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  1. TalonCard

    Future Pirates Speculation

    I saw those when I was at the LEGO House back in October. It was pretty amazing seeing all the sets lit up like that. It looked like there were some pirates with unique torso prints and a white tricorn on row boats between the Imperial Flagship and Black Seas Barracuda. (I don't think you can see this part of the display in the video. :( ) I think I see a swimsuit torso from a City set in the video in the Imperial village, so they could have just been using non-Pirate ones I wasn't familiar with.
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    Future Pirates Speculation

    Sir, have you heard about a little movie franchise called Pirates of the Caribbean? Admittedly that was well over a decade ago, but I think your gender assumptions are a little outdated...
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    New LEGO Awesome Activity Book with Pirate minifigure

    No idea at all, I'm afraid--they were just there. Half Price Books is a chain, so it's possible there are more at other locations.
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    New LEGO Awesome Activity Book with Pirate minifigure

    No, that's right. The RRP on the back is £7.99/$9.99. (Pretty steep for an activity book, IMO, especially with such a generic minifigure.) Half Price books is a pretty cool place; books are usually used and half the cover price, though they do have collectible items that are more expensive, or new stuff like this that they probably got in large lots at a discount. Thanks, I was wondering about that! I was Googling around to see if it was cheaper elsewhere, but aside from a few eBay auctions I couldn't find it. Unusual for a LEGO item.
  5. This may only be of interest to obsessive Pirate collectors like me, but there's a new Awesome Ideas Activity book out with a Pirate minifigure included! It's a unique minifigure, though it's made up of existing minifigure elements. It was released in 2019, and seems to be a British book. Not sure how it ended up in a Half Price Books in Texas, but I was pleasantly surprised because I had never seen it before. It's a bog-standard Pirate minifigure, but we go so long between Pirate releases these days that finding any new Pirate LEGO in a store is pretty special. I think this is the first book to include a Pirate minifigure since 2009. The inside of the activity book has absolutely nothing Pirate related, save for a few appearances by this minifigure. Again, not a must-buy, but it's nice to know it exists.
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    Future Pirates Speculation

    For whatever it's worth, Milan Madge is clearly rocking a Redbeard-inspired costume, complete with giant-sized LEGO flintlock, a green waistcoat, black overcoat, and bicorn hat. I wouldn't mind stealing that costume idea some day!
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    Pirates 30 Year Mention in Magazine

    That's so cool that you actually got to meet him!
  8. This is amazing! I can't wait to see more!
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    Pirates 30 Year Mention in Magazine

    I bought this one along with #3 and #10. There's some nice photography in the article, but nothing particularly new. (I did like the page with pictures of most of the main ships, though.)
  10. Update: I visited LEGOLAND and the LEGO House for the first time last week, and my only consolation for having to leave Billund was that this magazine was waiting for me. I'd definitely recommend this issue to all Pirate fans; it's a pretty cool article. A few interesting facts: - The theme was pretty much ready to go as early as 1986, but LEGO held off on releasing the sets because the Castle line was selling so well that they didn't have the capacity to make more sets. - A Western theme was developed in tandem with the Pirates, but didn't see release in the 80s. (This might explain the early Western prototypes with bison and such that we've seen pictures of.) - Early prototypes for Pirate hulls were designed to float in water, before the idea was dropped. - The crocodile was designed early on for Pirates, but didn't make it to market until after some of the elements were re-used in Castle dragons. - The ramp-and-pit raised baseplates were a huge pain to design; they had to be printed on a piece of flat plastic and the only way to make sure they looked good after the plastic had been molded was trial and error. (!) There's only one piece of never-before-seen concept art; a simple but extensive sketch of all the original 1989 sets together--pretty neat to see, but nothing particularly earth shattering. The original pictures are nice, but fairly small scale. I also picked up Brick Fanatics #3, which has a small piece about how the ad agency Advance put together the marketing materials for the 1989-1992 Pirate sets. Very cool behind-the-scenes stuff. Here's hoping Brick Fanatics has more behind-the-scenes Pirate content in the future!
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    My heart sank a little bit when I saw the Sesame Street announcement today, (though I love that one too) because I thought it meant that the Pirate Bay hadn't been picked. I'm so excited that we're getting both. It's about time! I never look too closely at Pirates Ideas projects because I don't want to get attached, but I've been taking a closer look now and I really love the shape and all the tiny details inside and out. I wonder if they'll incorporate the raised baseplate into the design. I hope we get some completely redesigned Pirate figures, but with the 2015 flags and hats since they weren't around much.
  12. Brick Fantatics has posted a nice article online about the firsts of the Pirate theme ahead of the actual issue. They've even linked back to discussion threads on this forum, so you know they've done their research. This article also promises never-before-seen concept art for the Pirates theme in this issue, so that's something else to look forward to. There are also several classic Pirate images I had never seen before, sourced from another great web post on Rambling Bricks. Most are just variations on images I'd already seen, but there's a Japanese LEGO magazine from 1989 with a Pirate themed cover that I don't recall seeing before. TC
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    Visiting Billund

    Hi all, I'm bumping this topic as I will be visiting Billund in October! Not only is this my first LEGOLAND theme park, this is my first time in Europe, full stop! This is a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm very excited. Obviously, I'll be going to the LEGO House and LEGOLAND. I would really like some advice: Does LEGOLAND allow adults on their own? I'll be travelling with my brother, also an adult. I don't see any reason why not, but I thought I would ask since I know LEGOLAND Discovery Centers require you to attend with a kid. (That's a somewhat different setup, since those are basically indoor playgrounds and not theme parks. Still, better find out now then when we arrive...) What is the best way to get around the city without a car? Is there a short term bus pass? We'd need to get from the airport, to our Airbnb, to LEGOLAND (about 9 km away), the LEGO House, and back to the airport. Are there any cool second-hand or resale shops that have old LEGO sets? Are there any Danish restaurants nearby that are a must-visit? The House and LEGOLAND both close early the days we'll be there, and I'd like to use the time to try some local food. Thank you all in advance for any help.
  14. Ahoy all, Brick Fanatics just put up issue #10 of their magazine for pre-order. It looks like they're creating new photos based on the classic Pirate catalog images, and they'll have an exclusive interview with the lead designer of the original theme! It's supposed to ship late September/early October. I can't wait!
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    Future Pirates Speculation

    They could kill a lot of birds with one stone by re-releasing the same Imperial Flagship model, but use the flag and minifigures from the 2015 Bluecoats. Although, this sounds like a lot of speculation. Is this Out of the Vault series a regular thing, or just something they've done recently with a couple of sets? TC