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A while back I ordered a bunch of fake Lego kits from China and did a quick review of the included minifigs for the AT-DP kit. This series of posts completes that review. Before we get into the details however, here's a photo of the fully assembled kit (available from AliExpress)...

As you can see the quality is pretty good overall! I was surprised by how good the bricks actually were. If you don't look too closely you would not even know that it was a fake.

This kit has been a lot of fun to build. There were some very intricate connections between bricks and some bricks had very unusual in shape. Everything fit tightly where needed and gave room for movement where movement was due e.g. the top part of the AT-DP rotates, the legs bend at the joints, etc.

So lets see what was in the kit. As I said in my previous posts (linked above), none of the kits came in boxes. All I had was a bunch of unlabelled bags and the instruction manual. No big deal. The manual had a clearly fake "Space Wars" logo on the front. The quality of the print in the manual was great, no blurring or misprints. The instructions were very clear too.

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There were defects in the bricks. I didn't think any of these were too bad though, certainly nothing that interfered with the construction. I'd put most of these down as slight quality control issues and cosmetic problems.

The most obvious were the injection point defects on the studs (the bumps on top of the brick) and lines where moulds didn't fully align. By far these were the most common defects I saw. You will also notice that none of the studs had any kind of logo, unlike the official Lego bricks.

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The bottom side of the bricks had misaligned mould marks and some places bits of plastic were left stuck to the brick from over pouring (I assume) and not cutting excess off properly.

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Mind you, not all bricks had these problems. Some of the bricks appeared to be perfectly moulded, perhaps some moulds are better made. Others though, had some other strange defects in them ranging from missing bits of inner walls to some kind of scratch marks.

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I also saw some snap off point issues in places. These are not terrible but just don't look nice.

Some of the larger bricks had numerical markings on the inside, not sure what that was about. Most of the connector pegs were poorly made with lots of left over bits of plastic and injection marks but somehow it didn't interfere with the construction much.

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Now that about covers the defects I encountered. There will be a couple more mentioned later in my write up, which were specific to the construction of the kit, not the bricks overall.

As I said earlier, the bricks fit very well. It was just the right tightness and there were no gaps when they were assembled together.

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It all fit very well in fact. Even the pieces that I was expecting to misalign were flush. The manual was also surprisingly good and to scale!

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Not long into the build I had the first part of the AT-DT assembled. This was the internal part of the cockpit where the Storm Troopers sit.

That's the end of this first part of the review, you can continue reading the second part at this link: Legeod Star Wars AT-DP kit review (fake Chinese Lego clone) - part 2.

If you're interested in getting this kit, you can purchase it here: 2016 Legeod Star Wars AT-DP.


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