I'm astonished that no one has put up a thread in honor of this terrific 10" line! With their removeable clothes, hats, boots, guns and other accessories, they're at least as play-friendly as Megos, and when coupled with the awesome, fully-articulated 12" horses, they're pure Western adventure and fun!
When I was about 6 years old (in 1976) my friend Craig LeFevre (who also had Megos galore) introduced me to the wonders of the Lone Ranger. Craig had a number of horses and figures, and also the little comic book inserts that told us the origins of the Ranger and Tonto. I soon began collecting the figures myself, though they were pricier than Megos or Star Wars, so my cache was limited. My sister and I combined her Barbie's with my Lone Ranger and Butch Cavendish, and an endless variation of the classic capture-and-rescue story was born!
Last year, from a collector in England I bought a glorious collection of LR figures, disguises and accessories. Since most of the figures were Lone Ranger heads and bodies -- which are cheap to obtain on ebay -- I have painted and customized almost all of them to create different characters. I now have 31 figures and 12 horses, the latter of which I've also painted and customized to create different breeds, such as a Golden Palomino, a gunmetal gray Morgan, an ebony Arabian, various shades and patterns of Pinto, etc. At a later date I'll post pics of all of my Western friends and their steeds, but for now here's a breakdown of the basic Gabriel figures:
The Lone Ranger
Danny Reid (8" kid sidekick)
Red Sleeves (Apache villain)
Tex Dawson (Sheriff of Carson City)
El Lobo (Mexican no-goodnik)
Smoke (black Mustang)
Bandit (same as Smoke with different name?)
Forthcoming will be a list of all the disguises and playsets. How many do YOU have, and what's your Lone Ranger story???