Continuing our discussion on the upcoming 2015 LEGO sets (see links at the end of this post), let’s talk about the LEGO Pirates line today. The return of LEGO Pirates is actually a big deal, and something that LEGO fans have been waiting for quite some time. The last LEGO Pirates sets was released back in 2009, so it’s nice to see their return. There are five LEGO Pirate sets lined up for release early next year. See below. 🙂
➡ #70409 LEGO Pirates Shipwreck Defense – this is the smallest of the upcoming LEGO Pirates sets. It includes an Imperial Soldier with a firing cannon, and a pirate on a very basic shipwreck assembly. The are also plenty of guns and other odds and ends as accessories. 84 pieces. Price should be around $10.
➡ #70410 LEGO Pirates Soldiers Outpost – this is a sweet little LEGO Pirates set with lots of action. There is a basic raft with a tattered sail and one pirate, and an Imperial Outpost with two Imperial Soldiers and one firing cannon. There is also a black Kraken with glowing orange eyes. I like the dark red brick accents on the outpost. 164 pieces. Price should be around $15.
➡ #70411 LEGO Pirates Treasure Island – we don’t have a picture of this set without the confidentiality watermark, but I can tell you what it looks like. It has a small island with a brick-built white skull that is large enough for pirates to hide behind. It also probably includes some treasure. The two pirates included in the set also have a firing cannon. There is also a small banana-tree on the island, as well as a parrot. There is an Imperial Soldier in a standard small LEGO boat trying to get to the island, and there is also a crocodile to make the scene more dangerous and dramatic. 180 pieces. Price should be around $20.
➡ #70412 LEGO Pirates Soldiers’ Fort – this is one of the larger sets in the 2015 LEGO Pirates line, including a somewhat bigger outpost for the Imperial Soldiers. In my opinion it is really a stretch calling it a fort though. It is more like a skeleton of a fort. Maybe the rest of the fort has been already destroyed by the pirates and disappeared under the sea? Anyhow, there is another firing cannon here, along with jewels, weapons, and other fun accessories. 234 pieces. Price should be around $25.
➡ #70413 LEGO Pirates The Brick Bounty – this is the largest set in the 2015 LEGO Pirates line with an awesome LEGO pirate ship. It appears to be almost identical to the #6243 LEGO Brickbeard’s Bounty from 2009, although honestly, I think that one was a better looking ship. We will have to see more pictures though to form a full opinion. 745 pieces. This set is going to be to be $90 according to Brickipedia.
And that rounds up of the upcoming LEGO Pirates line. Here we see the same trend as with many of the other 2015 LEGO themes; lots of small to medium size sets with an affordable price. I think they will appeal to younger kids as pirates are a perennial favorite with them, and there are a lot of play-features in each of the sets. However I believe that teen and adult LEGO fans will be disappointed. None of the sets are substantial or interesting enough to really appeal to older LEGO fans. The recommended age range is 5-12 on most of these sets (with the exception of the pirate ship which is 5-14), and I think that’s a bit pushing it. I would see them appeal more to 5-10 year olds. Perhaps later LEGO will release a larger set in the LEGO Pirates line, like they did with the #10210 LEGO Pirates Imperial Flagship – a beautiful set released in 2010 specifically for older LEGO Pirates fans.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Pirates sets coming out next year? Are you planning to get any of them? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! Ahoy! 😉
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