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Episode 8 · 2 years ago

LEGO Pirates

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the latest installment of Brickology, LegoLee329 dives deep into the sea of LEGO Pirates to dig up all the buried treasure the theme has to offer. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever, wherever you are listening. Thank you so much making me a part of your day. My name is Leeparne. Might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee three, two, nine, from facebook, twitter, instagram, Youtube, Patreon, you name it, I am all over the Internet and this is the brick oology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I really hope you are doing well. Obviously I've mentioned this in the last two episodes of brick oology. The coronavirus mayhem has completely encapsulated the entire planet. It's absolutely insane and I'm not going to focus on it anymore because I'm pretty sure if you're listening to this, that means you have access to the Internet and you probably know what's going on. So just stay safe, be precautious and make sure to wash your freaking hands, man. Now brick oology is doing really well the past few weeks because people have a lot more free time and quarantine. My streams have gone up exponentially and I'm very thankful for that, for that. So thank you so much for supporting this show and if you really want to support this show, check out my patreon account. It's under Lego lead through to nine. You can support me on patreon even like literally a dollar a month helps me make awesome podcasts like the episode of Ecology you are about to listen to. Now let's jump straight into this week's topic. Now I've expressed in the past that I want to keep brick ology as topical as humanly possible. Now a lot of the episodes I had planned coincided with movies that we're going to come out, but now they have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. So I was going to do a tensity princess episode because of the Mulan Remake and I was going to do an agent's episode to kind of coincide or a lease of no time to die, the new James Bond movie. I think you guys are catching on to my drift. Well, those movies aren't coming out for the foreseeable future. Some of them we don't even know when they're actually going to be coming about coming out, so we'll have to wait and see there. So those episodes are going to be postponed, just with the movies. But I do want to keep brick ology as topical as humanly possible. And even though all this madness is still going on, Lego is still producing new sets. Some sets have been delayed, but they are still producing new sets. And today, April first, or no, actually it was yesterday when I was recording it. Today is April. Now, wait, yeah, a prel first April fools day. It wasn't a joke, though. Lego ideas released their newest set, the pirates of Barracuda Bay, and I was like, that's a big set, that's an awesome set. I ordered it myself. I dropped the two hundred dollars on that set and I'm waiting for it to come the mail. Have not built it yet. I'm really excited to build it. In My instagram Youtube, I'm sure we'll have a lot of cool content relating to that set. But that said, just dropped. I'm super excited to build that...

...set and I was like, you know what, it's time we're going to talk about Lego pirates. So today's episode of Brick Oology is about lego pirates. Now one very quick little thing. Not Pirates of the Caribbean. This is lego pirates, the inhouse original lego pirate theme. Pirates the Caribbean is a license theme through Disney. We will not be discussing the pirates of the Caribbean sets today. However, just make it easy. That's next week's episode. Quick little announcement. Next week's episode of Brick Ology will be about the pirates of the Caribbean sets. However, today's episode of Brick Ology will just be about the inhouse original lego pirates theme. Now, usually, before I break down the theme, I kind of talk about what the theme is based on. And what is a pirate? Do I really need to explain to you what a pirate is? The most simple, easy, elementary definition of a pirate is somebody that robs something. I mean it's very simple to understand. There are still pirates today. There are cyber pirates. You know, there's a lot of different forms of piracy going on still in the world today. Obviously, the Lego sets are not those. Lego sets are kind of based off what we think of pirates, which is, you know, swashbuckling. These crazy people back, you know, the seventeen and century. They have giant boat, they steal treasure, they have maps, crazy beards will have pegg legs, Hook hands eye patches. That is what Lego pirates is based off of, and I'm not going to explain anymore about what a pirate actually is, because that would just be wasting your time. And the history of this theme is actually so deep that I think I need to just focus more on that than actually kind of explaining why the theme exists. So we're going to go ahead and jump straight into Lego pirates. Now pirates is a very interesting theme, because Lego pirates is what I would call a come and go theme. You probably like, what is that mean? Now there are evergreen themes. Two weeks ago my episode about Ninjago, I explained what an evergreen theme is and to surmise kind of what I said a few weeks ago, and Evergreen tree is a tree that remains green all seasons of the year. It's always green. So an evergreen lego theme, like Ninjago or Star Wars or city or friends even, is a theme that does not go away. Like Lego technic. They released new LEGO technic sets every single year and they've been doing it for years. Those themes, they are mainstays. They are always around. They never get canceled or anything. They might get canceled, but for the most part it's assumed that we're going to get new LEGO technic sets every single year. Lego pirates is not like that. While Lego pirates as a beloved classic Lego theme, Lego Pirates comes and it goes, kind of like the waves in the ocean at ebbs and flows, I go.

Pirates will get canceled and it's, you know, nowhere to be found for a decade and then it has our research, it's and everyone gets excited again and then it gets canceled again. That's kind of what Lego pirates is like and it's had very mean, different, you know kind of incarnations over the years now. The first Lego pirates theme began back in the year one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine and something that I actually didn't even know it's all don't till I started doing research for this episode. The lego pirate theme was the first New Lego theme in eleven years and one thousand nine hundred and seventy eight, which was the first time we actually got Lego minifigures as well. Lego began these big three themes. You can probably name them if you're somewhat familiar with the LEGO history. Those themes were city, of course, classic space, you know Benny, spaceship, that kind of stuff, and castle. Those are like the three main lego themes and for pretty much the entire s that's all we got. Now they had different subsets and sub themes and you know, all this crazy stuff going on, but pretty much everything fell under one of those umbrellas. It was one of those three main themes. So it took eleven years, after seventy eight, to one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine, when Lego introduced a brand new theme, which was Lego Pirates. And the original run of Lego pirates lasted from nineteen eighty nine to nineteen ninety seven, which was the year my birth, onty seven, and produce a total of fifty five sets. There were no pirate sets in the year nineteen ninety. So technically it's eighty nine and then then ninety one through ninety seven, but for all intents and purposes episode eighty nine to ninety seven is how we will be referring to the run of pirates sets. So very interesting and a lot of people were very heartbroken when pirates was discontinued in ninety seven. Maybe me being born was the end for the original lego pirates theme. Now I digress about that, because they were at least some pirate sets in the early two S, including a Remiek re re meek remake of the Black Seas Baracuda, and we'll talk more about that ship later on this episode. Two Thousand and four saw a line. I've four plus pirates sets, and then pirates had a more traditional reboot in two thousand and nine and then that reboot had a reboot in two thousand and fifteen and then, of course, the aforementioned pirates of Baracuda base set was just released here in two thousand and twenty. So that's the weird kind of brief history of lego pirates. It's a come and go theme. It really has no consistency. Well, it does have consistency within the theme itself and we'll talk about that here and just a minute. But that is the very brief history of kind of what's going on with the lego pirate theme. But before we break down specific sets within lego pirates, can kind of start to break down some very typical things of all these pirates sets. Because consistently they kind of have similar tropes going on. Now. Lego pirates hits are usually battles between the pirates and...

...the imperial soldiers, which, of course, are supposed to be British soldiers. They just don't use that name. I think it's very interesting that the Lego sets portray the pirates as kind of the protagonists of these sets because pirates, you know, in history they aren't exactly the best people. I mean, I'm not going to even say some of the things that pirates are really known for in real life. Let's just say they plundered, they steal, they do a lot of bad stuff. They are dirty, they are pretty gross. I mean pirates are really not supposed to be super likable characters, so it's kind of odd that Lego would focus on them as like the main protagonists and then, you know, the government of British soldiers is the, you know, antagonists of these series. I find that very interesting. You know, when you look at something like Lego Castle, Lego Castle, it's like, obviously you root for the nights and you rout against, you know, the Evil Black Knights, but pirates are kind of rooting for the bad guys in some ways, but as the same time I do feel like they are more attractive heroes than the kind of, you know, boring and Vanilla British imperial soldiers. Now, the British soldiers in these sets they originally rich. Originally wore traditional blue coats, which is a little more historically accurate to you know, actual pirate battles of the past. But in one thousand nine hundred and ninety three they switched to red coat. Now the redcoats more coincide with like Revolutionary War British British soldiers, which is a little bit different and not quite as historically accurate. But the redcoat kind of stuck ever since until they actually switched back to bluecoats with the most recent pirate theme in two thousand and fifteen, and more on that later in this episode. Now, the British soldiers, the imperial soldiers, have had a number of names throughout the series. They originally called the imperial soldiers and they were in the imperial guards and then they kind of switched up the villains to be the Spanish Armada. Will talk about that in just a minute. So in one thousand nine hundred and ninety six, I believe they switched from the Brits to the Spaniards with the Spanish Armada. So those are kind of the villains of the pirate themes. But the pirates of also often fought off different sea creatures as well. Octopus, has sharks, things like that, Narwhal, you know, saw fish creatures. They have fought off those sort of creatures throughout the history of Lego pirates and in one thousand nine hundred and ninety four I think the most unique antagonists in the pirate lines were introduced, and those were the islanders, kind of this tekey themed island thing, which was a very different subset of pirate sets. That is very unique in the history of pirates because the rest of the pirates is very consistently kind of the same thing, and we will definitely talk about that here in just a minute, because pirates is very repetitive as a theme. But the native islanders line of pirate stuff was completely different from anything else lego pirates has made. Not One thing. One thing in particular that I found very, very interesting about lego pirates is that the theme is consistently grounded in some form of reality. You know, it's a little...

...exaggerated, but it's never been fantastical. It has never been a fantasy theme. Now a theme like Lego Castle has oftentimes been a fantasy theme. We see Lego castle like the two thousand and seven reboot of Lego Castle was, you know, the castle people the nights fighting skeleton warriors or fighting trolls. It was very fantastical. Pirates has literally always been just humans fighting humans that come in contact with the occasional sea monster. But the sea monsters are never bigger than life. It's not like the aqua radars or Atlantis Sea monsters that are huge mythical creatures. Pirates they're always just fighting things that you know are plausible and have existed or do still exist in the real world, which I've always found very interesting. And another interesting tidbit about lego pirates. It's always been known as Lego pirates, always lego pirates, and the reason I think that's interesting is Lego castle is not always been Lego Castle. It's kind of, you know, always been stereotyped as Lego Castle, but in two thousand and four we had nights kingdom and then we had Lego Kingdoms at one point and even next o nights if you count that. The same thing can be said about out city. It's so known as Lego town or Lego world city. I mean city has had different names throughout the years, but Lego pirates has always just been pirates. Even when they rebooted, it's like Lego pirates is back. They don't change the name, which I find very, very interesting. Now, one of the most important aspects of this episode and I think the most important things we're going to discuss about Lego pirates today. It was what I'm calling the seven tropes of Lego pirates, and what I mean by this is these seven tropes pretty much makeup every single lego pirates set ever made. You're going to be hard pressed to find any pirate sets that do not fall into one of these different seven categories. The first one, the most obvious one of course, is pirate ships. That's pretty obvious. We're going to talk about a lot of pirate ships throughout this episode. I don't think I need to elaborate anymore on that. The second one, which is also pretty obvious, is imperial ships, ships to oppose the pirate ships. You know, obviously ship battles are some of the most iconic, you know, confrontations between pirates and the British empire. Those are also very commonly seen throughout these sets. And then we have pirate forts, lots of pirate forts, which is kind of its own little trope, you know, pirate high adults, and often times this is the fourth trope, hope, is shipwrecks, and a lot of times these two kind of coincide. They turn the shipwreck into a pirate fort. They do that all the time and the Baracuta base that that just came out is a perfect example of a shipwreck that has been turned into a fort. Also, pirate forts are also sometimes kind of...

...these skull treasure islands, if you will. Obviously treasure island is a very famous book, so it makes sense that they would capitalize on that. And a lot of times are called like skull island, kind of like you know from King Kong, and the island is literally an island with a giant skull in the skull reveals treasure. That seems to happen all the time throughout like a pirate sets. It's kind of odd. It's kind of kind of an odd thing, but there are so many different skull island sets from Lego pirates in the past. Now the last two tropes here. One is what I call the small raft trope, kind of an odd one. This is usually one of the smaller sets from the line. It's literally just a raft. It's like if you can't afford getting a bigger actual boat or pirate ship set, you get the small pirate raft set. And finally, last but not least, that's, you know, kind of the sister to the pirate shipwreck fort sort of trope. The seventh trope here is an imperial fortress. They always have some kind of fortress for the British soldiers. Now those are these seven tropes of Lego pirate sets and you're going to be really hard press to find any LEGO pirate sets that don't fit into those categories. I'm sure other lego themes have similar tropes to this, but these lego pirate sets, these sets, are so repetitive over and over and over, and you're going to see and hear me talk about this sort of thing throughout this episode because now it is time to break down some lego pirate sets. Now this when over eighty lego pirate sets released over the last few you know, three decades or so and it's going to take way too long to break down each individual set. So obviously we're not going to do that. We're not going to waste your time. I'm not going to break down every single lego pirates set. If you want to know go to brick set or Briquetedia. They will have all of them listed. I'm just going to highlight some of the sets that I think need to be highlighted and kind of tell you how the theme has evolved throughout the years. So we've already mentioned one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine was the first year for Lego pirates and they had twelve different sets with the initial line of Lego pirates, and these sets were pretty revolutionary because these sets introduced so many new pieces. We had new accessories for the figures, obviously, Hook Hands, peg legs, pirate hats, all sorts of things like that. We're brand new for the figures. And then the boats, the pirate ships themselves had brand new sale pieces, brand new pieces to make up the whole of the boats and brand new pieces for the mass, for anchors, all of this stuff. Tons of awesome brand new pieces for Lego pirate sets and these pieces are still being used today for Lego pirate sets. Now, in one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine there were a few number of impulse sets, one called Barry Treasure, one called harbor century and one...

...called Pirate minifigures. That was like a six dollar battle pack with four different pirate minifigures. Really Cool Little Army billable set. That in one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine. And then there were some smaller sets. These sets are like in the you know, eight to fifteen dollar range. It got the castaway raft there's our first little rafts set, the Shipwreck Island, oh a shipwreck, and then Saber Island, which was like a little pirate island. Very cool, and a Saber island was not part on that was a imperial Fortress Island, very cool little small sets. And then there are a few big in place sets. There was the forbidden island, which was like the big pirate fortress, and then the elder Rodo fortress, which was the imperial base, the original imperial base, and that is a very cool set and that set got a lot of votes as the best Lego pirates that ever made. It didn't win, but it did get a lot of votes and I definitely think it needs to be highlighted. But then, of course we got the two big ships. The first one is the Caribbean clipper. A cool name and also think it's interesting that it references a real life location, obviously the Caribbean. Although we were not talking about the pirates the Caribbean line, they'll be next week. This was the first imperial ship from pirates. It was a little bit smaller than the pirate tip that we'll talk about here in just a second, but it was a still a very cool little ship. And then, of course, from the original wave lego pirates, we got the Black Sea Barracuda and kind of unsurprisingly, this was voted on by my fans as the best ever Lego pirates set. Not Too surprising that the best pirates set according to my fans, is the og original pirate ship, and this will be a recurring theme throughout the rest of this episode, because the Black Sea Baracuda is not going to go away. It is the first ever a pirate set, pirate ship set introduced. All these pieces had those iconic sales unique colors. It was black and red and yellow, very very cool set and of course it introduced us to captain redbeard and we will hear his name again throughout this episode. Now let's move into the pirate sets of the S. I talked about pirates going on a little weird hiatus in the year nineteen ninety, but they do return and ninety one and ninety two, and these sets were pretty much all the same. Like, seriously like these sets. They were different technically speaking, but they're all the same. It was the same tropes, the same sort of things just being remade over and over again. Not unique in the slightest. And really the only set from the year nine ninety two that I think is worth mentioning is the Imperial Trading Post. This was a huge set, over eight hundred pieces, that had big, big bass plate pieces and it had kind of an imperial base, but it also had like a little canal, some shops and a big boat included, a big sail boat included with the place set itself. That was a really cool set. It's a set I've always wanted. Unfortunately I don't have it, but I would absolutely love to have it in my collection. But I'm going to go ahead and assume that set is freaking expensive now because it was a big set back in the day and of obviously now it's almost...

...thirty years old. That's a very cool set from the year I need to ninety three. More of the same. Like, seriously, we just got a more of the same stuff and really the only said I think that's worth mentioning from ninety three is the skull I schooner. This is the second pirate ship. Obviously we had black seat Barracuda and then we have skulls I shooterer and now these are some very cool names, like I've actually had some really creative names for these pirate ships back in the day. It was a cool looking ship and it had the black and white sales with there were striped. That was kind of kind of like, you know, an iconic pirate flag, black and white show sales. Very cool ship. One thousand nine hundred and ninety four is when the theme, I think, really tried something new. It's this is the fifth year of the theme and Lego pirates finally tried to make something more unique and different. In Ninety four they introduced the aforementioned islanders, which was very ti key oriented, very cool, very nice pieces for the islanders and it made for something different and it was kind of a breath of fresh air for the pirate theme. And most of the sets here were islander themed play sets. They were similar to things we got in the past, but they had their own unique flare and there are no more imperial soldiers. It was all the islanders and they also had these cool like stone statues, and even one of these stone status is referenced in the Baracuta Base set, which I promise you we're going to talk about it, even though I seem like I've mentioned it like ten times already. So these stone islanders, these islander sets, were very cool and definitely a breath of fresh air for the lego pirate theme. However, at the same time there was still pirate ships and boats and things like that. So it wasn't all original, but at least it was different. Because of the first four years of Lego Pirates, I think people are probably getting a little bit sick of the same thing happening over and over and over again. But in ninety four we finally got something different. Now Ninety five did have pirate sets. It wasn't lucky was discontinued yet, but we only got four sets and we did see the return of the imperial soldiers, but we and we also got additional islanders set, but none of these sets are unique or interesting. Really boring gear, kind of a weird hodgepodge of other years. No need to focus on ninety five anymore. One thousand nine hundred and ninety six is now when we get these Spanish armada as the antagonists in these sets. He's a course of the kind of like Spanish conquisadors. They introduced a brand new helmet piece, very cool figures. I've always had a weird like upset a Shan with conquisadors. I think their armor is super cool. I think they have a very rich and interesting history and make for good villains for these pirates sets. Very, very cool. And of course we got an armada flagship, a very cool set that I definitely wish I had. And we got the third lego big pirate ship, the red beard runner. Okay, the name not quite as interesting as the last two, but it was still cool. And this one, I think, kind of introduced the first giant Jolly Roger Sales with black...

...and white stripes, like the iconic toy pirate ship. Look this set had it not as cool as a name, but red beard returns and it's still a pretty cool set. And then we go to the year my birth, one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven, and only four sets or release. Those four sets literally offered nothing new, no reason to highlight any of them. And then pirates was discontinued. To mini fans dismay, pirates was discontinued for the time being. It had a seven, eight ish year run. It was a very nice run for the theme. But after to one thousand nine hundred and ninety seven, pirates didn't return until the turn of the century. In two thousand and two we actually got a rerelease of the Black Sea Baracouta, not a remake. We'll talk about a remake of that. Here's a second a re release. It was pretty much the same set, just packaged and sold again in the year two thousand and two, which is pretty interesting and pretty cool and actually didn't even know that that happened back in the day. I was pretty young at the time. But we did get rerelease of that set. In two thousand and four we got probably the most forgettable and maybe not forgettable, but a thing people would like to forget. It's not forgetting because it's stupid, but we got the for juniors pirates sets. Now a lot of you might not be super aware of this. Now let go in modern days. They still make sets for juniors. Obviously they have four plus sets. Junior sets, whatever monikerd they are, are under now. Their sets made for little kids. They're not duple, they're not like, you know, giant bricks Dupla level. They use real lego bricks. However, these sets have very large pieces and very easy building techniques. No tiny parts, a lot of things kind of like pre molded as set of actually having to build it up like a normal lego sets. They're supposed to be easy to build. Now this juniors line that's been introduced a few years ago is now, know, pretty prevalent in Lego today. That was not the original lego juniors line. In fact, this might not even be the dozen four you know versions of might not even be the original juniors line. But they did have a junior's line before then. That was, you know, a step ahead of duplo but a step below the normal lego system, and they were called Jack Stone. It was this weird kin a city ish theme, and the figures, man, they weren't minifigures. They were this weird figure that was taller than a minifigure, had a specially molded head, they had noses, you couldn't take them apart, but they still functioned like normal lego figures. And if you don't know what I'm talking about, just look up a Jackstone minifigure and be horrified at what Lego decided to create for some horrible reason. But these Jackstone minifigures are pretty hated in the Lego community. I actually love them when I was like six years old. Looking back...

...in that Dall, you know obviously I was a dumb kid. I don't like these figures anymore, but actually had a lot of Jackstone sets and I think I had a couple of these four juniors pirates sets, and these sets were, you know, kind of like the four plus set today. had very large pieces, very easy to build these weird figures and Shocker, they were all the same things. Pirate boats, rafts, islands, for it's, Oh my goodness, even the four junior sets or the exact same tropes that we've seen from lego pirates throughout this entire episode. And then we also did get red beard returning. Was US first not normal minifigure. Now redbeard is a weird junior style Jack Stone minifigure and you get captain redbeard's pirate ship. That was the name of the set. It was captain redbeard's pirate ship. You were starting to see the very steep decline and name of lego pirate ships. They were so creative at first and not even you know, like a decade later it's kept in redbeard's pirate ship. They couldn't even give it an interesting name. And this set was very clearly somewhat inspired by the Black Sea. Barracuda had similar sales, some similar colors, but it was still the kind of weird awkward for junior's style. Let's stop talking about these four juniors pirates sets, because I don't like talking about I'm you probably don't like hearing about them. They're pretty stupid. But you guys want to hear an episode about Jack Stone, I could definitely talk for a while about how bizarre that theme is. So let me know if you want to hear an episode about Jack Stone. But now it's finally time to talk about the modern lego pirates sets. So the year is two thousand and nine and this is the first big, normal system revival for Lego pirates. Castle just had a pretty big revival in two thousand and seven. That lasted for a few years and was very successful, and pirates gets its own revival in the year two thousand and nine. This is the pirate theme that like, I think of when I think of Lego pirates. I was still pretty young the time. I was about, I think, eleven or twelve years old when these sets came out. I had a number of these sets. They're very good sets. Yeah, of course they do. We know capitalize on these pirate tropes that we've repeated so many times throughout these episodes. So you can probably guess what these sets were. But these sets were very heavily influenced by the mid S pirate sets. They had the British soldiers in the red coats. Now, a ten dollar set from this line was called kraken attack. In that is one of the greatest names for a Lego set ever. The that's such a such a fantastic name. I hadsolutely love the name cracking attacking and it had a very unique raft build that. Use a lot of the two by two cylinder piece, use a ton of those great raft build and you might be late. weightly, you said Lego pirates, number fantasy sets with this one comes with the kraken. Well, the cracking was actually just the normal lego octopus piece that's been around for many years. It was not a unique piece in any way. It was just a normal lego octopus piece. They called it a crack. Can probably just give it that dope name of cracking attack in but it wasn't different or unique in any way, shape or form.

So it still fits under the category of somewhat grounded in reality pirate sets, although I don't think octopuses are attacking rafts all too often. For Twenty dollars we had lute island, which had a very unique Tan bass plate piece that actually kind of looked like an island, and I don't think this bass plate piece has ever appeared in a Lego set. Again, very unique bass plate piece, very cool, rare, cool piece. And of course this island. It was called Lute Island. It wasn't called Skull Island, but it had a skull. So it's essentially the skull island of this wave. For Forty we had a shipwreck hideouts, which I thought was a really cool setic I like the back of the ship, and then it had a very cool bridge piece with a second section. I love this. said, this is like one of my favorite sets from this pirates line, one of my favorite pirates that's ever made. Really underrated shipwreck hideout set. Then for fifty we had the course the soldiers fort that had a really nice modular style. I had this set as well. You could rearrange all the different sections of the Fort. Very cool set, really good and honestly, while this set again is super repetitive and while this entire line is super repetitive, I think they hit all the highlights of Lego pirates and they really perfected the designs. I think two thousand and nine is probably the best wave of Lego pirates sets ever, maybe besides the original wave, thirty year, twenty years in the past at this point in one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine. And then for one hundred dollars we had brick beards bounty. Okay, a few things to discuss with this set. One brick beard. It's no longer red beard, but it is red beard. So red beard in this set it is red beard. It looks exactly like it, which just to you know, a modern update of red beard. But his name has been changed to brick beard. I don't understand. That's very odd, obviously. I mean I guess you could say his beard is made of bricks because his head is a Lego brick, but it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense. Just kind of weird. They change it to brick beard because, like that isn't a name a pirate would have in real life. Red Beard Makes Sense. Obviously it's a play on, you know, the famous pirate ever teach, Aka black beard. And it still is red beard. It is changed it to brick beard. Very Weird, very odd name. But the brick beards bounties set was a big pirate ship that, you know, drew some influence from the Black Sea Barracuda and other pirate sets. Brick beards bounty is a slightly better name than the pirate ship that we got before that literally just didn't really have a name, but still not as creative as the pirate ships of old. And this set also introduced a new lego shark piece that's been use a few times. It's a pretty rare lego shark piece, but it's a cool piece because it could literally eat an entire mini figure. You could fit in entire figure inside the shark. Very cool piece. I love that shark piece. Now in two thousand and ten we got a direct to consumer set that...

I guess was more under the Creator Line, but it was technically a pirate set, the imperial flag ship, and if you ask me, this imperial flagship is the best pirate set they've ever made. At the time it's the biggest. Sixty hundred pieces, one hundred eighty dollars, and my dad, my dad is really into like flagships of this sort, so my dad actually got this set for himself and he still has it on display in his office. It's a beautiful Hu mongish ship, super, super cool design. In my opinion it's the best lego pirates set ever made. Now I will say I have not built the BARACUDA base set. I ordered it. It hasn't come in the mail yet. Once it comes in the mail I will build it and maybe after building that my opinions on this set will change, but as it stands right now, my personal favorite pirate set is the two thousand and ten imperial flag ship. Now let's jump to the year two thousand and fifteen. Two Thousand and fifteen an interesting year for Lego because I kind of think to us in fifteen was like one of the last year's where there was still a fair number of unlicensed themes. License things are really starting to take over at this time. But we still had a fair number of new unlicensed themes and of course, a you know, quote Unquote New a AKA revival. Was a new wave of lego pirates sets. Now this is kind of a small way. There's only five whole sets, and then there was additional chess set which was kind of interesting, but a good mini figure pack. And these sets were all the same tropes again. The soldiers, oddly, were back to their blue coats. They change them from the red coats they've been using for a very long time and went back to the blue coats they used in the original wave of Lego pirates sets way back in the day. The brick bounty comes back and it's the same kind of big ship, nothing unique or anything. And, if I'm being completely honest, this two thousand and fifteen way a pirate sets is pretty bad. The sets are pretty much the same sort of deal at the two thousand and nine sets, but all of them are smaller, they're all smaller designs and it's just repetitive and boring. And they were worse than two thousand and nine sets, much smaller. Definitely not. It's is interesting. I only got two of the sets from this wave, not a great wave, and that only lasted the one wave. Everyone completely forgot about it and I think most people would kind of forgotten about that, you know, only coming out five years ago, and the pirate lego theme in general. But that brings us to the year two thousand and twenty, obviously, and we just got the pirates of Barracuda Bay Lego ideas set and technically speaking it's a Lego ideas set. It's not a Lego pirate sets lego ideas set, and it actually differed a good bit from the fans submitted model. It's actually completely different. And this set is supposed to be kind of an homage to the original lego pirate sets. That's very obvious. The box art looks like the original Lego pirates box art and of course it is a big shipwreck hideout. So it fits into those, you know, tropes that I've mentioned throughout this episode. But one of the coolest parts...

...about this set is you can turn the shipwreck into the Black Sea Barracuda, and this is a direct remike. It is not inspired by it is literally supposed to be the Black Sea Barracuda. You can turn this shipwreck into a modern day rendition of the iconic Black Sea Barracuda, which is super cool. And an addition, red beard is back. He you know, he became brickbeard for a while, but red beard is back baby, and that's his name again, red beard. And this is now the biggest pirates set ever made. It has over twenty five hundred pieces and cost two hundred dollars. It's a huge set. I am stoked to build it. I should be going to get here in the next two days and I am really excited to put this epic set together. And this set got a lot of votes as the best pirates set of all time. It didn't win the original Black Seas Baracoud in one, which I think makes sense, but this set out a lot of votes. Is that recency bias, probably, but it is still a pretty epic looking set, at least based on what I can see in the pictures, and I'll have to wait and make my own opinions when it finally when I finally get it in the mail. So with the pirates of BARACOUDA bay set out the way, that is it. That are is all the Lego pirates sets throughout the years. Thank you so much for listening. I really hope you learned something about Lego pirates today and I am having a lot of fun making these brick ology episodes. And because I'm quarantined and because of, you know, all this craziness coming on the world, brick ology will remain a weekly podcast for the time being. It's a lot of work, but it's something I'm enjoying doing. The results are starting to pay off. A lot more streams are coming in, which I'm super, super grateful for, which is fantastic. And before I let you guys go, please go check out my patreon page that I mentioned before. You can support me over there. Also, follow my instagram page. I literally post daily content there. Youtube. I have some cool videos twitter as well, and let me on facebook and stay safe, stay clean, wash your hands, remain distant from other people and I hope to see you guys next time. Here for you guys again in the next episode of Brick Ology. Thank you, guys, so much for listening. This is legally Chin and saying goodbye. Pce Out, but by all.

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