The Pirate’s Cove is one of those legendary locations. A skull shaped rock or fortress hidden on a deserted island. This Lego “Pirate’s Cove” is created by CheeseyStudios. Built as an entry into Vignweek 2020. The challenge was to create a Lego vignette with a Pirate them. The end result has some really interesting ideas. The ocean water is floated two studs above the base, achieved by a a layer of transparent plates. The effect works well, and the blue light that shines through the plates onto the ocean floor looks great. The mini pirate ship has all the expected details, cannons, sails, crows nests, captains cabin, etc. A lot of of stuff to pack into such a small build. The island features a few tropical trees. And, the 1×1 round brown pieces work surprisingly well as palm tree trunks. The rocky skull design is instantly recognizable, if maybe a little too attention grabbing for pirate work.
The Black Pearl is the infamous pirate ship captained by Jack Sparrow, of the Pirates of the Caribbean films. All the way back to its humble beginnings the ship was known as the Wicked Wench. Captain Jack would eventually make a deal with Davy Jones transforming the galleon into the Black Pearl. Since then it has been through a lot of adventures. Even ending up inside a bottle for a while. This monochrome Lego Black Pearl is the creation of Henjin_Quilones. It was built as an entry into the Style If Up contest. Where the challenge was to build something with only one color. This Lego MOC is a great build. It is smaller than the official Lego pirate ships, but somehow this one feels just as detailed. The super tiny cannons and rolled up black sails are especially great.
The Black Seas Barracuda is perhaps the most famous Lego pirate ship to sail the brick seas. There is the original 1989 version, the 2002 re-release, and a mini version in 2018, and the ship wrecked version in 2020. Thats a lot of plunder. If you ever wondered if the ship could be even bigger and more detailed that would probably be this version. This Black Seas Barracuda is a “UCS Flagship” inspired Lego MOC created by Brick Ninja.
This version of the Black Seas Barracuda has a lot more room for an extra mast, and set of sails. Even the flags are have been updated. It is loaded with 28 cannons, which means this galleon can go up against even the best equipped Imperial ships. Even the row boat is brick built. This ship is bigger in every dimension. The whole ships is a bit wider. There are two levels below deck and even a larger captains cabin. The whole build also contains a lot less Lego studs exposed to the elements.
The Barracuda also comes with an elaborate display. A raised up base, showing the ocean waves, and the deadly sea life beneath. The waves in particular are extremely well done. There is also an option to display the ship firing cannons. The Lego explosions looks great, with smoke and fire propelling the cannon ball away from the ship. Even the Lego waves are reacting to the cannon fire.
Lego has a few sets that will forever be remembered. Each of the Lego themes have had a few of such sets over the decades. For Lego Pirates the most famous set is the Black Seas Barracuda (6285) from 1989. There was even a rerelease in 2002 called Black Seas Barracuda (10040) which had a few different pieces, but ultimately looked the same. These two sets are 13 years apart. Applying this information to today, it would mean that 2015 is due for another release. Maybe a mini Barracuda could happen. This example has been created by Bangoo H. The Mini Black Seas Barracuda has perfectly built brick sails, two mini pirate flags, and even some basic rigging. Everything about the original is represented here, even anchor. Maybe someday we will see an official Lego Mini Barracuda… maybe.