#ThrowbackThursday – 6273 Rock Island Refuge

We go back to 1991 for this week’s #throwbackthursday as I look at another set from my childhood. This was the other set I owned that had the ramp and pit baseplate and was the largest Pirate-themed island base from the entire Pirates theme. It was also called Port Jamaica in some areas but for me it was always Rock Island and a place for the Pirates to store all their treasure in. The pit had a large grate over it but I loved the rope bridges so you could get around the island.


I can’t remember the retail price in the UK but I did pick up one a few years ago for £60+ in used condition off eBay. To get a MISB it will set you back over £400 now via Bricklink. I built this as mentioned again a few years back and not sure if it was either my age or the fact where LEGO is now that I didn’t get the same enjoyment as I did back in ’91 and was the reason I stopped getting old sets as didn’t want to spoil the fond memories I did have.

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One thing I do miss are the older boxes – so much better and the alternative builds are on the back were ace!

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Did you own this set? If so what were your memories of it and do you still own it? Photos courtesy of the Plastic Brick


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