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Cobi, Best Lock . . .and Oxford?!by the enigma that... (Brick Talk)
Interesting news on the clone brand front - apparently at least one of the new Cobi/Best Lock sets uses elements from the Oxford brand sets!
I had taken a trip out to IKEA today and naturally swung by TRU while I was out that way. No surprises on the LEGO shelf, but in the clone brand section, I saw a new Cobi/Best Lock set, a "value tub" retailing for about $50 with a part count of ~1000 pieces. Glancing over it, it seemed to contain a few police and fire vehicles along with a pretty decent number of minifigs (10 or 11). However, on closer inspection, I realized several elements in the set had come from Oxford! Firstly, one of the vehicles was the same police carrier as the Oxford set OSP 18000. Also, the minifig heads had the distinctive "Cool Hand Luke" sunglasses (the set had both the "pale" and "tan" variaties of the Cobi heads with this deco). Some of the minifigs, I believe 3 or 4, also had on the Oxford SWAT helmet although not the vest. Finally, and this struck me as most interesting, the box art showed the classic Oxford beret, but in black! Had it not been $50, that fact alone would have made the set worth a purchase (still might).
Has anyone else seen anything on the shelves similar to this? If so, we may be looking at the beginnings of a much easier and inexpensive means to pick up Oxford accessories aside from the weapons. However, with Will and Jeff solidly entering into that field, I think the allure of the Oxford mordern guns may dull a bit in the near future).
Sorry about no pics, but it was either this set or a rug for the living room . . . yeah, I could have gone cheaper, but I have a thing for Persians. They really tie the room together, assuming they aren't micturated on.
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