Big Bite of Swashbuckling Fun with SHARK BITE PIRATE SHIP Playset
Fisher Price Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship
There's many an adventure to be had with the Shark Bite Pirate Ship. From the deck upwards it looks just like a normal pirate ship. But look at it from the front, and those giant shark-like jaws at the bow show it to be something different.
Is it a pirate ship or is it a shark though? Lets take a look.
What's in the Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset?
Once out of the box the Shark Bite Pirate Ship is ready to be played with, just needing the various accessories to be deployed around the ship. It's big and looks a lot of fun.
The pirate figures have a nice amount of detail on them.
One has a ‘pegleg’ and a parrot on its shoulder, and is dressed in a black jacket with purple trousers.
The other is a shark headed pirate with a red jacket with huge epaulettes, and a hook for a left hand.
They both have a cutlass-like sword which can clip on to their hands, and their pirate hats can be removed, as well.
In the box ...
- Shark Bite Pirate Ship
- 2 x pirate figures
- 2 x helmets
- 2 x swords
- 1 x cannon ball
- 1 x spyglass
- 1 x treasure
- 4 x projectiles
The pirate figures can be placed on any of the three power pads that activate the ship’s features. The power pads can be turned left or right by hand, or by holding a pirate figure in place to do so.
Up in the front crows nest, the power pad there can be turned to aim the big cannon, and then pushed down to fire it.
The middle crows nest power pad activates the shark bite action. When pushed down it causes the shark nose to lift and for the lower jaws to open open wide. Then the ship can bear down on any unsuspecting foe and sweep them into its hull. Another prisoner taken!
The power pad on the poop deck at the rear, opens the treasure hold on the port side when it's twisted to the left, and fires projectiles from the starboard side when turned to the right.
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Playing with The Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset
When the pirate ship is pushed along, the shark fins on the sides move so it looks just like a shark moving through the water.
On the poop deck at the rear of the pirate ship there’s a bright yellow seat for the pirate captain to sit on, just behind the helm (that turns) used to steer the vessel.
Moving forward, there are a few steps down to the main deck, where you’ll find the brig where the prisoners are kept. It has a blue sliding cover. Above it, hanging between the two masts, is a large blue cage also used for holding prisoners.
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Towards the front of the deck is a hatch which can be lifted to reveal whoever has been captured in the hull.
And there’s a spyglass right in the bows to search ahead for your next ‘catch’.
On the port side there’s a retractable plank for when the pirates make their victims ‘walk the plank’. It's not too long and looks strong enough not to break easily.
And the treasure hold opens to reveal your stash of gold and trinkets!
The starboard side holds the twin firing position for the projectiles, which are fired by the rearward power pad. Four projectiles are provided in total.
Rigging takes you up to the huge cannon mounted on the front mast, from which you can fire a cannon ball at your enemies.
Red sails with a shark version of the skull and crossbones, finishes off the appearance of this super cool pirate ship playset.
Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset at a glance...
- What's in the box: Shark Bite Pirate Ship, 2 x pirate figures, 2 x helmets and swords, 1 x cannon ball, 4 x projectiles, treasure and spyglass.
- Huge shark jaws open at front of ship to capture enemies.
- Cannon atop the mast fires a cannon ball.
- Plenty of moving detail on the ship itself.
- Dimensions: 20 x 8 x 16 inches.
- Recommended ages: 3 to 8 years.
With the power pads putting control of the ship’s actions into the kids hands, there’s plenty of swashbuckling fun to be had with the Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset. It has interesting features not seen in other toys.
If there’s one improvement I would make, it would only be to have two or three more figures included, but that’s a trivial matter really.
This is an impressive playset and of obvious good quality, as you would expect from Fisher Price. Purchasers on Amazon rate it 5 stars, and I can see why.
If any of your kids or grandkids are into pirates, it'll be a case of ‘Shiver me timbers’ and ‘Heave-ho me hearties’, because they'll really want one of these.