When I first started this blog I wondered where The Lone Ranger would end up in the order of toys.
I knew my largest series would be G.I. Joe, so I figured I would insert the masked man somewhere in the middle, probably as a “Random Toy Alert” or something.
But when Disney announced that new Lone Ranger flick, it gave me the perfect opportunity to wrap up my Joe series on Sunday and end things with this post.
It’s kind of like Season 4 of Buffy, when the Big Bad got killed in the second-to-last episode and the series finale was a stand-alone episode.
Yes, it’s exactly like that.
So here we have The Lone Ranger and his horse, Silver, from the 1981 flick, The Legend of The Lone Ranger.
I remember seeing this movie as a kid but I barely remember any of it. I know Christopher Lloyd played the villain.
If you Wiki that movie you’ll read about how it was a notorious bomb and starred an unknown actor whose lines were overdubbed by another guy.
Hopefully, this new Johnny Depp movie fares better, but from the reviews I’m reading, it could have a tough time clearing that $250 million production cost.
That’s nuts, $250 million to make a western?
Anyway, these toys were produced by a company called Gabriel. From what I could find online, Gabriel was a division of CBS, and it produced five action figures and three horses based on the movie.
I also had Tonto and his horse, Smoke, but they were lost a long time ago.
The Lone Ranger, however, got a lot of playtime even as I became a fan of G.I. Joe and other action figures.
I do remember some of my Joes riding Silver during some “Old West” adventures. And I did sing the William Tell Overture.
The markings on the back of my Lone Ranger say he was made in 1980. That makes him the oldest action figure in my collection.
The figure is very loose, but as you can see, he’s still poseable.
This toy line is not impossible to find, I actually saw a number of carded figures listed on eBay. But they’re pricey, you’d have to be a hardcore Lone Ranger fan to pay money for them.
I actually saw this same Lone Ranger figure at a vintage toy store in downtown Las Vegas last week. But his leg was broken off at the knee and he needed repairs.
That store, by the way, is pretty cool. I’m told the owners occasionally hold trading events where people bring in their toy collections and swap with others.
I don’t know if I could do that. Even though all of my superheroes and G.I. Joe’s and the Lone Ranger are kept in a box in the closet, I don’t think I’ll ever want to get rid of them.
I’ve had so much fun taking their pictures and posting them on this blog. It not only turned out to be a fun project, but I also learned a lot about toy collecting.
For the record, the contents of this blog don’t represent my entire collection. There are still figures from the newer G.I. Joe and Marvel Universe lines, as well as those great NECA Cult Classics figures. I can’t get enough of those.
Even though I occasionally deviated from my “old toys” collection, I tried to keep this blog focused on the box my parents brought me from their house in Florida.
I could start another project for those newer toys, but I wouldn’t be able to tell all these great stories.
It’s been great looking back on all these old toys and I appreciate the followers and the comments from everyone in Tumblrland.
Zippity doo-dah bye bye.