Hello and greetings young earth mammals.
After a brief hiatus, I return from the cyberverse with tidings of Voltron.
The cool Voltron, the one made up of five giant robot lion cats.
Why is he the cool Voltron?, because even though he has lasers and beams and a super duper energy sword of devastation, it simply comes down to the fact that his hands and feet have mouths instead of digits – he can bite you and punch you at the same time, and that is quite simply badass.
I was feeling somewhat nostalgic about this beautiful robot machine and decided to see what interesting tidbits I could find.
But first, a brief re-telling of how Voltron works.
Voltron is a gigantic robot that fights evil, a manwitch called Haggar split him into five lions somehow and scattered them across the planet Arus. An evil king Zarkon took advantage of this opportunity to be a dick, running around causing all sorts of trouble. There is a Galaxy Alliance that decides “oh no, we need Volrton back” and the send five of their best pilots out to find the scattered Voltron lions. Which they do, of course. The five lions connect togeter to form Voltron. Now, each epidoe is essentially the same: Haggar makes a RoBeast, sends it to Arus al angry like, the pilots hop in their lions, fight, start losing, form Voltron, start winning, start losing – the they bring out the Blazing Sword, slash the RoBeast causing it to explode, then win.
Normally in shows where the cast wear particular color suits, these suits match the color of their owners machine/ride/robot, However in Voltron the colors were a little mixed up–Lance pilots the red lion, but wears a blue uniform; Keith pilots the black lion but wears red; Sven piloted the blue lion but wore black; the Princess pilots the blue lion but wears sort of a purple-and-pink uniform. Hunk and Pidge are the only ones whose uniform colors match the colors of their lions.
Originally Voltron aired in Japan as “Hundred Beast GoLion” which I think sounds just super.
There is a mouse Voltron, piloted by space mice.
There were a total of three “Voltrons”: Voltron I of the Near Universe was the “Vehicle Force”, and the “Lion Force” of the Far Universe was Voltron III. Voltron II, from the Middle Universe, featured three humanoid robots that combined into one multi-armed fighter; this version was never shown in the US (though toys based on this show were released)
Best Voltron Moments caught on Video.
The material that made up the VOLTRON series consists of two unrelated shows originally from Japan — “Golion” (Lion Force) and “Dairugger XV” (Vehicle Force).
Well, that’s enough for now, Peace out.
Oh, also this exists. Of course it does.
- ROBOTECH/VOLTRON #1 First Look: A Crossover of Epic Proportions (teamyello.wordpress.com)