Posted 23 April 2010 - 09:02 PM
Posted 27 April 2010 - 08:07 AM
The colours are a bit messed up. In this case less would've been more.
The captain's cabin's design looks rushed compared to what we had in BSB. I couldn't care less for the rudder mechanism. I'd remove it and put some extra stuff in the cabin.
For some reason I never liked rotating cannons, the classic design with wheels would've worked much better.
It's still a classic set but it just doesn't deserve as many points as BSB... THAT was a masterpiece, this is just a good-looking pirate vessel.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 06:51 PM
Wow, Brickmoor... err, Blackmoor is just now seeing some of these reviews.
I agree about the gun port doors. Mine actually had green lanterns, but I had no problem with that as I think they go with the doors nicely.
Posted 28 April 2010 - 07:24 PM
I think the colour scheme is great (even the blue table!), the parts are great, the build is great and the anchor raising/lowering arrangment to be more interesting and realistic when compared to a winch. I love that the rudder atually works via the wheel and pretty much everything about it. Just wish I could get a decent one cheaper than they are currently going on bricklink like you did
Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:06 PM
Unfortunately I have always thinking that the Imperial Soldier/Guard should have a bigger ship back then, in fact they are "Imperial" they ought to have a bigger ship than the pirates, anyway it's just a thought though nevermind that..
Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:35 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments and the interesting views on the ship's design and color scheme.
The new QAR cabin area looks very much like the SES cabin which is kind of cool and a great tribute to SES (although unintentional).
I hope to find the time to spice up this review even more, as there are still some pictures I am unhappy with.
Edited by Lorentzen, 30 January 2011 - 12:13 AM.
Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:51 PM
Those are the US non-shooting cannons. In the rest of the world the cannons could shoot
Apparantly US children can't be trusted with dangerous toys.
Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:14 AM
I love the Skull’s Eye Schooner. It was THE pirate ship I admired in the catalogues. I did know from pictures that the Black Seas Barracuda did exist, but at the time I though the sails were odd compared to the SES and the Renegade Runner who both had the same types of sails.
The review is very informative and illustrative. I agree on most parts.
For some funny reason I never liked the figurehead (and it’s even worse on the Red Beard Runner, couldn’t they have used half a skeleton instead?).
Personally I think that this is the best battle ship, most cannons that can be pointed out to one side (unless those brick build ones are dummies) and largest crew. We will have to wait and see if Queen Anne’s Revenge can change that opinion; it at least seems to have more cannon ports.
I have for some time had the funny idea of giving the big ships different functions.
The Black Seas Barracuda is a prestige ship because it looks so good.
The Skull’s Eye Schooner is a warship because of its better cannon distribution and large crew.
The Red Beard Runner is an old and somewhat battle worn reserve ship that holds some personal value for Captain Roger Redbeard because of the level of customisation.
Posted 01 February 2011 - 04:59 PM
I do agree that the colors are just a little "off" though. For some reason the BSB has a better look to it. But I do enjoy the functionality of the SES and I like the black and white sails more than the typical red / blue / white sails.
This is an outstanding ship though, and a fun one to mod with different colors, ect... 5/5 for me.
"It is upon the navy under the good Providence of God that the safety, honor,
and welfare of this realm do chiefly depend." -Charles II
Posted 12 February 2011 - 05:56 PM
As a set I always wanted this as a child, but now much prefer the BSB.
"The better is the enemy of the good." - Voltaire
Posted 13 February 2011 - 12:39 AM
First of all it is very obvious, that SES is a pirate ship. Not very clever, if you want to come close to an enemies ship for boarding.
In Addition BSB is the only ship of Lego, that is fully armed. Every other set contains only half the cannons, the ship should have, so you have to switch the cannons. Sure, you can buy more cannons, but SES cannons do not have weels... thay are built on a turntable!
BSB has some kind of deck! Even it is just 2 studs wide, it can used for puting walking/ fighting minifigs on it! SESs Deck is the cannondeck, so the sailors have to cross a wall, that is higher as an minifig. Not very good for bording a ship or to abandon it, if it is going down!
However, the steering mechanism is very nice! As much as its working crane. But all in all I think, the BSB is a little bit superior. If BSB scored 10/10, SES scores 9,9/10! SES is a very nice ship and a "Must have" for every Pirate fan!
Sadly after the SES, the pirate ships were not designed very well. RBR looks very strange because of the colored hull, the damaged sails and the stern castle... and the BB is just a low quality BSB copy with terrible yards!
Edited by josykay, 13 February 2011 - 05:50 PM.
Posted 13 February 2011 - 04:31 PM
Perhaps it’s something about realism/partial look vs. playability/functionality, as I have always enjoyed being able to point as many cannons out to one side, and the BSB does as far as I know not have the cannon ports to make this a possibility.
Posted 21 February 2011 - 12:03 AM
Posted 21 February 2011 - 01:16 AM
Otherwise, great set. The build was very fun.
Posted 21 February 2011 - 07:47 AM
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