Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pre-Toy Fair 2011: LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

IT'S LEGO TIME!! After many many years of covering toys, we know one thing for sure. LEGO fans want to see every detail you can scrounge up for them. That said, we teamed up with our buds over at (click the link for lots of pirates eye candy) to bring you some pre-toy fair coverage of LEGO's new Pirates of the Caribbean line for the upcoming film "On Stranger Tides" as well as past films! Here's the skinny...

The LEGO Group and Disney Consumer Products announced an upcoming collection of LEGO® brand Pirates of the Caribbean construction toys that will set children's imaginations sailing on thousands of build-and-play adventures. Scheduled to launch in spring 2011, eight new building sets will bring the action, stories and characters of the entire series of Pirates of the Caribbean films to life in LEGO form, including the spring 2011 premiere of the fourth installment, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."

"The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is a classic favorite among families and children around the world," said Jill Wilfert, vice president licensing & entertainment at The LEGO Group. "The pirate theme is always a strong player in the LEGO portfolio, and the Pirates of the Caribbean brand offers the quintessential pirate experience with familiar characters, stories and scenes, allowing us to develop even more authentic and exciting models for children and collectors."

"Collaborating with The LEGO Group on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is sure to be another great example of how together, we merge timeless characters and stories with a versatile play pattern to create exciting ways to play for children and fans of all ages," said Vince Klaseus, senior vice president of global toys, Disney Consumer Products. "We look forward to giving children a chance to recreate the adventures from the big screen, while adding their own creative twists and ideas through LEGO building."

What's on tap?

Queen Anne's Revenge Ship with Jack Sparrow, Angelico, Blackbeard, Chef, Quartermaster (could be wrong on this one) and 2 Zombie Pirates- 1097 pieces : From the captain’s quarters perched high on his magnificent ship, Blackbeard secretly looks on as Jack Sparrow and the motley crew attempt mutiny against Angelica and the zombies. Will our heroes be able to take control of the ship before Blackbeard reveals himself? Includes Jack Sparrow, Angelica and Blackbeard figures. Available: May 2011 - $119.99

Whitecap Bay
with Jack Sparrow, Philip, Syrano (Mermaid), Mermaid, Scrum and a Pirate - 746 pieces : At White Cap Bay, Jack Sparrow and the other pirates must capture a mermaid. Spot them using the searchlight and shoot the net from the boathouse cannon. But beware! If the whale oil tips over, the whole lighthouse is sure to go up in flames! Includes Jack Sparrow, three mermaids and three other pirate minifigs, mini-boat with pirates’ victims, crewmates and a collapsing lighthouse. Available: May 2011 - $79.99

The Mill
with Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Norrington - 365 pieces

The London Escape
with Jack Sparrow, Gibbs, Horse Coach Driver, King George's Soldier and King George's Officer - 463 pieces

The Captain's Cabin
with Jack Sparrow and 2 different Zombie Pirates- 95 pieces : Will Jack Sparrow escape the captain’s cabin with a coveted prize or be captured by Zombies? Includes buildable shelf and two ships in a bottle. Available: May 2011 - $10.99

The Cannibal Escape with Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and 2 different Cannibals- 279 pieces

Isle De Muerta
with Elizabeth Swann, Jack Sparrow (head turns for skeleton jack look!), Hector Barbosa and Skeleton Barbosa - 152 pieces

Fountain of Youth
with Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard and Hector Barbosa : The race is on to see who will make it to the Fountain of Youth first! Will Jack Sparrow be outsmarted by Blackbeard or wooed by Angelica, or will he beat his rivals to the coveted pools of eternal youth? Set includes Jack Sparrow, Barbossa with peg leg and Blackbead minifigs, plastic waterfall detail and two chalices. Available: May 2011 - $19.99

And what licensed LEGO line would be complete without a new Video Game??!!

Disney Interactive Studios and TT Games have collaborated to develop LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game. Based in the world of the globally successful film franchise, incorporating storylines, locations and characters from the first three films, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game will re-create the action, adventure and memorable moments of the Pirates of the Caribbean mythology in LEGO form, incorporating the humor of LEGO minifigures and fantastic worlds built from LEGO bricks and elements for players to explore. The video game will release in May in conjunction with the film and will be available for the Wii™ console, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, Games For Windows — LIVE and the Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems.

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