Little cowboys and cowgirls of yesteryear will fondly remember yelling "Hi-ho, Silver, away!" and galloping off in imitation of the western hero, the Lone Ranger. The Lone Ranger, his sidekick Tonto and horse Silver are forever etched in the minds of generations of children. The wild popularity of this hero spawned an entire franchise of goods with the Lone Rangers name and face. There were lunchboxes, cookie jars, figurines, clocks, flashlights, cereal, guns, dolls…. Just about anything a kid might have use for was made with the Lone Ranger image.
There have been a really great range of toys and collectible Lone Ranger figures over the years, but some of the best are still the classic action figures like those created by Gabriel Toys. The handsomely made collection consists of six, 9” plastic action figures that came with fully articulated bodies. You had the usual good guys like Tonto and the Lone Ranger, and of course the bad guys like the Lone Ranger’s archenemy, Butch Cavendish. The set also came with each character’s own horse that was beautifully constructed with moveable joints. With the popularity of Lone Ranger action figures came the creation of some really incredible Western-scene playsets to act as the backdrop of the child’s imaginative scene.
What really made the appeal of the Lone Ranger was that his mask and good-guy deeds made him more than just a regular old cowboy – he became a sort of larger than life superhero. This has given the character some serious staying power, proving itself with multiple movies, shows and comic books over the years. When all other western heroes have faded into the distance, the Lone Ranger has managed to stick around, compelling the imagination of children throughout the years.
A new Lone Ranger movie set to come out in the next few years, with Johnny Depp set to play Tonto, the hero’s trusty Indian sidekick. This news has created a buzz among fans who are excited to find out who will end up playing their favorite western hero. The movie is being created by Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer, so it’s bound to be quirky and enjoyable and massively popular among all generations. The movie is set to be released in 2012 and is sure to create a whole new set of products featuring the famous character, making the older, original collectibles and toys even more valuable and popular. Now is definitely the time to start collecting.