Mattel's Voltron Green and Blue Lions Roar into Action!
June 14, 2012


So we’re a month away today from the Main Event, the Big Show, the Granddaddy of them all, San Diego Comicon. It’s hard to believe last year we got our first glimpse of the gigantic Voltron Mattel had in store for us. Fast-forward to today, and we are ever so close to finally completing the big guy.
By now, you pretty much know what you’re getting for your buck, and you do get a lot of bang for that buck!

Today we’re going to take a peek at the Green Lion & Pidge, going on sale at Mattycollector.com tomorrow, as well as the August set, the Blue Lion & Princess Allura! If you’ve read the previous entries detailing the Red Lion and Yellow Lion, these are their corresponding limb counterparts. Also included are two more parts of the huge electrified collect-n-connect Blazing Sword! And we’re off!!!

Pidge

Pidge stands appropriately shorter than all of the other pilots, as he should. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – these are some of the best 3 ¾” figures out there today, and it’s a real shame that these aren’t on retail shelves somewhere. He’s got a swappable helmeted head and an unhelmeted head. Also included is a stand which doubles as the key to his lion. Mattel has hinted that these pilots will be offered one day down the road in a gift set or some other fashion for all of those who missed out on them. If that happens, don’t miss out twice.

The Green Lion

Like his pal the red lion, he looks to be modeled almost directly from the original artwork. He also features the same basic articulation and transformation of the Red Lion. His mouth has a “clicky” joint, which allows for the lower jaw to hold several poses, as well as hold the included green lion sword, just like the cartoon. The head also can also swivel side to side, allowing for additional articulation as the lion or as Voltron’s huge mitt.

 

Princess Allura

In the world of Voltron fandom, you’re either on Team Sven or Team Allura. Personally, I’m a Sven-man. Sven will be out in August to subscribers, but for now, the Blue Lion’s most popular pilot will have to do! She looks great, as you can see. My only warning is to exercise caution swapping out the heads, as the peg is a bit thin due to her diminutive stature.

The Blue Lion

My second favorite lion! He’s as big as the Yellow Lion, and every bit as accurate. There’s not much more to say here, other than to point you to the pretty pictures, and point out the fact that we are but one lion away from completing our massive Voltron! The blue Lion features all of the articulation and transformation gimmickry of the Yellow Lion as well.

*Special thanks to the team at Mattel for providing these awesome samples for review!

 

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Steve "Captain Collector" Ceragioli
A veteran member of the toy journalism community for well over a decade, Steve "Captain Collector" Ceragioli has written for sites like AFT, AF Hub, and Action Figure Insider. Steve moonlights a a professional model & prototype painter in his spare time, which unfortunately he has very little of! Steve collects many of today's toy lines, and he has a massive vintage & modern toy collection.
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6 Comments »

  • Clutch says:

    If only the bulk of all toy lines could be completed in one year. I remember watching Mazinger Z and Battle of the Planets as a young kid, but by the time Voltron showed up I was in my teens and missed it. Even so, I can feel the rush of nostalgia with each new release Mattel gives us. What an awesome labor of love this turned out to be.

  • Seiya says:

    How are these ” some of the best 3 ¾” figures out there today”? These things are far from shinning examples of what good figures should look like. The reason why they are not on toy shelves is because hardly anybody would buy them at full price. They would just end up on the clearance shelves at Toys R’ Us.

    If you honestly think that these are good figures, then I suggest you broaden our horizons.

  • Joe says:

    Got to agree with Seiya on this one. These 3.75 figs are terrible. Their elbows and knees barely bend in the right direction and bend way more in the wrong direction. The paint is sloppy, the sculpts on the faces are soft and mushy and lacking in detail. They look and feel cheap. At 15 bucks with no accessories other than another head, they are a total rip off. Don’t suck off Matty just to get free toys. These toys are garbage.

  • joe says:

    Dude, you’re high if you are defending these as quality action figures. I have vintage 80′s G.I. Joe figures with better paint and details. These are bad, I love Voltron too, hell I am subscribing to this very line, but I’m not going to be blinded by fanboyism to how cheap the pilot figs are. You get a clue or at least get your head out of the sand.

  • Demon_seed_22 says:

    The figures are ok. Nothing groundbreaking.
    The issue with Mattel & MattyCollector is quality control and customer support!!

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