Holy crap. I didn’t know this was a thing.
My nephews are 6 and 10 and both of them are clamoring for Lego Star Wars stuff this Christmas. Cool, right? I like Lego anyway, so it doesn’t bother me to go looking for some deals. I was just offhand griping (half jokingly) to a co-worker about the prices on the licensed Lego sets, when he suggested checking out “Lepin” instead.
It turns out that it’s a Chinese knock-off of Lego, and it’s not like the old days of copycat building toys. Lepin is just about indistinguishable from the official blocks. No joke. I’m stunned that I’m seriously considering buying some of these - not for presents, of course. For me.
This is $37 compared to the Lego version which is $100+ on most sites. That’s really tempting. I know it’s wrong. It’s legit piracy and encouraging infringement, etc. But…