REVIEW: 4195 Queen Anne's Revenge
Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:33 AM
As far as the interior, it is definitely as described, but with the very tall back and the rear sail overhead, it would be hard to notice if the interior was better decorated. I was going to purchase the Captain's Cabin to spruce up the interior but now I am a bit hesitant since I might never notice again.
In any case it looks great and has a lot of personality. Given the piece count I think the price is reasonably for a licensed product. In comparing it to other pirate vessels, as my wife put it "It looks less Mardi Gras and more Halloween". It looks like a more serious rival for the Imperial Flagship than the BB or BSB in that sense.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:48 AM
I really think as a set, it is better as a parts pack, or a good starting point for someone wanting to build a good ship. But, the original design is just not my taste, and the ship seems a bit overpriced.
As I have a couple pirate ships now, I may just stick to the small sets for the PotC line.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:12 AM
This one looks pretty much like a demotivator to me!
Seriously, TheBrickster, you did a great job with the review!
Though as some people around I don't really like the ship very much. it's quite nice, detailed, the color-scheme is good as well, but it definitely is overpriced and I can't really see it being used somewhere outcide POTC theme.
Not to mention, that for me personally there are no minifigs that would make this set worth getting. Do I understand it correctly, when i think that it actially has only one esclusive character in it: the Chef, while others can be found in other sets?
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:14 AM
The interior may be a little lackluster but that doesn't distract from the beautiful exterior And the minifigs are top-notch (as always)
P.S.: Can you tell me how tall this beauty is? If it's any taller than 50cm my current plans for positioning it on my shelves are doomed
Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:37 AM
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 08:55 AM
Apart from the IFS, I think this has to be one of the best ships out there now, it's extremely unique and well structured. The lantern definately has the wow factor for me and i'm loving the use of all those bones!
The only major flaw in the theme at the moment, for me, would be the lack of red coats. Hopefully this can be rectified sometime in the future, now that we have the IFS as the Dauntless, perhaps creating the interceptor in the future will balance this out.
I couldn't vote anything less than 5 - Outstanding! just an absolute must have, I wonder if anyone who actually buys the set will be disappointed?
Great review, fantastic photographs, very well presented. It's made me even more excited about recieving my one (should be here by Wednesday YAY)
Thanks for the review TheBrickster.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 10:02 AM
The Queen Anne's Revenge was definitely one of the sets I was looking forward to most from the PotC line. This review gives a very good and very fair account of what we can expect.
I too am slightly disappointed with the interior of the vessel; it's a bit sparse, without a proper deck, without extra cannons (it really should have that fourth cannon, if not five extra cannons!), and without an enclosed captains cabin.
However, my collection is primarily display based: I won't really be playing with this set, but mostly just admiring it on my shelve. For that purpose, it's an excellent set with lots of attention paid to the exterior details like the bones, skulls, lantern and figurehead. The masts could also do with some more rigging, but all in all none of this can't be fixed once I am able to buy it here in Europe.
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 01:13 PM
Come on LEGO. If your ships get no enough cannons than need your "Pic a Brick" -Onlineshop cannons. And grey or brown cannon-wheels!
Posted 18 April 2011 - 01:33 PM
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Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:02 PM
Well - you all heard "The Man". Well said Bonaparte and I agree with your opinion completely. I've got her on the fireplace mantle at the moment, replacing an old wooden ship.
The dark red bricks along her sides really "pop" and match the sails nicely.
Her measurements are: 20" high and 26" long, compared to the Imperial Flagship which is 24" high and 29" long. She's only slightly smaller after measuring. I may take a side-to-side comparison picture later.
I think someone asked above:
Jack and Angelica's hair pieces are attached to their hats. Blackbeard's hat is not.
Thank you all for the comments. She looks much better up close vs. in the photographs shared in this review.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:19 PM
thank You for the review! Compared with the early pirate ships 6285 and 6286, I am disapponted that Lego doesn't really spend parts on working out the hull more detailed (the same in set 6243, but 6243 was *really* poor.).
But Queen Anne has some really nice gimmicks (coloured sails, sceleton lantern, figures) making it worth buying. I think I will buy it and then do some modification on it...
Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:26 PM
Sort of up in the air now, but I'll probably get it. I also like the lanterns a lot, and can't figure out if it's a new dish piece or if the dish is over some new piece (there's a flat bottom under the dish)... other than that, I believe I have all the pieces necessary (if not the right colors).
Posted 18 April 2011 - 05:43 PM
So, how does the Queen Anne stack up against everyone's favorite Imperial Flagship? Let's take a look.
Three inches shorter in length:
Four inches shorter in height:
Smaller, lighter ship makes her more maneuverable than the Imperial Flagship:
Not a whole lot smaller when looking at them side by side:
From a pigeon's perspective:
And lastly, in battle:
That was fun - perhaps I'll create some battle scenes. Wow! these ships take some floor space. Now I need some plastic water and some rocks. I can see how you pirate fans can really get into this.
Posted 18 April 2011 - 06:03 PM
That is a poorly designed ship, and too expensive. I think the BB was much better constructed. That whole back-end does not seem to be functional or very good looking. The red sails are nice, and I like that it is a full sized hull. Three cannons, for four cannon ports? that seems odd. Also, the lack of any kind of deck is odd too.
And the pricing for the line is just terrible. I thought PoP and Indy were a bit high, these prices are ridiculous. No set under 10 dollars might really hurt the line too. I am having a really hard time deciding if I can spend my limited lego money on such an expensive and poorly designed / priced line.
Pro - the minifigures look incredibly awesome.
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