Released in 1982, Disney's Sci-Fi film Tron was an instant hit and blew people away with it's fantastic special effects. Basically, the majority of the movie took place within a crazy light spectacle, the Master Control Program (MCP). Tron, Flynn, and Yuri are "scientists" (basically big time computer dorks) who try and free the system from the MCP control. The movie was a huge hit at the box office for Disney. In addition, they hit gold with the stand-up arcade game that took the country by storm as well as a great line of action figures discussed herein.
The Japanese toy company TOMY acquired the toy license from Disney in 1981. Prior to this point, TOMY was mainly manufactured early robots and other mechanical toys. Disney contacted several companies looking for bids to carry the line but TOMY was anxious to test the action figure market to try and capture some of the success of Kenner's Star Wars line. In 1982 TOMY released their Tron toy line which consisted of only four figures and two light cycles. The four figures were: Tron, Flynn, Sark and a Warrior. All of the figures were molded from a really great transparent plastic and came with glow in the dark accessories. Tron and Flynn are actually not the same mold, but are quite close. All figures came packaged on the same generic gray card, identical for all four except for the tiny name stamp on the lower right in black ink, very hard to spot. The two lightcycles are also identical with the exception of color.
Neca re-released these action figures in 2002, all with identical molds and accessories. You can find them relatively cheap today.
Tron Flynn Sark Warrior
Light Cycle Did You Know?
TOMY made two light cycles. Ok, they made one that they made in different colors - red and yellow.
Did You Know?
Disney probably dropped the ball by making the plot a bit too
deep. In typical Disney fashion, there are several underlying
"themes" to the movie. Tron has a very strong spiritual aspect that will confuse your brain cells if you try to follow it. It's probably best if you just dont pay attention to the plot if you watch the movie again.
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