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Digital Painting by Emosktr

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Mr. Phes stumbled across an amazing digital painting. It represents Captain Brickbeard versus Governor Broadside from the new pirates' line! The painting is made by Emosktr, no doubt he has talent!

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Classic Pirate Minifigures – The Stripey Bandanas

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

The Stripey Bandana Boys - Pirates

One of the most common Classic Pirate Minifigures, yet a very historical minifig.

This troublesome lot were possibly the most common of all the LEGO® Pirate minifigures, yet they are some of the most respected. They always seemed to be around, whether it was working as an imperial sailor on 6271 Imperial Flagship, or a pirate on 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner, 66290 Redbeard Runner, 257 Castatway's Raft, 6267 Lagoon Lock-up, 6276 Eldorado Fortress, 6279 Skull Island, 6277 Imperial Trading Post, 6273 Rock Island Refuge, 1729 Barnacle Bay, 6259 Broadside's Brig, 6261 Raft Raiders, 6268 Renegade Runner, 6235 Buried Treasure, 6260 Shipwreck Island, 1871 Pirate Cannon, 1733 Shipwrecked Pirate, 6252 Sea Mates, 6247 Bounty Boat, 6258 Smuggler's Shanty, 1788 Pirate's Chest, 6262 King Kahuka's Throne, 6264 Forbidden Cove, 6266 Cannon Cove, 6261 Raft Raiders, 6254 Rocky Reef, 1970 Pirate's Gun Cart, 1481 Desert Island and 6251 Pirate Minifigures.

The Bandana Boys, the crew of the pirates of the LEGO® Pirate line.They weren't really rebellious pirates - they always did what they were told and neverThe third stripey bandana boy was just as obedient as his friends tried mutiny. Which is strange, because they worked for two captains, Captain Redbeard and Captain Ironhook both of whom were bloodthirsty, crew-hating minifigs. But no, they went along with their commanders' practices of fighting off the Imperial Soldiers and their leader Governor Broadside and the Imperial Guards and their leader Admiral Woodhouse as well as attempting to steal the treasure of King Kahuka and his Islanders. But that last one was often a failure. These minifigs ran right from the start of the pirate line up to the very end, and they will be remembered by all who they served and all who didn't serve them.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Imperial Soldiers

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

 

Imperial Soldiers were the first men of authority in the LEGO pirate worldImperial Soldier

The Imperial Soldier was the backbone of the imperial forces before the Imperial Guards led by Governor Broadside came into the picture. Like their red counterparts, the Imperial Soldiers wore shakos, some of the most rare LEGO&reg pieces currently on the Bricklink market.

They appeared in the sets 6271 Eldorado Fortress, 6267 Lagoon Lock-up, 6265 Sabre Island, 6273 Rock Island Refuge, 6259 Broadside's Brig, 6270 Forbidden Island and 6251 Pirate Minifigures.

They constantly fought battles with Captain Redbeard, but by the time Ironhook came into the picture, the Imperial Guards had already taken control of the seas. Or so they thought. Captain Redbeard had come back in the last few years of the Classic Pirate line and the Imperial Armada was left to repel him and his pirates. Perhaps the Imperial Soldiers should have returned to tame the pirates...

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Admiral Woodhouse

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Admiral Woodhouse, leader of the Imperial Guards

Admiral Woodhouse

In early 1992, a new face of authority appeared. It was time for the Imperial Guards. And at their lead was Admiral Woodhouse. Apart from sporting a lovely red uniform and his different colour hair, he differed very little to his predecessor, Governor Broadside.

He appeared in a few sets including 6263 Imperial Outpost, 6277 Imperial Trading Post and 6271 Imperial Flagship. So he was somewhat less rare than his blue counterpart, but seems to be more favoured amongst the AFOL community.

Although he lasted longer, 1992 - 1995, he still had just as many troubles with the pirate Captain Redbeard, and later, Captain Ironhook. After 1995, the Imperial Armada took over toward the end of the Classic Pirates era. Woodhouse has captured the attention of many a pirate collector, and it was somewhat a dissapointment to see him go at the end of 1995, but the epic battles between the Imperial Guards and the pirates under his watch will be remembered forever.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Lt. de Martinet

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Lt. de Martinet

As second in command of the imperial soldiers under Governor Broadside, Lt. de Marinet was constantly kept busy fighting off pirates, in particular Captain Redbeard.

Lt. de  Marinet seemed to be a very adventurous minifig, appearing in many sets including 6258 Broadside's Brig, 6265 Sabre Island, 6267 Lagoon Lockup and 6276 Eldorado Fortress. He was quite a successful leader too, serving under Governor Broadside from 1989 to 1991 when the Soldiers were finally driven out of power by the Imperial Guards led by Admiral Woodhouse.

He was always destined for adventure, and when he was given the flick by the Imperial Guards, he allegedly became a merchant captain of a small trading ship in 6277 Imperial Trading Post as Steve before joining the crew of 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Captain Redbeard

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Captain Redbeard, the true king of the LEGO pirates line

Captain Redbeard

Also known to the pirates in some countries as Captain Roger, Captain Redbeard is certainly in control of these waters! Being the only pirate to appear in almost every set, he was quite regular in everyone's collection.

He commanded his flagship, the 6285 Black Seas Barracuda, but has also been seen to sail in comand of ships like 6285 Skulls Eye Schooner, 6289 Red Beard Runner and 6250 Crossbone Clipper. He also appeared in many of the land based sets as either a master, or an enemy.

His main rival in the earlier sets, 1989 - 1991, was Governor Broadside, although was later replaced by his red counterpart, Admiral Woodhouse, 1992 - 1995. These two chaps chased Redbeard around for many years, but never seemed to catch him on his ventures. He also had many attempts to steal King Kahuka and the Islander's treasure, but a later pirate, Ironhook seemed to have more success at that.

Although he is quite simple, he was quite an experiment by LEGO&reg, as he and his crew were the first minifigs to leave the classic LEGO minifig head: two dots and a curved mouth. So you could say that Captain Redbeard was a leader and pioneer in more than one field. But he will always remain the main  icon of the LEGO Pirates line.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ King Kahuka

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

King Kahuka was the tribal leader of the Islanders

King Kahuha

A leader in his own way, King Kahuka was the big boss of another LEGO&reg pirate line faction - the Islanders.

The Islanders were released in the year of 1994, and were apparently second rivals to the pirates and Captain Redbeard, although Broadside and Woodhouse didn't appear to have that much to do with them. King Kahuka was much more active in the world than the two military men, and about equal to Redbeard as far as how regular they were. The Islander king appeared in 6236 King Kahuka's Throne, 6256 Islander Catamaran and 6278 Enchanted Island.

Captain Redbeard was a problem for the Islander king at first, then Captain Ironhook was a nuisance before Captain Redbeard returned to the scene with Ironhook as part of the crew.

A great addition to the Classic Pirate line was the Islander faction, and they were led by a more than suitable king all the way until they were discontinued in 2001.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Islanders

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

The Islander Girl

The Islanders and King Kahuka defended their homes from the Renegade Pirates

A beauty queen of the golden age of sail, the Islander girl had quite a simple face in comparison to the other Islanders with just her lipstick coated lips, two eyes and messy hair. Although this didn't stop the Renegade Pirates and Ironhook from - er - appreciating her company? She was only in two sets: 6256 Islander Catamaran and 6278 Enchanted Island, appearing in the latter with a quiver across her back - not quite the tame beauty, after all! She is thought to be King Kahuka's daughter.

The Islander Boys
The Islanders and King Kahuka defended their homes from the Renegade Pirates

Led by King Kahuka, there's not much to say about the Islander boys, because not much is known about them. They were quite secretive fellows, and they didn't let on much. But what we do know is that they were in sets 6278 Enchanted Island, 6260 Kahuka's Throne, 6241 Crocodile's Cage, 1788 Pirate's Chest, 6264 Forbidden Cove and 6256 Islander Catamaran, normally armed with spears or bow and arrows, making them essentially warriors.
The Islanders had no problems with Captain Redbeard, Broadside or Woodhouse, as the latter steered clear of them as he knew they were more skilled in battle than him, and the other two weren't on the shelves at the time.

The Islander Prince
The Islanders and King Kahuka defended their homes from the Renegade Pirates

The Islander Boys all look the same - apart from one fellow in 6264 Forbidden Cove, who wears the same bone necklace and facepaint as King Kahuka, but not the red mask. His similarity to the Islander King, but without the regal objects - the mask, staff and crocodile-chariot - leads us to believe he is, perhaps, Kahuka's son, the prince (and thus the brother of the Islander Girl).

Whenever more than one Islander appears in a set, Kahuka is always there to order them about. The sole exception is 6247 Forbidden Cove, implying that the Islander Prince has a measure of power over his fellow Islanders when Kahuka is not present.



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