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11th Oct '13 6:54:31 PM PeabodySam
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Lego Pirates was a theme introduced in 1989 with an impressive rollout. Both the Pirates and the Imperial Soldiers were introduced, fully fleshed-out with a variety of sets each. Like many other themes in LEGO, Pirates also featured bigger, more interesting sets for the bad guys. Arguably, the most notable and sought-after set from the entire run of this theme is #6285 Black Seas Barracuda, the largest and most expensive set that rolled out with the introduction and had a number of unique and interesting features. This set proved so popular that LEGO reintroduced the set (as #10040) for a short run in 2002.

This theme was also notable for its introduction of a wide range of specialized parts such as ship bow, stern and mid-section hull pieces, masts, functioning cannons and several different animals to include [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]], parrots and [[ThreateningShark sharks]]. The theme also introduced a special character, the Pirate Captain Red Beard, who had a unique peg-leg, HookHand and [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]].

Like all LEGO themes, Pirates evolved over time with the introduction of newer sets. In 1992, the 18th century French-modeled Imperial Soldiers were replaced with the 18th century British-themed Imperial Guards. ([[IThoughtItMeant no, not]] [[StarWars those imperial guards]]). At the same time, nearly all the pirate sets were replaced as well. This year saw the introduction of the Skull's Eye Schooner (#6286), the largest Pirates ship until 2010, as well as the popular Imperial Flagship (#6271) sets. The Imperial Flagship name was given to a new and much larger set (#10210) introduced in 2010. It currently is the largest single Pirates ship sold by LEGO.

The theme was expanded in 1994 to include the Islanders, based loosely on pre-colonized native tribes, but not specific. Led by King Kahuka, the Islanders inhabited a number of hazardous but treasure-laden islands and atolls. Sets included interesting bits such as canoes and catamarans, fancy head-dress pieces and crocodiles.

In 1996, the theme was refreshed again and the Imperial Guards were replaced with a 16th century Spanish-themed "Imperial Armada". Many fans argue that this change marked the decline of the Pirates theme overall, as the sets began to lose quality. They focused more on gimmicky features such as collapsable masts and less on actual substance and creativity for the player.

Since 2011, the Pirates theme has been removed from the LEGO line, and though they have a theme based on Disney's PiratesOfTheCaribbean movies, it shares no relation to the Pirates theme.

Among fans, the Pirates theme is one of the most fondly remembered and popular for collectors and AFOLs. The Pirates theme has even spawned large scale table-top style games played on living room floors, including one by none other than Steve Jackson, who is an avid and vocal fan of the LEGO Pirates theme. His game rules and instructions can be found [[http://sj.sjgames.com/PirateGame.html here]].

As for the sets themselves, a complete guide can be found [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate here]].

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!!Some notable LEGO Pirates LEGO ship sets :
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6285 #6285]] / [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/10040 #10040]] Black Seas Barracuda (1989-1992 / 2002-2004)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6286 #6286 Skull's Eye Schooner]] (1993-1995) (the largest Pirates ship set until 2010, see below)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6271 #6271 Imperial Flagship]] (1992-1995)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6268 #6268 Renegade Runner]] (1993-1995)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/10210 #10210 Imperial Flagship]] (2010) (the largest Pirates ship set)

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!!Tropes seen in this LEGO theme :
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal : At least ''[[RunningGag a third]]'' of the sets had alliterative names, e. g. "Renegade's Raft", "Pirate's Plunder", "Raft Raiders", "Smuggler's Shanty", "Bounty Boat", "Lagoon Lock-up", "Broadside's Brig", "Cannon Cove", "Rocky Reef" and, best of all, "''Pirate's Perillous Pitfall''".
* AwesomeMcCoolName / AGoodNameForARockBand : Pretty much all the ship sets, with names like "Black Seas Barracuda", "Red Beard Runner", "Cross Bone Clipper" and "[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Skull's Eye Schooner]]".
* CaptainColorbeard : Captain Red Beard
* ChasedByAngryNatives: But they were only angry when the pirates tried to double-cross them or otherwise threaten them. One promotional comic had two pirates arguing about their shares from a buried treasure to the point that they didn't notice they got surrounded by the natives, who then mocked their greediness.
* DesertedIsland : Pretty much any island set that didn't include inhabited buildings or hideouts.
* DubNameChange: Many of the LEGO Pirates sets had different names in America and Europe. For example, Captain Redbeard's first ship was named the Black Seas Barracuda in America and the Dark Shark in Europe.
** The chief of the Islanders was named King Kahuka in America and King Quextil in Europe.
** In the American magazine LEGO Mania, a contest was held (but the winner was never announced) to decide the name of the Admiral, with the choices being Cannonball Cordoba and Don Diego de LEGO. In the European magazine Bricks and Pieces, no such contest was held because the Admiral in question was named Sergeant Speedy.
* EyepatchOfPower
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms : Averted big time, as with all the other historical LEGO themes. Granted, it's a toyline based on the golden age of piracy, so this is to be expected. The minifigs wield muskets, blunderbusses and trusty flintlock pistols.
* HookHand
* ImprobableWeaponUser : The [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?q=6235_1&v=z boxart]] of the set "Buried Treasure" featured ''[[RuleOfFunny a monkey]]'' [[BadassAdorable wielding a cutlass]].
* IslandBase : Many of the sets, both small and large and both for pirates and colonial soldiers.
* NobleSavage : The islanders weren't perfect by any means, but were portrayed as a peaceful people who only wanted to be kept alone and remain neutral in the ongoing pirates vs. soldiers conflict.
* OceanPunk: The setting was a mix between WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon and more Polynesian-flavoured environments (in the case of the natives).
* {{Pirates}} : Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of course]]. But there are also various factions of colonial soldiers and even natives.
* PirateBooty : Many sets, especially the smaller ones.
* PirateParrot : Lots of these in many of the sets. Minifigs representing wild untamed parrots were just as common.
* PunnyName : The set "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6232 Skeleton Crew]]" includes a buried treasure site "guarded" by the skeleton of a long-dead Spanish conquistador.
* {{Robinsonade}} : A surprising number of (mostly smaller) sets involves pirates being shipwrecked on a {{deserted island}} or marooned at sea.
* ThemeNaming : A ridiculous amount of sets had geographic names based on various sailing and piratey lingo and equipment.
* WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon : The setting was mostly styled [[ThemeParkVersion after the stereotypical version]] of the 17th and 18th century Caribbean. It did show some historical accuracy though, by having the pirate-opposing navies and armies belonging to various European colonial powers (namely [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/soldiers France]], [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialarmada Spain]] and [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialguards Britain]]). This trope got subverted with the addition of the [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/islanders native sets]], since they were [[CulturalBlending a mix of Carib tribal culture and a more Polynesian-flavoured one]].
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen
* XMeetsY: It's basically "''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' minus the fantasy elements".

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Lego Pirates was a theme introduced in 1989 with an impressive rollout. Both the Pirates and the Imperial Soldiers were introduced, fully fleshed-out with a variety of sets each. Like many other themes in LEGO, Pirates also featured bigger, more interesting sets for the bad guys. Arguably, the most notable and sought-after set from the entire run of this theme is #6285 Black Seas Barracuda, the largest and most expensive set that rolled out with the introduction and had a number of unique and interesting features. This set proved so popular that LEGO reintroduced the set (as #10040) for a short run in 2002.

This theme was also notable for its introduction of a wide range of specialized parts such as ship bow, stern and mid-section hull pieces, masts, functioning cannons and several different animals to include [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]], parrots and [[ThreateningShark sharks]]. The theme also introduced a special character, the Pirate Captain Red Beard, who had a unique peg-leg, HookHand and [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]].

Like all LEGO themes, Pirates evolved over time with the introduction of newer sets. In 1992, the 18th century French-modeled Imperial Soldiers were replaced with the 18th century British-themed Imperial Guards. ([[IThoughtItMeant no, not]] [[StarWars those imperial guards]]). At the same time, nearly all the pirate sets were replaced as well. This year saw the introduction of the Skull's Eye Schooner (#6286), the largest Pirates ship until 2010, as well as the popular Imperial Flagship (#6271) sets. The Imperial Flagship name was given to a new and much larger set (#10210) introduced in 2010. It currently is the largest single Pirates ship sold by LEGO.

The theme was expanded in 1994 to include the Islanders, based loosely on pre-colonized native tribes, but not specific. Led by King Kahuka, the Islanders inhabited a number of hazardous but treasure-laden islands and atolls. Sets included interesting bits such as canoes and catamarans, fancy head-dress pieces and crocodiles.

In 1996, the theme was refreshed again and the Imperial Guards were replaced with a 16th century Spanish-themed "Imperial Armada". Many fans argue that this change marked the decline of the Pirates theme overall, as the sets began to lose quality. They focused more on gimmicky features such as collapsable masts and less on actual substance and creativity for the player.

Since 2011, the Pirates theme has been removed from the LEGO line, and though they have a theme based on Disney's PiratesOfTheCaribbean movies, it shares no relation to the Pirates theme.

Among fans, the Pirates theme is one of the most fondly remembered and popular for collectors and AFOLs. The Pirates theme has even spawned large scale table-top style games played on living room floors, including one by none other than Steve Jackson, who is an avid and vocal fan of the LEGO Pirates theme. His game rules and instructions can be found [[http://sj.sjgames.com/PirateGame.html here]].

As for the sets themselves, a complete guide can be found [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate here]].

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!!Some notable LEGO Pirates LEGO ship sets :
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6285 #6285]] / [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/10040 #10040]] Black Seas Barracuda (1989-1992 / 2002-2004)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6286 #6286 Skull's Eye Schooner]] (1993-1995) (the largest Pirates ship set until 2010, see below)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6271 #6271 Imperial Flagship]] (1992-1995)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6268 #6268 Renegade Runner]] (1993-1995)
* [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/10210 #10210 Imperial Flagship]] (2010) (the largest Pirates ship set)

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!!Tropes seen in this LEGO theme :
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal : At least ''[[RunningGag a third]]'' of the sets had alliterative names, e. g. "Renegade's Raft", "Pirate's Plunder", "Raft Raiders", "Smuggler's Shanty", "Bounty Boat", "Lagoon Lock-up", "Broadside's Brig", "Cannon Cove", "Rocky Reef" and, best of all, "''Pirate's Perillous Pitfall''".
* AwesomeMcCoolName / AGoodNameForARockBand : Pretty much all the ship sets, with names like "Black Seas Barracuda", "Red Beard Runner", "Cross Bone Clipper" and "[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Skull's Eye Schooner]]".
* CaptainColorbeard : Captain Red Beard
* ChasedByAngryNatives: But they were only angry when the pirates tried to double-cross them or otherwise threaten them. One promotional comic had two pirates arguing about their shares from a buried treasure to the point that they didn't notice they got surrounded by the natives, who then mocked their greediness.
* DesertedIsland : Pretty much any island set that didn't include inhabited buildings or hideouts.
* DubNameChange: Many of the LEGO Pirates sets had different names in America and Europe. For example, Captain Redbeard's first ship was named the Black Seas Barracuda in America and the Dark Shark in Europe.
** The chief of the Islanders was named King Kahuka in America and King Quextil in Europe.
** In the American magazine LEGO Mania, a contest was held (but the winner was never announced) to decide the name of the Admiral, with the choices being Cannonball Cordoba and Don Diego de LEGO. In the European magazine Bricks and Pieces, no such contest was held because the Admiral in question was named Sergeant Speedy.
* EyepatchOfPower
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms : Averted big time, as with all the other historical LEGO themes. Granted, it's a toyline based on the golden age of piracy, so this is to be expected. The minifigs wield muskets, blunderbusses and trusty flintlock pistols.
* HookHand
* ImprobableWeaponUser : The [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?q=6235_1&v=z boxart]] of the set "Buried Treasure" featured ''[[RuleOfFunny a monkey]]'' [[BadassAdorable wielding a cutlass]].
* IslandBase : Many of the sets, both small and large and both for pirates and colonial soldiers.
* NobleSavage : The islanders weren't perfect by any means, but were portrayed as a peaceful people who only wanted to be kept alone and remain neutral in the ongoing pirates vs. soldiers conflict.
* OceanPunk: The setting was a mix between WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon and more Polynesian-flavoured environments (in the case of the natives).
* {{Pirates}} : Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin of course]]. But there are also various factions of colonial soldiers and even natives.
* PirateBooty : Many sets, especially the smaller ones.
* PirateParrot : Lots of these in many of the sets. Minifigs representing wild untamed parrots were just as common.
* PunnyName : The set "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6232 Skeleton Crew]]" includes a buried treasure site "guarded" by the skeleton of a long-dead Spanish conquistador.
* {{Robinsonade}} : A surprising number of (mostly smaller) sets involves pirates being shipwrecked on a {{deserted island}} or marooned at sea.
* ThemeNaming : A ridiculous amount of sets had geographic names based on various sailing and piratey lingo and equipment.
* WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon : The setting was mostly styled [[ThemeParkVersion after the stereotypical version]] of the 17th and 18th century Caribbean. It did show some historical accuracy though, by having the pirate-opposing navies and armies belonging to various European colonial powers (namely [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/soldiers France]], [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialarmada Spain]] and [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialguards Britain]]). This trope got subverted with the addition of the [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/islanders native sets]], since they were [[CulturalBlending a mix of Carib tribal culture and a more Polynesian-flavoured one]].
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen
* XMeetsY: It's basically "''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' minus the fantasy elements".
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3rd Jul '13 4:51:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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* InstantPlunderJustAddPirates
8th Jun '13 1:56:47 PM JIKTV
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LegoPirates was a theme introduced in 1989 with an impressive rollout. Both the Pirates and the Imperial Soldiers were introduced, fully fleshed-out with a variety of sets each. Like many other themes in LEGO, Pirates also featured bigger, more interesting sets for the bad guys. Arguably, the most notable and sought-after set from the entire run of this theme is #6285 Black Seas Barracuda, the largest and most expensive set that rolled out with the introduction and had a number of unique and interesting features. This set proved so popular that LEGO reintroduced the set (as #10040) for a short run in 2002.

This theme was also notable for its introduction of a wide range of specialized parts such as ship bow, stern and mid-section hull pieces, masts, functioning cannons and several different animals to include [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]], parrots and [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks sharks]]. The theme also introduced a special character, the Pirate Captain Red Beard, who had a unique peg-leg, HookHand and [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]].

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LegoPirates Lego Pirates was a theme introduced in 1989 with an impressive rollout. Both the Pirates and the Imperial Soldiers were introduced, fully fleshed-out with a variety of sets each. Like many other themes in LEGO, Pirates also featured bigger, more interesting sets for the bad guys. Arguably, the most notable and sought-after set from the entire run of this theme is #6285 Black Seas Barracuda, the largest and most expensive set that rolled out with the introduction and had a number of unique and interesting features. This set proved so popular that LEGO reintroduced the set (as #10040) for a short run in 2002.

This theme was also notable for its introduction of a wide range of specialized parts such as ship bow, stern and mid-section hull pieces, masts, functioning cannons and several different animals to include [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]], parrots and [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks [[ThreateningShark sharks]]. The theme also introduced a special character, the Pirate Captain Red Beard, who had a unique peg-leg, HookHand and [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch]].
8th Jun '13 1:55:53 PM JIKTV
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29th Jan '13 7:46:44 AM PeabodySam
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* ChasedByAngryNatives: But they were only angry when the pirates tried to double-cross them or otherwise threaten them. One promotional comic had two pirates arguing about their shares from a burried treasure to the point that they didn't notice they got surrounded by the natives, who then mocked their greediness.

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* ChasedByAngryNatives: But they were only angry when the pirates tried to double-cross them or otherwise threaten them. One promotional comic had two pirates arguing about their shares from a burried buried treasure to the point that they didn't notice they got surrounded by the natives, who then mocked their greediness.



* DubNameChange: Many of the LEGO Pirates sets had different names in America and Europe. For example, Captain Redbeard's first ship was named the Black Seas Barracuda in America and the Dark Shark in Europe.
** The chief of the Islanders was named King Kahuka in America and King Quextil in Europe.
** In the American magazine LEGO Mania, a contest was held (but the winner was never announced) to decide the name of the Admiral, with the choices being Cannonball Cordoba and Don Diego de LEGO. In the European magazine Bricks and Pieces, no such contest was held because the Admiral in question was named Sergeant Speedy.



* ImprobableWeaponUser : The [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?q=6235_1&v=z boxart]] of the set "Burried Treasure" featured ''[[RuleOfFunny a monkey]]'' [[BadassAdorable wielding a cutlass]].

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* ImprobableWeaponUser : The [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?q=6235_1&v=z boxart]] of the set "Burried "Buried Treasure" featured ''[[RuleOfFunny a monkey]]'' [[BadassAdorable wielding a cutlass]].



* OceanPunk: The setting was a mix between WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon and more Polynesian-flavoured enviroments (in the case of the natives).

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* OceanPunk: The setting was a mix between WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon and more Polynesian-flavoured enviroments environments (in the case of the natives).



* PunnyName : The set "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6232 Skeleton Crew]]" includes a burried treasure site "guarded" by the skeleton of a long-dead Spanish conquistador.

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* PunnyName : The set "[[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/6232 Skeleton Crew]]" includes a burried buried treasure site "guarded" by the skeleton of a long-dead Spanish conquistador.
10th Oct '12 6:00:06 AM lu127
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* BadassSpaniard : The Spanish soldiers and marines.
1st Sep '12 10:10:31 PM mlsmithca
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* ChasedByAngryNatives: But they were only angry when the pirates tried to double-cross them or otherwise threaten them. One promotional comic had two pirates arguing about their shares from a burried treasure to the point that they didn't notice they got surrounded by the natives, who then mocked their greediness.



* DidNotDoTheResearch : Though the setting is based on the 17th and 18th century, several sailships are referred to as clippers. Clippers were a non-existant type of ship back then, since they only appeared in the 19th century.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms : Averted big time, as with all the other historical LEGO themes. Granted, it's a toyline based on the golden age of piracy, so this is to be expected. The minifigs wield muskets, blunderbusses and trusty flintlock pistols.



* FamilyFriendlyFirearms : Averted big time, as with all the other historical LEGO themes. Granted, it's a toyline based on the golden age of piracy, so this is to be expected. The minifigs wield muskets, blunderbusses and trusty flintlock pistols.



* ChasedByAngryNatives: But they were only angry when the pirates tried to double-cross them or otherwise threaten them. One promotional comic had two pirates arguing about their shares from a burried treasure to the point that they didn't notice they got surrounded by the natives, who then mocked their greediness.
28th Mar '12 3:37:16 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* ImprobableWeaponUser : The [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?q=6235_1&v=z boxart]] of the set "Burried Treasure" featured ''[[RuleOfFunny a monkey]]'' [[BadassAdorable wielding a cutlass]].
28th Mar '12 3:32:18 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* IslandBase : Many of the sets, both small and large and both for Pirates and colonial soldiers.

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* IslandBase : Many of the sets, both small and large and both for Pirates pirates and colonial soldiers.
28th Mar '12 3:29:49 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon : The setting was mostly styled [[ThemeParkVersion after the stereotypical version]] of the 17th and 18th century Caribbean. It did show some historical accuracy though, by having the pirate-opposing navies and armies belonging to various European colonial powers (namely [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/soldiers France]], [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialarmada Spain]] and [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialguards Britain]]). This trope got subverted with the addition of the [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/islanders native sets]], since they were a mix of Carib tribal culture and a more Polynesian-flavourws one.

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* WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon : The setting was mostly styled [[ThemeParkVersion after the stereotypical version]] of the 17th and 18th century Caribbean. It did show some historical accuracy though, by having the pirate-opposing navies and armies belonging to various European colonial powers (namely [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/soldiers France]], [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialarmada Spain]] and [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/imperialguards Britain]]). This trope got subverted with the addition of the [[http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/system/pirate/islanders native sets]], since they were [[CulturalBlending a mix of Carib tribal culture and a more Polynesian-flavourws one.Polynesian-flavoured one]].
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