Finally, some good news this week. LEGO has just unveiled the next Ideas set: 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay which, given that brand stores remain closed for the foreseeable future, will be available exclusively from LEGO.com on April 1st.
It's based on the Ideas project Pirate Bay by Bricky_Brick that passed review in September last year. Here's the press release and product information:
21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, 2,545 pieces
US $199.99 / CA $259.99 / DE €199.99 / UK £179.99 / FR €199.99 / DK 1599DKK / $299.99 AUD
Pirate shipwreck island building set for play and display
Rekindle nostalgic memories of childhood LEGO construction projects with this LEGO Ideas set: 21322 shipwreck island model for display and play. Enjoy some calm, quality time alone building – or share the fun with others.
Discover the captain’s cabin, food store, kitchen, bedrooms, supply dock, farm, toilet, jail cell, tavern and hidden treasure, plus lots of fun accessories, 8 pirate minifigures, assorted animal figures and 2 skeleton figures to inspire action-packed stories. This set includes an island that can be split in half and rearranged. The shipwreck can also be dismantled and reassembled to make a ship inspired by 6285 Black Seas Barracuda LEGO model from 1989.
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It went from simply a want to a downright need!
Might run along with @CathyVT 's idea and get myself a Quarantine-present.
It seems more building-like than Lego's version. I can see why some people prefer it, but I do really like that you can make a boat with the Lego set. This original only has one mast, and no sails...
Here's the Lego result:
Their review of the set, as well as Brother's Brick are also both great. I'm looking forward to the Brickset review though.
Honestly, this just checks all of the boxes to me. I am far, far more interested in this final set than I ever was in the Ideas submission.
My only quandary now, is that I'm worried the secondary market for #6285 is going to spike a bit, making it even more difficult to acquire that set. After being able to complete #6274 and #6276 my plan was to work towards #6285 throughout the year.
I’d love to see other prototypes for other models too.
And a lot of the architectural features and building techniques that were so distinctive to the original like the two-tone wood panel walls, crooked windows, brick-built wooden doors, modular structure, etc. are still present in the finished model, just used on more particular parts of the model for the sake of variety. I definitely feel like if anything, the resulting model has raised the original project's complexity and standard of detail.
There are multiple reasons that people associate dull colors with the age of piracy. For starters, we base a lot of our understanding of history on surviving artifacts, art, and architecture from the periods we're hoping to relate to, and pigments are some of the first parts of those that degrade, and most difficult to authentically preserve.
Also, a lot of traditional printing and filmmaking was either in black and white or extremely limited color palettes due to the limitations and cost of color pigment or film, so limited use of color has become a widespread visual shorthand for eras gone by.
But overall, most real-life pirate dens were just towns that happened to turn a blind eye to trading in smuggled goods, and reports of their wickedness often revolved less around the prevalence of gambling, drinking, prostitution, and other "worldly" vices there than the tendency for the towns themselves to be shabby, violent, or unclean.
And if anything, pirate dens such as Port Royal, Jamaica were often as notorious for the opulence that resulted from their ill-gotten wealth as the vices that enabled it — almost like the Las Vegas of their day!
Again as with other recent ideas sets I like the end product but every time I look at it I can’t help compare it to the original that I much prefer. I guess I just find it frustrating that the approved submissions that I’ve voted for are changed so much.
The changes in colour and look both take away from the original for me and it’s no longer a must buy but now a highly unlikely to buy.
Heres hoping the piano still does it for me :-)
I wish that hadn’t changed the Jolly Roger flag from the original 1989 version.
I’m going to be trawling through pics today to study the interior.
£180 seems a fair price for the piece count... but that’s a fair chunk of money. I just need a little more persuasion.