Everybody prepare to plug your ears and lock away your wallets, because everyone’s inner child is going to be dying to squee and spend on LEGO’s latest LEGO Ideas set. It’s a new, 2,545-piece version of the iconic 1989 Black Seas Barracuda pirate ship!(!!!!!!!). And while the new Ideas set isn’t an exact duplication of the original, it’s almost, dare we say, even better?!
Via io9, LEGO just announced the set and said it would be available April 1. And while that’s not too far off, if they decided to push up the release date by say, a week, that’d be great. We’re just, you know, considering the fact that nearly everyone on Earth is in quarantine. And there are only so many hand-washing songs we can sing and streamed acoustic musician sets we can watch before the need to actually do something overwhelms us.
But we digress! The new version of the Black Seas Barracuda is technically titled Pirates of Barracuda Bay. Pablo Sánchez, a 37-year-old filmmaker from Madrid, Spain. Sánchez, who goes by the moniker Bricky_Brick on Ideas, came up with the design. He’s evidently a legendary builder, with numerous one-off sets under his belt that look like they were designed by legitimate Master Builders. Major brick heads should check out his Instagram and YouTube channel.
As the piece count implies, this new version of the Black Seas Barracuda is an absolute beast of a build. For reference, the meter-tall Saturn V came with only 1,969 pieces. The ship’s also a modular set, as it can be built into a rearrangeable island that can split in half, or into a ship “inspired by” the original BSB. See a picture immediately below.
The new set, which can be seen in more detail in the image gallery below, comes with eight minifigures, including Captain Redbeard, Lady Anchor, and Robin Loot, as well as a shark, pig, two parrots, three crabs, two frogs, two skeleton figures, and a partridge in a pear tree. Just kidding about that last minifig, but don’t let that stop you from building one!
The one downside to the nostalgia-charged set is, of course, the fact that it does not come with a minifig monkey. Oh, and there’s the $200 price tag too. Although to be fair, there’s a good chance this set may increase in value over time; the original Black Seas Barracuda—unopened, still in the box—apparently fetches somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000. This means the only investment better than searching for pirate treasure is LEGO! Incidentally, these bricks may now be a better investment than the actual stock market too.
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