Following in the footsteps of other themes, such as Star Wars and Castle, The Lone Ranger theme features a battle back in its lineup. And I find it peculiar. 79106 Cavalry Builder Set is one of two sets in the series to have cavalry minfigs, the other being 79111 Constitution Train Chase and there, it’s a single minifig. Cavalry and any other military presence are absent from the rest the sets making cavalry building a strange proposition. Maybe there’s a context I’m unaware of not having seen the movie, but since the cavalry play such a limited role in the sets, what is the motivation to get this set? (more…)
Meijer’s got some deals going on that you should be aware of. First up, they’ve discounted two sets: 79111 Constitution Train Chase from the Lone Ranger line is discounted $30 down to $69.99, and 9516 Jabba’s Palace is also seeing a flat $30 discount down to $89.99. Secondly, if your cart total adds up to $149 or more, you will automatically receive an additional $30 off your total, $15 if your total is $99 or more. Shipping is free to your local Meijer store if you’re lucky enough to live near one. Otherwise, it looks like they charge a flat $7.99. Two Jabba’s Palace sets, with tax and shipping for me living in California came out to 171.47. Obviously, you’ll save more if you live in a state with no tax and/or can get the free shipping. This beats Amazon’s current price for the palace by about 6 bucks for me anyway. And no, we’re not affiliated with Meijer, just passing the good deal along. Happy shopping!
In a good Western, the “where” is often just as important as the “who.” There’s a movie called “Tombstone,” after all (which is very good). Okay, maybe a bad example, since there’s also a movie called “Wyatt Earp” (which is terrible) and “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (which had Lee Van Cleef, who was one of the best Western bad guys ever), which tells me that the “what” also pretty important. But there are certain names that you hear with Westerns that feel right. Tombstone, Dodge City, Carson City, anything with “Fort” in the name, or things like Yuma.
Which is why when I first saw the name of the set, “Colby City Showdown,” my thought was, “what, like the cheese?” I keep wanting to call this set “Carson City Showdown.” I don’t know why, there’s really little of note in the whole mythology of the Old West (and despite loving it, I acknowledge that The Quick and the Dead is not a documentary) in Carson City. Colby City just doesn’t feel right, probably because the only one that comes up in Google when you search for “Colby City” is in Kansas. I’ll refrain from insulting Kansas… I did enough of that back in my Smallville review; some other state is due for an insult. Maybe Oklahoma. Add your suggestions to the comments!
Colby City Showdown is a $50 set that’s a classic playset, and the presumed reason why we didn’t get the wonderful Western Modulars that were featured on Cuusoo. So, on one hand, I’ve got my professed love for the Lone Ranger sets, yet a huge amount of hate for killing off what is probably the single best idea that Cuusoo has ever featured, and that makes me wonder if this set is really worth the money.
Hi FBTB, it’s me, Casey aka cas! That’s right, it’s the guy you’ve completely forgotten about or never really knew! Anyway, after becoming overwhelmed with a series of “other things,” which alternatively may be called “reality” or “life,” I’ve finally broken free for a moment. Free enough to hold the brick again and to do some sweet, sweet reviews. Well, enough about that, let’s get straight to it, shall we. For my first review of 2013, I’ve decided to start with a set I’ve wanted since 1996. 1996, as you may recall (or not, if you are reading this and you weren’t yet born – yikes!) was the year LEGO debuted the Western theme. It was a marvelous theme, and since it’s retirement, many fans, including myself have clamored for its return. Well, it has returned. Sort of. Thanks to Disney’s The Lone Ranger, we finally have our hands on a stagecoach, and some other western themed sets, but honestly, I’m not nearly as interested in those as I am 79108 Stagecoach Escape. (more…)
Unfortunately, The Lone Ranger bombed out of my local theaters before I had a chance to even consider seeing it, so most of what I have to go on in the movie is jokes from late night talk shows and the trailer I saw once before Iron Man 3. That means that, sadly, my jokes for this review are going to focus on the audacity of Johnny Depp in red-face. I’d like to fall back on making jokes about the TV Show, but somehow, I missed it despite a childhood wasted on Nick-at-Night.
Okay, to be fair, I never had any intention of seeing this movie, but something about these sets caught my eye when I saw them on the shelves. I’m not one for reading spoilers or leaks, unless they’re news on the site, so I hadn’t done much to look at these sets before they showed up at Walmart alongside the Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 stuff.
So, on a whim, I picked up all of the sets up to the Colby City Showdown (my fellow author, cas, will be working on reviews for the Cavalry Builder and the Stagecoach, while I’m handling this one and the said Showdown). At $20, 161 pieces, 3 minifigs and a whole lot of scorpions, this set seems to have a lot going on when you check out the box. The question is, does it hold up once you put the thing together?
This LEGO-fied version of the poster for Disney’s upcoming Lone Ranger flick dropped yesterday and, for the most part, the various entertainment outlets seem to have received it well. I guess I’m even more jaded than I thought because Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…
LEGO really had nothing to work with here and such a boring poster doesn’t help fill me with any more interest in a movie that I fear the best part of may already be on the shelves.
Toys’R'Us.com is now selling 30261 Tonto’s Campfire online. You may also be able to pick them up in store. They are priced at $4.99 and qualify for the BOGO 50% off sale that is currently running. There is a quantity limit of 5 per order when ordering online. And if you pad your order to hit $79, you’ll score free shipping as well.
This happened a few days ago but I finally have some time to catch up. If you’ve been trying to get your hands on what looks to be a fantastic Lone Ranger line, you can pick up the full line or just the ones you want from both Amazon and LEGO Shop@Home. The prices are the same no matter which site you shop from. Amazon doesn’t charge tax to most states. Amazon has free shipping on orders $25 or more, free with no minimum if you’re a Prime member; Shop@Home will ship for free at $75 or more but you also get VIP points. You can’t lose no matter which option you pick, so pick your poison and play well: