Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lepin 05038 UCS Sandcrawler Review - Part Two



Hi there.  Today we are going to review the building of the Lepin UCS Star Wars Sandcawler 05038.  As with my other bootleg brick set reviews, I will take pictures every ten steps or so to show you the progress of my construction.  I don't bother sorting my bricks, so I just leave them in their plastic bags and try to memorize where I last saw the parts I need.  Sometimes, it works and sometimes it doesn't, lol.

Step 10


Here is the bottom of the Sandcrawler after step 10.  The first pic above is also step 10.  As I'm building it, I can't help but think that it's not as big as I imagined the set would be.  So far the bricks look fairly clean and there's not a lot of scuffs or scratches as I encountered on the Lepin Modular sets.  Clutch is good and no loose parts yet.

Step 20 

Before I continue back to the construction, I want to digress a bit.  I've accumulated a fair amount of bricks from Lego and non Lego sets over the years.  Where possible I want all of my bricks to be as compatible with Lego as possible.  That includes clutch and colour similarity.  In the event I find some bricks to be substandard (like MegaBlocks), I keep those bricks separate from the standard ones.

A lot of people would probably just throw out the off colour or poor fitting bricks but I keep them and then look for opportunities to use them without affecting the appearance or clutch of the model I'm building.

In the case of the UCS Sandcrawler, there is the perfect opportunity, here in step 20, to swap out some better Lepin bricks for some crappy Megablocks bricks.  There is a subfloor between the brick tiles if you look at the picture above.  Bricks are used to provide stability but are never seen again after the plate bricks have been applied.  It is here, where I have swapped in some Megabloks for some Lepin bricks.

Step 30


If you couldn't quite figure out which bricks, I have now substituted them with pink bricks in the pic above.  Yeah sometimes I get stuck with these off-colour bricks but there's little purpose to them.  So I bury them inside a building or inside the floorboards of this Sandcrawler.  Another example where I used pink bricks is under the Lepin Town Hall modular front steps.  The bricks that came with the set originally can then be repurposed in another set, or be used in the case of missing pieces.  Once I put this Sandcrawler together, it won't be coming apart, so only you and I know what's inside of it.  Shh, it's our little secret.  I'm curious to know if it's just me or does anyone hide undesirable bricks inside their sets?

Ok, back to our construction process.  In step 30 we are putting down the gearing that will help to turn the future Sandcrawler tracks.

Step 40

We've now hit step 40 and page 23 of the manual.

More technic pins and bricks applied.

Another view of the knob and gearing that will steer the Sandcrawlers giant treaded wheels.

This will all be invisible soon.


Lower rear view.

At this point, everything is holding together well and I have had no missing or deformed parts.

 I want to mention that the Lepin UCS Sandcrawler manual is 143 pages long and there are 121 steps used to build this iconic Star Wars vehicle.   I've decided to split the construction process into three parts so that each blog post will span 40 steps of the build, so the next blog post will cover steps 41 thru 80 with the obligatory pictures of course.

If you missed the preliminary pre-construction blog post of my Lepin Sandcrawler, you can find it here.   See you in a few days!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lepin 05038 UCS Sandcrawler Star Wars Review - Part One

Welcome back to Its Not Lego!  Back in September 2016, I told you how I was really excited to learn that Lepin was cloning the Lego Star Wars UCS Sandcrawler 75059.  Well, after Christmas I found the Lepin 05038 version of this set on Aliexpress at a good price.  And now my package has arrived.

As always, I don't get the box delivered to me, just the bricks in a nondescript bag.  The Sandcrawler set is my largest bootleg brick set so far with 3346 pieces.  The Lepin instruction manual comes in a thick glossy booklet, but you don't get the two page pictorial introduction that you get in the Lego version of the manual.

The pages of the manual are decent quality and there aren't any missing instruction pages that I can see.

This is the back cover of the Lepin UCS Sandcrawler manual.


I tried to inventory each of the bags as I have done with other large Lepin sets, however most of the cellophane bags didn't come with any numbers.  I counted 65 individual bags.


The bag containing the yellow bricks was torn open in two places, so hopefully I won't have any missing parts.  I also found two bags of parts which appear to be identical, not sure if it's supposed to be that way or not.


The parts for the minifigures and droids look to be spread out amongst three separate bags.


Here's the minifigure parts as provided.

And here's all of the minifigures and most of the droids assembled.  You get the following minifigs and droids:  Luke Skywalker, Uncle Owen, C3P0, R2D2, a Green R2 unit, R5-D4.  You also get 4 Jawas, and some have different torso designs.

Here's how the minifigs look from the back.  I understand that there's a few other droids that come with the set, but I haven't gone through all the parts yet, so I'll look at those ones later.

Time to sift through the parts!  In my next blog post I'll start building the Lepin UCS Sandcrawler so be sure to come back in a few days to check on the progress.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Lepin 15007 Market Street Modular Building Set Review - Part Two


Hi and welcome back to my blog Its Not Lego.  If you've just arrived, we are taking a look at the Lepin 15007 Market Street modular building set which is a knock-off of the Lego Market Street set 10190.  In our previous post we started to build it and completed the foundation, the open market area and the first floor.  You can find that post here.

Second Floor


In this review, we will finish off the second and third floors of the Market Street building.  This part of the build is the least exciting. Essentially you just keep placing bricks all the way around.  The front of the second floor has a doorway and two windows flanking it.  Above the two windows are some small awnings.

As with the first floor of the Market Street building, there is nothing inside the interior except a central staircase.

The light blue bricks are punctuated by light gray creased bricks which gives the Market Street building an old feeling.  Notice the yellow bricks above, where it looks like they have bricked in the windows, just like the first floor.  I kinda wish they had left the windows in, to increase play value.

Here's the second floor completed with a small terrace and railing in front.  So Lepin really skimped out with the two fire hoses that are supposed to make up the top and bottom railing. They are so narrow that the arms that connect the two railings don't stay on. I didn't even bother to put them on.

This is the how the Lepin Market Street building looks with the second floor addition.

Third Floor


Now we start building the third floor apartment.  I say that loosely because since there's no furnishings provided, I'm just guessing that the third floor is an apartment.  There is another door this time flanked by two small arched windows.  Oh, I wanted to mention that the second storey and third storey doors can't even open because of the small terrace and close proximity of the railings.  Really a fail in the design of this building, in my opinion.  Why did Lego even choose to make this Market Street building?

About the only interesting feature of the Market Street building is this third floor patio.  It features a door and seat and a plant (which we will see later).

On the opposite side of the third floor, we get another window and the some roof tiles.

Last look at the third floor before we wrap things up.


Here's the completed Lepin Market Street modular building.

The third floor with completed roof and patio details added.

Right side view.

Lepin Market Street building with adjoining market place.

Tada! All done.  The same problem with the railings is present on the third floor.  I do like the facade details with the lion's head over the doorway.


A final look at the Lepin 15007 Market Street building as displayed in Its Not Lego town.  It won't last long however, as I plan to either renovate the Market Street building or tear it down and repurpose the bricks in the near future.  I really can't stand this building design, I'm sorry to say.

Let me know what you think of the Market Street building.  Do you like it or not?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Gudi 9209 Fire Fighting Truck Set Review


I had a good laugh when I opened my latest Its Not Lego brick package.  The Gudi 9209 Fire Truck manual almost seems to encourage arson, because it's called Light A Fire Truck.  Maybe you drive this truck around and set fires instead of extinguishing them.


I bought this small set from Aliexpress for around $5 USD.  It has 156 pieces and is recommended for children ages 6 and older.  This will be my second Gudi brand building block set.
My first Gudi building set was the Police pickup which I reviewed here.

In this set, you get a small instruction booklet, a sticker sheet, one fireman minifigure, a brush fire and a fire truck.

The Gudi Fire truck has a water cannon mounted on top.

I like that this truck is 6 studs wide so there's a nice sense of proportion.  If you recall the Gudi Police pickup truck didn't look right being only 4 studs wide.

The fire truck has lots of play features.  The top mounted water cannon rotates 360 degrees and can be positioned up and down.  There are opening doors on both sides of the truck for easy access to equipment.

The rear door of the truck swings up for more play value.  Here's the door in closed position.

And here it is in the open position.

There are hooks on either side to hang two fire extinguishers that are included with the set.  Inside the truck there's a steering wheel and a seat for the driver.

Overall, the brick quality and clutch is identical to Lego.  The truck rolls well and all the pieces fit together without any issue.  There were no missing parts.  


This is one set that Its Not Lego can recommend for it's play value, quality and price.


Brand: Gudi
Model: 9209 Fire Truck
Number of pieces: 156
Price paid: $4.99 USD, free shipping from Aliexpress

More info on how you can buy it here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lepin Technic Series Building Set List

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I've been wanting to compile a list of all the Technic building sets since October 2016, except that Lepin keeps coming out with new sets before I even start to type any text.  Now that we are in January 2017, I've made it my New Year's Resolution to curate this list before I start getting lazy again.  Lepin has recently changed the name of  it's Technics series to the Technician series.

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This is going to be a long post.   Pictures of the sets from Aliexpress follow the table.   Oh, by the way, I've created this table so that you can sort any of the columns just by clicking the column heading.   Hope you like this feature.



Lepin set # Set Description (its-not-lego) Number of Pieces Lego Set # Retired (Y/N)
20011 4x4 Crawler Exclusive 1605 41999 Y
20001 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2704 42056 N
20010 Crawler Crane 1401 42042 Y
20003 24 Hours Race Car 1219 42039 N
20013 Crane Truck 1877 8258 Y
20035 Container Yard 631 42062 New 2017
20028 Supercar 1281 8070 Y
20020 Tow Truck 1877 8285 Y
20033 RC Tracked Racer 397 42065 New 2017
20019 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400 2088 8110 Y
20005 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3425 2793 42043 N
20002 Heavy Lift Helicopter 1060 42052 N
20004 Mobile Crane MKII 2606 42009 Y
20014 4x4 Crawler 1327 9398 Y
20034 Ocean Explorer 1347 42064 New 2017
23011 Avtoros Shaman 8x8 - MOC 2816 5260 MOC
20009 CLAAS XERION 5000 TRAC VC 1977 42054 N
20008 Motorized Bulldozer 1384 8275 Y
20007 Excavator 1132 8043 Y
20006 Remote-Controlled VOLVO L350F Wheel Loader 1636 42030 N
20031 Air Race Jet 1151 42066 New 2017
20015 Bucket Wheel Excavator 3929 42055 N
20012 Arctic Truck 913 42038 Y
20016 Cargo Plane 1337 42025 Y
20032 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure 603 42063 New 2017



There was a lot of information to sort through, so if I've made any mistakes, please let me know.  

Lepin 20001 - Porsche 911 GT3

Lepin 20002 - Heavy Lift Helicopter

Lepin 20003 - 24 Hours Race car

Lepin 20004 - Mobile Crane MKII

Lepin 20005 - Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3425

Lepin 20006 - VOLVO L350F Wheel Loader

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Lepin 20007 - Excavator

Lepin 20008 - Motorized Bulldozer

Lepin 20009 - CLAAS XERION 5000 TRAC VC

Lepin 20010 - Crawler Crane

Lepin 20011 - 4x4 Crawler Exclusive

Lepin 20012 - Arctic Truck

Lepin 20013 - Crane Truck

Lepin 20014 - 4x4 Crawler

Lepin 20015 - Bucket Wheel Excavator

Lepin 20016 - Cargo Plane

Lepin 20019 - Mercedes-Benz Unimog

Lepin 20020 - Tow Truck

20028 - Super Car

Lepin 20031 - Air Race Jet

Lepin 20032 - BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Lepin 20033 - RC Tracked Racer

Lepin 20034 - Ocean Explorer

Lepin 20035 - Container Yard

Lepin 23011 - Avtoros Shaman 8x8

Wow, I counted 25 Technic sets that Lepin has copied!
I'm not sure how Lepin can get away with bootlegging the Lego 2017 lineup. before it's even released.  It's all very strange to me. Very interesting about the Avtoros Shaman 8x8, it's not an authentic Lego set but a custom creation.  I'm sure in a few days time, there will be more new Lepin Technic sets released, but hooray I completed my New Year's Resolution!   Thanks for visiting Its Not Lego!  Happy New Year to One and All!