LEGO ready to launch Pirates

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LEGO has just uploaded images of the five forthcoming Pirates sets which suggests they will be available in some markets imminently, maybe on 1st February. There are plenty of alternative images so be sure to click on the 'more images' tabs on the set details pages.

I don't really have an opinion on them as I don't have any Pirates sets at all but I'd be interested to hear what you think of them: are they a hark back to the classics of 1989 or too simple and juniorised?

Also, images of 30312 Demolition Driller have been uploaded to shop.LEGO.com which suggests it will be available as a gift-with-purchase (GWP) soon.

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By in United States,

Crap , now I gotta get that new saw shark in that largest set. The Lego shark collecting never ends with all these new moulds (and of course pirate themes).
Other than that and of course the blue coats , this doesn't hold much appeal since they feel somewhat lacking as sets. Plus I already have the black pearl which looks to be much better than this.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ the shark might also be in the forthcoming city deep sea sets

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By in United States,

Hopefully so , I would much rather have to get those. In fact I would LIKE to get those...
Although I'll be getting the cheapest of the cheap of this theme just for the blue coats to have more Lego soldiers.
There goes the money I wanted to spend on getting the protector of stone...

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By in Hungary,

Ehem, in the pages of the sets, it says there are approx. 20 pictures, but I see only 6-8. Is it my browser's fault, or the numbers are wrong?

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By in Australia,

One of the things I've always wanted in my Lego collection (along with a giant Lego castle, and that was sated by buying the last Hogwarts set) was a big classic pirate ship. I like the look of the new pirate ship, but yeah, it does feel a little juniorised (I'll only end up picking up the small soldier's fort, which looks nice).

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By in Australia,

The Australian online Lego Shop has them listed as Coming Soon on 1st March 2015.

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By in United States,

I'm not a Pirates fanatic, but this looks like winner winner chicken dinner to me.
I'll get them all if the price point is right. I don't see any of the boringness and lack of inspiration that made the last round of castle stuff so unappealing. These are all clever, good-looking sets and the minifigs have charm.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the look of the sets, they look fun and playable but I'd agree they would be more for the younger generation of Lego fans. I don't see them being a bit hit with AFOLs unless it's a theme you're particularly interested in.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, they do appear to hark back to a time when Lego didn't strive to make sets look like exact replicas of the source material so I can imagine them getting criticised (like the Castle theme, which I thought was very well done) but I think they look great and my five-year old son will love them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Once they gave us Imperial Flagship, every ship will look juniorised. Switching the red for dark brown might make it look a little less bright and so less juniorised.

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By in United States,

I like the dark blue boats but other than that, meh...

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By in Poland,

I'm a fan of the Pirates series since TLG has started this series in 1989. I have almost all Pirates sets from 1989 to 1992 and I truly believe that these sets are the best from the Pirates series. The sets released later were not so good as the first ones released till 1992.

I was in "the dark days" stage when the POTC series saw the light of the day, but the POTC related ships look very promising and are amost on my NTH list. :-) But this is not the same thing as the old Pirates series...

From all 5 (6?) new Pirates sets I'm going to buy definitely the ship. It's large, it's cool, maybe a little bit juniorised, but it has... the new version of the Captain Redbeard, which is my favourite minifig of all times. :-) I know that this minifig is a completely new captain (Captain Brick?), but it's really cool! The rest of the new Pirates sets are, hm... "too ugly". The only reason for buying these sets are the minifigs, which IMHO are really cool!

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By in United States,

The sets seem consistent with the original series. other than the lack of a a decent base plate (box size reduction?) the smaller sets seem similar to what they offered in the early 90s. The ship is certainly no BSB, but it does look like it will fall some where between the BSB and the clipper. As long as the price points are decent I would say it matches up pretty well to the orginals. Not sure how it will sell, but I have always been a pirate fan and the BSB is one of my tops of all time.

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By in United States,

The old soldier's fort isn't much of a fort/dock compared with the old pirate sets and therefore looks very much juniorized.

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By in South Korea,

I don't like the sets themselves. You would think the pirate flags would be black and not red. Red makes them look like they are pirates meant for kids. The only thing that might even slightly interest me is a single minifig from 70412 and that is because of the female minifig in there (I try and look for female minifigs in less than traditional roles).

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By in Peru,

As a Huge Pirates fan. I am excited that they are coming out again. And as everyone else said it is always awesome to have more Blue coats. But i do agree that it is a little to juniorized i feel that all the forts are extremely lacking. The large ship though will be a must add to my collection.

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By in Singapore,

My only disappointment is the lack of a ship for the soldiers. Other than that I'm actually liking that Soldier's Outpost and the change of uniform colour.

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By in United States,

I know I'm super excited for each and every one of these.

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By in Serbia,

My opinion sets are too simple and juniorised. Even worse than Pirates sets a few years ago.

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By in United Kingdom,

it's in the new argos catalogue but with a release date note saying march... prices are ridiculous for the smaller sets

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By in United States,

These sets look great, I think. They match up in look to the classic Pirates sets my brothers and I owned when they first came out. I have always been a huge fan of the LEGO Pirates theme. Interesting--I noticed they don't include a monkey this time.

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By in United States,

NOT a fan... still. Undersized? Check. Lacking traditional pirate parts such as bandanans, palm trees, and monkeys? Check.

But on the bright side, there's some great soldier figs and modular set building. Still no.

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By in United States,

These sets have classic written all over them, love it!

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By in United Kingdom,

looks like the pirate ship I had when I was a kid (but not as good from memory)
Back in the day the soldiers even had their own smaller frigate & even an fort which was fantastic

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By in Denmark,

Its a bit the paralell route that Castle took last year when it left Kingdoms:
+ great figures
+ more colours
+ simplier builds
+ less catering for the adult crowd.

Wonder how the sales compare!

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By in United States,

I wish they would go back and make some sets with the old molded baseplates that they used in the 80s and 90s. 6277: Imperial Trading Post, and 6273: Rock Island Refuge are a couple of good examples of sets that were a lot more imposing and impressive. It felt like you actually had a castle or fort instead you have to set a bunch of smaller sets next to each other to get a similar feel.

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By in United States,

As someone who owns nearly every Pirate set I can tell these can't compare to the '89 sets. That set I think these look better than the last round of Pirates. They are clearly less cartoonish. There are some great details and ideas included in these sets, I can't wait to see these in person. But they're largely too small, only the Brick Bounty is over 250 pieces.

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By in United States,

When is Mixels Series 4 officially releasing?

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By in United States,

Maybe I'm just delusional, but this looks far better than the previous pirate entry, minus the Technic palm trees.

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By in Denmark,

so thrill as they are designed by a group of designers that went throught the recrutement contest and on of the is a taiwanese(,the first taiwanese designer and the second asian designer(first being lami))

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By in New Zealand,

I am impressed with the soildiers outfit as LEGO have taken the '92 torsos and given them new life. Also, you can't beat a good old pirate ship.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm glad to see the theme resurrected, but disappointed in the sizes of the sets - no proper soldiers' fort or pirate hideout....a soldiers' ship would've been a good idea too. It all seems a bit of a half-hearted effort to me. However I'll definitely be getting the pirate ship and possibly the others too.

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By in Ukraine,

Yes, the number of pieces are quite small. The color gamma of the pirate ship really reminds me old Pirates sets.

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By in Canada,

A little disappointing because there's nothing we haven't seen before but I'm still going to buy them anyway. Nice to have the Bluecoats back at least.

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By in Canada,

I personally think the Black Sea Barracuda set was much better, The two sets of double doors was a much better addition then the one modified brown door. Much like it was mentioned above it appears to be a very Junior like set. Ill be putting my $ into other items for sure.

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By in Singapore,

My guess is that Lego are saving up on their budget. If the Pirate theme proves to be popular in sales, then they may expand on it with larger sets. Fingers crossed.

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By in Canada,

Wonder why the switch from ropes(string) to chain ?

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