Review: The Angry Birds Movie LEGO – 75852 Piggy Pirate Ship

By ·April 4, 2016 11:08 am

We build and review the Piggy Pirate Ship (75852) set from the newly released LEGO Angry Birds Movie range. This set has an RRP of £59.99, contains 620 pieces and was kindly provided to us to review by LEGO’s PR.

The set contains four minifigures (Red, Bomb, Leonard and Pirate Pig), a catapult, a good range of accessories and obviously a pirate ship. The pirate ship features a boulder winch, hidden compartments, moving oars and paddlewheels, a galley and finally a wheelhouse. You can see the official blurb for the set below:

Shiver me timbers, those naughty piggies are escaping Bird Island with stolen eggs! Quickly fire Red and Bomb off the jetty using the catapult before it sails too far away. Land the Angry Birds on the Piggy Pirate Ship, search the decks and battle the piggies to stop them stealing the eggs!

This build breaks down into six distinct steps and roughly took 1 hour and 45 minutes to build. Let’s look over the build process and see how the Piggy Pirate Ship comes together.

 

Step 1] Catapult and Keel (10 min)

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Contents of the Piggy Pirate Ship set: six bags of parts, an instruction manual and sails.

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All of the contents for step 1 of the build. Note that the minifigure is already built and lacking the normal amount of articulation for a LEGO minifigure.

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What a colourful assortment of filler bricks in the completed ships keel. Red’s catapult is finished and comes complete with a small palm tree.

 

Step 2] Lower Hull and Oars Linkage (20 min)

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All of the parts needed for step 2 of the build.

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The lower hull is completed. Close up of the storage area and TNT accessory. There is another storage area opposite and contains an apple.

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View of the oars/paddlewheels linkage. As the rear axel turns it causes the oars to move back and forth.

 

Step 3] Upper Hull, Rudder and wheels (15 min)

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More cogs and gears for step 3.

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The completed hull, we also built the “land” wheels for the ship during this step. As the ship moves, the rear wheels linkage causes the oars to move back and forth in a rowing motion.

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Underside view of the hull showing the wheels and gears and the not so hidden yellow filler brick.

 

Step 4] Winch Assembly, Galley and Paddlewheels (25 min)

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There are a lot of parts for Step 4. The white box contains some thread which is used for the winch.

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Side view of the completed hull and winch operating mechanism.

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The galley features a mini stove, frying pan, sink and instructions on how to cook eggs!

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The galleys hidden compartment contains Leonard’s future crown.

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The wood detailing panels across the ships hull. They help unify the Angry Birds design and are very reminiscent of the original Angry Birds games.

 

Step 5] Ship’s bow, boulder and hull detailing (20 min)

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Step five in pieces. Great metallic printing on the Pirate Pig’s gold tooth.

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Bow of the ship complete along with grey detailing on top of the galley.

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Boulder winch and bow detailing.

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Crate of accessories featuring a banana, an ice cream (that’ll probably melt), a flick fire bow and spare ammo for it.

 

Step 6] Wheelhouse, Masts, Sails and Crane (15 min)

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The final set of parts (sails are off camera) needed to complete this set. Inside the white box is the netting for the crane.

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Close-up shot of the ships’s wheelhouse and it’s crane and rigging. Inside of the rigging are four stolen eggs.

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Full length shot of the finished Piggy Pirate Ship. Once the masts are on it really adds some height to the figure, in fact the masts double it’s height.

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A final shot of the Piggy Pirate Ship’s minifigures. They all lack articulation except for the arms. From left to right we have Pirate Pig, Bomb, Red and Leonard.

Now that we’ve built the LEGO Piggy Pirate Ship (75852), it’s time to go over the pros and cons of this set:

Pros

  • Four high quality and well printed minifigures.
  • The set really captures the aesthetics of the Angry Birds franchise, this is acheived by the non-standard minifigures and printed wooden planks which look straight out of the original games.
  • Incredible playability due to all of the moving parts and hidden storage. The set has three compartments and crate to store accessories. An articulated crane with rigging, working winch with boulder and moving oars and paddlewheels.
  • Comes with a mini catapult for launching Red and Bomb at the Piggy Pirate Ship.
  • There are lots of little accessories included to help with imaginative play: Banana, apple, four eggs, flick gun and ammo, golden crown, pirate hat and sword, frying pan, cooking book and finally a bundle of TNT.
  • The ship itself is a good solid size, it’s approximately 10″/25cm from bow to stern and 16″/41cm from keel to the very top of the tallest mast.

Cons

  • Non-standard minifigures lack the normal articulation of a LEGO minifigure and are overall quite static, although without deviating from the normm LEGO would’ve had a difficult time matching the Angry Birds aesthetics. The minifigures are also shorter in height than your average minifigure.
  • The winch at the front of the ship requires string, and with that means tying knots around small parts of LEGO. I know personally that my daughter (9 years old) and nephew (6 years old) would both struggle with the knot tying and would be a sour point for them. Adult help is recommended for this small part of the build.

Overall the Piggy Pirate Ship set turned out to be a fun and thoroughly enjoyable build and well worth the £59.99 RRP for those whose are going to play with it and re-enact their favourite scences from the upcoming Angry Birds Movie.

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Written by Michael James Ilett

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  1. That looks an amazing ship and for its age to build could be a little difficult. It looks great though,I like the figures and the ship looks good

    1. All of the moving parts are really easy to put together, even for a child. The struggle will come with the string for the winch, it’s fiddly and annoying and not great for kids.