Review: 79107 Comanche Camp

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79107 Lone Ranger Comanche CampHi ho Silver away
Ride into tomorrow today
But who was that masked man you say?
That was the Lone Ranger

Since building the cavalry set yesterday I can't get the camp and slightly cheesy pop song Quantum Jump, The Lone Ranger from the 1970s out of my head...

Anyway, on with todays's review of 79107, Comanche Camp, the second-smallest set of the theme which features, among other things, a teepee and three minifigs.

Box and contents

Like the Cavalry set, the high-gloss box and deeply saturated colours make the box artwork really stand out.

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The back shows the teepee open and illustrates play possibilities.

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The box is chock-full of ABS goodness: three bags, 2 dark tan plates, a canoe and...

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..two identical plastic sheets that are used to form the teepee. The opening in the centre is cut, but not fully, so you can choose to open it on one side but not on the other.

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The minifigs

The three minifigs are the Lone Ranger, who's identical to the one in the cavalry set so I won't dwell on him here, Tonto and fellow native American, Red Knee.

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Tonto has new hair, a torso printed back and front, and a double-sided head. His tomahawk is, I believe, new. It's one piece: the head does not detach.

Tonto has a bird on his head. No, I didn't know why either, but this might explain it.

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Here are his component parts, and alternative head, the 'scared' side.

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The bird is very nicely made. It attaches to the hairpiece by way of a small pin, in the same way that Friends hair accessories fit.

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Red knee is equally impressive. He, too, has a double-sided head and back printing. His hair is very well printed and detailed.

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The teepee

Apart from the minifigs, the set consists of four sub-models, the largest of which is the teepee. This uses a Technic frame to support the 'cloth' sides and features a camp fire and fish cooking in the centre.

I've opened the flaps on this side and, while they certainly open, they don't stay open on their own to look like they do on the front of the box.

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Rock and weapons rack

A significant number of parts go into making the 'rock' on the left, below, including a lot of dark tan in shapes and sizes that might be new. There's a mechanism built into it: put the three black scorpions in the top, press the lever and they'll eject from the top to attack any unsuspecting passer-by!

The weapons rack is a handy place to store the quiver, bow and spear when not in use.

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The finished model

Here's the finished model. There's quite a lot to it.

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I haven't mentioned the canoe: I think it's the same as seen in pirates and other sets, isn't it?

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Overall opinion

The set has a lot of play possibilities for the target age range -- in and out of the teepee, padding the canoe, ejecting the scorpions and so on -- and also looks good on display for those of us less inclined to play with our finished models.

The minifigs are, once again, superb. For the minifig collector who's most likely going to buy all of the sets, it is perhaps a shame that the Lone Ranger is the same in most of them, but other than that I can't really think of anything negative to say about this set. Even the price is reasonable (£20 in the UK and probably 20-$25 in the US).

So, this is another excellent set in the Lone Ranger theme. If they are all as good as this, LEGO has another winning range on its hands.

30 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

I think the Crow (Bird) might explain why his face is always white!?

But besides that thanks for another great review!

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By in United States,

Are those medium dark flesh hands?

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By in Netherlands,

Another good review!
However, this is, in my opinion, the least exciting LR set: a Comanche Camp with only one Comanche native... Pretty poor. This set would have improved significantly if Tonto and the Lone Ranger had been substituted for some more actual Comanches, or at least two more Comanches had been added to the roster. Even the one Comanche included looks to have a more specialized role, like a Chief or medicine man, so no chance this set is suitable as a Comanche army builder by any standards.

Ah well... please keep these reviews coming (the best is yet to come)!

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By in United Kingdom,

This theme is a must for me. The detail on those minifigs is just amazing.
I can't wait for these to hit the shops.

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By in United States,

Actually looks like flesh, not mdf, so bands aren't new but hasn't been a flesh torso available for a few years

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By in United States,

Check out Red Knee's amulet!! I haven't seen anything that droll since the Zombie moonstone.

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By in United States,

I was actually not that interested in the Lone Ranger when it was first announced, but I'm really warming up to these sets the more I look at them...damn you Brickset...

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By in Norway,

Great review Huw, this is IMO the least exciting LR set, though still not bad.
I think the old cloth teepe looks better than the new plastic one.

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By in United States,

Great set, but would have benifited by a couple regular Comanches(It is called Comanche camp), and a cloth tepee would have made me happier.
The canoe first appeared in red with the Islander sets, next in the two largest Indian sets from Wild West, then again in (2002 or 1?) In one of the Indian set re-releases.

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By in Germany,

Another great review, Huw! Thanks a lot for this! It has a tempting price tag but there are 2 things I dislike: 1. the plastic tent (the fabric was better in the past) and 2. there is really only one interesting minifig in this set (Tonto is great as well but no need for Attack of the Clones, since I believe I am getting the stage coach despite it's horrendous price over here)

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By in United Kingdom,

The price points on these sets look really reasonable. Lets hope TLG don't do a switcheroo on us and up the prices for release....

Some nice pieces. I think hands in that colour is new. The crow is also great. Not a new canoe by the looks of it, but the paddle looks different, flat rather than rounded end to the handle? edit: seems the design changed in 2009.

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks fantastic. Can't wait to play around with that eject mechanism... :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw are you going to do any more reviews ?

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By in United States,

The new raven piece makes me excited. It should go well with the second/third wave of Hobbit sets :)

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By in Sweden,

Definitely my least favourite from this theme, mostly because I don't really like the look of the plasticky tent "cloth" (would've looked so much nicer in a sturdier cloth fabric). It's still a pretty nice set though, and it'll be hard to resist it since it's one of the cheaper sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ yes 2 more to do...

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Great,I shall be looking forward to it, and thanks for the awesome reviews.

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By in United States,

Another nice review Huw! And loving the new figs. Like others have said, wish they had more Commanches to army build off of this set but it's on my list to get.

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By in United States,

That bird... I like that bird...

This seems like an "average set," something not too special, but still worth buying for the "standard" fan... although more picky ones (like those with ever-expanding LEGO collections) may not be as interested in it.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ Gentleman Geek - the hands in that set aren't medium nougat. they're another skin tone which is darker than the white skin tone but not as strong as the medium nougat... can't remember its name exactly

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By in Spain,

Another set for the list.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ No, not unless that is medium nougat. They are identical to parts in PoP sets, I have held them together to check.

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By in United States,

@brix: Yep, the hands of Kazim and the Grail Guardian are Nougat (Bricklink's Flesh), versus most figs of white actors which are Light Nougat (Bricklink's Light Flesh). Nougat is actually a fairly old color-- before being used for "fleshies" in System it had long been in use in Duplo. Light Nougat, on the other hand, was introduced in 2004. Medium Nougat (Bricklink's Medium Dark Flesh) was new to the Prince of Persia sets in 2010 and was not used as a minifigure skin tone until the 2011 Captain Panaka figure from set 7961.

Good to have hands in Medium Nougat; it'll be a great new option for customizers.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ thanks for the clarification :) I love medium nougat so much! its my current favourite lego colour

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By in United States,

The shaman's wig, tent,and canoe have been before in this set
http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6766-1

What's the cowboy doing there though? He looks like a raider or bandit. I'm sure the Native Americans would stop him.

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By in United States,

The bird is his pet.

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