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The Lone Ranger is a 2013 American action western film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and directed by Gore Verbinski. Based on the radio series of the same name, the film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto, the narrator of the events, and Armie Hammer as John Reid (The Lone Ranger). It relates Tonto's memories of the duo's earliest efforts to subdue the immoral actions of the corrupt and bring justice in the American Old West. It is the first theatrical film featuring the Lone Ranger and Tonto characters in more than 32 years.
It was a box office bomb! Critics praised the acting performances, western style, but criticized the long length and lack of originality. Charlie McCollum of the San Jose Mercury News wrote, "In the end, The Lone Ranger is one hot mess — an entertaining one, to be sure, but still a mess."
That aside, we have Johnny Depp as Tonto. He seems to pop up as part of Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series collectible figure rather often. Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark / Iron Man have also been produced a lot of times by Hot Toys but that's always as Tony Stark / Iron Man (one of Hot Toys' cash cow). Johnny Depp has appeared as different characters each time - as Captain Jack Sparrow (three times), as Edward Scissorhands, as Sweeney Todd, and now as Tonto. Medicom Toys has also released 1/6 scale versions of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, Ichabod Crane, Sweeney Todd and Mad Hatter.
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Hot Toys MMS217 (Movie Masterpiece Series) The Lone Ranger: 1/6th scale Tonto Collectible Figure box packaging - front and back.
Hot Toys MMS217 (Movie Masterpiece Series) The Lone Ranger: 1/6th scale Tonto Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Johnny Depp as Tonto head sculpt with real-like facial expression, detailed wrinkles, face paint and gesture as seen in The Lone Ranger. Includes real fabric hair implantation in black long straight hair with tribal accessories plus detailed crow and bandana sculpture on head. Approximately 30 cm tall TrueType body with over 30 points of articulation and tattoos. Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of fists, One (1) pair of relaxed palms, One (1) pair of weapon holding palms, One (1) left open palm for holding pocket watch.
Weapons: One (1) dagger with sheath, Two (2) axes, One (1) pistol
Accessories: Two (2) pocket watches
Pouch and tribal decorations, dagger with sheath
One (1) brown and white tribal armband, One (1) white and bronze-colored bracelet, One (1) bronze-colored bracelet
Figure display stand with Tonto nameplate and movie logo
Hot Toys MMS217 (Movie Masterpiece Series) The Lone Ranger: 1/6th scale Tonto Collectible Figure Instruction Sheet
12-inch Tonto's costume is made up of One (1) black and bronze-colored tribal necklace, One (1) leather-like black belt, One (1) multi-colored belt, One (1) orange-colored belt, One (1) pair of brown pants with pouch and tribal decorations, One (1) pair of brown moccasins.
Johnny Depp's Tonto character wears black-and-white face paint and a deceased crow on his head. According to Depp, the inspiration for the costume was a painting entitled I Am Crow by Kirby Sattler. This is certainly a Tonto I've never seen before.
Johnny Depp has a knack for playing weird and quirky characters - Edward Scissorhands, Ichabod Crane (Sleepy Hollow), Sheldon Sands (Once Upon a Time in Mexico), Willy Wonka (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Sweeney Todd (Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) - but it was his performance as the suave but shambling pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" that was a major success. Looks like The Lone Ranger is a dud.
So this will probably be the only 1/6th scale figure from The Lone Ranger film as I doubt Hot Toys will proceed to produce The Lone Ranger 12-inch figure even though they did preview him at some toy fairs. Anyway, I'm glad they started out with Tonto first as I was looking forward to this, being a Johnny Depp fan.
Too bad Armie Hammer's Lone Ranger was nothing like Clayton Moore's version of the masked vigilante. That would have done The Lone Ranger some justice. Instead we got a bumbling clownish guy trying to find his purpose in life after being raised from the dead and taking instructions from a Native American who's seeking vengeance. I was surprised when I first found out that Johnny Depp was playing Tonto because surely he'll take the limelight away from The Lone Ranger. In the past, Tonto has always been a sidekick but one just cannot imagine Depp being one.
Hot Toys obviously went for the slim body when putting this 1/6th scale Johnny Depp as Tonto Collectible Figure together. After all, Depp was never a muscular figure and you wouldn't picture him with a body like the ROCK's (check out the 12-inch muscular body Hot Toys used for 1/6 scale Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock Collectible Figure HERE. It even comes with tattoos)
NEXT: The devil is in the details so check out my next post for close-up shots and more pictures of Hot Toys MMS217 "The Lone Ranger" 1/6th scale Johnny Depp as Tonto 12-inch Collectible Figure HERE
September 9, 2007 – The Lone Ranger (1949 - 1957) and Tonto action figures (with horses) produced by Gabriel, 1976. Check them out HERE
September 10, 2007 – Captain Action as The Lone Ranger and Tonto by Playing Mantis, 1998 posted HERE
September 10, 2007 – The Lone Ranger and Tonto action figures by Exclusive Toy Products, Inc. produced in 1998 (pictures HERE).
January 14, 2011 – "The Green Hornet" 12-inch figures posted in my toy blog HERE
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