Laser Cycle & Robot
|Character Design||Syd Mead|
Review by JoshB
You know I love TRON. I love the classic Light Cycles, but they only made the vintage TOMY Light Cycle in 2 colors. NECA brought the goods when they produced a blue Light Cycle but did you know more colors were produced?
Hong Kong toy company TOY CITY produced their own, unlicensed Light Cycles that were nearly identical to the original except for one small detail – they were about ¾ the size.
These Light Cyles were released in blue, yellow, grey, red and green, at first boxed, and then on cards. Each cycle came with a bootleg Machine Robo capsule figure.
These are actually really high quality. The material is exactly the same as used in the full size toys – right down to the hard rubber wheel and die-cast metal inner wheel. In fact, the only difference is scale, and the trademarks.
This too includes a ripcord, but the old plastic has become brittle and will break if you try to use it. The wheel is also much tighter than on the TOMY cycles.
The small plastic robot is a bootleg Machine Robo (Gobot) capsule toy. It’s all plastic and completely transforms. Different toys had different robots – in this case it’s Forklift Robo (Spoons) with a slight modification – a heart has been added to the front of the forks.
These are fun little curiosities to add to your TRON collection, but very hard to find. Keep an eye out!
|Posted 8 June, 2011 - 06:15 by JoshB|