The Dark Bluish Gray Pearl

This boat is sorta blowing my mind. I mean, it's inspired by the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean, so it's got my attention already. But that hull design and technique has me absolutely flummoxed. I could not tell you how it's done, nor how it stays together. But combine that with loads of cool techniques and the color palette and it's just a stunner from every angle.

Attack of the Dark Bluish Grey Pearl
The Dark Bluish Grey Pearl (back)

The Black Pearl

I have a soft spot for this cursed ship. Not only because I'm a fan of Pirates of the Caribbean, both the ride and the movies, but also because I worked on the fourth movie. Of course in that film the Pearl was only briefly seen, and in a bottle no less, but it's still there. This version by builder W. Navarre captures the essence of the infamous Pearl. You can practically hear the music huh?

The Black Pearl
The Black Pearl

The Flying Dutchman

I've always loved the Pirates of the Caribbean, from endless trips through the ride to the movies (well, maybe not At Worlds End, that was a bit of a train wreck), I dig a bit of salty swashbuckling. So this rendition of Day Jones' ship The Flying Dutchman by W. Navarre caught my eye instantly. You can practically hear the epic soundtrack and smell the popcorn can't you? 

The Flying Dutchman

Governor Swann

It can't be easy being the father of a beautiful girl with a preoccupation with pirates. Everyone's always trying to kidnap her, or falling in love with her, or she's off becoming a pirate herself, it's gotta be stressful. Add to that the need to wear a silly wig because of your position and status, it's a wonder Governor Swann didn't go completely mad. Nice build Legopard.

PotC - Governor Swann

The Mill Reimagined

The official Pirates of the Caribbean sets were a fun but short lived theme. Most of them were pretty good, but a lot more could have been done with them. Builder W. Navarre illustrates this point perfectly with a reimagining of set 4183 The Mill. I realize LEGO designers need to keep within a certain budget, keep the set a certain size and design with 8 year olds in mind, but the gap between the official set and his is just staggering.

TT:R3: Isla Cruces
TT:R3: Isla Cruces