Review: 79111 Constitution Train Chase, part 1
Set 79111 Constitution Train Chase was considered a highlight of the Lone Ranger theme by many prior to its release, and is the largest set of the theme, priced at £79.99 or $99.99 and weighing in at 699-pieces. Since the Lone Ranger sets were only released in the UK over the last couple of weeks, I thought it worth composing a review of this excellent set, some three months after the rest of the wave was ably reviewed by Huw and DrDave. As this is such a large set, I have split the review into two sections. In the first of these, I will take a look at the box and the Minifigures, and in the second, the set itself.
In the interests of members who have not yet seen the film, it would be appreciated if the comments section could be kept spoiler free just as the review will be.
Before I get on to the review itself, well done to Brickset member coson for being the first to guess (or perhaps deduce) which set I was going to be reviewing after 75019 AT-TE.
Box and Contents
The box for this set is much like 75019 AT-TE in size and shape, being notably wide and not very tall. The usual yellow Lone Ranger border dominates the cover, and is complete with an image of Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger. The train itself is displayed in the thick of the action while Butch Cavendish and his gang battle the Lone Ranger and his posse for control of the locomotive. A gallery of the Minifigures is included as usual and we are reminded that twenty pieces of track are included.
On the back is another large image of the Constitution, with numerous images demonstrating the features and the dimensions of the track in its simplest shape.
Two instruction booklets and a small sticker sheet are included, both of which are unfortunately loose in the box meaning that they could be found to be distorted when one opens up the set. Six numbered bags, one unnumbered bag full of train bogeys and the track are inside, so the box is fairly well packed out.
The Minifigures included in this set are one of the highlights in my opinion. Four of them are exclusive to this set, while the other three, although they are somewhat common, are excellent nonetheless.
The most common of these is the ever present Lone Ranger himself, who appears in all but one of the eight sets released so far (including polybags). This version of him is the most common, without any dirty accents, unlike the Minifigure in 79110 Silver Mine Shootout. His hat is a brand new mould and is cast in white, looking exceedingly accurate to the movie prop. The head piece is printed with a determined expression and John Reid's famous eye mask which looks perfect in my opinion. Some people have expressed a wish for a moulded component but I am happy enough with the printing.
The torso is also printed with some impressive detailing, including a neckerchief and black jacket. Perhaps most important of all however is the silver badge which adorns his chest. The back of the torso is printed simply with some folds in the cloth, although this is a nice touch despite its simplicity. His legs are dark brown and printed with a continuation of his black jacket. Perhaps the most interesting of all the new parts to come out with the Lone Ranger theme however is the pistol, two of which come with the Lone Ranger here in metallic silver, and they look marvelous. Of course, the Lone Ranger is rarely without his horse, Silver, and he is included in the set, with poseable legs and head.
Another figure, who is almost as common as his counterpart, is the Native American Tonto. In a number of ways, this figure is similar to Captain Jack Sparrow released as a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean line. Firstly, both characters are of course played by Johnny Depp, furthermore, a brand new hair and hat piece was created for this Minifigure, and finally, each one comes equipped with a 1 x 1 tile which is printed with a specific design. His hair and bandanna component is brilliantly detailed, cast in a rubbery plastic and complete with the rather notable dead crow which rests atop Tonto's head. Tonto's head is printed on both sides with two different expressions. On one side he grins, on the other he is afraid, but both share some rather lovely face paint which looks great.
The torso is as detailed as the rest of the figure, with feathers, a belt, and traditional Native American garb. On the back is some muscle definition and the rest of his belt. The legs are printed with some more of his ragged clothing and various pouches and Tonto carries two accessories, a rather nice pearl silver shovel and a pocket watch printed on a 1 x 1 tile, which he is equipped with in most sets in which he appears. All in all, another brilliant Minifigure.
Next is the apparent 'damsel in distress' in this scene, Rebecca Reid. Her hairpiece was first utilised for Princess Tamina in the Prince of Persia theme and is cast in dark brown, an appropriate mould and colour judging by stills from the film. Her face is unique to this character, quite a rarity among female LEGO Minifigures it has to be said. On one side is a frustrated expression and on the other is a frightened one. The torso is printed with a highly detailed dark red dress which is continued onto the slope piece which acts as her legs. The whole design is covered with tiny black dots and frills, and looks very elaborate all in all.
Rebecca's son, Danny Reid is also included. The hairpiece used for this Minifigure is the same as that on Dastan, dark brown and rather rugged in appearance. The head is printed with some freckles, which are a great touch, and one one side a smile, on the other is a screaming expression. His torso is detailed with a dark grey jacket and various pockets, on the back are simply a few creases in his jacket. His short legs are dark grey and not poseable. Danny is equipped with just a single accessory, a slingshot, which is printed on a 1 x 2 tile. A moulded piece would have been preferred, but this solution is satisfactory in my opinion.
Now onto the more dubious characters in the set, probably the most evil of whom is Butch Cavendish. This Minifigure just looks thoroughly rotten, particularly his hair and hat piece which is brand new. His head too is scarred and bedraggled. It is double-sided, one side with a beard and an angry expression, and the other with a clean shave and an evil smirk.
His torso is printed with a black, trench-coat style jacket and a dark blue waistcoat. The back is printed with some more creases much like the Lone Ranger and his legs have a continuation of the jacket on them, which goes right down to the knee. He carries a pearl dark grey revolver, which is the same mould as the guns used by the Lone Ranger.
Latham Cole is exclusive to this set, and would seem to be a key character in the film, thus making him a highly desirable Minifigure. He wears a black bowler hat (which also appeared with the Businessman in Series 8 of the Collectable Minifigures) and his face is printed with an impressive beard and moustache. His torso is printed with a buttoned grey jacket and black bow tie, on the back are some more creases. His legs are plain dark grey and he is armed with a simple rifle, which is the same mould as was used in Western sets in the late 1990s.
Lastly, and most impressive of all in my opinion is Captain J. Fuller, a cavalry officer who evidently leads the troops included in 79106 Cavalry Builder Set. His hat and hair are one piece and are unique. The dark blue hat is printed with a golden insignia on the crown showing a pair of crossed swords. His hair is dark tan and matches his movie appearance perfectly. His face is printed with a neatly tended moustache and two expressions, one of determination and the other of anger.
Fuller wears a blue jacket with gold buttons and printed epaulets. A brown cummerbund goes around his waist and this printing is continued onto his back and legs, where a golden belt and hanging sash are found. He comes with a sheath for his sword (first introduced in the Pirates of the Caribbean line) and a dark grey cutlass. I personally consider this Minifigure to be among the best I own, as the detailing is almost beyond compare and he looks fantastic when heading up a unit of his troops.
The Minifigures Overall
The Constitution Train Chase could probably be considered the best set from a perspective of Minifigures, particularly as it is the only set to include Latham Cole, who is reputedly important to the plot. The four exclusive figures are all well worth having, Captain J. Fuller most of all as I consider this to be among the best Minifigure in the Lone Ranger theme at the very least, if not a challenger for the best Minifigure of the year.
In the second part of the review I will take a look at the build and the train itself, as well as giving some of my final conclusions on this set and the Lone Ranger theme as a whole.