My threads seem to at some point go completely off topic and turn into a discussion about something else. So to prevent that happening from yet another of my threads I'm creating this one to cater for the topic its about to turn into.
Irrespective of whether you like/dislike the old Pirate theme (1989-1997),
What are you opinions of the 2004 4+ Pirate theme?
Do you own/purchase any of the sets? For yourself? Your children?
Are the pieces any good for creating your own designs?
Have you seen them and thought "NO WAAAAAAAY am I buying that"
Also, if anybody has any statistics on how well this theme sold, provide those too. It would be interesting to know how well it did.
Here are my personal objections to the new 4+ Pirate Theme
- The sets arenít very well designed especially the islands. The islands are merely base plates with basic structures round the out skirts. There is no clever architectural ingenuity put into them whatsoever.
- Some of the pieces are too big. If the sets looked more complete maybe the bigger pieces would be so noticeable. However this is not the case, they stand out and look a bit stupid - especially the skull on 7074 Skull Island. Except perhaps 7075 Red Beardís Ship, however it looks too bulbous.
- The mini-figures are twice the size as original pirate mini-figures. This is terrible as it changes the scale of these sets completely. This renders all the pieces used in the original theme to about 50% of their size. Plus, you couldnít use the 4+ mini-figures (or should I say maxi-figures) with the older Pirate sets and mini-figures as theyíd be giants in comparison.
- The cannons and cannon balls look ridiculous. A cannon ball with a long shaft sticking out of it? Thatís just stupid.
I realize the size increase is to cater for the younger market, but does the younger market really care? I have a 4 year old nephew who prefers my original Pirate Lego over his 4+ Pirate Lego. He canít construct/rebuild the 4+ Pirate Lego any better than the older Pirate Lego anyway.
However the one thing I do like is they include a play mat! Thatís a great innovation!