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I just finished the second floor of XingBao's 5052 piece Maritime Museum.

And while I'm pretty impressed with the overall quality of the building, I thusfar am missing 4 parts.

Is there a way I can obtain substitutes from XingBao for the missing parts?


Note

The set I'm refering to is NOT a clone of a Lego product or fan-built MOC but an original MOC created by XingBao's YiyiToys design team. Unlike Lepin, which is infamous in the Lego community for blatantly cloning Lego sets, XingBao's sets are all original designs and not Lego clones.

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Xingbao reproduces standard LEGO elements for their models, so it should be much easier to replace the missing parts with LEGO pieces, then trying to contact Xingbao. If you are not familiar with the LEGO equivalent of the missing parts, you can post a picture here, and the community here should be able to identify them for you.

  • Thanks for the helpful response. I expected as much. And I don't think it should be that hard to find the missing pieces on BrickLink or Bricks&Pieces, except I'm not sure how to find the right color. Do you happen to know how the light yellow, the dark yellow (beige) and the dark grey @ i.imgur.com/c9bdrVI.jpg are called at BrickLink or Bricks&Pieces? Those are the three colors of the 4 pieces that are thusfar missing. – John Slegers Jan 25 '18 at 18:13
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    John, the pieces on the image appear to be tan (the light buttery color), dark-tan (the darker sandy/clay color), reddish-brown, light-bluish-gray, and dark-bluish-gray. Those are the names they are listed as on BrickLink. – TheBrickBlogger Jan 25 '18 at 18:27
  • Awesome! Thanks again!! Since I think I now know all I need to know to find the right pieces on BrickLink, I'll "accept" your answer. – John Slegers Jan 25 '18 at 18:42
  • I'm glad I was able to help. If you run into any issues identifying the parts, just come back and someone can help you find them. – TheBrickBlogger Jan 25 '18 at 20:35
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Apart from the fact that with this purchase you sponsored an IP-violating product and made yourself complicit to illegal activities, one of the other downsides of buying unauthorized clone copies is that customer service is non existing. You can buy the missing pieces on BrickLink or from LEGO’s Bricks&Pieces service, provided these are just clone copies of proper, existing LEGO bricks.

I doubt you will find much support on this site for your purchase, however, and many will perceive the omission of pieces as a rightful punishment for supporting these companies.

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    You must be confusing XingBao with Lepin. It is Lepin that blatantly copies official Lego sets and fan-built MOCs. XIngBao only sells original designs that in no way violate Lego's or anyone else's IP. – John Slegers Jan 25 '18 at 16:52
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    (continued) And if the set in question was in fact a clone of a Lego set, I would just buy LEGO equivalents of the missing pieces from Lego's Bricks&Pieces. It is precisely XingBao selling ONLY ORIGINAL DESIGNS that are NOT CLONES OF ANY LEGO PRODUCTS OR FAN-BUILT MOCS that makes it less obvious where to find substitutes for the missing pieces. Hence my asking for help here. – John Slegers Jan 25 '18 at 16:57
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    Just for your information, Xingbao (星堡) is owned by Meizi Model (美致模型), which is the same company that owns LEPIN. According to numerous reports, if a LEGO fan agrees to have their model made, they get produced under Xingbao. If they don't agree, they get stolen and produced under Lepin. Every branch of this company is super shady and have no shame stealing from both LEGO and LEGO fans. – TheBrickBlogger Jan 25 '18 at 17:58
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    @JohnSlegers It's probably more to do with timing and globalisation - Looking into some of the LEGO/Kiddicraft aspects, it's likely that the Kiddicraft patents didn't cover Denmark/Europe (The EU and EEA didn't exist then, so patent's wouldn't have been cross-border), and so there was nothing stopping LEGO making and selling in Denmark - they wouldn't have been able to sell in the UK though. The issue now is the so-called "grey" imports of patent/trade mark infringing products into these markets... – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jan 26 '18 at 9:37
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    @JohnSlegers (continued) ...obviously Meizi Model can do whatever's acceptable within China, but as has been pointed out by TheBrickBlogger some of these practices are clearly not something that in general we approve of. It's also acknowledged that TLG can still get this wrong (see the uproar around the Ghostbusters Firehouse as a recent example - and how they've handled the more recent Cloud City Idea)... – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jan 26 '18 at 9:44

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