It certainly isn’t every day you find out that a LEGO TRON: Legacy set is being released, right? That is exactly what happened though when I got to work yesterday and checked my messages. As you surely could expect, everyone here at the arcade equally lost their minds. On an average day we probably bring up TRON or TRON: Legacy multiple times a day. I suppose we are just of that age where the dream of working at an arcade really seemed like the most magical job ever.
If you’ve listened to any of my Diary of an Arcade Employee podcasts, you know that it truly is. Even when I’m down on my hands and knees scrubbing bathroom floors. The truth of the matter is I am in fact living the dream. Not that securing this LEGO TRON: Legacy set wouldn’t make it just a bit better.
You can hop on over to the official LEGO site and get a better look at the set. It looks like it is being released on March 31st. This official LEGO TRON: Legacy set is from LEGO Ideas, which began in 2008, as well as giving 1% of royalties to the designers. In this case the original designers were the BrickBros UK after getting 10,000 votes that is. Thankfully Disney and LEGO were able to come together and now we totally have an TRON set about to be released.
Contents of the LEGO TRON: Legacy set include:
Includes 3 LEGO minifigures: Sam Flynn, Quorra and Rinzler.
Features 2 buildable Light Cycles for Sam Flynn and Rinzler, and a TRON grid/display base.
Sam Flynn’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-blue light-style elements, including power stream effects.
Rinzler’s Light Cycle features a minifigure seat, authentic features and assorted translucent-orange light-style elements, including power stream effects.
TRON grid/display base features 2 detachable parts, attachment points for the 2 Light Cycles and translucent-blue elements.
Divide the grid to recreate the Light Cycle chase scene from Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie, or use it to role-play the disc battle scene with the minifigures.
Includes Quorra’s sword.
Accessory elements include Sam Flynn and Quorra’s blue Identity Discs, and Rinzler’s 2 orange Identity Discs.
Attach the discs to the back of each minifigure.
This construction toy includes a booklet with building instructions, information about the set’s fan creator and LEGO designers, and the lowdown on Disney’s TRON: Legacy movie and its main characters.
Each Light Cycle measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 6″ (17cm) long and 1″ (4cm) wide.
TRON grid/display base measures over 8″ (22cm) wide and 3″ (9cm) deep.
Now the real question is if we are getting more LEGO TRON products in the future?
ReBoot blew me away when it debuted on ABC one Saturday morning in 1994. With my love of all things video games and computer related, Mainframe Entertainment, Alliance Communications and BLT Productions certainly captured my attention. In that year I was working a full time job but I made sure I was up and watching ReBoot every week. Which is why of course the news of a…reboot… took me by surprise. As well as the fact that ReBoot: The Guardian Code is totally going live on Netflix on March 30th!
When I think about the original series, I generally recall the humor and winks to popular culture the show managed to include in almost every episode. Whether that be throwbacks to the popular video games of the day. Or even film franchises such as the James Bond series, including a fantastic song intro from the third episode of Season three. Firewall!
Granted the animation might seem a little dated by today’s standards. I can assure you though it was pretty amazing stuff back in ’94. Of course it was the characters and story line that made so many fans. I think it is safe to say that the show borrowed a few elements from the likes of 1982’s TRON. A lone Guardian named Bob, whose mission was to protect the inhabitants of a city called Mainframe. Not just from the wicked deeds of Megabyte and his Sister, Hexadecimal. But from those of us playing video games, the Users.
Now then, we have a new series. Entitled Reboot: The Guardian Code. Immediately upon watching it I paused the official trailer. Some things have certainly changed in this updated version…like it has live action elements!
That took me quite but surprise. Granted this show is being aimed at an audience younger than myself. I will admit I am okay with this as it also appears to possibly have ties to the original series. At the very least it looks like Megabyte has been resurrected by the series’ mysterious villain.
Much like the first series did with borrowing elements of TRON it seems that ReBoot: The Guardian Code will do the same. Although in this case it is a mix of TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim and even Ready Player One.
Which seems quite appropriate, friends. As Ready Player One of course hits theaters on March 30th. Which I am sure that Netflix is very well aware of. Will it be any good? I have no idea but I am certainly going to at least give it a chance. Things always change and I for one won’t begrudge a new generation their own joy of being introduced to ReBoot.
I’ve talked a bit about the first series, so without further ado, check out the trailer for ReBoot: The Guardian Code!
While it sadly didn’t really find it’s audience back in 1982 when it was first released to theaters – TRON captivated enough fans to slowly earn a cult status that has kept it in the thoughts of many video game and movie fans. Naturally enough interest was there to help bring TRON: Legacy to the big screen in 2010 and even spawn the absolutely fantastic and seemingly doomed 2012 animated series TRON: Uprising.
Image courtesy of Elak Swindell’s Flickr photostream.
Why is TRON still thought of so fondly – I mean for a film that didn’t exactly set the box office on fire back in ’82? Well, there is the fact it had a great cast and effects that were certainly ahead of its time back in the day – it also had a lot of heart, everyone gave it their all from not just the cast but Steven Lisberger who penned the script and helmed the movie…but perhaps… it was the style of the TRON universe that really set it apart?
In my youth sitting in the Razorback Theater happily munching my giant-sized SweeTARTS and totally being sucked into the world of TRON – it was the Light Cycle match that really blew me away. A very vivid and fond memory. Which is why I was so happy to see this beautiful art from Movie Car Posters.Com!
The iconic TRON symbol with the minimalist design of a light cycle plus that weathered look to the poster…it really does look like something offered by Scholastic’s Book Club. This isn’t the only famous movie and TV vehicle that Movie Car Posters offers so make sure to go visit their site by clicking that link provided up top.
Any fan of Tron knows of the legendary Tron Guy or Jay Maynard as he is known when he isn’t out protecting his fellow Programs on the Grid. Now thanks to Animation Bowz we have a salute to Tron Guy…and tell me truthfully… isn’t the ending of the video just heartbreaking?