Good news, everyone! Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 3 begins on Friday, August 4th on Netflix 😎👍
If you haven’t seen this program, then you just don’t know what you are missing. I was 14 when Beast King: Go-Lion was repackaged as Voltron: Defender of the Universe for an American audience. I was into Anime, then known more commonly as Japanime, and anything with a Mech was right up my ally. The treatment wasn’t that great, but they didn’t have a lot to work with. That being said, I have fond memories of enjoying the show for what it was, and drawing the combined robot for a while.
You have a week, and a day from now, to fire up Netflix and catch up on the fun. If you don’t have Netflix, you can always purchase the first two seasons from Google Play (it’s far cheaper to sign up for Netflix for a month).
This week has been a great one for Vintage Toy finds, here at Quantum Multiverse. Earlier in the week I found a Penosh Place Voltron Black Lion for 79¢ at a second hand shop. That was a really fun find. I suppose, since the legs were tucked in, they thought the piece was broken. It wasn’t. Except for the missing pilot, it was all there.
Yesterday I received two new toys, a 3¾” Ming the Merciless by Mattel, and most importantly a boxed Micronauts’ Hornetroid, by Mego! It is missing one piece, and it is pretty loose, but it gives me all the nostalgia feels. This toy, along with the Shogun Warriors’ Godzilla, were two of the first things that I had bought with my own money. Great times 🙂
Last week I had picked up a Kenner Super Powers’ Wonder Woman, a Masters of the Universe Extendar, and Skeletor! 👍
Oh what a time we live in. I awoke at 0400 hours this morning with the odd craving to watch Voltron. So I fired up Netflix, and began an episode. The show wasn’t doing “it” for me, that is UNTIL they formed Voltron. The Nostalgia Feels were ON as soon as the “Activate Interlocks! Dyna-Therms connected. Infra-Cells up; Mega-Thrusters are go!”.
It was then when I realized that it wasn’t the show that I remembered fondly, it was a few key moments of the show. When I tried to view the program as a whole, I was bored, and at times annoyed. Modern shows have spoiled me with great storytelling.
The show’s original template, Beast King Go-Lion, never interested me unlike Choujikuu Yousai Macross. Man, I loved that series.
While I will keep watching these oldies, of which there are some which have great stories such as a few series by Filmation, or the Robotech Saga, the shows that just have that one moment will just be background noise until that certain time arrives. So, it’s not the old shows, themselves, that I remember fondly as much as the essence for that moment in time, that brings back great memories of fun instances of my youth. Old cartoons, and TV shows, are still worth it for that brief set of scenes, if nothing else 🙂
Voltron: Legendary Defender, was released on June 10th. I cannot recommend this new show enough. I was 15 when Voltron: Defender of the Universe was released in North America from a retooled Beast King: Go Lion. Back then, I enjoyed the show a lot, it wasn’t my favorite but is was fun… until they tried splicing in Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. They quickly re-retooled their show and phased out the “Vehicle Voltron” for the more popular lion version. Clever as it was, they milked the footage for all they could. Coupled with the specialty shops importing Go Lion toys, Matchbox releasing a version then Panosh Place taking a shot at the license, the world seemed to be crazy for Voltron.
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