Posted 19 February 2008 - 06:05 PM
Smuggler's Shanty was released in 1992, it consisted of 69 pieces, 3 minifigs (two pirates, one Imperial) and it cost $9.25 (USD). The set itself is a small but rather sturdy den for the pirates!
The minifigs consist of two pirates and one Imperial. The minifigs are not all that rare, which is disappointing, I would of liked a rarer fig! But still it is a good cheap source of pirate and Imperial figures.
Here is an overall shot of the set, which includes the three figs, the shanty which is made using palm leaves pieces, and a nice grey shark nibbling at the soldier's oar.
A close up of the soldier rowing hard in his boat. I would have preferred to have a normal soldier with shako hat, as I have more officers than normal soldiers now!:
And a close up snap of the main structure. Note the wine glass, which was a nice touch! Funnily enough, only 4 pieces of treasure were included in this set, compared to the usual 8 gold coins in other sets.
A view from the back, which also gives a good view of the pieces used to construct the shanty mainly simple black 1 by 1 bricks:
The Shanty looks good from most angles but their are a few where the roof construction looks rather odd, but that is just a minor nitpick!
Yet another view from the front,, this time at a slightly different angle. The yellow base plate looks rather nice too, I prefer it over the tan pieces we trend to get nowadays:
"Attack!!" The Stupid drunk pirate in the background does not even notice!
Overall I think this is a rather good set, despite some shortcomings, such as the lack of treasure and odd roof from some angles. The shark, Imperial soldier and useful parts make up for it, and of course the price is cheap on most auction sites, I got mine for a mere £5 ($10), with the cheapest price on Bricklink being $8.
Rate the set then leave your comments, thoughts and opinions!!!
Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:41 PM
I very much regret that my dark ages occured when they did. Basically, I missed out on all the cheap and easy troop building sets, and this one is certainly no exception.
The big sets are nice, but these are the ones that always make me wish just a little harder for a return of LEGO pirates... :'-)
I gave it a 4 out of 5, just because I'd buy 4 out of 5 sitting on the shelves today, were it possible.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:47 PM
I bought this set only a few years ago MISB and I am still very happy about it.
The hut is simple but very effective as a castaway building on some deserted island, the palmleaves are a good addition to any Lego collection.
This set had a nice amount of weapons, two for each pirate and two of those weapons are flintlock muskets as opposed to just pistols.
Nice poll as well, but you made sure nobody can give this set a 1 which is very nice (but probably a little mistake :-D ). I gave it the top-rating.
Posted 19 February 2008 - 07:59 PM
So I have, oops! I never was very good at maths. :-P
Posted 19 February 2008 - 09:43 PM
Good review, great set.
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I'll stand at mast, let north winds blow
Till half of us are dead.
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Posted 19 February 2008 - 10:02 PM
I really enjoyed this set because of the amount of figs in such a small set, though Pirates were always pretty good about their fig count. Also the neat little hut is nicely done for its purpose.
Great review, btw!
Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:41 PM
It's a nice little set with a big number of minifigs.
And 2 flintlock guns is also a nice bonus.
Posted 20 April 2008 - 06:45 PM
I have yet to attain one of these sets. It has a nice trio of men including a redcoat, and a nice assortment of weapons. The rest, such as the leaves, is great for MOCing.
If I saw 5 of these sitting on a shelf I would certainly buy all 5, then I would ask to speak with a manager to see if there is any way I can attain more pirate Lego stuff.
One should not step into the pirates domain and give a mere 1 to any non4+ pirate set.
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