6286 - Skull's Eye Schooner
Price: Lugnet and Peeron: 126.50 US Dollars
The box, and what's inside: (these are the new pictures that I saw on ebay, and asked for permission to use)
The opened box:
A closer look:
The contents in the box:
a whopping total of 9 pirates! One of them is the very rare guy with the white shirt and brown vest - He only came with this set, and the Imperial Trading Post. I read an article on LEGO Pirates, where he was given the name Steve, which is pretty neat
And you get a monkey and a parrot too - this is very impressive
The interesting parts: (all pictures are from peeron)
A Skull Plate (comes with this set only)
A white "whats'er name"
A brown bar/ladder
2 white modern/classic town doors :
2 blue palm tree tops: (they were only available in this set, the 6271 - Imperial Flagship and 1788 - Treasure Chest)
This one is used for pulling the anchor up from the water
it sits on top of this one:
Treasure chest and rowing boat:
The various features:
This ship has a compass next to the steering wheel
Ahh - and you can lift this section off, to reveal the Captain's sparsely furnitured cabin with his blue!?! table
a few pictures down, I will show you how to open the sides of this cabin to get better access.
This section which I just removed has an odd postbox where you can find a glass and a gun
This is how you open the two sides of the cabin:
Inside the cabin, you can see a part of how the ship wheel turns the rudder at every spin
- this grey thing moves from side to side, pushing two black planks under the cabin's floor
- they are attached to the rudder, as you will se in the next picture.
This feature sounds great, but it takes up way too much space inside the cabin. In my opinion, it should have been left out to add a more interesting cabin.
Rudder with the black planks attached: (I like how LEGO made the rudder part red,
to stay true to the colour scheme of the hull pieces)
This is the cabin from behind - where the boat hangs freely (attached to some space-themed tubes)
These are the two doors to the cabin - they are a bit un-piratey I think - but I'll get to the design later
It's time to take little look at the front of the ship:
here's the scary looking figure head - arrr
Now on to a nice feature that really saves the ship from looking too empty - the front deck
The anchor is attached to a string which can be rolled around a propel - personally I like the sollution with a winch - but there was no room for such a winch because the designers had the front deck be partially removable as shown in the pictures above
Let's take a look at the deck with all the cannons and grey!?! cannonballs:
This is such a great feature - the cannons move from one side of the ship to the other without any problems:
And there it is, ready to gun down the Carribbean Clipper:
Many Pirate fans like the cannons with small wheels instead of these turntables. But in terms of playability, it's a great feature.
Notice the green flags, hiding the cannons. Looks very cool, and the ship's colour scheme from here is beautiful, I think
There are a few things about this ship that I disagree with. The cabin looks great, and it's big, but I don't think that it is necessary to have the rudder being able to move. If they had changed that, there would have been better use of the space available in such a huge ship as this one.
Also, I don't think that the way the anchor gets pulled up from the water is a good sollution. But as I said earlier, they had to do something else, because they made the feature of being able to open the front of the deck to reveal a sort of basement for goods and stuff - which is very nice.
Why is there a blue table in the cabin? Why not black or grey? Or yellow to indicate gold. I know brown wasn't common in 1993, but blue is just way off. And what's with the grey cannon balls? They should be black. Good thing they are easily replaced.
The two white town-themed doors should definitely have been brown like on the BSB - but BSB is perfection, and you can't change that fact.
The colour scheme, I agree with. For the most part!
I like the red and brown mixture, and I like the use of black and white in the cabin, but they should have kept the colours more seperated, instead of using red, white, black and a little grey for the cabin. When I get some time, I want to mod the cabin and make it less colourfull - remove the red. I know that the red is used to create consistancy from the red colour on the ship hulls, but the red line looks a little odd, I think. It's broken up in a weird way on the cabin's sides.
I love the sails. Three masts - come on - how cool is that??! This ship looks so mean and fearsome - take a look at some pictures of the sails, and the flags - and then some comparison shots of Skull's Eye and the beautiful and much smaller Carribbean Clipper
Size comparison shots:
Here she be in all of her glory, arrr:
This concludes my pictorial review.
Here are some end comments about this classic set:
Design: 9/10 - SES is IMO the third best of the pirate ships, no doubt. BSB wins any day though, and Brickbeard is only ahead of this ship because of the new colours being used today.
(UPDATE: The new Imperial Flagship is of course a totally different story, and is really a piece of art... it has definitely pushed the SES down to a fourth place on my ranking list of LEGO ships.)
Colour scheme: 7/10 When compared to Carribbean Clipper, Black Seas Barracuda and the new Brickbeard's Bounty, this ship lacks a bit - especially the cabin. It looks unfinished and even rushed, with that weird red line.
Features: 9/10 - There are many cool features in this set, and they all add to a great experience, both in the building process and when you are finished, and you sit around messing with all the details.
Playability: 10/10 - If you don't know how to have fun with such a huge LEGO ship, you are not a LEGO fan
Build: 10/10 - 892 pieces!! this was just a perfect building experience, and it can litterally take hours to finish. Perfect.
Price: 8/10 - I guess if the listed price of 126.50 dollars is true, then it was perhaps a little too expensive for most parents back then.
Pieces: 10/10 Lots of rare parts with this set including the minifig "Steve" and the white Skull plate. 9 minifigs, a parrot and a monkey. Perfect.
Thanks for looking - and let me know if I missed anything - I know that I don't have any building pictures, but there are so many pictures of all the details that this would have been too much maybe.
Edited by Lorentzen, 24 June 2011 - 06:54 PM.