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You might be interested in the excellent, hilarious and comprehensive Communist LEGO report. It tells you all you can expect, from the good brands to the bad brands. At a minimum, it'll get you rolling of your chair with laughter. A summary taken from the document: Brand List 2015 LEGO is a global brand and has been the subject of many copies over ...


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Please contact LEGO customer service. They will send you new pieces, and even more importantly, they will make note about the quality issues. The following quote is from the LEGO Ambassador forum in regards to quality issues by Keith Severson, who is the senior manager for community support at LEGO. It is about recent quality problems with another LEGO ...


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I should post the answer as a comment to Phil B.'s post, but since it contains some useful content for the others, it will also be an answer. First of all Phil B. thanks for the link, that's exactly what i was looking for and i will mark it as an accepted answer. After reading the PDF, here is the summary of which blocks can we risk buying and which to ...


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Besides the obvious quality checks, something that is quite important to me when buying second hand: in what state of assembly will the set be shipped? Unless it's a set I'm desperately searching, I will almost certainly forego bidding if the set appears to be shipped entirely assembled. Partially disassembled is even worse in my opinion. Also not ...


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First of all, let me congratulate you, that was indeed an amazing deal you made back then. This 8880 seems to be near mint condition, and should fetch you a nice return should you choose to sell it. Speaking both as an experienced buyer of used LEGO sets as well as an owner of an used 8880, my personal priority list of criteria is the following: ...


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Regarding the Bushings, I think the loss of their gripping/clutching power has less to due with a phantom cloning agent, and more to due with the quality of the official LEGO piece, and how plastic degrades over time. My collection has Bushings that are weak too, but its due to age (over 25+ years) and normal play. Mine are not clones. Now the issue with ...


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I just got a call from LEGO Support. I can't repeat it word for word, but (translating to English) it was like: Over the last decade manufacturing process of this brick has undergone many improvements that have improved its durability. You shouldn't encounter any problems with new ones if you will buy them, and if you will have problems in two years after ...


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I don't know about the quality issues, but my experience has been that you can just call LEGO customer service, tell them the issue and the amount of affected pieces, and they will send you free replacements.


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I've bought some sci-fi military-themed sets from Gudi, and this is my opinion: Plastic quality is almost on par with Lego, albeit a bit harder. Minifig are slightly less good. They seemed to have a quite good model designer in 2014-15: there are some sci-fi and military kits that actually look good. However, 2016 models marked a step backward, IMHO. I ...


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My son got a LELE set and I am really impressed! The quality is VERY good, the pieces are totally regular like a LEGO, it has some sticks to glue on some pieces and I really believe these sets are the best clones in China. The manual for assembling is perfect, LEGO like, all the pieces match perfectly. LEGO forgive me, but this LELE is a high quality copy. ...


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I own a lego movie 2 minifig (flashback lucy) and the head piece is much harder to turn then usual, but that might just be because it's brand new.


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