Western

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Western
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Years:

1996 - 1997 (2002)

Subthemes:

Cowboys (civilians)
Bandits
Cavalry
Indians

Related themes:

Lone Ranger

Western, also known as Wild West was a LEGO System theme that ran from 1996 to 1997. Three sets were re-released in 2002.

The theme was set in the American Old West in the second half of the 19th century and featured cowboys, outlaws, cavalry soldiers and native Americans. It was the first theme that introduced realistic fire arms (revolvers and rifles) that could also be found in the real world of today, while Pirates only featured antique weapons like muskets and flintlock pistols. It was also the first theme to introduce cultural characteristics for minifigures. That being the printed head pieces for the indians.

Description[edit]

Gold City under the watchful eye of the Sheriff, while it's harassed by bandits.

Western was the first minifigure-compatible Wild West-styled LEGO theme, but there have been earlier sets of the same subject. Most notably 620 Wild West Scene (1975) and 617 Cowboys (1975) which both included the old-style LEGOLAND Minifigures, that already had the same cowboy hats used today.

The first sets from 1996 focused on the aspect of sheriffs fighting against outlaws, as well as the military presence in the old west, and less on civilian life. The few sets that featured town-life served more as a back drop for the gang of bandits robbing carriages or banks. The town, called Gold City, consisted only of the Sheriff station as well as a bank and a general store (6765 Gold City Junction). The bandits took refuge at an abandoned mine outside the city. Another important element of the theme was the cavalry, based at Fort LEGOREDO.

In the second and also last year of the theme, 1997, Indians became a major part of Western. Most of the sets included teepees, along with their main settlement, Rapid River Village. None of the sets including Indians featured other types Western minifigures .

Three Western sets were re-released in 2002, similar to Pirates which also had three re-releases the previous year.

New and exclusive pieces[edit]

Several new pieces were introduced with the Western theme, such as the revolvers and rifles, as well as the soldiers' kepis, which has since been seen as grey in Rock Raiders and Star Wars sets, as black in Adventurers and Trains, brown in Adventurers and tan and sand green in Indiana Jones. The Bandannas used for the cavalry soldiers and the bandits were another of the new pieces that were seen again in various later sets, as were the large barrels. The gold bugle, another new piece appeared in sets of the Western theme, and later Time Cruisers, Soccer and My Own Creation themed sets.

Rare pieces that did not appear elsewhere include the Indian teepees, the hollow tree stump and various accessories of the Indians, such as the headdresses of the chief and the medicine man, the hair pieces of the other Indians and the feathers with black tips on their heads.

6769 Fort LEGOREDO is one of the most popular sets of the theme.

Sets[edit]

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Image # Set Pieces Figures Price Released
No image 08098  Rose Art Floor Puzzle, Wild West 3D          
No image 2846  Indian Kayak          
No image 4127417  Walmart Co-pack          
No image 4244710  Minifig - Western Cowboy with Guns          
No image 5317  Wild West Accessories          
No image 5392  Wild West Accessories          
No image 5526554  Steckbrief für den Kopfgeldjäger          
No image 5526564  Der Falsche General          
No image 5923  Western Photo Frame          
No image 6706  Frontier Patrol          
No image 6709  Tribal Chief          
No image 6712  Sheriff's Showdown          
No image 6716  Weapons Wagon          
No image 6748  Boulder Cliff Canyon          
No image 6755  Sheriff's Lock-Up          
No image 6761  Bandits' Secret Hideout          
No image 6762  Fort LEGOREDO          
No image 6763  Rapid River Village          
No image 6764  Sheriff's Lock-Up          
No image 6765  Gold City Junction          
No image 6769  Fort LEGOREDO          
No image 6790  Bandit's Wheel Gun          
No image 6791  Bandit's Wheel Gun          
No image 6799  Showdown Canyon          
No image K6762  Western Collection          

See also[edit]

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