Classic Voltron

Apparently all it takes is five mechanical lions to protect the universe. “Voltron” or “Beast King Go Lion” in Japan is a classic anime franchise from the ’80s that has undergone many variations over the last 30+ years. Originally debuted in 1984, “Voltron” centers around a team of five pilots that use a giant space robot known as Voltron to protect the universe from evil. Each pilot mans a (borderline self-aware) mechanical lion – Red Lion, Green Lion, Blue Lion, etc. and in times of need (aka at the end of every episode) they combine to form ¬†Voltron!

Animated Voltron (2016)

If you’ve watched cartoons as a kid, or subscribe to Netflix as an adult then you’re probably well aware of Voltron’s existence (Netflix loves to¬†realllly let you know there’s a new season of Voltron available lol). What you might not know is that since ’84 more than a few versions of Voltron have come and gone. Because of… you know… money… various manufactures have picked up the toy rights to Voltron with dreams of milking the brand for every last possible dollar. Panosh Place, Hasbro, Mattel, Matchbox and others have all owned Volton’s toy distribution rights at various points in time. We thought it would be fun to take a look back at each iteration of Voltron toys from 1984 to now. Peep the line-up below and let us know if you’re a fan of Voltron! We’re focusing on the type of Voltron sets that combine to actually form the Defender of the Universe; don’t nooo one care about the type of toys that come preassembled.

New school Black Lion

 

1984 Voltron by Panosh Place

OG toy Voltron needed leg day
OG Green Lion with fancy feet
OG Red Lion

 

1985 Voltron I by Matchbox Toys

So you could build 3 little Voltrons that make one big Voltron, 15 pieces in total… amazing
So, 5 become 1 and 3 becomes 1… math

 

1986 Voltron II by Matchbox Toys

Lazy Voltron

 

1998 Voltron The Third Dimension by World Event Productions

Stealth Voltron… ’90s life
OG Voltron
Dino Voltron? On some ’90s ‘ish

 

2016 Voltron by Dream Works

The newer sets of Voltron come separately but form Voltron together
OG design Voltron alongside the new version

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