A number of famous vehicles from films have appeared in the LEGO Ideas range, the latest of which is the TRON: Legacy Light Cycle. 21314 TRON: Legacy includes two such vehicles along with a display stand and three characters from the 2010 movie.
This represents a departure from the original project submitted by BrickBros UK which featured a single Light Cycle, although including two seems like a wise decision as the set offers much greater play and display value in this form. The Light Cycles look fantastic in the movie so hopefully the LEGO models will be similarly impressive, maintaining the consistently high standard of recent Ideas sets!
Box and Contents
The box includes a flap and is made from a thick cardboard stock, as usual for LEGO Ideas sets. I like the muted dark blue background of the Game Arena in contrast with the vivid colours of the two Light Cycles and the reflective floor surface looks great. An image on the back of the box shows how the vehicles can be removed from the base and provides a closer look at the minifigures.
Opening the box reveals a 68-page instruction manual and two numbered bags. The manual features some information about TRON: Legacy and its characters as well as short interviews with both the fan designers and the LEGO designers who turned the project into an official set. It was interesting to read about their focus upon playability as the set was updated with rolling wheels which were absent from the original design.
Three minifigures are included, the first of whom is Sam Flynn. His double-sided head is new, featuring a smile on one side and a determined expression on the other. This is perhaps surprising as there are a number of similar designs available in LEGO's existing inventory, although the new element looks good in relation to the source material and the medium nougat hair piece is similarly accurate. He can also wear a helmet with a trans-light blue visor.
Sam's light suit is decorated with some pale blue illuminated bands that run across both sides of the torso as well as the arms and legs. Not all of these designs line up perfectly on my minifigure which is unfortunate, although I expect this is an isolated issue. Quorra wears a similar suit which is incredibly faithful to the film and exposed shoulders are printed on the arms, demonstrating brilliant attention to even subtle details! Like Sam, Quorra includes a new head with smiling and angry expressions.
Both minifigures are equipped with an identity disc which can be attached to their back using a trans-clear neck bracket. Each one is represented by a printed 2x2 round tile with a hole through the centre so you can fit them into their hands for a Disc Wars battle. The design looks fantastic when compared with the film and I love how intricate white and blue printing has been used to recreate the disc's pale blue glow.
Rinzler is equipped with two orange identity discs, both of which fit onto a different kind of neck bracket with a Technic pin. The torso and legs are intricately printed with dark bluish grey streaks to define the armoured suit along with some orange highlights. Each of these lights includes a tiny white dot at its centre which brightens the shade of orange, ensuring even greater accuracy to TRON: Legacy.
However, my favourite aspect of this figure is definitely the helmet. This piece was created for Invincible Iron Man in 76077 Iron Man: Detroit Steel Strikes but its shape is similar to that of Rinzler's helmet and some clever printing accentuates certain curves to match the character in the movie even more closely. The face underneath is fairly common but I think it works well in this instance.
The Completed Model
The two motorcycles can be displayed on a simple base with a black and trans-light blue pattern which resembles that of the Light Cycle Grid in the movie. The combination of trans-light blue tiles with bright light blue plates underneath glows very nicely under certain light conditions and I appreciate the option to reconfigure the base for displaying minifigures during hand-to-hand combat, as shown here.
Jumper plates allow you to fit the Light Cycles side by side on the base, as though they are racing. The clashing colours look magnificent together and I like the offset arrangement too. Unfortunately, I have found that the models do not sit properly on the base as the wheels protrude very slightly below the frame of each motorcycle. It seems odd that this issue was not rectified during the design phase, although the studs are not actually required to hold the bikes in place on display.
The two Light Cycles are certainly a little larger than true minifigure scale but do not feel dramatically oversized and I think BrickBros UK found a good balance between the size of the vehicle and its level of detail when creating their original project. Each Light Cycle measures 17cm in length with the light ribbon attached or just over 11cm without the ribbon.
Sam Flynn's vehicle is distinguished by some scattered bright light blue and trans-light blue accents. I was sceptical about combining opaque and translucent colours in this way but the results look superb. The curvature of the Light Cycle's bodywork is also very impressive and the rolling wheels are vital for play, although it is a shame that they have come at the cost of the hollow shape which is an iconic feature of the fifth-generation cycle.
However, I think this is a worthy compromise. The printed 4x4 dishes give the illusion of a hollow centre while also ensuring absolute structural integrity. There is very little clearance between the underside of the motorcycle's frame and the surface beneath but you can roll the vehicle back and forth quite easily or angle it from side to side during tight turns.
The hand grips for the rider are incorrectly positioned when compared with the source material but this can be attributed to the limited articulation of a minifigure so is not a significant issue in my opinion. In fact, I think the light bluish grey handlebars look great and there is room to place a minifigure at the controls, as demonstrated in the image below. Sam must reach forward to grip the handlebars so appears reasonably streamlined, just as in the film.
A trans-light blue banner projects from the rear of the model, representing the light ribbon intended for cutting off and derezzing other drivers during combat on the Light Cycle Grid. The ribbon is fitted to a clip so can be angled or removed entirely, providing even more options for display. I think the vehicle looks equally impressive in either configuration, although taking off the ribbon does leave behind an exposed clip.
Rinzler's motorcycle is identically constructed but features orange, trans-orange and trans-neon orange accents. This colour scheme is a little more striking than that of Sam's bike as the orange really stands out in contrast with the black frame and the display base. Once again, the general shape of the Light Cycle looks pretty good on the whole, due in part to the generous use of curved slopes and tiles which form an aerodynamic profile.
The shaping towards the front of the vehicle is particularly pleasing as the 4x4 round plates which form the wheels line up almost perfectly with the 1x3 bow at the centre. Moreover, I like how the motorcycle bodywork narrows between the front and rear wheels, although not in every dimension as the ground clearance remains consistent for the entire length of the model.
Many of the smallest details are focused upon this area of the vehicle. Pedals for the rider are situated just between a pair of trans-neon orange energy cells and the rear wheel. These are not suitable for a minifigure but they look perfect in relation to the film and I am glad that the designers hav taken such details have been taken into consideration, even when they only serve a visual purpose rather than a practical one.
Motorcycles are notoriously difficult to design based upon the unusual proportions of a minifigure and their restricted articulation. In addition, the Light Cycles from TRON: Legacy are dominated by flowing curves which seem ill-suited to LEGO. Nevertheless, I am very satisfied with 21314 TRON: Legacy. The designers have definitely captured the essence of TRON and the Light Cycles are instantly recognisable, despite not replicating the design of these vehicles from the movie exactly.
In addition, the minifigures are absolutely superb, featuring extensive printed detail and making clever use of existing parts where necessary. The price of £29.99 or $34.99 does not feel entirely unreasonable to me, although £24.99 or $29.99 would be more appropriate for a set containing 230 pieces, particularly since many of those pieces are quite small. Even so, I would recommend this set to TRON fans as it is an excellent display item and the quality of the minifigures is almost unparalleled!
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.