Chinese police have dismantled a ring accused of manufacturing about $30 million (about R430 million) worth of counterfeit Lego sold across the country, authorities said.
Police earlier this week raided the premises of Lepin - a Chinese toymaker manufacturing Lego knockoffs in the southern city of Shenzhen - arresting four people, Shanghai police said on Friday.
"In October 2018, the Shanghai police found that Lepin building blocks available on the market were extremely similar to that of Lego," the statement said.
The toys were copied from Lego blueprints and sent to a factory in Shenzhen to be manufactured before they were sold all over China.
"Across more than 10 assembly lines, over 90 moulds had been produced... (police seized) some 630 000 completed pieces worth more than 200 million yuan ($30 million)," the statement said.