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Random set of the day: Black Seas Barracuda

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Black Seas Barracuda

Black Seas Barracuda

©1989 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, released in 1989. It's one of 12 Pirates sets produced that year. It contains 909 pieces and 8 minifigs, and its retail price was US$110.

It's owned by 4510 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


55 comments on this article

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By in United States,

How funny that this pops up today, after the 60th anniversary set was so recently reviewed...

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By in United States,

My brother owns an original one of these, from our childhood days. A few years ago I printed out the instructions and sent them to him, asking him to give me a list of all the parts it was missing. I think it was around twenty or so - from the mundane like black 1x6 plates to the Jolly Roger and one of the fancy doors. I tracked down new or extremely good condition replacements on Bricklink and we got it back into ship shape. He still proudly displays it on his dresser, alongside the Imperial Flagship. They look great together.

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By in United States,

I refuse to believe that this is 100% random.

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By in United States,

Great set! I always wanted this ship as a kid, but finally was able to buy one on eBay as an AFOL! Really glad to have it!

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By in United States,

I had it as a kid and really wish I still had it.

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By in New Zealand,

Cool random.

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By in Australia,

how random

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By in United States,

Just finally bought this for myself after nearly 30 years of lusting after it!

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By in Australia,

Geez, the random set generator has been hitting some beautiful old classic sets lately, hasn't it?

I never had this one, as a kid, but my best friend (who's still my best friend, actually) did, and I'm insanely jealous of him. What a perfectly beautiful pirate ship. I'm pretty sure this is one of those sets that will occupy a permanent spot on my "wanted" list. At least, until I win the lottery.

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By in United States,

This was one of the first sets I bought once I had my first job. I still have it and now my kids enjoy it.

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By in Portugal,

This is my second favourite pirate ship ever released. LEGO would release the best one after this one in the form of the 6286 Skull Eye Schooner.

Since then they have yet to release another great pirate ship.
I'd be down for a UCS pirate ship in the same vein as the 10210 Imperial Flagship.

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By in United States,

One of my favorite sets of all time, and I don't even own it. One of the kids in the neighborhood had this. It was love at first sight. Begged my parents when I was a kid to have it. Alas, nope. Sigh.

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By in Czech Republic,

My dream when I was a child. Still don't own this set :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I didn’t have this as a child despite my saving pocket money every week. Instead I had to settle for the Clipper 6274.

What was it in £ back then? (I can see it was $110) and can anyone work out what the equivalent would be today?At the time it seemed unobtainably expensive!

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By in Germany,

I love how the random generator brings up such widely unknown gems of lego history time and again... :D

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By in United Kingdom,

It is random, but within specified boundaries, so we won't ever see any Duplo, Bionicle, pre-minifig or recent sets selected, for example.

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By in Australia,

I understand pre-minifig sets not being of huge interest to the group, but no Bionicle or recent sets? I'd imagine that Bionicle, like any other theme, would be a substantial talking point.

And I don't mind talking about Duplo. I had a Duplo train set that I must've played with until I was ten, I loved that thing.

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By in Germany,

I for one am really happy that Bionicle is excluded. I never considered it LEGO anyway. Doesn't evoke any LEGO-y feelings in me. Looks like strange action-figures to me. Then again, Constraction on the whole isn't my thing.

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By in Poland,

@LuLego according to inflation calculator online 110$ in 1989 is worth around 217$ today.

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By in United Kingdom,

No one understands what random means. The odds of this set appearing are exactly the same as the odds of any other set! You can always rely on human minds to imagine a pattern in random data. It's the biggest pain in the neck in science.

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By in Ireland,

this is my true love in brick form, there will never be a set that can replace it in my heart. It was my childhood, my companion when both my parents didn't have much time to spend with me, and it connects me closely with my uncles/aunties who helped me to build it. It was sitting majestically on the shelf along with other classic sets until they were all destroyed by my naughty cousin...I still have the pieces like the Jolly Roger flag and fancy windows, the hull and the black pieces, but the rest are all missing...

I am going to get this set back in my hands one day for sure!

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By in United States,

I understand leaving out recent sets, but I'd like to talk about pre-minifig sets and times. Maxifigs, Hobbysets, and early trains would all be interesting talking points.

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By in Netherlands,

So... A Znap set isn't out of the question as a "Random set of the day"...

On a more serious note: Lego should start a "Legends" line containing sets like this. I don't mind if they got a bit updated with newer parts, as long they keep the spirit of the set.

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By in Sweden,

I remember buying this as a kid, my mother had a serious talk with me before "You know that this is all your saved money? All your birthday money?" I nodded and stuffed all of the money on me and bought it. I was six years old and it was the best investment in my life! It has always been on display wherever I lived. My only regret is that the box was thrown away.

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By in Austria,

I was lucky to get this as a kid along with the Skull's Eye Schooner (which I consider the better ship), Caribbean Clipper and the smaller 6271 Imperial Flagship. Even luckier that they're still around.

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By in Australia,

‘Tis a thing of beauty, to be sure to be sure.

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By in Netherlands,

I got this one 29 years ago. From that day on I'm into lego Pirates. To bad they don't use ropes [# 14728c125 and 14728c35] in the pirate boots anymore. I'd loved to hang my monkey upside down up high. I still hope TLC will bring out a renewed wave of classic pirates with big ships including chains, ropes, enough canon's and a whole lot of angry pirates, who will fight, of course. to a new group of soldiers...

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By in Canada,

I practically stole it from a desperate local seller last year for only $20CAD!

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By in United States,

@Huw That seems really unfair to the Constraction fans. If Bionicle, you mean G2, that's fine as those are still too recent, but classic Bionicle sets? There's nothing wrong with them. I would argue that you shouldn't have Technic in there if you aren't willing to have a branchoff of it. Will Slizerz/Throwbots and Roboriders show up? Is Galidor ever going to show up? I know a lot of people don't like it, but it's also not Bionicle. What about Ben 10 or Hero Factory? What is the exact cutoff for recent releases? What about Znap? These things may not be traditional LEGO, but are still LEGO nonetheless. I will give you Duplo as anyone owning those sets will most likely not have a found memory of them or bought them specifically for the bigger blocks to make building large MOCs more cost effective, but completely disregarding Bionicle or the whole constraction genre feels very prejudicial. You might as well not even have them listed in the inventory for the website if you feel so strongly against it. And what about the System Bionicle sets? You had ExoForce a few days ago and that line had weird robots, zamor sphere launchers, it even included pieces from constraction figures like feet and claws and swords! I imagine that if ExoForce is allowed, the Knights Kingdom buildable figures are allowed, too? Those guys teeter on Galidor levels with the torsos and heads, but since they had studs on the arms and legs, it's okay. What about the Dinosaurs line from 2000? Those use big chunky pieces, but also have studs and found their parts used in Alpha Team, Adventurers, and Star Wars. I don't own a lot of Bionicle and Constraction, but I really like the story and a number of the MOCs made with those pieces, and the fans deserve to see some of their favorite sets show up here, too.

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By in United States,

I agree, why is BIONICLE not included? It's one of the greatest and most important themes of all time, and is just as LEGO as anything else.

Really triggered, here!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm with McLegoboy, seems very arbitrary to exclude Bionicle. Especially as previous random sets have included a glorified Barbie with some bricks around it on Feb 6 and motor with some accessories on Jan 30. What makes either of them more valid as lego? What else is being excluded?

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By in United States,

It's so funny, seeing all of the people mad at the random set generator.

But back on topic, I love this ship. They don't make them like this anymore.

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By in United States,

I've never been a Bionicle fan, or into constraction figures, but wouldn't mind seeing them in the RSOTD feature, just to please all of us AFOL's. As for this beauty of a set, it's the first one from my childhood that I set out to rebuild after the end of my dark age (when the warm light of LEGO shone down upon me once again:) Unfortunately our basement flooded and the original sails were ruined. I used the white cloth dipped in water and white school glue mixture (as a fabric stiffener) method to replace them. I also let the sails sit in tea bag soaked water for a bit to give them a weathered look, and then finally took my lighter to a few places (she took some cannon fire but came out sea-worthy as ever). It came out better than I'd hoped but I'm forever on lookout for the original sails for less than a small fortune. Anyways, best RSOTD yet, thanks again Brickset!

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By in United States,

@Huw: No Bionicle? I'm with a lot of the other commenters in feeling a bit cheated… it's not like Bionicle is especially unpopular here compared to many of the less successful/beloved System themes like Mickey Mouse or Time Cruisers.

@McBoom: This is already one of the sets that got re-released with few changes in the LEGO Legends series from the early 2000s, and the Legends line as a whole wasn't particularly successful. While LEGO certainly could release a new pirate ship in a similar style (arguably, both https://brickset.com/sets/6243-1/Brickbeard-s-Bounty and https://brickset.com/sets/70413-1/The-Brick-Bounty already have many traits in common with this set, such as number of sails, masts, and cannons), I can't really imagine LEGO creating a whole series of re-releases/re-imaginings like the LEGO Legends today. Not when they couldn't even find success with that idea back when they still had most of the molds…

Good observations by @LuLego and @thor96 on the price, which is probably a big factor in why many more recent ships at the $100 price point don't seem to measure up. Pirate ships like this were not the priciest sets of their time — that honor goes to motorized sets like 9V trains and monorails — but it's a good reminder of how expensive LEGO has always been.

Specifically in response to @LuLego, the 1989 Autumn/Winter Argos catalog listed the Pirate Ship Dark Shark for "Our Price: £47.95", decidedly cheaper than the American RRP (it equates to about $117.96 in 2017 money). But then, we don't know how different the Argos price is from the British RRP since by that point they'd stopped putting the RRP in their catalogs for comparison.

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By in United States,

ITT: The downsides of transparency.

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By in United States,

He didn’t didn’t say he was wiping them from the database out of tyrannical spite, just that they don’t show up as a random set of the day. :p

All kidding aside, that ship was the stuff dreams were made of. Looking at it in the Lego magazine was about as close to owning it as I got. Maybe someday.

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By in United States,

@thor96, LuLego, Aanchir-- For the US price, looking at inflation alone really give the whole picture when it comes to price. In the USA, at least, wages have not risen at the same rate as inflation (especially after the Great Recession). The price of the set has nearly doubled if you just look at inflation--but average household income hasn't even come close to doubling since 1989.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ The SQL where clause is

WHERE Image=1
AND category='Normal'
AND pieces > 10
AND yearfrom = 1978
AND themegroup not in ('Basic','Constraction','Educational','Junior','Pre-school','Miscellaneous')

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By in United States,

Funny how this is popping up during the 60th anniversary.

Also no BIONICLE!? The only reason I've been following these posts was to talk about those, guess I'm going then.

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By in United States,

Classic Pirates was one of the best. That and classic castle. Obviously I was the prime age when they came out, but even without nostalgia those sets blow new sets out of the water. Granted some new piece designs have come in handy, but I just can't get into what sets are like these days.

Either way, I still have this set on my shelf, along with the clipper and King's Mountain Fortress and Black Knight's Castle. King's Fortress has been built since it came out over 25 years ago. It went into storage built.

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By in Germany,

Classic set. Love it now as ever did.

"The Peoples Liberation Bionicle Front of Random Set Generator Party"

No Reg (Hew)

"The Bionicle Random Peoples Liberation Set Generating Strife Party"

No, no, no, no.....

"Equal Rights for Bionicles Everywhere, Including Above All and Not Least Inclusion in the Brickset Random Set Generator News Column........errrrrm ......Party"

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By in United States,

Yeah, the Black Seas Barracuda is a true Holy Grail. One of the greatest Lego ever produced! I coveted it for so long before coming into a second-hand Skull's Eye Schooner. Then my opinion changed to favor that ship over the BSB. But you can't deny its pioneering effect, and it took a very long time before pirate ships rivaled the BSB and SES.

The chorus of disapproval for BIONICLE's exclusion from this article series has gotten another voice. At first, I thought maybe there could be a compromise, and exclude only post-2008 BIONICLE sets, since the ones of the last ten years may be too "recent", but after mulling it over, I think that wouldn't be right to the great BIONICLE sets released in 2009. The AFOLs of today were molded by BIONICLE as much as Fabuland or Classic Space molded the AFOLs who pioneered the fan websites running today. We too wish to commiserate over these childhood-defining gems!

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By in United Kingdom,

OK, I hear the chorus of Bionicle fans: I'll permit constraction themes but don't moan when we get a Ben 10 set appearing :)

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By in United States,

Fair enough! I'll keep the moaning offline. Thanks, Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

I mean, if people didn’t complain when we got a plastic chunk of motor that one time I don’t see why there’s be complaints about Ben 10 sets

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By in Netherlands,

@Aanchir
I've looked them up in the database and they seem to be Lego Exclusives, not particularly a recipe for a succesfull line. I can't remember seeing them in stores or even the catalogues.

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By in Germany,

I remember when I first saw this in 1989 and couldn't think of anything else in that year besides this set. I finally got it on Christmas that year and owning a Lego minifig pirate ship in that size was mind blowing. I still own it, complete in it's original box, but the sails don't look too good anymore, they've yellowed a lot and are all crinkled up..

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By in Australia,

Huw, much appreciated.

Besides, if a Ben 10 set shows up, think of the conversation that will follow. Isn't the point of the exercise to get us talking? :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Like any right-minded AFOL I consider Bionicle and all related lines (especially the current Star Wars monstrosities) an abomination that have no right to carry the Lego name but if one does appear it will make the following day, when (hopefully) a proper set is randomly generated, all the more interesting.

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By in United States,

Thankfully my dark ages coincided perfectly with the dreaded B-word theme. I'm glad kids liked them and it helped save Lego as a company, but I don't consider them proper Lego.

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By in Greece,

Aaaand coming back to the BSB, I seriously hope for another rendition along with guarded Inn, medieval market etc. Let's call that legend II series. On the other hand, one can safely source these sets inventories (sails to a lesser extend) from dear Bricklink.

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By in Portugal,

@LuLego

Back then this was, here, 20000$00 which is 100€.
But I'm not counting on inflation etc. If back then in Europe we had the Euro already, it'd be 100€ (so, not far from the price of the last pirate ships LEGO launched)

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By in United Kingdom,

What happened to today's random set?

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By in Poland,

^ Looks like it's Bionicle turn but SQL server couldn't make it.

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