A nice box, but not much to say here...
Nicely printed and well-conceived. It's not very difficult to build this set. The only exception is that the instructions don't give a clue where exactly to put the palm tree. You have to look at the very end of the instructions to "plant it where it belongs". But that's not really important, is it? ;)
Let's move on to the minifigs...
Two redcoat soldiers, one officer and the admiral.
The rare brown-vested sailor and two others.
Not very special ones, but they fit the set very well, I think.
The minifig selection is almost perfect, I think, and the Trading Post just got the right balance of Imperials, sailors and pirates. One more soldier would have been cool, though, but it's not that necessary.
Let's begin with the building!
At first, the instructions tell you to build the small pirate boat.
Doesn't it look fabulous? Besides, the mast is built on a turntable, so steering is no problem! ;)
Then it's the merchant ship's turn.
Under the tile on which the brown-vested guy is standing, there's a storage space.
The holder for a treasure chest is a sweet detail
An amazing merchant ship... what else can I say? Who wouldn't want to add this to their collection?
Let's continue building!
The next step is to build the ramped baseplate part.
The ramped baseplate part
The two main buildings are a tower and a warehouse. Both are equipped with wonderful and really working cranes. The one on the tower is especially cool! Additionally, there are two cannons, a mobile and a rotating one.
There's also a storage "chamber" in the ground.
The cannon with rolls is a cool feature, especially for cannon-fanatics :D
The roof of the warehouse can be opened to reveal some extra space. Another nice detail!
Want to have a pint? The admiral can't get enough, can he?
And our journey continues... the "port" part on a flat baseplate has to be built!
The flat baseplate part
Basically, it consists of a pier for ships and a building with a lookout tower. There's also a rotating cannon (the third cannon in this set... not bad I think! )
Looks nice. I'm just saying
THE ENTIRE TRADING POST
Look at it in its full glory!
It looks fantastic. In my opinion it's even better than the Eldorado Fortress.
Look at these details! It resembles a very good picture of a lively trading post!
Oh, I love the bridge!
The extra parts
Yeah, these are the extra parts that come with this set.
Design: 10/10 - Great. Everything is very-well-constructed in a wonderful architectural style and it looks quite realistic. The two ships that also come with this set are lovely and it's the only set EVER to include a bonafide merchant ship (which looks fabulous too)!
Minifigs: 9,5/10 - Almost perfect. Just the right balance of Imperials, pirates and sailors. Also, you get the rare brown-vested sailor and the red Imperial admiral. One additional soldier would have been nice, though. Overall, an excellent minifig selection.
Parts: 9/10 - There are lots of rare and useful parts. Enough to build your own creations without any problems.
Playability: 10/10 - Many minifigs from different factions, three cannons, two working cranes and two ships! What more could one want?
Price: 9/10 - The original retail price of 85$ was very fair, but nowadays it can get quite expensive. Anyway, it's really worth it! I am absolutely satisfied with the purchase ;)
Overall: 9,5/10 - An epic set. A must-buy for every Lego Pirates fan!
That was my review of the Imperial Trading Post.
Thanks for reading,
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Edited by Erdbeereis, 17 January 2010 - 12:36 AM.