Nothing beats the old TV series. As far as I'm concerned Clayton Moore IS the "Lone Ranger" and Jay Silverheels IS Tonto! At least ol' Jay was a real Indian, a member of the Canadian Mohawk Nation.
Mind you, my mother and father will tell you Brace Beemer is the "Lone Ranger" as far as THEY'RE concerned! He was the "Lone Ranger" on the radio.
Did you know some of the "Lone Ranger" shows from the 50's were shot in color? They were done that way for theatrical release in areas of the country that didn't have television. A lot of the old "Superman" shows with George Reeves (the REAL Superman!) were shot in color for the same reason.
I thought about getting the Lionel "Lone Ranger" set myself but I'm with you. They went overboard with the mask markings, and the "FWWR / "Tarantula" on the tender is the marking of a contemporary tourist line operating out of Forth Worth, Texas! Maybe it looks better in person.
Hey Lionel, if you're doing a 19th Century themed set, pick a 'road contemporary to the times and decorate the locomotive appropriately! The ruined the "Coca-Cola" set by putting a 20th Century ad line on the tender and with 20th Century lettering as well.
On the other hand the "Lone Ranger" boxcar is VERY dramatic! I'll probably grab one of those if I see one.
By the way, the Strasburg Railroad set looks a lot better in person than it does in the catalog. I DID get one of those!