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Thread: The Gabriel Lone Ranger line!

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    The Gabriel Lone Ranger line!

    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
    Tonto
    Danny Reid (8" kid sidekick)
    Butch Cavendish
    Red Sleeves (Apache villain)
    Tex Dawson (Sheriff of Carson City)
    El Lobo (Mexican no-goodnik)

    Silver
    Scout (Pinto)
    Banjo (Palomino)
    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???

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    I use to love that set,I had almost all of them
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    I loved this line too! It was a heckuva lot of fun to play with.

    - Ian
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    Another wonderful toy. I recently won a Lone Ranger and Silver CHEAP but am getting screwed by the seller because he's not answering any of my emails. AAARRGGG!

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    I had the Lone Ranger, Silver, Tonto and Scout and a few outfits. I loved them very much and got a few when I got an adult body ...will post a pic shortly...

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    When I was 5, I had my tonsils taken out and the first thing I saw as I emerged from the anesthesia was The Lone Ranger astride Silver. Almost 33 years later, I can remember who was in the room, how the room was arranged, and how Silver was set on the little hospital meal table in a somewhat-reared up pose. Awesome memory of something that should have otherwise been (somewhat) traumatic.

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    I had kept my original Tonto with Horse in the box and never played with it,I got my brother to trade me his.This was actually one of the 1st things I sold on ebay to buy the modern star wars in 98 & 99

    D'OH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    LR

    Cool, I had the Long Ranger figure, Silver, Tonto, and a couple of play sets...
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    I meant Lone Ranger. My typing SUCKS...
    Last edited by brannon86; Aug 10, '07 at 1:56 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    i have the lone ranger and tonto roday. love the line.

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    I remember watching Lone Ranger programs on TV. I never realized how many characters they made toys for. I've never had any of the figures, but I must admit, I'm getting tempted. Maybe once my Mego collection is a little closer to complete...
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