Well The Wild West has finally made its way to America, TRU that is. I now fans of Chap Mei have been clamoring for a Cowboys & Indians line for quite sometime. To be honest I am more of a fan of the fantasy and animal figures but I took a chance with these figures and they really are not that bad in fact I plan to use them along with my Dino Valley and other assorted beasts for a project down the road. I have not done a Chap Mei review in so long I guess I'll start with the horse.
The horse I guess you could say is the main feature of the set and is by far the only animal(s) in the line. Unless we get the grizzly with some future set. The only function the horse serves is to carry the figures. It does have movement in the tail and a sound feature on the saddle when press gives a running sound and a horse "nea". Aside from that nothing really exciting it is more or an assessorie to the figures then anything else. Of course this is not the first time Chap Mei has included a horse we have gotten several of them with the Knights and I believe one with the Adventure Quest Desert Secret series. I do believe this particular is a new mold with the western detailing.
Included with the set are 2 figures basically a good guy and bad guy. There is not indication on the box who there names are but I'm positive they have names. The first figure is the Sheriff and he has articulation in the neck, arms and legs he also has a removable holster belt and includes 2 weapons a silver revolver and a small rifle. The pistol fits into the sheriff's holster snugly. The only complaint I have for this figure is his legs are spread so that he has a hard time standing however he rides the horse perfectly. Which leads us to the next figure. Yowww... With I first picked up this figure and put him next to the sheriff it was like night and day while the Sheriff has articulation and a CM stamp on his boot the robber has no articulation what so ever and looks like a bootleg. However the CM stamp is on the sole of his boot. Not much I can commit about this guy he basically has a pistol and sack of money molded to his arms so switching out weapons is impossible. He basically just stands there and waits to be shot or eaten by a hungry dinosaur. The only good thing I can say about this figure he does have holes on the bottom of his feet to be pegged on a stand or wagon. He also has good balance which is also a plus in my book.
Finally we have the assoriesses I already mentioned the 2 weapons that come with the Sheriff but there is also some additional accessories that come with the set on a plastic tree and include a rope, canteen, knife, telescope, 2 pistols and 2 rifles. There is also a detailed cactus plant as a neat little dio piece. I know man fans have wanted CM to make some plants and while this is not exactly what most people were looking for I am happy that it is a start. The wild west line actually comes with 2 different types of plants in the line and as far as I know this is the only line that includes plants that are not part of a larger set piece.
Coming up Stage Coach and Sheriffs Dept. review Stay Tuned
Excellent review. For some reason Chap Mei decided to do two versions of this horse. There is also another version that does have proper articulation in the legs, and the saddle is not sculpted onto the body but a separate piece. I really don't know why this was done, but there you have it.
Rivaling the Pirates ship play set at TRU is the Sheriffs a collection of Sheriffs Department, Stage Coach and other accessories. The Sheriffs Dept is another play set that can be used on the inside and out. Front and Jail cell doors pivots, a piece of the side of the building comes off to allow prisoner to escape. Basically a nice little piece to add to the Wild West Town. Next is the stage coach which comes with two horses attached to a harness and attaches to the coach itself. Door on the side opens to sit a figure or two. Top panel opens to reveal a secret compartment. 2 barrels are placed on the back of the coach and a button on the side is press releasing the barrels to the ground for a quick diversion. Finally the action feature when you press the button on the front of the coach you hear a light and sound feature. The lamp blinks and the sound of galloping horses and males voices shouting are heard. Also the stage coach has free rolling wheels for added fun. We get four figures included in this assortment. Sheriff Wyatt who I reviewed in the first review. Wyatt comes with silver pistol and small rifle. Next up is Sandy Storm is is basically a repaint of the Adventure Quest version. The 3rd figure in the line is a "Billy The Kidd" look alike Kidd is an interesting figure in that he has an action feature when you press the button down on his back his arms fly up as if he is drawing his guns to fire. He also comes with a removable jacket and articulation in the waist and head. Finally we get another bad guy who I dub "The Mexican" because of his big sombrero. Like the Lone Ranger clone in the last review The Mexican has no articulation whats so ever and you cannot remove his weapon. Speaking of weapons this set comes with 2 weapon trees each with the same accessories mentioned in the review above. To bad Sandy and Wyatt are the only ones who can use them. Their is also a ladder which I have know idea where it goes because it does fit on the Sheriffs Dept. and placing it on the stage coach is just plain strange. Also included is a sack of money and several bricks of gold which I forgot to include in the photos but rest assured I will get them posted. Same goes for a pic of the side of the building. Finally we get another plant prop. What looks to me like Sage grass. The piece is perfect to hide behind not only for bandits but snipers and dinosaurs as well.
Last Edit: Aug 8, 2011 15:08:26 GMT -5 by dinoviper
I have actually posted very little Wild West photos I see. I suppose that is because cowboys and indians never wowed me, and as far as paint apps go, it's one of CM's worst efforts. Still, the product design is still very good, and here's a very nice example, the Teepee.