Voltron #3 from Dynamite Entertainment Available Today

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Man From Arus has come to Earth with an urgent message--Drule is coming and our planet lacks any credible defense. To turn the tide, an embattled scientist must accept the impossible and place the fate of humanity in the hands of something that doesn't exist. And little does he know that his fateful actions have brought the Voltron Force to their current situation almost a hundred years later... staring down a battalion of shock troops and Robeasts that have come to make sure Voltron doesn't get rescued and the day doesn't get saved. Writer Brandon Thomas and artist Ariel Padilla are back for Dynamite Entertainment's Voltron #3, available at comic shops and same-day-as-print digital download, today.

Archive: Lance - Pilots the Red Lion

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lance was released on February 15, 2012 as part of Matty Collector's Voltron Classics line. Mattel's Voltron Classics line is based on the 1980's Voltron: Defender of the Universe animated television series. As part of the inaugural year of line, the five Voltron Force pilots and their corresponding lions could be purchased as a set on the day of their release or reserved via the Club Lion Force subscription service. Each pilot and lion include accessories, that when combined, help form a 23-inch tall Voltron. Sven--a sixth figure in the line--was a Club Lion Force exclusive available only to club subscribers.

Initially scheduled to be sold separately, Lance and the Red Lion were only available to purchase as a set, after Mattel decided to bundle the Voltron Force pilots with their respective lions. The Lance / Red Lion bundle was shipped in a single mailer box, but both items were packaged individually. In addition to the interactivity achieved from combining the five lions to form Voltron, Mattel also incorporated some creative and interactive features between the lions and their pilots. For example, Lance includes a red key that acts both as a stand for the figure and an instrument for activating the Red Lion's one-touch transformation features. The key is also used to open the Red Lion's cockpit, which Lance fits into.

Archive: Robeast Mutilor - Commands the Coffin of Darkness

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Robeast Mutilor was released in 1984 as part of the first series of figures in Panosh Place's Voltron: Defender of the Univse collection. Panosh Place - a small toy company based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey - was awarded the license to manufacture a line of Voltron toys for the popular animated series and released a single wave of 12 figures, several vehicles and a Castle of Lions playset. Although a second wave of items was planned and shown in a 1986 Panosh Place catalog, it was canceled prior to production, as Voltron's popularity waned.

A creation of the evil witch Haggar, Robeast Mutilor is deployed to Planet Arus, in the Coffin of Darkness, to battle Voltron. If you don't recognize Robeast Mutilor from any episodes of the Voltron: Defender of the Universe animated series, it's with good reason. Both Robeast Mutilor (and Robeast Scorpious) are more amalgamations of several Robeasts than actual on-screen characters; they never appeared in any episodes of the animated series.

Archive: Robeast Scorpious - Commands the Coffin of Doom

Friday, February 17, 2012

Robeast Scorpious was released in 1984 as part of the first series of figures in Panosh Place's Voltron: Defender of the Univse collection. Panosh Place - a small toy company based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey - was awarded the license to manufacture a line of Voltron toys for the popular animated series and released a single wave of 12 figures, several vehicles and a Castle of Lions playset. Although a second wave of items was planned and shown in a 1986 Panosh Place catalog, it was canceled prior to production, as Voltron's popularity waned.

A creation of the evil witch Haggar, Robeast Scorpious is deployed to Planet Arus, in the Coffin of Doom, to battle Voltron. Robeasts can be both giant robots that are piloted by Doom soldiers or monsters created by Haggar's dark magic, usually requiring a living subject. Unlike the other evil characters in the Panosh Place line, Robeast Scorpious (and Robeast Mutilor) doesn't include a clip-on coffin badge, but instead comes ready for battle equipped with a spiked mace.

Voltron Classics Red Lion and Lance Available Now!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mattel's Voltron Classics Red Lion and Lance are now available to purchase on MattyCollector.com. The Red Lion and Lance kick off the Voltron Classics lineup, which will feature a new Lion and pilot set every other month. In October, with all five Lions, you'll be able to form the gianormous 23-inch Voltron. If you're undecided about the Voltron Classics line, check out the comprehensive video review by Pixel Dan. Let's make sure the Red Lion and Lance are a sellout in order to ensure the line continues next year to add the likes of King Zarkon, Haggar the Witch, Ultra Droids and more.

Toy Fair 2012 Mattel's Collector Night Photos

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On Sunday, Mattel opened it galleria at Toy Fair 2012 to the collecting community and keynote speaker and toy guru Scott Neitlich got things started with Voltron! The release schedule for Mattel's Voltron Classics line is now finalized and packaged samples for the Yellow Lion and Hunk, and the Green Lion and Pidge--the next two pairs to ship in the line--were on display. The decision on whether or not to continue the Voltron Classics line will be made based on the "day of" sales of the first two Lion/pilot sets. If you want to see characters like Zarkon, Lotor, Haggar the Witch and the Ultra Droids made and didn't buy a subscription, it's imperative that you order the Red Lion and Lance tomorrow (February 15) and the Yellow Lion and Hunk in April!

Archive: Doom Commander - Commands the Doom Blaster

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Doom Commander was released in 1984 as part of the first series of figures in Panosh Place's Voltron: Defender of the Univse collection. Panosh Place - a small toy company based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey - was awarded the license to manufacture a line of Voltron toys for the popular animated series and released a single wave of 12 figures, several vehicles and a Castle of Lions playset. Although a second wave of items was planned and shown in a 1986 Panosh Place catalog, it was canceled prior to production, as Voltron's popularity waned.

Piloting the Doom Blaster as part of Zarkon's space fleet, The Doom Commander is a member of the Drule race. While Drules characteristically have a blue-gray (King Zarkon and Prince Lotor) or charcoal gray (Skull Scavenger) skin color, in the Voltron: Defender of the Universe animated series there are a number of Drules who, like the Doom Commander, have red skin.

Voltron's Big Game Appearance

Monday, February 6, 2012

Whether you were watching the Super Bowl for the game or just tuning in to see the commercials, you may have caught MetLife's Everyone spot starring a large cast of animated favorites, including Voltron. What you didn't see is what Voltron was up to during downtime on the set. There's a lot of time between takes, after all.

Creators Discuss Voltron: Year One

Friday, February 3, 2012

Premiering in April, Dynamite Entertainmet's Voltron: Year One will explore the origins of the Space Explorer squad--you know the names; Keith, Sven, Lance, Hunk and Pidge--that ultimately becomes the Voltron Force. Newsarama had a chance to speak with the series' creative duo, writer Brandon Thomas and artist Craig Cermak, about the direction of Year One, as well as its creative inspiration. Both Thomas and Cermak credit a lot of the influence in their upcoming comic to the Voltron: Defender of the Universe animated series, even saying "the only thing we’re treating as official canon is that original animated series." You can read Newarama's full interview here.

Archive: Skull Scavenger - Commands the Skull Tank

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Skull Scavenger was released in 1984 as part of the first series of figures in Panosh Place's Voltron: Defender of the Univse collection. Panosh Place - a small toy company based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey - was awarded the license to manufacture a line of Voltron toys for the popular animated series and released a single wave of 12 figures, several vehicles and a Castle of Lions playset. Although a second wave of items was planned and shown in a 1986 Panosh Place catalog, it was canceled prior to production, as Voltron's popularity waned.

The Skull Scavenger is a soldier in King Zarkon's army. Though designated as the driver of the Skull Tank, the Skull Scavenger's appearance is similar to both the Drule foot-soldiers and their robotic look-a-likes, who also fight for Zarkon. When the Voltron: Defender of the Universe animated series was imported from Japan, there were a number of scenes involving the killing of Drules and Robeasts that producers knew would need to be re-imagined to get past U.S. child safety censors. By classifying these characters as robots--and even editing and re-animating some scenes--producers were able to get around the censors, though it made distinguishing a Drule from their robot doppelgangers a bit difficult, at times.

Voltron Classics: The White Dots Debunked

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mattel's decision to include white dots on the shoulder armor of their Voltron Classics figures has created some controversy. While some fans don't mind the dots, others vehemently oppose them claiming they don't belong. So who's right?

In the '80s, it was common practice for an animated series to have a limited animation budget for its first run of episodes. This was done to prevent the production company from breaking the bank, just in case the series didn’t catch on. Early episode of series like Voltron and G.I. Joe are great examples of this, where the early animation quality is noticeably inferior to animation in later episodes.