XingBao Review XB-01020:大戏院 Chinese Theater

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Today, I am reviewing the 1st set of the 2nd wave of Modular Buildings under the Zhong Hua Street (中华街) series released by XingBao (星堡積木),  XB-01020,  Zhong Hua Street: Chinese Theater (中华街:大戏院).

Kit Details

XingBao XB-01020 Zhong Hua Street: Chinese Theater (中华街:大戏院)
Year: 2018
Minifigs: 10
Pieces: 3,820
RRP: ???


Upon opening the box. The Instruction Book is seated nicely a pop up paper tray. There is a slight deviation on the Instruction Book as compared to the tray and the box art, instead of the usual 中华街 and Zhong Hua Street, China Town is printed on the Instruction Book.

The contents within the box below the paper tray.

A total of 71 bags spread across Numbered Bags 1 to 14, Spares Bags and loose in box is 1 32×32 Dark Green Baseplate.

The distribution of the bags across the Numbered Packs.

3 bags of Numbered 1 Pack.

4 bags of Numbered 2 Pack.

6 bags of Numbered 3 Pack.

4 bags of Numbered 4 Pack.

5 bags of Numbered 5 Pack.

5 bags of Numbered 6 Pack.

4 bags of Numbered 7 Pack.

4 bags of Numbered 8 Pack.

4 bags of Numbered 9 Pack.

6 bags of Numbered 10 Pack.

7 bags of Numbered 11 Pack.

4 bags of Numbered 12 Pack.

10 bags of Numbered 13 Pack.

3 bags of Numbered 14 Pack.

2 packs of Spare Parts.

The sticker sheet is taped to the first page of the instruction booklet.

The completed build from Numbered 1 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 2 packs.

The backstage furniture.

This part is great for making oriental themed windows.

I like how the SNOT technique is being use on the creation of some textures on wall.

The completed build from Numbered 3 packs.

SNOT technique used on building windows too!

The completed build from Numbered 4 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 5 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 6 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 7 packs.

The printed parts from Numbered 8 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 8 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 9 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 10 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 11 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 12 packs.

It will form part of the back roof together with Numbered 13 packs.

The completed build from Numbered 13 packs.

The new shoulder and arm joints.

Rounded shoulder.

The completed build from Numbered 14 packs.

Bonus Pictures!
The VIP view of the Stage.

After thoughts:
I built this set over a spread of a two evenings on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, clocking almost 12 hours to complete.

Nice things…

Something I realised for the first time that the set number and bag number are actually printed apart from the “Numbered Pack”. As seen below, 01020.57 12 is Set 01020 bag number 57 of Numbered 12 Pack. It is a great way to check if you have any missing bags by going through the bag numbers. This is definitely something new for me which I do not remember noticing while building the 1st wave Modular Buildings of the Zhong Hua Street.

Another thing i discovered is that in the Instruction Book, it will also mention how many bags are there in the “Numbered Pack”. Which is again a good way to check for missing bags.

The minifigure new shoulder and arm joint really open up alot of the articulation for various poses, something which i definitely like.

Not so nice things…

What I still do not like is that the sticker is taped to the Instruction Book. Over time, it will create a mark on the book if left on the book or it will leave some residue mark if peeled off carefully or tear the page accidentally while peeling off the tape. Something which personally i do not like any marks or tears on my books.

Unless one have steel fingers, I would suggest to use a hobby pliers to clamp the minifigure shoulder and arm joints together. No doubt this new feature is something that i like but trust me, I have resorted to using hand tools and power tools even on various occasions while building XingBao’s set. Some building steps are just impossible to be carried out without the aid of tools due to the tolerance of the molded parts, clutch power or even manufacture deflects.

Hope you have enjoyed this. Thank you for reading!

Do check out my earlier reviews of  the Zhong Hua Street (中华街).

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