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LEGO ENLIGHTEN set review!
LEGO has been saving me a lot of money lately, you see... by NOT MAKING ANY CASTLE SETS! I'm sorry, but I don't count Nexo Knights - they're sci-fi, with accessories better suited to Warhammer 40,000 than Castle. The closest thing LEGO has to a fantasy Castle line these days is actually Elves, which is why I've bought a LOT of Elves sets. But they use the mini-dolls instead of minifigs, so...
So that's why I'm reviewing a Chinese LEGO knockoff brand called Enlighten! I wanted to test them out, because they have some neat minifig accessories, so I ordered the Enlighten Castle War of Glory Dwarven Chariot 3 Figures 243pcs Educational Bricks Toy Boy Gift - Without Original Box (which the actual instruction booklet calls "The War of Glory: Dwarf Secret Weapon")
Instructions and bags. Even the bags are LEGO ripoffs!
These "The War of Glory" sets are very clearly inspired by World of Warcraft, by the way. Some other sets include airships and gryphon-riders.
A closeup of some of the parts spilled out. All of the minifig hands are loose to start, and each 'fig comes with an extra hand, probably because the things are kinda flimsy. Note the odd-shaped Technic-style pins and the JOINTED DWARF LEGS (another pic of them later)!
The minifigures aren't quite up to LEGO standards, as expected. Note the huge gap between the legs and hips, and the nicked wrists on the arms (they're almost all like that, strangely). The arms and legs come apart pretty easily too. I would never consider one of these a substitute for a real LEGO fig (I only use real LEGO 'figs in my shop). But the shoulders look pretty nice!
Another look at the 'figs. Interesting that the elf is flesh-tone but the human and dwarf are yellow. The elf clearly has some inspiration from the LEGO Elves line (one of the other sets has a pretty direct copy of a LEGO Elves boat), with a LotR style tiara. Also interesting that the set features a copy of a LEGO spear except smaller and with sharper edges on the spear-head. The horn/wings on the dwarf helmet do NOT detach, by the way. Pretty cool helmet otherwise.
MOVING DWARF LEGS! The beard looks a lot like Gimli's from the LotR sets. And yes, he also comes with a gun, in case you weren't 100% sure this is World of Warcraft.
It's Tyrande on her saber cat! The cat mount is one of the main things I wanted from the set. It looks pretty awesome.
It's also surprisingly articulate, with a hinged tail and opening/closing mouth! Which is more movement than LEGO animals usually offer.
Unfortunately, because of how he's made, his head tends to split down the middle when the jaw is moved, and you have to push the two halves back together again. Not top quality.
Let's get building! The instructions are quite good, although I noticed one error where a piece in the build didn't render, so it looked like one part was missing from a step. The parts fit together pretty well, though some are a bit too lose or too tight.
Details of some odd parts. Note the 2-plates-tall brick. Colors seem to be a very close match for LEGO colors. Studs are imprinted with the letters "ENLI" for Enlighten.
World of Warcraft! I really want a set that includes that elf hood/hair piece. A perfect fit for several WoW characters, like Sylvanas, Alleria, and Valeera.
The completed set. I didn't apply any of the stickers.
Overall, I'd say it's a pretty good quality for a Chinese knockoff! Was it worth the price? Ehhhhh, I'm not sure. It was only slightly cheaper than a comparable LEGO set, and since I really only wanted the figure accessories (hair, armor, etc.), it's not a great value for me. I would never use the actual minifigs; the quality is just not up to par. But will I get another set? Honestly, I probably will. I'm looking at this one, if I can scrounge up enough free dollars to blow on it, haha.