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“Prying Eyes” by Evancelt

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 Featured Image for "Prying Eyes" by Evancelt

Evancelt, one of Brethren of the Brick Seas most prestigious MOC Experts who specializing in Duplo and playing around with minifigures cannot be stopped! As the epic Brick Seas war rages, Evan pries into the conflict between Corrington and the Lotii, complete with exclusive behind the scenes photography.

Yes, you get to see his lighting setup…

The Story

With Major Brickford away leading the expeditionary forces on Terraversa with Colonel Allcock, Captain Keats was left in charge of the fledging settlement at Brickford Landing.

When Keats heard shots to the east, he hurriedly loaded his pistol and rallied nearby men to accompany him in the direction of the sound. As much of Brickford Landing was still dense jungle, the beach provided the easiest route of travel.

Coming upon two of his men, the Captain asked for a report. He learned that two unknown men in plainclothes had been sneaking along the edge of the eastern picket. Corlander forces had asked them to identify themselves and the men had fired upon them. The Corrington men returned fire, killing one of the assailants and wounding the other, who they now had under guard.

Following an initial attempt at interrogation, it became clear the prisoner didn’t speak much of the Corlander tongue. Bringing in a villager to help translate, Captain Keats could tell from the translated questions that the man spoke Lotii natively.

What were the Lotii doing scouting out Brickford Landing? Keats immediately tripled the perimeter guard.


That poor browncoat…


The Redcoats are done resting in the jungle practicing so they can prevent unwanted guests from entering when needed.


One sad Imperial Guard… He should be happy now they have a prisoner


The angry Browncoat wants to escape… but the odds are stacked against him.

Evancelt writes:

OOC: I wanted to bring attention back to the fact that Corrington is still at war with the Lotii, and figured this would be a fun way.

Also wanted to use two new KTown Bricks minifigs I got recently: a redcoat officer and a browncoat

I’m a big fan of ring lights for providing easy cheap lighting for photos. One downside of them is sometimes a ring-shaped glare appears on the subject! This time I tried using masking tape to attach printer paper to the ring lights and that helped diffuse the light (and light shape!) further.


Take a sneak peak at Evancelt’s room… look at that comfortable sofa! The Studio


About the Builder…

Ah yes, the legendary Evancelt – that name sure does come up a lot, doesn’t it?  We don’t even know if he pronounces it “Evan-selt” or “Evan-kelt”. Regardless, you should be impressed by his steady output of creations which often masterfully employ Duplo elements. Yes, that’s right, he steals his kids’ toys!

You can connect with Evan via Instagram and Flickr where you’ll be treated to more of masterful builds (which may or may not incorporate Duplo). And then there’s his website which showcases his builds relating to Brethren of the Brick Seas.

Want to see more Pirate MOCs by other Eurobricks members? Check out the main LEGO Pirates forum, an adventure awaits you!

“Spanish Frigate Phama” by Boeing 787 8 Dreamliner

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 Featured Image for “Spanish Frigate Phama” by Boeing 787 8 Dreamliner

With a name like Boeing 787 8 Dreamliner you’d probably assume the builder was heavily focused on building aircraft MOCs. Well, what a daft assumption that is!

Mister Dreamliner makes his debut in Pirate MOC Forum with a frigate he’s dubbed Phama due it’s a highly notorious reputation as an opium smuggling vessel!

It clocks in at a whopping 6,836 pieces and measures 100cm (3’3″) in length – and they tell the Imperial Guards its a cruise ship!

Boeing_787_8_dreamliner writes:

“Nuestra Senora de las Phama”

That loosely translates to “Our Lady of Fame” in case you were wondering… oh, you weren’t. Never mind!

Spanish Frigate Phama Side View 1

Observe how the sails and rigging are all brick built in one tidy package


Spanish 5th rank frigate


  • 26 x 18 lb long guns
  • 22 x 18 lb carronade
  • 4 x swivel bream

Jose Manuel de Labart

330 man

6836 parts


  • 63 cm height
  • 31 cm width
  • 100 cm length
  • Keel laid in Cadiz: 01.06.1794
  • Launched: 15.08.1798

Spanish Frigate Phama with Brick-built Sails

Flying the Spanish colours she sails off to great adventures!

Spanish Frigate Phama Side View 3

Nothing like having your name plastered across your bum stern


Based on plans by Alson Bueno

  • 1798 – 1800 Equipment and passage to the Caribbean

Captured on the return voyage from HMS Agamemnon, HMS Endominion; HMS Amphion and HMS Bellona 1807

  • Purchased and commissioned by the Royal Navy
  •  until 1815 in blockade service
  • 1815 Sold and scrapped

Phama entering the port of Havana 1800

  • 03.05.1801 capture of HMS Sparrow
  • 09.10.1802 Battle of HMS Indefatigable
  • 01.02.1804 Capture of HMS Amelia
  • 1805-1807 transport of a Spanish emissary to China

Spanish Frigate Phama Side View 4

Intruders beware! This lady commands the waters – how many cannon do you count?

Spanish Frigate Phama Size Comparison

Let’s just take a moment to admire how HUGE this frigate is!

Spanish Frigate Phama Front View

The bow complete with ornate figurehead

Spanish Frigate Phama Rear View

Let us finish with the stern… for that is what you’ll see when she sails off after blasting your vessel to smithereens!

About the Builder…

Boeing 787 8 Dreamliner (Frank Mäurer) is another one master builder with a digital shipyard right inside his computer.

He was an impressive fleet of tall ships which is continuously expanding and berthed through his Flickr account. If you navigate to his Instagram, you’ll discover things haven’t always been pixel-perfect, for once upon a time, he built MOCs with a modern military flavour using physical LEGO bricks!

Now, when you’re done admiring this frigate, plot a course to the LEGO Pirates Forum and discuss Fregatte Phama with Frank and the Classic Pirates!

“Armada Port” by BrickHammer on LEGO Ideas reaches 10K Supporters

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022 Featured Image for “Armada Port” by BrickHammer on LEGO Ideas reaches 10K Supporters

51 Product Ideas Qualify for the Second 2022 LEGO Ideas Review

LEGO Ideas September 2022 Review

That’s quite a selection of entries!

It’s official, Armada Port has entered the review phase.

This morning, we closed the latest review qualification round with a massive 51 submissions reaching the 10,000 supporter milestone and qualifying for the Second 2022 Review.

These 51 product ideas have hit the 10,000 supporter milestone between the months of early May 2022 and today’s review qualification date, the 5th of September 2022. Congratulations to all 10K members who’ve made it to this milestone!

Product Ideas hitting 10,000 supporters after today’s deadline will be eligible for the next review period instead which starts on the 2nd of January, 2023.

We look forward to celebrating our 10K Club members through the 10K Club Interview series, which will kick-off as soon as we’ve announced the First 2022 review results.

Have a favourite or perhaps multiple favourites? Let us know in the comments what you’re hoping will make it through this review.

A whopping 51 entries in total but Armada Port is the only pirate-themed submission – unless you count THE GOONIES 360°.

It also should be noted that BrickHammer has a second 10K submission “Viking Village” in the same LEGO Ideas Review so it will be interesting to see if this has any effect on the outcome.

Read more about it on the official LEGO Ideas blog.

LEGO Ideas Team’s Official Announcement

An announcement has been made, so here is an except containing all the vital details:

Congratulations on 10,000 supporters, BrickHammer!

Hi BrickHammer,

Congratulations on once again reaching the 10,000 supporter milestone! What an achievement it is!

We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.

The LEGO Review Begins in September 2022

This project qualifies for the Second 2022 Review, which includes projects that reach 10,000 supporters between early May 2022 and early September 2022. For more information about the LEGO review process, please see the Project Guidelines and House Rules.

We will post follow-up information and our decision here.

You can read the complete announcement in the Official LEGO Comments on the Armada Port submission webpage.

Support Achieved!

LEGO Ideas Armada Port reaches 10K supporters

Support has been achieved! Now we await the LEGO Ideas Team’s official comment…

Thank you to everyone who took their time to support this wonderful creation!  Visit the LEGO Ideas project page to see the result for yourself, or continue reading this blog post for more news, images and behind the scenes commentary from BrickHammer.

Seven times LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member, BrickHammer has returned with yet another stunning creation, “Armada Port!

This seaside stronghold has already attracted more than 9,000 6,300 supporters and has more than 700 days remaining, giving it a decent phenomenally good shot at reaching 10K supporters.

So let’s make it happen! Let’s all unite and tell The LEGO Group it’s time to release a brand new Pirate-themed set! It’s been more than two years, after all!

March over to the LEGO Ideas project page and click the SUPPORT button right now!  And then leave a comment while you’re at it! Or continue reading this blog post for exclusive commentary from BrickHammer about the build.

BrickHammer writes:

Pirates and buccaneers beware!

Too long have you preyed on weak and unprotected merchant ships! Too long have you raided small Caribbean Islands and ports! Too long have you roamed the seven seas without meeting any real resistance! Now you will have to face the justice of the mighty Imperial Armada!

This “Armada Port” is an homage to the beloved 90s Imperial Armada pirates subtheme, which only ever got a single fort like structure! While sets like the “Eldorado Fortress” were clearly based on the British Empire, this all new design uses elements of real life Caribbean architecture to pay tribute to the Spanish Armada while also trying to capture the spirit of Caribbean ports like Havana!

The Overview

Armada Port Front View

Watch out, the Imperial Armada finally have a stronghold! 

Armada Port Front View

BrickHammer has skillfully woven traditional Spanish-style architecture into the design, particularly the turret and tejas curvas roofing

Armada Port Back View 1

This port is the stronghold the Imperial Armada deserves!

Armada Fort Back View 2

The back…  What might be hidden in that cave? Spinoza’s coconut stash?


Here’s the floor plan

Armada Port Back View 2

Not one, but THREE parrots!

Armada Port Rear View 3

The port is immaculately detailed and elevates the crane concept found in 6244 Armada Sentry to another level

The Build

Armada Port Separated

The building can be separated into 9 pieces for easy access.

BrickHammer provides us with further details of his creation:

The build consists of a small Caribbean island complete with a bay, a rocky cliff, a cave, palm trees, parrots and a monkey. Despite the small size of the island, this Caribbean trading post consists of several interesting structures:
  1. A small wooden peer
  2. A crane
  3. A boat
  4. An open storehouse to store incoming goods
  5. A small residential house
  6. and the big Armada fort on the cliffs above the bay!
The fort itself consists of:
  1. The governor’s house, which contains a war room, a storage for treasure, an armoury and bunk beds for the port’s garrison,
  2. and a bastion with cannons and a bell to sound the alarm in case of a pirate attack!
The “Armada Port” consists of 2980 pieces including 3 parrots, a monkey and 4 minifigures:
  1. The port’s governor
  2. An Armada guard
  3. An Armada sailor
  4. and a female merchant!
Length: 38 cm.
Width: 38 cm.
Height: 24 cm.
Armada Port Interior 1

Looks cozy! But it seems a little too small for old Cannonball Cordoba

Armada Port Interior 2

Is this Don Diego de LEGO, leader of the Imperial Armada, 25 years later?

Armada Port Docks

Labonita Legola just finished drinking sangria lemonade…

The Design Process

BrickHammer explains how he arrived at the final design:

After my first LEGO IDEAS submission Imperial Island Fort) was turned down I immediately started to plan a redesign of the project. I always start my designs with a very clear vision in my head and for this redesign I had two major goals: 1. I wanted to make the design a lot more colourful and 2. I wanted to add as much depth and verticality as possible within the 3k parts limit of LEGO IDEAS. On top of that, instead of going back to the “old” red coats, who already had their big “Eldorado Fortress”, I decided to honour the legacy of the Armada faction which only ever received one bulding: The Armada Sentry!

I had started the project about a year ago but then put it on ice because I was not really happy with the results. At one point I just decided to move on to other designs and have created a couple of them since then. You can see the final result of my first attempt in the picture below. Even though this was far from finished it is clearly visible that the proportions and the over all layout would have looked super weird.

Brickhammer's Armada Port Prototype

Brickhammer’s first attempt… which he wasn’t satisfied with

I then returned to the project in early May 2022 and finished it in about two weeks. My main hobby is martial arts and for some reason I keep injuring myself which then results in me having more time to build. In a way this project is thus brought to you by my broken rib! However, two weeks are a rather long time for me. Some of my projects were built within two or three days (even some of the ones that made it to 10k). The rendering usually takes a longer than the building!

To get a better feeling for the general shape of the island I used a couple of placeholders to determine the relative size and location of the different structures, as can be seen in the picture below:

Armada Port Work In Progress

A behind the scenes exclusive!

After I was satisfied with the results of the first couple of test renderings, I also made sure that the geography of the whole island was visually appealing from all angles and that there was a good mixture between 90 degree angles and odd angled elements, as can be seen from a bird’s eye view:

Armada Port Top View

Helicopter Sea eagle view

Once, I was happy with the general shape I started to design the different buildings in detail. While the fortification and the smaller houses were quite easy to design, I struggled a lot with the design of the main building. Originally I had planned to include a big arch with a bell, but was unable to find a design that did not look like a church! In the end I decided to move the bell to the right outer wall and go for a more basic roof design, since I really did not want to make the building look like a chapel. You can see a couple of different variations for the roof structure below:

Armada Port Roof Structure 1

Armada Port version 2.0

Armada Port Roof Structure 3

And this one with a bell but no minfigs… Version 2.1

The Minifigs

The Imperial Armada minifigures never received names in the set packaging or retail catalogues. However, the Northern American, LEGO Mania Magazine and Shop At Home catalogues referred to the minifig with the bright red torso as “The Admiral. The March/April 1996 issue of LEGO Mania Magazine held a contest to determine his name, offering “Billy Cannonball Cordoba” and “Don Diego de LEGO” as suggestions, along with a write-in option to allow participants to submit their own.

The LEGO Minifigures of Armada Port

Minifig lineup – do we have Don Diego de LEGO®, Captain Valiant and Cannonball Cordoba? But who is the senorita?

But alas, the winning name was never announced! The July/August 1996 issue merely stated three names offered by fans; “Sir Sail-a-Lot”, “Don Juan DeMented” and “Chrislego Columbia”. So without a canonical designation, later magazines, catalogs and even video games continued referring to him as “The Admiral.

Some sources state the UK Bricks ‘n Pieces Magazine named the minifig “Sergeant Speedy. Although, the magazine’s narrative mentions this character springing to action at the “outpost”, which could be a reference to 6244 Armada Sentry, rather than any of the Imperial Armada minifigures onboard the Santa Cruz (6280 Armada Flagship).

The green torsoed Captain Valiant was also mentioned on the same page, only his name and dialogue was used in conjunction with the speech bubble above the minifigure speaking the same lines.

Not to worry, the Classic Pirates are happy put forth naming suggestions! Let’s give “Cannonball Cordoba” to the new soldier who doesn’t resemble any past Imperial Armada figures, and “Labonita Legola” to the stunning senorita.

But what do you think? Could these minfigures be given better names? Or should we honour the past and use what previous media has offered?

BrickHammer’s Closing Words:

Armada Port Roof Structure 2

They seem a bit confused… Imperial Guard flags instead of Imperial Armada flags?

I am really happy with how my “Armada Port” turned out! If you like it you can check it out on the LEGO IDEAS website!

If you have any questions please ask! I really appreciate criticism and feedback!

How Can I Help?

1. Support on LEGO Ideas

The very first thing you can do is support the submission on LEGO Ideas!

The Yellow Support Button on LEGO Ideas

Click the Yellow Support Button

Just click on the Yellow Support Button:

  • To the right of the main image on Desktop
  • Beneath the main image on Mobile

2. Comment on LEGO Ideas

Write a comment on the project page and tell everyone why you think Armada Port will make a great set!

The comments on LEGO Ideas

Commenting let’s LEGO.com know the project is popular, so recommend it to more people

Scroll down beneath the main image and click the Comments link.

You’ll need to be logged into your LEGO.com account to submit a comment.  If you don’t have an account you’ll need to create one – it’ll be worth it!

Just be sure you read the House Rules before submitting anything!

3. Share on Social Media

One you’ve done that, share it to social media! Share to your friends or relevant LEGO Pirate groups.

Share from LEGO Ideas

You can share directly from the LEGO Ideas project page by clicking the Share Project link to the right of the main image.

Share link on LEGO Ideas

Share straight from LEGO Ideas!

Share from Classic-Pirates.com

The Classic Pirates have made it easy for you. At the bottom of this post are some share buttons to each of the major Social Media platforms.

Classic-Pirates.com Post Share Buttons

Make good use of these!

So scroll down and share to yer heart’s content!

Social Media Story Graphic for Amarda Port

If the answer is “No” get to the LEGO Ideas project page at once!

About the Builder…

BrickHammer specializes in digital builds within the Pirates and Castle theme and has achieved 10,000 supporters for SEVEN different LEGO Ideas projects.  That’s right, 10,000 supporters for each of the the seven seas! To be dazzled by more of his fantastic builds, check out his InstagramLEGO Ideas profile, and Eurobricks profile.

Now, have ye pledged yer support for this beautiful build? If not set a direct course to LEGO Ideas project page at once!  Then tell us yer thoughts on Armada Port. Do you think it would make a worthy addition to the Imperial Armada subtheme? What do you like about it? Could there be improvements? What would you do differently if you were the builder?

Visit the LEGO Pirates Forum and share yer thoughts with the Classic Pirates!

“Wine Garden, Lavalette” by CapOnBOBS

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 Featured Image for "RNTC Wine Garden, Lavalette" by CapOnBOBS

We’ve already established the good folk of the Brick Seas love a drink, or ten… but that’s just the tip of the spritzer. They even have sprawling wine festivals with floral arrangements to match their flags. A grandiose occasion to be sure!

CapOnBOBS expands his Brethren of the Brick Seas empire further with “RNTC Wine Garden, Lavalette“, an homage to grog guzzling events like Oktoberfest, only done in digital LEGO Pirates style. As you can see, the Soldiers are having tons of fun… Maybe a bit too much fun considering they go back on duty in 10 minutes!

CapOnBOBS writes:

The popularity of the RNTC [Blog post link to be updated]‘s Vineyard of Light wines has kept a steady pressure on the trade company to increase production and availability. This demand, plus the profits on sales of course… has led the Vineyard to purchase a prime piece of real estate in downtown Lavalette to showcase their wines.

With a style somewhat inspired by the large fest tents used in places like Punto Sur to celebrate Oktoberfest, the style is also recognizably consistent with the large sprawling vineyard buildings on the outskirts of town.


Everyone is getting drunk drinking responsibly, and they couldn’t be more thrilled with the new wine garden!

The Story

Now that the Vineyard of light owns a large artisan location downtown, patrons don’t need to haul themselves into the hills on the outskirts of the growing city in order to enjoy the popular wines right from the source.


Hey!! I forgot my ID… which one of you lovely Soldiers would like to let me in?  Governor Broadside may need to pass a new law to allow minors.

A popular location now for the local garrison, the locals, and tourists, there is always a steady crowd enjoying a glass in the open air garden and the powerful scent of the flowers lining the seating areas.


Nothing to see here, just  fermented regular old grape juice

For a little extra, you can pay to go up into the VIP loft. Many of the undeniably legitimate merchants, so legitimate that you would never need to bother specifying that they are legitimate because it is automatically assumed… like to flaunt their completely legitimately earned wealth by reserving the VIP for their loyal crews to reward them for their totally above board job performance.


They still need to get back downstairs. Was it good value for the gold they paid? For an amazing experience like this, absolutely!

All in all, a happening new spot to enjoy a bottle of the RNTC’s new popular line of Vineyard of Light wines any time of day, now accessible in downtown Lavalette.


Was this picture taken by Sea Eagle? No, Sea Eagle was drunk too.

About the Builder…

If you’ve visited Classic-Pirates.com previously, you’re probably aware CapOnBOBS is a regular contributor to Brethren of the Brick Seas. Yer know, the phenomenal LEGO Pirates building game which anyone insane enough to contribute with MOC building skills can join.

Follow the good CapOn on Flickr to witness more his digital wizardry – he doesn’t a use a single brick which exists in physical reality (that’s a lie).

Or, for more great MOCs, especially the Pirate themed creations, look no further than the Pirate MOCs subforum, benevolent child of the ever enduring LEGO Pirates forum. You’ll be amazed it’s lasted this long!

“Pirates of Toilet Cove” by Nick Lafreniere reaches 10K on LEGO Ideas

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 Featured Image for "Pirates of Toilet Cove" by Nick Lafreniere


Wonderful news, LEGO Pirates fans! 10K LEGO Ideas submission, The LEGO Toilet by Nick Lafreniere has qualified for the First 2022 LEGO Ideas Review.

Not only that but another two Pirate themed creations are currently sailing through the irrational and dangerous waters of the Third 2021 LEGO Ideas Review phase: Land Ahoy by Ralf Ranghaal and Pirate Tavern by Revan New. Let us give them support in the comments of the official blog post announcement!

The LEGO Ideas Team writes:

Hi NickLafreniere1,

Congratulations on once again reaching the 10,000 supporter milestone! What an achievement it is!

We now officially advance this project to the Review phase.

What happens now?

This project moves from the Idea stage to the Review stage. A “LEGO Review Board” composed of designers, product managers, and other key team members will examine the idea. We’ll build concept models and determine if the concept meets our high standards for what it takes to be a LEGO product. This includes factors such as playability, safety, and fit with the LEGO brand. Every potential LEGO product goes through a process like this and must meet the same standards.

The LEGO Review Begins in May 2022

This project qualifies for the First 2022 Review, which includes projects that reach 10,000 supporters between early January 2022 and early May 2022. For more information about the LEGO review process, please see the Project Guidelines and House Rules.

The Original Post:

A fine upstanding gentleman named Thomas Crapper invented the flushing toilet. It was an outstanding  invention which allowed the everyday person to carryout their business without the need to leave the house… or dig a hole in the backyard. But what does a crapper have to do with LEGO Pirates you may ask?

The enterprising Nick Lafreniere took it upon himself to recreate this technological marvel in LEGO form. But he didn’t stop there! He took things one step further and implemented a clever way for fearsome buccaneers to stash their treasure.  After all, the treasure hungry Imperial Guards, and the even greedier Imperial Armada probably won’t be too keen to go bobbing around a latrine in the search of gold.

Nick writes:

This is an example of imaginative play. If you think it’s disgusting, make sure you take a closer look before you completely judge it!

Pirates of toilet cove all

Set includes main toilet model, informational plaque with miniature toilet, toilet brush, brick separator, and a minifigure with toolbox and plunger

Exploded view of the toilet

The toilet seat can be raised/lowered and the toilet tank top lifts off

From LEGO Ideas:

Getting 10,000 supporters can make this project a real LEGO set. You can help by voting for the project! Simply click ‘Support’ at the top right of this page to vote for my project. 

Set Description
Build the most detailed plastic model of a toilet you have ever seen – The LEGO Toilet! Recreate this classic bathroom staple and learn about the mechanical parts that go into a toilet fixture. This beautifully shaped model makes for a wonderful conversation piece and collectible to add to your LEGO collection.

You will be amazed at the functional mechanism, which is built of Technic pieces and pulls on a mini chain that in turn pulls open the “flapper” inside the toilet tank. Remember to put the toilet seat down – or not, it’s your toilet!


  • Model measures 21 cm long, 13 cm wide, and 22 cm tall. 550 pieces.
  • The toilet seat can be raised/lowered and the toilet tank top lifts off.
  • Mechanical parts such as the flush arm, flapper, overflow tube, and float are represented in LEGO form in the toilet tank.
  • Includes main toilet model, informational plaque with miniature toilet, toilet brush, brick separator, and a minifigure with toolbox and plunger.

View from behind at the toilet

Mechanical parts such as the flush arm, flapper, overflow tube, and float are represented in LEGO form in the toilet tank

About the Builder…

Nick is a Canadian AFOL, building for his country, or so his LEGO Ideas profile states. There you will find other marvelous creations he’s submitted in the hope you’ll vote… and the projects will eventually reach 10K…. and then the LEGO Ideas team will mercilessly reject them select them for production so he receives a bunch of free LEGO sets and a commission on the sales.

For the toilet discussion visit LEGO Pirates forum and give us your thought about this original creation.

“Imperial Island Fort” by BrickHammer rejected by LEGO Ideas Team

Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 Featured Image for "Imperial Island Fort" by BrickHammer REJECTED by LEGO Ideas Team"


Feb 22, 2022

Terrible news, mateys! “Imperial Island Fort” has been rejected by the LEGO Ideas Team during the Second 2021 LEGO Ideas Review.

Instead, they selected A-Frame Cabin by Norton74 (Andrea Lattanzio) and BTS Dynamite by JBBrickFanatic (Josh Bretz) and BangtanBricks (Jacob)

So let them know what a terrible decision they’ve made in the comments of the official blog post announcement!

The LEGO Ideas Team writes:

LEGO Review Results for Imperial Island Fort

First and foremost, congratulations to BrickHammer for reaching 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas, and toward everyone for all of the support of the Imperial Island Fort project! The results of the LEGO Review are in and you can see full details on the LEGO Ideas Blog.

Review Results for Imperial Island Fort
Our team has thoroughly considered the possibility of releasing this project as a LEGO set according to the criteria of the LEGO Review. Unfortunately, the LEGO Review Board has decided that we will not produce this project as a set.

Thank you to BrickHammer for the passion and creativity that went into this project, and to all of you who voted so that we would have the opportunity to consider this as a potential LEGO set. We’re sorry to deliver this disappointing news.


May 21, 2021

Wonderful news, mateys! 10K LEGO Ideas submission, “Imperial Island Fort” by BrickHammer (along with 34 other submissions) has qualified for the Second 2021 LEGO Ideas Review.

This is the second LEGO Pirates themed submission to qualify for review and the first Imperial Guard sub-theme submission to sail across the qualification line.

The LEGO Ideas Team writes:

This morning, we closed the latest review qualification round with 34 submissions reaching the 10,000 supporter milestone and therefore qualifying for the Second 2021 Review.

These 34 product ideas have hit the 10,000 supporter milestone between the months of early May 2021 and today’s review qualification date, the 6th September 2021. We’d like to offer our congratulations to all 10K members who’ve made it this far!

Product Ideas hitting 10,000 supporters after today’s deadline will be eligible for the next review period instead that starts on the 10th of January, 2022. In fact, one project just missed the deadline and will therefore be a part of the next review.

We look forward to celebrating our 10K Club members through the 10K Club Interview series, which will kick-off as soon as we’ve announced the First 2021 review results.

Have a favourite or perhaps multiple favourites? Let us know in the comments what you’re hoping will make it through this review.

A Promising Sign!

Earlier in 2021 Pirate fans raised concern when they noticed the BrickLink Designer Program was not crowdfunding any Pirate themed sets, despite three (or potentially 4) Pirate submissions reaching 10K in support. Not mention, every fort we’ve been posting on Instagram has been receiving exceeding 3K likes.

An Imperial Fortress is certainly a welcome sign, but let’s not get our hopes up because it may not pass review. Also, let’s consider this submission is competing with around half a dozen Castle themed submissions, including a medieval harbour and there has never been a medieval take on a harbour released as an official set.

At the bottom of the official LEGO Ideas blog post is a comment section to express your enthusiasm so the LEGO Group know how much you’d LOVE an Imperial Fortress. So get commenting!

The One that got Away

Another Pirate themed related submission, Land Ahoy By Ralf Ranghaal narrowly missed out for review as it failed to achieve 10K supporters before the deadline.

But that means it’s a prime candidate for the first 2022 review. Isn’t that right, LEGO Group?

No, that’s wrong! It actually qualifies for the Third 2021 Review according to the 36 Product Ideas Qualify for the Third 2021 LEGO Ideas Review blog post, published 11 January, 2022 on the official LEGO Ideas Blog.


"Land Ahoy" by Ralf Ranghaal

This creation proves the Earth definitely isn’t flat

The Original Post:

This small island fortress is a blend of classic LEGO strongholds like the 6267 Eldorado Fortress and actual real life Caribbean architecture! Well not really, according to historical accuracy, but it sure does look great in LEGO form! Just overlook the fact BrickHammer has used the Soldier’s flag in conjunction with the Imperial Guard minifgures.

The island consists of a big main castle on top of a rocky cliff and a pier beneath it. The castle contains a gatehouse tower and the governor’s house! The pier beneath the castle is fortified with 2 cannon bastions to guard the island from incoming pirate ships or Imperial Armada attacks!

The proposed set includes around 1,500 pieces.

Render of "Imperial Island Fort" by BrickHammer - Front

There may be some confusion with the flags…

BrickHammer writes:

The Idea
Since I was a child I have been a big fan of pirates and the old pirate LEGO theme! Now as an adult I am still an avid fan of history! This small island fortress is therefore supposed to be a blend of nostalgic classic LEGO red coat fortresses like the Eldorado Fortress and actual real life Caribbean architecture!

The Build
The island consists of a big main castle on top of a rocky cliff and a pier beneath it. The castle contains a gatehouse tower and the governor’s house!
The pier beneath the castle is fortified with 2 cannon bastions to guard the island from incoming pirate ships or Armada attacks!

About 1500 pieces.

Render of "Imperial Island Fort" by BrickHammer - Side

The Imperial Guards could have a stronghold to rival Eldorado Fortress!

Render of "Imperial Island Fort" by BrickHammer - Back

The rear approach is also guarded by a battery – they will not be flanked!

Render of "Imperial Island Fort" by BrickHammer - Side

Note to designers: put cannons on swivel bases for better coverage

"Imperial Island Fort" by BrickHammer - Admiral's Quarters

That candle allows the Admiral to strategize at night – meanwhile Governor Broadside drinks wine from a yellow goblet every evening

Render of "Imperial Island Fort" - Celebrations out front

Actually, the Admiral also doesn’t mind a drink, or three…

About the Builder…

BrickHammer is a 5 times 10K LEGO Ideas Club Member. Yes, that’s right, FIVE of his submissions have reached 10K supporters and here’s his LEGO Ideas profile to prove it! He’s a very talented digital builder and posts regular updates on his Instagram, so be sure to follow him for more exciting creations.

If you’re not familiar with his Imperial Island Fort, visit the LEGO Ideas submission webpage for additional updates.

And, as always, swing by the LEGO Pirates Forum and share your excitement about Imperial Island Fort – maybe another LEGO Pirate themed set will go into production! After all, rumour has it, 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay is coming to the end of its run later in 2021.

“The Treasure” by Piraten

Thursday, April 14th, 2022 Featured Image for "The Treasure" by Piraten

While the word treasure immediately conjures images of a simple chest bulging with gold and doubloons, talented builder Piraten decided to improve our limited imagination with his unbelievable recreation of the real treasure, the Danish crown.

Piraten writes:

This MOC is inspired by the Danish designer Jim Lyngvild and his book about the royal line. Based on Christian the 5 coronation crown which is part of the Danish crown regalia and are exhibited at Rosenborg Castle.

It is meant to be easily recognizable via the light blue globe, as well as the shape with 8 diamond-studded hangers, and of course the large blue sapphire in the front!

Who wouldn’t like to have their very own treasure made out of bricks!? Perhaps someone who plays princess or king with his own crown or the pirates where it is part of their hidden treasure… or the knights returning from a crusade and have to coronate their new king! This will make a fantastic display piece in any environment.

There are many more play options. It was an enjoyable build and many other LEGO collectors should enjoy this special build as well.

It contains around 2000 bricks and took approx 1 ½ month to gather all the bricks and build it.


The designer Piraten with his crown jewels

You can give your SUPPORT here.

About the Builder…

Danish designer, Piraten (Brian Steffensen Vestergaard) is one of those rare builders who gives his MOCs the whole new level of amazing. If you are not familiar with his work you can find him on several social platforms where he regularly shares some of his brilliant ideas:

Or, if you are on the lookout for old and well preserved classic sets, then visit his Piraten Shop and find that one set which you always wanted but never had.

Before you sail away into the sunset, give us your two pieces of eight about this MOC by clicking the big red shiny button bellow.

“Pirate Inn” by Pantelis

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 Featured Image for "Pirate Inn" by Pantelis

Question: What do you get when you cross a Classic Castle set like 3739 Blacksmith Shop and the recent 3 in 1 Creator Set Pirate Ship?

You get this this fine Pirate Inn by Pantelis! Definitely not somewhere an honest law-abiding citizen would lodge for the night, but if you’re a LEGO Pirate, oh boy – what a great place to plot your next treasure voyage!

A collage of renders of "Pirate Inn" by Pantelis

A complete view of the inn

Pantelis writes:

Hello to all mates, some old LEGO sets like 3739 gave me some inspiration to imagine how to build a Pirate Inn… it’s something that I wanted for my pirates friends!

Pirate Inn from the side with pie

The kitchen is well equipped and serves everything from steak to humble pie

LEGO Pirate Inn Interior

Everyone gets their own room… after sharing bunks on a ship this luxury accommodation!

And now you may wonder… how did that chap in the bicorne get a hold of Captain Ironhook’s vest?

"Pirate Inn" by Pantelis from Main Entrance

No Pirate Inn would be complete without a monkey and parrot.
Chickens are there because they’re tasty.

But what if it were a Castle MOC?

Pantelis also explores the Castle inspiration which influenced his build by simply swapping out the pirate-related elements. As you can see, this creation suits either theme well, and on that note, the same could possibly be said for some of the official Pirate and Castle sets.

Medieval Variant of Priate Inn

An homepage to the original set or has the pub really been standing since medieval times?

Now it’s a Guarded Inn! Unfortunately, Pantelis hasn’t provided us with a render of the Imperial Guards or Soldiers paying the pub an inspection a visit.

"Pirate Inn" by Pantelis from the back

If we remove the pirate-themed accoutrements, how does it look?
Absolutely fantastic, just with less pirate vibes…

Not familiar with 3739 Blacksmith Shop?

Maybe you’re youngin’ and lack knowledge of the dark times before LEGO Ideas… Well, they weren’t dark, but you know…   Back in the early 2000’s when the Blacksmith Shop was released, there weren’t any official platforms allowing AFOLs to submit their creations in the hope, that someday, these submissions would be produced as official LEGO sets.

Exterior of LEGO set 3739 Blacksmith Shop

A photo of the exterior of 3739 Blacksmith Shop

Nay, none of that convenience! LEGO Ideas was first launched under the name “CUUSOO” in 2008 but AFOL communities had began appearing as early as the late 90s.  Back in those frontier times, hopeful fans would send their set proposals to the LEGO Group and hope one of the LEGO representatives would take heed… and maybe if you pestered them enough, they’d pass details on to their commanding officers who says “Jolly good! We can make a buck off this!” (wishful thinking).

Interior of LEGO set 3739 Blacksmith Shop

Now you can see where Pantelis got his inspiration from…

Blacksmith Shop was first released on 30th March, 2000 by Daniel Siskind, and during 2001, he negotiated a licensing agreement with the LEGO Group to produce it as an official set. It was the very first set in LEGO’s “My Own Creations” range which saw release in 2002. As typical with fan inspired sets, the product designers modified the interior furnishings, but kept the exterior true to Dan’s original concept.

If you’d like to learn more about the Blacksmith Shop, peruse this discussion in the LEGO History Themes Forum.

Also, the Classic Pirates would like to acknowledge we stole the above images from The Plastic Brick, who has performed admirably at providing the interwebs with fantastic LEGO set photography.

About the Builder…

Pantelis just loves to scare pirates… and AFOLs too! Seriously, he mainly focuses upon builds for the Pirates and Castle themes using REAL bricks. However, that may have changed lately because he’s dabbling more and more in the digital realm, check out his Eldorado Fortress modification for a fine example of this.

To indulge in even more Pantelis perfection, follow him on Flickr and Instagram, or you sail by the LEGO Pirates Forum to discuss this MOC with the Classic Pirates and Pantelis, himself.

“Pirate Island of the Barracuda Bay” by Pantelis

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 Featured Image for "Pirate Island of the Barracuda Bay" by Pantelis

Pantelis, the LEGO Pirates Forum‘s in-house master of Pirate and Castle creations, has constructed a build using the highly popular 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay as the basis.  He loved the ship aspect so much, he felt the need to upgrade the island component – the two must exist together, for there cannot only be two!

A photo

A photo

The Indigo Islanders are just playing around… Stealing the Pirates’ valuable treasure…

Photo of ships

Two beauties together!


A photo

This picture provides a more detailed view of the stunning build.

Pantelis writes:

Hi to all folks again. After the Barracuda Bay set arrived to me I enjoyed every minute of the build. The set is excellent and for me like a man of the ’80s was so nostalgic. The truth is that the ship is fantastic and is a very good reason to buy this set.

So the ship must be built for me and I tried to make something with this island. So this is my mod version of the Pirate Island.

I hope you have fun with the build!


Maybe the Islanders and the Pirates are having a rafting competition?


Can the shark be saved before it’s too late? Nah, that’s the Pirates dinner!


Have a look inside the guesthouse prison…

Not familiar with Pirates of Barracuda Bay?

21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay is the third biggest LEGO Ideas set to date and the only one that is related to LEGO Pirates (although Ray the Castaway may change this in the future). Released in 2020, it contains a whopping 2,545 pieces and 8 minifigures, including a more senior Captain Redbeard, along with his cohorts, Lady Anchor, Robin Loot and the highly decorated Tatooga.

Based on an original design by Bricky Brick and developed further by the LEGO Ideas team, Barracuda Bay is not just a shipwreck island, but a revision of 6285 Black Seas Barracuda for the modern age.  The ship was refined in every way possible while all the major details of the original set were kept. Highly regarded as the only decent one of the finest Pirates sets since 1993, it is a favorite of both LEGO Pirates and LEGO Ideas fans.

And the keen eyed LEGO Pirate fanatics will observe the blue and black striped sail originated from the dreaded 4+ Pirates set, 7072 Captain Kragg’s Pirate Boat, thus providing further evidence those wretched sets do have a modicum of potential to talented MOCers.

About the Builder…

Pantelis specializes in building MOCs within the Pirates and Castle themes, and a vast majority of them are built with real bricks (opposed to the fictional bricks). He is often found in the Pirate MOCs sub forum, sharing his creations which never cease to impress all who lay their eyes upon these wonders. You can view more of his builds on his Eurobricks profile or follow him on Instagram for regular updates.

“Fortress of Hunyadi” by Zsolti

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 Featured Image for "Fortress of Hunyadi" by Zsolti (@MyFirstMoc)

In this imaginary world Hungary becomes a sea lordship. That is why it was also his job to curb the activities of pirates. The Fortress of Hunyadi is built up by this occasion, so the peace can be maintained in the areas that have already been recaptured.

The Fortress is a modular construction according to its era, thus facilitating playability.

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What you can find in the Fortress:
  • Barracks
  • Stable
  • Warehouse / treasure chamber
  • Jail
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Secret door (opens from the kitchen)
  • Officers accommodation
  • 8 minifigures (commander, sergeant, 4 soldiers, cook, prisoner)


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  • Consisting of 2987 pcs (with minifigs)
  • Studs: width 48; length 113; height 35
  • Width: 38,4 cm / 15,1 inches
  • Length: 90,6 cm / 35,7 inches
  • Height: 28,2 cm / 11,1 inches


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This small hungarian fortress reminds you of the classic pirate theme, but in a modern packaging. I was trying to make it more interesting with a lot of details taking into consideration the piece number limit. I think that the Barracuda Bay has already proved that there is a need for the “Pirate” themes, and there is a great demand for this kind of sets. That is why I think that with the set a collector could be satisfied, or even a kid too, who would like to play with it.
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“The Crimson Mill, Westface” by Ayrlego

Thursday, February 17th, 2022 Featured Image for "The Crimson Mill, Westface" by Ayrlego

Did you know the Imperial Guards have a sweet tooth? That’s right, gimme some sugar baby because this is where it comes from!  The redcoats process all their raw sugar cane at The Crimson Mill in Westface and where it goes after that, you’ll have to read the story below to find out. It doesn’t mention anything of Admiral Woodhouse’s sugar addiction mind you.

Ayrlego brings us another fine MOC for Brethren of the Brick Seas which is not just a mill, but also provides office space on the upper floors. No mention of how much rent costs, but it’s no doubt a few golden doubloons each week.

The Story

As tensions slowly have calmed down after the abortive attack on Tarlor and signing of the treaty of Pamu, Colonel Dirk Allcock has found himself busy in Westface liaising with L’Olius on the creation of the Commonwealth of Terraversa. Popular opinion in Westface is somewhat united in a desire to break free of the shadow of King’s Port and surmount that city as the premier trading port on Terraversa. Opinions on how to do this are far less united with many advocating for an increase in production of the staples produced in Eastern Terraversa, while others call for a massive increase in commercial facilities. Allcock believes both sides have merits and that ultimately Westface will need to develop both if it is to compete with King’s Port. For now however, he believes that production must come before commerce. Here he sees an opportunity to both help Corrington’s new Ally and expand the East Terran Trade Company’s activities on Terraversa. Using his discretionary funds, he has purchased a water mill located astride a dam on the outskirts of Westface.

After some refurbishment, the mill is operational, processing mostly sugar cane on the ground and first level, while the upper floors are being used to temporarily direct the companies activities in Westface while a suitable office location is found. A manager has been found to run the mills operations and she watches the road for a delivery of raw cane from the nearby great plantations.

Upper balacony of the mill

Sir Dirk and fellow ETTC shareholder (and current chairman!) Sir Isaac Montoya discuss business opportunities for the ETTC on Terraversa on one of the upper balconies.

Close up of the balcony

…and an ubiquitous ETTC Sepoy patrols the dam wall

Ayrlego writes:

My entry for Cat C supporting the agrarians in Westface. I wanted to continue what I’m dubbing my ‘vertical’ builds (small footprint but five stories high with overhang). Will be handed over to the ETTC for licensing as a factory.


He looks angry because his shower was interrupted...

Close-up of guard

About the Builder…

Did you know they sing songs about Ayrlego in the village square? Ha! Just kidding, the bard was shot because he was sounding terribly hoarse. Seriously, if you have been a reader of previous blog posts you’ll know he is a regular contributor to the LEGO Pirates Forum on Eurobricks and continues to support the Brethren of the Brick Seas game with builds that do wonderful things to your eyes. Also, you can view more of his creations on Flickr and Instagram, which you’ll notice have been getting progressively taller around the time this blog post was written.

“RNTC Way Station” by CapOnBOBS

Monday, January 10th, 2022 Featured Image for "RNTC Way Station" by CapOnBOBS

Indigo Islanders and Soldiers working together, side-by-side, could you imagine it? You’d be forgiven if you suddenly pictured a joint venture involving a Tiki bar because CapOnBOBS‘ latest creation RNTC Way Station may just shatter that image!

For those unfamiliar with Brethren of the Brick Seas, “RNTC” stands for the Royal New Terra Company.

The Story

There is a point, well an area really, a fuzzy boundary where the sovereign lands of the Kingdom of Light dwindle into the shadows of the Atwi’s interior. Along the main road leading inland from the crown’s primary settlement in Terraversa, the City of Nola Mar, the RNTC has established a way station at the very frontier of the King’s domain.


Remember those maps at McDonalds A map of Terraversa

To the North and East, civilization and his Majesty’s grace. To the South and West, the ancient ways and ancient gods of the Atwi rule in their native lands.


Are the Islanders about to have a war with the Soldiers? Or are they just practicing?

It is on this very edge of civilization, that the RNTC has established a large commercial structure from which they have projected their mercantile presence. The Way Station provides a bed-down location for trade caravans heading into and out from the Interior. A final stop to rest horses, make repairs, and collect provisions before heading into the Atwi interior.


It sure looks busy here!

Not that relations aren’t pleasant. Recognizing the mutual benefit of trade in both directions, good neighbors, and safety in numbers, the Atwi have built somewhat of a semi-permanent village, a way station of their own immediately outside the gates of the RNTC post. Station Master Jacoby, known across Oleon as “Flying J’ for his speed on horseback, visits the Atwi daily to inventory mutual stockpiles, share a meal, and maintain relations with whichever chieftain happens to be in residence at the time. Though, he finds some of their ways barbaric, particularly as a man who grew up with a pet rabbit in his parent’s chateau in Breshaun, he has come to appreciate their pure and simple lifestyle, even taking long lunches to learn a skill or practice some new words.


Can the poor rabbit be saved? No, it’s time to eat!

But, as always, duty calls him back across the wall too soon. Wine to inventory, horses to saddle, books to keep, on and on. Today a call has gone out from the tower that an RNTC wagon train approaches.


“More wine, we already have so much, and I wasn’t expecting anything today” he mutters to himself as he turns back to the way station… his little keep… it reminds him of an old Knight’s redoubt, before the cannon of course. The flags of his employer and the “boss’s boss of course” flying outstretched in the steady breeze. His own little fiefdom of wine barrels and hay… and horse manure. Well some minor lord anyway.

“Daydreaming aside, why the unannounced wagons… and why the escorts…” Then he spotted them, two chained up chests, subtle to see a pistol wielding guard straddling one of the chests, ‘nothing to see hear folks…” Flying J had heard whispers of plans to start plying the powerful chiefs with silver. So here it was, the first shipment of silver into the interior. No wonder the wagons were unannounced, no wonder they were so heavily armed, no wonder they were stopping for the night. Can you imagine being out on the road after dark with that cargo…. too many Red Coats still on the island for that… and Green Coated mercenaries for that matter… and the pirates… and the rouge Atwi chieftains… and no shortage of highwaymen who found themselves on the wrong side of the peace treaty. “Well, get them in and get them bedded down!”


The Soldiers are having a wagon ride…

CapOnBOBS writes:

Just another example of how Flying J’s RNTC Way Station was the platform by which the RNTC beat the competitors to the Atwi markets.


About the Builder…

CapOnBOBS was last seen at the Beauchamp Shipyard where he was witnessed making a questionable modification to the drydock… Nay, he actually built the place as one of his regular contributions to the Brethren of the Brick Seas forum.  Very talented chap indeed!

Follow him on Flickr to see more of his digital creation – you’ll be amazed by his pixel pushing!

Or if you’re interested in seeing more builds like this, check out Brethren of the Brick Seas, the exhilarating live action rolepaying game hosted by the LEGO Pirates.

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