The usual phrases I've seen include some mixture of the following:
Universal interlocking bricks
Modular building system
Plastic construction toy blocks
and so on...
But don't forget adding "Compatible with leading brands" if it is indeed the case :)
"Communist LEGO" is a comprehensive list of all the LEGO imitators and clone brands. It is an interesting read:
Keep in mind that, while clone brands may be cheaper at the beginning, they have minimal or no resale value, and thus can end up being more expensive than genuine LEGO. Because of LEGO's ...
I have 2 Banbao set from before the lawsuit with Lego (minifig style minifigs) and they are more and less compatible with lego, the pitch between the studs is the same. But there is some remark I noticed within comparing both brands for a few minutes.
Studs are higher, a Lego plate on a Banbao brick will leave a small gap between both bricks
Plates are ...
You were on the right track. This is a skateboard, but it is not a LEGO part. It's a Mega Bloks part, probably from set 9167 (X Mountain). The skateboard in the top right has a sticker that seems to match your description.
The wheels clip on to allow them to pivot back and forth. I can only assume that this is to give these skateboards a more off-road feel.
The most obvious sign is the LEGO mark present on each stud. I have yet to learn of any single copycat company that would go through the legal and technical trouble required to mold these onto every stud of every piece in a consistent fashion.
If the piece has no studs to check or the markings are present and you still have doubts you can take a suitably ...
What about the 75930 Indoraptor Rampage for an almost timeless mansion? Without the raptors it is not too expensive.
The 10228 Haunted house could provide a good basis for a rebrick of a nice mansion on the hill just outside of your city. However, this one is ALWAYS expensive, as you probably know.
For many nice little ideas for everyday items and a MOC ...
Page was owner of the patent only for Great Britain, allowing LEGO to use the design worldwide. Buying a "rival" company (Kiddicraft) later on is nothing unusual in business history. Therefore, blaming Page's death on LEGO does not make much sense.
Regarding chinese brands, one has to make a difference between using a compatible plastic brick system (which ...
Yes and no. If you found normal basic bricks without the LEGO logo, then they are definitely not Lego.
However, some parts are too small to have the logo. Things like utensils from the Friends theme, balls, technic pins, etc. don't have room for the logo, but this doesn't mean they aren't made by Lego.
The very first Lego bricks (2x2 and 2x4 bricks in 1949)...
This is a Megabloks baseplate, not LEGO.
For future reference - LEGO pieces will have "LEGO" stamped on the studs (where possible) and will have "(c) LEGO" somewhere on the inside in most cases as well. Difficult to read or find, but it is there upon close inspection. Your piece does not have any markings on the studs.
Welcome! COGO is a clone brand, and hence not generally used around here. COGO bricks will work with LEGO, however, the quality, finish and fit of COGO bricks is significantly less than LEGO's, so I would advise to return the COGO set and buy a (smaller but) better quality LEGO set instead.
That is a Kawada Dia Block made in Japan. Entex and Sears imported those into the US in the 70’s and 80’s and repackaged them under such brands as Loc Bloc and Brix Blox. The “S” is actually a K on top of a D, which is the emblem for the Japanese toy company Kawada. Dia Blocks are still made and available in Japan today.
These look like Modulex bricks:
Modulex was a building system that was designed for adults. It was developed by The LEGO Group at the same time as their Modulex sets were produced from 1963 until 1965, and were exclusively available in parts packs by colour. The LEGO Group made Modulex a separate company in 1965, and the text "LEGO" was removed from the ...
The tools obviously have different handle widths. If they do not properly fit into a minifigure’s hand, they are almost certainly not Lego. If they do, they are compatible for most practical purposes, even if they are clones.
The grey, star-like thing is a K’nex connector.
The white post looks like a Support 2×2×7 Lamp Post.
The left and right part in the ...
I think this is Marklin plus,
a building system by Marklin which ran from 1973 till the end of the seventies
also see http://www.metallbaukasten.de/marklin/plus.html
thanks to the comment of Jan Windemuth for pointing me to Marklin
Enlighten Brick is a Chinese LEGO knock-off brand.
A lot of, if-not most of, the sets the produce are basically copies of existing LEGO sets, either current ones or popular retired ones.
From their website though, they do appear to have some of their own designs.
Edit by Phil B: Word of Warning: By buying counterfeited sets (such as these Enlighten Bricks ...
Clear 2x4 bricks might seem to be expensive because LEGO doesn't produce them currently (they stopped making them in 2006). However, a quick search on Bricklink sees them listed as cheap as $0.02 per brick, used, which is not expensive at all. Just make sure you look for the correct brick design - you want to look at 3001old.
My answer totally springboards off of Alexander "Hawk-Eyes" O'Mara's astute observation of its suspected authenticity. Nice job Alex.
I looked up BIONICLE knock-offs and got a video that named the brand as "конструктор последний воин", then Google Image searched that phrase for a pic of our Greenie Meanie, and Voila!:
Google translates the Russian/...
So, the curiosity bug bit me again. The mysterious part appears to be a Kre-O "Motion Brick" which appeared in various sets. In my research I found that there is a variation (hollow vs. solid) in the studs, as shown in the picture.
In my opinion, LEGO must follow clone brands very closely, and this for a number of reasons.
The first, which is obvious and has already been mentioned, is that they want to protect their own intellectual property. As such, they'll want to take legal action as soon as possible when one of their trademarks/copyrights is infringed.
The second one is actually ...
I have solved the mystery. After searching up many different vintage plastic bricks (I had no idea there were so many), I stumbled upon LOC BLOC, made in the USA in the 1970's by a company called Entex. I still don't get what the "S" symbol on top of the brick is, but they match completely.
There are vendors that sell LEGO compatible blocks. One place to look for these is on AliExpress, which is an online marketplace affiliated with Alibaba, the world's largest retailer (wikipedia).
You can search around for what you want, but here are two sellers that I found as an example (1, 2).
Note that these don't appear to be significantly better ...