Personally, I do not like when companies rip off from Lego, although, ironically, Lego took the idea of the interlocking brick from Kiddikraft. Either way, I do not collect Mega Construx/Blox or Kre-o or any of the other competitors, mainly because Lego's quality far surpasses theirs. As a fan of Bionicle and Hero Factory, and the like, even Galidor, I've actually been intrigued by some of the new parts (such hands with articulated fingers), and recolors of pre-existing parts that knockoffs from China have to offer though. (Despite what I just said a moment ago)
As a fan of Bionicle, I really would like to get all of the sets/parts needed to build the Bionicle G2 Makuta combo model. I have at least one of every set from G2, but I'd rather keep all my sets together so I can have them displayed along with the Makuta model. Unfortunately, I did not purchase many duplicates of the sets back when they were in stores and online. Honestly, I should have grabbed them back when they were on sale, but, I didn't foresee some of the G2 sets becoming sooooo expensive in the secondary market. Take for instance, Onua,Uniter of Earth is about $50 to $60, NIB, if not more, most places I look.
I mainly just need the Umaraks and another copy of Onua Uniter to have all the parts needed. Fortunately, I found duplicates of the other needed sets over time, all for good prices.
So, what would you suggest? A. Waiting it out, and trying to find them at a more reasonable price, B. Trying to get all the other parts on Bricklink, C. Buy knockoff versions of the sets from Ali Express?
To be honest, at this point, I'd almost rather get the knockoffs since it would likely be the cheapest option, even if that makes me sound a bit hypocritical.
But, I am definitely open to any other suggestions.
Well, after a little over a month, I was able to acquire all the sets needed to build the Makuta model! I'm so glad I waited and found the sets at better prices. Getting the knockoffs would have been a bad choice in hindsight. The Makuta figure is now proudly on display with the Masters, Uniters, Protectors and Creatures.
Thank you all for the help!
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