Hooray! We have clearance to talk about these!
I really like all the sets I'm seeing, especially the smaller ones. Captain's Cabin, Isle de la Muerta and Aqua de Vida are all nice and small sets. It seems that LEGO had abandoned small scene-based sets for its Star Wars license - I miss the days of "Jedi Defense I & II", "Final Duel I & II", "Jabba's Message" and "Jabba's Prize". However, I'm pretty sure the prices will be inflated sky-high, especially because it's a licensed theme, and because here in Singapore where there are high tariffs on imported goods and strict territory control by the LEGO group ensuring a uniformly high price, and several other factors that have been discussed earlier.
Another reason I really like this line is for the intense nostalgia trippin'. How many of us grew up on the old Pirates and Islanders sets of the 90s? It's great to see minifigures and pieces that hark back to that era come back, and also to see new parts and elements for the pirate themes.
I like the idea to put Jack Sparrow in every set, but there are several versions of the figure to confound completist collectors.
One concern is that many of sets look a little "juniorised", with fairly simple designs and big pieces - Aqua de Vida seems to be the main offender. I remember with the Spider-Man movie sets, I was disappointed that Doc Ock's hideout at the pier was purposely made more juniorised than the other sets.
To end off, the Queen Anne's Revenge looks great! I hope this means we may see more of the POTC's flagships, such as the Black Pearl, the Flying Dutchman, and the Dauntless.