Release Year: 2015
Cost: AUD$45 (retired)
Pieces: 234 (with 5 minifigures)
Not counting the minifigures, there’s some nice parts, although not many for a set that cost $45. a handful of 1×2 profile bricks in the new dark red, a 30M length of string, arches, pillars, jail frames, fences, a big Bluecoat flag and a couple of frogs to name a few. It’s not a set known for it’s great inclusions, but it’s still okay. The palm leaves are beautiful. I’ve really been a fan of the trees in this Pirates run.
There’s a good amount of play to this set, with the jail, cannons, boat, and of course the treasure and winch. I’d imagine kids would have a lot of fun playing with this set, and it would only increase with the other sets combined. I know I had a lot of fun laying out Bluecoat Bay! There’s also a removable wall in the jail, but there’s also a big open space at the back, so it’s a little pointless.
The build experience is very standard. Nothing really special happens technique-wise, with the most interesting part of the build most likely being the winch system. It’s simply one brick on top of another.
I’m honestly a little bummed out by this set. It’s meant to be the big fort, and yet it’s tiny, and completely open at the back. Sure, it looks nice from the side, but this set to me is saying “You need to buy the rest of the 2015 theme to go with me”, and that’s also indicated on the box. It’s a clever marketing strategy from LEGO, but was it worth it? One well aimed cannonball from the Pirates would send this crumbling in a heap! I do like the white and maroon contrast. It really does make it look a bit worn, and the way they’ve hidden the winch is quite good, but it’s still lacking substance.
70412 will still set you back around $40 for a copy, whether that’s new or used, as it’s only retired recently, and wasn’t a hugely in demand set. It still works out to be less than 20 cents per part, but the parts aren’t that great. Yes, it’s marginally cheaper than the RRP, but it’s still not a huge saving. I’m happy that I got it, but purely for the minifigures and the odd part here and there.
Unless you’re a massive Pirates fan or after the complete 2015 range, it’s not a hugely collectible item. The Governor’s Daughter bumps it up a bit, but it’s not overly collectible, unfortunately. It will still be extremely popular, but that might just be because of the Pirates tag.
Not a huge rating overall, but still a fun one to build, and one that kids will most likely enjoy. Next week I’ll be staying with the Pirates theme and looking at 70411: Treasure Island.
What do you think? Did I get it completely wrong? Let me know in the comments.