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In a digital world dominated by the color black, only enlightened with touches of neon blue or neon orange, everyone is a program.
Later this month, LEGO will release a new set based on this license.
My initial feeling
To be honest, when I was informed that I would be reviewing this set, I was not really ecstatic. Not because it was a LEGO Ideas set (I love this series of sets, especially the NASA rocket or the Old Fishing Store which I consider as the best sets from last year) but because it was a TRON set.
Of course, I saw the films but they did not leave any significant impression on me.
I loved the universe, the color scheme, the ambiance, but I was not really found of the story.
However, I am not a film critic, I am a toy photographer. So, I was most interested by the challenge of making creative pictures.
The LEGO Ideas set
The set LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy, composed of 230 pieces, represents one of the most iconic moment of the saga: the light-cycle bike game.
After the main character is absorbed inside the grid, he gets to play several games to survive and one of them is a race/fight on bikes. Those vehicles leave some kind of light wall/trail behind them (blue for the “good guys” and orange for the “bad guys”). To win you have to kill all the other players by driving them into those light walls.
This was one of the few memories I had from the two movies.
The initial project submitted on the Lego Ideas platform by BrickBrosUK only consisted of one bike displayed on a platform with the minifigure of the main character.
To my surprise, the LEGO designers decided to modify the project and included a second bike. This is great because it allows for even more picture possibilities.
Three minifigures are included to represent the three main characters from the movie: Sam Flynn, the main hero, Rinzler, the bad guy, and Quorra the beautiful heroine. They are all equipped with their identity disk(s) like all the characters in this universe and you can even recreate the disc battle scene of the movie.
The two light-cycle bikes are identical (except for the color-scheme) and they are a pretty good representation of the bikes from the movie, especially considering the size and limited posing of the minifigures.
Playing with lighting
It was such a pleasure to take this set in pictures. Of course, inspired by the movie ambiance, I had to play with lights. And, except for the light trail behind the bikes on the picture featured on this post, all the light effect you see on the picture were done practically. But a better description of the making-of these pictures will be shared in another blog post.
The 21314 LEGO Ideas TRON: Legacy will be available for sale directly through LEGO beginning 31st March, 2018 via shop.LEGO.com and LEGO® Stores.
And if you are in London on Thursday 29th March, 2018, you could participate to the UK Fan Designer signing event at LEGO Store, Leicester square where you will be able to get a set and meet the Fan designers of the initial LEGO Ideas project.
Thank you to the LEGO group and the LEGO Ideas team for providing this set for review.
Julien / Ballou34
Aeronautics engineer by day, toy photographer by night.
Exploring the world with his plastic figures.