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?
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?
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.
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.
I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a Pirates of the Caribbean fan (well, except maybe the third movie, that was a bit of a mess) and I'm downright proud to say I worked on POTC: On Stranger Tides. But in my opinion the first one is still the best one, and this MOC by vitreolum is one of the best scenes. There's a ton of detail packed into this little diorama, but not so much it's overly complicated. Like Will and Jack, it's perfectly balanced.
Before anyone asks, yes, I worked on Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides and no, I didn't have anything to do with this scene. Well, we *might* have done a peg lag replacement or two, I don't recall, but the mermaid sequence was done at another visual effects facility. Now that that's out of the way, check out this awesome MOC by TheBrickAvenger from one of the best (if rather unorthodox) sequences of the movie, that lighthouse is perfect! Some dioramas make you want to stand back and admire from a distance, others make you want to jump in and PLAY. This one is in the later category.