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Halloween Review #4: 6257 Castaway's Raft


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  1. 1 - Send this set to Davy Jones' Locker! (1 votes [7.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.14%

  2. 2 - Plundering Perilously (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. 3 - Ahoy... Just be Average (3 votes [21.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.43%

  4. 4 - Arrr! Shiver Me Timbers (8 votes [57.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 57.14%

  5. 5 - This Set Be Like Lost Treasure (2 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:15 AM

In the twilight of a moonlit sky with only the flickering stars to guide them, three castaways make their way along a vast, never-ending sea.  Atop a makeshift raft from the reckage of their pirate vessel, the scurvy crew fight for survival.  Their food and water has been depleted; and if things could not be worse, a hungry shark has began to follow them.  Will this be the end of the pirate crew, or will they survive long enough for the special moonlight transformation?

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Halloween 2008 Review #4

Castaway's Raft

Set #: 6257
Theme: Pirates
Year Released: 1989
Piece Count: 50
Minifigs: 3
List Price: $8.50 (USD)

My 4th Halloween 2008 review is dedicated to Pirates in anticipation of the return of the Pirate theme.  6257 Castaway's Raft is one of just a few pirate sets that someone gave me as a gift in the late 80s.  I wanted to add it to my Halloween collection as I haven't opened a pirate set in some time.  

Beginning with the box with traditional Pirate theme boxart:

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The back of the box provides a few additional scenes with alternate ideas:

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The set includes three nicely detailed pirates.  Whenever I made these; however, I always placed the red cap on the pirate with the red-striped shirt, and the same for the blue.

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This little set includes two sabres, two muskets, and a rifle - a nice selection of arms:

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The set also has a wonderfully printed pirate flag and treasure map:

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I never really liked the raft to this set, although I can appreciate the design now.  You'll notice that four white flags are used as sails.  Unfortunately, most of the hooks/clips broke very easily after just building thes set a few times:

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The main raft has a long technic beam running through each side with two barrels and a few round 2x2s.  This set was a great way to get 4 brown barrels with lids:

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Here's a close-up of the makeship mast with one remaining flag (almost ready to break):

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One old dark grey shark adds to the value of this set:

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The complete set as our pirate castaways battle the grey shark:

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And lastly, the same pirate crew with some additional skeleton faces:

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Final Thoughts:

Castaway's Raft is really a nice addition to the Pirate theme.  As mentioned above, I never really appreciated this little set at the time, but now I can see the value of what the set includes.  With weapons, barrels, three figs, shark, and some additional pirate elements, the set is a great pirate "booster" pack, or can serve as a stand-alone set for some adventures not far from shore.  I hope you enjoy this classic review and do try to stay away from shark infested waters.

#2 dj2005

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:32 AM

I'm undecided whether to vote Average or Above Average for this set. $8.50 is a lot for fifty pieces and there aren't a whole lot of accessories, though the printed map and flag are nice additions.

For the review, it's fantastic. I am really enjoying these unique backdrops for each review. Plus, I feel your pain with the white flags. At least yours are still white.

#3 TheBrickster

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 07:08 AM

View Postdj2005, on Oct 25 2008, 07:32 PM, said:

For the review, it's fantastic. I am really enjoying these unique backdrops for each review. Plus, I feel your pain with the white flags. At least yours are still white.
Thanks DJ, esp. since you're the 1st to comment, which I appreciate.  All my white pieces are good, just that these few flags broke (as well as some from my Caribbean Clipper).

#4 hollisbrick

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 08:07 AM

Great review, I like these holloween reviews :thumbup:
It's sets like these which make me wish I was around for that era of Lego :cry_happy:  :cry_sad:
What review next? I've always wanted to see a review of the Vampire set :wink: and is there gonna be a big halloween review finally?

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 04:48 PM

View Posthollisbrick, on Oct 26 2008, 01:07 AM, said:

and is there gonna be a big halloween review finally?
Thanks for the feedback Hollis.  That's a great idea I had not considered. :wink:

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:04 PM

Great review, this is a good set considering its size. I'm not sure what this has got to do with Halloween.
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#7 TheBrickster

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 02:13 PM

View PostPencoin, on Oct 26 2008, 10:04 AM, said:

I'm not sure what this has got to do with Halloween.
Halloween represents all things scary.  I think pirates and sharks fit into this category.  Pirate Halloween costumes are also very popular among kids.

#8 KimT

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 05:15 PM

A great little set.
I got me two of these by accident when I intended to collect Pirates and won quite a few auctions on eBay.
An accident that I am now happy about.
It's a great accesory set.
Thanks for the scary review  :thumbup:
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