Brickset to expand to include clone brands

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I'm always looking for ways to improve Brickset and while on vacation last week, I came to the conclusion that a way to do this would be to include clone brands in the database, such as Megabloks, Kre-O, Cobi, Character, Best Lock and so on. After all, the site is called Brickset.com and not LEGOset.com, right?

Many of these brands have licences that are popular among adults (e.g. Megabloks HALO, Character Building Dr Who, and Kre-O Transformers) while others produce models that LEGO fans can but dream of, such as the military models made by Cobi.

I plan to start adding them in the next week or so. I hope you're as excited as I am about this -- I'm sure many of you own some of these already and I suspect once I add them here many more of you will start to buy them.

118 comments on this article

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By in Denmark,

Ho ho ho

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By in United Kingdom,

WOW! Don't forget Stickle Bricks as well! I'll finally be able to keep track of my collection! ;-)

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By in Switzerland,

WOW, what a morning!
First, 10179 to be re-released, and now this awesome news to top it off.
I can't wait to see all the cool clone-brand sets here at Brickset!
Great stuff Huw.

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By in Poland,

Yup. And I am a unicorn... (:

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By in Australia,

Oh no! :'(, Worst news ever!. I thought this site was meant to be just LEGO ...

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh yes i think so. I love mega bloks more than lego and so to merge it is a great idea. I think this site should deal with nothing but clone brands

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By in United States,

Um, what month is it?

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By in United Kingdom,

worst news on brickset ever! I dont want to look at new megabloks in the database!?!?!?!?!

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By in United Kingdom,

All of the moderators are getting in on April Fools day! (I hope...)

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By in United Kingdom,

me too!

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By in United States,

WHAT THE ****! Brickset CAN NOT do this! THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

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By in United States,

I'll accept it...under one condition. On the search tab, can you make sure to divide each brand (one for Lego, another for Mega Bloks, etc.), so as not to get too jumbled results?

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By in United States,

NO!!!!!!!!!

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By in Canada,

April Fools!

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By in United Kingdom,

I personally really dont want this to ruin brickset, and lots of people i think will agree with me, DONT DO IT!!!

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By in United States,

This is a real shame. Such a great site and now its soiled by this? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I agree with rolomolo12345, padinc, yani777, jengafett, GlenRichards, and I hope your right brixton. THIS IS HORRIBLE! THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! THIS......is sadly enough to make me leave blockset...

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By in United States,

I advise putting an option where you could filter what sets you see. For instance, if someone really only cares about Lego, thy could filter out the other stuff. Kinda like with the site's news, if you know what I mean.
If this is or isn't an April Fool's Day prank, I'm fine. Personally, I only use this site for Lego, but if it did include other lines as well, I wouldn't mind.

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By in United States,

NOOOONONONONNONONOONONONOO!!!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??!??!!??!?!??????!?!?!??!?!?!?

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By in Italy,

No thanks u.u

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By in United States,

I typed in blockset.com and nothing came up. Did you delete the site now? My day is turning in to a downward spiral!

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By in Hong Kong,

Hope this is an April Fools joke

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By in United States,

do NOT go through with this. it sucks.

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By in United States,

If you go through with this I will take over the forum and we will all build LEGO! BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

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By in United States,

I see what you've done here, but if you wanted to add Nanoblock, I wouldn't say a word. :) Today is my wife's birthday so we're on ultra AFD alert at my house. ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

^What an unlucky day to have a birthday.

Huw, you better keep this as an april fools joke.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thats hurtful. That is the worst April Fools day joke ever!! I mean you can't be serious you know how die-hard loyal the Lego fan commuinty is!!?!

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By in Germany,

Last year, you announced a forum on the same day, and I hoped it would come. It came. However, this is one thing I DEFINITELY DON'T want! I really do hope it's just an April Fools joke! Otherwise, I'll be furious! I don't ANY clone brands here! You don't even want to mention their NAMES!

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By in United States,

Is this an April Fool's Day joke or something?

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By in United Kingdom,

You know what's funnier than this? Some of the hilarious knee-jerk reaction comments above.

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By in United States,

Wow. That really scared me for a second.

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By in United States,

APRIL FOOLS POTATOES! :P

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By in United States,

Im having a purist heart attack! :P

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By in Hungary,

I hope it's just a very bad April Fools joke. If it isn't, don't do that, man! Brickset is about LEGO, but not about mangy scrubby clones!!!

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By in United States,

Dear moderators. This was funny.

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By in Austria,

Got me for 2 seconds...

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By in United States,

Why do you users have such a BAD sense of humor!?!

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh no... NOT Mega Blocks?....

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO....

*brain melts*

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By in United States,

Trolololololol

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By in United States,

You should add an 'I owned' for sets used to own. That'd be pretty nice for people to look back on their old collection if they got rid of certain sets

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By in United States,

GOOD JOKE GUYS!!!
@Everyone who believed this was real
Geez overreact much? GET A FREAKIN SENSE OF HUMOR!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Haha, nice April Fool's Huw. ;)

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By in United States,

I see what you did there!

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By in United States,

Good one, Huw!

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By in United States,

:) Wasn't expecting a second joke... Excellent

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By in United States,

I don't care about Megablocks or other "clones" of Lego. but I do kinda like the Halo theme they have.

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By in United States,

Wonderful news. I've been waiting for a site that would have of all the Enlighten sets. Can't wait. ; )

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By in Canada,

I am shocked.

I love Brickset and I love Lego.
I am afraid I am also a Lego purist.

If this happens please find someone else to report on news from Canada. As I will be leaving Brickset for good.

After all the upset about decreased quality of ABS and Chinese made lego I think this would be a no brainer.

________________ok_____________ you got me..... funny guy HUW.................

So i wrote this and then read some comments.... sick joke great april fools....

sigh.........

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By in United States,

I was going to be all angry, but then I realized that it was a joke. You got me, there guys.

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By in United States,

Ha! You almost had me there, Huw.

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By in United States,

hahaha. I need to come up with something this good

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By in United States,

brilliant, huw. lol.

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By in United States,

It'd be a bit of a shock if this turned out to NOT be a joke...

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By in United Kingdom,

This is great news. I am a Lego fan first and formost but I do enjoy Kre-o as well. I would love a way to track it and talk to others about it.

Great news,
Bring it on.

Eric

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By in United States,

If this is not a joke, I don't know what is.......

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By in United States,

April Fools. I hope...

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By in United States,

Happy April Fools Day to you too! :D

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By in United States,

Maybe you should include Brickarms as well...

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By in United Kingdom,

April fools...I hope.

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By in United States,

Not quite as subtle as the 10179 announcement, but good enough to take in a few nonetheless...thanks for the laughs!

Actually adding some clone sets and listing them on the "new additions" bar, now THAT would be convincing!

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By in United States,

Really the number of people who appear to have bought this as real is priceless.

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By in United States,

Oh. This. Is. Lovely.

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By in United States,

Clever April Fools Day prank :)

But if you did that... :(

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By in United States,

Nice one, Huw. :P You almost had me there... then I remembered that it is April Fools day. :P

*Sigh...* Reminds me of LU's first and only April Fools day... when they unveiled the "Red Brick Pet" and the "Truth About Bob"... Good times. :')

~ DSfromLU

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By in United States,

YEEEEEEEHAAAAA! I LOVE MEGA BLOKS!!!

EDIT: ...oh, wait...this is an April Fool's day prank? Err...no one read ANY of the words before these two sentences!

:P

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By in France,

Only a joke... I hope !

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By in United States,

LOL FAIL. All these spazing purists... it shows how much we care about LEGO!

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By in United States,

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*faints*

;)

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By in United States,

hahaha... hillarious. You really had me for a second there...

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By in United Kingdom,

I actually fell for it for about a second! April fools! ;D

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw; Don't joke about this. You really had me scared...

It's going to take me some time to recover from the shock.

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By in United States,

Even if you do put Mega Bloks on this site... I still won't buy them (anymore), there is no need for Mega Bloks in my love for building. I admit, I did get some Mega Bloks Cars sets before they were made by Lego, though..........but have no plans to get any more at the moment.

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By in United States,

@Huw, why did you pull the China mfg story?

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By in United States,

The Kreos are a fine build. They're not Legos (duh) nor are they even "competition." I bought three sets and have no complaints. Naively reading Huw's article I was first astounded at the enormity of the task he had posed for himself! But funny, yes.

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By in United States,

If this isn't an April Fool's, then I just lost respect... hehe.

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By in United States,

LOL! the comments on this post are priceless! Great entertainment for the day! :D

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By in United Kingdom,

HA HA! Excellent, good one! Oh, and if this IS real then:

NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
Yeah and i'll delete mt account to and never look at this wesite ever again!!!!

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By in Canada,

Ha ha...brilliant AFD joke!

When I first saw the Mega Bloks logo, my sleep deprived brain refused to believe my eyes. I actually glanced up at the URL to make sure I was still on brickset.com. Still puzzled and now becoming alarmed, I read "looking for ways to improve Brickset...include clone brands in the database" and I thought, "WTF?!?"

It was only when I got to "after all this is called Brickset.com and not LEGOset.com" that I realized Huw was joking. Only thing missing was an "amirite?"

I'll be chuckling over this one for some time.

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By in Belgium,

Good one Huw (^_^ )
Happy April fools to everyone.

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By in United States,

Man you had me going... I was so freaked out! :) Good thing it's only April Fools. :)

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By in United States,

lol Happy April Fools.

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By in Norway,

To bad this is an AF joke.
Why was everybody freaking out about it and thanking it was an joke? Wouldn't the multi brand archiving be a GOOD thing? I was actually disappointed when i saw the date this was posted.
I have some other brick sets as well, so i would love it if this would be real someday anyway.

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By in New Zealand,

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Like fuelbreak, If Non- LEGO Items are added to Brickset, I WILL LEAVE.

We came to Brickset.com for LEGO - not for MEGABLOCKS and OTHER RUBBISH!

DOWN WITH MEGABLOCKS and OTHER RUBBISH!
WHOSE WITH ME? NO, WHOSE WITH BRICKSET?

MAKE YOUR CHOICE!

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By in United States,

Second that. HUW, YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE BRICKSETTERS IF THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!!!

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By in United States,

wow, this had me worried for a bit

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By in United Kingdom,

Personal comments about other members will be deleted.

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By in United Kingdom,

Funny thing is, I can't tell who's been taken in from who's being sarcastic, who's being ironic and who's double bluffing because they're not sure whether it's a joke or not. :) Just shows how dedicated we all are. How many other posts get 90+ comments?

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By in United States,

You had me until I read the comments!

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By in United States,

This is Abril fools

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By in United States,

Last year on this day we had the announcement on the new brickset forums and while I was apprehensive about the benefits of such a forum it has proven useful. We should trust that the site admins know what they are doing and this will probably be the largest (one of very few) clone brand sites. All bricks are not created equal but every set deserves a page on brickset.

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By in United States,

Yup it's official! Everyone's gone completely INSANE! LEGO! LEGO! Even if you do add clone bricks I'll NEVER I REPEAT NEVER BUY THEM!!!!

I'm pretty sure it's an April fools joke. If not someone hacked Huw's aucount. If not either I'm leaving this junk heap.

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By in United States,

If this is real, then create BLOCKset.com for the copies
(it fits, a spinoff site for spinoff products)

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By in United States,

Maybe if I type in all caps I will be heard... because in life the one who shouts the loudest gets his way, right?

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By in United States,

If this is real *Pulls out gun, points at head*

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the fact that Huw posted this at 31 Mar 2012 23:52. :) :) :)
Just before April 1st, just to cast a bit of doubt that this might or might not be real? LoL

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By in United States,

People, calm yourselves!
When I first read this I laughed. Funny stuff.

Seriously, Brickset wouldn't go that low.
Well, I out to buy some MBs.

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By in United States,

NNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! LEGO is the best quality of all of those! LEGO is the one who started the whole building-brick idea (I think). LEGO IS THE ONLY ONE I LOVE.

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By in United States,

You had me going there for a minute, even after I was checking out April Fools jokes on other sites. LEGO is just one of those sacred things you don't joke about. ;-)

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By in United States,

Goodness, for a second this looked like a Youtube comments page. Aren't we all adults here? If not, then can we at least act like one? People, this may or may not be an April Fools joke. If it is not, than we shouldn't get into such a fuss. Huw and the moderators have made grand decisions in the past, have they not? I am sure, this decision will benefit Brickset in the future. Although, if it is a joke, then good work Huw! ;)

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By in New Zealand,

Could be worse, could have been fisher price!

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By in United States,

I wouldn't actually care as long as the news stayed Lego and the other brands were separated. But of course this is April Fools :) And just let me be devil's advocate for a minute. Just because Lego popularized bricks doesn't mean that no more brick based brands can be released. Is any Sci-Fi movie made after Star Wars a rip-off? Yeah, Lego is the best quality of them all, and I like Lego way more then any other brand, but that doesn't disqualify the other brands. I've gotten a few Megablock sets, and as far as the Halo sets go they are nothing like Lego. The figures aren't even close to minifigs, you can't say they're duplicates. I can't speak for other themes of Megablocks though.
P.S. Good joke Huw :P I realized it was April 1st then ran to the computer to see if you would do another prank! :P

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By in Canada,

You almost had me!!! I couldn't begin to describe how I'd feel if that happened... I was in the middle of typing something when the logical side of my brain finally kicked in. I'm almost too scared to be laughing.

@HUW if any of us lost hair because of this we'll be mailing you the bill!!!

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By in United States,

Wow, you had me fooled there for a minute HUW( hopefully)! I hope this is an April Fools joke. If not than I'll, I'll ...I'll shoot myself! ;)

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By in United States,

Fantastic set-up for a joke- very convincing in the paragraph and presentation. In the rare chance that it is not a joke, it doesn't bother me- it's your website and you can do with it what you want. I'm just grateful that you are willing to have Brickset.

Someone mentioned Legos being sacred, I really like Legos, but if Legos are the center of my life, I may consider some re-examination.

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By in United States,

no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it may not be lego set but it is Brickset: LEGO® set guide.

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By in United States,

^ Wow there, calm down. It's a April Fools. Look at the article, "I'm sure many of you own some of these already and I suspect once I add them here many more of you will start to buy them." :P C'mon, he's clearly being sarcastic. Also if it wasn't a April Fools he would have responded by now. But he prefers to let us jump in the swirling tornado of emotion while he laughs at our pathetic and humiliating comments :P Cruel Huw, cruel :P
And besides, it's his website, so don't call him a idiot if he's the one who created the website. He can make a My Little Pony page for all I care. And it's not hypocrisy, this is hardly a government, this is a informative, interesting and in my opinion amazing website, Huw has never steered us wrong before and he won't do it any time soon. Have some faith! :)

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By in Australia,

Please don't shout me down for this, but I would LOVE Brickset to include at least Mega Bloks as I collect the Thomas The Tank Engine theme they created after LEGO lost the license in 2009.

If this is not a joke, I'll be thrilled.

If it is a joke, I'll be hugely disappointed.

I like how itsaturkey put it: "Is any Sci-Fi movie made after Star Wars a rip-off?"

My passion is for inter-locking building blocks. Not a particular brand. Whichever brand makes the licences I want, I'll buy them.

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By in United States,

Pancakes suck, waffle are awesome. I love you wafflebot.

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By in United States,

Seriously for all those people that would be glad for this change I respect your your thoughts BUT I think clone bricks still suck.

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By in United States,

I just remebered that today is April Fool's Day....
*facepalm
Yeah, now that I think about it, I doubt that Huw is serious.

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By in United States,

You guys are all dweebs for not realizing it is an April Fool's joke. Nice one Huw.

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By in United States,

^yeah but it would be scary if this change did happen

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By in United States,

Even it wasn't a joke it wouldn't bother me. I never did understand the hatred people have for other brands. If you don't like them, just don't buy them. While I do feel Lego designs are far superior, some of the bricks of some other brands are pretty good as well. It's just always been the designs of the sets IMO that are really lacking with the clone brands. I have some Halo stuff that I like very much.

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By in United States,

the only clone brand that i dont dispise is nano bricks because i looked up set designs and that the set designs can be made with lego

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought it was a bit weird and I forgot it was april fools day

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By in Australia,

Kreo sucks. But glad this was only a April fools joke.PS, I found pictures of 2013 sets. April fools!

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