Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Model Kits

When I first went to Disney World as a kid, the attraction that most captured my imagination was Pirates of the Caribbean. I was a bit of a fan of pirate-themed literature and film, so being thrust into a song filled non-threatening pirate raid was right up my alley. When I got home, I tried gathering as much info about pirates as I could find and in an old magazine from the 1970s, I started finding ads for these model kits by MPC.

As soon as a I saw them I knew I wanted them, but it quickly became obvious after trips to multiple toy stores that they did not sell them anymore. So I took to Flea Markets and Garage Sales. Here I would have mixed success. I would find examples of these models, but ones that were already assembled. Not one of them was in decent shape or worth the price that the seller was asking, so I never bought one.

It is probably good I didn’t. I was horrible at model building and would have ruined a perfectly good kit.

Of course the price of these models continued to climb. The kits now go for 100s of dollars in box and even these ads clipped out of magazines will run you 10 bucks online.



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4 thoughts on “Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Model Kits

  1. I had one or two of these as a kid- and my modeling skills were definitely not up to the level needed to assemble them properly and therefore my built-ups didn’t keep their ” ZAP ACTION” ability.
    Into all things monster at that time, I was fascinated by their creepiness of subject matter- cursed, living dead pirates still squabbling over their booty.
    I don’t know what that had to do with the family-friendly ride at the Walt Disney parks, but it has everything to do with the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie.
    Hmmm? :)

  2. bane says:

    I have NO idea why Polar Lights didn’t JUMP at the chance to reissue these! The movies had 4 frickin movies! They could have captailized on that success….No instead they picked Titan A.E.

    Polar lights is run by idiots.

  3. These, and their Haunted Mansion model counterparts, are something I keep hoping to find at a flea market. So far, I haven’t had any luck. Maybe someone will pick up the molds and reissue the kits. It wouldn’t be too hard to reissue these under a different name and get around the licensing issues. Then again, if they were licensed, I can see these being a great seller at the theme parks. I know I’d buy a set. AMT has reissued numerous MPC kits, and with the prices they are bringing on eBay, there is a market for the product.

  4. Max Power says:

    I’d love to see one of those shops at Downtown Disney that 3D prints iPhone cases make these on demand. It’s not a huge market, but one that a few people would pay (a lot) for.

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