Posted 25 April 2011 - 06:48 PM
It was cool to position Will and Norrington on top of the wheel, deuling, and then stick Jack Sparrow into the hole in the bottom of the wheel, like in the movie.
As far as the build goes, it was pretty underwhelming. There were many parts that were extra tall, obviously to save on costs. (Those large stickered window pieces, and tall 1x1 bricks). I found the sticker sheet to be a bit unnecessary too; especially the 1x2x2 brick that has its own sticker. (I have a policy of always putting the stickers on by the way.) And some of the building was uninspired. When putting this together, I realized that some of these sets aren't about the structures. It really is about the minifigs. It really made me realize why The Fountain of Youth and Isla De La Muerta have 3 figs - they're just small sets geared at letting you get your hands on minifigs for a lower overall cost.
I also got myself a Whitecap Bay, London Escape, and Cannibal Escape. I'm really looking forward to the cannibal set, because it looks like it has the best figs and parts in it.
Thanks for the review!
Posted 26 April 2011 - 03:14 AM
Avatar created by Jebediahs! Thanks!
Posted 26 April 2011 - 03:28 AM
Keep on Brickin
Posted 26 April 2011 - 03:35 AM
Every time I see this set it reminds me of the game wheel on the long running U.S. TV game show The Price is Right. I find this ironic, as I also think this set is way over priced.
Thanks again for your review.
Posted 26 April 2011 - 09:03 PM
And funny you mentioned the Price is Right, Inkog. On the Dead Man's Chest soundtrack, the track for this scene is called Wheel of Fortune!
Posted 27 April 2011 - 11:03 PM
I checked and you are right, Will does use the bellrope to ascend and steal the key ("By your leave, Mr Norrington!"). As you say I guess I was influenced by Jack using it on the box!
Posted 30 April 2011 - 03:21 PM
A good looking set, very reminisent of the troll battle wheel if I do say, though thakfully not as huge
Posted 01 May 2011 - 09:54 AM
Saying this i will get it for its elements and its figures!
Posted 10 July 2012 - 01:36 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:17 PM
Yeah you're probably right, thanks.
I know for sure that I'll be getting Whitecap Bay, London Escape, The Black Pearl and Queen Anne's Revenge - I was just on the fence with this one. But all in all, it's probably not worth it for me.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:01 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:34 PM
At half price yeah! And then just sell the figures, you'll make a fair amount of money. In fact, after selling the figures the set would be free.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:12 PM
Large castle wall parts isn't a problem as such, I find them to be quite usefull actually. It just doesn't seem much like a mill to me... it has a huge wheel as a playfeature which I don't really care for and a clock tower (why does a mill have this?) which overall doesn't impress me much. I already have the Kingdoms mill, which I find to be a much better mill.
I suppose it could be a fine parts pack if I found a use for the wheel parts though.
It would be a lot cheaper, but sadly not free - due to the prices here being a LOT higher than in eg. USA, I won't be able to close the gap entirely by selling the minifigs. But I will indeed try to sell off most of the figs from the POTC sets I buy in an attempt to make the sets cheaper for me, as very few of the figs interest me.
Posted 10 July 2012 - 09:48 PM
Posted 10 July 2012 - 10:05 PM
Damn, now I'm back up on the fence about this set...
Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:13 AM
Posted 11 July 2012 - 11:26 AM
Yeah with London Escape, I at least have a use for the two soldiers (with yellow-fications) - and in fact really want the officer. But for this set, I would be likely not be keeping any of the figs... and I too enjoy the two carts, even the coal one.
How sturdy is the wheel attached in this set? Is it flimsy and easy to trigger or will it stay put?
Posted 11 July 2012 - 02:17 PM
Well that's something, at least. Thanks again!
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