Posted 29 June 2008 - 11:48 AM
This set was released in 1994 and consists of 4 minifigures, 207 pieces and retailed at $30, not bad but not exactly an amazing deal!
The Full Review
The set, as mentioned earlier contains 4 minifigs, 2 islanders and 2 rag-tag pirates. On top of that their are a variety of accessories.
A close up shot of the two pirates, both looking very scruffy!
...And the two islanders, both wearing differing outfits.
A musket and pistol are the weapon of choice for the pirates for long range combat whilst the poor islanders are stuck with the bow and arrow.
A very cool tribal drum, in the words of King Kahuka himself: "I beat you like tribal drum"
And the treasure, quite a good helping this time, 8 coins instead of 4.
Now for the set itself, a small fort for the islanders which consists of a canoe, a croc, and the pesky pirates planning plundering!
The pirates and the small rowing boat, nothing unique here.
One of two floors of the structure, providing shelter. The roof is constructed using 3 palm leaves, held up by 4 1x1 pillars.
The pet croc, looking for a nice pirate meal
Now for the most striking part of the set, a stone "mask", made from bricks and plates, no single large moulds used here to construct it. Although their are burps on either side of it...
It even swivels on a hinge revealing the submerged ground floor, presumably to hide the treasure, but their isn't actually anything inside aside from to 2x4 red bricks on either side.
The back of the set, with no walls for easy play, showing the 2 floors and ladders to climb up to the 2nd floor
Not much room, but easily defendable, assuming the pirates attack from the front!
A rather tall palm tree is located to the right of the outpost on the beach.
A spear shield is provided and the vines in the back ground are a nice touch too
A Kuhuka mask is sitting on a pole at the very top of the outpost, casting its watchful gaze upon any intruder!
The set is ideal for adventures, with several play features and accessories included
Nothing lack a good whacking to keep your senses alert!
Overall this set has a very solid build, the colour scheme is nice, the black red and grey works well, and the swivelling entrance is very cool, so I suggest that if you do not have this set already, go and buy it!
Comments, criticism and pies welcome!
Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:06 PM
i had forgot all about those vines! oops, must see if i can find the instructions and build it again. thanks for the review, and i can say by experience this set has unending hours of playability!
regards Cpt. PB
Posted 29 June 2008 - 12:13 PM
Posted 29 June 2008 - 01:17 PM
The Islander sets always seem to be the overlooked, but usually solid sets in the whole Pirates theme, and this one fits that description perfectly.
I've never been sure quite what it's supposed to be, something sort of like a port fortification with a place to hide treasure or ... I don't know. It's a good way to add a couple more natives to the army, another nice swabbie and another eternal Captain Ironhook. Again. Well, 3 out of 4 isn't bad.
My favourite part in the set? The drum, of course. It's the perfect tribal barstool! I should pick up a few more of those... I'll be right back, I need to update my Bricklink wanted list.
Boats, oars, guns, gold, pretty much the standard assortment, but add a 16x32 blue baseplate and it's a guaranteed winner, but I think you could still reassemble one for under the $30 price tag. This would have been a great clearance set though.
All things considered, I'm going to give it a 4/5. It's nice. It's useful. It's a little pricey by 1994 standards. Still, a set with plenty of fun and usefulness, so if you find a deal, go for it!
Thanks again, Lord of Pies!
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 01:57 PM
Yeah, you could do that pretty easily, just about every islander set is still pretty cheap. *gotta buy some more before everyone realizes islanders are awesome and prices go sky-high
But what's up with the people voting it 2/5 and not commenting?, what could be so bad about this set? It is at least better than some "classic" pirate sets.
Posted 03 July 2008 - 07:11 AM
It makes me think that the Islanders should have got a real base (like the Imperial Gaurds, Soldiers, and Pirates.) Sure, they got Enchanted Island, was it, but they coud have got something much cooler. Islanders had great sets but lacked the pizzaz a some other factions. The Armada did to, but their sets just sucked.
Edited by Norrington, 03 July 2008 - 07:11 AM.
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Posted 05 July 2008 - 09:22 AM
Forbidden Cove has an adequate number of mini-figures for it's size, though it's interesting to note that the significantly smaller King Kahuka's Throne had more. As some have already mentioned this set includes yet another Captain Ironhook mini-figure and yet another King Kahuka mini-figure. However, this time they've decided to let Kahuka go maskless, and it was theorised the mighty TalonCard in A Guide to the Pirates Mini-Figures Part IV this mini-figure may actually be just a prince and not Kahuka himself.
Posted 05 July 2008 - 11:56 AM
I appreciate your great review though, Lord Of Pies!
Edited by Shoc, 05 July 2008 - 11:56 AM.
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