June 5, 2023

Bargain Bricks: Episode 1 – Pirates Chess

Welcome to the first episode of Bargain Bricks! You might be wondering what this series is all about. Well, we all have sets we missed out on during their original runs. Perhaps you went through a dark age, or missed out on a set because of budget. In this series, I am trying to find retired LEGO® sets without paying exorbitant prices on secondary markets. These entries will differ from most content here at True North Bricks because they will focus largely on video entries. For Bargain Bricks: Episode 1, I scored a set from the end of my dark age. Truthfully, it was still in stores when I began collecting again. However, I was trying to build a city at the time, and my budget kept me from purchasing it. Check out the video below to find out how I found a sealed copy of Pirates Chess (40158)!

Until next time,


Bargain Bricks: Episode 1 – Pirates Chess


Original Set Details:
  • NAME: Pirates Chess
  • SET #: 40158
  • THEME: Pirates
  • COST: $59.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 857
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2015
  • RETIRED: December 20, 2016
  • COST/BRICK: $0.07 (Great value.)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 43 bricks/fig (amazing fig count.)
March 2022 Details:
  • I PAID: $66.00 CAD (NIB – eBay)
  • COST/BRICK: $0.08 (Great value.)
  • SHIPPING: $42.00
  • COST/BRICK WITH SHIPPING: $0.13 (Still a good value.)
  • BRICKLINK AVERAGE: $117.04 (NIB) + shipping
Bargain Bricks: Episode 1 - Pirates Chess set.
Image ©2015 The LEGO® Group.

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