I’m a big fan of Letranger Absurde, and he’s been busy again! This time it’s been all about microscale representations of classic Pirates sets. I saw these on Flickr and was instantly drawn to checking them all out, as I owned a few of these sets as a kid! They’re near spot on, and showcase some very clever parts usage techniques. I’d highly recommend clicking the links to see what the original sets looked like and comparing for yourself.
He’s done this before, with 6276 Eldorado Fortress, which I covered back in May, and just from that example, I’m very excited!
First up is 6279 Skull Island from 1995. Originally, this had 378 pieces and a whopping six minifigures, plus a parrot and monkey.
The colours in this are awesome, and I love the little row boat! It is extremely clever. He even went as far as using an X sticker on a tile to get the skull and crossbones.
Next is a much simpler set from 1996, 6248 Volcano Island. There was only two minifigures in this one – a pirate and a skeleton.
I love those 2×3 rock plates. They’re quite new, having been released last year, and they’re perfect for this! The raft is cute, too. To be honest, the rocks in this one are a huge improvement! Amazingly, there’s more detail in this scale than there was in the minifigure scale ones. Sure, it’s over 20 years later, but it’s still impressive.
It’s back to 1995 with 6263 Imperial Outpost. This one had 216 parts and four minifigures – three redcoats and a very outnumbered pirate!
There’s more of the rock plates here, but the main drawcards in this design are the elegant palm tree and that cannon! It looks like there’s a Technic pin connector and a couple of red flippers with a red cheese slope at the front. It’s all connected by a pneumatic T-bar. It’s genius and looks absolutely spot on.
Next up we go back another year to my favourite theme – Pirates Islanders. I had a few of these growing up, including these next two, so I’m a big fan! It’s 1994 with 6264 Forbidden Cove. There’s two islanders, two pirates, a parrot and a crocodile, as well as a row boat and kayak.
There’s a lot to like with this one. The face is fantastic, and I like the use of the grey arches to get the shape of the door – in the original set the face rotates out to gain access to the namesake Forbidden Cove. It’s the little details with this one – the use of roller skates in King Kahuka’s mask at the top and the shield on the left, the greenery, and the kayak – they just make this special.
Lastly, from the same year, there’s 6262 King Kahuka’s Throne. This set had 146 pieces and five minifigures, as well as another croc. This was a set worth getting!
To be honest, this is my favourite one of them all. There’s those shields with roller skates again, that statue at the top, and the little throne, but the best one is the sail boat. Using the grille as the stripes on the sail are so simple, and so perfect.
After the release earlier this year of 40290 60 Years of the LEGO Brick, with those classic sets of 375 Castle, 928 Space Cruiser and Moonbase, 6285 Black Seas Barracuda and 6399 Airport Shuttle, I’d love to see LEGO release another few sets made up of microscale versions of more classic sets. It’d be a great little (yep, I said it) display!
I was just about to wrap up this article when Letranger Absurde posted a couple more! Let’s take a quick look. There’s 6267 Lagoon Lock-Up, released way back in 1991.
This one is very simple, but the base structure is still spot on. there’s another one of those awesome cannons and another palm tree, and he’s even got the details of the red and blue awing, and a bluecoat flag. the jail cell door is fantastic.
Lastly, after mentioning it earlier, there’s his version of 6285 Black Seas Barracuda. I’ve got LEGO’s microscale version of this from 40290 sitting above my computer, and I’ve got to say, Letranger Absurde’s version is a big step up.
There’s some fantastic parts usage here, including Batgirl’s batarangs at the back, a couple of bananas and a frog at the front, and a droid arm in the middle for the rope, and I’m loving the shape of the sails. This is stunning!
I’m also really hoping Letranger Absurde continues his exploration into classic Pirates sets in microscale. There’s just so much to learn!