LEGO Pirates: Hoist the sails with these top 5 LEGO packages

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 19, 2020

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Pirates is a theme introduced by LEGO in the year 1989 in which soldiers, islanders and sailing ships play the leading role.

The theme was based on Caribbean pirates pitted against soldiers from colonial empires.

In 2011, LEGO released an additional theme in which pirates are again central, in particular the pirates and stories from the Disney films “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

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LEGO has now released several beautiful packages with pirates as the main theme.

The best and indispensable thing is of course a pirate ship, and this LEGO Pirates pirate ship is the most popular of the LEGO packages.

A very extensive package with a lot of dolls and accessories in one go.

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But there are of course many more, also for different budgets.

We have selected our favorite packages and made a top 5 for you, which you can find in the table below.

We tell you why we chose those products and how you can combine them together for endless LEGO pirate adventures. Aaarrr!

Let's take a quick look at all the options:

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Best LEGO Pirates ship: Pirate ship The Brick Bounty 70413

Best LEGO Pirates ship: Pirate ship The Brick Bounty 70413

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Best LEGO Pirate Adventure: Pirates of the Caribbean Mill 4183

Best LEGO Pirate adventure: Pirates of the Caribbean the Mill 4183

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Best LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean ship: Queen Anne's Revenge 4195

Best LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean ship: The Revenge of Queen Anne 4195

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Best LEGO Pirate Island: Witkop Bay 4194

Best LEGO Pirate Island: Witkop Bay 4194

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Cutest LEGO Pirate Fort: The Soldiers Fort 70412

Best LEGO Pirate Fortress: The Soldiers Fort 70412

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Best LEGO pirate raft: Soldiers Lookout 70410

Best LEGO pirate raft: Soldiers Lookout 70410

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Best LEGO pirate expansion pack: Hut Captain 4191

Best LEGO pirate expansion pack: Captain's Hut 4191

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The best LEGO pirates on land: Escape in London 4193

Cutest LEGO Pirates on Land: London Escape 4193

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Nice LEGO pirate packages

Best LEGO Pirates ship: Pirate ship The Brick Bounty 70413

Best LEGO Pirates ship: Pirate ship The Brick Bounty 70413

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Our number one spot is the LEGO Pirates Pirate Ship.

This package brings a lot of fun with the 745 building parts and seven mini figures.

With this set you build a large ship with all the interesting details that a real pirate ship also has.

All mini figures of both the soldiers and the pirates have cool weapons that can be played and fought with.

This is a great pack for kids who are fascinated by pirate stories and who aren't afraid to teach these naughty pirates a lesson!

LEGO Pirates Pirate Ship - a classic hit

A very extensive package where a pirate ship can be built.

The ship features 2 masts with huge sails, rigging and crow's nests, pirate flag, ship's wheel, lanterns, and a working winch with anchor.

The pack also comes with multiple weapons and 7 mini figures. The package consists of 745 parts.

A package of which we realize that the price may be a bit on the high side, but of which we are also sure that it will bring a lot of fun.

With this large package consisting of 745 parts you are able to build a huge pirate ship with many accessories to match.

The large number of mini figures of both pirates and soldiers allows for endless creative role-play.

The pirate ship has realistic details such as huge red and white striped sails with the skull logo on it, a moving winch with anchor and lanterns for the pirates when they explore in the dark.

The pack offers up to seven mini figures: the pirate captain, pirate helmsman, pirate shipboy, pirate cook, navy admiral, navy sergeant, navy soldier and a skeleton.

All these mini figures have their own weapons, such as swords, a machete and pistols.

By means of accessories such as a treasure map, treasure chest, paddles and a telescope, a lot of creative stories can be made up and played out with the numerous mini figures.

For example, hoist the sails like a real pirate and place the black pirate flag with skull in the masthead.

Everyone is ready to go and all pirates are boarding!

The ship they man contains a large treasure chest that is loaded with stolen goods.

The soldiers want to get the stuff back and fight the evil pirates.

Help the soldiers take over the pirate ship and take the treasure chest to a safe place.

When the ship is captured and the treasure chest is safe, you can put the pirates behind bars, because that's what they earn for stealing other people's things.

This pack is a fantastic building set for any child interested in pirate ships and stories and eager to teach pirates a lesson.

The package has been specially developed for children between the ages of 7 and 14 years.

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Best LEGO Pirate adventure: Pirates of the Caribbean the Mill 4183

Best LEGO Pirate adventure: Pirates of the Caribbean the Mill 4183

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Number two for us is the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean de Molen. A bit cheaper than the first package, and therefore a bit less extensive.

With the help of 365 parts you build a mill with a detachable wheel and a tower with a bell cable.

The pack is based on the movie Pirates of the Caribbean and has mini figures Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Admiral Orrington and Hadras, recognizable from the movie series.

Even the Dead Man's Chest is included! A perfect pack for kids who have followed the movies and find the adventures of Jack Sparrow thrilling, why these LEGO Pirate packs?

There is a lot to choose when it comes to LEGO Pirates.

Here we will discuss our favorites and let us know right away where these packages can be combined nicely.

So if you can't get enough of LEGO Pirates, we will help you a lot!

Dive into the world of Pirates of the Caribbean with our number two

With this set you build a mill and a tower, and get 4 mini figures from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Admiral Orrington and Hadras.

Fight with Captain Jack Sparrow at the mill to get the key from the dead man's chest! The set can be built with 365 parts.

Our second favorite LEGO pirate package is the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean the Mill.

The nice thing about this package is mainly the theme; Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney's well-known pirate movies.

With this package you build a mill and a tower with no less than three floors.

With the help of the 4 recognizable minifigures from the movie, namely Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Admiral Orrington and Hadras, you will experience heroic adventures and go to battle.

The aim of this pack is to help Captain Jack Sparrow to capture the key to the Dead Man Chest.

The pack is based on a scene from the movie that reproduces a fight on a watermill between Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Admiral Norrington.

In the heat of the fight, Jack Sparrow flees and falls into a pit.

When he sticks his head out of the well, he sees an ominous millwheel coming towards him.

We put this package at number two because of the cool theme and the fun mini figures.

The set can be built with 365 parts and you get a poster for free with the purchase of the package.

The package is suitable for any Pirates of the Caribbean fan between the ages of 7 and 14.

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Best LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean ship: The Revenge of Queen Anne 4195

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With this massive pack you can build Blackbeard's grand ship. The ship is equipped with large sails, fire, lanterns and cannons.

Includes as mini figures Blackbeard, Jack Sparrow, Angelica, Quartermaster, Cook and 2 pirates. The package contains 1097 pieces.

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Best LEGO Pirate Island: Witkop Bay 4194

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Build a lighthouse and boathouse on Witkop Bay. The house features net-firing cannons, exploding lighthouse sections and a working searchlight.

The pack comes with a whale oil barrel, 2 rowing boats with oars, 3 anchors and various weapons and accessories.

Includes Jack Sparrow, Philip, Scrum, Pirate, Syrena mini figures and 1 additional mermaid minifigure. The set contains 746 construction parts.

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Best LEGO Pirate Fortress: The Soldiers Fort 70412

There are a number of other packages from LEGO that fit nicely with our number one.

For example the LEGO Pirates The Soldiers Fort (our number five from the table above) and LEGO Pirates Soldiers Sentinel with Pirate Raft.

All three of these packages are suitable for children of approximately the same age range.

The LEGO Pirates The Soldier Fort pack goes well with the first pack as the soldiers can attack the pirate ship from within the fort.

In this way, the role plays can become even more extensive and your son or daughter will spend hours playing. That also gives mom and dad some rest!

You can also have a pirate attack the fortress, freeing his buddy and stealing the soldiers' precious treasure.

The soldiers will do everything they can to prevent the pirates from escaping with the loot.

With LEGO Pirates The Soldier Fort you build a beautiful soldier fort with a prison cell that has a breakout function.

The pack comes with up to five minifigures in the shape of a Governor, Governor's daughter, soldier and two pirates.

The pack also contains various weapons with which the pirates can be attacked. The package is intended for children between 6 and 12 years old.

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Best LEGO pirate raft: Soldiers Lookout 70410

The second pack, the LEGO Pirate Soldier Sentry with Pirate Raft, builds an outpost and also includes a pirate raft and a giant octopus.

The station features a flag, lantern, palm beans, loaded cannon and a treasure chest with jewels. Weapons include a musket and a sword.

Build a soldier's fortress with a prison cell with breakout function, treasure chest, cannon, palm tree, rowboat and large flag.

Best LEGO pirate raft: Soldiers Lookout 70410

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Weapons include 2 swords, a golden sword, a musket and 2 pistols. Includes 5 minifigures: the Governor, the governor's daughter, a soldier and 2 pirates.

Enough accessories and details to complete the LEGO Pirates Pirate Ship Pack and the LEGO Pirates The Soldier Fortress for the most exciting pirate adventures.

This package is suitable for children between 5 and 12 years old.

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Best LEGO pirate expansion pack: Captain's Hut 4191

Because the package is not very extensive, it is nice to supplement it with other matching sets so that the fun remains endless for your little pirate fan.

An example of such a package, with a very good price, is the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Captain's Hut.

This pack can function well as an addition to LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean de Molen, because the theme is again from Pirates of the Caribbean.

With this easy-to-assemble package consisting of 9 building parts, you can assemble a stand with shelves that contain valuable accessories such as two ships-in-a-bottle.

The pack contains Jack Sparrow and 2 pirate minifigures as mini figures.

When night falls, Captain Jack Sparrow takes his chance and gently enters the captain's cabin to steal a valuable ship-in-the-bottle.

Suddenly, two pirates attack him, can you help Jack escape with his loot? This package is suitable for children between the ages of 6 and 12.

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Cutest LEGO Pirates on Land: London Escape 4193

Another package that combines nicely with the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean the Mill and the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean The Captain's Hut is the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Escape in London.

This package is a bit more expensive and more extensive than the package just mentioned, but you do get fun and creative play options in return.

With this kit you are able to build a house and two carriages and you get various mini figures to play nice scenes with.

The mini figures in this set can also be traced back to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies: Jack Sparrow, Joshamee Gibbs, a horse-drawn carriage driver, and King George's soldier minifigures.

With the two carriages you get two horses in the form of mini figures and various weapons and accessories. Escape from the clutches of King George's soldiers!

The set can be built with a total of 463 building pieces and stimulates creative play. A package suitable for children between the ages of 7 and 14.

The three packages complement each other nicely because they always offer different building options and role-playing possibilities, but always within the same theme.

It is also useful that the three packages are approximately the same in terms of age and thus degree of difficulty.

So if you have already purchased one of these three packages, then you already know what a good next choice is.

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LEGO Pirates - a great success for years

A classic tale of good and evil needs firearms. Flintlock pistols and muskets are first introduced with the arrival of this LEGO theme.

This also applies to the LEGO minifigures in the form of pirates with various facial expressions and scruffy beards, thick mustaches, a wooden leg and a hooked hand.

The LEGO pirates are very nice to add to, for example LEGO atlantis for even more water play.

The laughing expression was the favorite of the pirate mini figures from LEGO for a long time.

Specific elements for the construction of large sailing ship models are also introduced for the first time with this exciting theme.

A piece of pirate history

The Pirates of LEGO from 1989 have as their symbol a flag with a skull and crossbones, also known as the Jolly Roger.

In addition to the pirates, this LEGO theme features Governor Broadside's blue-clad troops whose job it is to fight the pirates.

These troops are based on the French navy and marines of the colonial era.

Between 1992 and 1993, these so-called governors were gradually replaced by Imperial Guards dressed in red.

Both the Governors and the Imperial Guards use two crossed guns under a crown as their emblem.

In 1994, a sub-theme was released, with Kahuka playing a lead role and being the leader of islanders.

He wears a solid red face mask with white feathers on it.

His face is painted white and blue, and he wears a chain made of teeth and a large round locket. He wears a red sash and a grass skirt around his waist.

The islanders are considered neutral but are known for having pirate-like and imperial prisoners.

In 1996, the Imperial Guards were replaced by the Imperial Armada with soldiers modeled on Spanish conquerors from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Innovation in LEGO figures

Introduced in the Pirates LEGO theme in 1989, the story of good and evil introduces changes to the stereotypical face decoration of the LEGO minifigures.

Designer Jens Nygaard Knudsen explains: "It was necessary to change the minifigure's expression to develop credible pirates, and a real pirate captain must have a patch on his eye, a wooden leg and a hook!"

The minifigures are given various specific features such as hair, eye patches, beard and lipstick and new leg and handle elements were also introduced.

Captain Roger, also known as Captain Redbeard, is the main protagonist.

He is the leader of the pirates and constantly fights against the soldiers of Governor Broadside.

During all the years of fighting, he sustained three major injuries, resulting in an eye patch on his left eye, an iron hook where his left hand should be and a wooden right leg.

Additional features of the captain include the skull and crossbones on his bicorn (two-pointed hat), his gold-trimmed black frock coat and green scarf, and a colorful tropical parrot on his shoulder.

The Pirate theme also introduces shark mini figures and monkey mini figure.

LEGO Skeleton minifigures first appear in 1995 as they are introduced in both the LEGO Castle sets and the LEGO Pirates theme.

The introduction of the skeleton has been a long process, as the LEGO Group discussed whether or not a dead LEGO minifigure should be introduced prior to launch for the past decade.

LEGO Pirates - a classic fight between good and evil

The LEGO Group believes that conflict between good and evil can be an important part of children's play as it teaches children about their own and others' aggression and helps them recognize and deal with differences in other situations.

However, the LEGO Group does not intend to glorify war or encourage violence and therefore refuses to produce realistic weapons and military equipment with the risk that children will recognize these types of weapons from hostilities around the world.

Instead, the LEGO Group supports children and stimulates their imaginations by only launching historical and fantasy weapons.

The pirate theme is the first with firearms such as flintlock pistols, muskets and cannons. These historic weapons correspond well with the aforementioned Conflicts and Weapons Directive.

As discussed above, LEGO has various packages with the Pirates of the Caribbean theme.

Shortly before the world premiere of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, the LEGO Group launched a range of the same name.

Henrik Saaby Clausen, LEGO Group Design manager: “Disney invited us on board in 2009 and we struck a deal. Pirates of the Caribbean is a great LEGO theme. It is based on a family film - in which humor, funny action scenes and slapstick comedy tie in very well with what you encounter in the LEGO world. ”

We can only agree with this.

From the first introduction in 1989 to the more recent Pirates of the Caribbean, we have been on board with the LEGO Pirates theme. All hands on deck!

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child, he came into contact with everything around games when his mother started the Tin Soldier in Ede. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.