Pause Magazine's Lego Set Reference Guide - Pirates


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Introduced in 1989, the Pirates theme was the last new mini-figure-scale theme to be introduced until Aquazone, for 1995. According to Lego Shop at Home, it is one of the most successful themes they sell. From the very first days of the Pirate line, with the giant 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, the Pirates have captured the imagination and adventurous spirit of Legomaniacs everywhere. The original Pirate sets included "shooters": Cannons which were spring-loaded and shot 1 X 1 X 1 round elements (with holes in the stud). By some time in 1990, Lego had replaced the shooters with a non-shooting variety. The shooters may still be available in Europe (although repeated attempts to get them through Shop at Home have been 100% unsuccessful). Two of the original Pirate sets, 6270 Forbidden Island and 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, have been in Shop at Home's inventory until very recently. On the other hand, 6276 Eldorado Fortress and 6274 Caribbean Clipper are some of the most sought-after Lego sets around.

This first group of sets are the Generic or Unspecified sets - those which don't fall into a Pirate sub-theme. Following these are the sets in the Soldiers, Imperial Guards, Islanders and Imperial Armada sub-themes.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1464 - Pirate Lookout 108k 92 16 / ? 1
1481 - Desert Island N/A 91 19 / ? 1
1492 - Battle Cove N/A 92 25 / ? 1
1713 - Shipwrecked Pirate N/A 93 22 / ? 1
1729 - Barnacle Bay 25k 94 85 / ? 4
1788 - Treasure Chest 45k 95 154 / $22.00 4
1802 - Tidy Treasure 42k 96 21 / ? 1
1871 - Pirate Cannon N/A 94 15 / ? 1
1873 - Pirate Treasure N/A 94 44 / ? 1
1889 - Pirate's Treasure Hold N/A 92 34 / ? 1
1970 - Pirates Gun Cart N/A 93 29 / ? 2
1996 - Pirate Island N/A 94 16 / ? 1
6204 - Buccaneers 26k 97 31 / $6.75 5
6232 - Skeleton Crew 11k 96 27 / $3.50 2
6234 - Renegade's Raft 16k 91 37 / $3.25 1
6235 - Buried Treasure N/A 89 20 / $3.25 1
6237 - Pirate's Plunder 11k 93 20 / $3.25 2
6248 - Volcano Island 28k 96 119 / $13.25 2
6249 - Pirate's Ambush 80k 97 155 / $22.00 3
6250 - Cross Bone Clipper 85k 97 151 / $33.00 3
6251 - Pirate Mini Figures 19k 90 28 / $6.50 5
6252 - Sea Mates 12k 93 30 / $7.25 4
6254 - Rocky Reef 23k 95 101 / $16.50 3
6255 - Pirate Comic N/A 89 8 / ? 2
6257 - Castaway's Raft 17k 90 50 / $8.50 3
6258 - Smuggler's Shanty 15k 92 69 / $9.25 3
6260 - Shipwreck Island 20k 90 69 / $12.00 2
6261 - Raft Raiders 16k 92 78 / $13.25 3
6268 - Renegade Runner 26k 93 171 / $39.75 4
6270 - Forbidden Island 25k 89 176 / $37.50 4
6273 - Rock Island Refuge 50k 91 372 / $66.00 7
6274 - Caribbean Clipper 25k 89 372 / $54.00 4
6276 - Eldorado Fortress 31k 89 496 / $66.00 8
6279 - Skull Island 38k 95 366 / $53.00 6
6281 - Pirate's Perilous Pitfall 97k 97 392 / $73.00 7
6285 - Black Seas Barracuda 56k 89 936 / $125.00 8
6286 - Skull's Eye Schooner 48k 93 892 / $126.50 9
6289 - Red Beard Runner 66k 96 691 / $99.00 7
6296 - Shipwreck Island 27k 96 216 / $29.75 4

In 1990, the Soldiers were made an official sub-theme, incorporating both 6276 Eldorado Fortress and 6274 Caribbean Clipper. Added were the two sets below. The Solders were the first official ocean-going peacekeepers in Legoland.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6245 - Harbor Sentry 13k 90 24 / $4.25 1
6265 - Sabre Island 25k 90 92 / $15.50 3

In 1992, the Pirates received a new adversary…the Imperial Guards. This sub-theme consisted of three sets initially, with another set added in 1993 and the last in 1995. For 1996, the Imperial Guards have transformed into the Imperial Armada, with two new sets.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
1795 - Imperial Cannon N/A 94 33 / ? 1
1872 - Soldier's Forge N/A 94 26 / ? 2
6247 - Bounty Boat 12k 92 33 / $4.75 3
6259 - Broadside's Brig 17k 91 64 / $8.75 3
6263 - Imperial Outpost 28k 95 211 / $27.50 4
6266 - Cannon Cove 23k 93 101 / $17.50 3
6267 - Lagoon Lock-Up 21k 91 187 / $29.00 5
6271 - Imperial Flagship 32k 92 306 / $55.00 4
6277 - Imperial Trading Post 51k 92 592 / $85.00 9

The Islanders are without question the most distinctive sub-theme of the Pirate System. Introduced in 1994, the Islanders remain the largest original sub-theme in the Pirate lineup. The largest of the sets, 6278 Enchanted Island, introduced a new baseplate which, with different paint, is now used in 6195 Neptune Discovery Lab and 6079 Dark Forest Fortress. The two largest sets include the "amazing cleavage woman," as she is affectionately known by people on rec.toys.lego.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6236 - King Kahuka 12k 94 42 / $4.75 1
6246 - Crocodile Cage 14k 94 56 / $7.25 2
6256 - Islander Catamaran 16k 94 56 / $13.25 2
6262 - King Kahuka's Throne 20k 94 141 / $21.00 5
6264 - Forbidden Cove 29k 94 207 / $29.75 4
6278 - Enchanted Island 49k 94 412 / $66.00 7

Imperial Armada Logo

For 1996, the Imperial Guards have been transformed into the Imperial Armada. The new sub-theme includes only two sets: A medium-sized ship (about the same size as the 6268 Renegade Runner and 6271 Imperial Flagship) but with a new, different-colored hull.

Set Number & Name Image Size Year Pieces / S@H$ Figs
6244 - Armada Sentry 16k 96 70 / $8.75 1
6280 - Armada Flagship 45k 96 280 / $54.00 3

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