As LEGO gets more and more popular, the clone brands and bootleg versions of LEGO sets are almost becoming an epidemic. Usually it is just minifigures but it seems Chinese-based companies are taking it to a whole other level. There are pictures of a fake Temple of Airtjitzu made by Chinese firm Lepin. Facebook page Customize Minifigures Intelligence who like to report on knock-off and bootleg LEGO have gotten hold of a copy and had this to say:
“Some of you may wonder who is Lepin. MZ model is the one behind Lepin. This explains the high quality of the parts despite the fact that they are new in bootleg scene. For those who are used to numbered bags of Lego, assembling this set would be a nightmare. The set came in 30 over bags and sorting and finding the right bricks took half the time. Also being a big set, inevitably there were missing bricks. Depends on the luck you might get less parts missing than other buyers. I have two bags of same minifigures thrown in so I had two Misako! The printing on the minifigures weren’t as good as SY and Decool, though still acceptable. The instruction manual were condensed from four pages into one. Also the colours of the manual were off. The hair pieces of Misako and Dareth are different to the original. The postman had his mail bag changed into a lady’s handbag. Prices on Tabao are around RMB258 (USD39.60). However on Aliexpress, it’s over USD100.”
Here are some images of the set:
It’s scary how much of a copy this is. For most normal parents they are going to be hard pressed to tell the difference and most kids won’t care. LEGO are aware of this and if they post an official statement I will do a follow up. Companies like this are not only damaging the LEGO brand but flooding the market with cheap elements! I would like to know your thoughts on this, would you buy it?