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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Batman minifigures comparison + how to distinguish different manufacturers

Sup?
Today I'm gonna compare Batman minifigures from the latest Batman movie. And I'm gonna use Pogo pink rubber band with studs for that.
Our contestants. Yup, that many of them, but actually there are only 5 brands here.
Left to right:
Lego, Lego, Lego, Lepin, Lepin, Sheng Yuan, Xinh, Pogo, Pogo (custom cape), Pogo (custom cape)

Okay, closer look. First 6: Lego (Mr. Freeze attack), Lego (Joker's Baloon escape), Lego (Lego magazine bonus), Lepin (Batcave Break-In), Lepin (Batmobile), Sheng Yuan (Clayface Splat Attack):

So yeah considering previous Lepin and SY versions, they can only be purchased with sets. As Lepin doesn't produce minifigures separately from sets (actually does, but not much, and sorta custom series). SY produces minifigures, but they skipped Batman in Batman movie set for some reason.

Okay, next. First one is a repeat - it's SY. Then goes Xinh version and next 3 Pogo Batmen, last 2 with custom capes.

Let's just cut the brands to 5 by removing same brands:
We have left to right: Lego, Lepin, SY, Xinh, Pogo

Even closer look. It is not an illusion, SY batlogo looks more colorful comparing to Lego version.
Lego, Lepin, SY, Xinh, Pogo

Inspect utility belts.
Lego, then Lepin. And if you ask me, I would pick Lepin or SY belt versions instead of Lego one (they are more 3d to me).

Sy, Xinh, part of Pogo

Xinh, Pogo
Pogo loses here in the terms of quality - objectively the worst here. Xinh is so so.

Capes.
Lego has very soft cloth material, but also solid.
Lepin is very very thin, feels more like plastic than cloth (worst here).
SY has typical SY cape, material is pretty nice.
Xinh is velvet and collects dust just perfectly.
Pogo has the most dense material of all, it's pretty strong, but as I've mentioned I used custom capes on other Pogo Batman minifigures.
Lego, Lepin, SY, Xinh, Pogo.

Cowls off.
Only Xinh looks different from them. Others are pretty close to Lego.
Lego, Lepin, SY, Xinh, Pogo.

Second faces:
Again Xinh is different, doesn't have second face at all (the worst here).
Lego, Lepin, SY, Xinh, Pogo.

But also there's additional contestant, which I decided not to include in the comparison above, because it's made with mistakes. It's LELE. As you can see minifig has 2 utility belts: printed and real one.

Besides the head is from the other model and printing is not so nice.

So if you ask me, whom I would pick, I would say SY was one of the closest to Lego, besides I like SY utility belt more than Lego one and the batlogo is more colorful than Lego. UnfortunatelySY minifig was bought in the set and is not sold separately yet, but I hope they'll make a new Batman Movie set soon.


The most interesting part goes here.

The differences in molding or how to distinguish different brands.

First I have to say that we're gonna skip legs as they are almost identical (since we don't have Decool here - there's no point in it).
So let's start with torso or how torso docking part looks (where you attach legs).

Lego, let's call it criss cross

Lepin, almost empty

Sheng Yuan, little plastic stripes, that divides torso in 3 sections.

Xinh, criss-cross, Lego-like

Pogo, something special actually (Btw KL has same shape of leg docking, so it's one more proof that KL belongs to Pogo)

Lele, like SY, but thicker. 3 sections

As you can see, all manufacturers are different. But there are more differences. Let's look inside the torso and at the hands connect to it:

Lego: the hole for arms is not cross-cutting, the torso is whole inside. 

Lego. The hand connects to the torso with round connector, which has small gap in it.

So what about chinese brands?
Lepin: the hole is torso is cross cutting, hand connector looks like a screw cap for a flat blade screwdriver.

SY, looks like Lepin. Bit t has very thin stripes on the inside, just looks at another angle and you'll see them.

Xinh is different, the hole is torso is more "half-shut". Same not Lego-like hand connector

Pogo tries to be Lego-like, not cross cuttng hole and round connector with smal gap.

Lele has hole, but round with gap hand connectors.

So summing up. They all are different, but still distinguishable. But remember that this is only about latest minifigures. For example, Pogo itself had changed torso docking mold at least twice. I'll try to make a whole new post where I would include more manufacturers and their differences along with how they've changed.
Also at first I wanted to compare more Batman movie minifigures - Joker, Robin, Batgirl, but the post already is way too big for that. So was it interesing, any advices?

Saturday, 20 May 2017

KL set list


KL is brick manufacturer that specializes in minifigures mostly.

KL is presumably Pogo's sister company.

All the pictures are taken from AliExpress (all images belong to their owners).
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).

List goes first, then the list with pictures.

The list is gonna be updated.

Navigation tips:

Use browser text search to find set by code (usually ctrl + F).
Marvel and DC series minifigures are always marked, even if they are mixed. So are the other series.

Minifigures:

KL9001  German soccer team (8 minifigures -  KL001 Joachim Loew, KL002 Manuel Neurer, KL003 Matz Hummels, KL004 Andre Schurrle, KL005 Toni Kroos, KL006 Max Kruse, KL007 Sami Khedira, KL008 Mario Gotze)

KL9002  Harry Potter (8 minifigures - KL009 Harry Potter, KL010 Lucius Malfoy, KL011 Ron Weasley, KL012 Professor Sprout, KL013 Argus Filch, KL014 Fenrir Greyback, KL015 Gregory Goyle, KL016 Narcissa)

KL9003  The Walking Dead (8 minifigures - KL017 Carol Peletier, KL018 Rick Grimes, KL019 Rick Grimes, KL020 Negan, KL021 Morgan, KL022 Daryl Dixon, KL0023 Daryl Dixon, KL024 Carl Grimes)

KL9004  Marvel X-men (8 minifigures - KL025 Deadpool (Earth-5700), KL026 Medusa, KL027 Karnak, KL028 Crystal, KL029 Emma Frost (Phoenix Five), KL030 Colossus (Phoenix Five), KL031 Dazzler, KL032 Hope Summers)

KL9005  Marvel + DC mix (8 minfigures - KL036 Black Adam, KL037 Agent Peggy Carter, KL038 Agent 37 (Dick Grayson), KL039 Green Lantern (Darkseid Arc), KL040 Shazam, KL041 Spider-Man 1602, KL042 Arsenal (Roy Harper), KL043 Cobra Commander)

KL9006  Pharaoh Quest (6 minifigures - KL044, KL045, KL045, KL047, KL048, KL049)

KL9007  Chinese wedding figures (2 minfigures KL033 Male, KL034 Female)

KL9008  DC (8 minfigures - KL050 TDK Joker, KL051 Killer Crock, KL052 Beetle from Marvel, KL053 Joker from Suicide Squad, KL054 Panda Henchman from Suicide Squad, KL055 Eyeball Henchman from Suicide Squad, KL056 White Creepy Henchman from Suicide Squad, KL057 Black Creepy Henchman from Suicide Squad)



Minifigures with pictures:


KL9001  German soccer team (8 minifigures -  KL001 Joachim Loew, KL002 Manuel Neurer, KL003 Matz Hummels, KL004 Andre Schurrle, KL005 Toni Kroos, KL006 Max Kruse, KL007 Sami Khedira, KL008 Mario Gotze)


KL9002  Harry Potter (8 minifigures - KL009 Harry Potter, KL010 Lucius Malfoy, KL011 Ron Weasley, KL012 Professor Sprout, KL013 Argus Filch, KL014 Fenrir Greyback, KL015 Gregory Goyle, KL016 Narcissa)


KL9003  The Walking Dead (8 minifigures - KL017 Carol Peletier, KL018 Rick Grimes, KL019 Rick Grimes, KL020 Negan, KL021 Morgan, KL022 Daryl Dixon, KL0023 Daryl Dixon, KL024 Carl Grimes)


KL9004  Marvel X-men (8 minifigures - KL025 Deadpool (Earth-5700), KL026 Medusa, KL027 Karnak, KL028 Crystal, KL029 Emma Frost (Phoenix Five), KL030 Colossus (Phoenix Five), KL031 Dazzler, KL032 Hope Summers)


KL9005  Marvel + DC mix (8 minfigures - KL036 Black Adam, KL037 Agent Peggy Carter, KL038 Agent 37 (Dick Grayson), KL039 Green Lantern (Darkseid Arc), KL040 Shazam, KL041 Spider-Man 1602, KL042 Arsenal (Roy Harper), KL043 Cobra Commander)


KL9006  Pharaoh Quest (6 minifigures - KL044, KL045, KL045, KL047, KL048, KL049)


KL9007  Chinese wedding figures (2 minfigures KL033 Male, KL034 Female)


KL9008  DC (8 minfigures - KL050 TDK Joker, KL051 Killer Crock, KL052 Beetle from Marvel, KL053 Joker from Suicide Squad, KL054 Panda Henchman from Suicide Squad, KL055 Eyeball Henchman from Suicide Squad, KL056 White Creepy Henchman from Suicide Squad, KL057 Black Creepy Henchman from Suicide Squad)



Special thanks to DownTheBlocks for info on minifigure names.

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.