Set Name:Pirate Chess Set
Year of Release:2009
Number of Pieces:289
Minifigures:24 plus 2 monkeys
Part 1: Box
The front design is very well suited for the pirate theme. The dark blue is a lovely color choice.
The back lays out all of the specifics of set.
Our cast of characters. The selection is really nice. You get all of the harder to find figures in one set!
An action shot, for those who don't know what a chess set might look like.
Here is the nice latching device. It is a very nice touch and keeps all the pieces secure for transportation.
Here is the inside. The chess board is held in with 4 small Velcro pads. The figures each have a small molded area for storage. The fit is looser on some, notice the King on the Imperials.
Here is the picture underneath the chess board. This is a very helpful tool not only for those who are just learning chess, but also for those who need a friendly reminder about which piece is which.
Your standard chess board. The 4x4 plates are NOT glued down, and the 32x32 base plate is green.
The bottom of the board. Notice the Velcro pads. I haven't tried pulling them off but I'm sure that wouldn't be an issue.
Rooks. Decent design. Good supply of window frames.
Knights. The weakest piece of the set. Using a cannon or parrot would have been more suited for pirates. These pieces feel as though they belong in a Castle chess set.
Bishops. Double swords! For army building purposes, LEGO really should have used this hat with the pawns and visa versa.
King and Queen. The crown jewel of the set. The queen figure is lovely and is now going to be much more affordable for collectors!
Pawns. This is the reason to get this set! The variety in these figures is top notch!
Rooks. Same design as the Imperials. The crows nests are a nice touch.
Knights. The best piece of the set! Not only is it a monkey piece, but it's a monkey with a knife. Now that is one chess piece you do not want to mess with!
Bishops. Standard pirate, nothing too special. Again the double swords is nice.
King and Queen. The standard figures. Although notice that the pirate wench has the dark green dress on in this set instead of standard legs.
Conclusion: I am very pleased with this set. It works great as an army builder and good as a chess set. I would recommend it for both. The figure variety is great and the weapon/accessory selection is excellent! The only cons I see with the figures is that the base of the rook piece comes off easily when playing, and because the 4x4 base plate pieces are not glued down, they sometimes will come off during play. Also, the Imperials' knight design is not suited for the pirates theme.
The box design is great. I do hope the dark blue color scheme will continue with pirates in 2010. The box is sturdy enough for transporting the set around, and the molds for the figures makes it all the more easy. The one thing that would have helped would be a handle on the side.
I must address one more issue that has been talked about more recently in the forums. The figures do appear to be of a lesser quality than standard figures found in sets. The hands are a different shade of yellow and the neck stud on the torso is missing the black mark. For further information concerning this issue please see Apache's thread: http://www.eurobrick...showtopic=32278. I personally do not mind the slight difference in the figures. The number of figures that you get for the price offsets and concerns I have with this issue. To quote Joey Lock, "Despite the quality, you won't exactly see the detailing on a collar [or hand] if your looking at an army of 150 men..."
Design:8/10 The rook designs could use some MODing
Playability:9/10 Endless hours of chess playing!
Minifigures: 9/10 If you can look past the slightly lower quality in the minifigures, this is an excellent set for army building!
Price: 9/10 About $2 per figure, plus all the great weapons/accessories. Adding a couple of cannons and parrots would have raised it to a 10.
Full brickshelf gallery (when public): http://www.brickshel...ry.cgi?f=397988
PS: This being my first review at EB, and feedback and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by einsteinonthebeach, 23 August 2009 - 04:54 AM.