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2013 LEGO Lone Ranger website now open!

LEGO fans have been asking for a new LEGO Western theme for over 10 years now, and LEGO finally decided to respond. Unfortunately this is going to be a licensed theme, tied in with the upcoming Lone Ranger movie directed by Gore Verbinski and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film based on the American Old West character serials of the same name. The film stars Armie Hammer in the lead role and Johnny Depp as Tonto.

In general I prefer LEGO’s own themes as they can be much more creative with the story and design, and of course cheaper prices are also appreciated. Also, the LEGO sets’ fate is tied with the fate of the movie. (Think of Prince of Persia; the LEGO sets were beautiful, but because the film was not received well, the LEGO sets were pretty much doomed also.)

Lone Ranger has been trouble from the very beginning; delays (the film’s release was already pushed back at least four times), budget concerns, and the poor performance of other recent Western films have made Disney even shelf the project for a while. Anyway, it is resurrected now and is scheduled for release in the summer of 2013. Maybe it will happen, maybe not. You can read more about the movie here: Lone Ranger 2013 Film, and here is the movie-trailer:

Something that is positive for the 2013 LEGO Lone Ranger sets is that the Western theme in general has lots of fans. If LEGO can keep the sets and characters generic enough to fit well with any LEGO Western theme, they could have a winner even if the film flops.

As the title says, the LEGO Lone Ranger microsite is now up. You can reach it directly here: TheLoneRanger.LEGO.com.  There is only one picture uploaded right now (the one at the beginning of this post), so there is not much to see, but still we get a picture of the two main characters as well as some nice new accessories; there is Tonto’s new axe, a longhorn skull, and a new revolver. Also, although it is not completely new (came out with the CMF Santa) I love the bag! 😛

The LEGO Lone Ranger sets scheduled to be released in April of 2013 are listed below. No pictures yet, but you get a good idea of what the sets are going to include; there is a stagecoach, a train, a mine, and what looks like army-builder sets. Sounds good to me! 🙄

  • #79106 LEGO Lone Ranger Cavalry Builder
  • #79107 LEGO Lone Ranger Comanche Camp
  • #79108 LEGO Lone Ranger Stagecoach Escape
  • #79109 LEGO Lone Ranger Colby City Showdown
  • #79110 LEGO Lone Ranger Silver Mine Shootout
  • #79111 LEGO Lone Ranger Constitution Train Chase

What do you think so far of the 2013 LEGO Lone Ranger theme and sets? And what about the movie? I would love to hear your opinion, so feel free to discuss in the comment section below. 🙂 

You may also like to check out other 2013 LEGO sets below:

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  • obi-wanfan2282 December 10, 2012, 10:05 AM

    It looks like a okay theme, but as you said, Prince of Persia wasn’t received well, and I’m not so sure about this one either….

  • Nick Nox December 10, 2012, 10:12 AM

    Yay. LEGO has finally made a crow? Maybe a falcon (for medieval) and a pigeon (I’m sure city fans would love pigeons) next 😉

  • eh…..im not spending money on these 😉

  • Kenton December 10, 2012, 10:59 AM

    I couldn’t care less about the movie, but I’m a big fan of Western LEGO, so I’ll likely be picking up some of these!

  • Jacob December 10, 2012, 11:11 AM

    For just this picture, I can say I really hope that the crow/ raven is detachable from the hair piece. If not, it really reduces the usages of that hair piece, and was a waste opportunity to have a new bird. We also get at least one new colored horse and I think a new cowboy hat.

    I hope the Constitution train chase is well done. However, I’m afraid that LEGO will make the bare minimum of what is required of a train, and leave it at that instead of making a really nice 1800’s American steam locomotive, which I would really like to see (I give an ”okay’ rating on the toy story one, since in the context of the film, it is a toy)
    Comanche camp I hope, if nothing else, has a few nice minigures.
    Based off of the trailer, I can’t say I have high hope for it. I wasn’t ever a Lone Ranger fan, but the vibe the trailer gave me felt all wrong when I think of the Lone Ranger. Maybe this is just a poor trailer, but after poor reception of Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and poor box office performance of both Prince of Persia and John Carter (which I did actually enjoy a bit) I don’t know how well it will do.

    • admin December 10, 2012, 2:17 PM

      I also really hope that the crow is removable! We shall see! 😀

  • gid617 December 10, 2012, 11:23 AM

    I agree with Kenton, especially love that now I’ll have a chance to pick up some of those bags. Don’t like the new revolver type too much, but I already have enough (to my mind) of the IJ type, so another one might come in handy! Love the crow too, hopefully LEGO will start giving us some more bird types (crow here and probably with the scarecrow, seagull in S10 with the Old Captain, now we need a sparrow or robin!). For some reason I can’t access the site, I’ve been trying since this morning, but since there’s just that one picture guess I’m not missing anything! It almost looks like the crow is attached to the hat somehow; I wonder how? I guess it will likely be the same for the scarecrow (where else would he have it… though maybe perched on his arm? if LEGO makes them straight… maybe more than one crow! That would be awesome!). It’s a pity Tonto had to get right in front of the horse, now we can’t see if LEGO’s designed a new saddle mold or not (I’ve heard that the back legs don’t move with the old style saddle)! (Probably though!) In a way I’m hoping these don’t do well, so they go on sale, but then again a second wave might be nice! Can’t wait to see the sets now! 😀

    • The Yellow Ninja December 10, 2012, 12:33 PM

      I was having the same problem with website, but like you said, we aren’t missing much.

    • admin December 10, 2012, 2:21 PM

      LEGO has taken the site down. It has also been asking LEGO fan sites to take down the picture. Since they haven’t asked me personally yet, I haven’t done so, but you might as well save the picture now before it is too late. 🙄

      BTW, the back legs of the horse do work just fine with the old-style saddle. There is nothing wrong with it. ALthough a new design would be nice too. What doesn’t work with the new horses is the old barding. I mean they do fit the new horse just fine, but it can no longer kick up. Which I guess is not such a big deal, but LEGO did say they will design a new barding. 😉

      • gid617 December 10, 2012, 2:41 PM

        OK, yeah, I misunderstood what the person was trying to say, the barding doesn’t work well. Anyway, I’d like to see new saddles too, the other ones strike me as a bit old fashoned looking for the new horses!
        So that’s why I didn’t see the picture on Brickset either…

  • tonto is now the ugliest mini figure ever :O

    • gid617 December 10, 2012, 2:05 PM

      Not quite, I’d say the Vampire Bride is uglier… but almost! More the face than anything else though, the torso’s not that bad and I could see the legs coming in handy! 😉

  • Steven December 10, 2012, 12:49 PM

    This is not what we expected for the next Western Theme, a few neat ruffles for our feathers BUT, the new style horses are not well recieved Gid617, lets hope it’s stylish & painted, the sacks look excellent I’m hoping for some cool poly bag minifigs to entice us to purchase.

    • gid617 December 10, 2012, 2:03 PM

      Yeah, printed would certainly be nice, though a plain white one might be more useful (as the new mold hasn’t appeared in that color yet, I believe), and printed tend to be more adaptable (eg. can’t see using a horse printed to fit the western theme for a knight!).

  • studless December 10, 2012, 1:25 PM

    I might actually get some of these sets, i watched some of the old lone ranger episodes when i was younger and really enjoyed them although i agree with blah-blah-blah-jay-blah-blah-lightning I don’t like the new tonto. (was not an insult, just don’t want to print all those words)

  • gid617 December 10, 2012, 2:42 PM

    After watching the trailer… the movie doesn’t look good at all. Now I’m thinking this theme will do almost as bad as PoP and PotC… which I really don’t see as too bad! 😀

  • Coz December 10, 2012, 2:44 PM

    Hi HO Sterling! Away!!!

    It’s the REEEED rider….lol

    yeek the Lone Ranger, Not Clayton Moore or Jay Silverheels (originals)

    I will pass unless my kids go nutz!

  • admin December 10, 2012, 4:43 PM

    UPDATE: As I have mentioned already, LEGO made the Lone Ranger website live by accident. The site has been taken down this morning. Kevin Hinkle sent out a pleading message to LEGO fan-sites to take down images. I just got a copy now. He said it was a breach of LEGO’s contract with Disney to release images so early. Anyway to help them out, I blurred the images enough so they are not recognizable. It seems like mistakes like this are commonplace at LEGO hedquarters. 😉

    • I hope they do that with the LOTR sets coming out in May. 🙄

      • admin December 10, 2012, 9:36 PM

        LEGO is only uptight about pictures. I have never seen them request to take down set names and numbers. 😉

    • Jacob December 10, 2012, 10:29 PM

      The Maersk Train and a few Star Wars sets were also released on LEGO’s own site and then taken down after they realized they weren’t supposed to make these public. At least this time, it has to do a breach of contract and thus a more “tangible” reason to remove the images. Still, I understand issues about set images leaking by people taking pictures of retailer catalog . Its another thing entirely when LEGO put their own images on their won site. With as many times as it has happened, you think they would have learned better by now.

      • admin December 11, 2012, 9:11 AM

        Jacob, yeah, I agree. I have no idea how they could be goofing up so often! There was already one or two other incidents like this in 2012. I can’t remember now what they were, but I have been thinking how they could be messing up this bad on a regular basis. I wrote a teasing email to Kevin just to sting him a bit. Of course it is not his fault personally, but I just had to do it. 🙄

  • zane zx December 10, 2012, 5:48 PM

    i have seen the pics today at like 11:00 so i saw the pics with out the stuff! 🙂

    • Me too. I’d post them on my site if LEGO didn’t tell everybody to blur them.

      • admin December 10, 2012, 9:42 PM

        Actually, LEGO asked to take them down. The blurring was my idea. I figured I can get away with it and at the same time at least leave a teaser up. I don’t like posts with no pictures, so I didn’t just want to delete them. 😉

        • gid617 December 11, 2012, 10:14 AM

          Yeah, it would be a bit strange to have a post all about a picture that wasn’t there… 😆 😉 Actually, bluring them was a great idea. That way, if you care to read all the comments, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s there, but you still don’t know for sure! (In case anybody was too late… and I’m sure someone was!)

  • zane zx December 10, 2012, 5:50 PM

    lol :0

  • NinjaNut December 10, 2012, 6:16 PM

    The only things I have high hopes for is that the cow skull is in a cheap set!!!!!

  • Håkan, Sweden December 11, 2012, 7:13 AM

    I’ve seen buffalo prototypes made for the old Western theme, I wonder if they’ll be picked up again…


    • admin December 11, 2012, 9:02 AM

      Oh, that would be awesome! 😀

    • gid617 December 11, 2012, 10:16 AM

      Buffalo would be great, but I don’t see how they would fit in with the Lone Ranger, especially seeing the movie… 😕

      • gid617 December 11, 2012, 10:17 AM

        I meant, seeing the movie trailer… 😛

      • admin December 11, 2012, 2:10 PM

        Eh… you can always stick a buffalo somewhere in a Cowboys & Indians theme. 😉

        • gid617 December 11, 2012, 4:07 PM

          Yeah, I guess so! Sort of like donkey skulls… 😆

  • Strider December 11, 2012, 3:29 PM

    These might be okay but I definetly going to save my money for Castle. Can’t wait till we get the pictures of those 🙂

  • ntk743 December 13, 2012, 1:37 PM

    Hey admin, just letting you know that you did blur the featured image.

    • admin December 13, 2012, 4:01 PM

      Yes, they are blurred on purpose. Please read the update. 😉

  • Cole's Girl December 16, 2012, 6:14 PM

    Cool I LOOOOOOOVE the lone Ranger and did anyone see the hobbit?

    • admin December 16, 2012, 8:49 PM

      Yes, several people here mentioned they have seen The Hobbit already. It is just that everyone is mentioning it in the wrong section, rather than talking about it at the LOTR/Hobbit section. 🙄

  • gid617 December 17, 2012, 5:20 PM

    Pictures of the sets!
    Comanche Camp, Stage Coach
    Silver Mine Shootout and Calvary Builder
    Duel in Colby City and Constitution Train
    Some pretty nice pieces there, for me at least! 🙂

    • admin December 17, 2012, 5:35 PM

      Wow! Those are awesome! I know what I’m going to be writing about tomorrow! So much news! It’s hard to keep up! 🙄

      • gid617 December 17, 2012, 7:16 PM

        🙄 Yeah it seems to come all at once!

  • tgb.legoguy March 27, 2013, 6:29 AM

    Now that the site has been relaunched you can probably unblur the pictures

    • admin March 27, 2013, 9:46 AM

      There has been several new posts since this one with high resolution images of all the Lone Ranger sets. Please note TBB is a blog, not a reference site or wiki. 😉

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