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Voltron Funko Pop!
Side view: Voltron Funko Pop!

When I was a kid, I loved Voltron! I was even in the Voltron Teamforce Mail away fan club! I watched the show religiously and I had the original die cast toy as well as the Panosh Place figures. I was always intrigued by the characters and thrilled by the Giant Robot vs Kaiju (Robeast) action! Not to mention the great soundtrack and voice talent including a legendary voice over intro by Peter Culllen. I felt like the show was a bit edgier than most “kids” shows, little did I know at the time it was actually adapted from an Anime for Mature audiences.

There have been a few different versions of Voltron that were adapted from Japanese Anime. The first and most popular was Voltron Lion Force, the Voltron of the Far Universe which was adapted from Beast King GoLion. Later, Vehicle Force Voltron, the Voltron of the Near Universe was adapted from Fleet Dairugger XV. The third was Gladiator Voltron, the Voltron of the Middle Universe, which was to be adapted from Lightspeed Electroid Albegas. The Gladiator Voltron was never adapted for American audiences. Later, a TV Movie titled Voltron: Fleet of Doom united the first two Voltrons to go up against King Zarkon. In 1998 a new CGI animated series called Voltron: The Third Dimsension was released to mixed response. In 2011, Nicktoons released Voltron Force, which was a little more kid friendly and featured a new set of pilots.

Voltron Pencil Topper

Here we are in 2016, and rumors of a live-action Voltron movie have circulated, but nothing has come to fruition. The Mighty Robot, will however make his Netflix streaming debut with an all new animated series produced by DreamWorksTV, titled: Voltron: Legendary Defender. Here’s the teaser:

Until next time, this is Nesbot106 saying: “Ready to form Voltron! Activate interlocks! Dyna-therms connected. Infra-cells up; mega-thrusters are go! Let’s go, Voltron Force!”

 

 

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