The Lone Ranger may have lost a ton of money at the box office, but how on earth was Hot Toys supposed to predict that? All in all, the movie ended up being one of 2013’s biggest box office flops, losing a total of $160 million. Over some of the foreign toy shows over the past year or so, we saw both The Lone Ranger and Tonto sixth scale figures on display. Hot Toys must have started production on Tonto before they realized the movie was a complete failure, as it doesn’t appear Hot Toys is going to be releasing The Lone Ranger sixth scale figure anytime soon.
Sideshow Collectibles was nice enough to send me the Hot Toys Tonto 12-inch figure, of which I will be doing a review for everyone today. Please note that even though this figure was provided at no cost, all text and opinions are that of my own. If you like crazy Indians, this figure is going to be for you.
Tonto comes packaged in a standard Hot Toys slipcase box, with nicely themed artwork to the movie. The box is meant to have burned edges, looking like it actually came from the time when Cowboys and Indians roamed the land. The back features all of the warning labels, telling you not to stick Johnny Depp in your mouth or there will be major consequences.
Once you get the slip cover off, you can see Tonto and all of his accessories displayed on a single plastic tray. The back of this inner box features the cast and crew that helped out on making this figure a reality.
Straight out of the box, the figure is quite the headache to actually get ready for display. You have to remove plastic from nearly every part of his body and if you actually end up picking this guy up, you should use tweezers and small scissors to complete the job.
For accessories, Tonto isn’t extremely loaded, but he does come with the essential accessories that you would expect him to come with, like a revolver, two Indian axes, an open and closed pocket watch, and several interchangeable hands to help you get that perfect pose.
He’s on one of the amazing Hot Toys TrueType bodies with over 30 points of articulation, so you should really have no problems getting any pose out of this figure. My figure did have loose forearms (the arm easily pulls out of the socket), but if you are careful when handling the figure you shouldn’t even notice.
My favorite part about the figure is the head sculpt. I think that Hot Toys absolutely nailed it, with the cracked face paint and his headpiece. Speaking of paint, the entire figure was painted perfectly. You can see his war paint on his body and there is actually different colors mixed in, making it very realistic.
His costume is also outstanding, as it feels and looks like animal hide that indians really use for their clothing. The only thing I hated about the figure is that as soon as I removed the plastic from all his hair it was sticking up everywhere. His hair pieces are in such small sections, making it very hard to get it to actually look good. I also wasn’t too fond about the shoulder joints because they don’t look to be hidden very well. Though, with a character that always has his shirt off, what can you do?
Even though the movie was an absolute disaster, this figure is really not too bad. The hair can get super annoying, but I really don’t think the figure would look nearly as amazing with sculpted hair.
I also can’t recall too many official Indian 1/6th scale figures, so if you want one, now would be your chance. An official Lone Ranger sixth scale figure would be the next best thing, but it doesn’t look like that’s ever going to happen.
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Where to Buy?
Tonto really isn’t selling very good for any retailer, so many of them have the figure listed at less than the $204.99 SRP, including Sideshow Collectibles. They have the figure listed at 10% off and are offering double rewards points. Buying though Sideshow would only make the figure $165.99, which in reality isn’t much at all for a Hot Toys figure. Get an official indian sixth scale figure while you can!
If you don’t want to shop at Sideshow, I’m sure you can get a pretty good deal on eBay.
UPDATE: This figure is sold out on Sideshow, but he is still available at both the Big Bad Toy Store, and on Amazon, and you can hop onto eBay and see if you can score a sweet deal on a Hot Toys Tonto figure.