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.