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REVIEW - 6253 Shipwreck Hideout


36 replies to this topic  – Started by TheBrickster , Nov 19 2008 06:55 AM

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  1. 5 - Outstanding (51 votes [47.66%])

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  2. 4 - Above Average (37 votes [34.58%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.58%

  3. 3 - Average (14 votes [13.08%])

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  4. 2 - Below Average (3 votes [2.80%])

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#1 TheBrickster

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:55 AM

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Pirates Shipwreck Hideout

Set #: 6253
Theme: Pirates 2009
Year Released: 2008
Piece Count: 310
Minifigs: 5 + 1 skeleton
List Price: $39.99 (USD)

First, let me say that I don't want to steal any thunder from Moose's recent review of this set.  When I came home this afternoon, I was looking forward to building and taking pictures of this set for an image review, only now to discover Moose already reviewed it.  As I've uploaded all the images to Maj.com and that this is a terrific set, I'm going to go ahead and share my review.

Starting with the box, the hideout is pictured on the water as opposed to land.  The box is prominently marked with the words "LIMITED EDITION":

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Some of the great pictures and boxart on the back of the box:

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The set instructions has a similar picture as pictured on the front of the box:

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Included in the instructions is a short comic.  I like these:

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Two wonderful redcoat Imperials are included in this set.  These are terrific!

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The back of their torsos have printed pouches.  This makes me wonder what they would look like carrying an actual Indy cases:

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I absolutely love the pirates in this set.  Redbeard has a wonderful torso and who doesn't love a female pirate?  

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And their backsides:

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The set is packed with accessories including some extra pieces:

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And pictured here is the pirate skeleton on a small dark blue boat.  Dark blue is certainly an interesting choice of colors for this boat:

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The Shipwreck hideout consists of five sections: 1) the front of the ship, 2) the rear of the ship, 3) middle/quarters, 4) the bridge, and mast.  Each section is made separately, then connected by technic pins.

The front of the ship is a simple, yet effective design giving the appearance of a wrecked bow.  Strangely, the treasure chest is attached to this section:

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Inside the treasure chest is four gems and gold coins:

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Sorry if this picture is a bit out of focus.  I couldn't seem to get it to come out.

The stern of the ship is a similar build with a large ship wheel piece:

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The next section is the middle cabin part of the ship:

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The first level appears to be a rock foundation:

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On the left side as you face this section, there is a swinging blade that moves when you pull/push the skull:

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Here is the right rear view:

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The 2nd floor is the cabin/deck of the ship with door leading inside:

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There are windows on both sides of the cabins:

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The inside of the cabin is small, but nicely detailed.  That's a stack of skulls on the left side of the cabin:

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By turning the desk with treasure map and gold goblet, a small opening appears.  The skulls can be dropped into the hole and will come out of the front/lower floor:

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On the roof of the cabin is a cannon, parrot, and pirate flag:

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The large black pirate flag (skull and cross bones) is made of the hard plastic that reminds me of the old Ninja theme flags.  These hold up very well.  I don't mind the more cartoon-like skull at all:

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The next section is the tall mast.  the build is pretty simple.  I love the new crab!

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The top of the mast.  Some small black or red flags would have been nice:

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The last component is the bridge that connects the mast with the deck/cabin.  While I like the color, I hate this soft low-quality plastic.  The pin is used to keep the bridge from turning when it's attached to the mast:

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All of the sections are connected forming this structure:

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And lastly, the complete set.  It's a hard set to photograph:

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Final Thoughts

I absolutely think this is the neatest little set.  It's one of those sets that actually looks better when you see it for yourself (pictures do not do it justice, including the boxart).  The cabin almost reminds me of the headquarters of Fort Legoredo, with a turning table as opposed to two chairs.  This is reminiscent of nicely designed detailing that Lego designers must have put some thought into.  The figs and accessories are excellent, including the new fish piece.  I love the fact that none of the flags use stickers.  Thank you for this Lego.  I also like the sectional construction that is all combined in the last step of the build.  This set has just about everything that one would want in a pirate hideout, except for a few palm trees and a net trap.
With a $40 (USD) price tag, it's an outstanding set!  I'm not even interested in the piece count.  I rate this set a strong 5!  

PS.  I'm tempted to break out the old blue water mat, and set these new Pirate sets up for a while.

Enjoy!

#2 Moose

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:15 AM

As the only other member to review this set (so far) let me just say great review! You showed some aspects of the set i left out (whether i did it intentionally or not :pir-skull: ) with great quality pics.  Thanks for the great review.


P.S.  It is a very difficult set to photograph like you said
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#3 dj2005

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:15 AM

I concur with your final thoughts. This set is very well designed and worth the $40. It includes a great deal of figures and useful pieces that bring the already enjoyable set to a new level of bliss. Gets an outstanding vote from me.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:38 AM

Great review as always, The Brickster!

This is probably my most anticipated set after the big ship. Who doesn't love a shipwreck or a pirate hideout? And here's both! It's a two-for-one deal. With a female pirate! Three-for-one deal!

The crab I don't think is new, though. It was in that colour in the Aquaraiders sets of 07 and if you Peeron it it's been around for a while.

Shame about the dark tan bridge. I only know that piece from the Mt Everest set of 03. Is it the same plastic there or different again?

I'm not convinced about the large single mast piece here either. Compared to the quite detailed shipwreck it seems a little spartan and obvious. Maybe some seaweed or decorations would have helped.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:57 AM

View PostMoose, on Nov 18 2008, 11:15 PM, said:

As the only other member to review this set (so far) let me just say great review! You showed some aspects of the set i left out (whether i did it intentionally or not with great quality pics.  Thanks for the great review.
Thanks Moose, and thank you as well for sharing the first review of this set.  Everyone has a diiferent perspective when doing a review.

View Postdj2005, on Nov 18 2008, 11:15 PM, said:

Gets an outstanding vote from me.
I think this one deserves it.  

View Postsvelte_corps, on Nov 18 2008, 11:38 PM, said:

This is probably my most anticipated set after the big ship. Who doesn't love a shipwreck or a pirate hideout? And here's both! It's a two-for-one deal. With a female pirate! Three-for-one deal!
My thoughts exactly.

View Postsvelte_corps, on Nov 18 2008, 11:38 PM, said:

The crab I don't think is new, though. It was in that colour in the Aquaraiders sets of 07 and if you Peeron it it's been around for a while.
I think it's my first - thanks for the info.  

View Postsvelte_corps, on Nov 18 2008, 11:38 PM, said:

Shame about the dark tan bridge. I only know that piece from the Mt Everest set of 03. Is it the same plastic there or different again?
I have the Mt. Everest set, and it's probably the same cheap plastic, but with the lighter color, it probably looks more soft.

View Postsvelte_corps, on Nov 18 2008, 11:38 PM, said:

I'm not convinced about the large single mast piece here either. Compared to the quite detailed shipwreck it seems a little spartan and obvious. Maybe some seaweed or decorations would have helped.
I'm OK with the single mast, but I definately agree with you in regard to more green needed.  A few palms would have really looked great, even if just on a tan 4x4 baseplate.  We need a Pirate supplement set for this sort of stuff.  

Thanks for the great thoughts.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:30 AM

As always, great review.   :pir_laugh2:

This set does it's job, and then some.  I love the idea of a pirate hideout made from an old ship, especially with all of the little traps that come with it.  The fig count is great!  Add in a female pirate, a great price, and you have yourself a must buy!  I'm so glad that these sets are going over well, they have a lot to live up to!

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 09:06 AM

Another great review, though part of me really wishes you’d all stop posting them I’m not sure I can take much more of this anticipation.

As for the set it’s a really nice one and as already said who doesn’t like a female pirate, personally I’m not that bothered by the lack of greenery
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:46 AM

cool another review of this set^^ what I like in your review is that we clearly see that the new bridge is not "tan" but darker^^


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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:07 PM

Outstanding review Brickster!!
Intend to get this with the ship.
But the soldiers fort is hard to resist...lol

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:12 PM

great review.
i like the female pirate.
the crab is cool.
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:13 PM

Thanks for that fine review, TheBrickster.  :thumbup:
A very charming set conception, and pretty well executed.
The neat cabin on the rocks, these shattered wreck pieces and the mast
with that swing bridge... a very lovely pirate adventure playground indeed!  :pir-sweet:

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 12:15 PM

Nice review of a nice set, and while the need to dispose of skulls secretly is a little disturbing, I'll probably look out for this set ; )

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 01:11 PM

Great review! It's a nice set, by the way the new captain is not called Redbeard - his name is Brickbeard.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:33 PM

Aargh!

Thanks for the review!!  I'm getting this set.  Wasn't gonna delve into the Pirates stock just yet, but after seeing the contents, playability,  and price I'm not waiting...


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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:34 PM

Ooh, a female pirate! I never had the female "wench" fig from the old Pirate line...

Looks like an awesome design with some excellent parts, good for my Legoverse (mostly Castle, but with a pirate faction).
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for the great review. The female pirate is awesome.

I noticed they changed the Jolly Roger and made it more sinister looking. That'll help me establish two different pirate factions (which helps because I have way too many pirate captains.  :pir-tongue: )

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 08:43 PM

Okay, if it's been answered before, I think it worth repeating in this review.. If this set is a Limited Edition, where is it available?

I had picked up the LE Peril in Peru from target.com, so where can I buy this one?

I'm gonna be so effing broke for the first few months of 2009.
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:17 PM

Yeah, the crab is definately not new, as one was included in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Mermaid Attack set, but they are pretty rare and I could always use another.

The best thing about these new pirate figs is the amount of printing on the torsos and legs, but I'm not a fan of the new flag, it's  much less Lego-esque than the previous one. I dread to say it but to me it looks a bit *shudders* Megablocks. Although obviously not that bad... :pir_laugh2:

Thanks for the review TheBrickster
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:49 PM

Nice review, I agree that this set defenately has good points (such as mini-figures, great brickbeard) but I don't think that it is a great set for the price given for it. Never the less, I woiuld consider buying it and would write it as average for the price/size
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 12:57 AM

Great review. I continue to be impressed by the TLG with these new Pirate sets. Outstanding composition, lots of minifigs and some great pieces to add to the collection.

I really look forward to seeing this soon in stores here in Canada.
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 02:59 AM

Wow. I think this may be my favorite set. All the features are great, especially the dropping skulls. Like you said, not sure about the plastic on the bridge. Is this the same type of plastic used on other bridges?
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 10:15 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Nov 19 2008, 04:25 PM, said:

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Included in the instructions is a short comic.  I like these:

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Looking at the bottom left picture in this I can guess that we are going to get a soldiers big ship! - FINALLY!

Great review. I can only hope this LE, makes it to Australia. I like the other large sets more than this one however.

I want the whole collection.

Regards, Cpt. PB.

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Posted 21 November 2008 - 02:04 AM

Dang it, Brickster!  You beat me to review this set!  A great set, by the way-picked it up two days ago at TRU.

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 04:18 AM

I've been experimenting a bit with my Photo Editing program wanting to create a better backdrop for this set.

Here's the result, which I think looks a lot better:

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Posted 24 November 2008 - 11:49 PM

View Postsalty tbone, on Nov 19 2008, 02:06 PM, said:

Thanks for the great review. The female pirate is awesome.

I noticed they changed the Jolly Roger and made it more sinister looking. That'll help me establish two different pirate factions (which helps because I have way too many pirate captains.  :pir-tongue: )


the new wench is really awesome! i think i bought this set just for the figs, i know i bought it for the wench. i am buying the ship for the governors daughter.
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