Review: 79107 Comanche Camp
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.
The back shows the teepee open and illustrates play possibilities.
The box is chock-full of ABS goodness: three bags, 2 dark tan plates, a canoe and...
..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.
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.
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.
Here are his component parts, and alternative head, the 'scared' side.
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.
Red knee is equally impressive. He, too, has a double-sided head and back printing. His hair is very well printed and detailed.
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.
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.
The finished model
Here's the finished model. There's quite a lot to it.
I haven't mentioned the canoe: I think it's the same as seen in pirates and other sets, isn't it?
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.