A Look at LEGO…. Pirates
Y’arr me hearties today be National Talk Like a Pirate Day so we thought we’d set sail for one of LEGOLAND’s most beloved themes and take A Look at LEGO…. Pirates. The LEGO Pirates theme first launched way back in 1989 and featured minifig pirates, soldiers and islanders along with system sets including sailing ships, desert islands and military battlements.
The original Pirates sets included the first LEGO minifigures to not feature the traditional two eyes and a smile face print. Instead having a variety of differently printed features including hair, eyepatches and facial hair. The Pirates theme was also one of the first to feature LEGO created characters, even to this day Captain Brickbeard, Rummy, Governor Broadside and King Kahuka still hold fond memories with LEGO fans.
Since it was first discontinued in 1997 the Pirates theme was also used within the Duplo and 4+ sub-brands. Before being retreived from Davey Jones Locker in 2009 to mark the themes 20th Anniversary. By 2010 the LEGO Pirates theme had once again walked the plank into the big blue.
But the spirit of the LEGO Pirates returned during 2011 in the form of sets based on Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies. A total of 14 sets were released along with a TT Games developed LEGO Videogame which followed the storyline of the first 4 PotC movies.
Since the end of 2011 the only pirate themed LEGO has been from sets within the Duplo brand themed around Disney’s Jake & the Neverland Pirates TV show and as part of the popular Collectible Minifigure range.
2014 will not only see the LEGO Pirates theme reach it’s 25th Anniversary but also the cinema release of The LEGO Movie which is set to revisit many classic LEGO themes, with rumours suggesting that a handful of classic LEGO sets may also find their way back to retail shelves. So there is still hope that the LEGO Pirates will set sail once again in one way or another.