What is Lepin? If it seems like a price too high to pay, you might be right because the set had no extra features, e. To add insult to injury, the set is characterized by a flawed design. While the front and side of the set are fairly identical to its real-life prototype, the back of the set bears little resemblance to Porsche Unfortunately, LEGO failed to properly implement this idea.
The building instructions had several errors in which 2 and 4 gears where mixed up. The mechanism itself had a bunch of issues including crunch of gears and inaccurate switching. Given that it is, arguably, the most important part in the set occupying one-third of the carthe feasibility of its motorization comes into question.
The bottom line is the kit is overhyped and overpriced. The question then arises: Is there a reason to pay more? Do you really need to fork out for beautiful packaging and a booklet with the Porsche history? Because the parts and assembly guides are pretty much the same. Their indignation was righteous as the high price in no way justifies copyright infringement. Nothing really does.
Nonetheless, Chinese manufacturers are not renowned for their respectful approach to intellectual property, which makes their products cheaper. Needless to say, the real IP owners got no royalties through product licensing. The technician series is extremely popular among adults who use it to implement a wide range of technical solutions.
Some even profit from selling instructions for their custom MOC models. If you are such a person, you are, no doubt, interested in the feasibility of using Lepin sets.
The set can pique the interest of tech enthusiasts due to its low price and the abundance of electronics. If you search for customers reviews about this model on Aliexpress — most of them are fake, without photos and untruly positive.
No secrets here — sellers purchase fake reviews to make the product more appealing for customers. No doubts, the main reason to consider buying a Lepin — the price. Delivery time. You can either go to the nearest local toy store and purchase any LEGO set immediately or order it online and wait for a few days for delivery. With Chinese fake Lego you should wait minimum of days if you are lucky and maximum up to 2 months to get your bricks!
Packaging and first impressions. Nothing to say here about the LEGO — everything that you see and touch has premium quality: box design and packaging, instructions and stickers paper quality, and, of course, bricks! Now box, hand-made packing of bricks and instructions into the bubble envelope.
I read a dozen reviews before writing this one.We see tremendous levels of synergy being created between the two companies, especially since most of our products are almost identical to one another. As a brand that cares about our most important demographic, adult males in their 30s with large disposable incomes and active social media profiles, we believe that LEPIN will allow our fans to enjoy many of our existing sets at much lower prices.
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Those Lepin replicas are so good, that Lego executives think its real Lego!!! Haha, yeah, I had to progressively make it sound more ridiculous towards the end. Glad you enjoyed it, haha. I sure had fun writing it and was giggling to myself throughout. Well, that is extremely interesting. So Lego is going to start making purposefully dodgy parts so that they can go to cheaper versions of actual sets? Well this is going to be interesting….
April Fools! A bottle of kragle with every set. Just check out the turn around prices on Minifigures alone. Good stuff Jay thanks for the laugh. Jay is passionate about LEGO and the endless creative adventures made possible by this complex interlocking brick system. Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Neat April fools joke.Shangai Police through its Weibo posting announced a successful operation in cracking down a organization that responsible for producing counterfeits LEGO products.
The leader with surname Li had been arrested. A day that LEGO fans had waited to happen for 3 years. This would be the third time Shanghai Police laid their hands on counterfeit toy makers in located in Shantou.
Some retailers said the warehouses had been raided and goods confiscated by authority. Robin thanked the police for their raid and appreciated their efforts in protecting intellectual property in China. LEPIN future is uncertain because the owner and key personals from parent company Meizhi had been detained and production facilities closed. Its sister brand Xingbao which focus on own design could be affected as some production lines were shared.
LEPIN Boss Arrested, Factories Closed by Shanghai Police
This isnt supposed to be a slap on the wrist or fine. The sets are cheaper because they steal designs that people have worked hard on. Model designers, visual artists, the creators of the original media that some of the sets are based on. Create your own intellectual property if you want some longevity and respect. The public image of China is now that it rather steals western ideas and profits from them. Stealing and sub-par quality. What a great image to uphold… a pale comparison to earlier times of being the first to invent gunpowder, probably silk and all sorts of wonders.
The most hated bootleg LEGO brand was destroyed. Aliexpress and Taobao […]. You can read a good summary of the case here, another good article from the BBC here, and the original report here in […]. Fans of LEGO cheers while other clone makers shivered in fear and went low key.
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This included more thanfinished sets,boxes,instruction leaflets and manuals, and over 90 production molds. You can listen to the interview here starts at Maybe if Lego actually priced their items reasonably, no-one would need to buy counterfeit blocks.
They were handy for the out of production stuff. Maybe the Chinese think they better make a little effort, a little good faith effort, and what better way to clamp down on an IP abuser of a beloved company. China wins, the fans win, and LEGO wins. Of course no one would give Trump credit. Not even me. But it is interesting to think about. I agree with mm — Lepin were really useful when you wanted earlier out of production sets like the Technic AROCS truck but I do always try to buy official Lego first or else build it with orders from BrickLink if I have some or most of the parts already.
Glad to see it. Rich white liberals can pat themselves on the back because LEGO can afford to pay their workers even less money now that government has used our tax dollars to shut down their only competition.
Destroy it all. Screw global warming. Most of the bricks are still manufactured in Billund, with a variety of special parts outsourced to place like China due to the cheapness of retooling machinery to special uses. Also, Denmark has extraordinarily worker-friendly laws and culture. Killing Lepin would only hurt workers if the company was based in the US, where that sort of thing happens.
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Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.Gabriela Saldivia. The toy company Lepin was raided by Chinese authorities in Shenzhen, China last week for allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products. A quick google search and it's pretty clear, the toys from the Chinese company Lepin are eerily similar to another very popular toy on the market: Legos.
The company's website has been taken down after authorities raided its factory located in Shenzhen, China last week after discovering it was allegedly manufacturing fake Lego products.
Most Lepin sets, including the Star Wars series, are advertised on many websites that claim to sell the products as "compatible with Lego. And now we know why. Police said in a statement that the toys were copied from Lego blueprints and more thanfinished products were seized from the factory, the BBC reported. A police investigation is still underway. According to the BBC, images posted by Chinese authorities after the raid showed products that looked nearly identical to those produced by the Danish toy giant, Lego.
The Lepin brand is definitely a cheaper option, often selling for a fraction of the price of Legos. Zhong Shikai, one of the police officers responsible for investigating the case, told the state-run news agency Xinhua that there are big differences in the craftsmanship and quality when comparing the two.
Lego China and Asia Pacific's vice president Robin Smith said the products could pose a safety concern for consumers, Xinhua reported. Foreign companies in China have long expressed dissatisfaction about intellectual property enforcement because of the prevalence of counterfeiting. The AFP reports the raid was a move by China to double down on intellectual property infringements, possibly in an attempt to ease trade tensions with Washington.
Xinhua reported that the number of intellectual property rights trials in Shanghai hit a record high last year. This story was updated to remove a link to a reseller of Lepin products, after readers wrote to let us know it was not the company's official website. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. NPR Shop. Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email.
April 27, PM ET. Enlarge this image. Editor's Note May 16, This story was updated to remove a link to a reseller of Lepin products, after readers wrote to let us know it was not the company's official website.This is a rewritten review of Lepin Haunted House after the original one was removed in facebook. Because this set was produced in the early days of Lepin, there were some missing pieces here and there. You may order Lepin Haunted House from Aliexpress.
Completed Haunted House from Lepin. Ignore the Lego sets in the background. View from the roof top. View from the back. The Haunted House can be opened in half and that increase the play ability.
A simple solution to the ghost shroud problem: Get rid of the black head and replace with a 1 x 1 round black stud. There is plenty of stock on Aliexpress, unlike retired Lego one which the prices are steep on secondary market.
Highly recommended for displaying during the Halloween and fit well into Modular buildings. You may order Lepin Haunted House on Aliexpress. The bodies fit fine, now!
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Applied stickers on to the tiles and you could see through them. Nice wooden printed parts. All the minifigures and accessories.The most hated bootleg LEGO brand was destroyed. At this point of writing, several sets had already being released discreetly.
Following are photos supplied to us by our sources. To avoid trouble, most of the packaging are in plain black and white sketch and outline. The latest Simpson sets adopted the full color boxes, unlike previous black and white boxes.
As for the fate of the LEPIN boss, rumor is that the person in charged was merely a front man for the operation. Like Like.
How is making bootlegs fast and easy not greedy? Because they charge less for it? At least LEGO has some decent ideas and philosophies.
These Chinese companies are the embodiment of greed. In it just for easy money. Dont care about standards, morals, quality, customer satisfaction, just money. I totally agree that LEGO sets are expensive. And a good deal of that seems to be down to licensing. But being expensive doesnt equal being greedy. The morally correct response would be to boycott LEGO then. Not to give your money to even greedier people.
Figurines are very important […]. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.LEPIN IS OVER! The owner arrested!
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