Just out of curiosity, is there any websites with a guide to lego
rip-offs? Like with a list of the various (current and defunct)
brands, compatibility, quality, piece selections and when/where they
I remember some of these from the 80's, at that time they tended to
have the same brick size as Lego while the studs were slightly
different (maybe for legal reasons?).
Polly: I've just seen a few of these, seems to be rather low quality.
The bricks had smooth undersides with round holes, while the top had
ridges around the (quite large) studs similar to inverted roof bricks.
PB: These had slightly larger (I believe) studs, so they could sit
loosely on top of Legos but not the other way around. The bricks had a
rather tight fit and were often hard to get apart without hurting your
Tente: These were of fair quality, but the studs were much larger and
wouldn't fit Lego at all. The hole in the studs and a different plate
underside design made it possible to make some half-stud combinations
without "2-for-1" pieces.
Current brands seems to mostly have standard stud size, and therefore
offers better value when used together with Lego.
Megabloks: Seems to currently be the largest off-brand company. Models
range from quite nice (like that large space shuttle) to downright
stupid (sets that only consists of four large pieces and cars where
all visible parts are specially molded). I was curious about ther
nano-brick series, but (un)fortuenately it seems like it's only
available in the US and Canada.
Coco blocks: I've earlier seen these at "Biltema" (a Scandinavian
budget auto supplies chain), but I couldn't find them on their website
now. As with MB I haven't seen these "for real", but the models looked
very much like the classic town and belville models of the 80's.
Best-lock: An interesting concept, as it exploits an area so far left
wide open by Lego: military themes. Doesn't seem to have quite as much
detail as similar Lego models.
When going trough some Lego I got from my cousin, I had to weed out
some fakes. It was mostly 2-by-x basic bricks in plain colors (white,
yellow, red and blue) and some white windows. Some of the bricks were
marked with a "B" on the studs, some had no markings. The 4-by-3
windows were similar to the 70's style (that doesn't open), but had
one large pane with four small ones on top and no glass. There also
was some similar 2-by-3 doors with diagonal paneling and a
diamond-shaped window. Anyone that knows anything about these?