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PICTORIAL REVIEW: 6242 Soldiers Fort


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#1 Lego12

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Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:59 PM

Set name: Soldiers Fort
Theme: Pirates
Set number: 6242
Number of pieces: 367
Minifigs: 6
Release date: 2009
Release price: $49.99

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I have decided to do a set review on the 6242, Soldiers Fort from the latest Pirate theme which should be available in 2009. I was one of the lucky few to manage to purchase one of the highly anticipated sets, as I lived near the LEGO Imagination Center in USA, Orlando.

If you have intentions of dropping down, be sure to give the center a call to make sure there are enough stocks for you to grab to avoid disappointment. Fortunately, when I reached there, there were many Pirate sets and LEGO enthusiasts taking the new Pirate sets off the shelves. Without further ado, let me get on with this review.

Box-Front:
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This is an overall box image of the 6242, Soldiers' Fort

Box-Back:
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At the back of the box, it reveals an overview of its accessories and building sections which is the unique playing feature in this set.

Instructions-Front:
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This is the front page of the first booklet. I did not take a picture of the second booklet because the only difference is the number at the bottom left hand corner.

Instructions-Middle-Booklet One:
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Instructions-Middle-Booklet Two:
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Instructions-Comic:
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TLG has once again, impressed the younger generations with a nicely illustrated comic. I believe that in every other set, there will be an additional comic script illustrating the playability and imagination of its new Pirate sets.

Stickers:
There were stickers in this set, but I used them. :pir-grin: The spider webs in the jail, and the red bricks on the walls are stickers and there aren't any printed bricks in this set except for the flags on the tower.

Minifigures-Soldiers-Front:
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The shakos are the main attraction of the Imperial Soldiers. The symbols at the front of their shakos are actually printed with its precise design, representing the pride of the Imperials. Even the Admiral/Commander's torso is well designed.

Minifigures-Soldiers-Back:
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When the minifigs are turned behind, the backs are printed with a mini backpack. It's very smart for TLG to do this. I wonder if TLG is cutting down the production of brown bag packs and enforce the soldiers to carry light weight combat material.

Minifigures-Pirates-Front:
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The Pirates' torsos are very cool and I really enjoy looking at them. The decals are filled with nice details such as the henchmen's anchor tattoo on his hairy chest and the Pirate Captain vest. The faces are a new addition too. I must admit that I am very impressed with the range of minifigs.

Minifigures-Pirates-Back:
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Even, the back of the Pirates are printed. The red buckle at the back seemed to be tight across the Captain's vest.

Animals-Alligator:
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Here is a comparison of both alligator designs. On the left, the alligator with the darker tone is the new one, while the one on the right with a lighter shade is the old design.

Animals-Monkey:
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Both monkeys look very similar with each other. In fact, the one on the left is the older version while the one on the right is the newer version. You can't really tell the difference from this picture.

Accessories:
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These are the accessories that come in the set 6242 Soldiers Fort. The accessories in this set are great! First you have a treasure chest, then two dark brown barrels, two swords, two rifles, two pistols, two keys, dynamite, a fish, a telescope, a banana, and finally a torch. Most of the pieces I mentioned are new to the LEGO theme like the dynamite, the telescope, and the fish, to name a few, and a lot of AFOLS and TFOLS are anticipating these pieces for there MOC's.

Extra pieces:
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The extra pieces that come in this set are fantastic! The extra epaullattes and the extra sword is one of the many great things in this set!

Vehicles-boat:

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The only vehicle in this set is the original pirate rowboat which contains two paddles, a dark brown barrel, and a pirate flag.

Complete set without minifigures and accessories:
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The entire set is pictured above and I think that the fort is a little small and I think it could have been larger, but its still a great set! I'll get into more detail about the set below.

The jail:
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This is the jail and it has two little lamps and a jail door so you can "capture" the pirates!

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This is the back of the jail and the wall can be removed so the pirates can "escape".

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Voila! The jail wall is removed and inside there is nothing but some spider webs.....must be a boring place to stay! :laugh:

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This is the top of the jail where the cannon can be seen and fired by the soldiers!

The bridge:
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This is the bridge which has a palm tree and connects various structures together. The palm's tree trunk is one piece, upsetting to many AFLOS and TFOLS, and it has a secret to it and you'll have to scroll down to find out the secret!

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The secret to the palm tree is that there is a secret compartment housing various colored diamonds!

The shelter:
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This has the roof-like structure that holds the dark brown barrel container and the plastic-type flag which has a very nice design IMO.

The tower:
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The main attraction to this set is the tower, which houses a crane for transporting goods and three floors of.....nothing. :hmpf_bad:

The tower-First floor:
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The first floor of the tower has a barrel which looks like a barrel of keg to drink that most pirates would enjoy! :laugh:

The tower-Second floor:
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The second floor of the tower has a balcony which has an empty room like the room below.

The tower-Third floor:
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The highest floor of the tower has a crane which can pick up items needed to transport goods from one boat to another.

This set can be rearranged, so I rearranged it in different postions:
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This set is modular! Yes I said it, modular, like the 7094 King's Castle Siege!
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Complete set with minifigures and accessories:
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This is the complete set. The Captain is holding onto the treasure and the Commander is trying to get him. A soldier is getting eaten by the alligator and another soldier is firing the cannon. Notice: The fire pieces do not come with this set. A pirate is escaping with the help of a monkey and the soldier is persuing him.

Conclusion:
This set is a wonderful set! It has some flaws like, the tower is empty and it doesn't have any furniture. The set doesn't have many pieces for the price, but come on, its pirates! Who cares! :thumbup:

Build: 10/10, I enjoyed building this set very much. It was my first time building a pirate set in 10 years! It wasn't repetive and it was a worthwhile build.
Design: 10/10, This set was designed very well. Nothing comes apart and it is very detailed!
Playability: 10/10, This set is great for playing with! There are unlimited scenarios!
Minifigs: 10/10, The amount of minifigs that come in this set is perfect! I mean, theres soldiers and pirates! It doesn't get better than that!
Price 9/10, It would have been more reasonable if this set was only $39.99.

Overall Score: 10/10, This is a great set that you shouldn't miss out on! I don't care what you have to do to get it! :tongue:

Edited by Lego12, 13 November 2008 - 10:21 PM.

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#2 Erdbeereis

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:11 AM

Great review of a great set!
What a moment in LEGO history, The first new pirate set review in over 10 years! Pirates are back baby!

I love all of the new pieces, such as the telescope, new fish, new plume and the dynamite. Plus, the minifigs are superb with the detailed torsos with both front and back printing.

I do hate the palm tree though.. :pir-sick:  It's lovely that it's modular, that opens up lots of possibilities.

Thanks for the review! (Even though I've seen it already. :wink: )

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#3 I Scream Clone

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:21 AM

Wow, what a great looking set. The Minifigures look fantastic!
The Modular nature is great as well as all the new pieces. The original Pirates line was in my Dark ages, so I eagerly look forward to the new sets, and this set (besides the one piece palm trunk) is fantastic!
Thanks for a very well researched and presented review Lego12, definitely a must buy for me.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:26 AM

Wow great review, its awesome that TLC has decided to redo Pirates, and they redid it well!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:28 AM

While I like how the set looks, I am disappointed with the number of figures and the small size of the fort.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:31 AM

Great review. I don´t really like this set, so I voted "average".
And the reddish brown monkey isn´t new, it did come in the 4+ Pirate sets too. :monkey:

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:36 AM

Great set! Congrats, you're the first reviewer of a long anticipated line! :classic:
There's certainly a lot of figs and accessories in that set! That spider-web could come in handy (sometimes you want a spider web that's less than 10 feet tall! :laugh:). A must buy! Nice review, too! Did you pick up other sets? If so please review! :pir-cry_happy:

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Is it just me or do those legs look yellowed? Are they yellowed, or is it just the lighting?
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#8 Lego12

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:39 AM

View PostErdbeereis1, on Nov 11 2008, 07:11 PM, said:

Great review of a great set!
What a moment in LEGO history, The first new pirate set review in over 10 years! Pirates are back baby!

I love all of the new pieces, such as the telescope, new fish, new plume and the dynamite. Plus, the minifigs are superb with the detailed torsos with both front and back printing.

I do hate the palm tree though.. :pir-sick:  It's lovely that it's modular, that opens up lots of possibilities.

Thanks for the review! (Even though I've seen it already. :wink: )
Your welcome. I'm glad you and others like it. :pir-classic:

View PostI Scream Clone, on Nov 11 2008, 07:21 PM, said:

Wow, what a great looking set. The Minifigures look fantastic!
The Modular nature is great as well as all the new pieces. The original Pirates line was in my Dark ages, so I eagerly look forward to the new sets, and this set (besides the one piece palm trunk) is fantastic!
Thanks for a very well researched and presented review Lego12, definitely a must buy for me.
Cheers
ISC
Yeah, this set is a beauty! :pir-wub:

View PostKinGanon, on Nov 11 2008, 07:26 PM, said:

Wow great review, its awesome that TLC has decided to redo Pirates, and they redid it well!
Thanks. Yeah, they really redid it well!

View PostSWMAN, on Nov 11 2008, 07:28 PM, said:

While I like how the set looks, I am disappointed with the number of figures and the small size of the fort.
I have to disagree with you. This set comes with 6 minifigures and I think that its a perfect amount for a set like this. The set is small though, but nevertheless a great set!

View PostDennimator, on Nov 11 2008, 07:31 PM, said:

Great review. I dont really like this set, so I voted "average".
And the reddish brown monkey isn´t new, it did come in the 4+ Pirate sets too. :monkey:
Oh thanks! I didn't realize that. :pir-blush: It is new to the 2009 Pirate sets though. :pir-wink:

EDIT: I picked up Loot Island and I will review it tomorrow. The legs aren't yellowed, its just the lighting.

Edited by Lego12, 12 November 2008 - 12:41 AM.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:41 AM

Thanks for the review, nice to see some of the detail in this set. It's nice overall, and the figures and accessories are great. I like the style of the set, the sea being plates rather than baseplate, and the parts are all useful.

I would agree that it's overpriced - in European prices $49.99 means €49.99, which is indeed at least €10 too much. However, rather than see this set at €39.99 (who knows, we might get lucky), I think it could have benefited from an extra 100 bricks. The tower in particular is lacking in detail (not even ladders?). I guess the minifigures, accessories (monkey, palm tree, etc.) and the amount of large plates (sea and dock) drive up the price, but even so it's rather spartan for the price they are asking.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:54 AM

Great review! I'll comment more later, I've work to do. :pir-classic:

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:58 AM

im not a big fan of pirates but this is nice but its overpriced. i gave it above average anyway. i might get the smaller sets. :pir-grin:

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:23 AM

This is great! The set istself is fairly lack-luster, but the figs are greast! The soldiers have great printing, and the Captain actually has an accurate design! See:

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:59 AM

A very fine review, thanks Lego12!  :thumbup:
The set design´s really neat and pretty clever. The modular approach is smart,
the MFs´re sweet and almost lush in appearance. There´re some nice details
like that small bridge and that jewel filled cranny. The included amount of humor´s
also very nice. Pirates, finally, à gogo on!  :pir-sweet:

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 02:00 AM

This is a magnificent set!!!

Now i don't have to buy a power miners set to get the dynamite :pir_laugh2:

I love that pearly gold hook on the first pirate.

Is it me or does the second pirate look like he isn't wearing any pants?

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 02:12 AM

great set, I'm jealous :pir-blush:  

Any indication on the prices of the other sets?

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:06 AM

How am I expected to finish the day now with these wonderful images floating in my mind? I will end up a slobbering mess.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:16 AM

Thanks for the nice review! I guess I know what I'll be getting first in January.  :pir-classic:  But I'll actually probably wait a little bit because I have to shop at TRU where prices go up $5-$20.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:19 AM

I find it a great set with lovely minifigures (in fact all the Pirate sets are fine for me),...
also this will be my first set that I gone buy in years,...
and here will end my dark-Lego-ages...  :pir-laugh:

The only thing I hope, is that the blue soldier will come out to.

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:31 AM

Awesome review Lego12!  Thank you for sharing this very nice review of a great set.  I can't wait to get my hands on this and the other new Pirate sets.

Pirates are back! - YES!!!

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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:35 AM

I edited the review and made better sentences and I made it more enjoyable to read with the help of WhiteFang! :pir-classic: I hope you guys will enjoy my second pirate review tomorrow, :pir-sweet: Loot Island!
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 03:53 AM

My favourite thing about this set is the minifigs. Printed on both sides of the torso! Fantastic! :wub: Thanks for the great review, Lego12! :thumbup:
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:02 AM

I updated to make it even better! I hope you guys enjoy it more!
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:04 AM

What are these updates?


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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:05 AM

It's mainly better sentences.
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Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:55 AM

I too own this set, but read the review anyway.  I love the new Pirates sets!



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