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pekwah1

posted on 25/3/17 at 11:36 PM Reply With Quote
Cheap lego caterham

Hi guys,

Following a few other posts of people's lego Caterhams, I thought I'd post mine.
First of all, this is NOT lego and comes from https://cheap-bricks.com/
It took a few weeks to arrive but only cost around£30, less than half of the real lego.

Quality wise, I wouldn't know any different to the real lego, and kit is now complete with no problems!
I took the opportunity to go with the caterham blue and yellow which you can't get with lego.

I'll let the pics do the talking:



It came with guns for the exhaust manifold, is this the same as the lego set???






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Slimy38

posted on 26/3/17 at 10:51 AM Reply With Quote
Love the guns, it would be interesting to know if the real set has done the same!!

I'm intrigued by these cheap sets now. They've popped up because Lego's patent has expired (or something similar) so they're meant to be pretty much spot on. Having said that, I have heard stories that their quality control isn't the best, and some bricks just don't fit (either too loose or too tight).

I was looking at the Lego Porsche as a first 'dabble', but apparently the real Lego Porsche isn't a great kit to start with. For example, the gearbox is so high ratio that it won't turn in the higher gears. And the flappy paddles are accomplished with elastic bands.

Still, the one thing the cheap sets have (apart from price) is a variety of colours. Even this Caterham comes in half a dozen colours?

Can I ask whether you had to pay any import taxes, VAT/Customs etc?

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Slimy38

posted on 26/3/17 at 11:28 AM Reply With Quote
Found the real one, looks like it does!!



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MikeRJ

posted on 26/3/17 at 02:50 PM Reply With Quote
The real ones uses old school revolvers rather than modern semi-automatic pistols
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Gre3D

posted on 26/3/17 at 07:23 PM Reply With Quote
that's a nice looking thing! still think it's quite expensive for a chinese copy though :-)





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Andi

posted on 26/3/17 at 07:31 PM Reply With Quote
Just came back from the Lego shop in Leicester Square (my boy is mad on the stuff) I did pick up the Caterham one and almost bought it
but something was telling me to hold back.
Which is obviously this post
Think ill give these a try
Andi

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pekwah1

posted on 26/3/17 at 08:16 PM Reply With Quote
Honestly the quality is spot on, they don't have "lego" on each of the bumps and doesn't come with a box, but one of these or real lego at more than twice the price, I know what I'm.buying next!

Like I said, just be prepared to wait a few weeks for the overseas post...

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tr7v8

posted on 26/3/17 at 09:04 PM Reply With Quote
I can't see it on that link, got a better one please?





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pekwah1

posted on 26/3/17 at 09:29 PM Reply With Quote
Just use the search option in the top right..,

Otherwise try this:

https://cheap-bricks.com/lepin-21008-creator-caterham-seven-620r/

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nick205

posted on 27/3/17 at 10:46 AM Reply With Quote
Having just received and assembled a genuine Lego Caterham that one looks OK to me. Mine used revolvers for the exhaust down pipes - odd maybe, but the finished result looks good to me.






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cjwood23

posted on 28/3/17 at 02:25 PM Reply With Quote
That looks pretty good for the money.
I see they also do the Porsche....

Might get the Cateringvan and have a bash at building it - love the exhaust manifold!

***EDIT***

Ordered one - oops!

[Edited on 28/3/17 by cjwood23]





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posted on 28/3/17 at 03:43 PM Reply With Quote
Does anyone else feel just that little bit sorry for Leggo ?

I was brought up with Leggo. Then along comes some cheapskate who haven't got the brain to invent there own stuff
and destroys your company.


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steve m

posted on 28/3/17 at 06:32 PM Reply With Quote
I do agree with Paul, as I also was brought up with Lego, and loved it

But, they seemed to of got there prices very wrong, for what is basically, a plastic bag full of plastic bits
yet an unkown manufacture, has produced virtually the same thing, from scratch, yet its have the cost ?

mmm, sounds like the lego management team are on a bonus scheme to me





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rf900rush

posted on 28/3/17 at 06:55 PM Reply With Quote
What I don't get is how much Lego is.

For example over £50 for this. It's a box of plastic bits.

lego
lego



less than £30 for this. This is a box of plastic bits plus a remote controller , 4 electric motors , a controller and a camera.

XC5
XC5


Guess which one I have bought.

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Slimy38

posted on 28/3/17 at 07:35 PM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by steve m
I do agree with Paul, as I also was brought up with Lego, and loved it

But, they seemed to of got there prices very wrong, for what is basically, a plastic bag full of plastic bits
yet an unkown manufacture, has produced virtually the same thing, from scratch, yet its have the cost ?

mmm, sounds like the lego management team are on a bonus scheme to me


I agree, I reckon the cost of Lego should have dropped over time, not gone up. I can understand having to cover R&D costs for each new model, maybe a bit of money for licensing, but as you say the cost of manufacture should be rock bottom by now.

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coozer

posted on 28/3/17 at 09:25 PM Reply With Quote
I wanted the Emerald Night train and the cheapest i could find for the Lego was £450... But found it on that place for a non Lego one for £55 .... I love lego but why not as it looks exactly the same and I've saved a fortune...





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cjwood23

posted on 29/3/17 at 05:54 AM Reply With Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rf900rush
What I don't get is how much Lego is.

For example over £50 for this. It's a box of plastic bits.

lego
lego



less than £30 for this. This is a box of plastic bits plus a remote controller , 4 electric motors , a controller and a camera.

XC5
XC5


Guess which one I have bought.


The Caterham????





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coozer

posted on 29/3/17 at 10:00 AM Reply With Quote
The 24 hour race car on cheap-bricks.com looks canny...





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coozer

posted on 29/3/17 at 10:35 AM Reply With Quote
And I'm going to order the Tatra 813 truck.....





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Matt21

posted on 29/3/17 at 10:36 AM Reply With Quote
Love the big bang theory one cheapbricks sell.... named 'the big explosion' haha

Do you get taxed on the import of them at all? They're all listed in dollars

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coozer

posted on 29/3/17 at 12:59 PM Reply With Quote
You can change the currency with the drop down box at the top right.





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cjwood23

posted on 31/3/17 at 01:52 PM Reply With Quote
Has anyone been hit with import duty on these?





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pekwah1

posted on 31/3/17 at 05:45 PM Reply With Quote
No import duty for me...

To echo other people's comments, problem with lego is that they have massively inflated the cost.
I get pricing according to the brand, but this is supposed to be a mainstream toy...

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prawnabie

posted on 31/3/17 at 07:26 PM Reply With Quote
IIRC the patent ran out on lego a whilst back..
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