Lepin: Green Grocers / Chinese Knock-Off Lego FWIW, I kind of don't approve of this stuff, but I don't want to dwell too much on it. The patents expired over twenty years ago, and it's only now that we see stuff like Mega Bloks. The Lego people have been doing a lot of cock-blocking to prevent other companies from selling compatible bricks. This is big business. I think Lego is bigger than Mattel now. Where I am most disturbed by Lepin is that they basically copied the design and manual for the Green Grocer kit. It would have more proper had they just provided the exact bricks needed without a manual, since the manual can be downloaded from the Lego site. I've wanted to build the Green Grocer, one of the first modular sets that came out, for some time now. This set has long been unavailable - used sets are listing for near $1000 on eBay. I tried bricklinking the set (buying individual pieces), but found out that certain pieces, such as the colored Seafoam Green bricks, were super rare as they only came with this kit. Just these Seafoam Green colored bricks would have cost two to four times more than this kit. I really wish Lego would move to the modern age and offer a viable way for people to buy any part they needed directly from them over the Internet as an alternative to the usual bricklinking sites. Lego does offer a way to buy bricks, but the selection is extremely limited and the costs per piece prohibitively high. BTW, this Lepin set, purchased from Aliexpress.com cost me around $50. The huge downside to doing this is that you get a box with a bunch of parts. The parts are not organized in a series of numbered bags like the real Lego kit, so we need to spend a ton of time sorting all of the pieces. A lot of time.