Do you collect other toys besides Transformers? Maybe you've got a Masters of the Universe collection you'd like to show off, or maybe you like Thundercats, Voltron, G.I.Joe, Power Rangers, Star Wars, Wrestling, or any of the various comic book toy lines. Please keep the discussions here to non-Transformers toy lines.
I didn't see a Voltron/Golion thread here so I figured we could get one rolling.
I vaguely recall watching Voltron when I was a kid. It was before my time so I watched it sporadically when the TV stations decided to show an episode here or there. So I don't know much about the fiction but I do remember seeing the toys. I remember coveting the Matchbox Voltron set as a kid when I saw it on the top shelf at a local Zellers. I don't even know how it managed to stay unsold a few years into the 1990s.
I do remember the announcement of the MasterPiece Voltron a few years ago and I did consider buying it but at the time I wasn't a toy collector so I let it go.
Now I'm a collector and recently I purchased the Blazing Sword Voltron figure from MattyCollector and I also bought a subscription for the Club Lion Force deal in which I'm committed to buying the upcoming Voltron lion and pilot figure set that will combine to make a 23" tall Voltron toy. Some people are criticizing its lack of metal content and the spring loaded auto transformation gimmicks but it takes me back to my childhood and my excitement for the Voltron cartoon of the 80s.
I'm considering re-watching Voltron but I'm just starting to watch Golion and Voltron Force.
So who has some photos and/or stories of Voltron/Golion toys they'd like to share with their fellow Seibertronians?
robofreak wrote:Tell me more about this huge Voltron. I'm curious to see if this is something I will want.
I bought the plastic version of the Masterpiece Voltron that had a vintage themed box. The MP version sucks, but the removal of die cast made it awesome and durable.
I watched the series when I was little, but don't remember much. I know Go Lion is supposed to be the better story though.
The large sized Voltron Classics figure from Mattel is going to be 23" tall in combined form and will be all plastic in construction. There was talk about diecast content early on but due to the sheer size and weight of the figure, diecast was eschewed since it would cause balance issues. The combined form will have standard articulation of hinged elbows/knees and swivel shoulders. I don't know what kind of articulation will be implemented for the lion heads. I don't expect this figure to possess a high degree of articulation simply because at its large size, an overly poseable figure will likely be very unstable.
The design of the toy is inspired by the appearance of the animation model, which means it's not going to be a more idealized styled design like the MP Voltron and will use white plastic instead of silvered or chromed parts. Each of the 5 lions will come with a mouth blade weapon. The Black Lion will also include the Blazing Sword and shield. The lions will have basically an auto transformation gimmick, which can be seen here:
The lions are designed with "cockpit" compartments in the torsos, much like the Panosh Place figures, which will accommodate 3 3/4" figures of the Lion Force pilots, which are also a part of the Voltron Classics toyline. The figures will come with two heads, one with a helmet and one without, a key, and one part of the Ultra Blazing Sword for the combined Voltron form.
The Keith, Lance, Allura, Hunk, and Pidge figures, as well as the lions, can be purchased without subscribing to Club Lion Force but Sven is an exclusive figure that will only be available to Club Lion Force subscribers.
Here's the current store page for the Voltron Classics products:
When you subscribe to Club Lion Force, you'll be charged for the subscription fee($15), and the first two toy releases(Red Lion for $35 and Lance for $15), plus the shipping fee of whichever option you choose.
I don't recall seeing a release date but I believe the plan is to start the toy releases in January 2012 with each Lion and corresponding pilot to be released as pairs each month(January, February, etc.).
When the sale for SDCC toys went live on August 1st, I spent 20 minutes getting through the site traffic just to place an order for the Blazing Sword Voltron figure. I definitely don't want to do that each and every time a new Lion and pilot are released so $15 for a subscription is a small fee in order to guarantee every figure plus an exclusive figure.