Tron Legacy: One Man Light Jet by Spin Master

I mentioned back when reviewing the 3 3/4″ Quorra and Jarvis figures how I was surprised to see that the Tron Legacy line survived to see Series 2. That’s not a slam against the toys, but movie figures flopping and dying a quick death just seems to be the trend these days, and let’s face it Spin Master ain’t Hasbro, so I think the odds were stacked against this line from the beginning. Nonetheless, not only did we get a second series of figures, but we got some brand new vehicles as well. Today we’re going to take a look at the Series 2 One Man Light Jet.

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The Light Jet comes in a solid box, no window or “Try Me” feature this time like we saw in the Series 1 Light Cycle and Light Runner. It’s a pretty compact little box, as the vehicle comes partially unassembled. All you have to do is attach the wings and insert the missiles and you’re good to go. The wings are removable again, so you can return the vehicle to the box for storage if you want to. Just like Sam Flynn’s Light Cycle, the Light Jet comes with a stand-in non-articulated figure to pilot the jet, but you can swap this guy out for one of the 3 3/4″ figures if you have them. This is a great idea in case you just want the vehicles and don’t want to bother with any of the figures. On the downside, getting the figure into the vehicle is a project and a half. His legs just don’t want to go where they’re supposed to. But once he’s in, all is well. You also get two missiles. [DCUC Flight Stand not included! -FF]

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The toy seems pretty accurate to the film, although I was surprised to see the sculpted panel lines like on a real vehicle. Since the jet itself is supposed to be a computer construct, would it really have these? Even at 1080p on the Blu-Ray, I couldn’t see them on the screen version of the vehicle, but I’ll concede they do add very nice detail to the toy. I’ll write it off to the fact that the new System was supposed to be a lot more realistic than the primitive one seen in the original Tron. Features include articulated back wings and two forward firing missile launchers. As with most of the Tron toys, there aren’t a lot of paint apps at work here, just orange to simulate the lights. I will say that this is the best paint used on any of the toys to date. Yes, there’s some unfortunate rubbing/chipping on mine, but the bright neon color makes the faux light effect work really well. I wish they had used this paint on the figures.

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And speaking of lights, yes the Light Jet has them. Pressing the button on the back of the jet will cause the lights to come on and stay lit for a fairly good amount of time. The lights are situated underneath the rear of the jet and under each of the pilot’s armpits. They’re bright enough, but their positioning limits their visibility, so the effect isn’t as great as it could have been.
The Light Jet retails for about $20, about the same as Sam Flynn’s Light Cycle. It’s a decent price for a toy in this assortment, particularly when you add in the lighting effects. I’m glad Spin Master gave this vehicle a toy version since it was one of the cooler new vehicles introduced in Legacy, and since I’m certainly not going to get a Recognizer in the 3 3/4″ figure scale, I’ve got to settle for what I can get. But most of all, this toy makes me really happy that the Tron Legacy toys made it to see a Series 2.

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