2009 Pirate Set Impressions - the good, the bad and the ugly in LEGO Pirates Posted August 22, 2008 · Edited August 22, 2008 by Sting Hellelujah!!!! Pirates has returned! So has some wicked new town sets - Construction sets building actual buildings and not just digging, a brand new and unbelievably awesome "Agriculture" style City line. Wicked new Indiana Jones set based on the old sets (its still no Johnny Thunder, but some of these set designs are AWESOME). Good Castle line... LEGO!! THANK YOU FOR WAKING UP. But your still a teeeeeny bit drowsy. 6243 (Pirate Ship) What I like From what it looks like, using the old ship bases! Good amounts of sails! Lattice windows and fencing! Everywhere! The room underneath the bridge looks like it could be full of cool little details! Old Cannons! The colors of the ship itself - more realistic then some of the older Pirate ones. The awesomelanterns like all the old Pirates line had! (so simple, yet I loved them!) The cool new parrot Comes with some wicked Imperial Guards to battle. Always love when lego included a few of the enemy faction in one 'teams' set. Come to think of it, I just love how they obviously took influence from the Old Pirates line. (Phes, we will probably have to think of a term for the Pre-HORRIBLE PERIOD OF LEGO Pirates and these new ones... I guess Classic Pirates works!) What I don't like I agree with Phes - don't like the jolly roger. Luckily its only on 2 sails. Needs more figures. This ship is definately too small to be the biggest Pirate set. Why not make this one the Pirate's Flagship and then make an even bigger (3 or 4 cannons) Imperial ship? Lego is still missing out on the opportunity to make a big, beautiful Imperial Galleon! The front hull (I forget what its called :( ) could maybe be built up a bit. Maybe I am just being picky - but the good thing - definately more pros than cons! 6242 (Imperial Fort) What I like LOVE the use of the old Imperial Logo. Definately helping out the AFOL with 100s of Imperial Guardsmen. Did I mention those AWESOME Imperial Guards? They look great - and the golden insignia on the Shako is a beautiful touch. The 'dock' style layout reminds me of Imperial Trading Post and Imperial Outpost - 2 of the coolest Imperial bases. Old palm tree, monkey, and gator. The barrel O rum underneath the boat house thing. Possible use of old 5 wide castle walls with the "brick showing through" pattern. They actually included a Guardsmen Base - didn't expect that! What I don't like As much as I do like the new Imperial Guardsmen, I think Lego missed an opportunity to really ramp up the guardsmen. They could have made them look more new and different - I am not saying change for the sake of change, but I am saying they could have done something slightly more exciting. Needs more guardmen. The set isn't that big, but this is the Guardsmen "Main" set, and three just ain't enough. No backpacks on guardsmen - granted these are supposed to be navy units and wouldn't carry their backpacks everywhere, it made them look bulkier and differentiated them from the Pirates more. Love the shako's, but they could have made some Shako's plain black so the one with the gold insignia could be more rare and used for Seargents. Needs an admiral or governor figure... we have our Grunts, our Officer... I want a white gloved fat cat! Oh well, maybe for the Flagship! *crosses fingers* From what it looks like, those "brick showing through" pattern pieces may just be big ugly square wall pieces - I know thats not much different then the classic Castle Wall pieces, but they had a certain charm that a big ugly square piece doesn't have. They required a little more skill to put together better. 6241 (Island) What I like Imperial Guard with Cannon! Thank you for not making these figures super rare! Cool little dock. Old, filthy, bearded pirate obviously gone slightly crazy by too much time in the sun! What I don't like The baseplate is nasty. Rock formation looks like its made of 10 pieces. Needs to be bulkier. 6239 (Cannon Battle) What I like Imperial Guard with Cannon!! Love those things. This set is great a army builder! Its a good thing lego isn't teasing us with these cool new figures - they are actually making them available in smaller sets. Torch looks awesome! Leads to a promising restart of the cool small sets lego used to have for Pirates. What I don't like Hopefully the Imperial Guard gets a musket and the Pirate will get a sword too. I loved when you got the mini pirate sets and each figure would have more weapons then he could hold. Gave more variety! This Imperial Guard could really use a backpack... alone on an island with artillery! C'mon! LoL. 6240 (Raft) What I like Barrel on top with captain looking out! Colors of the raft itself look great. Cool Parrot! I actually kinda like that big ugly octopus!! What I don't like Needs a sail. Kind of boring compared to the other sets - I am tired of Creature vs. Man violence! Bring on the battle of the factions! All In all an excellent restart of Pirates. Lets hope they do well - and maybe we will get some bigger and better sets. These sets in vision are better than the 1997 (the last line) of Classic Pirates - but the design is still a little less inspiring than the 1997 sets. It is very close though - I have to say I am wholeheartedly impressed and excited for this rebirth. I can only hope it gets better - we need more figures, and bigger sets. I guess sales will determine if we get that!