Publication date: 2018-06-17 02:33
Well, I picked the fire squad set with my mother in mind, but after writing and reading-back this review, I am actually hesitant about giving it to her.
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So I decided to keep an eye on the brick finish and quality along the way, as well as test their proper compatibility with the original branded stuff. This last part because I had heard horrible comments about that quality of the knock off boxes.
The first thing that caught my eye about the set was the great finish of the parts, things looked familiar, smooth and reusable. Not only that, while building I actually got a little bit giddy of the smooth fit of each part onto the next. Clearly these parts had some time put in to make generic parts stack in a neat way. They make me think of the LEGO (tm) Architecture series: Nice imaginative constructions using mostly basic parts in a good colour scheme. Only for kids.
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This is a valid business strategy, but to the more discerning little builder it might feel bit of a hassle. And it certainly does not add to structural integrity. The colours go more towards the old 6995's standard, the smaller parts the figurines seem to hang more towards the end of the 6985's.
There are minor differences, and you can see the real brand has more experience in producing the parts, but even the skeleton with the treasure chest caught my eye, because it actually felt a bit rattly, without falling apart. Also on the figurines the joints feel good, the hands snap in, allowing easy rotation without constantly falling out.
If this review leads you to develop an interest in something, do let me know, enough positive reactions might lead me to do a one-off import session of a limited number of different boxes.