Tron: Legacy is an okay movie. But since 2010, the look and the sounds of the movie have called up a huge fan following. Even me, someone who hadnâ€™t seen the movie until a few weeks ago, had friends petitioning for a Tron 3 and getting excited at every rumor that Disney might be releasing a sequel. But, hey, at least Lego released a Lego Ideas set based on the best scene in the movie – the light cycle chase!
So: the bikes. The obvious draw to the set; they look…pretty good. Not great, though. I feel like a blend of this design with the original Ideas design would work better, especially using this cylinder as the wheel instead of Legoâ€™s printed plates. I get why Lego goes with the most structurally sound option, but the bikes lose a bit of their â€œTronâ€-ness with these wheels. Ah well. Other than that, not any problems issues. The bikes are solid to hold. The wheels donâ€™t really roll due to the 1×8 plate that affixes the bike to the stand. The light…bar(?) on the back of the bike is fairly flimsy, and Iâ€™ve had it fall off several times moving the bikes around.
The orange bike is 100% the same as the blue bike, but in orange. Which is…fine. I donâ€™t enjoy building the exact same model again in a Lego set. It gets boring.
This base for the bikes instantly calls out â€œIâ€™m from Tron!â€, so points there. It looks quite nice with the bikes on it. Thereâ€™s a missed opportunity to fit Quorra somewhere, as Sam and Rinzler’s minifigs go on the bikes, and she lays to the side. Besides, this set isnâ€™t a playset so much as a model. All it takes is two studs, Lego! Iâ€™m not trying to go for movie accuracy!
Speaking of the minifigs, while they approach what I call the â€œoverly detailed zoneâ€, they skirt the line. Personally, Quorra and Sam donâ€™t look much like Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund (yea, I had to look him up). Itâ€™s more â€œgeneric TRON male and TRON femaleâ€.
But Rinzler looks oh-so-good. He gets two discs as well. I like his disc holder far better than Quorraâ€™s and Samâ€™s. They look a little awkward.
Canâ€™t say I much like Rinzlerâ€™s face, though. What happened to the days where we could have a black head and call it a day? Now I have this badly printed â€œevil thug #3â€ face.
Take off the disc holders and each figure has a printed disc holder (I need a better name) on their back. It doesnâ€™t look quite as Lego-y, but itâ€™s smart attention to detail.
My only real issue for the set is trying to put the figures on the bike. Itâ€™s really finicky. You have to line the hands up just right without having the clips bend forwards or back too much. There was definitely a better way to do this. I realize the handles on the actual cycle are way down by the wheel, but using this handlebar piece would have felt so much better. Oh well. Iâ€™m sure Lego had their reasons.
Throwing it Against a Wall?
Take the light bar off, and Iâ€™d be surprised if any piece on this sucker falls off. You can put my signature on that.
All in all, itâ€™s not a half bad set. It works as a display set, and take the light bar off the back and you have a solid bike you can give to the kiddies to chew on for half an hour. I canâ€™t really take points off for things I wish Lego had done with this set, but trying to put a figure on the bike is so annoying that Iâ€™ll give this set a 4/5.Â
Also, major thanks to Ace for shipping me this set for review.
Grab It on Amazon
It’s 35 bucks on Amazon. If youâ€™re a fan of Tron, itâ€™s worth it for the price. If not, might as well pass it and save for the next license that Lego pulls out of nowhere.
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