good review mate.
But you wrote "Sets from 1993" when you are talking about 1994.
I really enjoy your reviews like the big lego pirate fan i am. Is curious when you said both girls in pirate theme(Anne and princess Uhu) were the classic damsels in distress when you play with your lego...i have always see Anne as a dangerous girl, like the pirate she is (but the 2009 pirate girl look more dangerous and evil, with her evil grin and patch in his eye). About Uhu i understand she may be only a indian girl, and i think she may be a damsel in distress then(even we can see her using an arch...she may be a good hunter but not a girl ready to fight)...but Anne is a pirate so i think she may be ready and capable to kill, like a pirate.
well, in your review we can see in 1994 Ironhook was the protagonist of islander subtheme, instead Captain Roger/Redbeard. We can notice about his legs usually change(in 1992-1993 sets he wore black trousers, in set ref.1729 wore blue trausers, in the other sets he wore a pegleg and black trousers) and he often wears blue epaulets.
You said lots of people dislikes islanders. Well, i think adding an island tribe in pirate theme was original, and is coherent because if nowadays there are island tribes in Amazonas and some south american countries like Colombia, in the golden era of piracy there were more of this tribes. The problem, in my opinion was the story that The Lego Company told us was incoherent: they said pirates were interested in steal islanders treasure. Islanders treasure is a coffer full of golden coins like you may notice in some sets (for example: enchanted island). It's an absurd story because an island tribe doesn't use money, so why they have a coffer with gold coins? adding an island tribe to pirate theme wasn't a mistake...the mistake was the official lego story about that. That's the reason i don't like islander sub-theme.
About Skull island is a repeat of Forbidden Cove, i totally disagree. Skull island was much better because you have 2 redcoats(that bring us the redcoats again), a cannon, a crane, bring us Captain Roger/redbeard again(is the only set of 1994-1995 with him, while the other sets had captain Ironhook...i am not saying Roger was better than ironhook, even i like him more...i am saying bring us old minifigs again is cool) and the skull wasn't a simple ornamet, like the forbidden cove statue is, you can move the skull and is a tunnel...and Skull island is bigger. I think the best pirate base was 1991 Rock island refuge, and the second best base was Skull island, even better than 1989 forbidden island(even it has a prison).
About the imperial outpost being a copy of lagoon lock up...i think in fact the 1991 set inspired this 1995 set...but both sets are really good, and different. Lagon lock up has a more simple building, but more minifigs.
Edited by Captain Roger, 09 April 2011 - 09:20 PM.