Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lepin 01039 Friends Heartlake Hospital Building Set


Today's featured bootleg brick set is this knock-off of Lego's Friends Heartlake Hospital set 41318.  It's the latest from Lepin 01039 with 932 pieces.   On Aliexpress, the lowest price for this set is $40.39 USD which is less than half the price of Lego's $99.99 USD.

This set is comprised of a modern 3 storey hospital building with helicopter, ambulance and 3 Friends style minifigures.  I'm surprised that with a set this large there are only three minifigs.  This set would be a good candidate to turn into a modular style building.

Here's the link to the set, if you want to get the half price version:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Lepin-01039-932pcs-Heartlake-City-Park-Love-Hospital-Girl-Friends-Building-Block-Brick-Toy/32824743272.html

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cogo 4143 City Tram and Waz 6853 Tanker Truck Building Sets



Hi and welcome back to aliexpress101.blogspot.com.  Today, I want to show you not one but two latest building set finds on Aliexpress.  The first is this cool city tram set by the Cogo brand.  The set number is 4143 and it has 545 pieces.   The price is $24.22 USD.  It looks like a knockoff of Lego set 8404.

Based on the illustration, there looks to be 4 minifigures that come with the set.  Two of them are sitting at the tram station, another one is crossing the street and the final one is riding on a white scooter.   Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any tracks as far as I can tell.   I've never seen this set before and it only seems to be sold by one Aliexpress store at the moment.

I've never bought any sets by Cogo before so I can't vouch for the brick and clutch quality.  At this point I'm going to hold of buying this set until I see more people selling it.  If you want to get this cool tram set, here's where you can find it.



Our second find today is from the same Aliexpress store called iToys World 2.  This tanker truck is from an unknown building block brand called Waz.  The set number is 6853 and it has 250 pieces.
It looks like a knockoff of Lego's 60016 Tanker truck set.  The price is just under $12 USD.   It looks to have one minifigure and a filling station.

This tanker truck would certainly look great in my Its Not Lego town, however being that this set is the one and only on Aliexpress, it makes me wary of buying it just yet.


Here's the link for the tanker truck set on Aliexpress:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/WAZ-6853-250pcs-City-Engineering-Oil-Tanker-Tank-Truck-Building-Block-Brick-Toy/32822803433.html

If you do decide to buy either of these sets, please make a review and let us know about the quality of the sets.  I'm particularly interested to know about the tram set.

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enlighten 1130 City Town Hall Building Set


As I was checking out the newest block sets on Aliexpress, I found this one and only listing for this new mini modular set by the Enlighten brand of building blocks.  It's the 1130 City Town Hall building and it looks to be quite detailed.   It's priced at around $26 USD and has 742 pieces.
In this set you get a three storey building, a classic car and 4 minifigures.  There's even a giant flying horse decoration on the top floor.

The building itself is reminscient of the Enlighten Sunshine Hotel 1127 which I reviewed on my other blog bricksandfigs.blogspot.com.  Here's the link to the review in case you missed it:  http://bricksandfigs.blogspot.ca/2015/03/enlighten-1127-sunshine-hotel.html.  I think the two sets really compliment each other.  

It would be really fun to MOC the town hall into a full modular.
I'm pretty sure that the interior of the building will be pretty sparse given that the depth of the building is only 6 to 8 studs deep.  Oh, I should mention, that this particular building looks to be designed by Enlighten, so it's not a Lego copy for those who have an issue with Lego bootlegs.




I like the colour scheme which uses tan coloured bricks with red windows, doors and roof tiles.  The classic car looks nice but not sure how many minifigs you can get inside it.  It has the old wagon wheel style tires.

Here's a closer look at the 4 minifigures you get with the Town Hall.  I'm guessing that either of the two minifigs on the bottom could be the mayor.  The two top minifigs are a female reporter and her camera man.  I guess they would be interviewing the mayor about the latest scandal.

I'm hoping more Aliexpress stores start selling this set so maybe in future the price will come down, but overall for the 742 pieces you get, the price is not too bad.  

Here's the link to the set on Aliexpress in case you are interested:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/ENLIGHTEN-1130-742Pcs-City-Town-Hall-Building-Blocks/32812128983.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

LOJO AX1001 Creative Brick Baseplates


A few months ago I saw an Aliexpress seller that had lots of different colour baseplates, which are the lego pieces typically used for modular building.  Anyways, they had quite an assortment and the price was reasonable, so I placed an order for a couple just to see if they were any good or not.

In the past, baseplates that I have ordered were flimsy and came without any packaging.  These new ones were different.  Each baseplate comes in it's own packaging and the quality is excellent, exact Lego quality.   The brand is called LOJO and the item number is AX1001.  Anyways, I swapped out the crappy baseplate that came with my Lepin Cafe Corner and used the LOJO one.  Wow, what a difference.  They are very sturdy and don't bend much despite not being that thick.   Here's my latest order.


The size is 32 studs by 32 studs and will support your fullsize modulars.
As you can see, the baseplates are on sale for only $3.39 USD and come with free shipping.
If you are interested in getting some decent and cheap baseplates for your modular town,  get these LOJO brand ones from here.




Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

New 8 X-Men/Inhumans Lego Minifigures by Kopf KL9004


Hey All,  welcome back to aliexpress101.blogspot.com!

Check out what I found on Aliexpress today.  I was searching for some X-men Lego minifigures and this set appeared.  The set number is KL9004 and I think it's by the Kopf brand, even though some of the other Aliexpress listings say they are Pogo Brand.  I would think that the set and minifig numbers would be prefixed by PG if that were the case, not KL.  Not sure if Kopf is really a brand though.

Anyways, this eight figure set has some of the characters from the new Marvel Inhumans TV show about the royal family of genetically altered humans.  This set has 3 Inhuman characters Karnak KL027, Medusa KL026, Crystal KL028.  It also has 4 X-Men characters Armed Deadpool KL025, Colossus KL030, and new ones Hope Summers KL032, Dazzler KL031.  The final minifigure is Emma Frost KL029 villian of the X-Men.

Personally, I think they could have made this minifigure set comprised of all Inhumans instead of including a mix of X-Men.  It could have featured new minifigures such as Black Bolt, Maximus, Gorgon, Triton, the Unspoken, Ahura, Luna or maybe even a cool new minifigure for Lockjaw.


 Actually Xinh made a Black Bolt minifigure XH365 already in their set X0128.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/X0128-Marvel-DR-Doctor-Strange-Minifigures-Strange-Doctor-Baron-Mordo-Beast-Clea-Ancient-One-Mr/32756087889.html


As far as Deadpool, Colossus, and Emma Frost, versions of these minifigs have already been done by either Xinh or Pogo.  Deadpool in  Xinh set XH194,  Colossus and Emma Frost in Pogo set PG8012.


I've ordered my set but not sure how long it will take me to get them, so my set review will probably come out sometime in the fall.  You can get them here for a decent price of only $.60 cents per minifig, $4.74 USD for the whole set.  If someone gets this set before me, I'd be interested to know what the quality of the minifigs is like.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Building-Blocks-Colossus-Deadpool-Medusa-Crystal-Marvel-X-men-Star-Wars-Super-Hero-Figures-Bricks-Kids/32803768214.html



Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Generic Lego Compatible Santa Minifigures


Recently, I talked about how it is now taking many, many months for items to get delivered from Aliexpress.  I ordered some generic Lego compatible Santa mini-figures towards the end of December, 2016 and  I finally got them the last week of April, 2017.  Yup, that's four months later.  I was pretty sure that these were lost or not delivered.   I expected to get them around the end of January to feature them in some pics around my Its-Not-Lego town.   I guess I will have to wait until next year before I can display them again.

Before I put them away, I decided to customise them a bit.  The Santa above is original, except that I switched his yellow hands with black ones to make them resemble gloves.  I might paint the bottom half of his legs black to simulate boots.

I had some extra mini-figure heads, so I figured I'd mess around some more.  Here's two more Santas, maybe they will work in my Lepin Grand Emporium (acquired, but still waiting to be built), next year.

Hey, wait a minute, we don't have that many openings for department store Santas.

I recognise those kids.  They usually take pictures of the scared and crying kids sitting on Santa's lap and then you charge you an outrageous amount for the crappy pics.

Equal opportunity says that we can have a few female Santas as well.

Well, that's it, thanks for checking out my Santa gang.  Methinks they are all heading down to the Caribbean or Mexico for their summer vacation.

 If you want to get your own little Santa minifigures, you can still get them on Aliexpress.  You can get 5 of them for only $1.65 USD.  That works out to only $0.33 cents each.



If you order them now, you might even actually get them before this coming Christmas!!  heh.

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lepin Bricks Are Dangerous


The website bogusbricks.com has nailed it.   Lepin Bricks are dangerous!  They are dangerous to Lego's entry into the Chinese marketplace.   If I were Lego, I'd be worried too.

http://cphpost.dk/news/business/fierce-copyright-battle-mars-legos-push-in-china.html

Lepin bricks are also dangerous,  because they must have baked in some addiction chemical into the bricks.  After I buy one cheap set, I can't stop, and then I buy another, and another.

It's not just Lepin bricks that are dangerous, there are other bootleg brick brands you need to stay away from:

Bela
Enlighten
Lele
Kazi
Sluban
Wange
Hsanhe
Gudi
Decool
Sheng Yuan

So remember, don't be an idiot, pay a lot more for Lego bricks, because the Ole Kirk Kristiansen family that owns Lego aren't rich enough.  They only have a few billion dollars of net worth.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-03-13/lego-builds-new-billionaires-as-toymaker-topples-mattel.