This week’s review is going to be a tough one for me. I have looked at all 11 vinyls that make up this set and am not sure which to make my heros and what to make my zeros. I frankly feel that they all look horrible thanks to the new mold, but I must look beyond that. If I do not, I might as well stop writing these things up. But, on the other hand I will continue to voice my displeasure regarding this new mold. First, because I must be true to myself and secondly, I know for fact that higher ups at Disney are checking in and monitoring this website. So they need to constantly be reminded on how bad the new mold is.
Did you read that Mr Disney Suit? The new mold is HORRID
With that being said, Xero’s Heros and Zeros will take a new approach. Until the original mold is phased back in, I will base my review solely on the design and how that design fits into the overall set. If there is a time that the new mold is overly horrible on a design, I may point that out. If there is a time that the new mold actually contributes to the overall beauty of the piece, I may point that out as well. But don’t count on that happening much.
No personal anecdotes today. No witty little stories or tugging at the heartstrings to pull you into this review. Just the cold hard facts. My mood is a bit irate as I write this, but I must get beyond it. Pirates had the chance to be one of the best sets ever produced. A classic Disney ride. Full of classic characters that are recognized by all. Appealing to both the vinyl collector and the generic Disney fan. What could be better? Even a little bit of macabre is inserted into this set. And the dark side typically increases the interest of a set as well. Overall, people like that stuff. And do not even mention the blockbuster movie that is currently on episode 4. The interest in Piratology has never been higher. We are at its peak. It will not last forever. Eventually Vampires, or Zombies or Wizards will become hot again and Pirates will fade a bit. But for now they are the top of the food chain.
So what is gonna hold Pirates back a bit?
Timing. I answer.
Timing? You say. But Xero, you just said that Pirates are the hottest thing out there right now. And I hear that at Walt Disney World you can even get a Pirate makeover.
Yep you are right, Pirates are hot. And, no ladies I am not just talking about Johnny Depp. By the way, I loved 21 Jump Street. Holly Robinson Pete and Johnny Depp. My oh my. That show had it all.
Timing. Back to timing……If this set was produced last year, my oh my, Sales would have been through the roof.
Why is that? You ask.
Plain and simple. It would have been on the original ( I will never call old) mold. Now that would be an epic series.
Enough is enough, let me move into the best and worst designs as I my mind’s eye picture them on the original mold. First as always. The Zeros.
Skeleton Pirate Henchman in the Striped shirt.
The fact that I have to qualify the Skeleton and mention ‘Striped shirt’ at all is the sole reason that this guy slides into this spot. There are 3 of these guys in this set. I actually like the other 2 and am considering making one a hero. But this guy has no real function in this set. As Scuba Owl pointed out in one of his -ions. When you look at a set, you know which will be in the trade box. This one, my friend, will be the most heavily traded of all the Pirates
Eye Patch Pirate
Not sure where this guy is in the ride. Feel free to comment and let me know. And not sure why he is the poster boy for this set. Maybe because generically he just looks like a Pirate. That’s fine. Actually that is all that he is. Fine. Trader #2. Ahoy Matey. You will travel along the seas of the clear trader box for some time. Never knowing where the winds of this hobby will land you.
Dirty Foot Pirate
This is perhaps the most iconic of all the designs in this set and by rights should be a top notch Hero. But there is one reason that he is actually a top notch Zero. Take a look at his picture.
So what ! You say. Let me explain my point. This was the first real picture that was shared of this set. The first good picture that showed off the human form as seen on the new mold. The new mold which was made to better suit the human form. This mold did nothing to improve upon the ‘chunky human’ issue that vinylmations dealt with. And those cheeks. WOW. Those puffy cheeks are atrocious. And whenever I see the Dirty Foot Pirate, that is all I can think of. He was my first great disappointment in the new mold era. I will not even mention Sea Creatures. As far as I am concerned, that set was never produced. But for this Pirate, it should be his dirty foot that stands out to me, not his ” I had too much Pirate Ale and am about to hurl” cheeks. It’s OK Dirty Foot Pirate, you are not alone. I think that all of your friends may have over indulged. Just a bit. Anyone need a bucket?
To quote Wayne and Garth. “If you are gonna spew, spew in this!”
Thank You new mold.
Thank You Wayne.
Thank You Garth.
And so we shall……………..
On to the Heros as based on DESIGN
Skeleton PIrate #1
This guy makes my list because it is first and foremost my list, and he is the foremost character of my favorite scene on the ride at Walt Disney World. Sorry to all the Disneyland people out there, but i have only been to DLR once. Back to the WDW version of Pirates. The Wind. The Lightning. The Cool Breeze. It is a very eerie scene in the ride and one that sets the tone for the rest of the Pirates of The Caribbean experience. I love it.
I can feel the wind on my cheeks and the chill down my spine just looking at this photograph. And the vinyl design sets that same tone.
The Auction Lady
“Show em your larboard side, dearie…” That is what you hear as you pass through what is perhaps the most well known scene of the whole ride. Why this lady was produced instead of the Red Head remains a mystery still. “We wants the Red Head” But until then I am very happy with her. My only question is. How much is she worth to you? Auction style. I would guess about 9.95 with free shipping on eBay.
Not sure who will agree with me on this one. And I assume that we will see a pig or two end up in the trade box. Not many 12 year old boys will be happy with this one. I can see it now. “Mommy. can you buy me a box of those Pirate Vinylationmatation toy things.” “Well son, I don’t even understand what they are. I just don’t get it, but if you want to that to be your souvenir, then fine I will buy you one.” He opens it up and to his chagrin, the pig. Well Jimmy if I was there I would be happy to trade you which ever other Pirate Figure you want for it. Even Captain Jack. Me loves the Dirty Pig laddy. He just makes me smile when I look at him. And is that not what your collection should be about? If I could wrestle up an entire pen of them I would. I am sure that my 9” Ham and Eggs would not mind.
But we still do wants the Red Head
For completeness sake I have decided to add the Visual Checklist that R2MK produced
As always, feel free to discuss below.