After buying the Soldier’s Port, I finally completed my collection of LEGO Pirate’s theme and therefore I would like to share with you some thoughts about this LEGO theme compared with the classic one.
While the new line of castles introduced new characters such as the trolls and the dwarfs and focused on the barely explored civil life with the Medieval Market Village, the new Pirate line is, what I considered, an upgrade to the classic theme.
Let’s start by comparing the new minifigures. They are considerable better showing new details and new faces, but the characters still the same.
I think the new minifigures may be better but I must say the new Soldier’s Port is far from the old Imperial Trading Post.
The small Loot Island and the new Shipwreck hideout are good sets, with a nice brand new baseplate, but I think it lacks a good fortress like the old Eldorado. How the new Red Coats will face the evil pirates without a strong line of defense?
Finally, the new Brickbeard’s Bounty is nicely designed and presented a new shark but in, my opinion, the old Barracuda and the Skull’s Eye Schooner still ahead in terms of overall rating. Maybe this opinion could be influenced by a nostalgic feeling but I think that even the new Imperial Flagship stills behind these two classic ships that were revolutionary for their time.
In conclusion, I think the new theme is great, with cool new sets, pieces and updated construction techniques and deserves to be acquired by all the Pirate’s fans. But it lacks some of the innovative stuff the classic theme introduced at that time. I would like to see a new fortress or new sub-themes like the Castle line did with the Medieval Market Village.
Please, fill free to post your comments about these thoughts. Meanwhile, I will create a new poll to gather the readers’ opinion about these two themes.