ZHE GAO Building Blocks Chinese New Year’s Figures (QL0953)

ZHE GAO Building Blocks Chinese New Year’s Figures (QL0953)

Kicking off the new year, I decided to make a post about the new ZHE GAO Building Blocks new Chinese New Year’s Figures I found on AliExpress. While they may not be the most visually appealing block figures I’ve bought, I love adding more to my collection and I really wanted the 4th figure of the animal.

Zhe Gao building block Chinese New Years lego block figures

I know very little about Chinese New Year’s; nothing indepth about the culture. I did a quick search online to find out what the other 3 figures were because I didn’t have the slightest clue. I found on ChinaSimplified.com that there are 3 deities: the Kitchen God, the Door God and the Wealth God. The most commonly known is the Wealth God, even by foreigners and non-Chinese citizens. I assumed the animal figure was a rat given that this is the Chinese year of the metal rat.

price

I ordered this as part of a set of 4 for $15.30USD on AliExpress during the New Year discount sale.

Lego Compatibility

Yes, these are compatible with Lego.

Zhe Gao building blocks god of wealth lego block figures
财神 (CáiShén) – QL0953-1

Because of all the red and yellow, especially all the tan circle blocks, I assumed this was “the god of wealth” 财神 (CáiShén). The images that popped up during my search looked a lot like this figure.

Zhe Gao building blocks Chinese New Years block figure
灶君 (ZàoJūn) – QL0953-2

I believe this is “the Kitchen God” 灶君 (ZàoJūn). Definitely one of the simplest and less decorated designs among the 3 deities. As you can see, the dark green and black blend together slightly.

Zhe Gao building blocks Men Shen lego block figure
门神 (MénShén) – QL0953-3

Because this figure is holding a staff, I assumed it was “the Door God” 门神 (MénShén). I would say this is one of the figures that stands out the most because of the staff and colors.

Zhe Gao building blocks Year of the Rat figure
Chinese New Year Rat – QL0953-4

This figure, the Chinese New Year rat, was the one I was looking forward to building the most because it looked more like a Brickhead and not just a random design. It’s easy to hold and doesn’t feel like it’ll fall apart.

There was nothing special about the deity figures in my opinion, other than who they represent in Chinese culture. I didn’t realize how the heads of the deities were practically empty from the back side as you can see from the multi-shot photos above. I was thoroughly confused why there was so much missing from the build, until I realized, “this is how it’s supposed to be, huh”. It was a bit disappointing.

My favorite of course, was the rat figure because it looks more like an action figure Brickhead. I think the deity figures would’ve looked better if they were modeled after the square Brickhead shape as well. Alas, they still make this set feel complete.

NOTE: Please feel free to correct me if any of the deities I labelled the figures with is wrong.

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