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6270 Forbidden Island Review


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14 replies to this topic  – Started by Manta , Sep 28 2008 08:18 PM

Poll: Forbidden island. (22 member(s) have cast votes)

How do you rate this set?

  1. Excellent! (15 votes [68.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 68.18%

  2. Above average. (5 votes [22.73%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.73%

  3. Average. (1 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

  4. Below average. (1 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

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#1 Manta

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 08:18 PM

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I just recently got this amazing pirate set off of eBay, and I am happy I did. It comes with all the pirate accessories a pirate fan may need, and it just plain rocks.

6270 Forbidden Island:

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The picture depicts the set very well. It shows every feature, from the cannon to British Solider to monkey. I like this picture a great deal.

Set Information:
Name:Forbidden Island
Number:6270
Theme:Pirates
Year:1989
Pieces:176
Minifigs:4
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Island:
The island is well designed, and looks like my idea of a pirate fort. The only problem is that half of the jail cell, and the stairs leading up to the bridge, are in water. That isn't a major problem though, and can be overlooked easily.

Overview
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The minifigs are placed like they are on the box, or as close to as I can. See if you can find the thing that doesn't belong in this picture, or the picture below:

The Picture Below
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Now my Easter egg is obvious, please don't miss it. This is a good view of the British Solider, and the cannon. The cannon is very neat, but sadly, I have a non-firing one. :pir_bawling: The bridge is also a nice piece, as are the TWO jail doors included in this set. Yes, two jail doors. It's awesome.

Crows Nest
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The crows nest is basically like one found on a pirate ship. This makes it a great way to get rigging, and a crows nest for a pirate ship. I like how you can have a sword fight staged between minifigs on the rigging. :jollyroger:

Stairs
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The stairs lead to the water, which is my only problem with them. The flag is great, and it is on a wooden lance piece, attached to a flag. I like how the flag looks, the cliche symbol for all pirates, the jolly roger.

Minifigs and Accessories
This set comes with 4 minifigs, a monkey, a parrot, a shark, a boat, a chest with 8 chrome gold coins, and a cannon. I think that this set has a great amount of accessories.

Everything
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Here you can see everything I just mentioned, which I will go into detail about in a second.

Minifigs
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The minifigures are great in this set. The only problem I have is that the British Solider has a standard grin, while everyone else has a cool pirate face. :pir-hmpf_bad:  :imperialguard_commander1:  :pir-sceptic: I would have prefered him to have a non standard grin head, but it still is a nice figure. There are 2 different epaulets, a brown one on Captain Redbeard, and a pair of red ones on the British Solider. The Solider also comes with a backpack, and an awesome Shako. This set also comes with 2 flintlock pistols and 2 flintlock rifles, and 4 sabers. The parrot, shark, and monkey are also great bonuses.

Accessories
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The accessories are great, the rowboat comes with 2 paddles. You wouldn't want to be up a river with no no paddles would you? The treasure chest and 8 chrome coins are also great, the booty would make a king envious. The cannon is great, and it is on wheels so the pirates can take the butt kicking to other places, if they can get it off of the island. The accessories are overall very well designed.

Conclusion
This set is great, and it deserves a gold medal in the 4x100. It seriously is that good.

Design:9/10, the only design flaw is that the stairs lead into the water.
Playbillity:10/10, there are many scenarios you could with using only this set.
Parts:9/10, the set comes with a nice stash of parts, but it doesn't have a lot of parts, especially for $30 on eBay.
Minifigs:10/10, There isn't a thing wrong with the pirates.

Total:38/40
So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating. Can't find a good reason, can't find hope to believe in.
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#2 Zorro

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 09:42 PM

Your right about  the stairs :pir-classic:

I got this set for my birthday once, i have all the sets of the first solider/pirate lines.
I like it more then the later pirate nests, this one has loads of playability.
We could use 1 or 2 more minifigs for this set, also in regard to the release price wich used to be around 35euros if I remember right... (50 USD)

#3 Gen. Knowledge

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 03:08 AM

Thanks for the great review.  I never really considered this set until now.  There are a lot of usable pieces in this set for ships and forts.  I will have to search for this on eBay.


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#4 Manta

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 02:04 PM

View Postzorro3999, on Sep 28 2008, 04:42 PM, said:

Your right about  the stairs :pir-classic:

I got this set for my birthday once, i have all the sets of the first solider/pirate lines.
I like it more then the later pirate nests, this one has loads of playability.
We could use 1 or 2 more minifigs for this set, also in regard to the release price wich used to be around 35euros if I remember right... (50 USD)
$50 for under 200 pieces? Sure there are a lot of big pieces, but that seems overpriced.
The set is a lot better than later pirate bases.
So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating. Can't find a good reason, can't find hope to believe in.
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#5 Zorro

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 09:56 PM

View PostManta, on Sep 29 2008, 04:04 PM, said:

$50 for under 200 pieces? Sure there are a lot of big pieces, but that seems overpriced.
The set is a lot better than later pirate bases.

Actually this has another reason: I paid it (i think around) 1400 belgium francs, which equals to about 35 euros nowadays and 35 euros are NOW worth about 50 USD,

BUT: in those days the dollar was a lot stronger and 1400 belgium francs in that time were not worth more then, lets say, the euro is worth now (probably even less).
CONCLUSION:
In THOSE DAYS it would have only costed 30-35 USD instead of 50 USD, what it would cost if bought now,
Sorry for the mistake. (Damn euro and its stupid exchange rates :pir_laugh2: )

#6 Dennimator

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 10:16 PM

A great review for a great set, Manta! But I´m surprised noone have mentiioned the Stormtrooper yet... :hmpf:

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 10:34 PM

Nice review. Did this review pass through the Reviewers Academy?
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#8 Manta

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 12:47 AM

View PostLegoKing, on Sep 29 2008, 05:34 PM, said:

Nice review. Did this review pass through the Reviewers Academy?
I passed through on 3 different reviews.
So am I still waiting, for this world to stop hating. Can't find a good reason, can't find hope to believe in.
-Sum 41

'Cuz we don't live, We just survive, On the scraps that you throw away
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#9 Legoking

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:26 AM

View PostManta, on Oct 2 2008, 12:47 AM, said:

I passed through on 3 different reviews.

Congrats Manta!!!!
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#10 Zorro

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:34 PM

View PostManta, on Oct 2 2008, 02:47 AM, said:

I passed through on 3 different reviews.

Congratulaions with your Bronze star.

I think if you keep this up the silver and gold will follow smoothly

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 08:46 PM

Nice set to have, but a bit expensive to buy. It's quite a simple set with not too much bricks in it.
I have problems with the stairs and the jail door in the water as well. But I think it's well playable and detailed who makes it a nice set.
I like the crow's nest and the bridge the most. If I may: I give it a 7 on a scale from 1-10 :pir-blush:

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#12 Commander Red Hat

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 08:59 PM

I don't have this set and i can't say the design appeals to me much.
It does contain some great parts and figs, therefore i would not mind getting one :pir-grin:
I've added a poll so we can rate it. :pir-wink:


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Posted 02 October 2008 - 10:29 PM

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It does contain some great parts and figs, therefore i would not mind getting one :pir-grin:

I wouldnt mind you getting me one either...

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Great review Manta, keep 'm coming! :thumbup:

Yup, this was a good review but I already said that.
I have just done a review about the Imperial Flagship of the Imperial Guards.
My next one (weekend) will be the Skulls Eye Schooner.
And I also plan to rebuild and review the Imperial Flagship of the Imperial Soldiers, the bluecoaties, that is.

#14 Wout

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 07:28 PM

Very nice set. I'm happy I've got it for Saint-Nicolas in 1991. The baseplate is also great.
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Posted 11 September 2014 - 05:40 PM

Good review of a great set! After my dark ages I found it 4 years ago on ebay and IMO is the perfect island for pirates!




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