Canadian Legend of the Lone Ranger two pack

Canadian Legend of the Lone Ranger two pack

Legend of the Lone Ranger

To my surprise, I now am the proud owner of this, a Canadian “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” set of the Ranger and Silver by Gabriel Toys but distributed by Irwin Toys. Irwin was known as Kenner Canada and was a big deal around these parts.

I don’t collect the Lone Ranger lines, but I can’t remember when I’ve seen such an item in Canadian Packaging.  While the found “The Legend of the Lone Ranger” somewhat forgettable, I also have massive affection for this well-made toy line. 

However, what truly sold me on this piece was the back.

Legend of the Lone Ranger

I will admit that I was unaware that the free Western Town Promotion was valid in Canada, but that it was that rather off sticker that clinched it for me.

Legend of the Lone Ranger

The sticker indicates that this came from Consumer’s Distributing, a chain of “Catalog Showroom” shops that dotted the Canadian landscape until the late 1990s. I have a lot of fond memories of that store, especially giving the clerks fake names they had to yell out as a kid. I’m pretty sure they knew my name wasn’t Zaius.

Legend of the Lone Ranger

Sadly I do not own the 1981 Consumers Distributing catalogue (#lifegoals) but I do have one from it’s another Canadian catalog firm (and equally fondly remembered) Shoprite.

It’s crazy how a simple price sticker can push nostalgia buttons like this…



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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.

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