Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lepin 02036 City Truck Building Set Review

Hello and welcome back to Its Not Lego, a blog about Lego alternative building brick sets.  Today, I will be reviewing the Lepin 02036 City Truck.  It is a near exact replica of the Lego City Truck set 3221, with the exception of the Lepin logo on the truck instead of Lego.  Pictured above is the cover page from the instruction booklet.

And here's the back of the instruction booklet which I'm sure is a copy of Lego's booklet (again except for the Lepin logos).

I ordered my set off Aliexpress using a new account.  Recall that my old account got suspended for raising too many disputes.  If you missed that blog post, you can find it here.  Anyways, I'm not going to raise as many disputes as I used to, because I want to stay under the Aliexpress radar.

This is the sticker sheet that comes with the Lepin City Truck set.  Do you notice that the licence plate has the Lepin set number on it?   Normally I don't put the stickers on the building sets, but this one will be an exception.

You only get two minifigures with the Lepin City Truck set.  The guy with the dark blue shirt must be the driver.  The guy with the red cap and overalls is responsible for loading all the boxes.  They both look to be near Lego quality, right down to the hair piece.  Lepin has really upped their game recently when it comes to mini figure reproduction.

Ok, let's start building!  Here I've started on the truck chassis.

Chassis completed!  Pretty straight forward build, no advanced techniques on this one.

Building the sleeper cab.  There's two exhaust pipes on the rear of the cab.  Inside there is one seat and a bed.  You get the standard red mug also.   Good news ... no scratches on the windshield.

You can't see it here, but there is also a printed TV screen on the inside of the cab.

Roof, doors and mirrors attached to the sleeper cab.

The sleeper cab of the City Truck clips onto the chassis snugly.

Here's another view before I add the wheels.

The Lepin city truck has the replica Lego wheels which I like.  It rolls great!

Now it's time to work on the semi-trailer (that's what we call it in North America, what do you call it  in your country?).

The side doors and walls of the trailer are in.

Another pic of the almost completed trailer.

The back doors have been added to the trailer now.

Now we work on the undercarriage of the trailer.  Not exactly a fifth wheel configuration, but it works.  Also added the support struts.

Tail lights added and wheel assembly too.

Time to flip it over.

Testing the struts.  Its Not Lego gives it a passing grade.

Ta-da!  We've now hitched up the trailer to the cab.   The Lepin City truck is complete.  Well almost, now we need to add the stickers.

Here's the final Lepin City Truck with stickers added to the truck and the boxes.

Looks awesome!

More views!

It's so long it has a hard time negotiating the curve in the road.

Here's a look from behind.

Well, that's my review, hope you liked the pictures!

Brand: Lepin
Model:  02036 City Truck
Knockoff:  Yes,  Lego City Truck 3221
Number of pieces:  298 pieces
Number of minifigs: 2
Price paid on Aliexpress:  approx 14 USD, shipping free.

Monday, July 3, 2017

LED Lights for Lepin Modulars from Daiso

The last time I was in Japan, I visited the large 108 yen store called Daiso in the trendy neighbourhood of Harajuku.  It's located right on Takeshita Dori not far from Harajuku Station.

They sell Battery operated LED Decoration Lights for 108 yen.  They come in 2 colours;  White and Colorful Mix.  They also come in 2 different modes, Flashing and non Flashing.  I picked up the Flashing White LED package and the Non-Flashing Color LED package.  The White version only come with 8 lights whereas the Colorful one comes with 10 lights.  

After you remove the light string from the package, you have to install two AA batteries into the battery pack.  On top of the battery pack, there is a black on/off switch.   I switched on the light string and this is the result.  There are 4 different colours in this string:  Yellow, Red, Green and Blue.

There was sufficient lights for me to light the second and third floors of my modified Lepin Cafe Corner modular building.  The wires are long enough that I can place the battery pack outside the building and feed the LED string into the second floor balcony door.  I added some 1x2 plates with hooks to hold the light string in place on the second floor, then I ran the remainder of the LED string up the stairwell into the third floor and placed the remaining lights next to the windows.

Here I've opened the packaging for the White LED lights and installed the batteries.

This is the flashing version.

Here's the modded Lepin Cafe Corner modular with LED lights on all 3 floors.


So, the two LED light strings cost me a total of 216 yen which is around $2 USD.  For that low price I can light up 3 floors of my Lepin Cafe Corner modular building.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gudi 9215 Fire Rescuer Building Set Review

 Hey, welcome back, it's been awhile since I last posted.  I've got a whole bunch of building block sets to review.  Today we will look at the Gudi 9215 Fire Rescuer block set.  I ordered this set from Aliexpress back in February and finally got it last week (middle of May).

This Lego compatible set has 431 pieces. Here's all the pieces after I removed them from their bags.  There is a small sticker sheet for the fire engine.  There's also a useful transparent blue brick separator tool.

Four minifigures come with this building set.  Three of them are firemen and a male minifig who has a defective arm.

Unfortunately he got two left arms and is missing a hand.  I can replace his hand, but don't know if i can replace his arm or not.

All the firemen are laughing and making fun of him, so cruel.

Gudi skimped on the back printing of the minifigs.  They could of least printed the hoodie on the back of the yellow figure.

Yellow man's house is on fire, Help!  This building has lots of windows and doors and accessories, like a ladder, a lamp post and telephone.

Go ahead, just jump and we'll catch you.  Not sure if one can trust these firemen.  They don't even have a net.  I guess it's a good thing that there's no back wall on his house.

Um, yellow guy doesn't want to jump out of his flaming house.  Bring in the ladder truck please.

Despite so many different storage areas and cubbyholes on the fire truck, somebody forgot to bring the life saving equipment.  Got lots of fire extinguishers, though.

Check the back of the truck, maybe we got some equipment there.

Nope, sorry.

Try the other side of the truck.  Darn, so much room but all empty.

Ok, guess we will have to deploy the ladder.  Luckily the Gudi design is pretty good.  The turntable swivels around smoothly and doesn't fall off like the ones on Kazi brand blocks.

The main drawback with the ladder is there's no extension piece.

As you can see, the ladder can pivot quite high and is very sturdy.

 Ok, let's see if we can douse the flames with our water gun.  Um, Mister yellow man, you can just try to climb down the ladder in front of your house if you don't want to get wet.

Before I forget, the roof of the fire truck comes off easily to access the cab compartment.  Funny design though, the fireman doesn't get a chair, he has to stand to drive the truck.  The hose reel tucks back into the firetruck when not in use.

 Here's that sticker sheet that comes with the Fire Rescue set.

Final thoughts:  This Lego compatible set is a Gudi exclusive design, I think.  There's lots of play value in this set with the small two storey building and the fire truck that has so many different features.  I like the swivelling ladder and the fire hose and reel.  The truck comes with lots of storage, but not enough equipment.  You do get some fire extinguishers, a shovel and a walkie talkie though.
The fire truck has the Lego like rims and tires which is also nice.

The only minus is the defective minifigure I got.  If there's one improvement, I would make, it would be to add a ladder extension.  I paid about $10 USD for this set but the normal price on Aliexpress is about $20-30 USD if you search for Gudi 9215.  I think the store that I bought from made a pricing mistake.

 Well, that wraps up my review of the Gudi Fire Rescuer building block set.  Hope you liked it.

Brand:  Gudi
Model:  9215 Fire Rescuer with Building and Fire Truck
Number of minifigs: 4
Number of pieces:  431
Price paid:  about $10 USD from Aliexpress