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.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

My List of Top 5 AliExpress Stores that Sell Bootleg Lego - November 2016


I get asked a lot about the Lego clone sellers/stores with whom I have had success with on Aliexpress, so this post will address that question.

In November 2016, I placed 9 purchase orders for bootleg and knockoff brick sets and minifigures. At the time of this writing, I have successfully received 8 of those orders, with 1 orders still outstanding.

The criteria is pretty simple to make my Top 5 Stores list:

1.  offer a wide selection of bricksets and/or minifigures at decent prices
2.  be responsive to messages
3.  ship within a reasonable timeframe (for my country, that's one to two months)
4.  don't lie and say item shipped when it hasn't
5.  don't give me a bogus tracking number


So, for the month of November 2016, my top 5 sellers/stores (in no particular order) on Aliexpress were:

1.  Big Cabbage
2. I Love Building Blocks
3. TopKingdom
4. Great Wall Technology
5. Blocks World 

If you click on the store name, it will take you to their Aliexpress store.

Here's the list of Aliexpress stores I used successfully in October 2016.

Please note that my AliExpress experience may or may not differ from your own purchase experience.  I have no affiliation to Aliexpress nor the sellers or stores listed there.   Please do your own research and due diligence before making any purchases on AliExpress.