Within the world of Lego there are a lot of different scales of building sets. The 4 Juniors was a suitable replacement for the Juniors series and a step up from Duplo. Many of the elements in the 4 Juniors series can be used with standard sized Lego sets so the replay value on them is incredibly high. If you have a pirate scene that is lacking some zip, you can purchase this for about four dollars and add a figure, raft and accessory pieces without having to make a huge investment. This is an add-on set; if this is the only item that a child has to play with in the theme, chances are he or she will get bored with it in short order. Likewise, if you aren’t sure if your child will be into the theme, getting them the Catapult Raft to see if there is an interest isn’t a good idea because there isn’t a lot that they can do with it.
The figure that comes with the set is not of standard Lego size; it is a 4 Juniors figure along the lines of Jack Stone. It is larger than the standard sized figures and has more detail to it. Visually there are some similarities like the arms, hand pegs and leg joints but these figures have feet (not removable) and are generally easier for younger kids to handle. One of the main reasons they made the figures larger than others is to cut down on the items that could be considered choking hazards. He has a lot of stenciled detail and looks great with other 4 Juniorspirate figures.
The raft that comes with the Pirate Catapult set is nice looking but it can only accommodate two figures. The catapult arm can launch small items a few feet but it only comes with one half barrel. You can put anything you want into the bucket but please tell kids that this isn’t supposed to be used to launch food or other items that could cause a mess. If you have larger ships you can attach the raft to it with some plastic linkings or chains so there are some great options if you want to add this to another set. The mast can also be used for other things with this set and with other 4 Juniors releases.
Pirate Catapult was released in 2004 and is still sold in retail stores; it is one of the smaller more affordably priced add-on sets for the theme and can increase the replay value of older sets. The set is made up of 23 pieces and is extremely easy to build. Everything is constructed on a base plate and once built it is extremely sturdy. The suggested age for this is four and older; hence the name of the series “4 Juniors”. One of the biggest perks to the set is the silver sword, that alone is worth a couple of dollars when sold as an individual item on auction sites. If you are looking for a small add-on set with a lot of capabilities, the Pirate Catapult is an excellent pick.