Of all the toys that I wanted in the 70s there are few that were as desired as this Lone Ranger line from Gabriel. Like the Mego Superheroes that I loved, these cowboy figures were nine inches in height, had cloth costumes and came with lots of accessories, costumes and creative playsets. The horses and figures could be posed in a thousand different ways and that gave them a high playability factor.
After this line (and especially after the release of the popular figures from Star Wars) most figures you could buy were reduced to 3 3/4 inches or less. Their articulation was reduced to nothing and all the detail I loved was removed to save on the cost of production. Even the colorful boxes were replaced by something more generic for every figure. It would be decades before action figures returned to their glory. You can look at the difference between the two lines and understand why I concider the later line such a let down.
Reduced in size and paint instead of cloth for costumes.
Today let's look at the figures and horses that you could purchase. I only included a few examples of the terrific box art. You can see everything over at the Plaid Stallions website. Come back tomorrow for a look at the cool costume and accessory packages that also came with this line of toys.