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Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

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Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby Staff » Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:11 pm

4182 - Picture of the full set

Canibal Escape is one of the cheaper sets in the Pirates of the Caribbean line, and recounts a scene that the majority of us probably forgot shortly after seeing it in the second movie. Can such a throwaway scene make a decent set?



Initial impressions tell us, perhaps. It's a decent enough playset for the money, and one of the better part/price ratio sets in the line. You get Will Turner, Captain Jack, and two Cannibals (which does make me wonder if all LEGO are cannibals, given that they're all the same plastic). The set itself is the cannibal throne, a spit, and a hut/tree with a hanging bone cage.

Minifigures from 4182

For the minifigures, we get yet another Jack Sparrow in the same white/blue/red motiff we've seen in the other inexpensive sets, save another head, this one with a tribal paint pattern. Don't get me wrong, the Captain Jack figure is done really well, and looks great, but he's just so much the same.

Will Turner is the somewhat smug and unkept pirate from the second movie, and I have to admit, I somewhat want to build a minifigure of me just so I can pretend he's there to slap that little mustache off his minifig face. But besides that, we get a new braided hairpiece, a dark brown shoulder sword holster, and a torso that could be used for a less annoying figure. I guess what I'm saying is that the figure is somewhat meh, even if it's an important character.

Will Turner MinifigWill Turner Minifig Back

The two savages are an interesting lot. They're actually a good representation of the characters in the movie, even if the whole scene just keeps slipping out of your memory. The hair pieces sport the little dog bone that's been popping up in tons of sets as of late, spears, and even have a little implied man-thong going on. On one hand, the movie itself made the savages racist caricatures that no one really cared about, and LEGO captures those caricatures well. Problem is, where are you ever going to use these figures once you decide to take this thing apart?

Cannibal #1 MinifigureBack of the Cannibal MinifigCannibal #2Back of the Cannibal minifig without facepaint

I know it seems like I'm being harsh on these figures, but they're all okay. But unlike most of the other sets in the Pirates lineup, which are just glorified battle packs, this set is going in the reverse direction. The minifigures are almost afterthoughts, nothing really special, and the set has more promise.

The main feature of the set is a cave (or what LEGO call's the "Cannibal Hut", though huts should have some vaugely hut-shaped features, maybe it's me) and the cage where you can toss Mr. Turner. The cave is a BURP with a mish-mash of parts. It's simple, not very pretty, but it works. You get a bottle, which is win, and a parrot. The only real complaint I have with the whole thing is the hinges not matching other colors, so when you look at what's holding up the tan leaves, it looks bad. But you get a decent mix of parts, and most of the colors match, which solves one of my biggest complaints in sets (colors that are just out of place).

Cannibal Hut/Hill and Cage

The cage itself is a somewhat fragile mixture of bones and clips, but it works, and it's actually decently accurate to the movie, for what that's worth. Not as colorful, to be sure, but you know what it is. The biggest problem is the ugly way the chain connects to the top. It would have been nice to see a way to wrap it around the cage, or at leat match the color. The black brick doesn't look right.

One nice bonus is that you get a backpack that has been seen in the city sets no one ever buys. So, that's cool, along with a bottle, crate, and a couple extra swords. Which makes sense, since the cannibals are carrying spears...

Bone Cage AssemblyBack of the Cannibal Hut

The throne is simple, with plenty of tiles and the pre-requisite skulls that even tea sets in the pirates line seem to feature. It works well when viewed from the front, but do not dare look behind to see what a mess it is. The artwork on the back of the throne is a printed tile too. I'm actually a little sad, I like the 2x4 tiles, would love some more in tan.

I know, I could have put Jack on this, but he's funnier on the spitThe back of the chair doesn't look nearly as good as the front

The spit is a surprising star, simple but effective. I quite like the part, and it's easy enough to do that I could toss it right into an Ewok village and start roasting up Luke Skywalker for an afternoon snack. R2-would be harder to attach, but I welcome the challenge.

The spit is simple and basic, and yet it's probably the part of the set that I like the best

And really, that's about it for this thing. As a playset, this set has it far better than most of the rest of the line. It has a throne that does it's job, the fire and spit are simple and fun little additions, and the cage and cave sections are actually a decent little set. But the whole affair is defined as a "good enough" set. Nothing in particular shines, except maybe the spit, but you can actually play with it. That makes it better than the Captain's Cabin and Fountain of Youth sets. It's a decent playset, worth it on sale, and has a good mix of parts, if brown and dark tan are your thing. But there are certainly some negatives to the set that detract from it overall.

Value: 6/10
Build Quality: 7/10
Accuracy: 9/10
Play Features: 7/10
Minifigs: 4/10
Reviewer's Tilt: 8/10
Final Score (Average): 6.83

Verdict: Buy when its on sale
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby JamesBenjamin » Sat Jul 23, 2011 2:47 am

I picked up one of these last week when they went to 30% off at Target. Honestly, if it hits 50% I'll probly buy one more (to get more cannibals). I pretty much agree that its a "good enough" set, and not owning any PotC sets yet, it was a good start for me.
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby GIR3691 » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:29 am

A little harsh... this set isn't that bad. I enjoyed that scene (along with most of the second movie), and this set does it adequate justice. There's nothing particularly exciting about this set, but it's not bad for what it is.
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby dWhisper » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:37 am

Hey, I said I liked this set, it's probably the second best set in the whole line. But the scene that it's based on was basically a nothing in the scope of the movie... wasn't part of it except as an excuse to watch Jack Sparrow be all Jack Sparrow.
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby MrCRskater » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:40 pm

Thanks for the review here, dWhisper. This is the only PotC set I'm missing (outside of QAR) and had hoped to pick this up on sale at Target last week but came up empty. Based on your review, I may still seek this out, even at full price.

Sorry to hear that you haven't been very satisfied with the PotC line. While I agree there are some dogs (Captain's Cabin, Fountain of Youth), I think the higher-priced sets are quite nice. Whitecap Bay is a great kit, and there are some great things about the London Escape and Mill sets, too.
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby dWhisper » Sun Jul 24, 2011 8:25 am

I've got the actual reviews done for the rest of the upper-end sets, I just need to finish snapping and editing pictures. You're right about my disappointment in the entire line, but I try to make the case in the reviews. Hopefully I'll get Mill and London Escape up soon, but those will probably be my harshest reviews yet. Whitecap Bay though, is a good set, and probably my favorite of the entire line.

Should also put up the QAR, but my suggestion would be to wait and get it cheap. Especially if you like pirate sets...
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby ItsTwentyBelow » Sun Jul 24, 2011 11:14 am

Why do people on here put so much effort into reviewing non-Star Wars themed sets? Especially when FBTB's Star Wars set index is so abysmal. You could have done an excellent review of a Star Wars set instead of this. I used to love this place because of the focus that Tim had on Lego Star Wars, but lately it's just been turning into your standard Lego fansite. Eurobricks' Star Wars set review index by comparison is awesome, and that site by no means purports to be a LSW themed site.

I mean, that's great for all of you in here who collect Lego sets other than Star Wars, but let's not forget what FBTB means!
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby dWhisper » Sun Jul 24, 2011 12:10 pm

Actually, the focus of FBTB for several years has been all licensed lines, not just Star Wars. This review was part of a wave of all the Pirates sets, I've just procrastinated getting all my pictures taken. We have some upcoming Star Wars set reviews, but focusing just on that line isn't really sustainable, since there are so few sets at a time. And the fact that most of them have sort of sucked in recent years.
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby mrfootball » Sun Jul 24, 2011 10:47 pm

Seems like this set could make for a good Return of the Jedi crossover set...trap scene when Luke, Han, Leia & Co get snared by an ewok trap when Chewy get's hungry...then you have the bbq pit...
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby ItsTwentyBelow » Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:36 pm

What do you mean it isn't sustainable? I'm talking about a review of every Star Wars set, going back to 1999. There are over 100 that still need to be reviewed. No need to focus on the newest releases.

I must have missed the memo that FBTB (From Bricks to BOTHANS) no longer focuses on Star Wars as its main theme. What a shame. Guess there is no longer a LSW fansite. Eurobricks has been leaving this place in the dust recently anyway. I remember when FBTB was the absolute go-to place for LSW news, but today Eurobricks already has a front page announcement for some of the new 2012 sets with a forum topic already over 10 pages long, and then I come over here and I see nothing!

Don't mean to be rude, but c'mon!
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby dWhisper » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:16 pm

There are hundreds of sets, but very few people, even in the AFOL community, buy anything other than what is currently out there. Our Set Guide is a relatively new addition, and we're working on bringing more things into it, but it also covers more than just Star Wars. And we have an open review forum for anyone who'd like to review more sites, but as the staff, we focus on current sets for the licensed themes.

When I say sustainable, there is very little "new" news that comes out of a line, outside of big days. Even look at how LEGO treats the line... what was their display at ComicCon? Super heroes. It was a Gamespot forum that revealed something Star Wars, and that was light. We did have coverage for the last burst of LSW stuff (Toyfair), but there are months to fill, and a staff with varied tastes.

Ever since we relaunched the site back in 2008 with the new frontpage and forums, we have had a much wider focus. You can see that in the various themes we've had for the site, and our occasional dabbling in Rock Raiders. Okay, that might have been a joke, but we are not just a Star Wars site. So much of our membership has moved beyond that, but it's still our main feature.

As for all the comparisons to EuroBricks, it's a very big internet, with room for all kinds of of sites. We are not in competition with them, there is no rivalry, and no need for us to compete. We have members that are both places. I'm registered there (and on Classic Space, Classic Castle, and who knows where else). But I've chosen to spend my time there, not just because I'm on the staff but because I have friends here. I'm certain that some people feel exactly the same about EB, or CS, or even the CBAG stuff. Pick the place where you will be happy, and go with that.

We're always sorry if someone stops frequenting our site, but at the same time, we have our visions and goals for what's here, and most of our active members are okay with that. EB is bigger than us, TBB covers more news, and there's probably more discussion about LEGO on Flickr than all of us put together. Luckily, we can all exist together and make sure all LEGO fans have some place to go.
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Re: Review: 4182 The Cannibal Escape

Postby onions » Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:00 pm

first of all, if all you're going to is gripe and point out our shortcomings, we have a forum for that. i appreciate the honest feedback, but please keep the mudslinging in the appropriate place.

secondly, I could always use more help. If you're willing to step up to the plate and help make FBTB a better place, I won't exactly turn you down. There's a lot to do, just not enough hours or manpower to do it all in a timely manner. we need news reporters, content managers, and programmers. I am planning on making an announcement of what we need in terms of staff members on the main page or somewhere in the forums.
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