The diehard LEGO® Pirates enthusiasts cover their eyes and quiver!
That’s right. I’ve just broken the seals on the one day, highly collectable LEGO 5003082 Classic Pirates Minifigure set.
In July 2015, this was one of the promotional giveaway sets with purchases of over $75 through the online LEGO Shop (sometimes called “LEGO S@H” – short for LEGO Shop at Home).
The packaging of the set came as a surprise – it’s tiny! The colours are vivid and the graphics don’t oversell what’s on the inside. On a side note, it’d be nice to see the LEGO Group continue the trend of high quality packaging / boxes. Most new release sets leave a lot to be desired.
To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed with the contents at first, but you must remember it was designed to be a free product (I paid $30 for mine on the secondary market). There is one plastic sealed bag with the parts, a postcard with stickers on the reverse side, and an instruction manual that also doubles as a who-is-who of the LEGO Pirates theme.
Long-time Pirates collectors will be disappointed to know that of the 24 parts in the set, only nine were available in the original theme from 1989 – that includes the head, torso and legs of the minifigure. Yes, I read that elsewhere.
This was my first ever Pirates set (built but not bought – I have a 70413 Brick Bounty awaiting my attention somewhere) and as far as I’m aware, the pirate minifigure’s torso is unique to this set and hasn’t been used before. That’s a nice little touch and something that might appeal to collectors.
For such a small set (24 pieces), there’s a nice mixture of parts. The palm tree is built using LEGO Technic parts and finished off with the lovely green leaves. Likewise, the gold “money” elements are well finished with the LEGO stamp on one side and numbers on the other. It’s money, duh.
One of the highlights for me is the dark bluish grey shark. Without the shark, the set would be really lacking.
If you received this as a genuine giveaway (as opposed to ordering LEGO sets just for the freebie or paying a premium like I did), you will be pleased with what is delivered. There’s lots of playability for such a small set and it’s wrapped up in a tidy little package.
Play well boys and girls!