When we turn our thoughts to pirate ships, our minds fill with visions of mighty galleons… heavily armed war brigs… swift sloops… crewed by seasoned cutthroats and captained by nefarious, amoral Sea Dogs, who’s booming growl sends shivers into the hearts of trembling landlubbers. But alas, not all pirates slot nicely into that fearsome mould (i.e. Jack Sparrow) and many pirates wannabes are in dire need of a small, nimble vessels to evade troubling predicaments… or land them in new ones.
The Warty Crab is a ship for such occasion. Constructed from a
useless row boat, this pint sized vessel still packs a punch, as we rightly noted when we first introduced the ship back in 2021.
Today, we leap a step further and in this Classic-Pirates Overview, we determine whether you, the devoted LEGO Pirates fan should
buy commandeer one… and where from?
Marooned Marin writes:
It all began one night, I believe this summer (2021), as I roamed the vast oceans of Internet something small (simple) but utterly genius caught my eye on Classic-Pirates blog. I’m talking about “Caribbean Ribbit” by Legostein, a wonderful creation which immediately posed an old challenge for me: Can I Do More With Less?
I decided to put on hold work on two mayor vessels and go out and try to find the answer. I gave it my best, and so here I am.
- Price: $25.99
- Parts: 198 parts
- Dimensions: Width: 5cm (1.96″) | Length: 25cm (9.8″) | Height: 15cm (5.9″)
- Weight: 0.35kg (0.77lb)
Box and Content
The carton box, tightly secured within layers of bubble wrap, arrived after a mere 9 day transit from China to the Europe. It was hand delivered by a courier from the DPDgroup, an international parcel delivery service. Both shipping costs and customs were covered by seller, and a tracking number was also provided. A closer inspection reveal no physical damage to the box.
We are off to a great start! But we should mention once you place the order, an additional 9-12 days is required for production, quality inspection and finally shipment. As a rule of the thumb, under normal circumstances, allow 3-4 weeks from order to delivery.
All parts were included in the correct quantity with no visible scratches or dents. Sails are not included at the time of writing (Second Quarter 2023) but during recent talks with their Head of Development, we gained confirmation that a laser-cutting machine has been acquired and production of sails is on the horizon.
Great news, but what about now and sails for the Warty Crab sets currently in production? For the time being, the building instructions contain a graphic template and instructions how-to make your own sails… more about this later.
One notable annoyance in regards to printed parts – to quote a line from the product description “Stickers and print parts are not included“. So instead of the valuable treasure map piece we’ve received a blank tan tile. ARRRG!
Luckily, old pirate fans like us always have a map or two floating around just in case.
(Some Time Later…) The Finished Model
The Score: No need to mince the words here, this is a great little MOC!
The Issues? Only one really; the sails! For many AFOLs, the lack of the readily mountable sails can be a deal-breaker, a sign of incomplete product, an excuse to go and purchase something else (even if that else includes those horrible brick-built sails). Can we overcome this issue? Yes, as demonstrated above, it takes a little effort but it IS achievable.
The Price: At $26, the price per part is 13c, and the good old rule of thumb dictates anything under 10c is good value. So is this overpriced? Not really. Free shipping, customs costs and delivery to your door is included.
So should you risk it? Hmm… let us rephrase that to what is there to risk? It’s good looking, it’s sturdy, it’s playable and best of all, at $26 it’s an easily affordable nifty little pirate ship. The parts are not authentic LEGO, that’s true, but they are compatible with them and are surprisingly good quality.
Perhaps the right question would be, how many sets should you buy? Remember, there is always some kid’s birthday coming along, and every
sane kid loves pirates. I myself additionally got hold of six more, and all of them are now roaming and plundering the uncharted Brick Seas in six lucky homes.
About the Builder…
Marooned Marin was stranded on a desert island, isolated from the AFOL community until he finally managed to escape that desolate rock on a raft made out of several sea turtles (hmm… this story sounds awfully familiar). He is now based in Dubrovnik, Croatia where he enjoys stunning coastal scenery and a lovely view of a fortress that was incorporated into a popular
pirate Medieval TV show a while back (GOT, you scallywags).
If you’d like to keep up with his work, take a peak at his Instagram account, where he regularly shares his
impressive feats of writing, since he is a staff-writer for the Classic-Pirates. On rare occasions you will stumble upon an image or two of the new MOC in progress. But don’t get overexcited, because he regards himself as a one-MOC-per-year type of AFOL. He is slow but thorough.
What Do Yer Think?
Would you ever consider buying something outside beloved brick brand? If you already did, how was your experience? Or should MOCs only be built from authentic LEGO, or do non-authentic brands also have a place? Would you buy this MOC?
Sail by the LEGO Pirates Forum and let us know!
Disclaimer: This is a licensed MOC design, built from third-party bricks and elements. Anything written inside the post is solely expression of the author’s feelings. Parts and build photographs by Marooned Marin (© 2023 Classic-Pirates.com)