After six years in the making, master shipbuilder Sebeus I has completed his sensational LEGO version of the Flying Dutchman. The 3-foot-long ship has been fittingly constructed from a muted palette of grey, dark tan, and sand green bricks, giving it the perfect spectral hue. It also allows for an amazing amount of detail to be packed into the vessel’s decaying hull.
The Brothers Brick gives you the best of LEGO news and reviews. This is our Weekly Brick Report for the third week of March.
TBB NEWS & REVIEWS: Ahoy, me mateys! This week we have the skinny on all the new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sets, as well a tour from inside LEGO’s US headquarters.
- New sets from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales now available – LEGO VIP-card holders can now purchase the 71042 Silent Mary as well as the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar BrickHeadz.
- Review of LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 71042 Silent Mary – In our exclusive review, we found that this ghost ship packs a ton of parts and play features, but heads up, it has a few holes and will not float.
- Review of LEGO BrickHeadz 41593 Captain Jack Sparrow and 41594 Captain Armando Salazar – Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar retail for $9.99 USD/£9.99/9,99 €. They have 109 and 118 pieces respectively, and what could be a bacon tile!
- LEGO announces new McLaren 720S Speed Champions set – The bright orange McLaren 720S (set 75880) will be joining the likes of the Ford GT, Bugatti Chiron, and more.
- Inside the LEGO Enfield RLUG Workshop – Get TBB’s the inside scoop from LEGO’s US headquarters with interviews from LEGO Ideas, Rebrick, LEGO House and the LEGO Ambassador Network.
- The LEGO Group reports highest earnings ever in 2016, but US sales flat – LEGO reported the highest revenue in the company’s 85-year history in 2016, though US sales were flat.
- This week’s Amazon Sales include Star Wars, Minecraft, Technic, and Creator Sets – We have the best of Amazon’s LEGO Sales and Deals for you with some awesome sets.
TBB INTERVIEWS & INSTRUCTIONS: We’ve got double the building fun for you this week and two interviews with some amazing builders.
- Instructions to build DOOM Guy – TBB’s own Iain Heath shared some instructions to build DOOM’s hero equipped with a basic shotgun.
- Build your own LEGO Tallneck from Horizon Zero Dawn – Here are some instructions from builder Wayne de Beer to make your own Tallneck from Horizon: Zero Dawn.
- Spaceship, Spaceship, Spaceship: A peek into the mind of British builder Jeremy Williams – Do you like space? because British builder Jeremy Williams sure does!
- Bricks, Bikes and a Book: a talk with German brick artist Aran Jistukawa-Hudson – We talk to Aran about his super cool LEGO art and unique philosophy on life.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me! For those of you who have yearned for new swashbuckling LEGO sets, today is your day. LEGO VIP-card holders both in LEGO stores and on the LEGO Shop Online can now purchase the 71042 Silent Mary as well as the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Armando Salazar BrickHeadz. The sets are based on the upcoming film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
You’ll need to be signed in as a VIP member on the LEGO Shop Online for the sets to show as available to purchase. LEGO’s VIP membership is free, and gives early access to sets like this as well as netting you points on all purchases, redeemable for discounts.
Last month, we went to New York Toy fair to bring you the first images of 71042 Silent Mary when LEGO unveiled their latest Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in set, 71042 Silent Mary, and now we’re pleased to bring you this exclusive early review of the set. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and is due for release on 26 May, 2017. Although the official trailer for the movie features the Silent Mary, Armando Salazar’s ghost ship, there may be some very minor spoilers below.
LEGO 71042 Silent Mary has 2,294 parts and is due for release to LEGO VIP members on 17 March, 2017 priced at $199.99/£179.99/199,99 € and is listed for ages 14+. The Silent Mary isn’t quite the largest ship LEGO has made, though she does impressively measure over 18” (48cm) high with the main mast in vertical position, and 26” (68cm) long and 8” (22cm) wide. She’s just over 14” (36cm) wide with the main mast collapsed. To give you a comparison, a largest LEGO ship is 10210 Imperial Flagship, which measures 29.5” (75 cm) long and 23.6” (60 cm) tall. 4184 The Black Pearl is a bit smaller, coming in at 21” (53cm) long, 20” (50cm) tall and 5” (12cm) wide.
We are pleased to bring you on-site coverage of New York Toy Fair 2017, where LEGO has officially revealed a brand new set for the upcoming film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The fifth installment of the highly popular Disney Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise his theaters May 26, 2017.
[Update] 71042 Silent Mary will retail for $199.99 and will be available beginning March 17, 2017, for LEGO VIP members, and available to everyone April 1. The set will be exclusive to LEGO Stores and the LEGO Shop Online.
LEGO’s new line of BrickHeadz characters are available now for LEGO VIP Program members on the LEGO Shop online. These sets will be available to the general public beginning Wednesday, March 1. LEGO’s VIP Program is free to join, and you can sign up online, so you can still order your BrickHeadz today even if you’re not already a VIP member. You can check out our reviews of The LEGO Batman Movie sets and Marvel Avengers sets if you’re not sure which one you want to buy first.
Also revealed today are two new characters from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Included in the instruction books and on the boxes for 41595 Belle and 41596 Beast are images for none other than Captain Jack Sparrow (41593) and a new character: Captain Armando Salazar (41594).
Remember Set 4183 based on the Isla Cruces scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest? Well, W. Navarre revamped it and it is glorious! The crumbling stonework and rickety water wheel are perfect. As is that large circular window above the door. The bell tower even has a complete staircase and bell on the inside!
Check out more photos on Flickr.
Our next model isn’t a vignette by the strictest sense of the LEGO nerd definition, the footprint is well over the prescribed 8 x 8 stud rule, but it still has the feel of one. The subject matter is the duel in the blacksmith shop from Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Ian Spacek is the responsible party, and although he doesn’t have any specific detail that will illicit cries of “NPU bro!” on Flickr, the scene is just about perfect. I’m not sure how faithful it is to the original, but just taken as a LEGO construct it has a wonderful simplicity. Ian also has some nice work in his photostream from a Willy Wonka themed BrickWorld collaboration he participated in earlier this year.
Tia Dalma’s haven of witchcraft was one of the eerier scenes in Dead Man’s Chest, with Jack Sparrow and company slinking through the murky woods to consult a medium. This scene by flickr user Walter Boy captures a bit of that uncanniness, and is a great model besides. The dark tan, dark brown, and dark green merge together well to give this diorama more ominous tones, and the dark background is an excellent choice.
2011 is now in the history books, so it’s time to take a look back at the year and remember the LEGO stories that made the biggest splash here on The Brothers Brick. It’s no surprise what the #1 news story of the year was, even though LOTR LEGO was only announced a couple weeks ago.
- LEGO Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit sets in 2012
- 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van rolls off the assembly line
- 10221 Super Star Destroyer revealed
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean sets and video game revealed
- 2012 LEGO City sets reveal hillbilly moonshiners
- Dinosaurs return to LEGO in 2012
- 10223 Kingdoms Joust unveiled at BrickCon
- Series 6 & 7 Collectible Minifigures revealed
- LEGO targets girls in 2012 with LEGO Friends
- Cafe Corner returns in microscale with 10230 Mini Modulars
I can’t wait to see what 2012 will bring!
Carl Greatrix is a designer for the official Lego games, and his design of the Flying Dutchman for the Lego Pirates of the Caribbean video game shows why he’s the man for the job. Even though this is a render, just about all the parts used are official Lego elements.
The Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO sets released today reminded me that we’re starting to get footage of the upcoming LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean video game. This video highlights some gameplay and cut scenes, as well a brief interview with Associate Producer Matt Ellison.