*GOLD BRICK SET*
Its only 'vintage' now of course but meaning more than a harbour, 'port' does indeed allude to the fact that the governor enjoys a glass, you'll see...
- Governor or 'Admiral' (some catalogues) Broadside's smart blue jacket around gold buttons with gold and black trim is a stand out piece.
- Governor's unusual period haircut head.
- The smartest bicorne in Lego with its white frill edging and tassel with a large red feather.
- The red and yellow epaulettes make good rank distinction.
Where to begin? The baseplate of course. Its a raised plate and pretty amazing. These types are not always popular but at least in this theme, it helps if the buildings rise out of the sea somewhat. Its darker grey rock and boulder shore print has blue waves on top from the blue studded edge making an instant foundation island or outcrop. Its pit and inverted corners make good building potential with the smooth slope always present for good interaction. In its various incarnations this piece is actually pretty commendable for what it balances.
Both pirates and navy get a rowing boat, brown and red respectively with a swap for oar colours and both with grey seats. The little printed flags are attached with an upside down black aerial pole. These sit outside on the sea? A blue cloth does the trick if you can not get enough blue baseplates. Here the harbour edge begins forming with interesting use of high two stud slants that one atop the other and turned, perfectly reach the top of the baseplate with a three stud long arch brick. It must all be made to measure. The black front harbour platform is a clever extension of model area using a technic brick and peg. The walkway is on cylinders and slants for an external area of work or importation. This links back on to the base again and is a slim but really useful feature.
The dungeon gets mostly plated over on thick struts and then fitted with a large grid trap door. This allows half opening or full removal if needed as the back section of the dungeon is rather secreted and can conceal quite a lot of stuff if need be. The lower yellow building area gets you in business with arched sections building out in to the sea again. This extends the model again and gives that feel of a well built fortress sitting right on the ocean. It also creates some lovely steps from walkway to fort interior. Some slants allow an arch on top to create stylish open windows and shooting posts. The yellow panels build above the ground parapets which already are topped with white arches, diagonals and battlements. This inspired colour scheme has eroded and battle damage effects with a favourite red brick print in small patches revealing the true nature of the fortress under would be crumbled plaster. This is on the lower diagonal corner and flat panels, yellow and white. A heavy barred door cell exists at the back extending the Navy set's theme of locking people up and imprisonment. The front gate house is an alternate white to the yellow towers opposite and this large archway holds a couple of hopefully strong brown wood plank doors. More archways extend back from this with small windows above and a more elegant appearance begins forming. Meanwhile the front slope entrance gets a corner with a mini slope made turret that also looks exceptional already.
The two smaller towers are grey plate roofed and topped in thick arched white battlements, the front one getting mostly a thick black derek for lifting cargo. Cleverly anchored at the rear, a black string is threaded through a sideways pivoting arm so when the brown chest is lifted in the crate, it also rises up with the shortening thread available. This is surely near genius. A grey hook on the end easily lifts many things but is most suited to the bendy pipe held black crate and its gold coin cargo. All above the front corner lookout post and steps enabling secure boat to fort delivery.
The upper level is a grey plated balcony with a mounted rifle and smart half door entrance and brick print lined window. Smart tactical windows feature again and the rear is open for play with a cylinder made white pillar. It gets a bit regal here and you know its for someone important, the governor obviously. It might not be so luxurious were it not for his fine crystal glass goblet! I don't recall seeing this piece previously unless I missed it in a restaurant set but it was an imaginative extra that just transformed the whole set for me adding so much character. This suggested that the governor enjoys a drop of fortified wine and so proceedings in the fortress may be run by an overly merry, blustering admiral type who points with his sword and cares more for his crystal collection than anything else. The lightest touch of imperial madness.
Finishing touches include a front cannon finishing the marvellous small turret and a roof cannon. Both cannons these get a rammer and pile of 'cannonballs' and one gets a sword clipped on too. Not to be sniffed at these incredible spring loaded weapons are pulled back and launch cylinder bricks at anyone and anything from their 360° turntables. Adding some contrast always helps a set, here in the form of the beloved palm tree growing at the back. Via clips and hole bricks two brown rifles, a pistol and plentiful trans-yellow 'flamed' black torches are also added around the fort upstairs and down. The huge crossed cannon naval flag is flown at the top tower on a stave and once flying over a fully manned and populated building, looks very impressive.
The one clearly on the instructions is an interesting more cargo based harbour with a prominent crane, double doored thoroughfare and fortified roof with a cell tower. It seems pretty good but its likely you would always want the main build back as its so likeable a design.
This is simply one of the best large sets of all time and one that is easily as good as the Naval ship in the same subtheme. The design aesthetic makes it so attractive and with an array of MFs to interact with the various features, be it dragging a boat up the ramp or unloading or loading or seeing how many pirates you can fit in the dungeon and cell, possibly all of them? To a kid it was one of the best Christmas presents ever and to an adult collector an absolute keeper, worthwhile for its fun historical ethos, highly enjoyable build and optional extensions in the form of the other naval sets (more prisons), custom building and oceanscaping. I've tried to find fault and as some ever so slightly weaker build points are ignorable for what they achieve, it remains solid gold.
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This set is arguably the best land base available in the Pirate theme, I was not sure whether to place this in the large or medium list, but due to its love and respect from all pirate fanatics I feel that it is a large set. The nice thing about this is the fact that it is swarming with minifigs. It features one commander, one officer and four (that’s right four) soldiers, this in itself is an instant army builder, problems with later faction released is that there was always too many officers and not enough of the basic soldier, with the blue faction and this set in particular this is not an issue. The set also feature two pirates to fight against the imperials (or attempt to breakout of the jail), overall this set is very strong, I don't even feel I need to point out how good the design of the base is, the two rowboats, the neat little dock out front(just look for yourself).
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5 out of 5 people thought this review was helpful.
The Eldorado Fortress along with 3 other sets made their debut in 1989 when Lego first introduced the Pirate theme. It marked the introduction of something special and Lego being willing to go in bold new directions with their sets and designs.
While the Pirates themselves are exciting and fun to play with, they would be nothing without the disciplined might of the Imperial Soldiers to oppose them.
The set features 8 minifigures, 6 of whom are Imperials, Govener Boardside, a captain and 4 soldiers. There are also 2 pirates, Captain Redbeard and a red shirt mate.
The raised base plate if I recall rightly was the first of it's kind, to offer different set builds and truely make the fort look formidable. There are yellow and white bricks used to suggest the Spanish Era that Pirates are set in. The fort has a brig, crane for lifting cargo, treasure off and onto the small red row boat. Pivotal Cannons and vault are all added features to this great set. Redbeard and his mate have a rowboat of their own for sneaking into port try and steal treasure.
The detail that is in this set for it's day and age is great and truely gives the Imperials a base of operation as they protect the seas from marauding pirates. I remember many fond hours with this set and the rest of my Pirate sets having battles and scenarios.
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One of the greatest sets made by TLG. May be the best land based sets in the Pirate's theme along with 6277 Imperial Trading Post.
The color scheme is perfectly chose between white and yellow, very tropical mood:)
It is so pity that LEGO doesn't produce sets like this one anymore. The newer Soldier's Fort is a joke when comparing to this one.
You can feel the difference between "made in China" and "made in Denmark" so much here.
2 out of 5 people thought this review was helpful.
Domes, loopholes, mighty walls and many other things make this set truly cute! Governor commands bluecoats and this set includes cpt. Red Beard too. This set is brilliant and rare, I miss similar fortress, that compare with 6276. Front-gate is very well protected. Pirates have no chance to capture this fortress (maybe schooner could...:-). Verdict: I like imperial sets and Eldorado belongs in highlight this circle.
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