Hi-yo, Silver! We have some Lone Ranger sets to review!

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79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder SetThe LEGO CEE team has kindly sent us some Lone Ranger sets to review ahead of their release in April, so myself and others in the Brickset team will be bringing you reviews over the next week or so.

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.

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

The back shows action shots, including loading the cannon, and cooking and eating the chicken leg.

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

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!

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

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.

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

The minifigs

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.

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder 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.

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

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...

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

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...

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

...a shooting cannon with ammunition and loading-pole.

79106 Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder Set

Overall opinion

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?

57 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Awesome review Huw, Thanks for giving us a sneak peek!

Can't wait for the Mine & train reviews!

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By in United States,

Nice review Huw, looking forward to the stagecoach escape set review

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By in France,

It's been a long time since I've watched the Lone Ranger on TV, but memory says that it's, "Hi, ho, Silver!", not "Hey, ho." Hi yo?

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By in Netherlands,

Cool, early reviews! Can't wait for the rest of them, especially the Mine set.
"Different heads for the Lone Ranger in each set"... Isn't that what they initially said about the Jack Sparrow minifigs too, before the PotC sets were released and he ended up with only two variant heads?

I have to say, the only thing I dislike about these sets is that they have the Lone Ranger and / or Tonto minifigs in all of them anyhow. As far as I'm concerned, waste of a spot which could have been used for more interesting minifigs!

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By in United States,

Tonto/LR do have dirty prints in the mine set, if my memory serves me correctly. I did notice there are a few variations, but I don't think they are different in every set.

Anyway, thanks for the review. I can't wait to pick all of these up. Even if the movie flops, the sets are awesome.

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By in United Kingdom,

There is a new style white horse coming in the autumn Castle sets, but this one is a first. Which is nice.

For every person looking to 'army build' there's probably just as many who are mostly interested in the Lone Ranger and horse. Let's trade!

What's the price point? £11.99 would be good, but with 4 figs I'm guessing higher...

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By in Norway,

I've got to get this, though i doubt i will get several.
Also, yes the horse is new in white :-)
But is the face of the bearded soldier (the one that is not Indiana Jones) new?

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By in Germany,

Yes, the first white horse! Finally Gandalf get's his Shadowfax ;)

I really like this set and'll by multiples to build my army. Since 2010 this set is one of the cheapest army builder sets: 3 Figs for $13.

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By in Puerto Rico,

The set looks great. For people who are making Western Mocs, add a couple of Brickarms weapons and this set to see the results.

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By in Sweden,

Sweet. Please do the Stagecoach next instead! Most wanted set of the year.

Also, I take it this means these sets are due out in April in the UK?

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw can't wait for the set's to come out

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By in United Kingdom,

This set will be a pass for me, gotta save my money for Lego Simpsons.
Enjoy your sets guys! =D

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By in United States,

If I wasn't sold on this line already I would now, I really wish they could have left out the Lone Ranger in just this set and included a mounted officer instead, would have been more condusive for army building. Also, I believe it's "Hi Ho Silver", and this is the first appearance of the new horse in white. Oh, and can't wait for the rest of the reviews! :D

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By in United States,

@rmarkworth: This one can't really work as Shadowfax without modifications since one of Shadowfax's most distinctive traits, besides color, is not wearing a saddle or bridle. I suppose a little Brasso would make this one suitable, though, and from a set design perspective a white horse, regardless of printing, puts us that much closer to seeing a Shadowfax-specific design in a set.

Anyway, this is a very cool set. Despite being a dedicated "army builder", the non-minifigure contents of the set are far from boring. My favorite detail is the flag with a pattern based on the minifigure cutlass.

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By in United States,

I must say Huw, I don't think I ever agree with you. I love the old pistils and can't really stand these new ones, they are too thin.

The sets are awesome. Minifigures really nice.

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By in Slovenia,

Amazing set imo, thanks for the review. I plan to get at least a few..i love the figs and also the pieces used(canon mhm)... I sure hope this theme comes out asap ( early april that is )

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By in Canada,

other than the gold mine (which i can't wait to get), all the other sets have been a let down. i wish they didn't turn down the CUSOO western town, that had SO MUCH more potential. i was really hoping it would have been more like the harry potter setts that had a lot of buildings. This one feels like a cheap money grab, just like TMNT which is a complete disapointment

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the correction, title is now Hi yo! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lone_Ranger)

DrDave will be doing the Stagecoach in the next few days and I'll be doing the rest one a day this week. We don't have the train, unfortunately, so you'll have to wait for that.

Now, who remembers this tune from the '70s? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hchOYs_d_Bw, Quantum Jump, The Lone Ranger. I have it on 12" single :-)

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By in United States,

I can't tell what time period this movie is in, but I hope they make Confederate soldiers as well. The ones in this set look like Union soldiers.

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By in Switzerland,

Hoo haw, Silver!!

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By in Germany,

Wow! 4 figures a new horse in a new colour and a shooting canon for around €13 is a great deal in my mind!

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By in United States,

Yes, this is the first time we have the new horse mold in white. We've only had it before in brown and black (like in the superb LotR sets).

It'll be great to use as Shadowfax (if only he didn't have a bridal).

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, it looks awesome, as the rest of the whole theme!
Also, all the details remind me so of 6706, which I owned as a kid. No matter how good or bad the movie will be, I am more than glad we get back a Western theme!

@Jaypwr16: You're right, they do remind me of the Union soldiers from the Lincoln movie! Hope they'll add even more diverse minifigs or even extend the whole theme if the IP is successful!

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By in Canada,

It's a cool set, but I don't really like those new pistols...

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By in United Kingdom,

Not fussed about seeing the film, but loving the look of these sets!

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By in United States,

There won't be any "Confederate" soldiers - TLR is set post-Civil War.

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By in United States,

I doubt there'll be Confederates, I'm guessing that the sets we know of will be the sets we get. Unless, of course the theme does excellent and there's a second movie(Which I also doubt).

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By in Canada,

I'm hoping for polybag with a soldier and cannon, so we have a cheap way of outfitting ships that are severely under gunned.

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By in United Kingdom,

Prices from FBTB, assuming these are correct then they don't seem excess for a licensed theme - I think that CBS, SE and CTS are the stand out sets for me:

79106 Cavalry Builder Set = £11.99

79107 Comanche Camp = £19.99

79108 Stagecoach Escape = £29.99

79109 Colby City Showdown = £39.99

79110 Silver Mine Shootout = Price point £69.99

79111 Constitution Train Chase = £79.99

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By in United States,

Huw, I don't know what's wrong with your photos. I think they're great--and great review, too. I can't wait for the stagecoach set review. I can't believe people are still talking about the Simpsons LEGO sets. LOL.

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By in United Kingdom,

Indiana Jones infiltrates yet another army. 0.o So far I've also seen him as a PotC redcoat and a Rebel trooper (Endor). What other (non-IJ) sets has his face appeared in?
[Edit]: Also the Hoth Rebel army, and it is very similar to Dastan's face from PoP...

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By in United States,

Excellent review. I wasn't into the Lone Ranger sets (even though I had the old Lone Ranger and Silver action figures when I was a kid...with the cloth costumes and mucho accessories), but they are growing on me. Those figs look great to make a Union Army.

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By in United Kingdom,

A great review Huw, and a must have by the sounds of it. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great little set. If the rest of the series are of this standard I'll certainly try and buy most of the collection.

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By in United States,

Great set! My dad and I have both served in cavalry units here in the Army and these will be great for office desks at work. Can go right next to my Centurion and my black stetson. Love the new gun also. Also a good LR head to use in thief or vigilante minifig builds (masked man). Will be getting two at least. When do they hit the stores in the states?

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By in United States,

@Andhe, the set is priced at 12.99. This is the first set containing a white horse. I am glad they have the lone ranger in every set, mainly due to my tight budget! I believe there are only two variations, but I think he might have a different facial expression in the Colby City Showdown, but its too hard to tell. In the constitution train chase, it is absolutely impossible to tell!

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By in Denmark,

Thanks alot! This is an absolute MUST HAVE!
QUESTION: is the flag printed or stickered?

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By in Canada,

The Cavalry minifigues look really good. The sand blue pants really compliment the dark blue.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't wait for them. Shall be getting all of them and the new USC X-wing Lego are soooo good to us :-)

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By in United States,

@Fredrick & Plasmodium: The face also appeared in 4193 The London Escape and the Endor Battle Pack, but is NOT IJ

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By in United States,

I have a feeling that having main characters in every set (Jack Sparrow, Spongebob, etc.) might be part of the licensing deal, and TLG could possibly be contractually obligated to include the Lone Ranger in this set.

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By in Norway,

Zackula: But Lord of the Rings dont have the main character in every set (though LotR havent really got just one main character)
Maybe its got something to do with Disney, if that is the case, hopefully it won't affect the SW battlepacks.

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By in United Kingdom,

Flag is printed.

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By in {Unknown country},

I feel like the crossed sabers are upside down on the flag. It should have the handguards facing each other.

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By in United States,

murphquake: It may look odd in lego, but the US calvary insignia has the sabers pointed the same way (modern and period). Lego got it right.

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By in United States,

Huw: Thanks for the review of course. My vote's for a review of the silve mine next. I know it's the larger set of the ones you received, but I really do want to see more pictures of the cow skull...

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By in United States,

Those new pistols are great, and I like how the mini-fort-area has a hinge piece with it: it adds to rebuildability.

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By in United States,

Well darn, the Lone Ranger's torso has a bit of flesh printing, making it completely worthless to me in my world of 'Yellow Only' minifigures. The new pistol design looks too skinny compared to the old, another reason to pass on this set. The great thing, though, are the cavalry torsos. I'm sure those figs will be going cheap on Bricklink, so I can just pick them up there.

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By in Netherlands,

I would like to compliment Huw with his brilliant photos in his reviews. It's a small step for a man (or woman) to go to the LEGOshop after reading Huw's reviews but a giant leap to one's credit card!

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome job on the hats, guns and horses.

I'm definitely getting all six in the series.

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By in United States,

Even with the horse, the bandit is going to be defeated 3 against 1. Some American Civil War sets to come ...

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By in Czech Republic,

Yeah it`s a good job but I'm not shore about price

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By in United States,

I think this will be a cool theme.

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By in United States,

The whole series looks I guess I will look accurate to the film, even so I haven't seen the movie so I can't judge based on accuracy.

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By in Netherlands,

I've seen some of them in a store in Holand, (delft) quite early in my opinion :) wont be getting them though, student life is tough and i do like to eat :P

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By in Singapore,

Completely overpriced against RRP in Singapore (and probably Australia) means that I won't be picking sets up.

US$30 RRP = US$80 here for the Stagecoach. Lego, what's going on?

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