Mould King Colosseum Beat LEGO’s To The Launch

It has been brought to my attention that the clone bricks company Mould King has just launched their version of a large scale Colosseum which actually precedes the one that LEGO allegedly intends to release in a couple of months.

It is no secret that there is a rumour that LEGO will be adding to it’s list of architectural marvels in November with the LEGO Colosseum (10276) but with one significant difference between LEGO’s and the Mould Kings’ (MK) models.

The MK model clocks in at 6000+ pieces while the LEGO version is rumoured to be over 9000 pieces which would make LEGO’s notably larger.

However, till we actually see the LEGO Colosseum there isn’t any copyright violations to speak of. Mould King’s Colosseum could very well be a legitimate design of their own making.

The trend that I see happening is that these clone bricks companies are now are able to launch their own ‘in-house’ products even before LEGO has ‘officially’ announced it.

A similar incident occured with the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano project where Lepin released their version (with all the playable features) months before LEGO could get theirs on the shelves.

As you can see above, the models are similar but not an exact copy which means that they are pretty much clear of any copyright violations against LEGO.

While I don’t see this as much of a threat to The LEGO Group, it does highlight a possible direction in which these clone brick companies are heading towards, ‘original’ models that compete directly with LEGO in terms of scale and design.

12 responses to “Mould King Colosseum Beat LEGO’s To The Launch”

  1. Gail Callicott says:

    It occurs to me [especially, in the ‘Colosseum’ model, by Mould King, that the larger bricks [the “brick style wall” are already “formed” and not done, with individual bricks, like Lego. Although, they may be priced lower [no idea, but that’s usually the case] it would not be as entertaining and creative a build. More like “cheating”. Part of the allure of Lego, is to create, with small pieces, to make something amazing. Sometimes, being able, to insert your own “touch”, with just a few bricks! A “cheat” to me.

    • Marek says:

      Well… Yes and no. I see how Lego system evolved over the past 30 years and I have mixed feelings about it. It started with square bricks and everything was Minecraft blocky. Then they went for large formed pieces earning deserved scorn. Now they overdo it the other way, making each brick in a wall out of 15 individual pieces. That may be cool with AFOL, but kills it for kids and less experienced users or to anybody who would break the set later and would want to build quickly something similar but different. I think the golden middle is somewhere in between and the clone companies may be closer to the optimum now.

    • Merlo says:

      Funny you should say that since some of mine (now grown up) friends gave up on Lego precisely for that reason. I haven’t, but I understand them completely. Nowadays Lego has too many specialized bricks that are clearly made for one purpose and you have to be crazy imaginative to find new purposes for them, which MOC builders often do, but Lego does very rarely.

    • Holt says:

      Hrm, that’s not the impression I got from looking at these photos. I think the brick pattern parts are the little 2×1 brick imprint pieces lego uses all the time. These walls look piece built, and it really draws attention to the quality of work that these clone companies are putting in to beat lego to market and price. It’s really rather impressive work.

    • Conor Mcbride says:

      It’s called a masonry brick
      And lego do have them
      Get your facts right first Gail

  2. Friedrich says:

    Are you serious? These *****s need to stop.

  3. Bside says:

    Just because it’s a” not exact copy ” doesn’t mean they didn’t infringe design . Even motor options are advertised. I mean it’s really obvious.

  4. Paul Einstein says:

    It’s a stolen design from Brickgloria, found on Rebrickable..Mouldking is on par with lego quality..Lego produces it’s parts in China,.Mouldking also. So apart of the name on the studs and the psychological feeling that it’s fake. ( what’s in a name), the end product is basically the same. Lego takes more profits to pay the designer and the whole propotional industry.

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  6. bob says:

    Mould king sometimes pays its designers or AFOLs who build its mocs .

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