Pirates theme sailed on to store shelves.
I grew up around my grandfather's sail boat. During the summer, I can remember driving up to Chicago and sailing out on Lake Michigan. I guess it should be no surprise then that the idea of building sailed ships in brick form would be so appealing.
When Pirates launched in 1989, I managed to score several sets from the theme. I have a few of them still around in my tubs. They still need to be cleaned before being rebuilt. New sets are kind of getting in the way of finishing up that effort.
Caribbean Clipper as the flagship of my Pirates collection, the ship many view as the pinnacle of the line was out of my reach at that young age...the Black Seas Barracuda. The retail price was just too much money and I can imagine my parents taking one look at it on the store shelf and going right for the blue sails at half the price.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending.
My birthday was in July and I decided earlier this year it was time to remedy a nearly 23-year-old injustice. I began watching every single auction for copies of the BSB that came up on ebay. I set a reasonable price limit on myself with the goal of just getting a complete copy with instructions.
Then, after nearly a month of watching, a wonderful thing happened.
Harbor Sentry (with box/instructions) and Buried Treasure (instructions only). Even better, the Buy it Now was only $10 above my price limit.
I thought about it for all of about 30 seconds before hitting the BIN.
The set arrived wonderfully packed just days after my birthday. After doing an inventory, filling in the $0.50 worth of missing pieces, and giving the bricks a very vigorous cleaning, I am now the proud owner of the ship that's been the LEGO Holy Grail I always thought about, even when I was in my dark ages.
Of course, now I can hear the Skull's Eye Schooner calling my name...