Friday, September 30, 2016

Lepin 15010 Parisian Restaurant Modular Set Review - Part One

Having built three other Lepin modular buildings, I can honestly say that the Parisian Restaurant is my favourite build so far, despite it being the smallest building as compared with the Cafe Corner, Fire Brigade and Town Hall.

According to the Lepin packaging, the Parisian Restaurant has 2418 pieces, most of which contribute to the highly detailed interior.   Here's how my set looks after unpacking it.  The brick parts are distributed in over 40 different numbered bags, which I count to make sure there are no missing bags.

 The Lepin modulars distinguish themselves from the Lego versions by using a thicker base plate.  The instruction manual is a booklet that consists of 83 pages.  As with my previous Lepin modular sets, I take pictures after each ten steps of the build.   Without further ado, let's take a look.

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Steps 1 to 10.

I'm glad this set comes with one big baseplate instead of two smaller base plates because I find it more structurally stable.  You can see that the restaurant's footprint takes up only a small portion of the base plate.  

There are two principal rooms - the kitchen and the dining room, and an outdoor patio.  As per the first ten steps, I've laid the building's foundation bricks and applied the flooring. Outside, the patio and sidewalk have been constructed.  If you look closely, you can see that the tiles in the patio spell CHEZ.

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Steps 11 thru 20.

Exterior landscaping has been added and the patio has been somewhat furnished.  

Back in the kitchen, the counters and cabinets are in.  The chef is already starting to prepare a hearty turkey dinner.  

Here are some more views of the restaurant kitchen.  Looks busy in there.

Here's how the restaurant looks from behind at this point.  Another two layers of bricks have been laid on the main floor walls.  Both customers and staff are looking forward to the grand opening.

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Steps 21 thru 30.

 More dining room furniture has been delivered and installed, and the back walls are going up.  The staircase is starting to take shape too.  The dining room has a special guest today.

Multi angle views of our main floor progress today.

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Steps 31 thru 40.

The main floor is now substantially built up.  All the windows are in too.  I love the architectural details of the columns on the exterior of the restaurant.

Another shot of the restaurant.

A view into the dining room.  It's got drapes!

I started to install the back windows, then I remembered I have these brown shuttered windows from a Wange Villa set that has long since been dis-assembled.  I figured this would provide more visibility into the kitchen and dining room, than the supplied windows.

Here's the windows that I didn't use on the rear of the restaurant.

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Steps 41 thru 50.

The main floor of the restaurant is about 95% completed.  Front entrance is now covered with the canopy.  It's nice to see that the Chez Albert sign and menu are both printed pieces, not stickers.

Another view of the staircase details.  

More views of the front.

Today, we have a guest chef who is in town visiting Albert.  On a side note, is that supposed to be a pantry or a refrigerator under the staircase?

See how small the building is?  There's lots of room out back.

It's looking a little sparse back here, so I placed a plant and the bike just to add some interest.  You don't get those two items with the set.

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Steps 51 thru 57.

Final touches added to the main floor include the awning and lights over the patio, the hand rail on the staircase and the requisite street lamp.

Here's a final look  of the completed main floor from above.   Well, my camera batteries need to recharge now, so I think I'll wrap up this post.   In a subsequent post, we will build the second floor of the Lepin Parisian restaurant.   Stay tuned!


Part Two review is here.

Part Three review is here.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Latest Pogo Minifigures

Just saw these latest Pogo brand minifigures on Aliexpress.  They are available for $2 to $3 each.

PG-930 Graduate, bootleg of Lego Series 5 8805 mini figure
source: Ebay, current price of Lego version is approx $20 USD

PG-928 Hot Dog Man, bootleg of Lego 71008 Series 13 mini figure
source: Ebay,  current price of Lego mini figure is approx $15 USD

PG-929 Royal Guard, bootleg of Lego Series 5 8805 mini figure
source: Ebay,  current price of Lego minifigure is approx $15 USD

PG-927 Shark Suit Guy, bootleg of Lego 71011 Series 15 mini figure
source: Ebay,  current price of Lego mini figure is approx $15 USD

PG-999 Mr Gold, bootleg of Lego 71001 Series 10 mini figure
source: Ebay,  current price of Lego mini figure is approx $1500 USD

PG-635 Queen Amidala, bootleg of Lego Star Wars 9499 mini figure
source: Amazon, current price of Lego version is approx $60 USD

Which ones will you get?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lepin 07018 Kryponite Interception Set Review

You would think Lepin already has it's hands full with knocking off Lego Star Wars sets and modular buildings.  Well, that doesn't stop them from copying the Super Heroes theme.  Actually, for Lepin it's Super Herde, lol.   Anyways, this is a new 2016 Lego set, that Lepin has already cloned. It's a copy of the Lego 76045 DC Super Heroes Kryptonite Interception set.

The Lepin set faithfully reproduces the new Batmobile and Lexcorp's forklift.

Here's the Lexcorp forklift with it's 2 flick fire missiles.  The brick clutch is not very good, as the entire forklift canopy keeps coming off when you pick it up.

Apparently, the Lexcorp cronies don't like their picture being taken.  Especially when they are handling Kryptonite.

Well ok, ok, just one picture.  Now get outta here.

In this set, you get three minifigs, the two Lexcorp guys and Batman.

The Lexcorp figures have two faces, Here's their we-don't-care faces.

Batman also gets two faces, here's his smirking face.

And here's his I'm hangry face.

Ok, time to get into the new Batmobile.  The way the roof lifts up is very cool.

Just like in the Tumbler, Batman has to lay down in a reclined position.  He has to sacrifice his posture for the sake of aerodynamics, I guess.

Some shots of the batmobile, of course.

I really like the look of this latest Batmobile.  Thanks to Lepin for making this set a bit more affordable.

Brand: Lepin
Series: Super Herde
Model: 07018 Kryptonite Interception
Number of pieces: 306 pieces
Number of minifigs: 3
Copy of lego? yes, 76045 Kryptonite Interception

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lepin 15003 Town Hall Modular Review - Part Three

I'll admit it. I've been procrastinating.  I finished building the Lepin Town Hall last week, but just haven't gotten around to posting the pictures.  Today, I promise to wrap up this blog post.  It's the last of the three part review of the largest Lepin modular set (well, not counting the Ghostbuster's Firehouse or the upcoming Haunted House).  If you missed the first and second parts of this review, you can find part one here, and part two here.

Day Nine

Here's how the Lepin Town hall looks after nine days.  I'm currently at step 30 of the second storey.  If you include the 62 steps of the first floor, I've just completed 92 steps of the instruction manual.

The last ten steps have been pretty mundane, as all I've done is to build up the walls of the second storey and add a few doors and windows.  Pictured above is the new elevator door and buttons.

 The mayor gets some privacy with the addition of a door to his office.

Second storey windows look onto the open atrium.  Not sure why the designers didn't continue using fixed pane windows on the back wall.  The ones provided have opening panes but nobody is going to open and close them at this height.

Front windows and glass door for the small terrace installed.

The administrative assistant will have nice views from her desk.

The mayor also gets an arched opening in his office overlooking the atrium.

Back wall of the town hall.

There were another three more steps to finish building the town hall's second floor, so I completed the remainder of the build.

Here's a few more views of the completed second storey.

Day nine is a wrap, second storey complete.

Day Ten

The first ten steps of the third floor.

A very quick build today.  Just laid out the floor and foundation perimeter for the third storey.

Third storey placed on top of the second storey.

Day Eleven

The walls are going up on the third storey.  This floor is one giant board room.  Sparsely furnished with a grand table, a throne like seat and other chairs.  I don't understand why the elevator on this floor needs an up button, as there's no other floor above this one.  

Installed the rear facing windows using the same design as the second storey.

 Town Hall, rear view.  One hundred and fourteen steps of the instructions completed.

Day Twelve

 On day twelve, we finished the third storey of the Town Hall modular.

The front of the town hall.

Last look at the finished boardroom.  Looks like a super villain meeting has already been booked.

Almost there!

Day Thirteen

The roof.

Roof added to the top of the town hall.

Two skylights made from garage door panels.  These were very tricky to install properly.

Day Fourteen

So all that's left on day fourteen is to build the clock tower.

There's an extension ladder to be used for clock maintenance.

The clock tower attached to the roof.

Here's the steeple with bell inside.

Clock tower and steeple completes the roof of the Town Hall.

The completed Lepin Town Hall, rear view.

Front view of the Town Hall.

These were the leftover parts from the Town Hall build.  I was fortunate in not having any missing pieces.

Here's the Lepin Town Hall next to the Lepin Cafe Corner.

Final Assessment

Design wise, I really like the elevator and the roman columns.  I also liked the twin skylights, but found that there was still not enough light going into the building from the roof.  The Town Hall is adequately furnished, which is on par with the Lepin Fre Brigade.

The build quality of the Lepin Town Hall set was excellent.  No problems with any loose or ill-fitting pieces.  I found that there was hardly any residue on the bricks, which was more noticeable on the Cafe Corner and Fire Brigade.  No missing or damaged parts.  

I paid about $90 CAD, making it my most expensive Lepin modular purchase to-date.  If you don't have this set yet, go buy it now.  You won't be disappointed.