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  1. TalonCard

    Fairground Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Long ago I swore off collecting any LEGO sets except for my two absolute favorites, Pirates and Adventurers, which seemed harmless enough since they were both semi-retired themes at the time. Then came the Pirates Roller Coaster, which was a great excuse to get a roller coaster set under the auspices of Pirates collecting without dropping a ton of money on that big, beautiful roller coaster set. (I also love theme parks.) I picked up the Friends Amusement Pier for similar reasons. But fortunately I avoided talking myself into buying the LEGOLAND set since it only has a small Pirate section...until the local Discovery Center emailed me to ask if I wanted to buy it. (I did.) So now I've got this big, ridiculous theme park layout all over my desk, and (I promise this is true) I'd put the Billund sticker over the LEGOLAND entrance because it's my favorite park, and I thought "Now what I really need is a big haunted house like Billund has", but I knew that would never actually happen because this AFOL was strictly an Adventurers/Pirates guy, so this was as big as the theme park was going to get. I've never believed that telepathy exists more than I do right now. I do sympathize with those of you who were hoping for a more traditional fairgrounds attraction, because this seems squarely targeted at me for some reason. Sorry guys!
  2. You're right! There's 2013's Sea Cow too, and I guess technically the SpongeBob Flying Dutchman. I was thinking only about ships in the Pirate theme; I overlooked the other ones. Still a long time to go without using the piece on a ship.
  3. TalonCard

    Which is your preferred skull & bones emblem?

    I think there are three schools of thought when it comes to LEGO Jolly Roger design: Use a regular skull, with no LEGO reference (the 1989 Jolly Roger, the Queen Anne's Revenge flag, and the 2015 Jolly Roger) Use a skull that could conceivably fit *into* the regular minifigure head (2009 Jolly Roger) Approximate a minifigure skull as seen on the skeleton minifigure (2003 Jolly Rogers, Metalbeard's insignia, the 2016 Ninjago Sky Pirates) The new design seems to try and blend options 1 and 2, and while I appreciate it, I much prefer either 1 or 3. 1 for nostalgia purposes and general appearance, 3 because it makes the most sense in a purely LEGO context.
  4. I've always found it funny that the crows nest piece has been around since 1989, but it was never used in a ship set until 2015.
  5. TalonCard

    Which is your preferred skull & bones emblem?

    For nostalgic reasons, I quite like the old pirate hat, even though the printing is less clear and consistent. The new designs have a subtle but visible black outline that makes the design feel less like a part of the hat. Design wise, the new print is a fine update of the old Jolly Roger. I wish it would replace the 2009 pirate hat as the default LEGO pirate hat, although judging from the Creator ship that doesn't seem to be the case. (Sigh) The old Metalbeard hat and the 2015 hat have come and gone, but I think either one would have been fine for any LEGO pirate. Even the SpongeBob pirate hat is pretty nice.
  6. It's very hard to tell, but I think the captain minifigure might have a new torso print rather than the 2009 Creator one.
  7. The pirates and Imperials started a race on my desk. (I moved them to a table to take the picture.) Can you tell which sets I ended up unpacking?
  8. TalonCard

    Your First Pirate Set!

    I loved the idea of that set! I didn't finally get it until maybe nine or eight years ago; it was one of the few small sets I didn't have as a kid.
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    I think the last time I saw an Ideas set on sale that I really wanted was the Woman of NASA set...usually I just wait until there's either double VIP points or there's a cool free set that goes along with it. (I timed my Ship in a Bottle purchase carefully to pick up the 60 Years set--a great combination!) That usually results in an effective $5-$10 discount on the next big set. (Although it may be a year or more before there's another big Pirate-related set worth getting, lol.) These sets are usually out for a good long while, so hopefully those of us who aren't getting it immediately will have a shot somewhere down the line. :) Mind you, if it weren't for the current situation, I don't think I'd have the patience to wait to pick this one up. ;)
  10. I'm fortunate enough to work from home, and I would love some input from the community: which small Pirate set or sets should I put on my desk? I have pretty much all of the small sets, but my very limited space means that most of them are disassembled and in Davy Jones's Locker (AKA storage. ) However, I could really do with some cheering up in this trying time, and I have a little bit of space on the desk, so I want to put some Pirates there! I'd like something that would be interesting to fiddle with while I'm on calls. What do you all think?
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    The scariest number is that it's actually been five more years between the Legends re-release in 2002 (when I finally got my copy of the set) and the 2020 Barracuda Bay than the 13 years between the original release (1989) and the Legends set. (Or maybe that's only scary to me, hahaha!)
  12. Well, I am gobsmacked. I was hoping for some kind of tribute to Classic Pirates in the packaging, but holy sea cow, they went all out on this one! Bios and stories in the instructions! Yellow-framed boxes! And the builds themselves are just magical...somehow, they managed to include the key parts that made the original Ideas concept unique (like the Pirate inn) and also designed it so that it can be re-arranged into a fully functioning Black Seas Barracuda that might, if I'm being honest, actually be better than the original set! (And, let's face it, probably a better build than the Bay version, but I honestly can't complain.) I never had any of the large pirate sets as a young, young kid so I would constantly be rebuilding my shipwreck island sets into the ships I thought they were originally. Seeing a whole set built around this concept is amazing! And I'm so, so happy for everyone that wanted a BSB but never got one--now there's another chance. Wow. Wow wow wow wow. The timing around the release is extremely unfortunate, but just looking at the pictures is giving me some much-needed cheer.
  13. TalonCard

    Future Pirates Speculation

    Scrum (first picture above) has a yellow enough skin tone print that it actually looks just fine with regular minifig heads. (I recently used it to make a custom Captain Foul since all of the red pirate torsos have ruffs that just don't match his look.) As for the rest...better break out the beards, lol. :)
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    Wow, that is really cool! The head is quite different from the last one; looks more swashbuckling like the original print rather than rouguishly goofy like his comic book and 2015 looks. And I love the pirate hat; it's perfect! I'm going to miss the 2015 hat; I feel like it was shockingly underused, but this is a nice refinement of the original. Here's hoping they'll finally retire the silly 2009 hat as the default LEGO pirate hat.
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    That looks fantastic! It's not a perfect match for any existing pirate ship, but it looks like a homage to the Black Seas Barracuda as seen in the Golden Medallion comic. So cool.