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PICTORIAL REVIEW: 6279 Skull Island

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20 replies to this topic  – Started by metalandi , Jul 24 2008 01:36 PM

Poll: How do you rate this set? (67 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. 5 - Excellent (42 votes [62.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 62.69%

  2. 4 (20 votes [29.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.85%

  3. 3 (3 votes [4.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.48%

  4. 2 (2 votes [2.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.99%

  5. 1 - Poor (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 metalandi


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Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:36 PM

Allright, as i promised on the weekend, i've got one more review left, and this one is about a really great pirate set.Of course this isn't my last review ever, maybe i will review some older town & castle sets in the next weeks. but that's another story, let's focus on this one now!

Set Nr.: 6279
Name: Skull Island
Number of minifigs: 6
Number of pieces: 366
Release Year: 1995

General Overview:

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We got 6 Minifigs, a Parrot (not in the picture) and even an ape in this set!

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The soldiers only:

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And the pirates only:

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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:

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One floor higher there's a small table with a goblet and a map for the pirate captain:

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You can open the floor where the table is on, and to light comes this little gun holder:

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On the very top the pirates can watch out for ships to plunder and then move barrels or something else with the crane:

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Back on the ground level, again the 2 hidden guns on the side from the tower:

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And at the front the "skull-door" opened:

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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:

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And finally at the front of the landing stage there is a cannon:

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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!

#2 Lt. Col. Thok

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 01:47 PM

Skull Island? AHHH, where's King Kong...oh, that Skull Island. :pir-blush:

Nice review of a nice little set! :thumbup:
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:05 PM

I took the liberty of adding a ratings poll to your review, and I also removed (and saved) the box art - if you could review it seperately (in more detail) at some point, then that would be awesome :pir-sweet:
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 :pir-wink:

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 :pir-wub:
I really would have loved to own this set at the time.

I especially love the interesting drink thing - sort of a decanter...
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To the barricades!
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Posted 24 July 2008 - 02:46 PM

Yay, finally a review of a set I actually own! :pir-tongue:

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. :pir-devil:

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 - 03:41 PM

Nice to take a look at some 'older' sets. I always love reviews like these, keep up the great work.

#6 Antsa Antero

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:46 PM

I gave 2. It's way too small and to me doesnt look piratish enough. There's just "something missing"
And only 1 cannon

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:53 PM

Are you serious? :pir-hmpf_bad:

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?

#8 Antsa Antero

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 03:55 PM

Like I said. I just don't dig it, get over with ;)

#9 Mister Phes

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 07:06 AM

Thank you for creating this Pictorial Review for us Metalandi!  We'll be sure to frontpage it on Classic-Pirates.com and feature it in the July newsletter.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 09:00 AM

I never had the opportunity to own this one and take a good look at all the details, thanks! I like the upper floor with the table and the balcony thing... The guns hidden under the table are an original solution. I like the rotating skull door. Good thing it came with two boats in different colours.

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 01:23 PM

Skull island, a set I used to own as a child and boy did I love it !
It was next to lagoon lock-up the biggest pirate set I had.

So my review :

parts: 8/10
playability : 10/10
figs : 10/10
design then/now : 8/10  9/10

So that gives the set a nice 9/10 !

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Posted 29 July 2008 - 08:24 PM

Yes finnally a name to set I've been searching for (for those that read my intro thread) OMG I can remeber going to Toys'r'us with my dad and getting this as a small boy Fantastic.
Great review and thanks once again I'm off to ebay now!

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 12:30 AM

This set was cool, but I do prefer the Forbidden Island and Rock Island Refuge (Port Jamaica) to this one.

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Posted 30 July 2008 - 03:51 AM

nice review! im not a big pirate fan, but thats a neat little set. i may pick it up if i can find it cheap.
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Posted 30 July 2008 - 08:28 AM

I would like to ask you to adjust you posting style by starting to use capital letters and punctuation where needed. We're not a chat board :pir-wink:  

View Postjifel, on Jul 30 2008, 04:51 AM, said:

nice review! im not a big pirate fan, but thats a neat little set. i may pick it up if i can find it cheap.

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View Postjifel, on Jul 30 2008, 04:51 AM, said:

Nice review! I'm not a big pirate fan, but that's a neat little set. I may pick it up if I can find it cheap.


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#16 Fluyt


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Posted 31 July 2008 - 05:44 PM

As a kid, this was probably one of my favourite sets (I remember really wanting the shako wearing imperial guard), even though I've never had it  :pir-sceptic: .
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).

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Posted 30 December 2008 - 03:50 PM

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The brown lower part on this cannon is lovely. Much better for Pirates than the red this year.

Thanks for the review!

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#18 Captain Fortune

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:13 AM

Excellent is not enough to describe this amazing set.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 06:51 AM

I bought this set when it was new only to have it destroyed by an over curious cat knoking it of the shelf it was on. Then a few months back I found all my old lego in some boxes as well as the manual and managed to put this set back together, I had forgotten how good this set is and I am glad to see I'm not the only one.  :pir_laugh2:

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

One of the best sets.

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.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 12:43 AM

View PostCaptain Fortune, on 17 April 2012 - 02:13 AM, said:

Excellent is not enough to describe this amazing set.
Please refrain from bumping old topics to simply say you like it.

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