Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Collectible of the Week: The Tron Collection (Tomy; 1982)
In 1982, Tomy released a small merchandise line for Walt Disney's computer fantasy Tron. The line consisted of two light-cycles (yellow and red), and four 3.34 action figures from the film.
The action figures included were Flynn (Jeff Bridges), Tron (Bruce Boxleitner), Sark (David Warner) and a Warrior, one of the MCP minions.
Flynn, Tron and Sark came equipped with glow-in-the-dark data disks (or frisbees), while the Warrior came equipped with the prod or staff he used in the film to push prisoners onto the game grid.
Like the characters in the film, the action figures looked kind of neon, and were actually transparent, with white outlining to suggest their computer circuitry look.
The light-cycles featured rip-cord technology (like you find on today's BeyBlade toys), and could house one action figure a piece. The box legend for the light cycles went: "From the amazing world of Tron comes the futuristic Light Cycle that takes off like lightning."
Like the Indiana Jones/Raiders of the Lost Ark toys I featured not long ago here on the blog, the Tron toys were ones I somehow missed during my childhood. I understand that NECA re-released the line (and added a blue light cycle) to celebrate the recent premiere of TRON Legacy, and so apparently I missed my second opportunity to pick them up!