21322 Ideas Pirates of Barracuda Bay Review

By Rakesh Gosai (SAFOLs Brick Deputy)

How much did it cost the pirate to pierce his ears? A Buccaneer!

Coming in at R3999.00, this set has 2445 pieces. Sure to please even the fussiest LEGO® Fan. A massive shipwreck island that contains the wreckage of the infamous Black Seas Barracuda. The set can be transformed to create the full, seaworthy sailing ship, inspired by the 1989 LEGO®® model, “Captain Redbeard’s Black Seas Barracuda” thus ensuring maximum bang for your buck!

Milan Madge, LEGO® set designer, really worked hard to bring the original Ideas Set “Pirate Bay” designed by Pablo Sanchez into line with the classic LEGO® Pirates world. He made an awesome feature packed set! You will notice that the Inn is named after Pablo’s father José. José introduced Pablo to LEGO® Pirates, so this was his way of paying respects and to honour His father.

Austin Carlson, LEGO® Minifigure designer, designed 8 highly detailed minifigures for this set. They are Captain Redbeard, Lady Anchor, Quartermaster Riggings, Jack “Dark Shark” Doubloons, Tattooga, Robin Loot and twins Port and Starboard for pirate role-play action, plus a shark, pig, 2 parrots, 3 crabs, 2 frogs and 2 skeleton figures.

The shipwreck island model measures 59cm high, 64cm wide and 32cm deep. The build time would be approximately 5 hours depending on how fast you build. The build is immersive and will keep you entertained as you build this highly detailed set. The ship is split into three sections, and fits seamlessly in either model i.e. The Shipwreck or The Black Seas Barracuda.

Split into 27 numbered bags, a 460 page instruction manual which introduces the key figures in its development. Pablo Sánchez designed the original submission on Ideas and is responsible for returning the pirates to LEGO®’s portfolio. There is also an interview with Milan Madge and Austin Carlson. The book also includes a backstory on the pirates, as well as an introduction to the crew.

If you owned previous LEGO® Pirates sets, you will notice that in this set, the Minifigures have aged, this was a really nice touch. The box has the yellow frame and diagonal stripe to mimic the classic LEGO®LAND boxes from the late 80’s and 90’s sets. The only missing part in the box design was the flap and clear panels to see the parts in the set, like how it was in the older sets.

I was considering going into detail about the build but I thought I’d leave the treasure for you to enjoy in detail. I love this set and it really makes an epic display set with the hidden treasure chest, palm trees, and the island is packed with details! There are crates and barrels all stacked in a haphazard way replicating a busy dock. Three cannons guard the various angles of approach and each are positioned on a different level of the structure.

From Bag 15, you will notice that there are still 50 pages left in the instruction manual. This makes it relatively easy to convert the shipwreck into a sea worthy vessel. The process should take 20 minutes BUT converting it back to a shipwreck would be a challenge as you must work backwards in the instruction manual. All part of the fun I suppose.

The sight of the red and white sails when the build is completed is sure to get any enthusiast excited.

After completing this build, how would you know if you are a LEGO® Pirates fan? You don’t! You just ARRRRRRRR!

All images are from the Official Press Release.