Best-Lock Construction Toys
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Best-Lock Construction Toys is a brand of plastic building bricks that are compatible with Lego, but are sold more cheaply. They have become more widely available since defeating a patent challenge from Lego in the Oberlandesgericht, Hamburg in 2004. In a further case in 2009, Lego was denied trademark protection for the shape of its bricks; however, in 2015, Best-Lock lost two cases in the European Court in which they attempted to deny Lego trademark protection on the shape of its minifigs.
Best-Lock's sets cover Wild West, pirate and construction themes and, unlike Lego, include military models.
Best-Lock has 6 different kinds of products including Standard Blocks, junior Blocks (young children 2-5), Baby Blocks (For kids 0-2), Freestyle, Army, and ADAC License.
Standard Blocks include TOWN sets (Police, Fire and Construction), farming, tubes, and even Kimmy (Best-Lock sets made for females).
Licensed sets include Terminator and Stargate SG-1.
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- "EU court rules Lego figurines are protected trademark". 2015-06-16.
- Official website (currently down)
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