Review: Pirate Chess Set
Posted 25 August 2009 - 03:16 AM
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Posted 25 August 2009 - 04:22 AM
Posted 25 August 2009 - 04:42 AM
Edited by Rick, 25 August 2009 - 04:43 AM.
Posted 25 August 2009 - 09:29 AM
Yep they were.... I purchased 3 of each of the old chess sets for 25$USD each from Lego.com. The minifigs were perfect.
I hope that these problems are accidental, but something tells me its just another case of lower costs, same price = More profit.
Our only action may be to vote with our wallets. The last few years before 2009 really have been excellent years for TLG's Quality and Customer service, IMO... Which makes this stand out even more like dogs b^^.... food.
Edit - Excellent review. I would have been ordering a half dozen of these had there not been issues with the figs! Agree with the few comments re: Shakos. The horses are odd, but expected... the nice surprise is the dagger-monkeys-. Pirate Wench with skirt is unique to this set which is neat, but I will probably obtain the skirt from somewhere else and avoid the minifigs in this
Edited by Callum, 25 August 2009 - 09:38 AM.
Posted 25 August 2009 - 09:53 AM
I prefer tricorns over shakos so this is a very interesting set for me. As for the lower quality I don't find it too alarming. IMO the differences are very small so I don't care that much.
I might however wait some time before I get this set, it would be nice if it came out on 50% sale as the castle one did
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:50 AM
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:50 AM
The pirate side of the set is excellent especially with the variety of pawn figs and accessories. Of course, replacing one of anchor tattoed pawns with the elder pirate with grey beard in loot island would have been better by including all figs in 2009 pirate line.
The imperials side really sucks IMO though. No epaulette, tricorns on pawns and shakos on bishops, poorly-designed rooks (especially when compared to pirate counterparts). Most importantly, the knights don't belong in here at all! Seems like someone picked up whatever at hand and put them in to merely complete the chess pieces. Sincerely hope this would not be a bad example followed by other sets in future!
Posted 26 August 2009 - 08:27 AM
Posted 26 August 2009 - 08:42 PM
But I'm using half of them....
I guess I'm going to have to buy some soldiers arsenals and cannon battles.
Posted 26 August 2009 - 09:25 PM
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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:27 AM
i think the issues with quality in both these sets is just an obvious attempt to make some extra proffit on these sets, i doubt that these poor quality figs would appear in any of the real building sets
Posted 09 October 2009 - 03:35 AM
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:10 AM
I could not possibly agree with you more here! This is because I was unable to find the Giant Castle Chess Set, other than LEGO Shop-At-Home, even though I took a trip down to the US to the Bellvue LEGO Brand Retail Store with loads of American money and they were sold out of them!!!! (however, I got 20 Castle Battle Packs for the Crown and the Undead Skeleton factions for the Castle Fantasy-Era line (10 of each faction) ), and this is also because I could not find the Pirate Chess Set anywhere, not even on LEGO Shop-At-Home's website!!!!!
Posted 14 March 2013 - 09:23 AM
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:36 PM
You've fallen for one of the classic Blunders! the most famous of which is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this, Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!!!
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