COMPARISON REVIEW: 6237 Pirates' Plunder
Assamite (we all remember him don't we?) was at a market one day and he stumbled across some Brick sets. He so kindly purchased a couple and sent them to me. I thought it would be interesting to compare them to their official LEGO counterparts, so here is the first COMPARISON REVIEW!!!
This is definitely the most noticeable difference in terms of quality. The Brick plate is a much brighter yellow and because of it doesn't look at nice as the LEGO. The picture however is poor so this may not be evident.
The mini-figures suffer from rigid joints but unless you're playing them then it doesn't really matter. The biggest annoyance is their hands fall out easily when positioning weapons in them.
Imperial Guard Commander
The arms appear as a brighter shade of red. This may pose problems in close-up shots however in large MOCs the mini-figure could well be suited to a dark shady background position.
The torso design is slightly different but it's not really that noticeable.
The Brick parrot has a different pattern so in fact this could be used along side the genuine LEGO parrot for some variation.
The Brick treasure appears more gold in colour rendering the genuine LEGO treasure to appear more platinum or perhaps even silver.
Combined in Chest
When mixed together however you can't really tell the difference.
There is a noticeable colour difference between the shovels. The Brick shovel is closer to the new "light stone" LEGO colour. As The LEGO Group no longer produces the original shade of grey this is probably the colour they'd have to produce the shovel. I don't think a bley shovel would work in a pirate set because it would look too metallic in a modern sense.
The Brick swords are actually nicer than the genuine LEGO swords as their chrome surface makes them appear much more interesting.
The Brick set is definitely not a substitute for the genuine LEGO set but it is definitely not as inferior as many claim.
There is definitely a colour discrepancy between some of the pieces, but the LEGO Group has already forced such a discrepancy upon AFOLs by changing the shades of grey and brown. The same building principal applies to Brick pieces when combing them with genuine LEGO - they can work well in MOC just so long as builders use them strategically.
The quality in some areas is below that of LEGO which may pose a problem for children who actively play with their LEGO. AFOLs on the other hand shouldn't have too many difficulties if they want to statically integrate the pieces into their MOCs.
Until the LEGO Group starts producing new Pirate sets I'd recommend Brick sets as suitable part packs for MOCing.