LEGO 4195 Review: Queen Anne’s Revenge

First, he liked dark colors, and really likes to decorate with bones. But how does the set hold up when you put it together?

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So, impressions of the set are colored by those right away. The initial impression of the box and art are somehow less than impressive. The carved wood motif, the ocean the ship would never float on, the logos and treasure maps, these all are there to distract you from a somewhat boring ship. Unlike most of the other sets in the line, the only thing this consists of is the boat itself and the minifigs.Also, if anyone ever gets a round brick to fire that far with a pull/flick cannon, you let me know. As for minifigures, we get a nine in the set… sort of. Maybe ten, though seven would be a lot closer number. The discrepancy comes with the skeletal figures. The ram and figurehead includes a skeleton with a torso done in trans-orange. He’s never counted as a figure, and just done up in parts.

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If you own any castle sets with skeletons, you have plenty of legs to throw on him. Feel free to check out some of our other reviews to see how these figures stack up. The cook is a good generic figure, has an open shirt and legs with a printed apron. The tan tri-point hat is also very cool, and the face is unique.

I can see this particular guy ending up as a fairly expensive figure in the end, just given the rarity of everything about him. His torso printing doesn’t match colors with the flesh arms or head, the legs are just normal grey, and the face has no utility.

I don’t know how she fits into the movie, but can venture a guess why she was cast. Here, we have another, mostly unique, figure. The hat and hair looks great, complete with feather. The torso is printed on both sides, isn’t a bad pattern, and the figure looks cool.

We get another double-sided face, which is becoming the norm for a lot of fleshy faces. It’s always nice to get another female fleshy faces for balancing out the sausage fest we get in most other licensed sets, but you’ll need to bring a different hairpiece. Seems like they either were smudged, misprinted, or off. The whole cannon thing sort of underscores a problem with this “pirate” ship, and it’s something that really bugs me in the whole thing. There is no cargo hold, no place to store booty, no place for the crew to bunk. The additional problem with being such a shallow build is that it makes the build boring and the ship somewhat fragile as you’re assembling it. It’s a lot of brown, more brown, and then some other colors to mix in because we’d never want the hull of a ship to look uniform and matched.

You get some nice windows… that are stickered… and cloth parts that sit on the outside and don’t look right. On the note of the sails, these are somewhat of a letdown. That’s actually had it’s supposed to be, since this is based on a real ship and all, but that back sail was bigger than all of the other sails!

It just looks out of place, like they forgot to build it. This puts the weight of the spar pointing down, instead of tied directly to the mast. The base of the boat fares well once you have it all put together. Not so much on the sails and the ram at the front of the ship (see below).

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The ram actually came off entirely when my cat poked at it out of curiosity. The leg-less skeleton clips on, so he’s a bit sturdier, but everything he’s connected to comes off if you look at it funny. Instead of connections to something solid, it basically just floats there. That means that anything that hits it tends to pull the mast and ram off the ship. So, about 1/3rd of the ship is jut waiting for it to fall apart. He probably has a boiling plant sent up just to get the bones set up for his use. The handrails, the accents, everything around the edge of the ship are done up in bones. Skulls ring the captain’s alcove, and bones of varying size go around the whole ship. At the front, it gets worse, and we incorporate torsos and arms into the mix to ring around and add to the fragility of this whole mess.

I didn’t expect a whole lot from other sets in the line, because they were supposed to be playsets. Even as a part selection, the ship isn’t that wonderful.

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But those are inflated by too many clips, too many bones, and too much technic junk. Too much of the ship is incomplete and there isn’t enough depth for a ship this size. It should have been made smaller with better features, or made some other trade-offs to improve it’s looks and build. It took just over a day to build (we were staying with relations and had other things to do as well) and it kept him completely absorbed and became a topic of much conversation over the few days we were away. Much more importantly what’s the set like?

For a start the boat is big, standing at 58cm tall and 37cm long. The colour-scheme is rich, with deep burgundy sails and a few strategically placed bricks of the same colour. There are skeletons and skulls galore, cannon that fire, and seven beautifully detailed minifigures.

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But what about as a toy for the under-aged innocents?

As ever it was striking how they engaged differently with it. Jon was immensely proud of it in general, having been the one who oversaw the shipbuilding process. He pushed it around the room for quite a long time, though was not really very interested in imaginative play. James immediately seized upon the fighting equipment – there are swords galore, a few guns and those cannon. The suggested age-range of 9-16 definitely doesn’t relate to the skills required to build the model. The ship is a little fragile but not overly so. The general consensus was that skulls etc (there really are a lot of them) are pretty friendly, certainly nothing to scare the more impressionable. Surprisingly my teenage nieces quite liked it, though not enough to spend their hard-earned money on. They were definitely not into playing with toy ships. Encouraging an interest in films that their children aren’t supposed to be watching.I don’t suppose it matters, though it might put a few people off buying it thinking that it’s too old for their children. Or maybe they might be concerned about encouraging an interest in films that their children aren’t supposed to be watching. If so that would be a shame, because it really is a very beautiful kit. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy. The numbered bags outline the steps taken to build the set, broken down as per the order of the instructions. For years the company shipped items such as sails and other flexible materials just free-floating in the box.

It was often a game of chance whether the flat items would be squashed by the bags of lego and other elements floating around during transit. Having said that it would be a good idea for a parent to be “keeping one weather eye on the horizon ” for any major “construction/instruction” discrepancies to save heartbreak and major reconstruction at a later stage.

You are looking at a build time of at least 90 minutes but it is an enjoyable experience. There are very few repetitive moments and overall it is a beautiful ship to build. The hull is made of nine separate pieces which makes building the ship faster and easier for younger hands . On the ship are a galley, captain’s cabin, upper deck area and firing cannons .

I won’t spoil all the surprises as it really is a set you will want to see in person . Even though kids may be too young to see the film, the ship and characters are generic enough to appeal to all. There are a few skeletons and the overall feel of the ship is rather gloomy for sensitive kids but if they are into that sort of thing this is a well crafted set with lots of playable features and figures.

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