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LEGO 4195 – Queen Anne’s Revenge

It took me a few weeks to finish building Queen Anne’s Revenge, a tiny bit at a time. All up, it was probably around four hours of actual build-time.

My LEGO building area is in our library, where Jac has set up a trestle table for me. In the background of most of these photos you can see Jac’s cookbooks and our DVDs.

Queen Anne's Revenge

I think Queen Anne’s Revenge is a good-looking ship. I especially love its red sails.

Queen Anne's Revenge

The use of bones and skulls are wonderfully macabre detailing. My least favourite feature: the stickers for the windows and cannon hatches. Stickers are such a pain to apply perfectly.

Queen Anne's Revenge - great macabre detailing

Queen Anne's Revenge - side view


The set includes seven minifigs: Angelica, three zombie pirate crew members, Blackbeard, the Cook (but sadly, no galley included in the ship) and Captain Jack Sparrow in his tricorne hat.

Queen Anne's Revenge minifigs


The Cook on Queen Anne's Revenge

Captain Jack Sparrow and Angelica

I think planking is a pretty silly thing for people to do, but for LEGO zombie pirates, well…!

When Captain's not watching, Zombie Pirates go planking!

I recently bought the Imperial Flagship recently at Myer (20% off LEGO sale + 10% off Myer One member discount). Can’t wait to build it and have both ships on display.

Scenes from a LEGO McDonald’s

I won a secondhand McDonald’s Restaurant (LEGO Town set 3438) on eBay. As a fan of both LEGO and McDonald’s I fell in love with this set the moment I laid eyes on it. It was released in 1999 and only available from LEGO Shop at Home in the US, so I’m stoked to get my hands on this rare set.

McDonald's Restaurant LEGO Town set (3438)

McDonald's Restaurant LEGO Town set (3438)

The set includes two minifigs – a customer with a car (it’s a Drive Thru after all) and a McDonald’s crew member. No burgers or fries though! The stickers were already applied – the Drive Thru and McDonald’s sign and flags, the crew member’s uniform (so, no – I am not responsible for the crooked uniform :) ). I hate LEGO stickers because they can be so fiddly to apply perfectly to certain sized/shaped bricks, windows etc.

Minifigs from McDonald's Restaurant LEGO Town set (3438)

Scenes from a LEGO McDonald’s

Jesters at McDonald’s

Jesters at McDonald's

Clearly, they were just there for the free wi-fi…

Clearly, they were just there for the free wi-fi

McDonald’s Ride Thru

McDonald's Ride Thru

If that doesn’t make you feel like eating McDonald’s, my Portraits of McDonald’s Burgers post at my food blog might… ;)

Pirates of the Caribbean polybags

LEGO polybags Captain Jack Sparrow’s boat (30131) and Mini Black Pearl (30130) were recently available for free with The Sun newspaper in the UK. I managed to pick up my own via eBay from UK sellers. Yes, I paid more than the cost of a newspaper, but I’m glad I bought them when I did – the eBay Buy It Now/auction and Bricklink prices all seem to have gone up significantly since.

Mini Black Pearl and Jack Sparrow's raft polybags

Captain Jack Sparrow’s boat includes a Jack Sparrow minifig with tricorne hat, sword and a bottle of rum.

Lego polybag 30131 - Captain Jack Sparrow's boat

The mini Black Pearl is a cute micro version of a much anticipated upcoming LEGO ship – I’ve heard the full-sized Black Pearl set will be released in November this year. I like the simple yet detailed design of this little ship, but it’s too small for a minifig to pose/perch on it.

LEGO polybag 30130 - Mini Black Pearl

Another Pirates of the Caribbean polybag is the Voodoo Jack minifig (30132).

Voodoo Jack Sparrow

This minifig was available in Australia as a freebie when you pre-ordered the Pirates of the Caribbean video game, which has since been released. The game features some of the funniest and most memorable scenes from the movies and looks like good fun. They’ve captured Jack Sparrow’s hilarious way of running perfectly! Check out this preview video (I find the narrator’s voice irritating and watch with the sound off):

If you’ve played the video game, is it any good?

Rather than fork out for a video game I probably won’t have time to play (our Wii has been much neglected lately – I struggle each week to find time for LEGO, let alone sitting in front of the telly to play video games), I got my Voodoo Jack via eBay. Here’s Voodoo Jack sitting in Captain Jack Sparrow’s boat.

Voodoo Jack Sparrow (Lego polybag 30132)  in a boat

LEGO fans who live in the US can now buy Voodoo Jack for US$2.99 on Amazon without the purchase of a video game (limited to one minifig per order). Sadly, Amazon doesn’t deliver toys, including LEGO, to Australia.

LEGO 8398 – BBQ Stand

LEGO 8398 - BBQ Stand

A simple little set and, as it’s food themed, I love it.


  • The freezer that opens/closes
  • Tomato sauce and mustard bottles
  • Chef minifig – I’ve wanted one for ages
  • Food themed – more LEGO street food stalls would be great. Though I’m pretty sure I’ll just have to make my own. :)


  • As much as I love chicken drumsticks, I reckon sausages or steak would’ve been more appropriate – sausages would’ve been the best, as hot dogs go with tomato sauce and mustard. You can get a Duplo steak, why not one in LEGO?

More info
LEGO 8398 at Brickset