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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Review: The Joker Notorious Lowrider (Lepin 07046)

The Joker Notorious Lowrider (Lepin 07046), copy of 70906

I am finally able to write a review, since I was waiting for spare parts to arrive. Seller that sold me Lowrider sent missing parts with my next order. Good to know there are honest sellers.
I've paid 25$ for this set, but looks like now it costs even less. Package contined 10 packets + 1 ziplock bag with guns, stickers and a cape. There was no assembling sequence.


Pretty nice build of you ask me, looks decent, has no loose parts. Front glass is okay.

Tyres are okay. Those 4 golden sticks on the sides are actually guns. And the funny thing Lepin has strange mold combination for guns. This set requires 8 golden guns, each of them was included in pad which had 4 guns, only 1 of each pad was correct. Now I have 3 * 8 golden guns of different types left. Where am I supposed to apply them?

The rear glass is pretty dim, just like the majority of Lepin glasses that doesn't come with new 2017 logo, that guarantess assembling sequence and quality improvements.

In the car trunk there are 2 spring shooters, so when you press the button in the car interrior they obviously shoot. They actually work (in another car set that I have they don't work). And Ha-ha-ha.

The Lowrider function. Should I say it doesn't work well?

The lowering mechanism is simply 2 pairs of rubber bands. I guess it's exactly jist like the original works. Still using rubber bands, huh?

This one work not for very long and now very well. No big deal for me.
upd. Seems like original Lego version doesn't work well too.

Minifigures are the fun part here.I'll compare them to other manufacturers. I think that's pretty interesting. So Harley.
Left to right: Lepin, Pogo, Xinh.

Xinh has the most colorful print and the most accurately printed hairpiece.

Lepin has right hand issue that I've already encountered with previous set: hand doesn't fit completely in the arm.

Despite having most vivid colors Xinh doesn't print legs' sides. Kudos to Lepin for correct mold of hairpiece (but all have correct molds actually). And there's no big defference between those 3.

Batgirl
Left to right: Lepin, Pogo, Xinh, LegoSkintones are different. And Pogo used incorrect color for batarang.

Both Lepin and Xinh has failed with hair color. Pogo's color is close to Lego. Also Xinh didn't print leg sides, again.

Cape materials are different. I can't say which one is better. To start with I don't even like Lego version cape, but it's best here without a doubt.

Jokes aside, despite the fact that Xinh has really bad arms printing (see Joker minifigure) and don't print leg sides, they actually do dual legs molding on some minifigures, just like Lego. At the moment other manufactirers can't do dual molds.
Left to right: Xinh, Lego.

Joker, Joker, Joker. Lepin has failed with Asylum sets, where almost no one has correct hair molds so they've repeated mistakes here.
Left to right: Lepin, Pogo, Xinh.
Xinh has incorrect color, while Pogo and Lepin are pretty close to Lego. And how Xinh prints arms is a disaster. It's just the same on their other minifigures - just one stripe of paint and that's all. Others do round print as they can't dual mold hands.

So, what I can say? I liked assembling this set. Overall it looks pretty good, but the lowering fuction of the car doesn't work properly (yup, just original).
Minifigures are decent, but you may wanna to correct some details for your set. Looks like almost correct minifigure can be conjured by mixing Pogo and Xinh.

Thanks for reading till the end.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

XingBao set list



XingBao is rumored Lepin daughter (or actually parental) company that issues MOCs in cooperation with designers. Sets are supossed to be licensed.

Set numeration is very close to Lepin: first 2 digits are series id, next 3 digits are set number.

Set list goes first, then set list with pictures. Some pics are horrible, because there are no usual samples yet. I've replaced what I could find.

Corrections are welcome as always.

Sets:

Modulars (id 01):

XB-01001 Silk and Satin Store
XB-01004 Martial Club
XB-01005 The Maritime Museum
XB-01006 Toys and Bookstore



Cars (id 03):

XB-03001 Kaneda Bike
XB-03002 The Vespa P200
XB-03003 The HongQi Car
XB-03007 The Rolls-Royce
XB-03008 Lamborghini Aventador
XB-03009 Bugatti Veyron
XB-03010 The Photpong
XB-03011 Ford GT 919



Aliens (id 04):

XB-04001 Alien



City (id 05):

XB-05001 The City in The Sky



Military (id 06):

XB-06001 The T92 Tank
XB-06006 The KV-2 Tank



Cars (id 7):

XB-7001 2014 Muscle Car
XB-7002 2015 Assassin X19
XB-7003 Car




Sets with pictures:


Modulars (id 01):

XB-01001 Silk and Satin Store

XB-01004 Martial Club

XB-01005 The Maritime Museum

XB-01006 Toys and Bookstore



Cars (id 03):

XB-03001 Kaneda Bike


XB-03002 The Vespa P200

XB-03003 The HongQi Car

XB-03007 The Rolls-Royce

XB-03008 Lamborghini Aventador

XB-03009 Bugatti Veyron

XB-03010 The Photpong

XB-03011 Ford GT 919

Aliens (id 04):

XB-04001 Alien



City (id 05):

XB-05001 The City in The Sky




Military (id 06):

XB-06001 The T92 Tank

XB-06006 The KV-2 Tank




Cars (id 7):

XB-7001 2014 Muscle Car

XB-7002 2015 Assassin X19

XB-7003 Car


Monday, 13 March 2017

Yile set list


Yile is new bricks manufacturer, who has issued some car-themed set recently.

I've tried to find their models to make a list of sets. Sets are places by numbers for now.
All the pictures are taken from AliExpress (all images belong to their owners). Some sets might be missing, because they either do not exist or are not sold at Aliexpress.
If you see any mistakes or can add something, do not hesitate to pm me.
Be aware that some of the pictures are cg (not real photos).

The list is gonna be updated.

Navigation tips:

Use browser text search to find set by code (usually ctrl + F).
Sets are plased in ascending numeration (Lego set numbers are in brakes). List goes first, then the list with pictures.


Sets:

Yile 001 (10248) Ferrari F40
Yile 002 (10242) MINI Cooper
Yile 003 (10252) Volkswagen Beetle
Yile 005 (8386) Ferrari F1 Racer 1:10
Yile 006 (21307) Caterham Seven 620R
Yile 008 (8214) Gallardo LP 560-4 Polizia (Blue color)
Yile 011 (8169) Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Yile 303 (8458) Silver Champion
Yile 306 (10220) Volkswagen T1 Camper Van



Sets with pics:

Yile 001 (10248) Ferrari F40

Yile 002 (10242) MINI Cooper

Yile 003 (10252) Volkswagen Beetle

Yile 005 (8386) Ferrari F1 Racer 1:10

Yile 006 (21307) Caterham Seven 620R

Yile 008 (8214) Gallardo LP 560-4 Polizia

Yile 011 (8169) Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Yile 303 (8458) Silver Champion

Yile 306 (10220) Volkswagen T1 Camper Van


Saturday, 11 March 2017

Review: Arkham Asylum (Lepin 07055)

Heyo, I've finally assembled Asylum several days ago, was going to do Lowrider review first, but decided to wait for Lowrider's spare parts from seller first.


I've bough this set for 78$. It had 39 packets so I had to sort details first. The assembly took me 3 days, about hour-two each day.
So when I finished I realized the tower doesn't fit in my shelf at all.


So I had to reassemble it to make it actually fit. Luckily I've got plenty spares left. So it gonna look like that. But I'll put it behind the Asylum anyway.


The wings of the building are connected to the main hall with connectors, but there is huge fail. Used connector are cross shaped from both sides and the building wings actually have round holes so connectores don't hold properly. And it's like this in the Lego instruction as well.



I had to dig my spare pile to find needed details, so it gonna look like that. This time it works properly. However I've decided not to use them at all to freely positioning parts of the building due to lack of place on my shelf.


So in the end it looks like that from the inside. Pretty detailed if you ask me (ow especially food station, yum pretzels). But honestly detailing could be done better, I mean playability of set suffers.


I had plenty of spares left after building - this pile includes leftovers from removing one floor of tower, still a lot of stuff, though I was missing 1*1 piece, which is pretty common and I had plenty of those.


Now to the more surprises, the set has 1 syringe in Dr. Quinzel's locker and I received 2 pads of different medical stuff that isn't used in the set. Even stethoscope. Okay why there's 2 pair of unused hairpieces? Well it's about minifigures quality.


Straigh to minifigures. Two words - not perfect. Batman and Robin are pretty ok, as they were in Batmobile set. Joker's hairpiece is wrong, Barbara's hairpiece is wrong (the ones from set are on previous photo) so I had to use ginger ponytail from my spare pile, Dr. Quinzel hairpiece is wrong, though close to the original, Aaron Cash has Supermas's hair actually, which is also wrong. 


Riddler has just a hat with no hair and as he has double face prints technically he's second two-face here, Ivy's hairpiece is wrong as well and Two-face's hair too. GCPD officers and Catwoman are surprisingly fine.


Most likely I'll leave positioning like that. Honestly, the police car looks unecessary in this set, its blue color stands out. As well as I removed the gym accessories and put the tower on the background.


The question to Lego as it's their design about the playability of this set. It's made cool, but it's also very tiny (despite big size in general). Look at those prison cells or the laundry - there's not much place in there to actually play with the set.


Or this metal detector. The stickers are glued on the sides so you can't actually play with that withought putting it out. Oh and Lepin has to improve glasses transparency.


So I've bought it for 78$ and the original costs 150$. Set has 1628 pieces, while original Lego Detective's office for example costs 160$ and has 2262 pieces or Parisian Restaurant (160$ as well) has 2469 pieces. Both are 65$ by Lepin. So I consider Asylum overpiced and I mean both Lego and Lepin versions. Worth only for fans.


I'm waiting for Lepins and Decools copies of old Asylum that were announced recently to be out. I haven't decided yet what brand I'll pick. But I certainly need that Asylum.


And for the last, Hello from Robin.


Thanks for reading till the end. Previous Batmobile review is here.