‘Lone Ranger’ play set coming to ‘Disney Infinity’ video game

June 06, 2013 | 1:22 p.m.
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Tonto and the Lone Ranger in a scene from "Disney Infinity." (Disney Interactive)

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"The Lone Ranger" play set for "Disney Infinity" includes figurines of Tonto and the Lone Ranger. (Disney Interactive)

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A figurine of the masked man from "The Lone Ranger" play set for "Disney Infinity". (Disney Interactive)

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The Lone Ranger is chased by outlaws in a scene from "Disney Infinity." (Disney Interactive)

Wild West-loving gamers can take the reins as the Lone Ranger or Tonto in the newest “Disney Infinity” play set, revealed Thursday.

Inspired by Disney’s upcoming film “The Lone Ranger,” a reboot of the classic radio show and TV series, the Disney Infinity figurines are cuter versions of their live-action counterparts — Armie Hammer as the masked ex-Texas Ranger and Johnny Depp as his American Indian sidekick. (Click through the gallery above for a peek at the characters.)

Each “Disney Infinity” figurine contains a complete story, allowing the characters to be “transported” into the game — a concept similar to the massively popular video game franchise “Skylanders.” The action figures store players’ game progress and settings. Players also have access to a Toy Box mode — a sandbox in which gamers can build their own worlds and share them with other players. In addition to “The Lone Ranger,” play sets for “Monsters University,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Incredibles” and “Cars” have been announced.

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“The Lone Ranger” play set will allow gamers to take on the role of the Lone Ranger or Tonto and set out on a quest to bring villain Butch Cavendish and his gang of outlaws to justice, according to Disney. Players will be able to ride their iconic steeds Silver and Scout, fight outlaws using “ricochet combat” — lining up shots that bounce off metal objects to hit around corners — and control a railroad — custom-building trains to get resources to specific locations.

“Disney Infinity,” developed by Avalanche Software, was originally slated to be out this month for Nintendo Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and mobile, but Disney Interactive delayed the release until Aug. 18 “to capitalize on the critical fall retail season,” the company said in a statement. The ambitious project comes as Disney is scaling back its production of console games, focusing instead on social and mobile games.

“The games business for Disney has not been profitable and not met the same level of excellence we have in ABC or our parks or Pixar,” John Pleasants, co-president of Disney Interactive, told the Los Angeles Times in January. “If we’re going to be here, we want to make high-quality stuff and keep doubling and tripling down. ‘Infinity’ is a concept we think can scale and stand the test of time.”

“The Lone Ranger,” directed by Gore Verbinski, hits theaters July 3.

— Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


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