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LEGO Facts and Trivia

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Did you know...

  • There are more minifigs in the world than humans
  • The LEGO® Group is the world's largest tire manufacturer
  • There have been 400,000,000 LEGO elements made in the 50 years of the brick
  • LEGO pirate minifigs were the first with heads that had features other than the classic smiley curved mouth and two eyes
  • Six eight-stud LEGO bricks can be put together in 915,103,765 ways
  • The word LEGO came from the Danish words leg-godt, meaning Play Well.
  • There are enough LEGO bricks in the world for each human to own 62.
  • 7 LEGO sets sell somewhere in the world every second.
  • Children all over the world spend about 5 billion hours annually playing with LEGO bricks.
  • It takes about 7 seconds in the mould for a LEGO element to cool from 232 degrees celcius.
  • The world's largest LEGO castle used 400,000 bricks.
  • End to end, the number of LEGO bricks sold in a year would go around the word 5 times
  • If you multiply that by the 50 years of the LEGO brick, you could circle the earth 250 times
  • If you built a tower of 40,000,000,000 LEGO bricks, you could reach the moon

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.

Subscribe to RSS Feeds using Facebook

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

This tutorial provides illustrated step by step instructions for subscribing to RSS Feeds using Facebook.

Important!

The tutorial assumes you have registered a Facebook account.  If you don't have a Facebook account please visit Facebook.com for further instructions.

What is Facebook?

Facebook is a Social Networking website that enables people from all over the world to interact.  It has many tools to allow this interaction, one of those being the ability to publish RSS Feeds straight to user profiles.

Step 1

Visit Facebook and view your Profile.  Above the Update Status Input Box is a Dropdown Menu triggered by clicking upon the purple triangle which faces downwards.

Subscribe to the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed using Facebook Step 1

From the Dropdown Menu select Import.

Step 2

The Update Status Input Box will be replaced with Import Options.

Click on Blog/RSS.

Step 3

Enter http://www.classic-pirates.com/feed into the Public URL Input Box and click the Import Button.

Subscribe to the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed using Facebook Step 4

Facebook will process the RSS Feed and once complete it will display the above information.

Congratulations!

Now, every time the Classic-Pirates.com frontpage is updated a snippet of information will appear on the subscribers Facebook profile.

Problems?  Questions?

Never fear!  We're here to help!  Discuss the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed in the LEGO Pirates Forum.  Let us know if you're having trouble or using a program we haven't got a tutorial for.

Other RSS Readers?

To see our complete list of RSS Reader Tutorials visit the Wonders of RSS page.

Subscribe to RSS Feeds using Feedreader

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

This tutorial provides illustrated step by step instructions for subscribing to RSS Feeds using Feedreader.

Important!

The tutorial assumes you have installed a working copy of Feedreader version 3 or above.  If you have not installed Feedreader, please visit the official Feedreader website for further instructions.

What is Feedreader?

Feedreader is a desktop RSS Reader which enables you to access RSS Feeds.  It can be launched when Windows first loads and sits in your System Tray for convenient access.

Step 1

Launch Feedreader then move your mouse over to the Dropdown Menus.

Subscribe to the Classic-Pirates.com RSS Feed using Feedreader Step 1

Select File -> New -> Feed OR press the F3 button.

Step 2

The Add Feed Input Box will appear.

Enter http://www.classic-pirates.com/feed into the Add Feed Input Box and click the Ok Button.

Wait for a moment while Feedreader downloads the RSS Feed.

Step 3

A list of News Items will appear in the Middle Pane.

Subscribe to the Classic-Pirates.com RSS Feed using Feedreader Step 3

Click on the News Item Titles and the complete News Item will appear in the Right Pane.

Step 4

You can Minimise Feedreader to the System Tray by closing it.

Go to File -> Exit OR click the  X button in the top right corner of the Feedreader Window and a dialogue box will appear.

Ensure the Remember my decision Checkbox is checked then click the Minimize to tray button.

Congratulations!

Every time the Classic-Pirates.com frontpage is updated the Feedreader will be  updated simultaneously and a notification will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Subscribe to the Classic-Pirates.com RSS Feed using Feedreader Finish

To access Feedreader at any time click on the three-dimension cube icon in the System Tray.

Problems?  Questions?

Never fear!  We're here to help!  Discuss the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed in the LEGO Pirates Forum.  Let us know if you're having trouble or using a program we haven't got a tutorial for.

Other RSS Readers?

To see our complete list of RSS Reader Tutorials visit the Wonders of RSS page.

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.

Subscribe to RSS Feeds using Firefox

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

This tutorial provides illustrated step by step instructions for subscribing to RSS Feeds using FireFox.

Important!

The tutorial assumes you have installed a working copy of FireFox version 2 or above.  If you have not installed FireFox, please visit the official FireFox website for further instructions.

Step 1

Classic-Pirates.com RSS News Feed Logo

Navigate to the Classic-Pirates.com website and click upon the RSS button (as pictured above).

OR

Enter http://www.classic-pirates.com/feed into the Address Bar of your FireFox browser. Clicking on the link should open it in a new Browser Tab.

Step 2

In the webpage which loads you should see the following:

Subscribe to RSS Feeds using FireFox Step 2a

Click upon the Subscribe Now button.

Step 3a

A dialogue box will appear:

Subscribe to Classic-Pirates.com RSS Feed Step 3a

This dialogue box allows you to choose whether you want to add the RSS Feed to the Bookmarks Toolbar which by default runs horizontally beneath the Navigation Toolbar.

Click the Add button.

Step 4a

The Classic-Pirates.com Feed will now appear as a Dropdown Menu in the Bookmarks Toolbar.

Subscribe to the Classic-Pirates.com RSS Feed Step 4a

Note

If your Bookmarks Toolbar already has numerous links, the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed Menu will appear in the Overflow Menu.

Adding the Classic-Pirates.com RSS to Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar

To locate the News Feed Menu click upon the >> Button on the far right of the Bookmarks Toolbar.

Adding the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed to the Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar

The Overflow Menu will appear with a list of links that can't fit into the Bookmark Toolbar.  The Classic-Pirates.com News Feed will most likely be placed at the bottom of the Overflow Menu.

Step 3b

Alternatively you can add the RSS Feed to the Bookmarks Pulldown Menu.

Subscribe to Classic-Pirates.com News Feed Step 3b

Click on the Create In Dropdown Combo Box and change the option to Bookmarks Menu or the Bookmarks Folder you want it to appear in.

Now click the Add button.

The Classic-Pirates.com News Feed will appear as a sub-menu in the Bookmarks Menu.

Note

The News Feed sub-menu will probably appear at the very bottom of the Bookmarks Menu, so you may need to drag it to the desired position.

Congratulations!

Every time the Classic-Pirates.com frontpage is updated, the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed menu will be  updated simultaneously.

Problems?  Questions?

Never fear!  We're here to help!  Discuss the Classic-Pirates.com News Feed in the LEGO Pirates Forum.  Let us know if you're having trouble or using a program we haven't got a tutorial for.

Other RSS Readers?

To see our complete list of RSS Reader Tutorials visit the Wonders of RSS page.

Classic Pirate Minifigures ~ Captain Redbeard

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

 

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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