Lego The Long Ranger – Stagecoach Escape (79108): I will admit that no – I have not seen the Disney’s new take on the Long Ranger. Mostly because I’d seen Will Smith’s Wild Wild West and decided that was enough ‘odd’ western movies for me. However I was intrigued by this set, because I do love a good western theme, and the stagecoach is nice. The set itself does a few things I like most notably the play in the wheels of the coach.
Time to Knoll: 11.5 Minutes
Time to Build: 32 Minutes
- Pieces: 279 and 87 Steps – Manual (Although the steps are set in a bunch of substeps)
- Price: Retired on Lego and $53.00 on Amazon
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): Now see this was a bit harder this time because of different types so I split it to be more accurate. First the blocky part, 64mm x 80mm x 72.0mm or 368.6 cm³ Then the round parts for 10.81 cm³+ 12.82 cm³ + 3.217 cm³+ 0.9425 cm³ = 27.79 cm. Finally I tried to find a nice way to measure of the volume of a horse, and ended up in an article about horse sized ducks and forgot what I was doing. So we get a total of 396.39 cm³
- Uniqueness: 2 out of 5 Stars – Western is sadly common.
- Aesthetics: 4 out of 5 Stars – This does look nice for a display.
- Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars
So despite the fact that initial estimates had The Lone Ranger losing 190 Million. We instead have values that it actually lost 95-120 million instead. Now let’s make a few assumptions. First while right now Amazon has only 16 sets from Lego at the price of 53 USD (with other sellers having as low as 46 USD) let’s assume that all other resellers had the same price as Lego.
Let’s also assume that the 225 million of the original movie is how much it actually cost, and that the Lego sets were included in that (they weren’t). And that each Lego set sold was pure profit to make back the 94,748,943 dollars we need to break even. How many sets would we need?
About 1,787,716. Now when I considered this exercise I thought it’d be cute to have an image with an icon to show the stagecoach and then have the image go off the screen, but my image program crashed trying to do that. So let’s just go with a lot.
Remix: Anyway I am as always tasked to do a remix, and sadly I was a little stumped on what to do here. Too much of it was unique (even considering I don’t include minifigs – which I extended to the horses). So I went with an iron giant/Laputa style mecha, but while I’m pleased with some of the things I did on it – I’m not proud of it as a whole
Final Thoughts: Overall I think my favorite part of this set is how much thought and good design went into the wagon itself. It perfectly captures that rickety feel to the parts and movement without it feeling weak or loose. Minifigs aside this could be any stagecoach really, and that’s something a lot of kids I feel would want, but then again they didn’t grow up with Johnny Depp in their western movies…
Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars