XingBao Review XB-01004:中华街 Martial Art School

Today, I am reviewing the 4th set of the Modular Buildings released by XingBao (星堡積木) in collaborations with DEMO Studio (宁波笛墨文化), XB-01004, Zhong Hua Street : Martial Art School (中华街:武馆).

Kit Details

XingBao XB-01004  Zhong Hua Street : Martial Art School (中华街:武馆)
Year: 2017
Minifigs: 10
Pieces: 2,882
RRP: ???

 

 

Upon opening the box. The Instruction Book is seated nicely a pop up paper tray.

Front cover of the Instruction Book.

Back cover of the Instruction Book.

First page of the Instruction Book.

A little write up on the Author (I think should have been Artist instead) Profile of DEMO Studio.

An additional correction insert correcting one of the error inside the Instruction Book.

The contents of the box.

55 packs of parts and a loose 32×32 green plate!

8 Packs of Numbered 1 Pack. Builds the ground foundation and street.

11 Packs of Numbered 2 Pack. Builds the main hall.

7 Packs of Numbered 3 Pack. Builds the front court yard and entrance wall.

12 Packs of Numbered 4 Pack. Builds the level 2.

9 Packs of Numbered 5 Pack. Builds the roof.

5 Packs of Numbered 6 Pack. Builds the Minifigs and the Dragon for dragon dance.

Loose Items: 1 32×32 plate, 1 pack of sticker, 1 pack of replacement/missing parts, 1 pack of spare parts.

The completed build from Numbered 1 packs.

The printed tiles from Numbered 2 packs.

A traditional setup, 2 chairs and an altar with incense burning in the main hall.

The completed build from Numbered 2 packs.

The printed tiles from Numbered 3 packs.

A weapon rack in the left side of the front court yard.

A wooden dummy (木人桩) in the right side of the front court yard.

The completed build from Numbered 3 packs.

The printed parts from Numbered 4 packs.

The 1×2 tiles and 1×2 jumper plate actually makes scrolls of books on the bookshelf.

The bookshelf placed against the wall of level 2.

The printed micro figure is actually an idol that sits in the altar on level 2.

The completed build from Numbered 4 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 5 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 6 packs.

Bonus Pictures!

A close up of the Dragon Head.

A front walk in view of the Martial Art School.

The minifig view when you look up from the ground level.

The detailing of the structure, windows and walls.

After thoughts:
The overall build is pretty ok but It has been a long while since I attempted to build anything above 1,000 pieces. The build took longer than I had initially expected clocking almost 7 hours! Perhaps it might be due to the fact that I started the build in the evening and as the hours dragged on, I had difficulties differentiating dark red to brown and the lines where the plates joined on the instruction book under poor lighting condition (Mental note to self: I shall build the next one in day light.).

As with most large pieces of plates, the 32×32 green plate warps. Despite the warping plates issue, I do love this Modular Series alot as it is rare to find Chinese Styled Modular street with such details available in the retail market. I do hope DEMO Studio will continue to design more sets to further expand Zhong Hua Street (中华街).

Hope you have enjoyed this. Thank you for reading!

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