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4193 London Escape review





In the latest PotC movie, there apparently was an escape from London. I wouldn’t know, because I couldn’t bring myself to go see the movie. I know, it sounds strange that the guy who’s reviewing all of the sets hasn’t seen the movie (I didn’t see the third one either). I really did love the first movie, and that spirit is something that could have been captured in the sets. LEGO Jack Sparrow? It seems like a no-brainer. Who wouldn’t want that?

4193 – The London Escape, is the mid-priced ($49.99) set in the PotC line. London in this case is 1/3rd of a two-story building (no floors though, people in Ye Olde London hated floors). There are also two horse carts and five minifigures, so… it’s really more of an Escape from one person and a poorly constructed facade. It could be movie accurate though, if they went old-school and just built the front of the building.

We’re treated to five minifigures in this set, and a different bunch from most other sets. We get the obligatory Jack Sparrow, the more expensive variety that’s done up in red and brown instead of blue and white. This is the cheapest set you can get this particular variety in, so if you want it, there you go.

We also get Jack’s old first mate (I used Wikipedia), Joshamee Gibbs. Not a bad figure, simple, but a nice grey hairpiece (Draco’s from HP’s mold) and some tattered clothes. A good generic figure that could be worked into a lot of other builds or scenes, which is a nice change of pace.

The others are more generic figures, no-named characters that fill out the scene. We get two “King George’s Soldiers,” one officer and one trooper. Both are just fleshy replacements of the soldier’s from the LEGO Pirates line, and do not incorporate any real changes. That’s fine by me, since I can either yellow them out to put them on the pirates ship, or turn all my others fleshy to make my pirates crews bigger. The torsos are varried, have good details, and can easily drop in.

The last guy is the coachman on the pursuit cart, with a printed torso, cape, and triangular cap. Another good generic figure.

In 4183, I didn’t like the tower because of the huge wall bricks, when I felt it would look better with bricks built around the windows. This set doesn’t use the wall bricks, but goes one worse and doesn’t even build the full building. I guess these are supposed to be a tavern or something like that… must be why it came with a keg and table.

The interior is sort of implied, but in truth, the whole thing just looks awful. This is either a sad bar or a wonderful picnic area. The parts themselves are okay, you get plenty of grills and windows, but nothing here is new or unique, outside of the bottles and bucket. As soon as LEGO makes a wine bottle parts pack, they will kill the Pirates line. If these were on Pick-a-Brick, I’d be sending people out there to fill up multiple cups for me. Even the roof is just a plate slapped on a couple of hinges.

The real core of the set is the two horse-drawn carriages that make up the chase. One is just a prison-style transport (I think), with the coachman, a gun, and treasure chest on the back. Newer revisions of the set have the gold coins, which is nice, but nothing in the cart is really all that inventive or cool. It’s the same old horses, same wheels, only a couple of minifigs slapped on a simple carriage. It’s not bad, but nothing special.

The second cart is modeled as if it was on fire, or capable of carrying fire maybe, and at least has a couple of different sized wheels. You can flip it between being on fire or not, but it really doesn’t look quite right regardless.

And sadly, that’s about it. By the time you finish building the set, you check and see how many parts it’s supposed to have. It says 441, but it really doesn’t feel like that. It feels like a much smaller set than the Mill, and really even than Cannibal escape. I know that it has more looking at it, but the unfinished building makes it feel like junk.

This set is kind of curious for me. The minifigs strike me as something you could really use a bunch of if you wanted to build a scene or MOC based on the American Revolution. A lot of these figures feel like they’d drop right in to something like that. This may be the worst set in the PotC line, only saved by having some good generic minifigs to toss around. Then again, the Fountain of Youth set is probably worse, but not by much.

Value: 6/10
Build Quality: 4/10
Accuracy: 2/10
Play Features: 6/10
Minifigs: 9/10
Reviewer’s Tilt: 1/10
Final Score (Average): 4.67

Verdict: Skip, if you want a pirates set. If you’re looking to build a revolutionary war set, get them on sale.
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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:38 pm by NekoNeko

so lego missed the mark on this one.....
I do like the old geezer though ....he's different than most
I also like the soldiers ..but ..it is true ...this does look more like some thing to set up for a childrens pre-K history lesson on the civil war

so no floors of any kind with this one.?.... do they think you'll buy the pre-made flooring/build boards(has both a build and non-build areas...contured edges that kind of thing)..... an extra $$ and only by order to boot ???

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:46 pm by Resh1138

personally if you need to build a british army unit get this and then order a few dozen(or hundred in my case) troops from bricklink(kinda like im doing now); mainly so i can make a Battle of Ticonderoga MOC

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:51 pm by NekoNeko

oh ..that sounds cool ... take a pic for me of that build.....don't for get cannons.... lots of cannons!...and the little guns with the bayonnettes ...

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:58 pm by Resh1138

i have over 300 cannon already; and i plan on buying more for certian related projects

it might take a year to build it to my satisfaction; i have tons of lego type bayonets and mounting gear

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:10 pm by NekoNeko

nice!....sounds like its to be one majorly fun build....
long ..but fun just the same

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:12 pm by Resh1138

not really; it will set me back nearly every bley sloped brick i own and a crapload of other parts

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:39 pm by NekoNeko

oooo! .... not so good..but it will be worth it after its all done and pictures of it taken! ....then you can re-use the bricks else where ....

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Post on Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:04 pm by Resh1138

the only reason i really kinds am thinking of it not being fun is the need to take apart my endor bunker moc to get some of the gray slopes

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