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Voltron

Defender of the Universe

Voltron is a classic giant transforming robot from 1980s television who is making a comeback in the 21st century. There are comic books and many toys, figures etc available today and a movie is planned for 2008. Many of the original episodes are now available to buy on DVD.

There have been several versions of Voltron over the years, however they all keep one basic concept: multiple units transform and assemble together to form one mighty robotic fighting machine.

History

The history of Voltron can be traced back to two early Japanese anime series, Hyakujuo Go-Lion ("Hundred-Beast King Go-Lion") and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV ("Armored Fleet Dairugger XV"), which formed the basis for the 1980s Western animated series.

Lion Force Voltron

The first, classic Voltron show appeared in 1984. This version of Voltron was formed by five robot lions from the planet Arus. When they joined together, the five lions became Lion Voltron (Voltron of the Far Universe).

Lion Force Voltron was an almost overnight hit. It soon became the number one TV show for children in the US. At the height of it's popularity there were over 100 different products to buy on the shelves. Of the many toys and models available perhaps the most famous are the die-cast metal figures that were distributed by Matchbox.

Vehicle Voltron

The second incarnation of Voltron was Vehicle Voltron (Voltron of the Near Universe). This was a two-stage robotic assembly that consisted of a massive 15 units (more merchandise for people to buy and collect...)

The 15 units were divided into three groups of five: the Air Team, Land Team and Sea Team. Each team couldd assemble their vehicles together into a larger machine. When all fifteen units were brought together they could form the humungous Vehicle Voltron.

Voltron 3D

Voltron: The Third Dimension was a fully CGI animated series that ran between 1998 and 2000. Despite the more advanced 3D graphics the show failed to capture much in the way of an audience.

2008 Movie

The Voltron franchise is due to be reborn in 2008 with the release of a new movie. Let's hope the atmosphere is closer to that of 1984 than 1998.



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