Pieces: 473 Minifigures: 5 Retail Price: $29.99 Price I Paid: Retail from Amazon
I’m trying something new with the box images – more 2D than 3D.
I like the method of showing the minifigues on the top of the box, it’s a little parade!
Five minifigures included, the Admiral/Governor, Soldier, Governess (this appears to be an Elizabeth Swann character), two pirates, one with eyepatch. This set does include Lego bricks/pieces Made in China but it does not seem to be any of the figures.
The pirates get the standard brown rowboat with Pirate flag. The flag is at the front of the boat, though in Classic Pirates it was at the back. Now on the back is one of the new gun-cannons that fire 1×1 rounds. I could do without them, if I wanted to lose 1×1 round pieces I could do it quicker than 1 at a time.
Then there’s the fort. The Soldiers Fort (notice no possessive apostrophe – this is the official spelling) comes with just one soldier. But it’s not really much of a fort so maybe they’ll be ok with a light armament.
You’ve got the cannon and some frogs. Tree frogs if I had to guess.
The treasure chest (that the Pirates are no doubt interested in stealing) can be hoisted up from the bottom level which could be a boat.
The prison cell, which coincidentally is the largest room in the “fort” has a false wall so prisoners can escape easily.
All in all, it’s an ok set and may sate your appetite for a Lego Pirates set. But there are a lot of problems if you choose to look at it with a critical eye. There are less than 250 pieces in this $30 set. This is the second most expensive set to the Brick Bounty and so it should be the base. But you don’t get much base, it’s more like a fort washed up on some rocks. There’s hardly a place to have a good sword fight. There are quite a few pieces in colors I haven’t seen before. If not for that and the fact that it is a Pirates set, this would be a total dud. I’m not sure what Lego is playing at with the Pirates line, if they will ever release a big base set again is hard to tell. But as soon as the newly released Brick Bounty shows up, this “fort” doesn’t stand a chance. I’ll give this a 5 of 10. I’d wait for it to go on sale before you buy it unless you really want it now.