Enlighten, BanBao, & Other Clone Train Brands
Posted 14 March 2011 - 05:19 PM
Later I found out that more than having unique trains they pirated lego trains like the Sante Fe Super Chief or the World City Sets, even the design of the boxes! How is this legal?
Please tell me what you think
Here is a URL for some Enlighten trains.
Posted 14 March 2011 - 05:48 PM
Btw, LEGO clone brands are discussed and reviewed on a regular basis here, just so that people know what they're getting (or rather, not getting out of such products). You could for example have a look in the Pirates forum and you'll notice that there's a thread discussing specifically Chinese LEGO Pirates bootlegs.
As to this being "legal" - well, let's just say that TLG have other fish to fry...
Lebgo: The Bulgarian LUG
Posted 14 March 2011 - 09:42 PM
Our loyalty lies with Lego and will always stay with Lego.....and if those clones have a good idea...take it...MOC it in LEGO !
Brick On !
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:08 PM
Posted 15 March 2011 - 01:12 AM
The only Enlighten train I was impressed by was the 'Deluxe locomotive' and the Deluxe 'passenger car', these were not Lego originals but there own designs I think?. Never the less I am in the process of re creating them out of Lego as it will fit in better with what I already have.
I only use cheap Lego for parts you don't see such as filler bricks.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 02:41 AM
I will have to agree! I am not a big fan of generic crap in my LEGO collection. Call me a purist but I don't see the kind of quality that you find in LEGO. I was tempted a long time ago to get an enlighten set ..... more on a whim of curiosity, but I don't see (or hear) anything appealing about them.
Edited by Vestabuyer, 15 March 2011 - 02:42 AM.
Stop! Give me back my cart you knuckle-head!
Posted 16 March 2011 - 10:41 PM
Enlighten stuff is a Lego Clone. Not as good quality, but they have done some unique designs, the green electric loco and carriages for one. Agreed, the wheels have more friction and the bricks are heavier. My solution is to either apply silicone grease to the nipple or replace with genuine lego wheels. I have no problems with the Enlighten Train, and gives a bit more choice, when Lego stop their designs, which are lost forever.
Actually the BNSF rip-off is an exact copy of as real engine. It was in a film, I saw. If I remember what it is...
Lego is much better - the original, and still brings out good models. just seems not enough, as the 80's, when you could buy carriages, all types of track and accessories. Now it is just main kits that are released.
Both have their place, and it is up to the buying public if they buy it or not.
This is using one lego 9v motor, pulling three carriages. Normal enlighten wheels, greased. At full power, derails on the curves. How fast do you want to go?
I like it. Better internal detailing I've every seen on a lego train.
Edited by Brickimad, 16 March 2011 - 10:49 PM.
Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:01 PM
Oh, I found an Oz web site selling said brand with said train theme....oh, dear !
Brick On !
Posted 19 March 2011 - 11:51 PM
Here is a pic of the enlighten train engine
Posted 20 March 2011 - 01:36 AM
Hopefully you can post more pictures.....it would be interesting to get hold of the instructions and Lego-ify it ?
Brick On !
Posted 20 March 2011 - 10:44 AM
I know some people might not like "clone" brands, and believe this is Blasphemy. Once one has bought all the Lego, this is the next best thing...
One interesting fact, they use doors! Saves the passengers having to walk through solid surfaces to get to their seats. Quite novel design also on the windows. All the motifs are printed straight onto the bricks. Looks better and won't get unstuck. Even the windows have curtains and detail.
I reckon Lego should "clone" some ideas from here.
Edited by Brickimad, 20 March 2011 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 11:24 AM
Brick On !
This sounds like Obi-One says in Revenge of the Sith!
I can only agree with the Tiger!
Posted 20 March 2011 - 11:49 AM
Just think about the cost of an injection mould, lets say 20,000 GBP per mould, there must be over 100 different moulds used in these trains, how would a new company plough that amount of money into new moulds without any proven sales history, they so have to be using lego moulds? and then removing the logos from the bricks?
Edited by paul_delahaye, 20 March 2011 - 11:50 AM.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 11:57 AM
for the tracks... well, that would be a good deal! the brown color make them looking nice, like real dirty tracks and the price is less than half the lego one!
is there anyone out there who already bought them?
Posted 20 March 2011 - 02:21 PM
I reckon the minifigs are pretty good, for what they are and hard to tell them apart, unless you really look.
If anyone wants me to "review" the other enlighten train stuff, I have almost all of them (except the Xmas clone).
leave a post here on this thread, and I'll do it.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 03:40 PM
I would like to know something more about the tracks. I'm planning to build a big train layout and the cheap price of those brown tracks is very intetesting!
Posted 20 March 2011 - 04:44 PM
I don't have the tracks, as I have loads of 9v and 12v stuff, and is not required. What's good, is they are compatable
with the 9v/ rc tracks, and are an alternative, or should I say, the only choice now Lego have stopped making curved units.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:12 PM
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