Classic Pirates Minifigures Archive

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Ironhook

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Ironhook, the leader of the Renegade Pirates

Ironhook

When he was first released, Ironhook was thought to be Captain Redbeard with a different torso. This, however was not the case. Ironhook was just as much of a scallywag as his predecessor, and he got around in a few sets.

These sets were 6268 Renegade Runner, 1788 Treasure Chest, 1873 Pirate Treasure, 6278 Enchanted Island, 6261 Raft Raiders, 1729 Barnacle Bay, 6264 Forbidden Cove, and debatably, Red Beard Runner where he appeared not as captain, but as a crew member.

He often fought King Kahuka and the Islanders until he realised they were too good for him. So he then moved onto stealing Admiral Woodhouse's treasure. Governor Broadside wasn't around anymore when Ironhook had taken to the seas, but Woodhouse sure threw a heap of defence at him.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Imperial Guards

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

The Imperial Guards were led by Admiral Woodhouse in their lovely red uniforms

Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard is a great minifig. They were some of the more common minifigs in their day, but ironically, their head piece is now one of the most sought after of all LEGO&reg minifig head pieces.

Led by Admiral Woodhouse, this minifig was in almost every Imperial Guard set there was fighting against the likes of Captain Redbeard and Ironhook. The Imperial Guard was seen in 6263 Imperial Outpost, 6277 Imperial Trading Post, 6252 Sea Mates, 6247 Bounty Boat, 1872 Imperial Guard Camp, 1729 Barnacle Bay, 6279 Skull Island, 6266 Cannon Cove and 6271 Imperial Flagship.

Although the Shako is such a sacred piece to most LEGO collectors, 2009 should drop their price considerably.  And with the price drop of the shako will come the price drop of the Imperial Guard, the backbone of the Imperial Guard army.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Governor Broadside

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Captain Redbeard's first opponent

Governer Broadside

Clearly a man of class, Governor Broadside was a hero to all the innocent minifigs of the era. Fighting off the likes of Captain Redbeard, he and his imperials had it pretty tough.

Although Captain Redbeard was in almost every pirate set released, Broadside only appeared in two of the larger sets, 6276 Eldorado Fortress and 6274 Caribbean Clipper. However, his second in command, Lt. de Martinet, was in all sets with the exeption of 6274 Caribbean Clipper.

He was a more than capable match for his pirate counterpart, and it was sad to see him go in 1991 after a reign lasting all the way from 1989. However, no-one is sure what happened to him. Perhaps he returned to his home when the Imperial Gaurds, led by Admiral Woodhouse, took over. Perhaps he remained a governor. We may never know. But what we do know is that he was a legend in the Classic Pirate line, and he will be remembered by AFOLs and minifigs alike.



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