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On 12/7/2022 at 1:54 AM, PxChris said:

I believe in the videos he says that it'll be an eight part series.

Right you are! I appear to be somewhat behind as I've only just finished watching the second episode.

It has been suggested that this is interned to be Captain Foul, although that might be somewhat of a stretch.

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That association does appear to be a bit of a stretch to me.

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I think the comparison mainly comes from the fact that the Pirate Captain is one of the few pirate minifigures (as in not Imperial) to wear a red coat with a shoulder belt, which is Foul's primary color in all of his appearances. I didn't notice until Phes posted the pictures for comparison, but it seems like the mustache, eyebrows, and even the missing tooth are also a pretty close match.

I think the comparison falls short when you take into account the details of each character; Foul is a pretty well established pirate who's held onto his ship for at least 15 years, he's successful in most of his piratical endeavors except when Redberd's crew outsmarts him, etc. The Pirate Captain may seem like a generic character, but his very lack of a name is part of his character; he got in late in the pirate game and all the good names were taken. He's unlucky and most of his ships tend to sink, etc.

My vote for tying Foul to an established Pirate minifigure would be this guy from Pirates Perilous Pitfall, having lost his ship and leg to Redbeard and Will at some point after his last appearance. But I'm sure it's only a matter of time until LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed gives him a completely different identity. :pir_laugh2: (Though Gameloft, if you're listening, you should definitely name him Captain Foul! :pir_laugh2: )

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On 12/5/2022 at 1:27 PM, TalonCard said:

Episode III is now live! Redbeard begins his return to notoriety in the Tropical Sea. We've finally reached the time period with the most full-length stories, and thanks to the fantastic Golden Medallion restoration and the legendary audio drama translations here on the forum, there was a lot of great material to work with.

I finally got around to watching Episode III...

What immediately grabbed my attention was the song in beginning - how did this come about? Or what inspired those performers to sing about LEGO Pirates of all things?

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The YouTube content that I enjoyed the most at the time I was planning this series were channels like Defunctland, which covers things like old Disney theme park attractions and shows. Often, they'll choose a different intro/style for each episode, sometimes with original music. I wanted to try and do that here and push myself a little with each subsequent intro. I also wanted to bring a little bit of existing Pirate lore to life each time. So the first episode has a dramatic reading of the first text to mention Redbeard as a character, the second is in the style of a documentary with an era-appropriate reading, the fourth will be--well, you'll see, etc.

I knew I wanted to do at least one "sea shanty" style LEGO Pirate song for an intro, and I thought it would be fun to pay tribute to the winning poem from an old LEGO magazine, which does a nice job of presenting all the main original pirate characters with accurate character details. My wife was kind enough to sing the verses (she's a really excellent singer), thus creating the overall melody, and ludo_bisconti on Fiverr provided the orchestration, instruments, and mix after it became apparent that neither of us would have the time to do it ourselves.

Definitely learned a lot here, not the least of which is to give myself more time for anything involving original music. I'm still learning how to properly record vocals, and my final mix included elements from both bisconti's mix and my wife's raw vocals to achieve the overall effect that I wanted. However, in doing so, I threw off the overall rhythm of the piece--I'm not musically inclined myself. :pir_laugh2:

In addition to singing, my wife demonstrated her vocal range by doing a very convincing parrot impression around 9:47 and 15:09, which makes me laugh every time. :pir-grin:

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5 hours ago, TalonCard said:

Definitely learned a lot here [...] off the overall rhythm of the piece--I'm not musically inclined myself. :pir_laugh2:

Well, I'm certainly impressed! :pir-huzzah2:

It's like you've tracked down an authentic folk band to put a song together - it almost demonstrates vast dedication to your production!

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8 hours ago, TalonCard said:

I knew I wanted to do at least one "sea shanty" style LEGO Pirate song for an intro, and I thought it would be fun to pay tribute to the winning poem from an old LEGO magazine, which does a nice job of presenting all the main original pirate characters with accurate character details. My wife was kind enough to sing the verses (she's a really excellent singer), thus creating the overall melody, and ludo_bisconti on Fiverr provided the orchestration, instruments, and mix after it became apparent that neither of us would have the time to do it ourselves.

Definitely learned a lot here, not the least of which is to give myself more time for anything involving original music. I'm still learning how to properly record vocals, and my final mix included elements from both bisconti's mix and my wife's raw vocals to achieve the overall effect that I wanted. However, in doing so, I threw off the overall rhythm of the piece--I'm not musically inclined myself. :pir_laugh2:

In addition to singing, my wife demonstrated her vocal range by doing a very convincing parrot impression around 9:47 and 15:09, which makes me laugh every time. :pir-grin:

This was certainly a great addition to the video! Congratulate your wife on behalf of us for her fantastic job with the song.

I hadn't really noticed that poem before in my browsing through old Bricks n' Pieces magazines, but I can now see what a perfect inspiration for a song it was.

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