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LEGO Lubbers, Ahoy – Pirates of the Caribbean Booty!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrr you a pirate?

I’ve been a fan of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie series since the first flick was released a few years back. That said, I’ve never really considered myself a pirate kind of guy (even on “Talk Like a Pirate Day”). That’s not to say I’m more of a ninja, either. You can like both equally inside the LEGO universe.

I caught the Captain’s Cabin (4191) at an affordable $12, figuring it would take about 15 minutes to build. While I do have a bigger Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO build coming down the pike, there’s nothing wrong with having a few more pirate pieces in my metaphorical playpen. I suppose my primary purchase reason was price – I mini-figured I couldn’t miss.

My biggest fear in getting more Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO sets is that I’ll be overrun by Captain Jack Sparrow clones (which would certainly allow me to better re-enact the scene from “At World’s End” right before he was rescued from Davy Jones’ Locker). Still, that’s a good fear to have – and there’s always room for more pirates on my minifig shelves.

I think I most appreciated the ‘ship in a bottle’ pieces, coupled with the longer bone fragments and circular map – though I’m not sure where else I might care to use them after the set is dismantled. The spinning globe certainly brings a sophisticated air to my collection.

What more can be said? Well, perhaps you’ll just have to watch the video and tell me what you think.

LEGO Ninjago – a Go or No?

I believe we’ve all experienced the pain of “LEGO foot” – not realizing there’s a rogue brick on the ground before our socked or bare feet can discover it. You know who put it there? No, not your kids – and not any self-respecting Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL).

The ninja.

To combat this daily threat under which we all live, LEGO has seen fit to unleash Ninjago. While they claim it’s for nothing but battle fun, I believe the Ninjago characters are here to protect us from the truly evil forces of random floor pieces.

Each Ninjago minifig runs around $10. I picked up my first set a few months back, but didn’t bother to blog or do a video on the collection. Each one comes with a spinner base, set of weapons, cards for additional play, and the minifig with accessories (itself).

I’ve never been a CCG player (not even when they were all the rage). LEGO seems to be a few years late onto the scene, but that didn’t stop them from crafting a complete experience around this part of the LEGO universe. Me? I’m not so interested in the Ninjago collectable cards – or the sets, really.

In recording this video and looking at the corresponding cards for each Ninjago LEGO character, I quickly came to realize that I think my skeleton Ninjago minfigures didn’t come with the corresponding head gear (as seen on their card). Maybe this was a fluke? Intentional? I’m certain I wouldn’t have chucked the LEGO accessories – and certainly not three times over, with each of missing pieces belonging to the three skeletons in the original series release. I believe this was an oversight – likely a discrepancy in whoever was tasked in creating the (admittedly-wonderful) card art.

I’m likely to continue collecting the Ninjago minifig sets, although I’m not inclined on buying similar-looking minifigs at the $10 price tag. As noted in the video, there are some “DX” Ninjago LEGO characters which appear to be nothing more than alternative versions (much like the skeletons). There are some variations, but not enough for me to think I’ll ever own all of ’em.

LEGO Education Minifigs – Fairytale and Historic Minifig Set 9349-1

When I first discovered LEGO, there was no such thing as a minifig. We had to create our own “people” and “monsters” based on the bricks at our disposal. If memory serves, every one of my imaginary characters were red, blue, and yellow – to have black or white bricks was merely a dream for my playroom.

Then, LEGO made things interesting by starting to release minifigs – and I loved ’em from the word Go. Actually, from the word LEGO (to be precise).

I never would have imagined growing up and still appreciating the brick, but I sit before you today with quite a collection of minifigs at my fingertips. It’s not that I don’t appreciate every brick that can be clicked, but I’ve always been enthralled with miniature figurines from various playsets (LEGO or otherwise).

I tripped into the local LEGO store a few months back and saw the “LEGO Education Minifigs – Fairy Tale and Historic Minifigure Set 9349-1” and balked at the rather lofty $49 price tag. It wouldn’t be until my birthday when I would allow myself to spend that much money on a rather interesting (but not really all-that-unique) set.

I’ve seen witches, knights, and pirates before – and while I didn’t previously have a mermaid / merman set, I still wonder what possessed me to pick it up. Maybe it’s that I’m starting to fill out a new shelf of minifigs and I’m anxious to reach capacity? Who knows…

But, as always, these LEGO minifigs were fun to assemble. Not terribly educational, but… I wonder who would buy minifigs for education, anyway?