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PICTORIAL REVIEW: 1481 Desert Island


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14 replies to this topic  – Started by Mister Phes , Aug 29 2008 01:53 PM

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#1 Mister Phes

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 01:53 PM

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Back in the days before "Impulse" was a word in the LEGO Group's marketing vocabulary there were small sets such 1481 Desert Island.  This one in particular was part of a larger "value pack" so it could not be purchased independently.  The island itself is very simplistic, just two yellow plates held together with a stack of grey bricks that represent bricks.  It is very much similar to 1464 Pirate Lookout which did retail in both box and polybag.  The only real difference between the two is the pirate mini-figure and accessories like the flag and animals.

Interestingly Desert Island is the only small pirate set which contains more than one animal, as it generously offers both a shark and parrot.  There's a flag on a lance and a pot filled with gold coins - that's about it!  A small, simple and sweet set!  


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#2 Manta

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 02:00 PM

Sounds like a good impulse set. Mind mentioning what came in this value pack?
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for the review Mister Phes.  There really isn't much to say about this set.  By itself I wouldn't have bought it, but I think it came with some Imperial Guards in the value pack.  I guess it's more like a minifig pack, just split into individual packs.


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Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:40 PM

It is an ok set for some extra foilage and a pirate, but it's not special or anything and it could have used a cutlass.
But what was the use of releasing a set exclusively in a value-pack? Why not make the value pack multiple sets that where also released individually or make it just 1 set (no use of putting them in seperate boxes) or did putting multiple sets in 1 value-pack look more like a bargain, and better marketing-wise?

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:51 PM

A good small set if you are looking for extra parts (animals).  And I wonder why there is no cutlass (sword) in this set. That is odd.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 04:18 PM

The reason he doesn't have a cutlass is that he's marooned.
When pirates were marooned, they'd be given a pistol with one shot, just in case they wanted a quick death. :pir-skull:

Huzzah to TLG for realism!

Anyhoo, I must say this is one of the more mediocre Impulse Pirates sets, but it's still great nonetheless.
It's far better than 1464 Pirate Lookout ( :thumbdown: ).


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#7 Mister Phes

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 03:53 PM

View PostGen. Knowledge, on Aug 30 2008, 01:23 AM, said:

By itself I wouldn't have bought it, but I think it came with some Imperial Guards in the value pack.  I guess it's more like a minifig pack, just split into individual packs.
You're thinking of the Barnacle Bay Value Pack.  Desert Island came in a Value Pack of 5 sets, each from a different theme.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 07:10 PM

I don’t remember the value pack being released in the UK, however I’m lucky enough to have it as it was out the first time my parent took me as a child to the US. It’s an interesting set, in my humble opinion it is weaker than the other value pack one (which looked like a Puckle gun) I also think it’s the weakest in the value pack. It’s good that we are provided with two animals but I think Lego just did the marooned on a little island to many time.
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#9 Mister Phes

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 05:21 PM

I think the Value Pack was a Northern American special only so that makes finding a genuine version much rare.   Of course you could easily throw it together with spare pieces, but if you're a collector seeking the real deal your chances as diminished.

I'd never heard of a Puckle Gun before so thank you for enlightening me.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:01 PM

I love little sets like this one, 2 animals , a little "Saucepan" and a nice little island.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 11:55 AM

I think it is quite a good set. If anything, I think it should have a palm tree rather than a rock. It would look a bit more like a deserted island that you see in cartoons etc.
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Posted 13 September 2008 - 12:30 PM

Very good. It was a nice short to the point review. The set is also very cool.

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Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:16 PM

View PostPaulie, on Sep 13 2008, 10:30 PM, said:

Very good. It was a nice short to the point review. The set is also very cool.

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It's such a small set, that Mister Phes couldn't have made it a long review if he tried!

Edited by Captain Zuloo, 17 September 2008 - 02:17 PM.

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 10:16 AM

While it was one of the weaker members of a great value pack, this was still a nice set. And as Phes noted the generosity in including two animals (which were special back in those days) as well as gold pieces, was very nice. I always personally liked the multipurpose pot, is he digging with it? Drinking from it? Carrying gold in it?

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 03:09 PM

True. That sauspan thing has a diverse range of uses. I like that. It can be used in so many different ways.

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