I would like to present to you, the first ever LEGO Pirate set I owned: Buried Treasure. I was lucky enough to own this when it first came out way back in 1989. When I made the decision to get back into LEGO, this was one of my must have sets due to it's nostalgia. While this set is only a small one at 20 pieces, it was my introduction to LEGO Pirates.
The set I now own was purchased from eBay for a bargain: £3.99 plus P&P. The set came with everything, including the box, which was a bit battered and tatty but still in one piece. The box is ok with the main photo featured on the front and a further 3 photos on the back, of different sets you could build from the pieces. The ability to create other sets out of the pieces is one of the things I like about LEGO.
Set No: 6235
Set Name: Buried Treasure
Purchase Price: £3.99
My box has seen better days as you can tell from the images. I did not get any of the inner packaging with my box but the main thing is you can see the detail on the back of the box for the extra builds.
The instructions come as a folded, double-sided piece of paper. Once unfolded you are presented with the front, which features the same image that is on the front of the box. Followed by step one, two and three. On the reverse are steps four and five.
Like my previous review (Renegade's Raft), once you have built the set, there is no need for the instructions, as it is simple to construct. This was also the same when I had the set first time round. I also feel that LEGO drag out the stages more than necessary; for example, step 1 only shows the 4 by 6 plate and step 5 shows the completed set.
The set comes with 20 pieces, although, if you take away the 8 pieces of gold, the monkey and mini figure, you are only left with 11 pieces to build with. However, what I do like from the parts in this set are the monkey and the treasure chest, with 8 pieces of gold. The fact you get 8 gold pieces instead of 4 is a good plus in my book. The other piece I like is the shovel which from my knowledge is only available in a handful of Pirate sets.
The mini figure which comes with the set is one of the more common ones in the Pirate theme. The majority of the larger pirate sets all have at least one version of this mini figure. This one comes with a red bandana, a blue and white striped vest and white trousers.
All in all it is an ok mini figure, although it is not one of my favorite ones and the only thing I do like about it, is the face due to the mustache and stubble. Plus you get a monkey in this set, while you don't need to put it together, it is a fantastic figure to have on such a small set. What I do not like about the monkey is, I feel it is too large and should have been smaller in size.
The build is pretty straight-forward; if you stick to the instructions it takes 5 stages to complete. Stages one, two and three consist of putting the smaller pieces on the yellow plate, with the yellow pieces acting as sand and the grey 1 by 4 brick acting as rock.
Step 4 involves you putting together the treasure chest and adding the gold pieces. For the record, you are given 8 pieces of gold; they have either the numbers, 10, 20, 30 and 40 on one side and LEGO on the other.You also add the green leaf and flag pole during this stage.
Stage 5 sees you add the finishing touches to the build, such as adding the monkey, flag and mini figure; as well as adding weapons to both the monkey and mini figure.
It's a nice, small set and a great introduction to the Pirates theme. My favorite parts are the treasure chest, monkey and the shovel. While I feel the monkey is too large, I still like it and it's a great addition to any set. If I was to change anything on the set; I would actually build up the base with yellow bricks to give the impression that the treasure was buried.
Design: 6/10 - Not the best designed set, if you are going to give a set the name "Buried treasure", then you should at least give the impression the treasure is buried.
Parts: 5/10 - You only get 20, but as I said above, most of them are for the treasure or mini figure. The addition of the coins and shovel are good though.
Minifigs: 5/10 - The figure is too common in the Pirates theme for my liking, while I like the colour scheme on the vest, there is nothing that stands out on it.
Build: 4/10 - A very simple build, I was 7 when I first got this set and back then it was easy. The hardest part to the build is getting the lid on the treasure chest.
Playability: 7/10 - While it is a small set, you can have lots of fun with it due to the monkey and treasure chest. The images below show there are plenty of different creations you can come up with.
Price: 8/10 - This was only £1.99 and even back in 1989 that was cheap for a LEGO set and for me is value for money. I paid £3.99 and, besides the box, the whole set was in near-new condition, so well worth the extra couple of pounds.
The first of the 3 extra builds you can do from the back of the box. In this photo, the mini figure is inside the chest with the monkey behind him shooting the pistol.
Out of the 3, this is my least favorite as the layout seems rather forced and does not look as good as the others. Getting the mini figure to hold 2 coins was a bit tough, as it was a tight fit.
This is my favorite; the mini figure is taking a break from all the digging he has been doing and has trained the monkey to fan him with the leaf to keep him cool.
Edited by RJH, 12 May 2012 - 04:00 PM.