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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 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 racial characteristics for minifigures. That being the printed head pieces for the indians.

Description

Western

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 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 teepee's, including 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.

Audio Dramas

There were two Audio Dramas released for the theme, titled "LEGO: Steckbrief für den Kopfgeldjäger" [1] And "LEGO: Der Falsche General"[2]. At the moment these have not been translated.

New and exclusive pieces

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 teepee's, 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

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

Sets

Image#SetNumber of piecesMinifiguresPriceRelease
08098 Rose Art Floor Puzzle, Wild West, 3D08098Rose Art Floor Puzzle, Wild West 3D  1997
2845 Box2845Indian Chief21Indian Medicine Man 1997
2846 Indian Kayak2846Indian Kayak181 1997
41274174127417Walmart Co-pack   
4244710-Minifig - Western4244710Minifig - Western Cowboy with Guns1 2004
5317 Wild West Accessories5317Wild West Accessories39 1999
5392 Wild West Accessories5392Wild West Accessories31$5.001997
5526554 Steckbrief für den Kopfgeldjäger5526554Steckbrief für den Kopfgeldjäger1 1997
5526564 Der Falsche General5526564Der Falsche General1 1996
5923 Western Photo Frame5923Western Photo Frame138Indian Chief 2 2002
6706 Box6706Frontier Patrol263$6.001997
6709 Box6709Tribal Chief14Indian Chief$4.001997
6712 Box6712Sheriff's Showdown26Sheriff, Black Bart$4.00 / DM 9.95 (= €5.09)1996
6716 Box6716Weapons Wagon63Soldier$8.00 / DM 19.99 (= €10.22)1996
6718 Box6718Rain Dance Ridge712$8.001997
6746 Box6746Chief's Tepee1313$20.001997
6748 Box6748Boulder Cliff Canyon2506$40.001997
6755 Box6755Sheriff's Lock-Up170Sheriff, Red Shirted Cowboy, Flatfoot Thompson, Dewey Cheatum$25.00 / DM 49.95 (= €25.54)1996
6761 Box6761Bandits' Secret Hideout2385$40.00 / DM 79.95 (= €40.88)1996
67626762Fort LEGOREDO67310$99.992002
6763 Box6763Rapid River Village3437$70.002002
6764 Box6764Sheriff's Lock-Up171Sheriff, Red Shirted Cowboy, Flatfoot Thompson, Dewey Cheatum$19.992002
6765 Box6765Gold City Junction337Banker ,

Black Bart , Zack , Sheriff , Cavalry Soldier ,

Flatnose Curry
$50.001996
6766 Box6766Rapid River Village3437$601997
6769 Box6769Fort LEGOREDO66810$85.00 / DM 179.99 (= €92.03)1996
6790 Box6790Bandit's Wheel Gun211$2.001997
67916791Bandit's Wheel Gun21Black Bart$2.001997
6799 Box6799Showdown Canyon754$10.001997
K6762 Western KitK6762Western Collection857 2002


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