The gold rush was a huge gamble for most people. Buy a claim of land, and hope that you can find some gold. Always looking for that fabled pocket of riches. This is the Clueless Prospector, a Lego MOC built by Brick and Mortay. It is a scene that is very familiar with tales from the gold rush. The Prospector and his best friend are having a good day gold mining. They just discovered some nuggets while panning for gold. Certainly a sign of more riches to come. This scene has some great details, the old Lego trees fit perfectly here, and the small stream looks great. The big detail here is the hidden cave of gold that is underground. A well done detail, especially having some gold hanging from the ceiling. Hopefully he can find his little pocket.
Westworld is an interesting show. Originally based off a book by Michael Crichton. The newest version is a complicated narrative about humans and androids. While navigating the amoral Wild West, everyone seems to be trying to solve The Maze. A way to unlock the trapped android mind. This collection of Lego Westworld themed Minifigures is the creation of XxDeadmanzZ. Almost all the main characters have been represented here: Maeve Millay, William, Teddy Flood, Bernard Lowe, Opening Credits Figure, Robert Ford, Dolores Abernathy, The Man in Black, Logan, and Hector Escaton. Can any of them escape, or are they stuck in the new narrative?
Team Fortress 2 is a free-to-play first person shooter. The whole economy for the video game is sustained by an elaborate real world market for hats. Everything from iPod earphones to Sam & Max caps. The game has a certain timeless charm to it, and that is because it has some great art design. The cartoonish look translates into Lego pretty well. CaptainInfinity has created this MOC diorama titled Upward. Based on one of the most famous and popular levels in Team Fortress 2.
Upward depicts the epic struggle between team Blue and team Red. It appears that team Red is currently in the lead, as 1 of the Blue team members has met their untimely end. Thats not even counting the Spy sneaking up on the Sniper. There are a few details in this MOC that really stand out. The “Red” billboard is a good example of some advanced building techniques. Especially that “R.“ The other charming detail is the skeletal remains buried underneath the mine.
Deadwood was founded as an illegal town in the late 1800’s and is located in South Dakota. The town is a perfect example of the dirty Wild West. It became famous as the location of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok. Throughout its history some of the most famous legends made their home in this little mountain town. The extremely well written TV show, also titled Deadwood, did a great job merging the history and fiction of this infamous place. Lizard Combatant, of SomethingAwful, recently paid tribute to Deadwood with this great collection of Lego Minifigures.
Can you spot Seth Bullock, Al Swearengen, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Charlie Utter, and George Hearst?
The Lone Ranger theme sure does have a lot of interesting sets. The Cavalry Builder Set (79106) is one of those sets that everyone wishes Lego would create for every theme. Having a full Cavalry in a wild west theme is almost essential. Who else is your collection of surly bandits and outlaws going to harass? You get three Cavalry soldiers, a cannon, a horse and the Lone Ranger. The only downside to this set is that the Lone Ranger won’t be alone for long if you buy more then one set in this theme. As an added bonus, most of these pieces (except the minifigs) can fit right in with a Pirate theme.
The Lone Ranger sets keep coming, and this time the Brothers Brick has a great review of The Lone Ranger: Silver Mine Shootout (79110) set. At first glance this set doesn’t seem all that impressive. Although, this set features an extremely large amount of play features, and sloped bricks. Most of what it offers is very hard to photograph. The five minifigs included here are the Lone Ranger, Tonto, Chief Big Bear, Butch Cavendish, and Skinny Kyle. This set goes together well with the Stagecoach Escape. This Lego Lone Ranger theme is actually a pleasant surprise. Not one set seems to be filler. Make sure to check out the video review!
Who knows how the upcoming Lone Ranger film will turn out. But, one thing is certain: the upcoming Lego sets will not be forgotten.
It has been well over a decade since the last Wild West theme, and all the new Lego building sets look great. The Stagecoach Escape (79108) is looking to be the early winner of the theme. 5 figures, 3 horses, and a vehicle for $30.