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#1 MattZitron

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 11:30 PM

Hey Gang,

Finally got home and pulled out the parts to take some pics.  

Haven't started the build yet (suffering through lack of sleep and food) but here's some pics for your delectation.

http://www.brickshel...768/4768box.jpg

The Fantastic Mingfigs

Krakoff's face is great!!  The strange thing is, for the first time I can remember the Minifigs came decapitated, and there's no neckwear.
http://www.brickshel...68minifigs1.jpg
http://www.brickshel...68minifigs3.jpg

The Chubby Hull

Suprised at how wide this is, can be split in two.  Not like pirates with bricks, it has connectors built in.  So no making it longer!!!
http://www.brickshel...768newhull1.jpg
http://www.brickshel...768newhull2.jpg

The Balcony

Attention all castle builders, it may be bley but it looks great.  Just wait for the Minas Tirith MOCs.
http://www.brickshel...768balcony1.jpg
http://www.brickshel...768balcony3.jpg

And last but by no means least.

The Black Falcon Shield

Here's a close up for all you cats.
http://www.brickshel...8bagshield2.jpg

The full gallery pending moderation is here.

Full review with pics of the finished model tommorow, plus my review!

Matt

P.S: Here's the comparison of movie Victor Krum and Lego Victor Krum.
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Posted 13 August 2005 - 11:35 PM

Nice review so far. I like the figs. I was also suprised how wide it was when I saw it on display.

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Posted 13 August 2005 - 11:56 PM

Whoa! Nice big pictures! Sadly, on my 15" laptop screen, there's a lot of scrolling involved. (However, it is a good thing that I have DSL, or the pictures might take forever to load!) If it is not an inconvience, could you resize the pictures? I'm sure some of our dial-up users might appreciate it too. ;)

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 05:24 AM

What about the other sheild?  I haven't gotten a good look at it yet.  Please tell me it isn't a sticker.  Also, please tell me it is cool.  Are there two sheilds on each side of the ship, or two total?

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 08:20 AM

I cant see the pictures *devil*  I think its because Brickshelf is down.

EDIT: I can see the pictures now, and wow it does look cool. I cant wait till mine arrives

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 01:10 PM

Excellent, Matt!  I can't wait to get my copy in.  Keep it up!

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 03:33 PM

My vikings came decapitated too. At least the ones in the longboat...
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Posted 14 August 2005 - 04:01 PM

Two reasons for me not to get this set:
- peach figs
- figs would be the ONLY pro reason here, and they are not worth the expense of a WHOLE ship...

well...the faces ARE nifty though. Now if only they came in yellow and in a smaller set...

Nice review, but the pics may be too big for some...for me at least.

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#9 MattZitron

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 04:34 PM

Sorry for the big pics.

The review ones will be smaller!!!

Anyway, haven't made the set yet (as I want to wait till my Girlfriend is home so we can make it together).

But to wet you appetite here's a size comparrison of the hull to a normal pirates hull.

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 05:15 PM

Thanks for the latest pic, I'm looking forward to the review.

I've changed your other pics to links so we don't have to scroll across the page to read posts.

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Posted 14 August 2005 - 05:22 PM

sam89, on Aug 14 2005, 05:15 PM, said:

Thanks for the latest pic, I'm looking forward to the review.

I've changed your other pics to links so we don't have to scroll across the page to read posts.
Cheers dude, and Brickshelf is down so they can't be viewed anyway!!!

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 05:25 AM

Wow, this ship is really big, judging from the size of its hull!!! Wondering where can I keep it when i've bought it.  ;)

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 11:53 AM

MattZitron, on Aug 13 2005, 11:30 PM, said:

The strange thing is, for the first time I can remember the Minifigs came decapitated, and there's no neckwear.
I recall Jake saying something about it being new LEGO policy to supply the minifig heads and torsos separately.

What with the expenses-trimming and all, it's apparently one of the many little quirky things they've discovered in the manufacturing and packaging process that people have done for years without thinking (in this case, putting the heads on the torsos) but that turns out to be a surprisingly significant expense (timewise, I suppose).

Think it was in one of his blog posts, but not sure. Too tired (ie, lazy) to go hunting for it now, sorry  >-|

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Posted 15 August 2005 - 05:07 PM

But does this mean that they add to the piece count?

Is it a super secret clever way to make the piece count seem bigger than it is?

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM |:|


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I've built it, review up later tonite but here's this to wet your appetite.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 02:53 PM

It's a shame it only comes with two figs. It would be great for my ancient Middle-East project.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 03:08 PM

Thanks for the pics so far. Will you have high-res pics of the other sets in the instructions?

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 03:27 PM

MattZitron, you have done well to display images of the Dung Stain hull...

Its a darn shame that it can't be extended.  However, I see no reason why LEGO couldn't produce a special middle hull piece that is compatible.  Although the way they've made the hull is a bit stupid.  The old system was a lot more flexible.

Better still why can't LEGO design a hull that can be extended in length and width...  Then they could be as made as long or wide as desired and that would be great!



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Posted 17 August 2005 - 03:35 PM

They have made a special middle piece in this 4+ set:

http://www.brickset....aspx?Set=7075-1

The only problem is that it's red.

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 03:46 PM

Good work Samsta!  No wonder I wasn't aware.  4+ Pirates and all...



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Posted 18 August 2005 - 07:17 AM

yoda601, on Aug 17 2005, 02:53 PM, said:

It's a shame it only comes with two figs. It would be great for my ancient Middle-East project.
If you ever get a moment, I'd love some pics of that. I've been tooling around with something along those lines in my ever expanding fantasy setting.


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#21 MattZitron

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 07:48 AM

sam89, on Aug 17 2005, 03:08 PM, said:

Thanks for the pics so far. Will you have high-res pics of the other sets in the instructions?
There's just the back page ad, but I'll scan it.

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 08:56 AM

I'm interested in the scan of the back... I have an idea for a new avatar. :)

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 02:17 PM

WooHoo!!! Thanks for these pics. I'm probably more excited about the dark red 1x4 arch than anything else. I have a large project that I'm doing in dark red, but there has only been the 1x6 arch made in that color....until now!

Now to figure out how to score about a hundred of them :/

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 03:10 PM

Right so here's my review (FINALLY).

The whole Gallery of box, parts, minifigs and finished model is here, over 2 pages.

So on with the Show.

Minifigs
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1340864

In the set you get Krakaroff (I dunno how to spell it) and Victor Krum.  The figs are exactly the same, bar their heads.  These are two fantastic figures, the expression on Krakaroff's face is priceless.  Judging by the design I think we might get a Yellow Krakaroff cropping up somewhere, which would make me a happy bunny (he'd make a fantastic Viking)  Ideally I'd have liked more than 2 figures for my money, three would have done it, I think 2 is too few.

Piece Count
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344573
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344571
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344572

For a 40 set, the piece count is quiet good, I don't know the exact number but when building it, I didn't feel short changed, bar the exception of the hull.

Now I don't HATE the hull, my problem is that is doesn't connect with bricks like the old Pirate ships.  There are pros and cons to this, on the plus side its more secure, and your whole ship doesn't need to be taken up with support structure.  The negative side being, you can't really make it bigger (as they've only released a megablocking 4+ set with the right piece, and its the wrong color).  I also like how its wide, meaning you can fit LOADS of minifigs on the main deck.

Overall though I liked the pieces.  Of note are gold studs (http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344510) (5 in total, you get one spare), the return of the black falcon shields (http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1340835) and the new Drumstrang Shields.

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The Construction

A simple fun build.  Nothing too fiddly.

The Finished Model

http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344474  (Big Picture)

I really like this set.  There's no bones about it.  It seems Lego with the latter half of 2005 have given people who loved their original pirate ships hope for the future with this and the fantastic Viking Longboat.  

Even with the two 4+ pieces (the hull, and front of the ship) I wasn't put off.  

http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1340841
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344461

The front of the ship is a nice piece,  and can be used for stuff like castles.  

http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344490
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344491
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344492
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344494

And the hull isn't all bad.  What I REALLY liked was the little cargo hold, at the moment I have a treasure chest in there, but there' space for about eight of them I reckon.  Playability wise it does make alot of sense, and as you can see you can imprision minifigs below deck.

http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344484
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344488
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344506
http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344500

The quarters are great as well.  You can comfortably fit about six minifigs in the main gally, three by the steering wheel, and a couple up above the top cabin.  You could fit more, but it'd look strange.

My only gripe is the design of the top cabin.  When you want to open it up, you have to remove the mast.  I know its simple enough, but I think that it wouldn't have taken much for TLC to design it better.  But saying that its easily done, and I like how the cabin can be lifted with ease from the steering deck.

http://www.brickshel...y.cgi?i=1344540

The final play feature is the plank.  You can while away the hours murdering hapless minifigs who've displeased the cabin.  A really nice addition for pirate fans.

The Final Verdict[/b

Playability: 9.5/10 - Lots to do for all the kids.
Piece Count: 9/10- A great selection, loses one for the hull.
Figures: 8/10 - Just needs one more!
Construction: 9/10 - Nice and simple.
Value: 8.5/10 - Let down a bit by lack of minifigs, and the cons of the hull.

[b]Overall: 8.8/10


Overall this is a set worth getting, especially if you miss proper pirates.  It wouldn't take much to turn this into an AMAZING pirate ship MOC.

Hope you liked my review.

Matt

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Posted 18 August 2005 - 03:40 PM

[burns]Excellent...[/burns]

I love those parts shots, great stuff in there!  This really is a good sign for the new line, hopefully there'll be the same level of usefulness in the others.  Thanks for taking the time to finish it up!

Did you scan the back of the instructions?



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