, very much the biggest of the lot.
>>8426267Theres a bunch of t90s of various sizes but never any t72s except for one. It steals the logo from that t72: balkans on fire game.
guys, i need your help:A while ago, this tank (pic related) was basically everywhere on Aliexpress.Now i can't find it at all.There is a different T-90 tank from Sembo, but i rather would like to buy this one on the picture by Sluban.
>>8426864>>8426267Look for a Type-59 on Ali. Looks almost like it. Or go the T-90 route, which is basically a modernized T-72.I'd recommend this:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000256092404.htmlTop row, 4th item.
>>8426267Id say the closest thing to this tank is the Xingbao Scorpio tank; or at the very least, plenty of pieces to make a Russian tank out of. For more actual T72s, Cobi did two. You can google search up the Xingbao tank, pic related is an idea of what you can build out of the parts.
Got some new minifigs and sets.The prints on all of them are great.The legs on maybe two or three on them are a bit loose, but besides that there are no issues with them. (some heads sit really tight, but whatever).The Germans in full winter gear are my favorites, albeit being a bit more expensive than the others with only 4 of them and no weapons in a set for 4,50€ compared to the rest which came with the vehicles or in sets of 8 and plenty of weapons. But they look excellent.
>>8427581Oldest of my new vehicles first:Quan Guan SU-76.Really nice set (and a nice distraction from all my sand/yellow tanks). Comes with 3 soviet soldiers and a couple of weapons. I found that if i use 1 additional track link on each side, even the small tracks that are used for that set do work really good. Not only on carpet or a sofa, but also on a flat surface like this cupboard. I will try this on my other tanks with that track type too.
>>8427591Next soviet set by Quan Guan: BT-7Good set. Again, 3 soldiers + a variety of guns are included.I modified this one to make the turret sit a row lower than it originally is supposed to. It just looks so much better now. Besides that i wonder why this tank is grey and not green like the SU-76... but a nice little set nonetheless, especially for a price of just 10€ (SU-76 was like 13 though and is considerably bigger).
>>8427597And another set from Quan Guan, a japanese armored car from their "Heroes & Generals" series.It did cost around 8€, came with only 2 minifigs and is in a smaller scale than the other tanks i had so far from that company. I'd say its maybe 1/72 compared to the 1/32-35-ish vehicles i bought so far. Less details, less parts etc.. i have another armored car from that series, but not built yet. Its not a bad set and if i compare the vehicle with original fotos its very close actually, but i'm a bit disappointed that its not in the same scale than the rest of the tanks. I think it fits very nicely to the standard Lego city scale though.
>>8427603And finally a set from SemboIt came with a lot of stickers to make it look worn down and used, with dirt and scratches etc, but this time i did not apply them during the build. Maybe later.The tank looks nice, and its recognizable at the first glance as an early Panzer IV.I like that the lower parts of the tank are made from brown blocks to make it look like its driven through some mud. A really cool idea actually. Its a bit smaller than the Quan Guan/Cobi tanks, but still bigger than the Armored Car shown one post earlier. It came with 5 soldiers and was actually quite cheap with only around 12€. It uses a type of tracks i never had seen before, and while they snap together very nicely, they do not run, no matter what surface. Its a pure display model, but a nice looking one, especially once the stickers are applied.
>>8427610Oh hey you got one too, nice. Sluban has used those same tracks in some small sets and they seem to be common in others of similar size, but yeah they suck for actually rolling.>>8427603Is that from their Marco Polo Bridge Incident set? Been meaning to get it at some point.
>>8427620Sluban tankette using the same tracks.
>>8427622Another Sluban tankette I forgot I had, heh.
>>8427644And an ROV minesweeper with a generous pile of weapons for its operator. All three of these are from the same combiner set that came through the liquidation centre here and has popped up on Ali for interested parties.
>>8427620It says "Lugonqiao Incident" on the assembly instruction.Oh, and i did not apply any stickers to that set, but there were not that many included anyway.
>>8427622>>8427644These tracks are totally different from >>8427620The Pz 4 tracks are two blocks wide, the tankette tracks only one block.
>>8427682Oh yeah you're right, didn't look closely enough. Think the Sluban ones will at least roll, albeit with difficulty.>>8427677Yeah that's the set, didn't know you could get the elements individually.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001259053738.htmlMeantime here's another tankette with yet another odd track configuration, this one by Jie Star.
>>8426933>see set catalog number in corner of image>enter number in Aliexpress search bar>find seller selling set????????Alternately, you can buy it at Walmart if you live in Canada.
>>8427720Oh, and i did not notice there is an entire set of them.There is also this japanese truck:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4001285767059.htmlAnd this gun tractor:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/1005001298180245.htmlAll look like nice little vehicles, but i'm wondering why they did not make a tank and instead did two different armored cars.
>>8428332I looked for that number on Ali for some days.. ;_; Got no results and still nothing. Maybe because of the country? I'm stuck in the EU. Could you link it maybe?
>>8426267That looks like a T-54/55. COBI has some nice sets of those tanks. I own their NVA T-55, wish I wasn't so lazy took photos of my COBI stuff.
>>8431096I hate to be that guy but you can Id it as a T72 from the jagged dozer blade on the lower glacis, the v shaped splash guard on the upper glacis, the overall squatter proportions, lower height turret and the lack of gap between the two front roadwheels. The T55's fume extractor is also at the tip of the barrel whilst the T72s is in the middle. The turret feels kinda off to me in shaping and interestingly enough, it has Kontakt 5 era which is pretty late cold war.
>>8431297Cobi has at least one T-72 set too.They also make a polish variant of it, which is not as popular outside of poland, so it can be found cheaper usually.
my body is ready
Anyone have experience with Leyile brick? The designs are amazing but they are expensive as fuck.
What's the best way to get this kinda stuff quickly?Like which is known to have the quickest delivery I'm in the UK btw
>>8426251where did you buy all these
>>8434955This store:https://www.aliexpress.com/store/5881954The listings are often ambiguous as to what you're actually getting, wasn't sure if figs would be included or just all the equipment but it seems that's how they skirt around the crackdown.
>>8434967Forgot to mention some of their listings are straight weapons/equipment packs, generally you can expect a figure if the listing shows individual sets of gear.
>>8426251>>8426254Sorry it took me so long to respond. These guys looks nice. It's shame only one of them has a lasgun, but it;s nice you get a bunch of other weapons. I don't know much about 40K but I believe this are Cadians.
>>8435718No worries, and thanks for the info, though I know even less than you to get the context, heh. I found a store where you can buy some of the 40K guns in 5-packs, got myself a few extra bolters that way.https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000930703374.htmlShould you be interested in any of the Star Wars weapons, have a gander here >>8328456 >>8328461 they're a little bit big. The other store I got the troopers from also has packs of 1 each of all the 40K weapons and accessories, in black and without markings (seems they only come in olive green and markings with the figs).
How does /toy/ feel about minimates? Great articulation, but hampered imo by the fact that the majority of them are solely Marvel-related. More variety and these would be 8-9/10 for me.
>>8435928Oh, also they are pretty much a Walgreens exclusive it seems, so that's a bummer.
>>8434951Aliexpress, look for sellers that have a warehouse in EU (Spain, Poland or some ship from the Netherlands). You usually pay 1-2€ extra compared to shipping from China, but its way faster. Use this as long as you are in the EU ;^)
I have a strange desire for helmets like on this minifigure on my picture.However, all the listings for knight/medieval helmets/equipment etc seem to not include that specific type of helmet.Does anyone know a shop where i can get these?Or is there a reason for them being unavailable?
>>8435948Thanks.Neither Sluban nor the kits number in the description.. how is someone supposed to find this?Is the tank on the picture yours?What do you think about the set? Worth the price?
>>8435958Searching things on Ali can be challenging, yeah. That store is a personal fave, they organize their listing by brand, even if the listings themselves don't name it. Was able to find at least one other store with it by searching "russian tank bricks" (without quotes), could probably find more by dropping russian and scrolling through a few pages.The pic is mine; fortunate enough to live in Canada where Walmart has been putting out some Sluban sets under their Play Day brand (was going to pass until I realized it was a Sluban, my prior experience with Play Day was disappointing). It is a great tank, rolls nicely and has lots of nifty details. Being a Sluban it has the soft clutch but except for a couple minor bits on the turret it didn't cause any issues. Can say it really got me going on a tank kick, though it's a rare modern one among many of WW2 vintage heh. Definitely worth the price, in CAD it comes to about 5 cents per piece.>>8435955Don't think I've ever seen them, they're the one Lego Castle helmet that seems to have been overlooked. Most likely reason is it isn't on their radar as Lego hasn't troubled itself to make any since 2003. Closest I've seen is here, not quite the same but just as nice really, though less generic with the not-House Baratheon stag's head:https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001345067244.html
>>8436002Thanks. I'll post my new tank when it arrives in around 2 weeks.
>>8436002>>8436002Another mystery. Why did they only do Baratheons and Starks but not the obvious enemies in form of Lannisters or Targaryens or one of the other houses. Might pic up some of the Baratheon spearmen just because the colors look nice.
>>8436016The Chinese work in mysterious ways, before the Minifigcaust they were doing all manner of random pop culture sets, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to KISS. Who knows what we might've been getting down the road, and possibly might still get if they continue to toe the line with their stealth listings. The Baratheons have some odd armament choices and their "king" looks nothing like Stannis or Renly; the one thing that makes them Baratheon really is the stag emblem, still cool though. As for other enemies they did a foursome of notable Kingsguard that could be made generic with some head-swapping. Would've been nice to have other houses for sure, I'd have gone nuts over some Ironborn with their Kraken sigil. Guess I can content myself with the 10-packs of copied BrickWarriors "Thrall" arms and armor that have enabled my modest company of Unsullied.
>>8436032its no mystery when americans are too lazy to make anything and demand china does it all for them
This took a while to arrive, but I got to put it together today. No box, just a big baggie. No pieces missing and the instructions were clear. Build quality is decent, but the bricks seem a bit on the "softer" side compared to real Lego bricks if that makes any sense. The dominant color matches Lego's Light Bluish Gray, and the translucent canopy pieces are more on the smokier side than the amber side as portrayed on the promo pics. Unique parts include double sided 1x2 plates and circular 4 bladed hub pieces for the rotors. Overall, it's a very solid kit. Now I'm gonna hunt down some parts to give it an upgrade.
>>8436032>and their "king" looks nothing like Stannis or RenlyIts Robert ofc.The other "character" is Gendry.Still, a really strange choice.
>>8436032>before the Minifigcaust they were doing all manner of random pop culture setsI've been out of the loop for a while, did LEGO somehow manage to stop the Chinese?
>>8437000"stop" would be better.Lego Minifigs are illegal to use for anyone but Lego.So if the customs open your shipment and they find Lego clone minifigs, they can confiscate the whole package (at least thats how it works in Germany). Shops are not allowed to show the minifigs in their pictures, so they blur the pics at the spots where previously the minifigs were shown, some only show the print of the chestpiece to show whats included, some show just 5 different heads to symbolize that there are 5 figures inside, others just say "+5 dolls". For example, check this offer:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000190994272.htmlSome traders don't give a fuck and show everything like its always been. Some companies created their own minifigs to prevent Lego from fucking their business.
>>8437000I think Lego's legal attempts to stop Chinese companies have been exaggerated. The real culprit is most likely supply and demand. The problem with minifigures based on some random pop culture property is that they don't necessarily have the mass appeal to make them profitable. It's why minifigure customizers' sets are made in limited quantities and charge premium prices; and being cheap isn't enough for a lot of buyers to order from some Chinese vendor. I think you're seeing Chinese manufacturers realizing that customers won't buy something just because you make it, taking a step back to see what's actually selling, and scaling down their number of offerings.
>>8437120>I think Lego's legal attempts to stop Chinese companies have been exaggeratedYou're not taking into account that minifigs listings disappeared almost overnight; listings of sets with minifigs have them as anon here >>8437037 described; no-one is selling any of the masses of minifigs that presumably were still unsold at the time of the Minifigcaust. As a once-avid collector of these minifigs I noticed early on when my favorite stores suddenly dried up and were only getting in stuff that wasn't minifigs. Case in point, this store:https://www.aliexpress.com/store/2826026This was my go-to for a lot of the newest minifig offerings. They had a massive selection, good prices and fast shipping. Then one day at the beginning of the month when they would list the newest arrivals, none of the new stuff were minifigs. Some time after that the minifigs disappeared entirely from their store, along with their prominent minifig front-page advertising. The store is still called Bricks Minifigures Store but they don't sell a single minifig. They have Star Wars droids, mini Godzillas, Unikittys, Baby Yodas and other near-minifig products, all of which presumably haven't been affected by the technicalities of the crackdown.If it really was a supply and demand situation as you're suggesting, there would still be stores trying to offload figs produced before this alleged shift in priorities. As my final counterargument I point to these guys here >>8410725. Nobody would be troubling with a new minifig design that isn't attached to a proprietary brand (like Wange's blockheads or Sluban's figs) unless they had no other choice.
>>8437222>minifigs listings disappeared almost overnightDid they really, though? The listings didn't simply disappear because there was no more stock to sell or to reorder from the manufacturer?>masses of minifigs that presumably were still unsold at the timeAgain, you're assuming that there was anything left to reorder. It's entirely possible that sellers were only going through their remaining stock by that point.>there would still be stores trying to offload figs produced before this alleged shift in prioritiesWe have no idea what the timeline was between when production stopped, when sellers were unable to reorder stock, and when sellers sold through their remaining stock. Even prior to this alleged "Minifigcaust," minifigures would be delisted, and it wouldn't be attributed to Lego's legal maneuvering. Sometimes a product's appeal just runs its course, and everybody moves on to the next product. >Nobody would be troubling with a new minifig design that isn't attached to a proprietary brand>unless they had no other choice.There's one excellent reason for a brand to have their own distinctive minifigure design: to distinguish itself from its competitors, and I'm not just talking about Lego. It's about building a brand identity with consumers and not simply avoiding undesirable attention from Lego's legal team.I'm not trying to pick a fight. It's plausible that there was some sort of legal intimidation from Lego against manufacturers and marketplaces. I'm only suggesting there are other explanations for what seemed to us buyers like like an abrupt crackdown on minifigures. I wouldn't doubt there would be some brands that would abandon their own proprietary designs if the were allowed to copy the Lego minifigure; but I believe more brands would rather continue to do their own thing.
>>8437352>Did they really, though?They did, yes. I was following the new minifigs pretty closely, right up until they abruptly stopped appearing. If it was a supply/demand issue, why would it affect ALL minifigs and not just the ones not selling? When stores ran out of a particular fig they'd just grey out the option. There are in fact stores still selling some of those pop culture minifigs, but the listings only show their heads, maybe their torsos:https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001179633157.htmlhttps://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000824411633.htmlSome stores still list their stuff normally but these are the exception:https://www.aliexpress.com/store/group/LEGO/900235082_518150482.html>Again, you're assuming that there was anything left to reorderThose links indicate there's definitely still product available.>We have no idea what the timeline wasWe have a pretty good idea with the facts available: Lego wins a significant legal victory in China; around that time Ali stores start downplaying/camouflaging their minifig listings>There's one excellent reason for a brand to have their own distinctive minifigure designAbsolutely; the reason I mentioned the figs in the earlier post is that they're not of any brand (the listing has since been taken down, oddly). Enlighten had always used the Lego minifig design (and still are somehow with their Qman spinoff); they've moved on to a big-headed style for their newest stuff.Nothing wrong with theorizing alternative scenarios for the apparent Minifigcaust, I'm just saying the legal victory is a little too coincidental, paired with the ways many stores have altered their listings. There's relatively few brands that make their own style of minifig: Wange/Dragon Blok, Sluban and (new) Enlighten are the three notable ones. Most Chinese brands stick with the Lego design since its iconic, identifiable, easily replicated and interchangeable with real Lego.
>>8437438>minifigs listings disappeared almost overnight>Those links indicate there's definitely still product availableSo which is it? Are minifigures available or not?>Lego wins a significant legal victory in China; around that time Ali stores start downplaying/camouflaging their minifig listingsThis is hardly a timeline. Those are two events you are correlating. I'm not suggesting there's zero correlation, but it would be inaccurate to draw a straight arrow from one to the other. The sentencing in the Lepin criminal case was only handed down at the beginning of this month. When did the mass delisting of minifigures occur? >the reason I mentioned the figs in the earlier post is that they're not of any brand They're not of any brand that you are aware of ( I would guess it's COGO), but that isn't to say they don't have a presence in China.>Enlighten had always used the Lego minifig design (and still are somehow with their Qman spinoff)I can say that new figures are distinctly diferent from Lego in the way they are manufactured and assembled. The differences go beyond the larger heads.>There's relatively few brands that make their own style of minifigBanbaoBlock TechBlokkoCobiCOGOKRE-OLite BrixMake-It BlocksMega ConstruxOxfordSlubanQMan (Enlighten)WangeXingbaoI'm sure there are probably a few more that I'm forgetting, but I think it's clear there are more brands (foreign and domestic) with their own style of figure than you let on.Again, it's more than likely that there was some sort of intimidation from Lego on manufacturers and marketplaces to curtail the open sale of minifigures, but the fact that you can still find them for sale on those marketplaces only supports the theory that it's just no longer profitable for some sellers to carry these figures. The demand isn't there.
>>8437735>So which is it? Are minifigures available or not?There's far fewer available than there were before, and they're harder to find due to so many shops camouflaging their listings.>When did the mass delisting of minifigures occur?The lawsuit was decided in Lego's favor in late January. The last time I was able to order minifigs from Bricks Minifigures was the end of March, the next time I browsed their listings all the stuff I'd ordered was gone. Sure it could still be a coincidence, especially with Covid becoming a thing at that same time, but the big thing that keeps sticking out is the hiding of minifigs. If it's a supply and demand issue, why make it even more difficult to get them, would that not lower demand even more?>I would guess it's COGOThey're not COGO, a quick search clears that up. Found them listed on a couple other stores, again there's no brand attached and I've never seen them before this year. They have quasi-Playmobil legs with separate feet and no waist articulation, just feels like an experiment to come up with something different.>it's clear there are more brands (foreign and domestic) with their own style of figure than you let onWhen I made the list I was referring specifically to well-known Chinese brands, should've clarified a bit. Banbao is technically correct but their bricks are not compatible with Lego and similar. Xingbao uses the same Lego minifig design, which returns to the point I was making that most Chinese brands stick to the Lego minifig.Not sure why you're obsessed with being right here, regardless of the reason the bottom line is minifigs became an at-risk species within just a few months. That one store openly listing minifigs has only existed since July and has a 58% rating, which is odd as most of these stores are able to keep their ratings in the mid to high 90s. Anyway I've gone ahead and asked Bricks Minifigures directly why they don't have minifigs anymore, so we'll see what they have to say.
>>8437844Well that was pretty quick.
Damn. I mostly use mega construx minifigs but I feel your pain bros. Even /lg/ is starting to turn on lego for their increasingly ultra corporatist practices.
>>8437860Its far easier for Lego to go for Aliexpress instead of 9000+ chinese online shops. If Ali blocks certain listings thats probably good enough for Lego.
I was looking forward to get some epic Hitler minifigs. Does this minifigcaust thing means they are no longer available, or that they will be harder to find and purchase from Ali?>>8438357/lg/ here, can confirm.
>>8437844>If it's a supply and demand issue, why make it even more difficult to get them, would that not lower demand even more?I've conceded that there most likely was pressure from Lego on manufacturers and marketplaces to stop minifigure listings. Now that we've heard from a seller, we can all but confirm this to be the case. The fact remains that minifigure listings can still be found, albeit in camouflaged form. If the demand was still high (if it ever was high), but there was a way to circumvent delisting by the marketplace, then wouldn't you see more listings regardless of how its masked? If it was a matter of avoiding certain keywords and not showing certain images, then why wouldn!t a minifigure seller do so presuming these figures are still in such high demand? My point is that these figures were probably not in much demand to start, and most sellers must have decided it was not worth the risk of carrying them.>They're not COGO, a quick search clears that upOk>Xingbao uses the same Lego minifig designXingbao made changes to their minifigure design back in 2018 to avoid possible legal trouble from Lego, so their inclusion on my list is correct. Even if you remove them and Banbao from that list, it still represents a sizeable number of brands with their own propietary figure design. I also forgot to add Woma to that list, and I'm sure there's still more that I'm not recalling at the moment.It's easy to point to Lego as the sole factor, but I still believe there are other market forces at play. I'm not obsessed with being right, but I do enjoy playing devil's advocate.
>>8438732individual figures have disappeared it seems. You can try to ask different sellers for them i guess.However:This set had the black uniform Hitler:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000088417230.htmlIts greyed out on all offers i could find though.. there is also the brown uniform hitler by enlighten:https://de.aliexpress.com/item/32811097120.html Its a nice set actually. Its interesting that the driver has a yellow head instead of a flesh colored one like the other two figures.
>>8439599The weirdest thing about the set is the tumblerina trying to assassinate him, are the Chinese deliberately memeing or is it coincidence
>>8439599 (checked)Yeah, it's a nice looking vehicle actually. Might consider getting it, thanks anon.
>>8439599do these hitlers have swastika/ss armbands?
>>8439885not the Enlighten oneand the emblem on his hat is a lightning bolt
>>8440130Good enough. I'll buy it.
>>8439635aliexpress.com/item/32936471785.htmlEnlighten sets are funny. They actually use yellow for the Japanese minifigures in this set.
>>8439885I took a couple of pictures of mine and added some additional info. Maybe it helps a little
>>8440819I still need to find this one. Hopefully one day my collection will be complete.
>>8440823Heh this guy was in my very first Ali order, an 8-pack of various WW2 dudes including him, and a couple other things. Wish I could be optimistic about you finding one but this was 4 years ago now, haven't seen that set in ages.
>>8440831Such a happy guyThe item number gives a couple of sellers on shopee, but it seems this is a platform for asia only.
>>8440841He has plenty to be happy about.
>>8440819Thanks. I bought about 10 of the individual figure ones, but they were a little lackluster in the decals and didn't include an armband. I'd love to get some SS soldiers as well but they all seem to be out of stock. I guess enlighten hitler will have to do for now.
>>8440819You are a man of culture. Thanks.
>>8440872Strange that it disappeared so suddenly. I ordered this set only one month ago (19th August)Got it from this store:https://de.aliexpress.com/store/5149030Maybe you could ask them if they have one left? I think there is a rather high chance that they were forced to remove it (again) from their listings instead that it just sold out.
>>8441107Not even offended jews raising a hiss fit every past year or so could pull these minifigs off aliexpress. What devils contract did Lego sign with China to utterly destroy offbrand minifigs?
>>8441107https://www.ebay.com/itm/113898343539I found a bunch of them on ebay. Probably a bit pricier but it comes with 14 soldiers.
>>8441388Nice.Its a different set though. Or rather, its only minifigures it seems. No Motorbike, no Maxim-Machinegun, no dog, no horse etc..Different figures too: My set in >>8440819 has "ss"-armbands, and not the swastika ones. This offering on ebay seems to have all soldiers with swastika armbands, as well as swastikas on the helmets. That soldier in my pic has only the ss logo on his helmet, nothing on the opposite side.And there only were 2 helmets in my set, the other soldiers wear a fieldcam, an officers cap like Adolf and the rest of them wears sidecaps (with a nice skull emblem on the front). I wont order this set as i don't need more guys in black uniform (have another 20 in camo coming in though), but the seller is saved. He has plenty of nice stuff, albeit a bit more pricey, thats true.
>>8441536Are you sure theres no ss armbands? None of the pictures show the left arm, although maybe that in itself confirms it.Either way, i'm pretty happy with the decals I can see. I'll post pics once they arrive. (probably 1-2 months)
>>8441589there are plenty of pics with both arms visible?
>>8441609Only one I can see is the 2nd pic, but its hard to tell what the design is
I was thinking of heresying one f these clips into a hook. The thing is that my workpiece is transparent plastic. Any idea of chemicals or processes to use to cut and attach?
>>8446700not gonna work
>>8446701Source for that claim?Also, Turpentine or Thinner?
>>8446700>cutScale modelling side cutter (fine electronics one will work too), or a razor saw for an 100% straight cut. (also scale modelling supply)To glue it: Tamiya extra thin for ABS plastic (which is what i think Blocks are made from). It will melt the surface of the parts and bond it together perfectly.