Most of Kazi pieces are exact molds of LEGO. A percentage of Kazi sets are pretty much LEGO rip-offs, or are LEGO based sets. There are some sets that are original however, mostly their military sets and almost all their aircrafts are originals.
Since the majority of Bloks Forum members who built with Kazi had positive experiences, I was very excited to give them a try.I already had a pleasant experience with Enlighten Century Military series and somewhat so-so with Best-lock, Kazi was next on my list.
Again being a tank freak, I gave Kazi a shot with a few military theme sets. I ordered online around December 2008 and received my sets within 3 weeks.
Here's the batch of sets I ordered from an online Ebay vendor.
Leopard Rocket Car
Here's a STOCK photo of the truck set I own. I guarantee you that the actual set doesn't look this sharp at all. The picture is real false advertising!
One piece kept on "popping" off no matter how hard I pressed on the block! Very annoying! The connection between the trailer and cab was awkward
Here's the actual set. In my opinion, this is one UGLY truck! No stickers needed for this set. The only pre-printed brick is on top of the cab
A nice little military buggy/armoured car of some sort. As soon as I opened the bags, I was disappointed to find that there was no minifigure except for a minifig head and a 2x2 block premolded with a steering wheel/body, similar to the miniture LEGO racers
With a mass load of stickers, it covers the not so smooth bricks
Here's the pathetic drone racer minifig! The set is cheap, so is the minifig, and so are the stickers
Notice how the windshield is unclear
The set really looks appealing in the picture, but the contents says something else...
(595 pieces) I was excited to build this monster, opening a lot of plastic bags full of little pieces. During the construction I noticed right away that the wheels were VERY wobbly & had a hard time spinning. The build itself was too tidius & eventually became frustrating. This set had too many little pieces and was unnessasary. I was just looking forward to finishing the model since the building process was not fun!!!!!!
When set is held vertical, you can see the wheels are very unstable. You can see now why this thing has a hard time moving on a smooth surface
Here's a polished picture of the tank. Actually the tank doesn't look so polished at all!
If you look carefully, plates don't align properly.
Example of the worst pieces by far, just from this tank vehicle. I haven't seen anything this bad, ever!
....Well, maybe some of the 2009-2010 Best-lock sets come close.....
OVERVIEW AND RATINGS:
Here are the ratings based on these sets
Plastic Quality: 6.5 / 10
The plastic was pretty cheap. The transparent pieces like the windshield and headlights had a faded fuzzy color.
Quality Control: 4 / 10
Most of the pieces had a very tight fit, to the point where few of the pieces actually popped off. The majority of pieces had bad scratches and knicks, as if the molds were over-used but never replaced.
Clutch Power: 5 / 10
The bricks stick together tightly to a point, but he reason the clutch power fails is because of the mold consistantcy and quality control, which affects the clutch
Mold Consistantcy: 3 / 10
I have never experienced any building set this HORRIBLE in this catagory! It looks like the molds didn't take enough ABS plastic to fill, therefore lt left pieces deformed, malformed, and completely unusable. Completely unacceptable!!
Final words, nothing too special. The minifigs' weapons are actually made of rubber instead of plastic and the pieces smell like enamel model paint! These sets use some stickers, and the quality of stickers seems to be cheaply printed. After this disappointment of being the worst building block experience, I'm going to stay away from Kazi until they improve
My first KAZI collection, EXPOSURE 1
After a stab at Kazi, it left a bad taste in my mouth. A few people mentioned that Kazi HAD great quality, but somehow it went down the spiral. It was even speculated that some Kazi sets might have been pirated to the exact detail of the box by another company, or it was a fact that the sets did just go down in quality. I'm not sure where the truth lies, but either way, my experiece with them is sour...
From time to time I would see some nice sets by Kazi, but I just didn't care much. Eventually, a few Bloks forum members mentioned how good of plastic quality Kazi is, so I had second thoughts....
Being an optimist, here I went again to give them a try. I ordered 2 sets for for a final price of $22 USD in mid 2010.
Here they are listed below:
This armored car got my attention. For about $12 total price including shipping, I had to go for it. Initially I was just going to give this a try, but since the Howitzer set was also available, I decided to just get them both and say what the heck!
Here are the contents taken out of the box.
pictured below are the instructions.
This is pretty much the biggest flaw of the set. As you can see, there's some uneven areas of the base, but the overall build turned out well.
To the left, you can see how clear the windshield piece is. Also the pre-printed brick is sharp!
The model being built on the right.
With the turret taken off
Here's a back view of this tank.
The howitzer. It's like an articulated dump truck that's been modified with a rear turrent as pictured here below:
The instructions were very easy to follow. There was no going back to fix any problems or missed pieces
The pieces scattered
Here's the rear of the truck being built. It's a hidden command
The doors are really accurate and fit perfectly.
Roof of cab has hinges to open so driver can exit and enter
Inside compartment of turret holds the ammo
Underneath the turret is a hidden command center that operates the cannon
Leftover pieces of set. the two sets have the same thing; extra 2 pairs of hands!
There were no pieces missing at all... very nice!
OVERVIEW OF BOTH SETS
Here's the back of the box. There are 2 other vehicles pictured and also a ship. The jeep and other vehicle are more out of scale than these 2 sets I'm reviewing.
The piece below is an example of bad quality control. Fortunately, it's really only the worst piece in the set, but I fixed it by just scraping it with my fingernail. No knife needed!
Before..... and After !
The armored car has a nice feature, a pully comes out of the front to pull!
Here are my complete sets. For 21 dollars, these are a steal!
Now with my NEW Kazi military, this is so much better than my previous attempt in selecting the right army. These sets truly blow the initial sets out of the water!
Kazi in its true form!
Plastic Quality: 9.6 / 10
The plastic quality is in par with Enlighten, but in my opinion it's slightly better in some areas. It felt like the plate pieces didn't wobble as much as enlighten, and it felt more sturdy, but slight. Also Compare to Enlighten, the transparent pieces of Kazi appear a lot more clear and less fuzzy, even almost as crystal clear as LEGO. However, I did noticed that there were some color inconsistancies with some of the bricks, but it didn't affect the overall quality of the plastic itself
Quality Control: 8.7 / 10
The quality was very good. There weren't really much of those pieces with excess plastic that needed to be cut off, maybe 6 small pieces out of 660!
Clutch Power: 9.3 / 10
The bricks have awesome stong clutch power and stick together great, but only one problem was with 3 of those 2x2 basic bricks. They had weak clutch for some reason. There was just one minor 2x1 plate that couldn't stick because it kept on popping off! Also some pieces that had to be pressed harder than usual, but still turned out great!
Mold Consistantcy: 8.6 / 10
The mold consistantcy turned out very good. I found about 3 minor small pieces with incomplete molds, maybe 98 percent. The little pieces didn't affect the model at all, and was so neglectable and gone pretty much unnoticed!
These sets are terrific! There's no need for stickers because the bricks themselves already have the pre-printed bricks, like Enlighten, but even more sharp! The piece count was perfect, no missing pieces.. at all! The vehicles are somewhat bigger than minifig scale, but sets are definately worth it!!! .....and NOW,
Old Kazi VS. New Kazi
Here's my review of Kazi, for my third exposure. Initially, the set pictured below is what got my attention to try out Kazi before my first exposure. The first on my list was this awesome set. So I ordered this Military Hummer set, Armoured Car set, the Chariot, and a SWAT apc from sluban. All from the same online vendor.
When I got my order, I received the Leopard Car instead of the Hummer, and a SWAT helicopter instead of my apc. Long story short, I shipped back the helicopter to get my apc, but the Hummer was out of stock.. so I had to settle for that ugly Leopard car, even though it cost more!!
Here's the box cover of the set I really wanted.
I still thought about getting this set, despite my buyers remorse from Kazi, but I didn't want to pay the price.
Set only includes one vehicle, but allows for 4 different builds.
Just as pictured here on the left, I thought that these 2 vehicles were included. Unfortunately, one model is included, but set features 2 main models with a total of 4 to be built
RECEIVING MY ORDER
Knowing that there were 2 main models, I bought 2 of these sets so I can build them together. I found a descent price of $34.00 total on both sets including shipping. Normally one of these sets averages $22.00 usd or more a piece with shipping included.
My sets opened. On the left with the bubble wrap is one set, and to the right is the other
MAIN MODEL A
One hummer opened without the plastic and pieces scattered.
The yellow wheel hubs are more of a bright yellow compared to LEGO. Also the rubber tires are more firm and more shinny than LEGO
Here's a crystal shot of the block quality of Kazi. The bricks are firm. Somehow, the 2x2 plates are different from the rest of the pieces. These plates had a more faded color and didn't have the Kazi branded on the stud. they actually felt more like best-lock pieces. I'm not sure how these 3 plates ended up with this set... ??
Here on the left picture while building, the instructions on steps 3 and 4 shows to put a 10 wide axel along 2 nuts on each side. Well my model didn't have two 10 wide axels, but instead they were both 8 wide, just as pictured. Actually, both sets had this exact problem...
Here's my finished model with the 3 minifigs. The set left a few pieces for the alternative models
Here are the building steps.
MAIN MODEL B
Here's the finished vehicle for model B.
In case you didn't notice, I changed the side of the vehicle just slightly to let a minifig sit inside. The actual model doesn't have room for a driver, so I changed that. you can compare them
Another view of the second featured model
With roof open, now there's plenty of room for a driver unlike the original build
Instructions for the second featured model
MY 2 SETS COMBINED
The finished sets together
Back view of the vehicles. I changed the rear lights from round to cheese slope, to be used for my MOC.
With leftover pieces from my first exposure to Kazi, plus the many pieces from these hummer sets, I wanted to build another monster hummer/truck. But even with these pieces I needed more... so I scrapped my smaller kazi jeep/howitzer set to even come close. Here's what I came up with...
I was inspired by the Military Monster Truck in the PS2/ Xbox game Just Cause 2, so that's how I got the idea of the rear mounted cannon for this creation
This idea came to mind even before I bought these 2 sets.
This creation is very unique. I never mix my clone bricks together, but this is the only exception. Yes the wheels, hubs and pull-back motor are LEGO. Pretty much the whole bottom is LEGO, and even some filler brick. The reason I did this is because I have way more LEGO, and Kazi is harder to come by...
Here's a picture with the cab open for easy access to the driver
My Military Hummer collection
From my knowledge, its seems that these hummer sets were released around the same time as the rocket car, armoured car and chariot. Since they are in the same timeframe, unlike the field army which was released later, these hummer sets differ in color than those sets. These Hummer sets have the same brick quality and color as the field army which is darker. What I don't understand is, how come they aren't the same color or quality when they were released in the same time period??
These are my favorite sets out of all my Kazi. Like I mentioned before, the brick quality is just like the field army sets, but I had just a few problems; The axles were the wrong size, but easily replaced with LEGO. The biggest flaw was that the axles were so tight to fit into the pull-back motor that I had to use a hammer and some pliers just to shove it through. Another thing was that the technic nuts cracked when put through the axel. All of them cracked! The motor isn't as powerful as LEGO, but still works alright.
On a high note, I definately recommend this set. It's a fun set and looks sweet! Kazi didn't slack around at all. This set comes with 3 military minifigs!!