Five hours, two building guides, and 1097 LEGO pieces later – the Queen Anne’s Revenge was born. Yes, behold the latest LEGO masterpiece from the Pirates of the Caribbean over Stranger Tides merchandise tie-in. Fortunately for us, what would be seen as a typical child’s toy, is just as fun for the adults this time around. We first spotted the Queen Anne’s Revenge back in February at Toy Fair 2011 and was instantly captivated. It reminded me of model boats that I loved to build when I was younger, that required steady hands and lots of glue. Well no glue is required to build this massive ship, just steady hands and lots of patience for tiny pieces that have a tendency to roll away.
Inside the LEGO Queen Anne’s Revenge box you will find 7 minifigures: BlackBeard, Jack Sparrow, Angelica, Quartermaster, Cook, and two pirates. There are also several plastic bags filled with LEGO pieces as well as smaller bags inside those. A collectors card with a code is also included, a poster, as well as two hefty building guides. Once you lay it all out in front of you, you start to wonder…”Why am I doing this?!” then you just look at the exterior of the box and into those tiny minifigures faces and know the answer – to build a freaking awesome boat!
The Queen Anne’s Revenge is certainly no easy undertaking, even with the included guides, it’s easy to get confused at moments, or after hours of staring at a booklet – the pieces start to blend into each other. But still, even at times where I wanted to throw my hands up in the air and continue another day, I trudged on, determined to finish this ship in one sitting.
Fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will love building this ship. Not only is it the focal point of the new movie, but there is so much incredible detail in every nook and cranny, that you truly appreciate what LEGO has created for you to assemble. Major parts of the ship need to be constructed from the rudder to the bow and everything in between. The easiest way to tackle this ship is to divide and conquer. Build the big pieces first. Scour the guide for everything that you need to build the base of the ship, then tackle all the little itsy bitsy pieces. Eventually both parts will meet in the middle and they will be ready to be combined or snapped together. I loved the subtle inclusions of working canons too. LEGO really thought of everything when designing this set.
When the Queen Anne’s Revenge is finally completed, it is a feat to behold. The billowing sails are the final touch that makes this impressive LEGO construction set even more special. Young adults will love it for the Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in, while adults will pat themselves on the back for a job well done. When all is said and done, Queen Anne’s Revenge can become a center piece that will certainly impress guests and get people chatting about how they love LEGO’s too! Kids can add it to their ever growing LEGO collection, but the price of $119.99 may cause sticker shock for some parents. However, the final product is certainly worth it. Also, Penelope Cruz AKA Angelica and Johnny Depp AKA Jack Sparrow never looked so good.
The Good: High quality construction set that LEGO enthusiasts will love. Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in really shines with this construction set. Subtle details only enhance the overall ship.
The Bad: A bit pricey for what it is. Tiny pieces – so keep really young kids away from this set that is appropriately aged for 9 to 16 year olds. Doesn’t float in a tub, but the minifigs do.