The Lone Ranger received a revival as a Disney Infinity Play Set in Wave 1 of release figures. Today we get a closer look at The Lone Ranger and his Wild West partner Tonto.
The Toy Story Play Set includes three pieces – The Lone Ranger (naturally), Tonto and the The Lone Ranger Playset piece.
This is one of the least colourful play sets released so far due to the Wild West theme and the heavy user of blacks and browns. Despite the darker colour tones at work here, when you place them together they look surprisingly better than you would expect. This can be attributed to Tonto and his war-painted face.
The Lone Ranger in terms of character design is kind of ordinary, so its commendable that the designers were able to sculpt him to something more interesting. He adopts the same Disney Infinity design aesthetics that makes him look wildly different to his movie counterpart, but the pose and paint work is superb quality. Reaching for his holstered gun, my personal favourite part of this figure is the flapping jacket tail in some sort of imaginary wind.
The back can appear a little plain in comparison to other figures but fair enough as there isn’t that much to work with. The in-motion pose is where the real magic is.
Characters from The Lone Ranger series all stand on a dusty plain moulded by the wild winds. It isn’t my favourite base from Disney Infinity but suitably ties-in with the franchise.
The Lone Ranger looks great up-close with his painted mask and detailed Sheriff badge. His white cowboy hat and banana wrapped about his neck completes his look. I also like the little details such as his button-up vest with raised buttons and large belt buckle.
Tonto appears to have been given more attention as I found the Indian sidekick full of character, even if his death stare would suggest otherwise.
Tonto has plenty of detail on his face, but that also extends into his clothing and his hatchet clutched in his hand. The limited use of colour and similar palette works well with him. Even the dead (possibly alive?) raven resting atop his head hasn’t been forgotten. If you look closely, you’ll also see some attentive paint work sprayed on his arms as well.
Of course Tonto shares the same base with all The Lone Ranger characters and appears to have much more detail compared with the title character.
Tonto in my mind is the superior collectible, but there’s only two characters from The Lone Ranger released so far. Maybe the movie wasn’t the smash hit that Disney might have hoped, but you can experience The Lone Ranger in your own way and craft your own personalised adventure in a way that only Disney Infinity knows how.
That action begins with The Lone Ranger Playset piece bundled with the two reluctant lawmen of the west.
The playset is translucent and sits on a hexagonal base with Tonto’s hatchet on one side and The Lone Ranger’s pistol on the other. Maybe it’s hard to see in the photos but there’s a fair amount of detail for a Playset piece. If you look closely at the pistol, the barrel and nozzle are all there. They both appear to be sitting on a mound of dirt, but I could be wrong.
Lastly, there’s a collectible card with a unique web code on the back to access a digital version of both The Lone Ranger and Tonto in the Disney Infinity Toy Box app.
The Lone Ranger Play Set may not be the most colourful Play Set, but it is one of the most fun to explore in the Disney Infinity universe so far. Something about roaming the west and playing cowboy is just so appealing. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have figurines to look just as good in and outside of the virtual universe.
The set was released at launch with Disney Infinity, however you can still find them in-stores t all good retailers across Australia and New Zealand if you look hard enough. Might be time to “Hi-Yo Silver!” in as quick as you can before they sell out.
Contents: The Lone Ranger Figure, Tonto Figure, The Lone Ranger Playset Piece.
- Developer: Avalanche Software
- Publisher: Disney Interactive Studios
- Platform: Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC
- Genre(s): Sandbox-Adventure
- Release Date(s): Out Now
- Release Price: $39.95 AUD RRP