In addition to the three iterations of LEGO® Pirates and LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean™, The LEGO Group has produced pirate sets in four product lines marketed toward very small children: LEGO® 4+ Pirates; LEGO® Nickelodeon™ SpongeBob SquarePants™; LEGO® DUPLO® Pirates and LEGO® DUPLO® Disney’s™ Jake and the Neverland Pirates™; and a single LEGO® Juniors set. Another version of Captain Redbeard appeared in 4+ Pirates.
This was a subtheme of 4+ (2003-2005), a theme (product line) aimed at preschoolers (four and over). Unlike with LEGO® DUPLO®, 4+ LEGO® sets featured the same LEGO bricks (and other elements) one would find in sets for older children, teens, and adults, but, as with LEGO Juniors, designers used a small number of large pieces for each set to make the sets easy to build.
Instead of Minifigures, they came with Creator Figures from the LEGO® Creator theme. Creator Figures, also known as 4+ Figures, were similar to the old Belleville Figures from the LEGO® Belleville theme (which was marketed to girls) and the current Mini-Dolls introduced with LEGO® Friends and now also available with LEGO® Disney™ Princess and LEGO® Elves, all of which are marketed to girls.
Available in sets between 2003 and ’05, the Creator Figures were larger than standard Minifigures, and were more detailed. They came assembled, and could not be dis-assembled. Another interesting difference between 4+ Pirates and LEGO® Pirates was that the type of sword the pirates fought with a scimitar rather than a cutlass.
All of the LEGO® 4+ Pirates subtheme sets were released in 2004. A board game and two mini-comic books were released in 2005.
The 134-piece Captain Redbeard’s Pirate Ship (Set #7075-1) included a two-masted, square-rigged brig, Captain Redbeard, and three pirates. Unlike with Minifigures in the LEGO® Pirates theme, in the 4+ Pirates subtheme, his men had individual identities: Harry Hardtack, Jolly Jack Crow, and Scurvy Dog.
Captain Redbeard’s nemesis was a fellow pirate leader, Captain Kragg, whose symbol was a skull with a dagger clenched between its teeth. He had two men: Drake Dagger and Cannonball Jimmy.
Captain Kragg has two sets. Captain Kragg’s Pirate Boat (Set #7072-1) was a rowboat that with some additions was turned into a skiff. The seventy-six-piece Skull Island (Set #7074-1) included Captain Kragg and both his men, a crocodile, a dock, a raft, and a cave with a skull-shaped entrance.
One of the fourteen sets The LEGO Group produced in the theme LEGO® Nickelodeon™ SpongeBob SquarePants™ (2006-2008, 2011-2012) under license from Nickelodeon had two characters from the cartoon series dressed as pirates with the legendary pirate ship The Flying Dutchman. Issued in 2012, The Flying Dutchman (Set #3817) had a one-masted, square-rigged ship and an island.
The ship was more than 7” (17cm) long and 7” (17cm) tall. The 241-piece set included three Minifigures: SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, and The Flying Dutchman. The latter was a ghost who only appeared in this set.
There were four sets and two activity books in the LEGO® DUPLO® Pirates theme (2006-2007). These were the sixty-piece Pirate Ship (Set #7880), a two-masted, square-rigged ship; the thirty-three-piece Pirate Ghost Ship (Set #7881), which was a single-masted, square-rigged ship; the thirteen-piece Shark Attack (Set #7882), which consisted of a pirate DUPL® Figure on a raft and a shark about the same size as the raft; and the fourteen-piece Treasure Hunt (Set #7883), which consisted of a pirate DUPLO® Figure armed with an oversized flintlock pistol and a ghostly pirate skeleton DUPLO® Figure armed with a cutlass.
Lego® DUPLO® Disney’s™ Jake and the Neverland Pirates™ appeals most to those wee tots (of both sexes) who are fans of the preschooler-friendly animated series Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is set in Disney’s version of J. M. Barrie’s Neverland as seen in Peter Pan (1953). It airs on the network Disney Junior. As was the case with 4+ Pirates, Lego® DUPLO® Disney’s™ Jake and the Neverland Pirates™ is a good way for grandfathers, fathers, uncles, and elder brothers who want to get little boys interested in collecting LEGO® Pirates sets to introduce them to the idea.
There are four sets currently available and two retired sets in this subtheme. The retired sets are the twenty-two-piece Jake’s Treasure Hunt (Set #10512) and the thirty-seven-piece Never Land Hideout (Set #10513), both issued in 2013. The former included a DUPLO® Figure of Jake and the latter included a DUPLO® Figures of Izzy (his female second-in-command) and his other sidekick Cubby.
Issued in 2013, the fifty-six-piece Jake’s Pirate Ship Bucky (Set #10514) is a DUPLO® version of Jake’s sentient pirate ship. Bucky is a one-masted, square-rigged ship that has one cannon, which does fire. The set, with a retail list price of $39.99, includes a small island, a treasure chest, a brick that represents Skully, and DUPLO® Figures of Jake and Captain Hook.
The thirty-nine-piece Peter Pan’s Visit (Set #10526), issued in 2014, includes DUPLO® Figures of Jake and Peter Pan, a DUPLO® crocodile, a rope bridge, a treasure chest, a gold doubloon, a chair, and a brick representing a map. The retail list price is $29.99.
The thirty-seven-piece Beach Racing (Set #10539), issued in 2014, pits a DUPLO® Figures of Captain Hook against Jake’s parrot, Skully, in a car race with two sail-powered cars. The set includes a prize cup and a brick-built tree. The retail list price is $24.99.
The twenty-five-piece Jake and the Neverland Pirates™ Treasure Island (Set #10604), issued in 2015, has DUPLO® Figures of Jake and Izzy on a small island. The set includes a brick representing Izzy’s bag of pixie dust so she can fly, a brick-built palm tree, a slide element, a treasure chest, and a brick representing a gold doubloon. The retail list price is $19.99.
In addition, the theme LEGO® Juniors, which is aimed at small children ages four to seven, has a set compatible with LEGO® Pirates, Pirate Treasure Hunt (Set #10679). It features a pirate captain with a map in a row boat who finds a treasure chest in the ruins of a fortress (complete with the skeleton of a pirate), with a shark swimming around the row boat.
The fifty-seven-piece-set makes for an intermediate step between LEGO® DUPLO® Jake and the Neverland Pirates™ sets and LEGO® Pirates sets.
The retail list price is $9.99. There is a short cartoon to support it, 10679 Pirate Treasure Hunt.