Today I take a look at the smallest set, 79106: Cavalry Builder Set which consists of four minifigs including the Lone Ranger and Silver (pictured left), a cannon and a few other bits and bobs.
Box and contents
The front of the box looks fantastic! The red logo, yellow header and blue minifigs really make it 'pop' and should make it jump off the shelf.
The back shows action shots, including loading the cannon, and cooking and eating the chicken leg.
Inside, there are two bags of parts, one instruction manual and a new style poseable back-leg horse. Is this the first time it's appeared in white? I'm not sure, because for some reason the horse is always missing from the LEGO set inventories so I can't look up the details. Let me know in the comments if you're a LEGO equine expert!
There are a couple of new parts: (1) the pistols which look a whole lot better than previous versions. They come in two colours: the Lone Ranger has two silver ones, and one of the cavalry has a gun-metal one, which has come out looking more like black in the photo below but is actually metallic. The set also contains two spares, one of each, and (2) the Lone Ranger's Stetson, see below.
The set contains three cavalrymen and the Lone Ranger, below. As you can see his torso is very detailed, and his jacket and waistcoat extend onto his legs. The back of the torso is also printed. On my first glance, his hat looks the same as the old Stetson, but it actually has a slightly wider brim: about 1 mm diameter larger, and no bow on the side.
When I was at the Toy Fair in January, the guy showing the Lone Ranger sets said that the LR figure would be different in every set, but from what I can see from the sets in my possession, there are only two variants: this one, and one with a different head -- sporting a 'grimace' -- in the mine set.
The cavalry share the same torso, which is also printed on the back, but have different heads. One comes with a pistol and messenger bag, the other two have rifles and back packs. None have double-sided heads, because obviously, it would not be obscured by their hats.
This one (the leader?) also has a telescope. The hats are the same as those used in the 1996 Western sets, but are dark blue instead of normal blue. The figures look great, don't they...
The rest of the set
You'll mainly be buying this for the minifigs, but the rest of the set is fairly interesting and useful: it features a small section of wall to shelter behind, a camp-fire with chicken leg, and...
...a shooting cannon with ammunition and loading-pole.
This is a great introduction to the Lone Ranger theme. The minifigs are, as we've come to expect lately, superb, and the rest of the set is pretty good too.
It was probably sensible from a marketing point of view to put the Lone Ranger in the smallest set, but given that it's being pitched as a 'cavalry builder set', if you buy multiples you'll obviously end up with a surfeit of Lone Rangers. Maybe it would have been better to have four cavalrymen instead.
Tomorrow I will review 79107 Commanche Camp (and I'll take more care at removing the pesky spots on the images caused by dust on the sensor and shooting at f32: they aren't visible at normal apertures).
What do you think? Are you looking forward to these sets coming out?
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