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  1. 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!

  2. I have never been to Oregon, but it is a beautiful place from pictures I have seen and from what I have heard. You are very lucky. One day I hope to follow in your footsteps and go there!! Have a good strip!

  3. I could make a wicked Monopoly movie. You got to make it Wall Street style, big rich, 'greed is good' jerks fighting over a large area of property in a fastly growing city. Make sure it takes place in the 20s or 40s or something. It could be so cool.

    Who could play Rich Uncle Pennybags??


  4. Dude, wait till High School.

    In High School, me and my friends were buddies with everyone and everyone knew we were obsessed with Lego. We talked about it all the time in front of the jocks and no one judged us. There are far 'lamer' things to be obsessed with than Lego. (Not that lego is lame). You just got to talk about it to people that are interested. People have no problem with quirky hobbies as long as you don't force them upon them.

    Put em away for now, at least you didn't go through a dark ages when good sets were being released (yes, there are some good ones, but not like it was). Just store them good so they don't make things messy and then in a year or two or five when you get back into Lego you will be pumped you bought them.

    I understand your predicament. I was out of Lego for like 4 years until I turned 16 and got back into it again.

    I am only 20 right now, so this wasn't long ago. Its all fresh in my mind.

    Don't know if it will help, but don't feel like your ever too old for Lego. Like someone said already, there are 30, 40, and 50 year olds buying lego religiously. Its a hobby. Men in their 50s collect toys and model trains. Its not that bad.

  5. Maniac is right! What idiot in their right mind would destroy a Skulls Eye Schooner like that! :-X I think I'm gonna be sick! ;-)

    Wouldn't an idiot in their right mind be doing idiotic things? X-D

    But yeah, I destroyed my Skulls Eye Schooner and pimped it out. Just normal things to make it more realistic like 20' inch chrome rims and a Playstation 2 in the captains quarters.

    To stay on topic, I remember how awesome these commericials were, because they inspired me to buy more Lego. I loved them! I love youtube for seeing all this stuff. Brings back great memories.

  6. I use feet for measurement and pounds for weight. Canada uses a combination of the Imperial and Metric system it seems. I like the Imperial system more for many things, and this is from a man living in the Metric-loving Great White North!

  7. LoL. I love these late 80s/early 90s commercials. Hilarious. I think Lego should make a commercial exactly like this now, just to see the reaction. Lego sales plummet 80% hahaha.

    I remember how those commercials pumped me up. I wanted the sets I saw so bad... is there even Lego commercials now adays? I haven't seen one. Then again I barely watch TV. I am not a couch potato. More like an office chair potato.

    I wish Lego would resell some of those sets with the new grey. That would be sweeeeet.

  8. It looks as though these are in order of population... something Canada certainly lacked when I lived there ;-) X-D

    God Bless,


    Oh yeah, it must be that. I forgot New Zealand and Austrailia had a larger population than Canada.

    Well, w/e. At one point two years ago, when there were much less than half the members we have now, EB had about a half dozen Canadians, although I think some have since faded (Willy, Sting notably) and others not as active as they used to be (Chewie, Wolf04). Still, there are at least 7 or 8 members from Canada that are on the boards pretty regularly.

    I fade in and out, but I am always looking around this board from time to time. I am back for now! Canadian right here... now how do I get one of those little flags in my side profile thingamajig...

  9. This MOC has turned me on to the new style of 'big detailed town sets' that lego has been making. I love the details and the colors. It looks incredible, especially alongside the Lego produced sets. I have to say the toilet is pretty cool LOL.

    Excellent job Barbossa. Very inspiring and beautiful creation.

  10. There is still room for Lego to improve. The new King's Castle is at least designed in the old style, but it still uses a few <insert that tiresome argument> lazy pieces. Its rooms need to have a bit more life as well, as right now, from what I have seen in pictures, they seem kind of empty.

  11. I hope there are new Castle sets. I really like this new theme, mainly for the 'human' parts (not a big fan of the Skeleton armies, but still). The King's Castle is almost as good as some of the older castles in design. It truely shows the potential of how good Lego could be if they got their old design style back. Awesome figures + New colors = Amazing looking sets. Imagine a new PIRATES line, with good cool new figures and designs similar to the old ones? It could easily be better than the original Pirate line.

  12. Joebot,

    I would like to say that your Town is one of the best I have seen, and I have seen many. You are able to recreate the magic of the lego catalogs very well. Many towns I have seen have too many pieces, too large buildings, just too great of scale that when you see the small details it isn't interesting. While big buildings are very cool and can work (your Stadium being an example), they can be distracting and ruin the feel of an MOC. You seem to have struck a perfect balance between using the great Lego Town sets AND making your own buildings or additions to buildings.

    My favourite area is the area with the Coast Guard base and police station. I have the Coast Guard base from 1995 that you seem to have based the main Coast Guard Building off of. It is a great set, but you have made it more full looking, and the garage with the helicopter on top looks excellent, especially alongside the elevated road piece.

    Your careful mixture of classic lego sets, your own designs, and your own designs INFLUENCED by classic lego sets is inspiring. I look forward to seeing more pictures.

  13. I must say Spartan lego figs would look pretty cool. Model them kind of similar to the ones in 300.

    A new yellow leg piece with a red armor pattern similar to this 970c00pb13.jpg

    A red Torso with printed armor pattern(Breastplates could work, but it would make the Spartan's body look too bulky) The "King" or "Spartan Commander" could have a special design.

    A red cape

    Any generic angry face would work fine.

    And of course, the wicked helmets. There could even be a special Plume piece to stick on the helmet so we could have different colors.

    Some round pearl gold shields and regular spears/swords would finish off the figures.

    My only concern is facing Persians would probably look bad on Lego's part. I am not politcally correct enough to care - I would simply see it as a story - but many people may see it bad.

    Again, as many have said, I think the best bet would be Lego making Spartans vs. Mythical Creatures, or Greek Heroes vs Mythical Creatures.

    There is no harm though in imagining what would be cool though!

  14. Year One:

    1. Icarus and Daedlus: ($10) two figures with some sort of winged contraptions (like the ninja gliders). One column. (I'm not real sure about this one... anyone got a better idea?)

    2. Jason vs. the Dragon ($20): inlcudes Jason, old castle style Dragon, Medea, burpy rock scenery, golden fleece (flag). Skeleton.

    3. Hercules vs. Cerebus ($20): includes Hercules and fluffy. Small collonade/temple. White statute figure.

    4. Theseus vs. Minotaur ($30): includes Theseus, Ariadne and minotaur figure. Several collonades, maybe on hinges to represent the laberynth. Red string to find way out.

    5. Odysseus vs. Sirens ($50): includes small greek ship, with Odysseus and some crewmen. Sirens.

    6. Trojan War ($100): includes Achilles, Hector and Priam. Also a couple of Trojan and Greek warriors. Medium Wall of Troy and Trojan Horse. Some Greek tents.

    Year Two: I haven't fleshed these out as much, but they would be very similar to the style of the first year ideas.

    1. Perseus v. Medusa ($10)

    2. Hercules v. Hydra and Centaurs ($30)

    3. Bellepheron (on Pegasus) v. Chimera ($20)

    4. Odysseus v. Cyclops ($20)

    5. Jason (and the Argo) v. Harpies ($50)

    Any thoughts for year 3?



    I like your ideas for sets a lot. Personally, I agree with most people on this board that I would much rather see armies. One imaginary city-state fighting another imaginary city-state. Much like Classic Castle.

    The first year could be 2 Imaginary Greek City States and the second year could introduce a Persian themed faction, or a more Troy style city state. Although the movie was terribly inaccurate, the green/teal armor of the Trojans in the 2004 Movie would make an appealing army. Each faction could come with a few buildings that fit their style.

    I think that if Lego did make any Greek theme, it would continue along the same style as the Vikings, as you have pointed out. THere would probably be a bunch of monsters to be built and to fight the Greek heroes, as some have pointed out, Lego doesn't seem to like human on human violence.

    I think Star Wars and Batman are exceptions because they are not lego's creation. No parent is going to say "Batman Lego is too violent!" or "Star Wars LEGO is too violent". They criticize the series in general. Lego is safe as long as parents continue to buy Star Wars or Batman toys for their children.

    If Lego makes human on human violence, in the new age of oversheltered children, this could steer many parents away. Many of us cannot fathom how parents would do this, but some must.

    Despite this, getting a set with 2 Greek Style minifigs and the architecture pieces, plus a (possibly) lame monster is better than getting no greek minifigs at all! That was my view on the Vikings. I have almost every Viking Set, despite hating the monsters.

  15. Sting, his comment is totaly wrong, canadian prices are some of the best available around the globe for lego sets. I can witness this as I lived in both Europe and Canada. There's just no comparaison, Canadians win !

    Not quite.

    Compared to Europe, Canadian prices are good.

    However, compared to the US, it's a different story. A 20$ US set costs 30$ Canadian. This is a 50% increased in dollars, despite the fact that our dollar is typically 87-92% of the US dollar.

    Now, one could argue about different costs to market in Europe, VAT issues, etc etc to explain why Europeans get ripped off, which they do - no dispute.

    But, US and Canada are all but identical... why are Canadians getting ripped off compared to the US?

    Jipay, I am not sure when you were in Canada last. Until about 3 years ago, our prices were about 33% higher in dollars, while our dollar was about 78-85% of the US. So, that's fair enough.

    However, in the last 3 years the Canadian dollar is much stronger, but the our prices are 50% higher than the US in dollars.

    Are we talking about new sets or used sets? Used sets I never thought were that bad... but if we are talking new (I saw someone mention Sales Tax so I assume we are probably talking new), than Canadian sets do seem expensive.

    I would have thought that European prices would be much higher, due to proximity to Lego plants/HQ... is there anyway to comapre the two prices?

    P.S. I didnt know there were so many Canadians or ex-Canadians (or people who used to live in Canada) on this board. Thats very cool.

  16. Awesome!!! I Love them all!! I wish the SeaPort itselfs was a little bigger (Kind of like the old Launch and Load Seaport... with that extra road piece) but still. I hope the baseplates work good in practice better than in picture.

    I love how the Captain of the new Cargo Ship is in a white suit as opposed to black, as I think most ship captains now adays wear white suits. I could be totally uneducated, but either way I like it.

    God... Lego is so going in the right direction. Most of these sets, especially that gas station, are better than alot of classic town sets (from what I can see... I may be missing huge <insert that tiresome argument> pieces). This is awesome!

  17. Wow. This is exciting. I for one, do not see what is THAT bad with the castle. I do see some <insert that tiresome argument> pieces, but isn't this the prototype? THis could change... but I guess it could always get worse. I LOVE the return of the classic castle wall pieces though.

    Love the theme of the set, I just won't be getting many skellies. I want this set for the cool looking new soldiers. Maybe I will finally get a kettle helm from those archers! X-D

    BlueandWhite - why are Canadian Prices the worst in Lego? I didn't know they were! That sucks!

  18. By showing a picture of that Canadian Coast Guard Hovercraft you have showed about 3/4 of our naval firepower (notice how it has NO guns?). LOL.

    I want to see pics of the Harbor station so bad. I can't wait.