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We have long wanted to make pirates, and finally we are delighted to be able to announce our first release in this new range. We know, we’re all still kids at heart. Though pirates have existed throughout history, from ancient times to modern day, the ‘golden age’ of piracy was the 17th and early 18th century, thriving in particular on the plunder of rich Spanish trade and supply routes from the New World to the Old. Countless Spanish galleons, holds bursting with newly minted gold and silver coin mined from the rich deposits discovered in Peru, Mexico and Bolivia, plied the Atlantic en route to the court of the Spanish king. The plunder was so rich that some 5,000 or more pirates were believed to be active at the time, even establishing whole land based pirate communities such as the island of Hispaniola and Tortuga. Infamous pirates of the time included Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Jack Rackham and the most feared of them all, the ruthless Blackbeard (Edward Teach). Drifting into fiction we will also be covering Stevenson’s anti-hero Long John Silver, perhaps best known for his wooden leg and trusty parrot, Captain Flint, with a penchant for pieces of eight. These are our first characters to get the range going. We will in time be adding more pirates as well as everything else you would expect from a fully-fledged pirate range such as colonial troops, marines and sailors, red-coated garrison forces and much more. We just can’t wait to get to the main feature of this range, the ships.