Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lepin Building Instructions Available Online


As I was scouring the Internet for the latest Lepin news this morning, I came across this website called www.legolepin.com.  It looks to be an e-commerce website that originates in Vietnam.  One of the cool things about this site is that they have a lot of the Lepin sets building instructions available for download completely free.  

From what I've seen they have quite a few Star Wars, Modulars and Technic set instructions.  

If you are looking for instructions for your Lepin set, you can find it here.   


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lepin 02049 Van and Caravan Building Set


Hi there, today I saw this new fake lego listing on Aliexpress.  They don't show any of the normal Lepin packaging shots, just a screen grab of the vehicles (probably from Lego website).  Anyways, this is the new Lepin 02049 Van and Caravan set which is a direct knock-off of Lego  set 60117.  As of right now, there are only two listings for this set on Ali.

The Details


It says it comes with 270 pieces but they photoshopped out the minifigures.
 It will be a nice set for anyone who's into the Town/City theme.  See the original Lego image here ...
https://shop.lego.com/en-US/Van-Caravan-60117

The set is listed for sale at the not so great price of $12.99 USD which isn't that much cheaper than Lego original price of $19 USD.  By my calculations the Lepin version of this set should only cost around $9 to $10 USD, no more.  Maybe it will come down in price, guess we will have to wait and see.

Where to Find It


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Lepin-02049-City-Great-Vehicles-Van-Caravan-camping-Block-Set-Compatible-with-60117-Toy-270Pcs/32829512795.html

As always,
Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

My Wish List of Fake Lego/Alternate Brick Sets - September 2017 Edition

Hello, today I was scouring Aliexpress and checking to see if there are any new brick sets available. Sometimes I will make a list of the sets that I'd like to buy so this month I thought I would publish my list on the blog.   Whether I get them or not is another story, I guess that would depend on the set price and my budget for the upcoming months. Here are the sets on my wishlist in no particular order.

Modular Buildings Theme



Lepin 15019 Assembly Square


I actually went looking for this set in Hong Kong last month however all the vendors were only selling 15019B set, which comes with the USB hub and LED lights, and not the 15019 set.  Also my shopping time was limited due to the two tropical cyclones Hato (level 10) and Pakhar (level 8) that hit while I was there.



Lepin 15017 Barnes and Noble Bookstore

I've had my eye on this non Lego Custom designed set for quite awhile, but I know that the price and duties cost would kill me due to the size of this set at 4616 pieces.  For now, I'll continue to drool over this set from afar.


Lepin 15034 MOC City Building

They don't really give this Custom building an official name on Aliexpress, so I just used the generic title that they have provided.  This new set still shows as a Presell on Aliexpress, which means it will be awhile before it gets shipped.  This is another non Lego set, and I think it looks pretty awesome.  Again it's a set that's over 4000 pieces, so I think the reality of me owning this building is pretty slim.

City Theme



Lepin 02034 Cargo Port


I just spotted this latest Lepin copy of Lego's Port set 7994 that was issued in 2007 I think.  This set has one of the largest ship hulls, I think it's nearly 23 inches long.  Not sure if this is still a Presell, so I will wait for a bit, but this one I really want.


Lepin 02038 Town Square

I saw this set when I was in Hong Kong, and now I'm regretting not buying it then. I think it was like only $25 USD!  I was so focused on looking for the Assembly Square set, that I overlooked the awesome deal I could have had on this one.  Sigh.  I guess I will have to wait and see if this one comes down in price again.  I really want the tram.


Star Wars Theme




Lepin 05054 U-Wing Fighter


I really want this set but I'm still sitting on my hands on this one.  I've seen the Lepin Poe and Resistance X-wing Fighter sets really come down in price recently, so I'm hoping this one will come down soon too.

Well, that's a few of the sets I would love to get if money was no issue.  How about you? What's on your wishlist?

Bye for now!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lepin 05111 Star Wars Jakku Quadjumper Building Set


Hi and welcome back to Aliexpress101.blogspot.com, the place where I scour Aliexpress to find the best deals on fake and alternative Lego sets.  If you are a Star Wars fan, you're gonna love this deal.

The Details


It's a bootleg of the new Lego Star Wars Jakku Quadjumper set that has 482 pieces.  The Lepin set number is 05111 which is a copy of Lego set 75178 that just got released this summer.  On Aliexpress, the lowest price for this set is $20.65 USD which is less than half the price of Lego's $49.99 USD.

It's interesting that the Lego set has 457 pieces whereas Lepin has 482 pieces, that's a lot more, so I'm interested to know if that's just a miscount on Lepin's part or whether they give you extra bricks or not.  Anyways, I like the set because the spacecraft is a bit more unique looking and the colour scheme is certainly more interesting than the gray coloured ships we are seeing a lot of.

The Lepin version of this set also has 4 minifigures and a BB-8.  I know the bootleg BB-8s haven't been quite up to snuff lately, so I wonder if Lepin has improved this newest one.

Where to find this deal




Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Lepin 01039 Friends Heartlake Hospital Building Set


Today's featured bootleg brick set is this knock-off of Lego's Friends Heartlake Hospital set 41318.  It's the latest from Lepin 01039 with 932 pieces.   On Aliexpress, the lowest price for this set is $40.39 USD which is less than half the price of Lego's $99.99 USD.

The Details


This set is comprised of a modern 3 storey hospital building with helicopter, ambulance and 3 Friends style minifigures.  I'm surprised that with a set this large there are only three minifigs.  This set would be a good candidate to turn into a modular style building.

Where to get it


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Lepin-01039-932pcs-Heartlake-City-Park-Love-Hospital-Girl-Friends-Building-Block-Brick-Toy/32824743272.html

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cogo 4143 City Tram and Waz 6853 Tanker Truck Building Sets



Hi and welcome back to aliexpress101.blogspot.com.  Today, I want to show you not one but two latest building set finds on Aliexpress.  The first is this cool city tram set by the Cogo brand.  The set number is 4143 and it has 545 pieces.   The price is $24.22 USD.  It looks like a knockoff of Lego set 8404.

The Details


Based on the illustration, there looks to be 4 minifigures that come with the set.  Two of them are sitting at the tram station, another one is crossing the street and the final one is riding on a white scooter.   Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any tracks as far as I can tell.   I've never seen this set before and it only seems to be sold by one Aliexpress store at the moment.

I've never bought any sets by Cogo before so I can't vouch for the brick and clutch quality.  At this point I'm going to hold of buying this set until I see more people selling it.  If you want to get this cool tram set, here's where you can find it.



Our second find today is from the same Aliexpress store called iToys World 2.  This tanker truck is from an unknown building block brand called Waz.  The set number is 6853 and it has 250 pieces.
It looks like a knockoff of Lego's 60016 Tanker truck set.  The price is just under $12 USD.   It looks to have one minifigure and a filling station.

This tanker truck would certainly look great in my Its Not Lego town, however being that this set is the one and only on Aliexpress, it makes me wary of buying it just yet.


Where to Get It


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/WAZ-6853-250pcs-City-Engineering-Oil-Tanker-Tank-Truck-Building-Block-Brick-Toy/32822803433.html

If you do decide to buy either of these sets, please make a review and let us know about the quality of the sets.  I'm particularly interested to know about the tram set.

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Enlighten 1130 City Town Hall Building Set


As I was checking out the newest block sets on Aliexpress, I found this one and only listing for this new mini modular set by the Enlighten brand of building blocks.  It's the 1130 City Town Hall building and it looks to be quite detailed.   It's priced at around $26 USD and has 742 pieces.
In this set you get a three storey building, a classic car and 4 minifigures.  There's even a giant flying horse decoration on the top floor.

The Details


The building itself is reminscient of the Enlighten Sunshine Hotel 1127 which I reviewed on my other blog bricksandfigs.blogspot.com.  Here's the link to the review in case you missed it:  http://bricksandfigs.blogspot.ca/2015/03/enlighten-1127-sunshine-hotel.html.  I think the two sets really compliment each other.

It would be really fun to MOC the town hall into a full modular.
I'm pretty sure that the interior of the building will be pretty sparse given that the depth of the building is only 6 to 8 studs deep.  Oh, I should mention, that this particular building looks to be designed by Enlighten, so it's not a Lego copy for those who have an issue with Lego bootlegs.




I like the colour scheme which uses tan coloured bricks with red windows, doors and roof tiles.  The classic car looks nice but not sure how many minifigs you can get inside it.  It has the old wagon wheel style tires.

Here's a closer look at the 4 minifigures you get with the Town Hall.  I'm guessing that either of the two minifigs on the bottom could be the mayor.  The two top minifigs are a female reporter and her camera man.  I guess they would be interviewing the mayor about the latest scandal.

I'm hoping more Aliexpress stores start selling this set so maybe in future the price will come down, but overall for the 742 pieces you get, the price is not too bad.

Get It Here


https://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/ENLIGHTEN-1130-742Pcs-City-Town-Hall-Building-Blocks/32812128983.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

LOJO AX1001 Creative Brick Baseplates


A few months ago I saw an Aliexpress seller that had lots of different colour baseplates, which are the lego pieces typically used for modular building.  Anyways, they had quite an assortment and the price was reasonable, so I placed an order for a couple just to see if they were any good or not.


The Details


In the past, baseplates that I have ordered were flimsy and came without any packaging.  These new ones were different.  Each baseplate comes in it's own packaging and the quality is excellent, exact Lego quality.   The brand is called LOJO and the item number is AX1001.  Anyways, I swapped out the crappy baseplate that came with my Lepin Cafe Corner and used the LOJO one.  Wow, what a difference.  They are very sturdy and don't bend much despite not being that thick.   Here's my latest order.


The size is 32 studs by 32 studs and will support your fullsize modulars.
As you can see, the baseplates are on sale for only $3.39 USD and come with free shipping.

Where to Get it


If you are interested in getting some decent and cheap baseplates for your modular town,  get these LOJO brand ones from here.




Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

New 8 X-Men/Inhumans Lego Minifigures by Kopf KL9004


Hey All,  welcome back to aliexpress101.blogspot.com!

Check out what I found on Aliexpress today.  I was searching for some X-men Lego minifigures and this set appeared.  The set number is KL9004 and I think it's by the Kopf brand, even though some of the other Aliexpress listings say they are Pogo Brand.  I would think that the set and minifig numbers would be prefixed by PG if that were the case, not KL.  Not sure if Kopf is really a brand though.

The Details


Anyways, this eight figure set has some of the characters from the new Marvel Inhumans TV show about the royal family of genetically altered humans.  This set has 3 Inhuman characters Karnak KL027, Medusa KL026, Crystal KL028.  It also has 4 X-Men characters Armed Deadpool KL025, Colossus KL030, and new ones Hope Summers KL032, Dazzler KL031.  The final minifigure is Emma Frost KL029 villian of the X-Men.

Personally, I think they could have made this minifigure set comprised of all Inhumans instead of including a mix of X-Men.  It could have featured new minifigures such as Black Bolt, Maximus, Gorgon, Triton, the Unspoken, Ahura, Luna or maybe even a cool new minifigure for Lockjaw.


 Actually Xinh made a Black Bolt minifigure XH365 already in their set X0128.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/X0128-Marvel-DR-Doctor-Strange-Minifigures-Strange-Doctor-Baron-Mordo-Beast-Clea-Ancient-One-Mr/32756087889.html


As far as Deadpool, Colossus, and Emma Frost, versions of these minifigs have already been done by either Xinh or Pogo.  Deadpool in  Xinh set XH194,  Colossus and Emma Frost in Pogo set PG8012.


I've ordered my set but not sure how long it will take me to get them, so my set review will probably come out sometime in the fall.  You can get them here for a decent price of only $.60 cents per minifig, $4.74 USD for the whole set.  If someone gets this set before me, I'd be interested to know what the quality of the minifigs is like.

Get It Here


https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Building-Blocks-Colossus-Deadpool-Medusa-Crystal-Marvel-X-men-Star-Wars-Super-Hero-Figures-Bricks-Kids/32803768214.html



Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Generic Lego Compatible Santa Minifigures


Recently, I talked about how it is now taking many, many months for items to get delivered from Aliexpress.  I ordered some generic Lego compatible Santa mini-figures towards the end of December, 2016 and  I finally got them the last week of April, 2017.  Yup, that's four months later.  I was pretty sure that these were lost or not delivered.   I expected to get them around the end of January to feature them in some pics around my Its-Not-Lego town.   I guess I will have to wait until next year before I can display them again.

Before I put them away, I decided to customise them a bit.  The Santa above is original, except that I switched his yellow hands with black ones to make them resemble gloves.  I might paint the bottom half of his legs black to simulate boots.

I had some extra mini-figure heads, so I figured I'd mess around some more.  Here's two more Santas, maybe they will work in my Lepin Grand Emporium (acquired, but still waiting to be built), next year.

Hey, wait a minute, we don't have that many openings for department store Santas.

I recognise those kids.  They usually take pictures of the scared and crying kids sitting on Santa's lap and then you charge you an outrageous amount for the crappy pics.

Equal opportunity says that we can have a few female Santas as well.

Well, that's it, thanks for checking out my Santa gang.  Methinks they are all heading down to the Caribbean or Mexico for their summer vacation.

 If you want to get your own little Santa minifigures, you can still get them on Aliexpress.  You can get 5 of them for only $1.65 USD.  That works out to only $0.33 cents each.



If you order them now, you might even actually get them before this coming Christmas!!  heh.

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lepin Bricks Are Dangerous


The website bogusbricks.com has nailed it.   Lepin Bricks are dangerous!  They are dangerous to Lego's entry into the Chinese marketplace.   If I were Lego, I'd be worried too.

http://cphpost.dk/news/business/fierce-copyright-battle-mars-legos-push-in-china.html

Lepin bricks are also dangerous,  because they must have baked in some addiction chemical into the bricks.  After I buy one cheap set, I can't stop, and then I buy another, and another.

It's not just Lepin bricks that are dangerous, there are other bootleg brick brands you need to stay away from:

Bela
Enlighten
Lele
Kazi
Sluban
Wange
Hsanhe
Gudi
Decool
Sheng Yuan

So remember, don't be an idiot, pay a lot more for Lego bricks, because the Ole Kirk Kristiansen family that owns Lego aren't rich enough.  They only have a few billion dollars of net worth.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-03-13/lego-builds-new-billionaires-as-toymaker-topples-mattel.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Bela 10407 Friends Pop Star Bus Building Set


With the recent price increases of bootleg Lego on Aliexpress, deals like this one are getting harder and harder to find.   The featured deal of the day I found is this Bela 10407 Friends Pop Star Bus and  the lowest price I found for this set is $19.90 USD.

Here are the details of this cheap bootlego find:
It has 684 pieces and comes with three friends-like minifigures.  It is a knock-off of Lego's retired Pop Star Tour bus set 41106 that had an original price of $59.99 USD.  You can find the real Lego set on Amazon for about $79.99 USD.   On Aliexpress, the regular sale price of the bootleg version of this set costs around $25 to $30 USD.

Here's where you can get it:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/BELA-10407-Friends-series-Pop-Star-Tour-Bus-model-building-blocks-684pcs-bricks-assembling-toy-gift/32804681288.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

My Aliexpress Account Got Suspended!



It all started with this message I got from Aliexpress.  I tried to raise a dispute on an item I had not received.  I ordered the item back in January or February but it still had not arrived.  Most times, items take a long time to ship or they are not shipped at all.  It seems to be happening more and more these days.    

In past years, you could open a dispute knowing that your purchase was protected by the Aliexpress Seller Guarantee that said you would be refunded if the item you purchased wasn't received.  At first it was 30 days, now it is 60 days.



I think the problem I am encountering is that because the shipping is so slow, several months to be exact, I have had to open a number of disputes for non receipt of items.  Because after 60 days, you just don't know if you will ever get the stuff you ordered from Aliexpress.  

So now they have blocked me from making any further disputes, despite the seller guarantee that they offer.   I tried to contact Aliexpress support below but they were no help.  I contacted them twice to no avail.  Here's my recent chat log with them.



View Message History




Invo_18:35

Hello,I am a service consultant Invo_

Invo_18:35

Thank you for contacting AliExpress. My name is Invo. How may I help you?

me18:36

hello, i contacted aliexpress support last week about inability to raise dispute. i was told it would be resolved by tuesday. it is now thursday and i am still not able to raise a dispute. please help.

Invo_18:37

I see.

Invo_18:37

May I know your name and order number please?

me18:38

order number is xxxxxxxx.   name is me.

Invo_18:38

Thank you for the information you have provided me

Invo_18:38

May I know why do you want to open a dispute?

me18:39

because i ordered this on feb 27 and it is now 60 days, and i still have not received the item.

Invo_18:39

I am sorry to hear that you still have not receive your order. Rest assured that I will help you with this. 

Invo_18:39

May I know if have you tried to contact the seller about this issue?

me18:40

yes, initially he offered to refund, but i said i could wait but now i'm thinking it will be another two months will be too long, so i would like to get the refund.

me18:41

unfortunately the system will not let me raise dispute and i don't know why

Invo_18:41

Thank you for confirming this to me.

Invo_18:41

I am sorry to know that you were unable to leave a feedback or open a dispute. Rest assured that I will help you with this.

Invo_18:41

May I know what was the error when you tried to open a dispute?

me18:42

some message about my account is disabled

me18:42

but i don't know why

Invo_18:42

Can I have a screenshot of this error messages please?

me18:44



me18:44

what is the security concern regarding my account?

Invo_18:45

Thank you for the screenshot.

Invo_18:45

Please be informed that your account was still enable in our system, however our system disabled this action since many of our buyers do open a dispute and abusing the protection of Aliexpress.

Invo_18:46

However this concern is common since you are not the only affected many buyers in Aliexpress was affected to so don't worry.

me18:47

so i need to legitimately raise dispute for items that are not received and taking over 60 days, how can i do it?

Invo_18:48

To fix this may I know your email address please?

me18:48

 my email address is xxx@xxx.com

Invo_18:49

Thank you very much.

Invo_18:50

Sorry for the inconvenience, I just checked our system and there's no existing report in our system.

Invo_18:51

In this case  I will send a reactivation request for your account to be enabled again, would that be great for you?

me18:51

thats what the last person said but nothing happened.

Invo_18:52

Exactly since there's no report, don't worry rest assured that I will talk to that agent for you.

Invo_18:52

Do not worry, I have already submitted a request to our system to activate your account in the site.

Invo_18:52

Kindly wait for our Higher Department to follow up to you within 48 hours through email for the confirmation. 

me18:52

please reactivate my dispute function, i will take screen shot of this conversation in case this issue is not resolved in 48 hours.

Invo_18:53

Yes of course, you have the rights for this and don't worry I already sent it for you.

Invo_18:53

Our system says: 

me18:54

is there a way i can check the status of my account?   how can i check it?

Invo_18:55

Yes you can only check it by trying to open a dispute, however it will be done after 2 working days.

me18:56

but by then my orders will have already passed the dispute period, and i have not received those items.

me18:57

so what can you do to help me with this problem?

Invo_18:58

Oh don't worry about that because once the protection time is over, Aliexpress will be given you an extra 15 days of protection time, meaning you still have lots time to open a dispute.

me18:58

can you not raise the dispute on my behalf?

Invo_18:59

Oh I am sorry but it was impossible since we need to open a dispute using your account.

Invo_18:59

Don't worry because I already did what's best for you.

me19:00

if my account issue is not resolved in 48 hours, how can i escalate this issue?  do you have a supervisor for me to deal with?

Invo_19:01

Oh take note it was 48 business hours.

Invo_19:01

Meaning Saturdays and Sundays are not included.

Invo_19:01

Yes of course we have

me19:02

please advise what the procedure will be, should this issue not be resolved to my satisfaction?

me19:03

i need to know how to proceed if i don't get any results in the next few days.

Invo_19:03

Yes.

Invo_19:04

Please don't worry because I never had an issue that was not resolved, also I already provided your information to our higher department once it was done you will be able to open a dispute again.

Invo_19:04

Because I never encountered a issue that was not solved by requesting to our higher department.

me19:05

what is the higher department?  you must understand i dont want to keep doing this.

me19:05

can you tell me what the higher department is and what it does?

ca105334501319:06

and how they can resolve my problem?

Invo_19:06

Higher department is the one who approves the request from lower department.

Invo_19:06

We are only from lower department.

Invo_19:07

Yes because they have the power to enable or disabled, also we are requesting to higher department for the refund as well.

Invo_19:09

So it means they are the one who handle this issue and our job is to forward the issue, also take note that I sent it urgently for you, because I know how important this for you.

I am sorry to know that, but I hope you understand that I already did my part and my best for you, I hope you can appreciate it as well since, I am only from lower department.

Invo_19:11

Also please don't worry because this chat has been documented already.

Invo_19:12

The reference number is the order number you provided which is : xxxxxxxxx

The following morning, I received the following email from Aliexpress ...



Dear custom:

AliExpress is committed to the principle of good faith and the protection of the interests of both buyers and suppliers. To maintain a safe and fair trading environment, our duties and responsibilities require the investigation into areas of clear dishonest trading activities, such as consumer fraud and counterfeiting operating to the detriment of consumers and reputable traders.

After we review your account activity in the Aliexpress Buyer Protection program, we regret to inform you that your account has been suspended considered to be at high risk of Abusing the Buyer Protection Programs. This is because your associated accounts were found continue to violate the Buyer Protection Program rules.

We do not allow:
·         Claiming that an item is ‘not as described’ when the item condition is consistent with the description in the listing.
·         Claiming an item hasn't been received when it has arrived. 
·         Opening a case when you have already received a refund from the seller or reimbursement from your payment provider.

·         Opening a case against a seller to retaliate following previous disputes.
·         Threatening to open a case against a seller in order to get a discount or additional goods and services, when the item arrived in the described condition.
·         A pattern of excessively opening Buyer Protection cases.



If you have any concerns or questions, you may go to the Customer Service and Connect to our agent.


Best Regards,

AliExpress.com Online Trade Security Department


Once you have received this notification, you are in a no win situation with Aliexpress as there is no apparent re-instatement of your account.  Customer Service will not be able to help you either.

In fact, it seems to be happening to a lot of people who open a dispute and then have their account disabled.  You can see more evidence of this here:

https://www.trustpilot.com/review/www.aliexpress.com

For now, it seems I can still buy items off Aliexpress but just can't dispute anything anymore.  So be very careful when opening disputes on Aliexpress, or you will have your account suspended like mine was.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bela 10575 / Lepin 05020 Star Wars Obi-Wan Interceptor


The Obi Wan Jedi Interceptor (Lego 75135) was originally copied by Lepin last year as set 05020.  Now the same set is showing up under the Bela logo 10575.   I have the Lepin version of this set in my bootleg bricks collection and it's a pretty good knock-off of the Lego set.  The Bela set has 220 pieces and comes with an Obi Wan Kenobi minifigure and the R4-P17 astromech droid affectionately called Arfour.  Right now, it's only $8.20 USD on Aliexpress with free shipping.

Find it here:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/LEPIN-05020-Star-Wars-Obiwan-s-Jedi-interceptor-Micro-Fighters-Building-Bicks-Blocks-Baby-Toys-10575/32802809396.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Aliexpress Claim Policies




For those of you buying from the Aliexpress shopping platform, you should be aware of it's policies and how they arrive at their judgements when there is a dispute between buyer and seller.

Here's the link to the Aliexpress claim policies webpage.

http://activities.aliexpress.com/adcms/help-aliexpress-com/claim_policies.php

Some of the topics reviewed include:

Chapter I: General Principles

Chapter II: Products Not Received
1. Detention by Customs
2. Products in Transit
3. Parcel Returned
4. Dispatching to Wrong Address by Supplier
5. Products Received
6. Tracking Number Abnormal
7. Buyer Returned Parcel after Receipt
8. Buyer's Refusal to Accept
9. Supplier unilaterally change the method of transportation

Chapter III: Products Not As Described
1. Differences in Product Descriptions
2. Quality Problem
3. Sale of Fake Products
4. Intangible Products
5. Short Shipment
6. Goods Damaged

Chapter IV: General Provisions

Hope this article helps you to understand what actions Aliexpress takes when you make a claim during a dispute,

Friday, March 31, 2017

Bela 10166 Friends Heart Lake School Building Set


Hey there, brick fans.  I found a new fake Lego deal today on Aliexpress.  It's the 489 piece Friends Heart Lake School building set.  This set is a knock-off the retired Lego Heartlake High school set 41005.  This set is made by Bela and the model number is 10166.  I think the price of $20.03 USD is pretty good considering that other stores on Aliexpress are selling this set for about $30 USD, so you are saving another $10 from this Aliexpress seller.   In case you are wondering about the quality of the Bela brand, it is very comparable to Lego quality.  I've bought a few Bela sets and never had an issue with quality, clutch or missing parts.


Here's the link to the Aliexpress store.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-10166-BELA-Girls-Friends-Heart-Lake-City-School-Building-Block-Sets-489pcs-Assemble-Bricks-toys/32800708173.html

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lepin 05031 Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank Building Set


Hi readers!  Got another Aliexpress deal to show you today.  It's the 933 piece Star Wars Clone Turbo Tank by Lepin.  Model number is 05031, which is a bootleg of the Lego set 75151.  At just under $30 USD it is already an awesome price for this large knockoff brick set.  But you can actually pay a lot less by using the seller's store coupon.  It gives you another $3 USD off!  You only pay $26.99 on Aliexpress whereas the same set will cost you $110 USD from Lego.  And free shipping too!


To make use of the store coupon, make sure you apply the seller coupon when you go to review the item you want to buy in your cart.  You will see that Aliexpress adjusts your final total price.  I can't say how long the seller will honour the 10% off coupon, so if you are a fan of this giant Star Wars brick set, you better act soon.

Here's the link.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/LEPIN-933Pcs-Star-Wars-Clone-Turbo-Tank-75151-Building-Blocks-Compatible-with-lepin-05031-STAR-WARS/32787485360.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Monday, February 27, 2017

TopCashBack Rebates with Aliexpress


Hello Lego and other Alternate Brick fans.  As you know I like to buy my fake and compatible Lego brick sets from Aliexpress.  I get really good prices on sets I could not otherwise afford.  I don't know if you know, but you can save even more money by getting rebates when you go Aliexpress shopping.
When you login to TopCashBack.com, it is a referrer site that links you to Aliexpress.  If you go to this site instead of Aliexpress first, they will give you back 8% for shopping on Aliexpress.  There are no catches and it's completely free to join.

If you want to save even more money on your Aliexpress purchases, follow the link below.

https://www.topcashback.com/ref/member28821339216


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kazi 8045 City Crane Building Set


Hello brick fans and welcome back to aliexpress101.blogspot.com.  I found another building block set deal on Aliexpress.  It's this giant six wheel crane with 380 pieces.  It's by Kazi which makes other  Lego compatible construction, fire and army building sets.  It's priced at only $13.19 with free shipping so you can see you are really getting good value for your money.  If I didn't already have a Lego crane in my collection, I definitely would have bought this set.

The city crane comes with minifigures to drive the vehicle and operate the lifting boom.  It has stabilizers that extend out from the body so it won't topple over when lifting large loads.  The boom itself has a telescoping arm and a winch.  It can also pivot 360 degrees.

Here's the link if you want to get this set:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Compatible-with-Legoe-Kazi-8045-Building-Blocks-380-pcs-city-Crane-model-Bricks-Kids-Educational-toys/32558066415.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Lepin 05038 UCS Star Wars Sandcrawler Building Set


So just when I think I got the absolutely best price for my Lepin 05038 Sandcrawler, it comes down in price even more.  Well, the price hasn't really changed that much but the Aliexpress store is now offering an extra discount, which is probably only good for a few days.  The Lepin Sandcrawler is a bootleg of the Lego set 75059 with 3346 pieces which is the largest building set I've ever built.

If you want to check on my progress, you can follow it here.

I'm not going to buy another one, but thought I'd price it out just for fun.  With the combined seller discount and seller coupon, the total price for this set including shipping comes to $103.38.  With the average price of the Lepin Sandcrawler at about $120 to $130 USD on Aliexpress, this is a pretty good deal.  

Here's the link:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-Lepin-05038-Star-Wars-series-the-Sandcrawler-model-Building-Bricks-set-Classic-compatible-75059-Toys/32778513734.html

Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

4 Hulk Bigfigs by Deccol


You probably want to act quickly on this set because I'm sure it will either sell out or the seller will notice that they mis-priced this set of 4 Bigfig Hulks.   These larger minifigures are by Decool and have been around since 2014, so a lot of us more seasoned bootleg minifg collectors will probably already have them in our collection.  But if you are new to collecting bootleg minifigs or you just like the Hulk, you'll want to pick them up.  Anyways, you get 4 Hulks for the low price of only $3.19 USD, that's just under 0.80 cents per figure.  That's about the regular price of a standard size bootleg minifigure these days.


Here's the link:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-Hot-16-pcs-lot-Star-Wars-The-Force-Awakens-movie-Star-War-Kid-Baby-Toy/32576559588.html


Please remember that I cannot verify whether the seller or the item featured is good or not. Use your own judgement and research before making any purchases.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress or the sellers found there.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Lepin 05054 Star Wars U-Wing Fighter Building Set Price Review

Hello and welcome back to Aliexpress101.blogspot.com.   Today, I'm going to talk about the Lepin 05054 Star Wars U-Wing Fighter bootleg Lego building set.  Well, it's mostly going to be me ranting about why the price of this Lepin set has to cost so much.

First let's look at the ship.  The U-Wing fighter is that cool troop transport vehicle from the Rogue One Star Wars franchise.  It's a quad engine gunship that has wings that pivot outwards.  In the underbelly of the ship, it can carry a number of minifigures.  The Lego and Lepin versions of the ship has a cockpit for one pilot whereas the movie version has a dual pilot cockpit.  This set has 679 pieces and comes with 5 minifigures: a U-wing Pilot, Bistan, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor and a Rebel Trooper.




The amount of bricks in this U-Wing set is almost as many as in the Lego/Lepin X-wing fighter sets.  In my table below, I've compared the latest three Star Wars fighter sets that Lepin has copied from Lego.  Take a look.



Fighter Lepin Model Number of Bricks Release Date
Poe's X-wing Fighter 05004 748 pieces March/April 2016
Resistance X-Wing Fighter 05029 740 pieces September 2016
Rogue One U-Wing Fighter 05054 679 pieces December 2016



So I remember that when the Lepin Poe's 05004 X-wing Fighter first started showing up on AliExpress, it cost about $23 to $25 USD.   And when the Lepin 05029 Resistance Fighter appeared, it was priced at around $25 to $27 USD.




And I was ok with this price point because the Lego versions were and are much more.   Here's a snapshot of how much the Lego 10466 Poe's X-Wing Fighter costs on the Lego.com.   It's $79.99 USD.



I went on to Aliexpress and took this fairly current screen grab of the Lego knockoff Lepin 05004 X-Wing.  You can see it's $22.30 USD.   So the Lepin X-Wing version is about one-third the cost of the real Lego model.



The newer Lego 75149 Resistance X-Wing Fighter set is similarly priced at $79.99 USD.


The Lepin 05029 Resistance X-Wing Fighter is slightly more at $24.35 USD, again it's about one-third the cost of the real deal on Aliexpress.


So, now we are looking at Lego's 75155 U-Wing Fighter.  It is priced at $79.99 like the other previous X-Wing fighters.  But there's less pieces in this set, almost 10% less at 679.  Ok, it's 2017 Lego pricing, I get it.


So when I check Aliexpress, I expect that the new Rogue One Lepin version of the U-Wing fighter to only cost say $27 to $29 USD.  I was willing to pay that price.   But guess what, the lowest price on Aliexpress right now for the Lepin U-Wing is $40 USD!  That's right $40 USD.   That's 25% more than the other models that have more pieces.  I think that's just way too expensive for a bootleg Lego model.  It's not like Lepin has to pay any royalties to Disney or Star Wars.

As much as I want to buy the Lepin version, I'm going to hold off until the price drops to the price I'm willing to pay, which is under $30 USD.   What do you think?  Is $40 USD too much to pay for the Lepin knockoff version of the Lego Star Wars U-Wing?     Let me know, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Sorry for the rant, I just had to get that off my chest.