Rarely does The LEGO Group sneak a set containing pirate minifigures pass LEGO Pirate fans, and 40710 Pirate Splash Battle is certainly no exception!
Murmurings of this set have been bobbing around the LEGO Pirates Forum and social media for months now; but since this is not a classic-style set, we didn’t wish to a blog it until after the official announcement.
Well by thunders it has been officially announced on the Melbourne LEGOLAND Discovery Centre website!
The set contains 171 pieces and 3 minfigiures, and retails for around US$26.99 / 24.99€ and be available from 2 Feburary, 2024.
40710 Pirate Splash Battle is a LEGOLAND exclusive set meaning it will only be sold at LEGOLAND Theme Parks, or LEGOLAND Discovery Centres… or via eBay* if you don’t mind paying a little extra for the actual set, and save all that gold on travel expenses to physically getting yer bum to one of those locations.
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Here be the description from the official Pirate Splash Battle (40710) webpage:
Prepare for swashbuckling adventures with the LEGO® Pirate Splash Battle (40710) pirate toy for kids aged 7 and up. Young seafarers will love building the ship and discovering its treasure trove of details. Inspired by the iconic LEGOLAND® Pirate Ride, the set includes pretend water cannons with shooting function, letting kids recreate the fun of the real-life ride. It’s brought to life by 3 minifigures, plus shark and parrot figures and a LEGOLAND flag element.
Pirate toys for seafaring fun – The LEGO® Pirate Splash Battle includes a buildable ship for kids aged 7 and up
Inspired by the LEGOLAND® ride – This LEGO® set recreates the fun of the beloved LEGOLAND Pirate Ride, including a pretend water-shooting function
Meet the crew – The set is brought to life by 3 seafaring minifigures, plus a parrot toy and a shark toy
Discover the treasure – Details include an island model, palm tree and a miniature Jolly Roger flag
Expand the fun – Add this set to other buildable models inspired by LEGOLAND®, letting kids create a miniature version of the beloved theme park
Dimensions – The set contains 171 pieces and the boat measures over 3.5 in. (9 cm) high, 6 in. (15 cm) long and 3 in. (8 cm) wide
Blast! Not a Classic-Style Set!
Most probably be there a chorus of LEGO Pirate fans groaning because Pirate Splash Battle be more at home in the amusement section of LEGO City; along with the slippery slide, coin operated ride, train carriage and roller coaster – our blackened buccaneer hearts go out to ye!
Nonetheless, there also be LEGO Pirate fans who welcome it into their collection; whether they be completionists and must have every pirate-themed LEGO set imaginable, or genuinely adore the set on its own merit.
What Does 40710 Pirate Splash Battle Have to Offer?
Three minfigures be very generous for a modern set containing less than 200 pieces! Albeit, they aren’t pirate minifigures… in fact a piratey torso is about all yerget in terms of pirate minifig parts.
There be treasure in thar treasure chest!
A gem, goblet, bullion… and is that a genie oil lamp? But yer may be disappointed to learn there be no gold vacuum metal coins from the glory days.
The set also includes fauna; a parrot, shark and crab to breath life to the environment.
The modern LEGO Jolly Roger flag makes an appearance and there’s a cutlass, blunt no doubt so the kiddies don’t cut themselves. There’s a barrel atop the mast for some reason, and a solitary skull, but just like 40597 Scary Island Island, the minfigure faced decapitation for the body be nowhere in sight!
And finally, there is a palm tree, but not the classic variety, for it uses a single piece trunk and those more modern bamboo style leaves.
This Set is Based on a LEGOLAND Attraction?
Aye, this set is literally inspired by attractions found at certain LEGOLANDs throughout the world.
Here’s the marketing spiel:
All hands on deck! Sail with the pirate ship and be ready at the cannons! If you don’t fire first, you’re sure to get hit! Take the whole family along to this crazy sea battle, where only really cool kids are dry when they return.
Pirate Splash Battle is a family attraction that takes parents and children on an adventurous and challenging pirate expedition, bound for a sea battle.
Sail with the pirate ship and be ready at the (water) cannons. If you don’t fire first, you’re sure to be hit! Take the whole family to this magnificent sea battle, where only the coolest voyagers are dry when they return.
You can look forward to an adventurous voyage among fierce-looking LEGO® pirates, chattering parrots and spooky shipwrecks. So, hold your breath and keep your eyes open, for the ship will be attacked when you least expect it – by other pirate ships and by cannons on the shore, where landlubbers take aim with jets of water.
There is room for 8 fierce pirates on each of the 8 ships
On the voyage, the ships meet 16 interactive targets
On shore, 11 interactive water cannons are ready to attack pirate ships as they pass
All hands to the pumps!
Open again from March 16, 2024
Prove your courage and your skills on an exciting boat ride past sunken ships and wild buccaneers!
Strike out at the other vessels with water guns and fire away at targets that will reveal awesome surprises once you’ve hit them!
But be prepared to get splashed as well: In addition to the crews of the other ships even the spectators might fire back at you!
Minimum height/age accompanied by an adult: 80 cm / 1 years
Minimum height/age unaccompanied by an adult: 130 cm / 8 years
This ride will close after dusk due to safety reasons. You can find further information at site.
Pirate Splash Battle at LEGOLAND Billund:
What Do Yer Think?
Will 40710 Pirate Splash Battle be joining your LEGO Pirate collection? Or what about your MOCing parts collection? Or be it too far removed from the classic style sets bother with?
Let us know yer thoughts in the LEGO Pirates Forum… whether they be good, whether they bad, the Classic Pirates will be glad!