LEGO Pirates Imperial Flagship 10210 Review
If you have a thing for behemoth ships that are out of this world, and you have a knack for working with Legos as your hobby, then the Lego 10210 set would be perfect for you – this is the Imperial Flagship and we have never worked with anything quite like it before. Of course, it’s not perfect by any mean, but it is easily one of the best Lego sets released. It has an exciting build, beautiful parts and it offers loads of playability.
Before we begin, you should know that this is the biggest ship in Lego history – Wueen Anne’s Revenge is the closest ship that comes to this size and it had 1,097 pieces. Before that, you have Skulls Eye Schooner, which had 912 pieces.
Looking at the front of the box, if you like ships, you’ll instantly become mesmerized. By the way, we were thankful that the box was a collapsible version with side tape, so we could easily store the box.
The rear of the box has a lot of close-ups and nice angle shots.
There’s a total of 9 minifigures in all and only one of those is new to this set. There are a couple of animals and a shark that adds a nice complement to the set. There isn’t however, a monkey, so we were kind of disappointed with that, but that’s no big deal …
At the bottom of the box, there’s a nice piece of artworks. Looking at this detailed artwork, it made us realize that it has been awhile since we have looked at this much detail on a box. Looking at the lights in the cabin – they make us almost want a light-up Power Function included with the set.
On the box, there’s another piece of artwork that shows a nice parchment-style rendering of the cannon bags – again, there is nice attention to detail.
With this set, you have a total of two instruction manuals that you will need to follow – each instruction manual is a little over 70 pages each. As far as the color consistency goes, it is okay, but Book 2 suffered a little because of its blurry print, but that seems to be common when it comes to Lego manuals – it appears that they are suffering in the quality control department.
When you finally get the chance to open up this box (after admiring it), you will find a lot of bagged pieces, but there are also some unbagged parts, which may confuse you a bit. There’s also a fair share of double up bags. There are some big hull pieces, but when you’re staring at all of the pieces, you instantly feel the 1600+ piece set.
With this set, we couldn’t help but to notice the beautiful sails – there’s 7 of the large sails and one small one, which is cute. We’ve seen this canvas used in various other sets and it has an off-white color to it. The sails really are pleasing to the eye.
When it comes to the hull pieces, all of them are dark brown, as you would expect. The bottom mould isn’t as stable as we would like it to be, but it’s okay. When putting this set together, be careful because the parts have a tendency to come apart throughout the build.
There’s red-brow Technic connectors that are used for the masts – a total of 91 pieces. The curved slopes have a dark brown color to them and they are new to this set – there are a total of eighteen pieces.
Other nice inclusions include a pearl silver pan, a sawhead shark, 12x dark tan jumper platers and a blade that we saw in the Crystal Leo set.
There’s a large amount of red-brown umbrella handles and bars.
Running lose in the box, you’ll find a new minifig dress in blue detail print. There’s another red one, but it’s in a bag. Was this a mistake? Did Lego realize they’d like to include a blue version of the dress at the last minute? Either way you stack it, we have two new dress prints in this set, so we’re not going to complain about that.
When you look at these minigures, you may remember the Lego mnifigures series 17 – they’re pretty cool, right? The minifigures in this set aren’t lacking at all …besides that monkey.
The minifigures are all made of good quality with plenty of detail on them. Look at the Imperial Captain, as an example – the blue plume and gold epaulettes are pretty nice. He has his lieutenant as his side wearing a tricorner hat with a nice red plume.
There’s four standard imperial redcoats that all have printed Shakos. Of course, there’s nothing new here.
The chef, we noticed, has some short legs.
Brikbeard doesn’t have the printed pirates has, which we find odd, but that is okay.
The Captain’s daughter, however, is wearing medium blue and looks pretty cool. The face looks the same as the Cranky Queen in another set we put together. On the torso, there’s reverse print. Perhaps when she’s not happy, you can put the red dress on her?
Now that we have all of that out of the way, let’s get organized and start the build process. You will be starting out with the base section attached via the 2x4 bricks under the hull plates. The 2 end hull sections will be attached with Technic pins (got to love the Technic builds). At this time the bottom of this ship is exposed, until it is reinforced with bricks later on in the build.
There’s a nice palette of black, brown, tan, dark blue and medium blue plates that add color to the ship, but it’s not overwhelming – it’s just the right touch of color in all honesty. For an exclusive set, it is very tasteful. The top 2 sections amazingly attach through four studs each in the middle once the ship is complete.
There’s some new dark brown slopes that are used in a nice SNOT technique in order to add some build. However, in our opinion, this is one of the weakest design elements we’ve seen.
The SNOTTY sections will be attached to the big hull piece with the hole in the modified plate at the top through a Technic pin. When you are handling this section, you need to be careful as it could break – that was a bad design, and we’re actually amazed it passed QA, but if you really stand back and take a look at it, it doesn’t look that bad. Still, that build was a bad idea on Lego’s behalf.
There’s some pretty cool play features when it comes to this set – it reminded us of the Lego 10214 and the Lego 60047, which was a big police station. With this one, you can lower the anchor simply by spinning the wheel that is located on top of the deck. When you rotate it, the chain coils up and then the anchor starts to life – that is a brilliant idea.
As for the sails, those are fun to put on – they will be placed on each modular section. This giant ship is accessible and easily movable.
During the second part of the build, you’ll be focusing on the middle desk and masts. For the masts, there’s a total of 32 Technic axles for stability, which is a good treat for us builders. The pillar pieces look nice as well. When it comes to using the Technic axles, and making those wooden side poles, you may get a bit bored because the build may be a little on the repetitive side.
Once you reach the rear of the Captain’s cabin, you definitely need to check out the plumage window detail. The Captain’s cabin is bulky and sturdy – it’s one of our favorite parts of this set. Throughout this set, you’ll find that Lego put a lot of attention into the detail.
As long as you have followed the Lego instructions properly, before you know it, you’ll be staring at a nice Pirate ship that measures 29.5 inches long and 23.6 inches tall. This is one of the biggest ships currently on the market. Due to the size, it will take more than a couple of hours to put the ship together, but that is okay, because you can take breaks throughout the build if you like – you can easily bookmark the Lego Building Instructions. Afterwards, if you would like to put a car together, you should take a look at the Lego 10252 set.
Here’s a couple more pictures for you to look at: