I own a lot of LEGO sets, but normally limit myself to the Star Wars and City ranges. When I saw this set I knew I had to get it, and was not disappointed. As a display piece it is extremely impressive. At half a metre high to the top of the Jolly Roger flag, the ship stands even taller than you'd expect from the box art, and the rich red sails are beautiful. LEGO have done well in trying to capture the spirit of the movie ship with a plethora of bones, skulls, flames and other Gothic details. The minifigures stand out as some of the best that LEGO have produced, with an accurate representation of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow and some lovely details such as tiny tattoos on the quartermaster zombie. The box contains 7 minifigures: Captain Jack Sparrow with a tricorne hat, Angelica, Blackbeard, a cook, and 3 zombie pirates (a quartermaster, gunner and yeoman). In addition to the LEGO itself the box includes a Pirates of the Caribbean poster and a Blackbeard collector's card with a code for downloading material from the LEGO website. The set is not quite perfect: the main body of the ship has no deck and although there is space for 8 cannons in the hull only 3 are included. After enquiring to the LEGO website I was told that lots of people had requested more cannons and at the time of writing this review it cost £10.16 for 5 extra cannons and their mounting pieces to be sent to a United Kingdom address. Also, the sails are made of a lightweight, papery fabric that may tear in the hands of younger LEGO builders. To summarise:
* Accurate, detailed minifigures
* Beautiful sails
* WOW factor!
* Not enough cannons
Overall, if you can afford this set I'd advise getting it, it's superb!