If you’re keeping score with my takes on the Tron: Legacy toys, you’ll know that I was pretty impressed with the Deluxe figures, but I’ve been kind of lukewarm on the 3 3/4″ scale figures. They’re not terrible, but they aren’t overly impressive either. One thing that is very cool about the 3 3/4″ figures, though, is the fact that they are scaled for vehicles. I loved Sam Flynn’s Lightcycle, I was fairly happy with Kevin Flynn’s Lightcycle, now let’s take a look at Quorra’s Light Runner.
Released as part of the Series 1 collection, the Light Runner comes in a partial window box, complete with the Try Me hole in the window that lets you see the toy all lit up. The big neon Tron Legacy logo runs vertically up the left side of the package, obscuring the front of the vehicle, but you can still get a pretty good idea of what you’re getting. This package also uses a much better economy of space than the Lightcycles.
The Light Runner comes out of the package completely assembled and ready to go. The first thing that impressed me about it is its size. It’s a pretty decent sized toy, especially when compared to the Lightcycles. The cockpit opens up to allow you to put in the figures, and I was very happy to see that even with Quorra’s restrictive hip articulation, she still fits into the seat pretty well, although Sam and many of the other figures fit better. The wheels roll very nicely and the front of the vehicle actually pivots to stabelize it while going over rough terrain. Don’t forget this baby was designed to travel off The Grid! There are also two spring-loaded guns on the front that flip up when you pull open the hatches. All in all, this is a great looking sculpt. The only thing to watch out for are the side pieces, which are a little delicate.
The electronics include blue lighting that runs down the center of the vehicle and also lights up in the front and back. When you activate it with the button on the back it flickers on via a cool start-up routine, but if you want to keep it lit, you need to plug one of the figures into the seat. Actually, it’s their Ident Disc that plugs into the hole on the back of the seat. It’s easy to do it with the Sam figure, but I haven’t been able to get Quorra into the right position to activate it. Fortunately, only one figure needs to be plugged in for it to work. The lighting is pretty bright and looks awesome.
The Light Runner vehicle retails at about $20-25, but Disney’s Amazon store was having a pretty sweet deal on it last time I checked at $12.99. Even with shipping it works out to less than I’ve seen it at most stores. It’s a great display piece and a really cool example of one of the brand new vehicle designs introduced in the new movie.