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SET REVIEW: 6261 Raft Raiders


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23 replies to this topic  – Started by Mister Phes , Feb 04 2006 07:07 AM

Poll: Set rating (41 member(s) have cast votes)

How much do you rate this set ouf of 5?

  1. 5 - Brilliant (13 votes [31.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.71%

  2. 4 (17 votes [41.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.46%

  3. 3 (7 votes [17.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.07%

  4. 2 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. 1 - Horrible (4 votes [9.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.76%

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#1 Mister Phes

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:07 AM

6261 Raft Raiders

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The good old Raft Raiders!

To be a sheep I'll comment on the price as well...  However, I can't really because I don't remember the exact price, all I remember the set was over A$20 and that was too much for me!  So I didn't buy one when it was released in 1993 because I just couldn't afford it!  Year later however, now that I have more money and this website known as eBay, I've managed to score 3 or 4 of these at good price.

Raft Raiders is obviously to the successor to 6257 Castaway's Raft and it succeeds quite nicely. It improves on the mast idea by adding a proper sail on a mast complete with rope ladders.  Besides the concept of the set being a raft, there are also consistencies with is predecessor such as barells for floatation, 3 mini-figures and a shark.

Unlike its precedessor the pirates in Raft Raiders appear in a better situation as their raft look specially built for the purpose of raiding, while the poor Castaway's Raft Pirate have thrown a raft together with whatever they can muster. The Raft Raiders also have a treasure chest, where the former only possess a map, however this treasure may have come at a price since the Iron Hook mini-figure is missing an eye and hand, while another pirate is missing a leg.  Raiding must be a perilous occupatation!

Overall a solid design with a goodly amount of mini-figures and accessories, something LEGO could have refer upon when designing its latest raft, the horrible 7070 Catapult Raft.  So I give it 4 out 5.


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Edited by Bonaparte, 22 November 2007 - 08:10 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2006 - 07:11 AM

Cool a shark lol. :sleep:  :happy:
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Posted 04 February 2006 - 01:32 PM

I give it a 3 as I liked castaway's better... less custom built, more emergency looking, more barrels (I always need more), more simple looking, far less likely to tip, and far,far better priced, also I have the box of cast away's and that is pretty rare in my collection... I could be biased by the fact I couldn't afford this set in 93 and by the time I tracked it down it seemed a little small...

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Posted 04 February 2006 - 05:42 PM

i'd give it a 3.

the minifigs are nice, and the accesories are good also, so i would buy it for the parts, if the price is about 12 or so. i think they are waaay too expensive on BL for what it's worth... the design is ok, but not really special...

if i had to chose between this and 6257, i'd buy the latter. it's cheaper and it has the same number of MF's... unless you're a collector like Phes....

#5 Mister Phes

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 11:03 PM

View PostDjmonkey, on Feb 4 2006, 06:11 PM, said:

Cool a shark lol. :sleep:  :happy:


You care to elaborate further on the actual set?  Oh, that's right, you can't at the moment!  :-D

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Posted 08 February 2006 - 02:57 AM

Average set Phes.  Review some of the larger sets.

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 03:47 AM

As I've previously mentioned all my reviews are based upon which set PirateBricks.com is reviewing at the time, and I'll review some of the larger sets as soon as I get my digital image input device.

Edited by mister_phes, 10 February 2006 - 03:49 AM.


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Posted 10 February 2006 - 03:38 PM

My brother had this set, and its a good one! This is a quite believable vehicle for quickly raiding ships that comes too close to the pirate island.

Even if its not the best (I think its predecessor is better) giving it a 1 or 2 is like saying that 4+ pirates are better.

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 06:08 AM

View PostTheBrickster, on Feb 8 2006, 01:57 PM, said:

Average set Phes.  Review some of the larger sets.


You never did say why you thought it was average.  I based my rating upon what it contains for its size, so obviously its not going to be as interesting as a larger with more pieces, but for its size the raft's deisgn is robust and has got some interesting features.  I'd say its the most interesting of all the rafts in the Pirate theme.

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 11:57 AM

I;ve given it a 4.  

Mainly because I love the set, and the figure count is fantastic.

God Lego, Bring Back Pirates!!

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Posted 19 February 2006 - 12:26 PM

Who gave it a '1'?

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Posted 20 February 2006 - 05:22 AM

It's worth more than 1 just for the pieces.

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Posted 27 July 2006 - 03:04 PM

Gave it a four, shark and pirates, nice...

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 03:08 AM

I'd say a 4 because it was my FIRST set I got and it amused me a lot. but it isn't all perfect, and I don't want to say why.......

.......I still like the boats better!!!!

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 12:50 AM

It's an average set I personly gave it a 3/5.

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 01:00 AM

I like the shark! :-D

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 04:49 AM

I got it when it was released and liked it very much back then. I still have the original box/instructions in top condition...anyhow it's a good raft and what makes it better than average is the figures, barrels, shark, sail etc. basically all the pieces are usable if you want to build something else. Now when I'm older I like the older pirate raft more than this, back then it was the opposite. It was quite cheap as far as I can remember. about 40marks back then and that's ~6,5euros, 8USD. I should have bought more of these |-/

I give it 4/5

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 11:18 AM

I like this one.  6257 was a little bare, I think this is a worthy successor to the 89 set.  Also like the ripped shirt on the captain, looks like they're been out there a while.  The sale is improved as well.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 04:09 AM

I gave this set a 5/5. I bought this set in hopes of using it in the future to fool pirates the same way they did in Master and Commander.
One day the Dame du Loup may get fooled by this very raft giving me the weather vane.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 02:19 PM

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5/5 here
I have this set and i like it a lot.
It's got 6 barrels, shorter brown rope pieces (not too common on a set this small), that awesome sail  *y* , a treasure (never can have too much treasure X-D ), and 3 figs.

Almost all the pieces are easily usable for adding to MOC ships.

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 02:40 PM

I voted 4/5. I do not have got this set but it looks really cute!

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 08:09 AM

View PostAredhel, on Mar 25 2007, 12:40 AM, said:

I voted 4/5. I do not have got this set but it looks really cute!

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I must say I agree. This isn't great like the BSB or SES, but it is an interesting little craft anyway. Compact and appealing.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 05:43 PM

Ah. My first Pirates set. I give it a 4/5 due to the included treasure. The minifigs are also pretty neat, but I never liked the old-style sharks. They were too small.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 09:27 PM

If I have some extra cash I might buy this wonderful set. The sail is great and so is the raft. I love raft raiders :wub: :pir-wub:

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