V.I.N.Cent Gets A Tron Makeover


?If you love corporate synergy and have $129.99 lying around, you can pick up this collectible vinyl figure of V.I.N.Cent from The Black Hole that features Tron-styled paint applications. Created by MINDstyle Toys and distributed by Sideshow Collectibles, the endlessly huggable toy was originally created as an exclusive for last year’s D23 Expo for Disney collectors. Those who missed that event can head over to their favorite online collectibles broker and buy the 10″ figure based on a retarded robot who once irritated Ernest Borgnine and Anthony Perkins in outer space. Snark aside, this actually is a really logical mash-up. Both The Black Hole and Tron were ground-breaking releases for Disney — not only in terms of allowing them to cash in on the sci-fi craze of the late 1970s/early ’80s that Star Wars kickstarted, but also because they attempted to help the company break free from the reputation that they were only interested in making milquetoast family films. (Have you seen the third act of The Black Hole? Shit gets real). The down side to such crossovers is that since Disney now owns Marvel, there’s a good chance that at some point there will be a H.E.R.B.I.E. toy from the Fantastic Four that looks like The Love Bug. (Via Toy News International)