The Lone Ranger play set was one of the first to be released and the last set of figures I picked up to complete my collection. If you asked anyone who played it, they’d tell you it was one of the best play sets available for 1.0. Which makes me wonder why it took so long for me to pick up.
Maybe it has to do with never seeing the movie. But I couldn’t let that stop me anymore so I added it to the shelf and started playing despite not knowing the story behind it. I kind of feel bad for reviewing it and not knowing what it’s based on, but I have to do what I have to do, so let’s go.
The Play Set
Sweet little fun fact about that Play Set piece: As reported on Infinity Inquirer, back in January the piece was changed from the original piece which featured a pistol and a tomahawk, to this piece that has 2 pistols. As if I didn’t already regret not picking up this set earlier! Check out your collection to see if you have the old set piece. If you do, I’ll trade ya
Alright, right off the bat I could tell why this set is so loved. Being a fan of the Wild West, this scratches that itch rather nicely. The main area and where you start out is the town of Colby. But with Silver unlocked early you’re able to explore the wide open world with great haste. And I mean wide open. This set is huge! As you progress you’ll be able to unlock it an area at a time, and once you do you’ll find yourself busy for quite a while just happily riding around completing quests.
Speaking of quests, there’s a good mix here. Most play sets have the same formula when it comes to side quests, and the way they feel different is the setting or characters used. But something about here makes it feel different. Not exactly sure what it was but something about this play set felt fresh and again made me regret not picking it up sooner. Maybe it had to do with fighting off the gang of outlaws, or all the quests with the train. Whatever it was, it was a welcome change.
There’s a lot of focus around that train. It circles around the opening area at first and once you open up the other areas you can change the track and have it go through them too. You’re doing a lot of customizing on the cars, changing them and using different ones to take care of various tasks throughout the towns. It’s a great mechanic that is fun to set up and execute. Having to get the train to stop at the station, change the cars, make sure whatever it’s picking up is activated, change the track to make sure it’s going the right way; it’s just good fun. I love how the horses are faster than the train too. You can have these moments of trying to catch up to the train, just like in every Western ever, if you forgot to change the track to go a certain way or something.
In the play set you’ll also be able to unlock a great and unique toy – The Crow Wing Pack. Sadly, we didn’t unlock this till we were done with the story. When equipped, it allows you to turn into a crow and fly around! I was wondering how to get all those capsules that were floating around in midair, and with this they can be unlocked with ease. Using this in the toy box with any figure seems like it would be a blast too.
Overall I really enjoyed the play set. The fact that it’s the only play set with 2 figures makes it easy to get the full experience with minimal effort. If you’re a fan of the character, the movie (I’m assuming. Seb and I both have an urge to watch it now), or just Westerns in general, then you’ll love it too. There’s a ton of great fun to be had in it and a load of space to do it in. You can’t go wrong with it.
What is great about The Lone Ranger play set is there are only 2 figures and they both come with the play set piece. So unlike every other Infinity play set, you’re done collecting these figures in one purchase.
I said it in the Pirates of the Caribbean review, they do a great job with the figures when it comes to movies with real life actors. Makes me wish they went with more figures like this.
I love how Disney brought this character back to life for a new generation. My dad used to talk about The Lone Ranger a lot since he was/is a huge fan of Westerns. I’m telling you, despite what I’ve heard, I’m getting this movie.
The figure has a great stance that looks like he’s about to draw his six shooter. There’s some sweet detail here – the tail of his jacket and the ends of his mask flapping in the wind, his hat so low it’s almost hiding his masked eyes – I feel like the figure captures the character excellently.
The main focus on combat in the set is his pistol. It’s easy to fire off all six shots and satisfying the way they pop instead of bang. He also has a shoulder charge but you’ll hardly ever use it.
His adventure is Ranger’s Riff-Raff Run-In: This is a pretty fun adventure! You’re riding Silver through this arena that is well disguised as a valley of some sort, and you’re given what looks like Buzz Lightyear’s blaster. You have to ride around and take out as many outlaws as you can before time runs out. They spawn in the same places and don’t get harder, but thanks to one-shot kills, there is fun to be had. Just riding your horse around, shooting bad guys, getting spins in the vault… You have to try this one.
Another character brought back to life by Johnny Depp. In the trailers for the movie, Tonto seemed to be neck deep in all the action which isn’t usual for side kicks. I’ll admit I was skeptical for the movie since his character seemed more focused on than The Lone Ranger, but now he’s one of the reasons why I’m excited to check it out.
The figure also matches the personality nicely. Just a straight stance with a focused stare holding a tomahawk. It’s plain and boring compared to other figures, but knowing what I know of Tonto, it’s perfect.
He has the same shoulder charge as his Kemosabe, but instead of a gun for long range combat, he throws a tomahawk. The differences between the pistol and tomahawk is enough to make them feel unique and I never compared the two like I did the Pirates.
His adventure is Tonto’s Spirit Sight: This is a great adventure if you enjoy using the crow wing pack you unlocked late in the play set. You start off at the top of a high wooden structure and you need to fly around to collect orbs for points. I had a lot of fun because I really enjoy the flying around. It’s not as great and smooth as flying Iron Man in Lego Marvel Superheroes, but you’re flying a bird so it’s going to be different.
Fun fact: If you’re not paying attention, this is the 2nd figure in Disney Infinity that is modeled after a Johnny Depp character.
And that’s The Lone Ranger! Here’s the unboxing video to round out the review:
It’s also the last play set to review in Disney Infinity 1.0! Bringing the total number of play sets to 6, I can only hope DI 2.0 can at least match that much content.
Speaking of which.. We’re less than a week away!! I managed to get all the play sets reviewed in this short amount of time and that’s great, but what about the rest of the figures..?