The Imperial Guards were a subtheme of Pirates, from 1992 to 1996. When the Pirate theme was reintroduced for a short time in 2009 the design of the minifigs was updated taking advantage of the more common two-sided printing to provide extra details.
Imperial Guards red uniforms typical of the early 19th century, with packs and shakos and are thought by some to represent the British. Their insignia is a crown over two crossed cannons. In comparison, the Imperial Soldiers are often thought to represent the French, because of their blue coats and the fleur-de-lys on their insignia.
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