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6242-1: Soldiers' Fort
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The build is 98% exact; it only misses a one-piece palm tree and decorative elements, essentially.

=MISSING PARTS=
01. https://rebrickable.com/parts/30338/plant-palm-tree-base-and-trunk-4-x-4/
02. https://rebrickable.com/parts/30179/door-frame-1-x-4-x-6-type-1/
03. https://rebrickable.com/parts/84624/flag-7-x-4-with-crossed-cannons-over-red-stripes-print/
04. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2335pr0001/flag-2-x-2-square-with-crossed-cannons-over-red-stripes-no-outline-print/

=MISSING DECALS=
01. Sticker sheet: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6242stk01a&idColor=0

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This set no. 6242 'Soldiers Fort' came out in 2009 as part of the "Pirates" theme comeback after a lengthy, twelve-year hiatus. Overall, 'Pirates II' collection was explicitly nostalgic, "honoring" and revisiting the iconic early-90s "Pirates" lineup—obviously, irrelevant for 6-12yo kids who weren't even born in Captain Redbeard's day. (Personally, I think that's the main reason why LEGO didn't extend Pirates II beyond one season and switched to licensed 'Pirates of the Caribbean' in 2011; now, that was a pirates story that 2000s kids really cared about).

The 'Soldiers Fort' revived the theme's protagonists, "Imperial Guards" (1992–95). They succeeded the original "Imperial Soldiers," who wore bluecoats and had a 'fleur-de-lis' flag. Guards, instead, switched to red uniforms and fought under a red-and-white striped flag. Imperial Guards had two naval bases in the nineties, and 'Soldiers Fort' doesn't really follow any of them closely (unlike, for instance, the "headliner" 2009 set, Brickbeard's Bounty, which replicated the '89 'Black Seas Barracuda' practically step-by-step). Personally, I would describe the Soldiers Fort as an "intermedium" between set no. 6263 'Imperial Outpost' from 1995 (with only 215 parts) and colossal 'Imperial Trading Post' (1992) on two 32x32 baseplates.

The Soldiers Fort's key feature is a modular design, with a "unified" peg connection between all sections, so they can be arranged in any order. Moreso, two or more sets together would assemble into one mega-structure. The build includes:

♙ Two-storied tower with a rotating crane
♙ Corner passage (with an overhang and large flagpole)
♙ Tiny bridge with a palm tree (with gems hidden underneath)
♙ A prison with a cannon turret (and removable back wall)

Frankly, this set is my least favorite out of the "Pirates" 2009 lineup. Even though modularity is a nice feature, each platform has an identical foundation; building them gets boring quickly. The interiors are disappointingly scant; there's a barrel with a fish, a water cistern in the tower, a treasure chest, two keys. That's it! Not even a bunk inside a prison cell, a bare minimum of details. Generous minifigs inventory compensates that a bit, however, and there are plenty of weapons and accessories in hand.

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=SEE ALSO=

6243: Brickbeard's Bounty (2009)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/kOjLKdgN2x6

6253: Shipwreck Hideout (2009)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/WRaZ6wegapZ
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sara3
1 month ago
Is very interesting
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