Hi everyone! Welcome to my second Pirate review. I selected another of my favorite sets: 6236 King Kahuka.
This tiny set cowered in the shadows while its larger brothers took the spotlight. I now give it the spotlight in my review of this "Islander Impulse"
Set Name: King Kahuka
Set Number: 6236
Number of Pieces: 42
Year Released: 1994
Brickshelf (Now Public)
The image on the front displays a lovely scene in which King Kahuka is walking from his treasure to his throne. The background appears to be sculpted and not computer generated.
The back of the box shows two alternate models on a map background. They really should include these alternate models in current sets.
Box:: Thoughts: Nicely designed with good pictures. However, I'm surprised they didn't show anything about the only "play feature": The treasure storage under the throne.
This is just a cropped version of the box art. Notice that no treasure chest is pictured.
The instructions are just one sheet. The first 9 steps and the minifig are on the front.....
And the last 7 steps are on the back.
Instructions:: Thoughts: I personally don't care for one-sheet instructions, but they are fine I guess.
Just look at that lovely green plate Quite a bit of red and gray as well.
A very nice selection of colors in this set. Quite a variety of pieces.
Pieces of interest:
A decent amount of accessories as well. In fact, too many for Kahuka alone!
Pieces:: Thoughts: Great selection and colors. Very satisfactory for a small set.
Here is the minifig that comes with the set. No back printing, but a fantastic grass skirt and shell necklace. The mask is excellent as well. Everything about this minifig is superb.
The Man Behind the Mask:
Extraordinary face painting on the head! Might be good for a mime MOC.
Minifig:: Thoughts: A great minifig with great printing. Absolutely stunning!
At Step 4, the foundation is started.
At Step 8, the chest and cover are added
The spear clips and back of the chair are started in Step 12.
And in 16 short steps the product is done.
Build:: Thoughts: Done faster than you can say "Kahuka". Fine for a small set.
The gray slopes on the back of the chair are an excellent detail.
The Whole Set:
The staff is yet another accessory for Kahuka.
The only "play feature" of this set is the unfolding chair and the storage space. They did a pretty good job a making a throne "playable".
Now for those Totals!
Design: 10/10 Excellent details and colors, everything blends well.
Parts: 10/10 Good colors and selection, plenty of accessories. Nothing left out.
Build: 8/10 Nice and fast, but one-sheet instructions are a bit annoying.
Minifigs: 10/10 One excellent, detailed minifig here. Perfect for such a small set.
Playability: 6/10 Here's the major downside: on its own, it does nothing. However, it is in a way an impulse set, and adding it to other sets makes them much more fun.
Price: 10/10 $4 for 42 pieces is just superb. Throw in a splendid minifig, and this is a must have. They average at around $4.50 on Bricklink, which is still fantastic
Total: 54/60 For a tiny set, this is just amazing. If you are a Pirate or Islander fan, buy this now! If not, you'll probably still enjoy it anyways.
Thanks for reading!
Edited by Inconspicuous, 12 August 2009 - 06:56 PM.