So there’s that moment when you go on a mega-pint bender and wake up next to a pile of your own poo only to realize the poo is not your own after all but rather it belongs to your estranged ex-spouse. I know what you’re thinking; we’ve all been there, right? Right? Well, according to his deposition, Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow has. (They’re interchangeable, really.) I’d wager that LEGO meme generator and The Brothers Brick alumn Iain Heath probably has as well because he’s a hard-partying dude. Leave it to Iain to have his wine-soaked, dubiously smelling finger on the pulse of what is hot at any given moment! Whether you’ve been following this fiasco or not, you gotta admit Iain tickles our funny bone. Find out what we mean by clicking the little blue link if you dare.
What’s the worst thing a pirate can see on the horizon? LEGO builder Elephant-Knight displays his answer, the mighty HMS Redoubtable. Flying the colors of the LEGO version of the Royal Navy, the HMS Redoubtable is a 112-gun warship capable of eliminating any pirate vessel on the seven seas. This model has beautiful sails and incredible hull curvature. I love the use of both blue and yellow to draw your eyes to the guns better. I think the part of the ship that took the longest to build must have been all of the rope riggings on the sails. I honestly don’t have the patience to do all of that.
Click to see more of the HMS Redoubtable
I’ve always thought sand green is the perfect LEGO colour to capture the feeling of being sea sick, and what better subject for “seasick” than Davy Jones’ decapitated head? Well, maybe Rickard Stensby agrees with me, because he’s so greatly captured what I just described.
This trophy just oozes with character too. The tail pieces as facial tentacles blowing in the wind seem very deliberately selected and placed, while the square corners around his mouth perfectly represent the character from the films. The eyes and eyebrows convey so much with so little. My favourite little touch are the 1×1 round plates with holes used a barnacles on his hat – making it truly appear that he was fished out of the ocean.
Where I sit, the government has issued a stay at home order, and non-essential in-person businesses are closed. Grocery stores are an exception, of course, as we all still need to eat, and so are liquor stores, as folks still need to drink. I mean really, what else do you do when socially isolated? It puts me in mind of Captain Jack Sparrow, getting through his time marooned on an island alone. He, too, drank away his sorrows. So when I (Benjamin Stenlund) decided to enter the Style it Up contest to pass the time during my days at home, it wasn’t long before I hit on the idea of building a ship. And since I have a lot of black fabric elements, I decided to build a black ship. And if I was going to make a black ship, why not make Captain Jack’s ship, the Black Pearl?
At first, I tried building the sides with slope bricks and tiles, but it looked too chunky at this small scale, so I hit upon the idea of using the quarter dome elements for the prow, and the rest of the ship filled in from there. The 1×1 round plate with bar makes for some nice cannons, even if I did not add enough to equal the real ship; there are concessions one must make at this scale, after all. The sails are cloaks wrapped in rubber bands, and the crows nests are Black Panther ears and ninja cowls. The soft sails, combined with the rigging, make this unique among small-scale LEGO ships that I have seen, but what really sets it apart (if I may toot my own horn a bit) is the atmospheric quality of the photo. Since the contest required that only one color be used, the water is black, too, and the backdrop is also black; in fact, the photo is unedited except for cropping, so this is full-color. Perfect for the ship of a drunken pirate.
If the small “keep out” sign to the left doesn’t get the message across, then maybe the two hanging dead pirates will. Greg Dix built a scene inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean and has made it clear that he doesn’t want you to mess with whatever is beyond this natural arching structure. It looks like a nice clean wall that he probably doesn’t want your grubby fingerprints on. We will stick around just long enough to admire the clever build techniques that make up the slanted, rugged arch, that was surely no easy feat. Greg tells us this will be his last build for awhile as he is moving out of country, so soak it in, dear readers, but don’t get too close. In fact, you should check out his previously featured Island Fortress instead as it is much more inviting. Now go away. Scram! Git!
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 tattered sails and rigging are particularly well realised, looking most effective as she glides out of the gloom. Sebeus’s photoshop skills enhancing the atmosphere to good effect.
Click to see more of the amazing Flying Dutchman
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.
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).
Click here to see the BrickHeadz for sale now!
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.