Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Daily Fail: 4 Wheel Skateboard (Xin Qi Le)

First time here? Please take a moment and read the DAILY FAIL DISCLAIMER. Thanks!

Today we enter the strange realm of "Didn't I just read about this?" bootlegs. Yes, back on February 27th I presented a set called 4 Wheel Skateboard.

Today, I also present to you:

Prepare yourself for disappointment.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or, in this case, the Zephyr Knight 4 Wheel Skateboard or the Xin Qi Le 4 Wheel Stakeboard? If we go by stock numbers the Xin Qi Le arrived first with a label of 1003 vs. Zephyr's 1004. If we go by quality....well, the both fail. But I think today's offering fails just a littel bit more.

Like the other Xin Qi Le bootlegs, this version of 4 Wheel Stakeboard arrived in a blister pack. If you sqint and look close you can make out the sets we've already taken a look at like 1 Police Patrol, Warrior and Intelligence Toy Glider. You might also be able to spot the last carded XQL bootleg - Mini Racing Car. I'll be reviewing that set tomorrow. This is a generic blister that is the same for all of the XQL impulse sets reviewed so far.

Inisde the blister is a second box. The blister card really doesn't add anything to this bootleg - the invididual packaging is where all the fun, such as it is, lives.

The similarities to the Zephyr Knight version are readily apparent - the main difference being that the XQL set only shows a single mini-figure in the set. It's also worth pointing out that while the background is a photo of the licensed LEGO set, the mini-figure and "stunt bricks" are all drawings. Easier than posing toys for a photo, I guess.

The back of the package places the 4 Wheel Skateboard n the "Combinatorial Series." Note the amazing variations - you can have the figure skate near the other bricks, on the other bricks, or go hog-wild and have the mini-figure jump over the bricks. (Also note the orphaned figure from the Zephyr sets skating forlornley by herself in the background.)

The sides of the box feature enlargements of the "Combinatorial" product drawings. Gotta love how dorky they managed to make the mini-figure appear.

Speaking of dorky-looking minifigures, here's the figure that comes with the set. It's all LEGO-knockoff parts this time around - from the single-color Racer head reprint to the single-color Viking torso design. (A different Viking toso showed up in the Intelligence Toy Glider set - someone at XQL must have stolen a LEGO Viking set just as they were pritating the Combinatorial line.)

The full set contained 20 parts plus a sticker sheet - one more part (and sticker) than the box art promised. The grey plate bears the imprint of "YIHE" on each stud. Also notice the classy trans-neon-yellow flame. It's shown as trans-green on the box art. What the heck is that supposed to be, anyway? A flare? A fountain of urine?

And for those wondering, no, I didn't skip the instruction sheet - for a change the bootleggers didn't include one! I was on my own to figure out how to assemble the mini figure and accessories. Thank goodness for the box art, or I might have gotten completely lost and built something like this:

I think my "Robotic Flame Sniffing Sled" is a better "Combinatorial" than the ones shown, though. Doesn't it look menacing?

Senior ElStupido seems to think so! Run, Senior! Run!!!

As always, many thanks to Joe from The Undiscovered Playthings for sending me this set to review.

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Blogger aussiechef67 said...

"Run senior run"
I nearly fell off my chair laughing.
You should mark this as NSFW - I had to explain to my co-workers why I was sitting on the floor with tears in my eyes!

April 7, 2009 6:40 AM  
Blogger Geoffrey said...

Seriously, if any of these bootlegs got hit by the sci-fi allspark from the live-action Transformers movie the first target they'd be looking for would be their bootleg manufacturers!

Even Decepticons have standards.

April 7, 2009 7:08 AM  
Blogger Cat said...

I think that neon thing is supposed to be a plant.

April 7, 2009 9:03 AM  
Blogger Christopher Doyle said...


Hrm. Maybe...

There are a bunch of logical reasons I'd disagree with you (why trans yellow instead of green? why not just steal a lego plant part?) - but then I remember we're talking about a logic-less bootleg and I have to give you the point. ;)

April 7, 2009 9:24 AM  
Blogger Peppermint_M said...

Well, the yellow flame is cool, even if the skateboard is bad. The earlier ones at leat resembled skateboards...

April 7, 2009 12:20 PM  
Blogger Christopher Doyle said...


The skateboard is the same part as before - a copy of LEGO's board. The tan wheels are a bit strange, granted, but LEGO has made white ones, so it's not *that* far off....

April 7, 2009 12:33 PM  
Blogger Mr.Acme said...

Your own idea from the set is awesome, EVEN FOR A BOOTLEG!

(And I think Geoff is getting better.)

April 7, 2009 4:14 PM  
Blogger Zacknut said...

Still upset there are only Friday Brickhouses....

April 7, 2009 4:45 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

I agree with zacknut. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy seeing such bootleggers as these have their worthless tripe ragged on, but I miss the exploits of whiskey Tango (and more recently whiskey tangos friends) The Fails are still great!
(and so is the comic) Thanks chris

April 7, 2009 5:33 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

i agree with both of them (zacknut and ben) i still am not so thrilled about brick house only being on friday i still like the fails but i would just like the brick house on more often.(can you do both)

April 8, 2009 12:04 AM  
Blogger anonymous said...

i agree with both of them (zacknut and ben) i still am not so thrilled about brick house only being on friday i still like the fails but i would just like the brick house on more often.(can you do both)

April 8, 2009 12:05 AM  
Blogger lego dude said...

Yea, please make brick house daily again

WV: igneti. sounds like some sort of bionicle

April 8, 2009 10:51 AM  
Blogger Poopskin the liar said...

I like how they have to specify that it has 4 wheels.

December 16, 2009 6:22 PM  

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