Next best thing to the grid: Real, working 'Tron' lightcycle
September 28th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Next best thing to the grid: Real, working 'Tron' lightcycle

It's not every day that a lightcycle from the "Tron" movies shows up at your local mall.

But that's exactly what happened when the folks at Parker Brothers Choppers showed up at a mall in Melbourne, Florida, to show off their latest creation.

The fact that a real, working lightcycle exists in the real world is mind-blowing to fans of the cult classic 1982 film and the recent sequel, "Tron: Legacy." The various videos they have posted about it on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

CNN Geek Out spoke to some of the Parker Brothers guys (whose first big project was a Batpod, inspired by "The Dark Knight") about the most cyberpunk vehicle on the road today.

CNN Geek Out: What went into creating the lightcycle? Where did the idea come from?

Jeff Halverson (marketing, Parker Brothers Choppers): The design was actually done by Daniel Simon who was contracted to do it for us from Spin Master Toys. We knew the movie was coming out and wanted to do the bike and push the envelope. Shanon [Parker] said, "Hey, what can we do to make a statement?"

Shanon Parker (chief designer, Parker Brothers Choppers): I had seen the lightcycle at Comic-Con and realized it wasn't a real bike. We decided discussing whether or not it was possible to make it a reality. We decided it could be done and got to work on it. The first one took us four months to complete, then a lot of research and development after that.

All we could do was study still shots from Comic-Con and posters, that's basically where we got it all. I would say we're still learning a lot about how to make it better. The first one was released in December of last year. A lot of testing went into it, but it's funny to me to listen to blogs and people saying "I can probably do that myself," I have to say, "Please go for it, see what you can do!" It's not nearly as easy as people think. There was a lot more to it than what we actually show.

Halverson: We put it out on eBay, and we got four of them sold that way [and there is currently a contest to win one].

CNN Geek Out: What does your company do?

Halverson: The majority of our business is concept bikes and one-offs, like the Tron bike and the Batpod. We've really only been in business for 14 months now. We've branched out into concept cars and alternative energy. We've got some plans with a new reality show that will make the "Tron" bike a drop in the bucket.

CNN Geek Out: Who usually comes up with these geeky ideas?

Halverson: Shanon. In Shanon's office, there's probably 600 comic books lining the wall, a full costume from "The Dark Knight," all kinds of figurines and toys. You walk into his office and it's like walking into Toys 'R' Us.

CNN Geek Out: Were you a fan of the original film?

Parker: I love the original, I don't know that it was a box office smash but it had a cult following, definitely. I've always been interested in it.

CNN Geek Out: What kind of reaction do you usually get to it when it's out in public?

Parker: It's hard to say what you're gonna get but for sure you get the "oohs and ahhs."

At first they don't realize it's a functioning bike, and then they want to know answers to the technical questions, and I usually hand it over to my brother for that. I think everybody dreams of having the cool bike or car in the movie, that no one else has.

It seems so far in the future that it seems impossible, and to see it out on the street is insane, so people are drawn to that.


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    May 13, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  2. DK

    Colours are awful, but I like the concept.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Heather-Marie

      Theses Guys Rock.❤ it all!!!

      September 29, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  3. Hatsune Miku

    Looks kinda like something a vocaloid would ride. I like it.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  4. wisdom4u2

    That's awesome, but it looks like it might be a little tough on the 'boys', however, the females will surely enjoy the ride!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  5. TomCA

    They had them for sale in the hammacher schlemmer catalog for like $60k. Its junk you cant even ride in on the freeway.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  6. Moe Smith

    I'd like to see them do the bike from Akria.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  7. Dave

    BTW. Everyone talking crap about the bike. STFU, you know darn well you want one.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  8. Dave

    Hey CNN, 2009 called, They want their story back.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • sooo

      No sh&t! lol

      September 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  9. Peter

    Love it!

    September 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  10. Haven

    Sounds like shite. Runs like a Little Tikes toy.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • GetALife

      Go bitch elsewhere!

      September 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Karen

      The fact that you would take the time to write such a thing is clearly very telling about you and not at all the work you are referring to. I'll pray for you.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  11. macguysea

    You know... Making REAL Transformers is possible too... but it doesn't mean you should or that it's even practical. By the way, the sound of this "light cycle" engine was AWFUL... or whatever that was.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
    • Karen

      Easy to criticize when you're clueless as to what you're talking about. What ever happened to people being supportive of one another or just passing by if that's not possible? What's so bad in your life that you have to be so negative about what other people try hard to achieve?? That attitude can't be healthy for you.

      September 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Davey

      I I agree. It is a $55K toy. Would be great to take to the mall..lol

      Karen let him complain.....it's the Internet and forums can be a collection of whining and complaining such as you have demonstrated.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  12. ed

    ORANGE COUNTY WHO?

    September 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
    • Karen

      Hahahahahahaha – I love it!

      September 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  13. Andy H.

    A real working visually similar replica of an impractical CGI fictional vehicle displayed in a film, is that what you meant?

    – A

    September 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  14. RJ

    "Take that, b*tches," said Irony.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  15. iBod

    I just had an "OH MY GOD" Orgasm!!! I F*in WANT ONE!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  16. therealist

    this looks as bad as the sequel

    September 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  17. Kevin

    Dear Santa.....

    September 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  18. DC

    Will Smith on Independence Day...

    "HOW DO I GET ONE OF THESE??!!"
    Maybe Hayabusa engine or even a light V8 engine conversion or something...

    Uhhh, do you take Layaway?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  19. Hammertime

    I'd use this bike to pick up very large women who i will abuse with my purple headed yogurt slinger!

    September 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  20. Clay

    Hmmmmm. 5 miles an hour seems to be the top speed. I think I'll stick with my V-Max.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Karen

      Who said top speed was 5mph?? You'll stick w/ your V-max bc that's what works for you. Don't be a hater.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
      • Clay

        I don't hate it. I'm just going by the video shown here. It never moves faster than a slow trot. It may move faster, but they don't show it.

        September 28, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Michael Meeder

      Top speed of the electric version is said to be 100mph

      September 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
      • Clay

        Also looks like you wouldn't want to lean too hard into the corners.

        September 28, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Kevin O.

    Just what our overly stimulated pissant youth need, more glittery distractions.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • tinhorn

      ya, just like the over stimulated greatest pissant generation before that gave us consumerism to begin with. Please tell me what "youth" can purchase this? Some coked out music exec will buy it to get laid and then forget about it. That's how i bought my delorian.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  22. leecherius

    looks bitchin'...but also rough on the nads.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
    • BucketDrop

      Exactly what I was thinking...ow! Love the look, but would be scared to lay it over in a corner.

      September 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
  23. Hekk

    Geekout! Very cool! wish I had the cash to get one.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  24. PooDIPIDI

    This would be so cool if it had a toilet under the seat for easier pooping! Then, the poo could fling out of your exhaust behind you, hitting innocent motorists. I would be a jolly good time no?

    September 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
  25. alan

    this i old

    September 28, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  26. KajinPL

    I don't even like motorcylces, but this would make me want to ride one. I'm sure it will be way above my pay range though.

    September 28, 2011 at 2:34 pm |