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Lego Pirates
LEGO Pirates logo 2010.png
Imperial Soldiers
Imperial Guards
Imperial Armada
Total sets71
CharactersCaptain Redbeard
Captain Brickbeard
Governor Broadside
Lieutenant de Martinet
Governor Hacienda
Admiral Nonsuch
Admiral Woodside
Governor Tierney
Blackjack Hawkins
King Kahuka
Custom LEGO Pirate
Custom LEGO Pirate

Pirates was a Lego theme launched in 1989 featuring pirates, soldiers from the Napoleonic Wars, Pacific Islanders, sailing ships, and buried treasure, being influenced by the late Golden Age of Piracy. The theme has been seen in Lego System (minifigure scale, typically age 6-12), Duplo and the 4+ theme.[1]


Created by a small team led by designer Niels Milan Pedersen, Lego Pirates was the company's fourth theme (after Space, Castle, Town) and it was more complex.[2][3] Numerous new pieces were also created including firearms, wildlife (parrots, sharks, monkeys), and cloth sails.[4][5] Lego Pirates minifigures were the first to go beyond the traditional head with simply two dots for eyes and a smile, as many of them had a variety of different printed features including eyepatches, facial hair, and feminine makeup. Only a few minifigures in Lego Pirates used the traditional face of two eyes and a smile; the soldier/trooper of the Imperial Soldiers and Imperial Guards, the Imperial Soldiers sailor/marine (only found in 6274 Caribbean Clipper), and young pirate Bo'Sun Will.[6] Prior to the launch of Lego Pirates, minifigures were distinguished in function and organization by their torso, headgear (either a helmet or hair), and accessories, being generic roles without any specified character.

In Lego's first attempt to establish a narrative and encourage role-playing, personalities were created for several of these minifigures of Lego Pirates. Stories were printed on boxes, particularly for the USA market where the larger sets had a flap that opened up to display the contents. In a first for Lego television ads used stop-motion animation.[7] A comic book entitled "The Gold Medallion" was also released in that year, as well as a Ladybird Book series. The storyline takes place in the 18th century, where pirates had been searching for buried treasure as the doubloons (Spanish gold coins) belonged to their ancestors, however a colony of settlers discovered the treasure first and claimed it, leading to conflict. The Governor of the colony was forced to fortify the settlements and attempted to hide the treasure in his main fortress.[8]

The Pirates were led by Captain Redbeard (called Captain Roger in some markets), distinguished by his black bicorne hat, left eye patch, peg leg on the right and a hook where his left hand was; his crew included First Mate Rummy and the young Bo'Sun Will. Another pirate leader was Captain Ironhook who has been suggested as a rival to Redbeard; both minifigures were similar except that Ironhook had a tattered shirt (some releases of Ironhook have a peg leg).[9] Their emblem was the Jolly Roger, a black flag featuring the skull and crossbones. 6285 Black Seas Barracuda was their first pirate ship while 6270 Forbidden Island was their original hideout, both released in 1989.[10] The catalogue releases for the Pirates expanded considerably with a larger base, 6273 Rock Island Refuge (1991), and then a pair of pirate ships in 1993 (the large 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner and small 6268 Renegade Runner).

Opposing the Pirates were the Imperial Soldiers led by Governor Broadside and his second-in-command Lieutenant de Martinet. These blue-coated forces were based upon the French navy and marines of the colonial era and Napoleonic Wars, being known Imperial Soldiers in certain catalogues worldwide, though explicitly identified as "Governors" on page 16 of the 1990 American catalog. From 1992-93, the Imperial Soldiers were gradually replaced by the red-coated Imperial Guards led by Admiral Woodside (with 6274 Caribbean Clipper and 6276 Eldorado Fortress being replaced by 6271 Imperial Flagship and 6277 Imperial Trading Post, respectively, as the Imperials' sailing ship and main base).[11] The smaller Imperial Soldiers sets that continued on sale until the end of 1993 were considered part of the Guards, in part as placeholders since only two more catalogue sets were released for the Guards after 1992. The Soldiers and Guards minifigures were very similar save for a Palette swap of uniforms and facial expressions. Both the Imperial Soldiers and the Imperial Guards used two crossed cannons under a crown as their emblem, though the Soldiers' blue flag was similar to the Flag of Quebec while the Guards had three thick red horizontal stripes.[12] The Imperial Guards were reintroduced in 2009-10, and the Imperial Soldiers were reintroduced in 2015; the Guards and Soldiers were the respective government opponents of the Pirates during the brief periods of Lego Pirates revival.

A new faction loosely based on a Polynesian concept, the Islanders, was released for 1994. This resulted in Lego having three factions in 1994 and 1995, with the Pirates battling the Imperial Guard on the high seas and disturbing the Islanders while seeking treasure. However in 1995 Lego discontinued all of the previously-released Imperial Guards sets from 1992 to 1993 (particularly their larger sets, the 6271 Imperial Flagship and 6277 Imperial Trading Post), making the new release 6263 Imperial Outpost the sole Imperial Guards set, which essentially made the year a Pirates versus Islanders conflict.

For 1996 Lego changed the entire "feel" of the Pirates line, giving the Pirates minifigs new faces, and made it Spanish-influenced. The Imperial Guards were replaced by the Imperial Armada (heavily influenced by the Spanish Armada), though the Guards' 6263 Imperial Outpost remained available in 1996 as a medium land base for Imperial side, as ending up only two sets were released for the Armada including the 6280 Armada Flagship (although Armada minifigures were guests in new sets of the Pirates faction). 1996 was also the last year for the Islanders who had not seen any new releases since 1994 nor had their minifigures featured as guests in other factions' sets. 1997 featured just the Pirates versus the Imperial Armada; however some of the new releases like 6250 Cross Bone Clipper and 6281 Pirates Perilous Pitfalls were not well received and this turned out to be the final year of the original Lego Pirates run.

After 1997, Lego discontinued the Pirates theme to the shock of fans, because the Pirates line had always been a big seller.[citation needed] The original releases (1989–91) retrospectively were most nostalgic among Lego Pirates fans due to the sets' design and meticulous detail, which was sacrificed in subsequent releases for increased playability, which drew a mixed reception. For instance the 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner (1993), which succeeded 6285 Black Seas Barracuda (1989) as the main Pirates ship set, implemented a mechanism for the ship's wheel to control the rudder which necessitated a smaller and less detailed aft cabin, plus the Skull's Eye Schooner's cannons are attached to rotating turntables on sliders instead of the more realistic placement of cannons upon wheeled naval carriages like earlier Lego Pirates ship sets.[13][14] 6289 Red Beard Runner (1996), which replaced 6286, drew criticism for "battle damage" features like the tumbling forward mast and collapsing quarterdeck as these made the assembled set unstable.[15] The changes to Lego's set design direction, not just in Lego Pirates but also across their other product lines, have been attributed to the Lego Group's retiring of many LEGO Designers who had created the sets from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, replacing them with 30 'innovators' who graduated from the European design colleges around Europe who knew "little specifically about toy design and less about LEGO building".[1][2]

The Pirates theme was brought to 4+ for 2004 and Duplo for 2006.

Lego reintroduced Pirates and Imperial Guards in minifigure scale for 2009, including the pirate ship 6243 Brickbeard’s Bounty, just in time for the theme's 20th anniversary. 6243 Brickbeard’s Bounty uses identical bow pieces for the front and rear of the ship's hull, in contrast to earlier Lego Pirates ships which each had unique bow and stern hull pieces.[16] However, there was only one more set released the following year, the 10210 Imperial Flagship (2010) which was the largest vessel in Lego Pirates ever released. After 2010, the revived Lego Pirates theme was discontinued in order to make room for a series of licensed products, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, based on the film series of the same name.

In 2015, Lego again briefly reintroduced the theme with Pirates and Imperial Soldiers, including the pirate ship 70413 The Brick Bounty (inspired by the earlier 6243 Brickbeard’s Bounty and 6285 Black Seas Barracuda). The 70413 The Brick Bounty has a rear cabin built directly onto the rearmost hull piece which is a middle hull piece section (there is no longer unique stern hull piece).[17]

2020 saw the release of the 30th Lego Ideas set 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, which can be built either as a pirate shipwreck on an island or the pirate ship (inspired by 6285 Black Seas Barracuda) due to its modular design.[18]

Set list

Two 1996 Pirate sets, "Red Beard Runner" and "Armada Flagship", and one 1994 Islanders set, "Enchanted Island", were re-released for 2001.

6276 Eldorado Fortress remains a classic for its design and innovation.[19] Being considered the benchmark for Lego pirate ships, the 6285 Black Seas Barracuda (1989) was re-released as 10040 Black Seas Barracuda (2002) as part of the Lego Legends series. The Black Seas Barracuda was also the inspiration for the 30th Lego Ideas set 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay, released in 2020, which can be built either as a pirate shipwreck on an island or the pirate ship due to its modular design.[20]

The 10210 Imperial Flagship (2010) of the Imperial Guards faction is the largest ship in Lego Pirates ever released, exceeding that of the 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner (1993). This ended a long running gag in Lego Pirates where the previous three Imperials' flagships were smaller than contemporary pirate ships; traditionally the pirate ship was also the largest and most expensive set of its era in Lego Pirates.[21]

Set names from UK, Australia & New Zealand given in brackets.

Diorama from a 1989 LEGO catalog depicting a battle between the Pirates and Imperial Soldiers, featuring the 6285 Black Seas Barracuda (left) and 6276 Eldorado Fortress
Diorama from a 1989 LEGO catalog depicting a battle between the Pirates and Imperial Soldiers, featuring the 6285 Black Seas Barracuda (left) and 6276 Eldorado Fortress

Pirates (1989–1997, 2001–2002)

Reference Name Minifigures Notes
6235 Buried Treasure (Bo'sun Will) Pirate, Monkey
6251 Pirate Mini Figures Pirate, Anne, Captain Redbeard, 1 Imperial Soldier, Lt. de Martinet, Parrot
6255 Pirate Comic Bo'Sun Will, First Mate Rummy
6257 Castaway's Raft (Pirate's Raft) 2 Pirates, Darwin the Pirate, Shark
6270 Forbidden Island (Pirate's Nest) 2 Pirates, Captain Redbeard, 1 Imperial Soldier, Monkey, Parrot, Shark
6285 Black Seas Barracuda (Pirate Ship "Dark Shark") 6 Pirates, Anne, Captain Redbeard, Monkey, Parrot Re-released 2002
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
6260 Shipwreck Island (Pirate's Treasure Island) 2 Pirates, Monkey, Parrot
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
1481 Pirates Desert Island Pirate, Shark
6234 Renegade's Raft (Pirate Castaway) First Mate Rummy, Shark
6273 Rock Island Refuge (Port Jamaica) 2 Pirates, First Mate Rummy, Female Pirate, Captain Redbeard, 1 Imperial Soldier, Lt. de Martinet
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
1464 Pirate Lookout Pirate
1492 Battle Cove Pirate, Shark
1696 Pirate Lookout Pirate
1889 Pirates Treasure Hold Pirate, Monkey
6258 Smuggler's Shanty (Pirate's Palm Hideout) First Mate Rummy, Gonzo Goldbar, 1 Imperial Guard Officer, Shark
6261 Raft Raiders (Ironhook's Escape Craft) 1 Pirate, Lolbroek, Captain Ironhook, Shark
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
1970 Pirates Gun Cart 1 Pirate, Darwin the Pirate
6237 Pirates' Plunder (Treasure Hunt) First Mate Rummy, Imperial Guard Officer, Parrot
6252 Sea Mates Gonzo Goldbar, Captain Redbeard, 1 Imperial Guard, Imperial Guard Officer, Monkey, Parrot
6268 Renegade Runner (Sea Vulture) 2 Pirates, First Mate Rummy, Captain Ironhook
6286 Skull's Eye Schooner (The Black Skull) 6 Pirates, Gonzo Goldbar, Anne, Captain Redbeard, Monkey, Parrot, Shark
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
1713 Shipwrecked Pirate Gonzo Goldbar
1733 Shipwrecked Pirate Gonzo Goldbar
1871 Pirates Cannon Pirate
1873 Pirates Treasure Captain Ironhook
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
1788 Treasure Chest Gonzo Goldbar, Captain Ironhook, King Kahuka, 1 Islander, Crocodile
6254 Rocky Reef 2 Pirates, Skully, Parrot
6279 Skull Island 2 Pirates, Captain Redbeard, 1 Imperial Guard, Monkey, Imperial Guard Officer, Parrot, Gonzo Goldbar
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
1747 Treasure Surprise Black Jack Hawkins
1802 Tidy Treasure Black Jack Hawkins
6232 Skeleton Crew Pirate, Skully
6248 Volcano Island Black Jack Hawkins, Skully
6289 Red Beard Runner (The Marauder) Captain Redbeard, Black Jack Hawkins, George, Jake the Snake Blake, Gonzo Goldbar, Parma Sean LaFeet, Tattoo McGoo, Monkey, Parrot, Shark Re-released 2001
6296 Shipwreck Island 1 Pirate, Conquistador Sergeant, Skully, Crocodile
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
6249 Pirates Ambush George, Parma Sean LaFeet, Conquistador Sergeant, Crocodile
6204 Buccaneers Black Jack hawkins, Captain Redbeard, Captain Valiant, The Admiral, Skeleton
6250 Cross Bone Clipper Pirate, Female Pirate, Captain Redbeard
6281 Pirates Perilous Pitfall Black Jack Hawkins, George, Parma Sean LaFeet, Conquistador Sergeant, Captain Valiant, Skully, Parrot, Crocodile
Reference Name Minifigures Notes
6290 Red Beard Runner Captain Redbeard, Black Jack Hawkins, George, Jake the Snake Blake, Gonzo Goldbar, Parma Sean LaFeet, Tattoo McGoo, Monkey, Parrot, Shark Re-release of 6289
10040 Black Seas Barracuda 6 Pirates, Anne, Captain Redbeard, Monkey, Parrot Re-release of 6285

Pirates (2009–2010)

Reference Name Minifigures Notes
6239 Cannon Battle Pirate, Soldier
6240 Kraken Attackin' 2 Pirates, Parrot, Octopus
6241 Loot Island Pirate, Hank the Castaway, Soldier, Crocodile
6242 Soldiers' Fort 3 Soldiers, Governor Tierney, Pirate, Captain Brickbeard, Monkey, Crocodile
6243 Brickbeard's Bounty 1 Pirate, Gunman, Pirate Builder, Captain Brickbeard, 1 Soldier, Soldier - Officer, Admiral's Daughter, Mermaid, Monkey, Parrot, Shark
6253 Shipwreck Hideout Pirate, Lady Pirate, Captain, 1 Soldier, Soldier - Officer, Skeleton, Parrot Limited Edition
8396 Soldier's Arsenal Soldier
8397 Pirate Survival Pirate
10210 Imperial Flagship Governor Tierney, Captain Brickbeard, 4 Soldiers, Leigh Tierney, Cook, Saw Shark, Rat Largest ship ever released by Lego

Pirates (2015)

Reference Name Minifigures Notes
40158 Pirates Chess Set 10 Pirates, 10 Bluecoat Soldiers
70409 Shipwreck Defense Pirate, Bluecoat Soldier, Fish
70410 Soldiers Outpost Pirate, Bluecoat Soldier, Bluecoat Sergeant 1, Crab, Octopus
70411 Treasure Island Pirate, Pirate Princess Argenta, Bluecoat Soldier, Crocodile, Parrot
70412 Soldiers Fort Pirate, Pirate Gunner, Bluecoat Soldier, Governor Hacienda, Governor's Daughter, Frog
70413 The Brick Bounty Pirate boy, First Mate Slinger, Pirate Cook Bart, Captain Redbeard, Admiral Nonsuch, Bluecoat Sergeant 2, Bluecoat Soldier, Sawfish

Juniors Pirates (2015)

Reference Name Minifigures Notes
10679 Pirate Treasure Hunt Pirate, Skeleton, Shark The only Pirates set in the LEGO Juniors line.

Imperial Soldiers (1989–1993)

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
6245 Harbor Sentry (Governor Broadside's Boat) 1990 Lt. de Martinet
6259 Broadside's Brig (Governor Broadsides Prison) 1991 1 Imperial Soldier, Lolbroek, Parrot, Lt. de Martinet
6265 Sabre Island (Governors Bastion) 1990 2 Imperial Soldiers, Lt. de martinet
6267 Lagoon Lock-Up (Soldiers Tavern) 1991 2 Imperial Soldiers, Bo'Sun Will, Captain Redbeard, Parrot, Lt. de Martinet
6274 Caribbean Clipper (Governor's Ship "Sea Hawk") 1989 3 Imperial Sailors/Marines, Governor Broadside
6276 Eldorado Fortress (Governor's Fort Sabre) 1989 4 Imperial Soldiers, Lieutenant de Martinet, Governor Broadside, Pirate, Captain Redbeard

Imperial Guards (1992–1995)

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
1795 Imperial Cannon 1994 Imperial Guard Officer
1872 Soldiers Forge 1994 1 Imperial Guard, Imperial Guard Officer
6247 Bounty Boat (Admirals Launch) 1992 1 Imperial Guard, Gonzo Goldbar, Imperial Guard Officer
6263 Imperial Outpost (Bastion) 1995 2 Imperial Guards, Admiral Woodhouse, Pirate
6266 Cannon Cove (The Black Reef Bastion) 1993 1 Imperial Guard, Imperial Guard Officer, Gonzo Goldbar
6271 Imperial Flagship (HMS Sea Lion) 1992 1 Imperial Guard, Admiral Woodhouse, Pirate/Sailor, Imperial Guard Officer
6277 Imperial Trading Post (Port Royal) 1992 2 Imperial Guards, Admiral Woodhouse, 1 Pirate, Gonzo Goldbar, 1 Merchant, 2 Post Workers, Imperial Guard Officer

Imperial Armada (1996–1997, 2001)

Reference Name Released Minifigures Notes
6244 Armada Sentry (Water Outpost) 1996 Conquistador Sergeant
6280 Armada Flagship (Armada Galleon/Santa Cruz) 1996 Conquistador Sergeant, Captain Valiant, The Admiral Re-released 2001
6291 Spaniard Ship (Armada Galleon) 2001 Conquistador Sergeant, Captain Valiant, The Admiral Re-release of 6280

Islanders (1994, 2001)

Reference Name Minifigures Notes
6236 King Kahuka (Indigo Chief's Throne) King Kahuka
6246 Crocodile Cage (Crocodile Prison) Islander, Pirate, Parrot, Crocodile
6256 Islander Catamaran (Indigo Chief's Canoe) King Kahuka, Female Islander, Crocodile
6262 King Kahuka's Throne (Indigo Throne Cave) King Kahuka, 2 Islanders, First Mate Rummy, Gonzo Goldbar, Crocodile
6264 Forbidden Cove (Indigo Treasure Cave) 2 Islanders, Gonzo Goldbar, Captain Ironhook, Parrot, Crocodile
6278 Enchanted Island (Indigo Island) 3 Islanders, Female Islander, King Kahuka, Darwin the Pirate, Captain Ironhook, Monkey, Parrot, Crocodile Re-released 2001
6292 Enchanted Island 3 Islanders, Female Islander, King Kahuka, Darwin the Pirate, Captain Ironhook, Monkey, Parrot, Crocodile Re-release of 6278

Official merchandise

Lego Group has also released a variety of official Pirate Lego merchandise ranging from clothing to stick-on tattoos to board games.



Captain Redbeard and his crew

Captain Roger Redbeard Captain Roger Redbeard, basically known as Captain Redbeard or Captain Roger, is a fictional character created by the Lego Company for the Pirates theme of the Lego System. The Pirate theme, along with the captain, was first introduced in 1989. As the theme's main antagonist, the leader of the pirates fights continuously against Governor Broadside's soldiers. Captain Redbeard is in command of five pirate ships: Black Sea Barracuda (1989), Skull's Eye Schooner (1993), Red Beard Runner (1996), Crossbone Clipper (1997) and The Brick Bounty (2015). During the years of fighting, he suffered three major injuries, which caused him to wear an eye patch over his left eye, an iron hook where his left hand used to be and a wooden right leg. Additional trademarks of the captain are the skull and crossed bones on his bicorne, his distinctive gold-trimmed black frock coat and green jabot, and a colorful tropical parrot named Popsy. Together with his friend Bo'sun Will and his first mate Rummy, Captain Redbeard encounters countless adventures of swash-buckling, sailing, treasure hunting and piracy. He has 3 children: Pirate Princess Argenta, Ms. Dagger and son Nobeard, who was banished because he couldn't grow beard. His wife could be Anne, but it was never officially confirmed.

Despite the introduction of Captain Brickbeard in Lego's newest 2009 line-up of pirate-themed sets, many people still feel that the original pirate commander, Captain Redbeard, is unquestionably THE Lego pirate captain. The fan website calls Captain Redbeard "the true king of the Lego Pirates line", and "he will always remain the main icon of the Lego Pirates line". Others feel that Brickbeard is just a new release of Roger/Redbeard, due to the close resemblance between the two figures.

Identified as Captain Redbeard's first mate. He is a good sailor, but not a very good pirate and singer. He is unsurprisingly quite fond of drinking rum and it can distract him from his work. In pirate comic, he was told by Captain Redbeard's cabin boy Jimbo that Flashfork (ship's cook) asked why are they loading 20 barrels of rum and only 2 barrels of water. Rummy replied that one barrel of water is quite enough.

Will was Captain Redbeard's Boatswain on Black Seas' Barracuda and more or less his adopted son. He is one of the youngest crew members of Black Seas' Barracuda. Will's father asked Captain Redbeard to raise and take care of Will as he was going to be executed. During a battle between pirates and Imperial Soldiers, Will saved governor Broadside's niece Camilla and fell in love with her. She then often helped pirates by giving them various pieces of information.

Jimbo is Captain Redbeard's cabin boy on Black Seas' Barracuda. He was originally a stowaway.

Flashfork was captain Redbeard's cook on Black Seas' Barracuda. He isn't very fond of Will and Jimbo. He never appeared as a minifigure as he has unique shirt, red with blue stripes. The closest minifigure to look like him was Darwin the Pirate.

Lady Anne Anchor, simply known as Anne, is daughter of Bessie, the owner of the best tavern on the Forbidden Island. She was part of the crew on Black Seas' Barracuda and later on Skull's Eye Schooner. She could even be Captain Redbeard's wife as they can be seen together quite often and according to her description from Pirates of Barracuda Bay set, she's Redbeard's right hand.

Darwin is one of the pirates on Black Seas' Barracuda. He is a very clumsy pirate and sailor.

Redbeard Runner's crew consists of: Black Jack Hawkins, George, Jake the Snake Blake, Gonzo Goldbar, Parma Sean LaFeet and Tattoo McGoo. Each one of them has some curiosities. Black Jack Hawkins is a prominent member and he's very competitive, George is very good friend to Parma Sean LaFeet and he once wore a black bicorne and a peg-leg, Jake the Snake Blake is very similar to Captain Ironhook and he owns a pet crocodile, Gonzo Goldbar can be seen helping Captain Ironhook and resisting Imperial Guards quite often, Parma Sean LaFeet is a very good friend to George and Tattoo McGoo is very similar to LaFeet.

Brickbeard's Bounty's Crew

Captain Brickbeard is a fictional character created by the Lego Company for their 2009-line of Pirates sets; he is an updated version of the Redbeard character. He really likes gold. That can be seen on his gold-decorated coat, his gold hook and his gold-decorated ship. Unlike Redbeard, he is in command of only one ship, The Brickbeard's Bounty. He and his crew are very good friends of islanders and King Kahuka. He also has a girlfriend, Lady Pirate.

Of all the Lego Pirate Captains, none of them are female. Only Lego fans have made female pirate captains.

Lady Pirate is a crew member on Brickbeard's Bounty. She doesn't have any special title, but she is somehow very special to Brickbeard as she is his girlfriend.

Scarlett is known as a tough buccaneer among pirates and Imperials. She spends much time in an inn and she is very fond of arm-wrestling.

Hank is guarding a treasure on Loot Island together with another pirate. There are many stories about him. Some even say he has rats under his bandana.

Renegade Runner's crew

Starting with a 1992 set, there appeared a minifigure quite similar to Captain Redbeard but more intimidating, the main difference being the torso with a shredded red shirt and sporting a massive knife slung through his belt. Although initially regarded as another depiction of Captain Roger/Redbeard, he is regarded as a separate character named "Captain Ironhook" on the Classic Pirates website. Ironhook commands the masted raft 6261 Raft Raiders (also known as 6261 Ironhook's Escape Craft) (1992) and the small pirate ship 6268 Renegade Runner (1993). Late minifigures of Ironhook have a peg leg like Redbeard. While they are nominally on the same side when facing the Imperial Guard [3], the two pirate captains are not on friendly terms especially if treasure is being disputed.[4]

Lolbroek is one of Ironhook's pirates. He saved himself with the raft from a shark which was about to bite his leg off. As the shark bit into the raft, it broke a tooth.


Imperial Soldiers

Governor Broadside is Captain Redbeard's main enemy and (mostly) main victim as well, as Redbeard seems to always get the better of him. In the 2015 Pirates Line, Broadside was replaced by Governor Hacienda. Broadside lives in his Eldorado Fortress with his sister Prudence and his niece Camilla, although they were never portrayed in any sets. Broadside is depicted as corrupted and lazy person, who only likes to eat, collect taxes and execute citizens of Port Royal.

Governor Hacienda is Governor Broadside's replacement in 2015 Pirates reboot. He really likes collecting taxes and gems. It is therefore not surprising that when pirates steal his treasure he becomes very very angry.

Admiral Nonsuch is the bluecoats' officer with the highest rank. He is the leader of the bluecoats' Black Ribbon Fleet and is subordinate to Governor Hacienda. Being the officer with the highest rank makes him a very important man, especially in his own eyes.

Lt. Jean de Martinet is identified on the website Classic Pirates as Governor Broadside's second-in-command. He is a much more capable soldier and leader than Broadside himself. He is also much more cruel and hopes to one day become governor himself, although he should therefore oppose Broadside. He even says the governor’s men would rather choose death than surrender. This otherwise sounds very brave, although in Pirate Comic he then remarks that they are still too young to die.

Imperial Guards

Adm. Woodhouse is identified as the leader of the red-coated Imperial Guards. He is often confused with Governor Broadside, as in the USA he was the same character as him after all. In 2009, he was replaced by Governor Tierney. Woodhouse is very similar to Governor Broadside as the main difference between them are colors of their clothing. Woodhouse also wears gloves and he resents Broadside. He pilots ship called HMS Sea Lion (Imperial Flagship).

Governor Tierney is the leader of the redcoats and captain of the new Imperial Flagship in the new pirates' line from 2009–2010. He is the main rival of Captain Brickbeard. He was a very good friend of Captain Redbeard's son Nobeard, but due to their jobs, they had to end the friendship. He also has a daughter, Leigh Tierney and she is not to be confused with Miss Miranda Valentina, the admiral's daughter.


Kahuka is the leader of the Islanders, a Polynesian-based sub-theme of the Pirates theme and he cannot be mistaken for anyone else that Lego has ever conjured up. He wears a massive, carved red face mask topped with white feathers, a face painted white and blue, a necklace made out of teeth and a large round medallion, a red sash around his waist (which was probably a present given to him by a passing ship's captain) and a grass skirt. His center of power is located on "Enchanted Island", a fictitious island invented by Lego.

Ladybird Books series

An official series of children's books based on the Pirate Lego theme was published by Ladybird Books in 1990.


  1. Will and the Gold Chase
  2. Captain Roger's Birthday
  3. Adventure on Shark Island
  4. The Royal Visit

The stories revolved around the misadventures of the crew of Dark Shark and their run-ins with Broadside's Imperial Soldiers. The stories developed a stronger characterisation for key characters and expanded the Pirate Lego universe. Captain Foul, who made his debut in Pirate Comic, also appeared in this series. He commanded the ship “The Barracuda”, however the captain did not appear in any of the official Pirate Lego sets.

Like in the comic, Governor Broadside appeared with his sister Prudence and niece Camilla once again. The Dark Shark's (Black Seas' Barracuda's) crew's names were also used once again.

A short biographical description and illustrated portrait of each of the Dark Shark's characters was presented on the first and second pages of each book.


Broadside's Family

Dark Shark Crew

On the final two pages of each book is a map of the fictional archipelago named “The Treasure Islands” in which the Ladybird Pirate Lego universe is set.


1993 World Lego Expo – Pirates Ahoy

For its 1993 World Expo, the Lego Group chose “Pirates Ahoy” as the theme. The exhibition contained various exhibits mostly depicting three-dimensional sculptures of pirates made entirely from Lego, although the Pirate Galleon containing 13,280 pieces was built at System minifigure scale and was crewed by standard Pirate Lego minifigures.

Souvenir guide

A souvenir guide accompanied the exhibition and its main feature was a story which loosely tied the exhibits together in a first-person narrative. The souvenir guide also provided information about each exhibit including its name, how many pieces it contained and the number of hours it took to construct.

The top-left corner of odd pages contained information and an illustrated portrait of infamous pirates from history including Blackbeard and Bartholomew Roberts, while the top-right hand corners of the even pages included a picture of that pirate's flag.


Name No. of Bricks Building Time
Pirate Galleon 13,280 101 hours
Galley 103,688 955 hours
Captain's Cabin 31,773 876 Hours
L’ollonois 46,075 298 hours
Pirate Musicians 29,274 1,432 hours
Pirate Training Camp 103,436 613 hours
Paradise Canyon 22,322 1,115 hours
Treasure Cave 31,445 921 hours
Anne Bonny 38,180 254 hours
Henry Morgan 49,875 330 hours
Black Beard Unspecified Unspecified

Theme park attraction

In 1999, a Lego Pirates-themed land was introduced to Legoland California, based on the Lego Pirates toy theme. The area featuring Pirate Shores is a splash park with water-oriented rides and attractions.[22] This area was added in 2006, and Captain Cranky's Challenge was added in May 2007.[23] Also included Pirate Reef,[24] Soak n' Sail,[25][26] Splash Battle[25] and Swabbie's Deck.[26]

In 2002, a Lego Pirates-themed land was introduced to Legoland Deutschland Resort, based on the Lego Pirates toy theme. The area features Captain Nick's Splash Battle,[27] Pirates School[28] and Pirates’ Playground.[28]

In 2011, a Lego Pirates-themed land was introduced to Legoland Florida, based on the Lego Pirates toy theme. The area featured Pirates' Cove and also included The Battle For Brickbeard's Bounty.[29]

In 2021, a Lego Pirates-themed land was introduced to Legoland New York, based on the Lego Pirates toy theme.[30] The area features Anchors Away,[31][32] Rogue Riders[33][34] and Splash Battle.[35]

In 2022, a Lego Pirates-themed land was introduced to Legoland Discovery Centre in Birmingham and Manchester, based on the Lego Pirates toy theme.[36][37] Legoland Florida also included Pirate River Quest, a new pirate-themed ride.[38]

See also


  1. ^ "LEGO Pirates: 30 Years of High Adventure". Toy Tales. 23 September 2019.
  2. ^ "LEGO Pirates Are Back with This LEGO Ideas the Pirate Bay Project". 5 March 2019.
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