Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:36 PM
Set Nr.: 6279
Name: Skull Island
Number of minifigs: 6
Number of pieces: 366
Release Year: 1995
We got 6 Minifigs, a Parrot (not in the picture) and even an ape in this set!
The soldiers only:
And the pirates only:
The Back/Inside is rather plain because it is in the water, but at least there's a treasure chest on the right and 2 guns on the left:
One floor higher there's a small table with a goblet and a map for the pirate captain:
You can open the floor where the table is on, and to light comes this little gun holder:
On the very top the pirates can watch out for ships to plunder and then move barrels or something else with the crane:
Back on the ground level, again the 2 hidden guns on the side from the tower:
And at the front the "skull-door" opened:
At the left back corner there's a barrel with some more guns and a palm tree. I like the use of the hammer to attach the branch to the tower:
And finally at the front of the landing stage there is a cannon:
In my opinion this is one of the best pirate sets ever made beside the ships, it's got great playability, and the skull-like door is designed very well also. You got plenty of minifigs, along with an ape and a parrot, and also lots of guns. Clearly a 10/10 for me, Pirates ON!
Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:47 PM
Nice review of a nice little set!
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:05 PM
And do you have a better main picture (similar to that on the box) of the set? It would be useful for the Classic-Pirates frontpage
Anyway, onto the set. It is perfect. It really is the ultimate shanty port - it symbolises what the Lego Pirate theme was. All the exciting details - like the hidden weapon rack - are truly fantastic, as is all that landscaping.
The two boats are great for playability, and the rum/wine in the barrels is a lovely rare touch
I really would have loved to own this set at the time.
I especially love the interesting drink thing - sort of a decanter...
Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:46 PM
This was most likely the biggest set I owned back in my childhood (I've bought bigger ones in the last few months, though), and I remember playing with this to no end - of course adding my Paradisa-girls and other pirates to the crew as well. I may have been a tom-boy, but I would've never played with only boy minifigs.
I just love all the details and the Caribbean feel to it. It comes with many useful pieces as well, and I totally rate this set 5/5 - for old time's sake!
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:53 PM
One cannon is exactly right for a set of this size, and why would it be "too small"? What about impulse sets and so on then? And last, what would look "piratish" to you, if not a tower with a big gate that looks like a skull?
Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:00 AM
Posted 29 July 2008 - 01:23 PM
It was next to lagoon lock-up the biggest pirate set I had.
So my review :
playability : 10/10
figs : 10/10
design then/now : 8/10 9/10
So that gives the set a nice 9/10 !
Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:28 AM
Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:44 PM
It has a nice amount of figures, a very usefull baseplate and a good amount of playability. But I don't really like the red/black/light gray combo (I do like the structure).
Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:50 PM
The brown lower part on this cannon is lovely. Much better for Pirates than the red this year.
Thanks for the review!
Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:51 AM
Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:44 PM
I love the minifigs(2 redcoats and Captain Roger/Redbeard), the structure of the island, the tunnel with the skull, the hidden gun and blade under captain's table...
That set is great. But Rock island refude is even better because it has a prison and a more realistic structure.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:43 AM
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