This set is the follow-up to the massively popular Forbidden Island, that was released in the virgin year of the Lego Pirates - 1989
Two years later, in 1991, the now succesful Lego Pirates, with Redbeard as their leader, thought it necessary to build an island big enough, to house all of their loot, and even park their beauty of a ship - the Black Seas Barracuda.
Rock Island Refuge, is in my opinion the perfect hideout for the swashbuckling swashbucklers of the Caribbean seas...
I'll show you why
Let's start with the manual:
This is a random page - and I would like to say that RIR is a bit difficult for younger Lego fans to build - but that does not make the set a bad investment, because the kids should be able to build it, by concentrating a bit - which is a good and important thing to master; concentration...
The many accessories
Flags, and a rare blue and white sail:
Shark, canon, treasure chest w. gold, and a barrel w. a sword
Weapons, animals, treasure map, and oars:
This set has many nice accessories, but one of the best things, is the red rowing boat with the blue sail. Further more you get a raft, which can transport loot from a pirate ship onto the dock of the Rock Island Refuge.
Let's take a closer look at those two:
The magnificent rowing boat:
I've played around with photoshop for this review - I borrowed some of the CG Backgrounds from classic-pirates.com
This set comes with a bunch of pirates and two imperial soldiers:
Four men, and one woman - she has to be tough to keep up with these guys...
Whoa!! They are ready to fight for their belongings.
I think that 7 minifigs is a great number of minifigs for this kind of set. We are always begging for a lot of minifigs, and to get seven all at once is great.
On to the actual Island:
The baseplate is similar to the 1989 Eldorado Fortress, only this one has green rocks instead of grey rocks.
This set is also a bit larger than the Eldorado Fortress, because it has the extra blue plate.
Here are some pictures of the set in its entirety:
What a great island - it is a revamping of the Forbidden Island - the design is similar, with a lot of palm tree leaves, the black castle walls, the suspension bridges, the prison cells, and the grey stairs etc. etc.
Here are some pictures of the details on the island - i.e. the prison cell, the treasure hold, the suspension bridges, the crane tower, the dock, the stairs etc. etc.
The prison cell:
The suspension bridges:
The crane tower:
further down, where you can see the dock:
The treasure hold:
Uhh... why is there no floor to the side of that hatch?
This be the last picture in this review, arrrr:
I loved to build this set, and I love that you get 7 minifigs, a rowing boat with a sail, and a raft, with this set.
The two soldiers are great for armybuilding, and you get a woman pirate, which is always a nice change.
On to my verdict!
Design: 9/10 - I've always loved the classic pirate line, before TLG changed it into Islander themes, and Armada stuff
This right here is perfect! almost... why is there such a large hole on top of the treasure hold? The designers should have made something there. After all, this is quite a large set.
Playability: 10/10 - you get so much playability with this set. Two soldiers and their rowing boat, a raft, a dock, a treasure hold/dungeon, a prison cell, a firing canon... 7 seven minifigs! The possibilities are endless, and if you have ship, you can park it at this island and then you get even more out of this set. Perfect!
Parts: 10/10 there are a large number of great parts to this set. Two suspension bridges, some stairs, the baseplate, the extra blue plate, the palm tree leaves, the two boat riggings, the rare blue and white sail with the small rowing boat mast, the rowing boat, all the black castle walls, a canon - I could keep on going...
Price: 10/10 - I think $66 back then was a fair price, especially compared to what you get. Just look at the parts,the playability and the amount of minifigs.
I hope you enjoyed my second Pictorial review (Skull's Eye Schooner being the first) - let me know if I'm missing something, or if there are some pictures you would like to see. Unfortunately, I don't have the box :(
Edited by Phred, 13 April 2015 - 06:17 PM.