Sunday, 21 August 2011

Our second Lego project - 6243 Brickbeard's Bounty

  • Model: 6243 Brickbeard's Bounty
  • 592 pieces
  • Released in 2009
  • Retail price: $99.99 USD

Operation Imperial Raid in progress! Stay tuned for Imperial Battleship vs Brickbeard's Bounty!

Brickbeard's Bounty is a visual feast, its bright red and white sails matching the brown hull, maroon captain's quarters and yellow windows. Smaller than the Imperial Battleship at 22" (56cm) by 17" (44cm) and with two masts, one could presume that this ship was built with speed in mind, sacrificing firepower for knots. Going by this theory, we could probably also forgive Lego's designers for not including an anchor in this ship! Building the ship was less of a challenge compared to the Flagship, whose 1,600 pieces is more than 2.5 times of Brickbeard's 592; we completed it within one night, probably took us less than five hours.

In terms of play, the ship's four pirates are probably insufficient for a ship with two movable side cannons, one mounted rear cannon and two mounted rifles at the front of the ship. Brickbeard's Bounty comes with a female prisoner, which allows us to give our two Imperial protagonists one of two missions - to steal the treasure map in the captain's quarters or rescue the damsel in distress, the latter of which probably seems like a suicide mission given the lurking shark and them being outnumbered two to one.
Overall, we would consider Brickbeard's Bounty a beautiful addition to any Lego exhibition display, but we would recommend that it be put next to the Imperial Flagship for a showdown. Otherwise, we could also envision a scenario where Brickbeard's Bounty attacks an Imperial coastal outpost and raid it of its treasure. In conclusion, Brickbeard's Bounty is a sight for the eyes, but would probably need to be put next to another Lego set for maximum play experience!

Managed to get hold of a set after it went out of production! Got down to building it straightaway!

Front view of Brickbeard's Bounty. Definitely no doubt that it is a pirate ship!

Top-down view of the bottom layer. Brickbeard's Bounty comes with four cannon ports - as usual, the annoying thing about Lego ships is that they come with half the required number of movable cannons - and ammunition with an extended plank. There is additional space at the back but this layer is not high enough to put minifigs. Perhaps a design flaw? :)

Top-down view of the second layer i.e. the captain's quarters. Contains a treasure map!

Side view with the second layer added. Check out the yellow windows!

Top-down view with the third layer added. Comes with a mounted cannon, presumably to ward off imperial battleships!
Side view - two mounted rifles at the front of the ship, while a large cargo net hangs in the middle

Sneaky Sharkie! Check out the armed mermaid mascot too!

Brickbeard's Bounty comes with two masts, complete with pirate markings. The monkey has a parrot (not in this picture) as a companion on this ship!
One of four pirates on the ship!

1 comment:

  1. The canon at the back of the ship certainly looks odd.... Still prefer the classic shark, the new shark is too cartoon.