Review of Lepin 06066 Ninjago City
It took Lepin 14 days to produce a knockoff version for Lego 76020 Ninjago City after the official launch date. The infamous bootlegger had mastered the art of copycat to the next level, given there are lots of new parts for this set. Lepin replicated its 06066 clone set at close to 100%, save for two parts. Lepin do have the parts in the past release, for some reason the company decided to swap those two bricks. Also there are other minor problems though it didn’t affect the play ability. There are many photos for this reviews. Be patient if you had slow internet connection. Also many thanks to CK for the excellent photo taking.
Open box of Lepin 06066 Ninjago City. The set came with 4953 pieces of parts. The original set had 4867 bricks.
It is customary for the KO set to include a handle.
The box came with two inner box labelled A and B.
The instruction manual had a bit of color replication issue but it didn’t affect the building process. The sticker sheets. The one on the left had minor misaligned cut.Lepin started to include “extra” in some of the big release lately. This would reduce chances of missing parts and save the sellers headache in ordering replacement parts.
Bag Number 1. We have no idea whether Lepin replicated the same numbering sequence as well.
One of the clear yellow part had color difference. New parts. There is a sketch at the end of each bag.
Bag Number 2.
The blue clear parts had very minimal clutching power. To improve the transparency, Lepin reduced the thickness but that sacrifice the clutching.
Kudos to LEGO designers for making use the coloring difference to replicate water depth.
Warping at the corner.
Those of you who had built Lepin before would be familiar with this. Sometime you just had to use brute force when it came to stubborn technic axle. (LEGO Technic axle would be as smooth as mayonnaise)End of Bag Number 2.
Bag Number 3.
Bag Number 4. New parts. Lepin must have long term plan to create new molds for these newly introduced parts.
Cleaning robot. New parts again! Bag Number 5. The lift problem!! Did you see it’s not straight? The lift could still go up but hard to come down. The problem had nothing to do with the jagged piece. The bending is caused by the “Bracket 1 x 2 – 2 x 2 Inverted” and “Bracket 1 x 2 – 2 x 2” which created lots of gaps. If you intended to source from bricklink, you would need light bluish grey part 99207 x 47 pieces, and dark bluish grey part 92411 x19 pieces. The parts tolerance require precision engineering in which Lepin is yet to master. Other clone makers such as Gudi and Star Diamond would have way better parts quality than Lepin. Bag Number 6. New oriental style railing. Painting of tiger. The bonsai is clever use of green hair piece.Bag Number 7.Bag Number 8. Bag Number 9.
The ATM is just around the corner.The orange neon sign is made of round studs. However no “LEGO” logo on top. Lepin just copied everything without changing. They couldn’t be bother about “copyright”. Bag Number 10Printed parts to be used in comic shop signage. New parts. The crab signage for the restaurant. Heartbreaking lift shaft. Busy street with pedestrian and commercial activity. Bag Number 11Change of part alert. Lepin replace Ninja head gear with a golden Gorzan head for unknown reason. Bag Number 12Big problem with the inner tube and you can’t place them on a plate. Two solution for this problem. First one is to simply scrapped off the excess. Second is to find replacement from your own pile. We replaced the parts with the one from Enlighten. Replaced the brown piece with Enlighten one. Oops, pressing too hard and broke the wrench. Bag Number 13
The TV could be showing “Lepin” News. Lloyd’s home.
Bag Number 14Damaged blue pins.
Bag Number 15
Sushi on conveyor belt.
Bag Number 16 which is the last. New olive green parts. There is a toilet right inside the tower.
Blue squid and puffer fish.
Final view of Lepin 06066 Ninjago City
Front view of Lepin 06066 Ninjago City.
Back of the Lepin Ninjago City.
View from the left.
View from the right.
Conclusion on Lepin 06066 Ninjago City
First of all, full credit go to LEGO designer for designing a beautiful set. It took 10 hours to build Lepin 06066. There aren’t any missing parts for this set. The issue encountered were the change of head gear with Gorzan’s head piece, non straight lift shaft and that problematic brown piece. Other than that a highly recommended set. You could order Lepin Ninjago City set 06066 from Aliexpress. Still, do support original LEGO products. This review serve as for your information purpose only.