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  1. This is a real thing in China, though the days of this ancient way of fishing are probably numbered.
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    Oxford World War Series - WWII Planes, Tanks

    I have the Panther, Tiger and T34/85. As mentioned, the hips and the torso can't be interchanged with LEGO, There are 2 extrusions to make sure it doesn't happen though the pegs would most likely fit. The torso prints are ok, though the iron crosses are way oversized. The head print designs might not be to everyone's sensibilities, so i'd recommend swapping them out. The tanks themselves are very nice. in my opinion there are 3 major and legitimate brick Tank providers: Brickmania (more a boutique than general actually i guess), Cobi and Oxford. I also like that it comes with german MG34s and US M1919 machine guns. In terms of aesthetics, these doesn't lose to companies like Brickarms. In terms of design, Oxford is 2nd only to Brickmania, and their offerings are comparable in scale (about 1/32 - 1/35). However, being a general product for kids, the design emphasizes sturdiness over accuracy, thus we have in inaccuracies like the straight side skirts insted of sloped ones. Cobi is also very good, but in my opinion 9again)suffers from using too many specialised pieces, no doubt looking more like the real thing, but in doing so, loses some of the "LEGO charm". Also the scale is bigger as well, around 1/28. In summary: I would buy more Oxford military!
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    LEGO Ideas: 21310 Old Fishing Store (Fall 2017)

    Nice! I was rooting for (though not expecting) this one! loved this the moment I saw it in ideas
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    Afrika Korps Vehicles

    Very nice. Instantly recognizable. How about tackling the Tiger 131?
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    What got you into collecting Lego as an Adult?

    I was on vacation to New York in May 2011, and I was asked by my brother in law to help him get some LEGO sets (he wanted the Death Star and other big sets), since USA was selling LEGO at a far cheaper price than my home country (even with sales tax added in). It was when I saw the Emerald Night in Times Square Toys"r"us, I was mightily impressed by how it looked. Though it alone wasn't enough to suck me in. Then I went to Rockefeller Center's LEGO shop and saw a assembled display of the newly released Mearsk Train. That did the trick.
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    Bootleg Super Heroes minifigs - worth it or not?

    It's a hook. You put it between 4 studs. With 2 of these, you can make a Lego weapons display on a wall
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    [REVIEW] 70168 Drillex Diamond Job

    Nice review ! The drill function is pretty nice too1
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    In which country is Lego the cheapest....

    With the discussion on taxes..... i don't live anywhere near the US, but I do know that Amazon.com (not 3rd parties selling using Amazon) does not charge sales tax, in states where it has no Brick and Mortar presence, and generally does not charge shipping as long as you have minimum US$35 worth of purchases .So for the majority of states in the US, LEGO is sales tax and shipping free.... as long as you use Amazon.com. So I'm not sure if it will make it the cheapest in the world, but i though it is worth to take that into consideration.
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    Bootleg Super Heroes minifigs - worth it or not?

    Probably taobao. As with all China internal marketed sites, to effectively navigate the site, you must know Chinese, and well.
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    LEGO Ideas Exo Suit being discontinued in Febuary

    Poor sales? This doesn't tally with the experience on Amazon.com (When they still shipped LEGO internationally) where the sets were constantly sold out. I have personally tried to get 1 set, but was never able to get it because it keeps selling out.
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    DIYMilitary Figures

    Basically the brand is Di Long (or Ti Long, depending on how one romanize 迪龙 ). the biggest selling point for these figures besides the fact that they are military based, are the camo prints. The weapons are copies of various 3rd party minifig weapon vendors like brickarms and sidan toys/ Minifigcat (among others). I own 2 sets of them and i'll say that the quality is just passable only. Note that the head diameter for the minifigs for this particular brand is ever so slightly smaller than official lego (and some other clone brands like SY and Decool), so official headgear will be too loose on them and Di Long's headgear will be too tight. The radio headset fits extremely loosely on these, but will fit just nicely on official LEGO. I personally recommend SY (Sheng Yuan) or Decool's military/police based figures rather than these actually, if not for the camo prints.
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    Temporary Display Solution

    Nice display! Now you need to worry about dust.....
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    Non Lego sets worth AFOL and collector attention

    The Oxford Codename Cobra series seems to be very good for LEGO fans who are into modern military stuff, specifically desert warfare. Also, they have a new minifig design (same height with Lego minifigs) which has knee articulation, plus body armor and new helmets with the ability to incoporate accessories. It must be said that the new body armor isn't compatible with LEGO minifigs though