Friday, December 30, 2016

Lepin 15007 Market Street Modular Building Set Review



So here's the thing, I wasn't really planning on buying the Lepin 15007 Market Street modular building.  I don't really consider it a true modular building like the others such as the Town Hall, the Parisian Restaurant or Green Grocer to name a few.  But just before Christmas, I saw it for sale on Aliexpress for about $43 USD, and I succumbed.



My package came without a box, and comprised of two 16x32 baseplates, one instruction manual and twenty-eight numbered bags.  At 1275 pieces, the Market Street set is the smallest of the Lego modular building sets.  The Lepin set is a bootleg of the Lego set 10190.  The original Lego set had a retail price of about $90 USD.  Current prices on Ebay for the now discontinued Market Street set range from a low of about $600 USD to over a few thousand for an unopened box set.

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Marketplace


Having not seen the original instructions, I assume that the Lepin instruction manual is a Lego knockoff as well.  My instruction manual came with stickers strategically covering the Lepin logo.


The Market Street building set is made up of two sections.  One is a covered market place and the other is a three and a half storey building.  Following the first ten steps of the instructions, here is how the covered market place starts off.

This set comes with three minifigures, and I think there are some minor differences between the Lepin and Lego  versions.  Sorry, the gorilla doesn't come with the set.

There are only eighteen steps to fully complete the covered market.  There are two produce baskets and a pair of iron gates and that's pretty much it.  The manhole cover pattern is not quite aligned properly.

The horn and whip design over the front entrance gives it a gothic feel.  I think it would be better suited for use in the haunted house set.

Side view.

Not sure why there are two vents on the roof, given that the interior is unfurnished and open.

Ok, time to move on to the multi-storey building.

Foundation


The Market Street building sits on a raised foundation.  It has a number of windows on the front and an internal staircase.

Here's the completed foundation.

Let's see how the building looks next to the market area.

First Floor


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Here's some views of the first floor as it takes shape.

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Other than an interior staircase, there isn't anything else inside.

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The front door is covered with an awning and flanked by two large windows.

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There aren't any windows on the side or rear of the building, but the design makes it look like there used to be windows but have now been bricked in.

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With all light gray  bricks interspersed through the dark blue, it gives the impression that the paint is peeling and that gives the building an aged look.

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A look at the spartan interior.

And here's how the building looks with the first floor completed.

I'll stop here and continue the Lepin Market Street build in a second blog post coming soon.
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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Gudi 9306 Police Pickup Set Review

Today's set review is the Gudi 9306 Police Pickup set.  It comes with a police offroad vehicle and a policeman minifigure.  There are 84 pieces in this set.

Here's how the contents of my package. It has two bags, one manual and one sticker sheet.

All the pieces from the two bags.

The police man minifigure already came assembled so all I had to do was put together was the police truck.

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The bricks are comparable to Lego quality and I didn't have any missing pieces from the set.

The build design was not as sophisticated as Lego builds.  There were a lot of same pieces to be stuck together, especially the pieces making up the truck chassis.

I find the truck to be a bit on the narrow side.  I think it would have looked better if it was six studs wide instead of 4 studs.



I only paid $3.60 USD for this set, but I wouldn't pay any more for this set. It's not really that special.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Not Lego Big Bang Theory Minifigures

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Sheldon's living room is featured in Lego's Big Bang Theory set 21302.  I haven't seen any of the knockoff brick manufacturers make the entire set, although I imagine it will just be a matter of time.

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The good news is that the Big Bang Theory characters have been reproduced as minifigures by at least three different clone brands.    Xinh has set X0125 which features two versions of Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Penny, Amy, Howard and Bernadette.

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Pogo has also made their own version of the bootleg minifigures, but only one of each of the characters.  The set numbers range from PG-978 thru PG-984. But the entire set number is PG8025.

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And here's a brand called Kopf set KF1025 and unknown brand using the similar minifigures, except if you look closely the hairpieces are different, specifically Raj and Howard.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Lepin 15008 Green Grocer Modular Building Set Review - Part 3



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Hello, if you've just joined us, this post is about building the third floor of the Lego knockoff Lepin 15008 Green Grocer modular building.  I take pictures of the sets as I build them, so you can see what the Lepin build and brick quality is like.  In the above picture, I have just finished the third floor base.

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The Green Grocer third floor walls and windows are now in place.  I like the neat hot water radiator design under the rear window.  I also put in the railings for the staircase.

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This is the rear view and you can see there's the makings of the fire escape exit.

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Just pointing out the nice pendulum clock.  That and the rug is all the furnishings you get on the third floor.  Pretty sparse layout.

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I put the staircase in and the upper window elements.  The front facade is starting to match the design scheme of the second floor now.

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Here's the completed front with bay window.

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A final look at the third floor interior.

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I've attached the sloping roof tiles now.

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This is how the structures look from the inside.

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And with that, I have positioned the third floor onto the rest of the Green Grocer building.

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Just some views.  Front corner elevation.

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Rear corner elevation.

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This is the back of the Green Grocer building.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the black windows are my own substitution, and the garbage bin is an addition from the Lepin Parisian Restaurant set.

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This picture gives you a good look at the fire escape and how it all fits together between the second and third floors.

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The Rooftop


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This is the formation of the Green Grocer rooftop.

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Another view of it.

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Here's how the rooftop looks as per the original design.  It has doorway into the third floor staircase and it opens up onto a small terrace.  Take a good look at this picture now, because then you will see what is to come later.

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This is the front of the roof top.

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The completed rooftop with all the embellishments including railings and chimney stack.


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Here is the rooftop with the furnished terrace.  There's what appears to be a BBQ with open lid, and a small seating area with chairs and umbrella.  The terrace is adorned with flowers boxes also.  At this point, the rooftop is still the original design, but if you know me, I never leave things alone.


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Do you notice anything different between this picture and the previous one?  I mean besides the presence of the minifigure.

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Not sure?  Ok, how about this side view, maybe now you will notice the change.  It's all very subtle but it was a challenge to do.


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Ok, if you still don't know, I raised the height of the roofline by several bricks and added a canopy over the door opening.

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What I like about the taller roofline is that it gives a better visual appearance, especially the proper sense of scale when a minifigure is present.


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The bay window turret required that I turn the rear angle plates around to accommodate the new slope of the rooftop.

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The Lepin Green Grocer with rooftop modification is all done.

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Just one more picture before we go.

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Finally, here's the Lepin Green Grocer in it's new home next to the Lepin Town Hall.

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That's it, bye and thanks for looking!

Oh wait,  in case you were wondering whatever happened with my Aliexpress dispute regarding the missing baseplate and other bricks I talked about in my first Green Grocer post, Aliexpress ruled in my favour and I got a refund of 50% back. Woohoo!

If you want to see my previous posts about the Lepin Green Grocer you can find them here and here.

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