Hehe, I saw that one coming, guess this thread may go ballistic ...
OK, first things first:
I pledge allegiance to TLC and to their ideas, their creativity, the way they form communities, the more-than-fantastic brick, this list is endless. I really do. I don't know how much time I have spent playing with LEGOs, have thought about solutions, and it was worth every single minute. I did when I was three and ten years old, I am doing it now, at age 48.
I don't have any other plastic building blocks other than LEGO bricks in my house; and chances are, there never will be.
TLC has invented the brick, they shall get all the credit.
And I REALLY
mean all that.
But lets not just put us and TLC in the center of the world:
I am lucky enough that I can afford this extremely high-priced toy - therefore I simply expect that the bricks do behave as they do: Superior. There are people around the world that may not be as lucky as me though. I am traveling from time to time to Bangladesh - these folks are very, very happy that these dirt cheap plastic bricks even exist. You won't believe what they pay for this stuff; it becomes very clear that Enlighten must make a HUGE amount of revenue in Western Worlds! LEGO is not even on the market over there.
Enlighten are ripping off LEGO. And their customers.
Hmm. See above. Principally, you are right. But TLC has turned into a globally operating high-power player. At thatr point you should not rely on 30 years old patents. None of comparable companies do (SONY, BMW, BASF ...).
LEGO - in terms of intellectual and industrial property, regulations and legislation for both of which are in place on a global scale.
Yes, true again. But lets face reality; patents do have a lifetime. 30 years of protection may also lead to some sort of "ebony tower" tinking ... once again MAY! Here is a link
, there a millions more about this topic. Here we go: Introducing "Bley" ... and not telling people before. I have at least 4 different shades of red on my red bricks. Apparently they were made in China, and they screwed up over there ...
... we can go on with this list.
And even putting aside my worries regarding the chemical elements contained in that plastic/ dye, etc. (refer to my law + regulation obeying comment above), I must say that these bricks are far from being as impressive as some of you make them sound. Yes, they probably might make a nice replacement, but they also hurt your hands when building with them, can easily scratch you (some toy, huh!), and are on the brittle side too, especially after having been placed under direct sunlight.
Well I am with you. Particularly with the bad chemicals being present in most of the Dragon Empires plastic. I was solely talking about my
choice of maybe considering such bricks (for me only dirt cheap track counts) - I am a chemist as well, and yes, this is the most concerning topic. I would not eat the stuff, would not put in my mouth, would probably careful when scratching begins. We should ease-up at least a little though - how many tons Dragon Empire Plastic do we all have in the house? A shitload ... (this is an adult forum, right?
Not to mention the fact that many parents buy such sets and their kids grow up actually believing that "that stuff that just doesn't work right" actually is LEGO - at least in my country. Unfair competition, anyone?
Ever driven a Mercedes Benz, top class? I never have but when we would compare "cars" - it may get into an unfair competition, particularly when looking at my uhmm car ...
Let me just remind you that this whole thread is about Enlighten not actually selling / producing anything remotely close to 9V either. So... yeah, you can buy those train models. And yeah, then you'll end up torturing both the badly-molded train wheels and (probably) the Enlighten rails by actually powering those trains, but that's your choice.
No, not me. I don't want to live with all the problems, I want superiour quality - I am paying for.
Whatever you choose, play well and have fun
Citation: "The choice has been made - Oh no, I didnt choose anything, did you - ..." yes, from the GhostBusters movie, my all time favorite. I have so many pieces of LEGO in the house - I can't possibly count them. There are about ten LEGO trains running through my office, all the real thing. By the way, I have motorized Ben Benekes BR23 (not the "pushing" approach, all powered from the engine(!) - can't wait to show it off, but I need ot order some individual
bricks from TLC (THAT was novel) ...
You are right. Bashing TLC? No. High priced = high quality. Low price = maybe crap. We are grown-up and should make our choices. I have outlined my above. Other may very well go another route and be very happy as well.
I very much liked your comments - it was fun to reply!
That's is the main reason I stick aroud this forum.