Thursday, December 06, 2012

Lego Pirates of the Carribean at Mid-Valley Megamall (2011)

Was going through my FB photos and man, i've actually a buttload of stuff to blog now that i'm back in the lego game. Since my previous post was Star Wars related, lets look at another movie franchise that i'm big on: Pirates of the Carribean.

I dig Johnny Depp's stuff and thought Curse of the Black Pearl was just okay. But it was Dead Man's Chest that made me a fan. Captain Jack manning up to the Kraken is easily my fave movie visual from the second half of the 00's and honestly speaking, made me forgive a lot of At World's End faults (dont care much for the latest movie tho, somehow).

Anyways, in conjunction with the last movie release there was a lego exhibit at mid-valley megamall. They constructed a single, massive display aisle incorporating various scenery from the OT and the 4th instalment to showcase lego POTC's debut lineup.

Despite the sets repping scenes from different movies, the diorama is cleverly integrated into one big pirate-y ecosystem:

Queen's Anne Revenge anchored off the coast...

...Captain Jack's carriage from the London Escape set fleeing to the shore...

...from the direction of a town made up of buildings from, again, the London Escape set.

Further inland we have the water wheel structure from DMC...

...which source of running water is a waterfall...

...on top of which is the cannibal chase scene from DMC...

...which leads back to the coast, displaying the Whitecap Bay set at the base of a seaside cliff.

In particularly cool are the subterranean/cavern displays; a third of the diorama consist of the seaside cliff/waterfall portion - so its big enough for them to carve out niches to display the Isla De La Muerta and Fountain of Youth sets as cross sections:



I only bothered to buy the Isla De La Muerta set (i don't dig the medieval/castle line in general) to finally get a toy of Captain Barbossa (he was unceremoniously left out from Zazzle's 3-3/4" action figure line). It's really something that a guy like Geoffrey Rush gets to play the coolest mofo in a franchise with Depp, Bill Nighy and Keith Frickin' Richards - case in point, the ending of Dead Man's Chest.

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