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Tron Action Figures (1982)

Tron action figures - photo copyright 2006 
Earl Green / theLogBook.comHow do you merchandise a movie with such abstract imagery as Disney’s 1982 computerphile favorite Tron? It’s not easy, but Tomy figured it out. Rather than the traditional paint job, Tomy opted to mold the Tron figures in translucent plastic, painting on only the “circuitry” details of each character’s computer-world uniform. No characters from the movie’s real-world scenes were ever made.

Tron action figures - photo copyright 2001 Earl Green / theLogBook.comThough the back of the blister cards indicated that each character’s face would be painted the same solid color as his costume details, this was not the case with the finished product.

Tomy also released a great light cycle toy which could contain one figure, with yellow and red casings.

Each character, except for the warrior, came with a glow-in-the-dark disk which fit neatly into a hole provided on the back. Instead of a disk, the warrior figure was packed with a glow-in-the-dark staff.

Tron action figures - photo copyright 2001 Earl Green / theLogBook.comTron action figures - photo copyright 2001 Earl Green / theLogBook.comTron action figures - photo copyright 2001 Earl Green / theLogBook.com

Surprisingly, the figures and the light cycle vehicles were reissued in new packaging for the movie’s 20th anniversary re-release on DVD in 2002.

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