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Welcome to Plastic Building Blocks General. Discuss all non-Lego building block brands, foreign and domestic, here. Show off something you've built recently!

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>>9182724
>9182724
are those ikea vitrines?
didnt know you could expand them side too side
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>>9182809
This isn't mine, but the guy on >reddit said that he made it himself
https://www.reddit.com/r/lepin/comments/ombeir/finished_building_my_own_display_cabinet/
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Finished the Fennekin. 2 hours total.
The brick quality is meh, they don't fit all that well. It's from some brand called LNO, guess I'll avoid them from now on.
Also got a ton of leftover bricks.
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Where tf do I put this?
There isn't enough space on my desk.
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>>9183071
What is this? The arcade model from the old thread?
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>>9183141
seconding this
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>>9183141
Yeah
Status update, got half of it done
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>>9183400
Remember to post the sticker once applied. I want to see the quality!

Also, big brother König arrived yesterday. I decided to assemble it after dinner, thinking it would take an hour or two. I was done 00.30, and had to get up at 05.00. What a fucking beast!
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>>9183545
He's Tiger I brother also arrived, but only took like an hour to assemble.
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>>9183550
And here's Tiger I's twin brother from another mother
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>>9183554
Three big brothers to watch over little sister Panzer IV
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>>9183558
Der Führer even showed up to congratulate on the happy family union.
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>>9183576
One big happy family!
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>>9183545
I don't think I'll apply the sticker. Rather, I'll just slide the thing in.
These figures were quite difficult to assemble, they feel like could collapse any time. It's also here when I realized how bad the 90 degrees connector pieces are, they barely hold on.
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>>9183400
this is the cbt of legosouls
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>>9183875
That's a shame. I only try out small models/figures from brands I'm unsure off. Especially if they are cheap.
BlueBrixx and Cobi was a pleasant surprise in terms of quality so I've ended buying plenty of models/bricks from both.
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>>9184165
I thought about buying the vending machine kit (actually prefer that one over the arcade cabinet), but I don't think nanobricks quality is quite there yet.
Maybe I'll still try LOZ though.
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>>9184215
https://www.joom.com/da/products/5d577ca08b45130101e8e2c3
I think I'll nab the McDicks and Starcucks sets.
Judging from the reviews the bricks seems to be of good quality.
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>>9184324
Those look decent.
I've bought 2 mini kits from Sembo and I think those should be the baseline for block toys. Not bad, but not especially good either. Blocks fit well and are fairly consistent, with no major cosmetic defects (except the silver pieces). Pieces aren't printed but the stickers are good quality.
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>>9182724
>that awesome gustav
>in cheapass fuck ikea display cabinets with the sides removed leaving huge gaping holes between
why would you do this
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>>9186500
At least it's not fluorescent lit.
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>>9183071
>>9183400
>>9183875
>>9184215
OK it's finished. Took somewhere around 4 and a half hours.

Quick review:
>Pros
Cheap, $6 for a 1060 pieces set + the light accessory.
The big glass piece came in its own bag and is more or less pristine. Very clear.
>Cons
Bricks are inconsistent. some too loose some too tight. The health bar on top for example could fall any time since it's held very loosely by just two 90 degrees pieces.
The background is just a sticker, not the good type either, it's like something you'd print at home on adhesive-backed paper.
The light. No idea what they were going for with this. It's blue, it's a single small bead LED with no diffuser, so it shines straight into your eyes, while barely lighting up the scene below. But really the worst part is it's blue for some reason.
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>>9186579
Plenty of empty space. This could be modded into a tabletop mini arcade, with space for 2 mini controllers.

>>9186567
Forgot to mention the thing would've been much easier to build early on had they used a large baseplate for a platform. Or even several smaller plates. But I guess those pieces are expensive.
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>>9186600
Shortly before the final steps
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>>9186610
The light
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>>9186615
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>>9186618
yea that light is weird. I would probably change the bulb to a different color or just natural light
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>>9186629
The LED bead can be slid out of the brick holding it. So swapping it for another bead would be easy.
However this design just doesn't work. The way it's designed, most of the light just shoot straight out front. Could make for some interesting setups with figures or other models (the blue light gives a feeling of being inside an arcade). But it just doesn't work for lighting the scene below.
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>>9184165
Cobi is honestly better quality than Lego
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>>9186680
yes but their minifigs are shite
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>>9186680
One day I'll raid Bricks and Pieces and try assemble a tank 1:1 to see the difference. But yes, Cobi is based. I missed a couple pieces for one of the model (but had plenty in excess of others), and practically within 10 minutes of writing them they had already prepared a shipment for me.
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>>9186643
I don't suppose you could fit the LED into the fireball?
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>>9188731
Nah too small
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>>9187096
>One day I'll raid Bricks and Pieces and try assemble a tank 1:1 to see the difference.

You will fail because Cobi uses so many of their own special pieces.
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Anyone tried modding lights onto sets that don't come with them? How does it look?
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>>9184215
I have this LOZ takoyaki shop, brick quality is fine but the build was pretty fiddly, same moulds as lego just resized.
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A curious person from /lg/ here, do any of you make mocs with your clone bricks?
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>>9191477
I just mix mine in with lego.
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>>9186683
Yeah they sorta do. I put Mega Bloks figures or Lego Minidolls in mine. Their height goes better with Cobi.
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>>9190221
It looks cool though.

What’s the inside look like?
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>>9190112
Also I have an idea involving resin-casting LEDs in the shape of a brick. This would allow it to function like a normal brick.
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>>9191477
The main reason I bought so much PBBG was for their military sets.
I used to make lego scaled apcs, tanks and helicopters but have since switched to Cobis larger scale for my Mega Bloks figures to crew. Most my sets and mocs are in storage but i am coming out of my covid dark age and will probably build again in future.

I would love to do more wholesome things like build a city but I just dont have the time, resources and most importantly space to do so.
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>>9191477
Heres a brummbär i build since i wasnt too happy with the base sembo pz iv
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>>9192769
I like the chonkers
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>>9192688
You should check out the Xingbao/BlueBrixx Bundeswehr sets they look so much better than Cobi's
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>>9192817
BlueBrixx? Their non-tank models are very nice, but I prefer Cobi when it comes to tanks.
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>>9192822
https://www.bluebrixx.com/de/items?q=Bundeswehr
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>>9192827
Here’s my LARS-2 I have a tank I haven’t finished yet as well
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>>9192817
I wish Cobi was more affordable but they and Xingbao/Bluebrixx are my two favorite military model makers.

I would get the trucks and the spg but I am short on space.
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>>9190112
>>9192718
These maybe of interest to you
https://downtheblocks.blogspot.com/2021/07/aliexpress-finds-lego-compatible-2x2.html
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>>9192969
Yeah I saw those when looking for "lego light" on a local marketplace site. They're tall blocks though, I'm thinking thin blocks. Also the light is undiffused, and I'm not sure if the white option uses a WLED or RGB.
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>>9182835
Looks kinda wonky, does it fall apart?
>>9183071
>>9183400
>>9183875
I don't understand the point of buying huge thinks like this... but made of bricks. Reminds me of the fucking Lego Typewriter
>>9183545
>>9183578
The fact Cobi increased their prices hurts my heart, those german figures are excellent though. Aliexpress?
>>9192739
>no space
I know that feeling, sucks to suck. And damn Mega figs really do look great with those tanks
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>>9191477
Sure do! I posted a few custom builds in the last thread. I actually have another one I've been meaning to post, but I'm lazy and don't want deal with my ghetto lighting rig.
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>>9193459
Well, I bought my first Cobi models a month ago, so I haven't experienced cheaper prices. And ze germans are from Joom:
https://www.joom.com/en/products/5d4d2c0e28fc71010125637a
Can't find the other two sets, as Joom is bloody impossible to navigate. They have so many wacky sets there. The chinks truely don't give a fuck.
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>>9193459
>>9193787
Nevermind I found them here.
Chinkler and friends: https://www.joom.com/en/products/5befaff56ecda801016f2e74
https://www.joom.com/en/products/5e7060a536b54d010199e18e
The print quality is really nice, though the arms and legs feel a bit flimsy. Perfect for modelling, though.
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Officially licensed Naruto Ichiraku ramen shop coming from Qman/Keeppley.

DadiTwins on suicide watch.
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>>9194439
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>>9194443
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>>9194448
They're making some smaller sets/scenes as well.
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>>9194453
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>>9194455
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>>9194458
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>>9194460
Alternate expressions
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>>9194466
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>>9194471
I have no interest in the IP, but the figures look okay
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>>9194443
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>>9194466
>>9194466
>>9194471
>>9194479
It doesn't look half bad.
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>>9193808
they are a lot cheaper on ali https://de.aliexpress.com/item/4000764544922.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.147251feFzI2RQ&algo_pvid=580e8685-d4b1-4ee5-8048-2bbac4339c75&algo_exp_id=580e8685-d4b1-4ee5-8048-2bbac4339c75-39
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>>9194439
can someone post the link to the post from them malding about the chink off ?
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Nigrigged lighting for a very small set.
This is pain. Would not recommend.
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>>9195703
Fuck me it's hideous. At least it lights up
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>>9195617
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/3886aaa4-f118-424e-b641-7e8834b050e8/comments_tab?comment_uuid=b5afd35a-d67c-40fc-8ebf-cd3af688ef67
>say they're discouraged from using Lego Ideas for future projects
>start ANOTHER Naruto project with a "redesigned" ramen shop a few months later
fuck these guys
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Anyone ever heard of these guys? I found this while exploring Amazon.
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>>9196633
Looks like it's just a rebrand of COGO:

https://cogotoys.com/
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Are there any good WW2 Japanese tanks? I found a type 89 on ali and some trucks and armored cars, but there doesn't seem to be much else.
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>>9197765
The Japanese had such bad tanks I haven't seen anyone making sets of them really. Just get a Panzer I or II and mod it to be even worse lol
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>>9197765
>>9197787
There is not much more besides that Type 89 sadly.

Japanese tanks were quite good for their time (i.e. the 30s).
I think the Ha-Go or Chi-ha was one of the most advanced tanks in the world when it was originally introduced. Certainly a match for both Pz 1 and 2 and lots of other european tanks of that era.

Besides that, Japanese tanks are super cute.
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>>9186567
Modded the light with >>9195703
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>>9201372
That looks way better than the blue light.
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Why tf is it so hard to find LOZ sets?
If I hadn't seen the build pics from people I'd have assumed they only have like 20 sets.
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Has anyone in the US ever ordered from Bluebrixx or any other foreign company that ships with DHL? I am sure there are other toy threads to ask this but I am not sure which ones. How long does it take for a package to get processed by US customs? It arrived on Friday July 23 and USPS updated the DHL tracking with an expected delivery date of 07/26 but it is still there. I emailed BlueBrixx and they said they contacted DHL and DHL said due to covid faggotry customs in the US can take up to two months. Does anyone know if that is accurate?
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>>9203465
>Does anyone know if that is accurate?

You could ask the customs office directly, but why would Bluebrixx make this shit up? If the parcel is at the airport in the US, its out of their hands and influence anyway.
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>>9203654
Its not that I think Bluebrixx is making shit up, I am just questioning if DHL knows what they are talking about if they say customs is a 2 month wait time. I've ordered small bricklink orders of Lego before from overseas and it never got stuck in customs. I did order a complete new Lego set on bricklink from a seller in Singapore and running the tracking through the USPS website shows it got routed to the "USPS Regional Facility
JAMAICA NY INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER" and "ISC NEW YORK NY(USPS)".
ISC is International Sorting Center which is part of the USPS, but it didn't have to go through customs.
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>>9203465
is that why my order from bbts 2 weeks ago still not out of america, are they really that incompetent?
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Finished this one tonight. Lots of fake brand stickers which I guess was slightly disappointing, other than that it looks alright
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>>9203465
I ordered from Amazon JP earlier in the year, and they ship internationally with DHL. It shipped crazy fast, but I think Amazon also does something to expedite the customs process. DHL also delivered a Target order that I made with no trouble, but that was domestic. Meanwhile, my AliExpress orders have been all over the place. Some have sat in customs for a few day, while other have languished in customs for a month or more. I will say that NY is one of the slower sorting/distro centers in my experience.
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Do the nips make block toys?
Never seen anything from them
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>>9205198
Probably because nothing from Japan is cheap. There's a bunch of Japanese building toys that I can think of off the top of my head:
>Diablock
>Nanoblock/Nanoblock+
>Asoblock
>LaQ/PAX
>Artec
>Bikku*
None of these brands are compatible with Lego, with the exception of the last one. That's probably the reason why you never hear anybody talk about them.
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>>9205267
Do they have any cool designs though
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>Order a bunch of shit from China
>Forget about the new EU IOSS import tax laws
>Parcels already sent
>Check store to see if they are compliant with the new laws
>They claim to be
And now I just have to wait and see if my sets are four times as expensive as I anticipated...
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>>9205198
the nips are pioneers of overcharging people for plastic toys, they dont need Lego
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Modbrix is releasing another Haunebu set soon. I am tempted, even if the first set they released was a complete mess in terms of build quality.
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>>9205145
Thanks for the info. I opened a case with the USPS and my local post office called me the same day and told me that it can sit in customs for a month. Retarded.
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>>9205616
>Allergikerhinwies:
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>>9205616
I will not support this company any longer due to their shady copyright stunt with the "Gobricks" name, but their warning at the bottom is based.

I don't want to know how many enraged liberals did write them messages after the release of the first set.

And looking at the set it looks like an improvement, not only optically.
The solid stand they use this time looks not only better, it also will be more stable than the ball joint construction they used on version 1.
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Is there some kind of CAD program to build MOCs? Preferably not too complicated.
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>>9207874
stud.io comes to mind
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>>9206146
Was it the tumor in his chin that finally died him?
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>>9207909 studio is great only working with flex parts is super aids
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>>9207909
Does lego own this, and related sites?
Feels enterprise-y
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>>9207972
Yeah, TLG owns Bricklink since some time. Which is a shame, because it means no chance for them to ever sell non-Lego bricks.
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bruh what year is this
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>>9207983
as far as i remember they did allow custom parts and instruction before l*go took over
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>>9208260
LEGOED.com
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>>9209689
I'm sad and disappointed this site doesn't exist.
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>>9215866
BlueBrixx borg cube looks way better though
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>>9215867
It looks a bit bigger too. But those trans green pieces alone make it look so much better.
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>>9215866
>>9215867
woww, cubes

In all seriousness, the ModBrix set does address some of the problems that I had with the Bluebrixx prototype (lack of variety in color, no sense of scale, nothing else to indicate it's a Star Trek spacecraft besides a plate). The gray grille plates in the Modbrix set are a bit too bright, though. Also, both Borg cubes could use some more depth.
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Thoughts on buying bulk bricks by weight? Been seeing a few listings on AliExpress selling random assortments of bricks in lots of 250g, 500g, and 1kg. The price for1kg is about USD$30 with shipping. Is that a fair price? I'm sort of tempted to order a kilo just to see what I receive.
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>>9217486
Seems reasonable enough with shipping, go for it and show us what you get if/when you do. There was a store that sold similar mixed bags except it was mostly accessories and fig parts, got a few and wish they were available cuz they were fun (and cheap).
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>>9217486
The 2x4 brick (Lego 3001, Gobricks GDS-542) in ABS weights 2.32g according to Bricklink and 2.218g according to Gobricks.That gives you 431 Lego bricks or 450 Gobricks bricks of that size, or somewhat above 6.5 cents per 2x4 brick.

The default price in the stores is 24 cents for Lego, 0.70 CNY (~ 0.11 USD according to Google) for Gobricks.

I'd say it's a good deal if the bricks and pieces are in good condition.
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>you can't mount tiles sideways
just fuck my shit up
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>>9217486
> I'm sort of tempted to order a kilo just to see what I receive.

For the sake of curiosity i would go for it, but you also could check ebay or similar pages for 1kg batches.
Here the price for used Lego is around 15€/1kg, which is a bit cheaper than Ali.

mixed lots can be amazing, or just terrible garbage, but i guess thats the appeal of it.
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Finished this one tonight. It’s pretty cool albeit not very stable
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>>9222544
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>>9222544
>star wars blaster for an MG
>wild west revolvers as smoke launchers
Kinda charming
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>>9222544
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>>9222550
>Those long ass hairs caught in between the bricks
I see I'm not the only one with that problem.
Looks good, though!
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>>9223719
I have cats, it's a pain kek
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>>9223721
Same. I had just emptied the bags of bricks for a 900pcs model and were sorting through them, when the little shits decided to chase eachother up and over my table. I was not amused.
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>13500 pcs
holy fuck
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>>9223737
albeit less pieces i think this one looks nicer
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>>9223769
Doesn't matter since the other doesn't exist.
Still if it existed it'd be twice the size. The extra size would allow them to put in more detail, though the surrounding doesn't look quite as nice.
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WHO TF buys my warships from cobi
THEY ARE STILL OUT OF STOCK AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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>>9226734
Rich 17 year olds and history nerd trannies
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>>9215866
And it's actually extremely high quality.
Just kidding, that guy here came to the conclusion that it's the worst thing he ever built, with parts being so deformed that you can't even build the set, everything being covered with scratches like someone picked all the parts of the factory floor and rainbow-puke that give Lego a run for their money
https://youtu.be/16V8wJkyjSc?t=106
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>>9217486
Against my better judgment, I put in an order for 1kg of random parts. I guess we'll see what you get for a little over $22 in about a month. Knowing my luck, it'll be 1kg of the same part or something like BURPs.
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>>9227905
yea that's modbrix originals in a nutshell. I don't know where they are getting their bricks from but they are so shit compared to anything else really. It's worse than early stage lepin
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>>9227905
was ist mit sojajünglingen und klemmbausteine
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Just got my store sets.
First up is Fast Food Restaurant™
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>>9240282
Then it's 7™, our all time favourite.
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>>9240288
And lastly Corner Coffee™. The chinks are hilariously shameless. I fucking love it.
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>>9240293
I was surprised just how much detail there is in these sets. The quality is pretty great too, though the minifigs feel a big wonky. The stickers are shit, and I'll most likely have to refit them with some wonderglue or make my own. Especially on the 7 frontsign.
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I'm new to 3rd-party brands, but I'm wondering where I should go if I want Mixels joints in other colors, or in other shapes? I heard there were knockoff brands that made them in alternate colors.
I know for example that there are 3D-printable custom sockets with axle connectors and rod connectors etc, which I'm interested in, but 3D-printing is expensive and I don't know how the quality would compare anyway.
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>>9240865
you could get just the parts off aliexpress, though selection's limited.
for example

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32786097636.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32786686943.html
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>>9240865
There was a walkthrough of how to order from Gobricks posted a while back, but I didn't save the link. If you know the Lego part number, you can enter it on AliExpress and normally get a few results.
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I actually was going to come here to ask if anyone's ordered from the Gobricks store on aliexpress/if it's legit
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/911930528
Prices seem pretty good but there's only like 4 reviews and most of them are bad.
Even if it's legit it's a shame it doesn't have everything on the website though. I'd want to get some of pic related
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>>9240285
that sticker is rough
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>>9242067
Oh yes... I gave up trying getting the cash register stickers on. They were utterly fucked.
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>>9241633
Normally, I would avoid ordering from a seller with such low seller feedback. If you look at the feedback, the 1-star ratings mostly come from a single seller who apparently placed a huge ass order that got cancelled. That's going to skew the feedback. There are a few other buyers reporting that their orders were cancelled, too. If you end up going with them, I would put in a small order to test it out.

No idea if it's really "official," as there are plenty of sellers on AliExpress that present themselves as official storefronts. I suppose you could try and find a middleman service if you wanted to try ordering directly from Gobricks.
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>>9241038
Dang. Also, how about if I'm looking for custom pieces, meaning ones that Lego isn't making and therefore have no official part number?
Most of all I really wanna get a few parts like pic related, if anybody is making them, I dunno.
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>>9241633
>>9243352
Try have a look here: https://www.vonado.com/
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>>9241633
My order with them is still pending. Nothing that large, but substantial at about 70 Euros after VAT. We'll see how they handle it in a few weeks.
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>>9243607
Part selection seems kinda shit, but there is some interesting stuff here I guess. How's the quality on these?
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>>9243745
I bought from there several times and I've been satisfied so far.
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>>9243829
Have you gotten any technic stuff? I’ve read that’s harder for bootlego to get right
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>>9243894
Nah, only regular bricks and parts. I'm not really interested in Technic.
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I can't believe there's actually MDZS sets, idk who makes them, is there anything I should look out for when buying non Legos?

I'm just hyped on season 3 desu
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I just found online pics of some old figures. They feel like a cross between Playmobil and Lego Minifigs. I used to have two of these, which had head and clothes accessories to make one look like a pharaoh and another one like Cleopatra.
Any idea of what they are?
Here's along some regular Lego for scale.
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>>9245016
Thanks! It also makes sense because I had Kinder Surprise since I can remember.
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>>9244583
So I found out that the company is called "Leier"

Is anyone here familiar with this company? I really would like advice on where you guys get your non-lego sets from.
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>>9245735
Bluebrixx or yourwobb, and aliexpress
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>>9245786
Literally looking for the MDZS set on Ali Express, the fucking titles and tags make me think there's knockoffs of knockoffs. Searching the product codes LE-J919 and LE-J914 doesn't come up with much. Can anyone please help me out here? I'm really dumb...
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>>9245843
check the reviews, and if you are unsure ask the seller
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Legofag here, I know nothing about other brands except Mega. Do you guys have a recommendation for a brand that I could buy cheap bulk grey bricks of? Lego greys are expensive of course, and I'd like something cost effective I can use to make large castle walls and the like.
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>>9246146
Gobricks if you order directly from the factory.
There are Youtube videos explaining how to do it.

Besides them, there is a company in Italy selling plain bricks with very good quality, but depending on your location the shipping could get in the way of a good deal.

https://www.amazon.de/-/en/Q-Bricks-Unicolor-Building-Standard-Formats/dp/B015WEOYAA
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>>9246193
Thanks, I'll check them out.
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>>9243894
Ive built geared systems and rubber band suspensions using bootleg technic. Itll work but putting the damn thing together is a bitch because everythings so tight!
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I have a strong suspicion Zhe Gao labels the bags by part size, not build step. Oh well. This'll be fun.

On the plus side, they have a full list of all parts in the back of the manual, including their own part IDs. And it looks well-printed and clear to read.
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>>9252749
That looks like a nice ship.
Pls show a pic once its built
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>>9252749
Looks awesome! Be sure to update on your progress, I’ve been curious about those sets for a while.
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Stud.io of the main model done. It takes 827 of the 901 parts - the remainder is for the rack to put it on. There are a few missed opportunities in this model - for example, you can't open the main body in an way, and can't rotate the gun in front (but that's easily fixable with a turntable mount). I'll just need to verify some of the variant parts (pins with/without friction, 1x2 jumper variant, stuff like that) before I finalise the model and upload it somewhere.

Also, you can see the blue 3L technic pins from some angles. Stop copying Lego's bad ideas, Zhe Gao! Thankfully I have enough black ones as replacement.
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Strap yourselves in because here comes a bootleg review and I can't talk about it in the /lg/

A friend recently went on vacation and since he knows I like legos he grabbed me this

Best-Lock and a bunch of other company names
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Everything seems to be in order. I like it when the minifig comes in a separate bag.
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Got my pilot bro up, let's get this set assembled!

Looks like there are two long stickers that go all the way from nose to tail. I'm sure they won't be any problem to put on. No need to use the windex method. Alright, here we go!
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Whew! Glad that's over.

I hope these pieces weren't important.
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I'm left with these two stickers

Thank you, remember to share and retweet!
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I put the sticker on his back and now he's ten times cooler

Alright now I'm really done
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>>9256442
I knew it was going to be bad when I saw the Best-Lock logo, but wow.
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>>9256730
Yeah Best lock is utter bottom barrel trash
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>>9256939
At least their figs have meme potential.
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>>9256975
>DIE CIS SCUM!
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>>9252894
>>9252897
Well, so far it works reasonably well. As usual, lots of time spent just searching the damn right piece.

The prints aren't too bad, but for the small pieces they aren't good either, as can be seen here. The larger plates are good though, but those come later.

The wing construction is a bit fiddly at first, but once the "greebling" tiles are on, they hold reasonably well.

Too bad the interior won't be easily accessible in the final model. On the other hand, I guess it'll be more sturdy this way.
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>>9258021
Taking shape.

The golden parts are lighter than Lego's "pearl gold". They're closer to Gobricks "light gold" ("亮金", ID 037), which might be Lego's "pearl light gold", but I have no parts with that colour to compare. The prints on the bigger parts are, as expected, significantly better aligned than on the small ones.
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>>9258857
Ready to go.

The technic axle in the middle of the construction serves no purpose at the end, since the engines at the end of it are mounted on turntables. Which ... turn. Surprising, I know. It would be easily fixable by using something like another round 4x4 plate to mount it to the side, but I guess changing the packaging was out of question. And so they are held in place by leaning on the "flags" below them.

There's sadly very little space inside the craft, not even for the pilot. So Tom Hanks there will need to leave his booze behind.

The craft is sadly quite back-heavy, so needs the stand to stay horizontal. For playing with it, that's not an issue - it's sturdy enough except the obvious parts like the front weapon system. There are a few places where it could be made even sturdier, but that requires non-Lego parts, and Zhe Gao used only those moulds in the construction.

Other than that, it's a fine model. There was nothing missing and nothing significant left over.
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>>9258861
And finally, here's the stud.io model file.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wstg3hfbswfku3w/Zhe%20Gao%20QJ5002%20Titan%20Attack%20Aircraft.io?dl=1
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>>9258868
>>9258861
Pretty nice.

Looks really cool. How stable is that stand?
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>>9258881
I guess it could easily hold ~5 kg worth of bricks, as long as they're not too weirdly distributed. For the model it's meant to hold, it's rock solid.
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>>9258987
cool, thx.

If there is one thing thats annoying then its display stands that wobble around.
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>>9258861
Looks very cool. Sad to hear about the lack of space/interior. How would you rate the brick quality?
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>>9261067
System bricks are fine. They're not Gobricks quality, but they work for the rather massive construction.

Technic connections vary though. Some are too tight, some too lose, though the latter can be easily fixed by adding a thin sheet of paper or cloth in there. For example, the "side flaps" (Lego-15362 Hero Factory Weapon - Blade, Wide, Curved) are held in place with a 2L pin/axle with friction in a Lego-11458 (Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Top), and that pin hole is too loose for the friction to work.
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>>9232156 checking in. My 1 kg order showed up in my mailbox today. It took two weeks from placing the order to receiving it from China, which is some kind of record for me. Although I suppose they have these random packages prepacked and just slap a mailing label on them when the order comes in. I'll post pics in a few days once I have the time to sort them out.
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>>9262843
Nice, am eager to see what random joys (or sorrows) you got
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>>9262843
>>9263053
be prepared for thousands of 1x1 tiles and plates
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>>9263533
>thousands of 1x1 tiles and plates
That was my fear as well, but it turns we were both wrong. Upon opening the mailer and discarding the bubble wrap, I found two smaller bags.
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>>9265089
Each bag contains an assortment of smaller bags. Some bags have numbers printed on them. Two bags in bag 1 are resealable zipper bags. There are also a few minifigures and minidolls in the bags.
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>>9265102
Bag 2 contains multiple smaller bags from the same sets. Quite a few parts in OD green, which was a pleasant find.

Here are the set numbers that I found on the small bags. The printing on some bags had worn off a little, making it difficult to read:

>bag 1
79192
93064
1930
93003
37028

>bag 2
93059
93050 (2)
37028
78001 (2)
96004 (3)

A couple of these numbers correspond to sets manufactured by Lele, so I presume that is the source for all of these elements.
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>>9265089
glad to be wrong, seems like these are just overstock or QC offshoot, since i think each bag is weighed for missing pieces.
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I'm not that big into off-brand Lego but I've been looking into it recently, my only experiences with it thus far have been a Lepin UCS AT-ST and some Mega Bloks Halo garbage, both of which were really frustrating to build because of the build quality, with this said what's the build quality of Vonado bricks like? I've heard some mixed opinions about them
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>>9243672
So after getting some weird tracking number which didn't update for a few weeks, now the shipment is cancelled. Oh well. They have about 65 days to do something about it, else I'll just get my money back from Aliexpress itself.

It looks like the shop is basically set up with fantasy quantities of items and expects to just order them from Gobricks as needed. Too bad for them, Gobricks is right now still reorganising their storage, so that takes way longer than usual. Oh well.
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>>9265112
>>9265102
My guess is that these are leftover bags from sets that were incomplete or got damaged somehow.
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Was browsing Ali and came across this, no idea which company is bootlegging this moc though because none of the promo pics have branding
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>>9265506
>>9265791
These were my theories as well. I think the resealable bags are also a way for them to add/reduce the weight of the package so that it comes out to exactly 1 kg.

I plan on cataloging these parts, maybe putting pics on imgur or something. Is there anything in particular people want to see?
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>>9271992
maybe show us a picture of the minifigures that were included to get an idea from what company or what sets the components came from.
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>>9258868
And here's the other one I got, QJ5005 Phantom Attack Aircraft. No photos, because this shit falls apart the moment you look at it funny or a fly lands on one of the wings. Enjoy the render, then.

Still some nice parts in there though, especially the prints can be used for futuristic greebling easily.

Stud.io file (with plain instead of printed parts, of course): https://www.dropbox.com/s/07zzayyyycbs7d8/Zhe%20Gao%20QJ5005%20Phantom%20Attack%20Aircraft.io?dl=1
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So, does anyone have any of the Red Alert knockoff lego sets you get on Aliexpress?
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>>9276657
Well that sucks cause I wanted to get that one lol. Does it fall apart because of brick quality or shit building techniques?
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>>9282425
Just the technique. Not even Cobi bricks could hold that together. Unless you want to use glue ...
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The German "Lego Masters 2021" is on RTL. It's fascinating to see what Lego(TM) sets the contestants have at home. Pic related: one of them.
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Anybody care to share their experiences with Bela/Lari sets? Seriously contemplating buying actual bootlego for the first time and was wondering where they fall in terms of KO brands.
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>>9285043
I got a couple Bela sets a few years ago that were straight copies of Star Wars sets, these are the figs that came with them. Other than the multiple-studshooter in one set not quite working right the brick quality was overall really good, have heard others complain about Bela though so YMMV I guess.
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>>9183578
Cool it with the Hitler worship, he’s literally the father of anti-Semitism. I’ll let it go this time. Next time I’ll expose you all to reddit and they’ll fucking raid your sorry lil incel forum.
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>>9285409
Where do you think we are?
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>>9256442
Neat review.
>those engine stickers
Brutal.
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>>9285043
I have one set from them, 10531 (copy of Lego 21128 "Minecraft: The Village"), and not only is it a rather faithful clone with few differences, the brick quality is pretty good. Just don't expect to have perfectly matched colours. In that particular set, they couldn't seem to be able to get the "bright green" colour right, so they mostly didn't bother, and where they did try the result is slightly off-colour normal green.

But that's a Minecraft set. It's for playing, not display anyway.
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>>9285392
in general as long as your not buying>>9256438 tier sets you can be rest assured, even if a piece is missing you can mostly just steal one from inside the model, the only real "issue2 i had recently was discolored pieces wich is easily fixed by flipping them inside
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>>9285409
cool story bro
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Any knockoff dark troopers yet? I haven’t seen any for sale.
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is there a place where i cab buy some of pic related? also looking for other pieces that are not lego models like plates with studs on both sides, and wedge tiles
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>>9289617
That's a good question. Somebody has to make MegaConstrux clones, since I found at least one AliExpress store with a few of their parts - https://aliexpress.com/store/4422130

But so far, it's only this one store, and only a few parts. Most of the clones seem to just concentrate on Halo figures.
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Intrigued, I went scouting for more non-Lego brick forms on AliExpress. Still no luck with the modified slops, but I found some others.

Tile 4x4
https://aliexpress.com/item/1005003138837732.html
Plate 1x2 with Smooth Ends, Studs on Both Sides
https://aliexpress.com/item/1005002680363637.html
Brick Special 1x3 with Masonry Brick Profile
https://aliexpress.com/item/1005002863130291.html
Brick Special 2x2 Corner with Masonry Brick Profile and Vertical Grill Sides
https://aliexpress.com/item/1005002864235795.html
various URPs
https://aliexpress.com/item/1005002680423267.html

If the Chinese would at least use the Mega block codes (AM04429, AM72001, AM18272, ...) like they do with Lego in the descriptions, we'd have a chance of finding them easily. Alas.
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This set, but hasnt shown up on ali yet.
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Ended up getting the big gun. Barrel kinda has ED tho. Hanging somewhat limp under its own weight. Was a fun build if you don't mind the color grey. Not too sure where to put it now too.
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>>9292079
i thought about getting it too and building a minifig scale railway gun out of it
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>>9292079
check youtube, there are some videos on how to modify the gun to make it stronger.
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>>9292079
>Barrel kinda has ED tho. Hanging somewhat limp under its own weight.

Get a carbon rod that's about as thick as the technic rod bars and put it in the barrel. That should hold it up
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Dangit, got the latest Cobi T-34/85 (set 2542) and the instructions weren't in the box. Went to their website and they literally have every other instruction manual except for 2542.

I guess I could use the SU-100 manual to get most of the hull built, then use a speed build video to guide me through the rest.
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>>9297145
based polish man
gives you bricks but no instruction
my only complaint about cobi is that they look conpatible with lego but arent, they are a little different size and that ruins it
tried to put a brickmania dshk on it but it didint fit and was sad, anyway the t-34 was not that good
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>>9299318
>they look conpatible with lego but arent
say what? pretty sure i've mixed the two brands together without any trouble in the past
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>>9299318
>>9301194
cobi is fully compatible they make even higher quality bricks, no discoloration here, but they have their own molds most bricks are straight edged and thus harder to remove

i guess thats what he meant
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>>9299318
I did it! Thank goodness for speed build videos.

Massive improvement over the last version of the T-34/85, my sole gripe would be that I wish the red star had the white outline like the SU-100's.
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Who makes the best cheap Storm Trooper minifigs I can order in bulk? I want to get my brother a ton for christmas
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>>9304332
Possibly Aliexpress. Just search “LEGO stormtroopers”. They’re of varying degrees of quality, be sure to check the photographs within the reviews.

Example:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002568384162.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.1000014.21.757d6c86oifliG&gps-id=pcDetailBottomMoreOtherSeller&scm=1007.33416.213724.0&scm_id=1007.33416.213724.0&scm-url=1007.33416.213724.0&pvid=ad444960-1977-4c55-b165-31794b1d0f86&_t=gps-id:pcDetailBottomMoreOtherSeller,scm-url:1007.33416.213724.0,pvid:ad444960-1977-4c55-b165-31794b1d0f86,tpp_buckets:668%232846%238108%231977&&pdp_ext_f=%7B%22sceneId%22:%2223416%22,%22sku_id%22:%2212000021191305763%22%7D
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Anyone know where I can buy these 'nano figures'? Reverse image search takes me to a dead Brickmania page. The only single-stud figures I can see on Brickmania are mini minifigures. Are they just no longer being made?
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i guess they are all sold out
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brickmini/nano-soldiers-second-wave-brick-friendly-nano-figures
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>>9315191
>>9315791
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>>9315191
brickmini.com
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>wanted to come here and shitpost about how long building this is gonna take me
>see OP's picture
Well then
Friend got me this for my bday because he knows I enjoy this kinda stuff, very hyped to start but also worried because I've had bad experiences in the past with chink manufacturers "forgetting" to make sure all the pieces are in the box, but hopefully this time it will be fine
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>>9316469
Youtube reviews say that this set is fine, quality wise.

If you finished it, and your barrel is kinda limp due to its own weight, there are also tutorials on how to fix/improve it.

Have fun
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>>9316638
Thank you anon that is exactly what I wanted to hear, I've only really messed around with smaller sets, primarily tanks, before so this one is a giant leap forward when it comes to scale
I am a bit worried because some of the internal packages aren't properly numbered, but I hope I'll manage
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>>9316469
lmao it comes with a lego hitler
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>>9316122
>>9315791
Thanks niggas
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>>9316469
But can it ride on official lego tracks?
When I was a kid, the pinnacle of my lego building was a massive city that I cobbled together from the various sets of the early 90s to early 00s. Basically terrorists would fly the jurrassic park 3 plane into buildings and derail the train. Would have been based if this gun was on the tracks along with Nazis to repel the terrorists. Unfortunately for my lego city, the terrorists won.
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>>9316886
nope not normal ones, but they ride on the tracks that once came in that tindiana jones set, though if i remember right they made their own pieces so they are not compatible
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>>9316842
Do you have something to say, junge?
Do you want to be next in line?
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Please where can I still get this at a decent price?
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>>9316638
What tutorials are those? I don't have that set, but my barrel is kinda limp too.
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Does anyone other than Mould King release nice racing / super / hyper cars? I just built 10007 and 10011, 10004 would be the next on the list once Bluebrixx got their hands on it. I've got a couple cares from Sembo too, and they're alright, but eh. Big plus if the models mainly use system bricks like the ones I mentioned and not what feels like 90% technic ones.
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Why every other company attempt to make block sets was a failure?
except maybe for mega blocks and all the chinese stuff.
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>>9328350
There's no single reason why a brand fails, but the brands that fail more often seem to be the ones that are produced by toy companies with extensive catalogs. Hasbro has tried to break into the market twice and failed both times.
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I recently bought a Nanoblocks set on a whim and found I really enjoyed it. For the price point they seem pretty worth it. Today I looked up some other sets and it seems that there is a knockoff brand from China called Loz blocks. They use pretty much every build from Nanoblocks but use the more Lego peg system instead of the long strip gaps in Nanoblocks. I was wondering how the two compare to one another? I can't seem to find any good videos online.

I only ask because the model I bought has little limbs that are held by a single peg and even the slightest movement has them fall off. Also because of the sliding element, the build doesn't seem consistent throughout.
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>>9196038
the bootleg chinese company would at least stay true to the orginal design. lego cuts so many corners to save a buck.
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>>9240285
everytime i go to order this shit it is sold out. maybe not this exact one. but it is 711 with a place to eat up top
>>9323220 i saw it the other day. it was around $100 but even they know when the value of the original starts to increase and raise their price too
gsdar
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>>9196038
Kick ass, there was no way this set would go to production otherwise. Where can I buy the bootleg?
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>>9329081
>Nanoblocks
Looks like diamond block sizes from other manufacturers. LOZ sits in between regular and diamond size, so they're compatible with neither. Quality's pretty good overall, from the sets I've built, but bigger plates can be flimsy at that scale.
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>>9331481
https://www.brickmeupscottie.com/collections/new-arrival/products/new-keeppley-k20509
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>>9276657
That's a pretty cool build. Does it break because the connections or pieces quality?
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>>9315191
They are too cute
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>>9183578
Based
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>>9333061
Connections and build techniques. They parts are okay. But not even Cobi quality could make it not a fragile display model, that needs "proper" Technic-based linkage.
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>>9333872
I see
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>tfw chinks on aliexpress have ALL brickarms gears of war weapons except the one pistol you actually want
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How long until 3d printing pieces for sets of decent enough quality could happen?
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>>9336975
It could happen right now.

Problem is not the quality i imagine, its the material the printers use. Both FDM and SLA printer print pretty rigid and solid material, there is no clutch power to it, because the stuff does not flex very well.
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>>9285409
Truly spoken like a member of g*ds chosen
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>>9196038
>N-NOBODY ELSE IS ALLOWED TO THINK OF MAKING A SET OF THIS SERIES-RELEVANT AREA BUT US!
absolutely incredibased
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>>9192817
they might look nicer but they are so much more fragile. while you can beat someone to death with a cobi model whitout is losing a single peace bluebrixx models fall apart the moment you touch them.
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>>9192952
ehat tank and manufacturer is the t-whatever tank on the far right?
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>>9190221
anywhere I could get the instructions? buildiverse doesn't post them at all
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Anybody else hates it when the only "downloadable" instructions are a bunch of images on a web side? In any case, the XingBao "Dinosaur Raid" mini-models (which you can combine into a big one if you have all ten) are pretty cute, I think. So have the PDF and IO file for the fish one:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ed3f3jt6gih2y9r/XingBao%20XB-57016E%20Dinosaur%20Raid.pdf?dl=1
https://www.dropbox.com/s/jrh55gc62rrvf9w/XingBao%20XB-57016E.io?dl=1
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is this a new set? never seen it before
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QU5UafNI3Dk
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So this is what the postman brought today
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>>9359021
>it is day of judgement
Nice Apocalypse Tank, anon. What's your overall impression of it, been meaning to try one of those Red Alert 2 sets for a while.
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>>9359062
The bricks fit together nicely, however some pieces show mould lines and ejector marks that need to be sanded down and you really need to wash them
The kit itself came 1 small square piece short but with a handful of extra other pieces and the plough is very rickety
The biggest disappointment is that the tracks don't roll very good
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>>9359080
Thanks for the info, will probably still try one at some point when I'm a bit more solvent. Shame about the tracks, they look to be the standard kind Lego makes, is it an issue with the wheels/gears? Have had that kind of trouble with other tanks, notably Sembo.
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Have a treehouse made from mini blocks. I really like the form factor, even if things can get fiddly.
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>>9359461
The tolerances for the individual links vary and the tracks are in a very awkward position where if you put one link extra, the track will be loose, but if you put one link less it will be too tight
The axles for the road wheels are very tight and don't allow much free motion
And it turned out that I bungled the assembly and the front is one row behind where it should be, the tapering pieces in the front corners should not float
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>>9360878
its a shame, but at least it looks good in the shelf.

There are tanks that don't roll properly, AND look like shit too.
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>>9359554
whoa, that looks awesome.
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>>9182724
Guys, do you know where that yearly review pdf called Communist LEGO is published? I mean, I found who writes it but the only place I saw it published was on Brickset in a news article.
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>>9372875
Pretty sure it was just compiled by a Brickset user and never really published. They seemed to have fucked off after the 2018 edition as people found them to be cringey and unfunny.
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>>9373540
It was written by a LUG member called Anthony. Did people really find it unfunny? It was pretty good in my opinion.
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>>9373941
When the author began compiling his "reviews," the clone brands market looked very different from what it looks like today. Non-Lego brands gradually made leaps forward, and builders couldn't help but take notice. Some brands might still have deserved getting raked over the coals, but most were giving Lego a run for their money. Also, the author's lame attempts at making jokes was growing stale after four years. Simply put, clone brands were no longer a laughing matter.
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>>9374325
Yeah, apparently there is a company manufacturing all the bricks and the brands are all buying from it. I can't link the company because I don't remember its name. The bricks of this company do have a pretty good quality, not LEGO quality, but pretty good.

Also I haven't been seeing any LEGO clone using the Minifigs anymore, since its a LEGO trademark, they are doing their own, and some of them a pretty cool.

But since it was a once an year thing I think it could have continued. Even if it was about showing the good ones.
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>>9283445
What sex is that thing
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>>9374385
You are probably thinking of Gobricks - and no, not everyone is using them. Enlighten/Qman has their own thing (including many moulds Lego doesn't have), for sure; they are marked "ENLI" where "LEGO" or "COBI" would be.
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>>9375252
Yeah, I'm sorry. I meant "a lot of them". I'd also like to correct that there are lot of them still using minifigs and even cloning the sets. I said that in a general way. Thanks for telling which company was that though, I browsed their site once, If I remember correctly you could order some pieces directly from them.
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>>9375252
Oh, I just found a very cool link about GoBricks partners. I believe that GoBricks themselves are 100% legal, but only the brands that buy from them are copying/breaking trademarks since not every pieces are made by GoBricks.

https://wikimoc.com/gobricks/

The Communist LEGO review could have continued in my opinion reviews these sets, even if they are higher/high quality now. I really liked it. lol
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>>9374385
yeah he low key post on social media. he was asking what printed blocks people wanted. he even asks what sets to make. I didn't believe at first but he delivers what gets the most votes. except for the military stuff. he seems to just like that. but always asking about starwars.
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Any ausfags here? What do you think of the Woolies Bricks? The quality seems decent considering what they are. A fair few of of the parts are designs I haven't seen before. Are the minifigs okay?
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>>9377459
It's made by a brand called UNGA, does anyone know much about them? Apparently they do similar promotions in other countries, but I can't find any other sets of theirs online.
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>>9378023
The figures are cute, since they are not big, maybe they are sourcing the bricks from GoBricks?
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>>9379197
I don't think so, unless GoBricks makes parts from recycled plastic.
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Assembling this gearbox was definitely as annoying as people say it is.
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Does anyone know if BuildMoC has a shop outside of Aliexpress?
I want to buy Purple bricks, but sellers that sell BuildMoC usually close down after a few months
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Hi folks, rookie question:
I used to go on eBay and buy knockoff minifigs (mostly of obscure Marvel and Star Wars characters that LEGO would never make), coming from China for like $1.79 each with free shipping.

I can't find any of that anymore. Did eBay crack down? Is that all just on aliexpress now?
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>>9380750
>free shipping
lol you do realize that's a meme and the seller just included the shipping price in the toy's price, right?
What you should know is that Ali uses Caniao Economy Company as it's shipping partner, BUT do not order anything with "Caniao Economy" shipping, it's the cheapest and worst shipping offer ever, your package can take up to 2-3 months to reach you because it goes by train and russia (if you order for Europe) and you'll have no tracking. Only use Ali saver and standard shipping which goes by plane/ship and takes around 2 weeks. Also get saver shipping when you can because I've seen no difference between saver and standard except the price.
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>>9382738
lol you do realize that's a meme and the seller just included the shipping price in the toy's price, right?

Well of course, dude. Shipping services charge money. Anything ever offered with free shipping has the shipping included in the item's price.

The problem with upgrading shipping on Ali is that it looks like Caniao is free or dirt cheap and Ali saver is a few bucks. One bootleg SW minifig for $1.79 is about right, but one bootleg SW minifig for five bucks is getting kinda iffy. That's why I was pretty happy with the one-at-a-time on eBay situation.
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>>9382833
I assume it has to do with the VAT-situation for all EU countries.

Up until July you could import small parcels for free, now you have to pay full VAT even for the smallest 10 cent items. (in theory, i heard its a grey area up to 5€ but anyway).
That gives a seller two options:
Ship as before, and the buyer will be faced with a bill from customs (and in case of Germany, from DHL who does customs for the client, but charges a flat 6€ fee for it).
Obviously an ebay seller would facing a lot of negative feedback if a 1,80€ minifigure would result always in an extra 6-7€ fee at the buyers doorstep.

The sellers can register at some EU-wide plattform which tracks everything, so they can sell with VAT included already.
Aliexpress does that for the countless of small sellers and stores, so i assume thats why they all left ebay and sell through Ali these days.
Simply to avoid the hassle of dealing with EU taxes by themselves.
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>>9201372
More natural, nice!
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>>9383858
Makes sense. Though I have to figure they're losing a ton of customers - people who are going on eBay and want to buy one Ahsoka or Spider-Man minifig for a couple bucks aren't going to know about AliExpress (or probably trust it, if they do happen to find it).
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>>9379981
Finally getting somewhere. The manual is truly cancerous, had to disassemble the middle part fully because of some piece I put in the wrong way around like 200 steps back. Shit's being rotated, multiple times at worst, during one step, the tiny illustrations really don't help, either. Heard the Ferrari's much better in that regard, will see how that goes once it arrives.
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