Classic Original Voltron Toys

By | June 2, 2014

diecast lion voltron toyIn the classic '80s animated series, the Voltron Force's number one mission was to protect the planet Arus from the evil king Zarkon and his force of Robeasts. The incarnation of with lion Voltron robots was originally based on the Japanese animated series "Beast King Go Lion" which was later re-edited and dubbed into English in the early 1980s.  The American version of this super robot series instantly became a huge hit in the United States among children, leading to a successful line of toys that are continued to be produced by toy companies today.  Many of the fans who grew up watching this series now collect the action figures based on the robot.

Since the '80s, the timeless popularity of Voltron has lead to several lines of action figures based on the series. Different toy companies such as Matchbox, Toynami and Bandai released their own Voltron toy, which ranged in quality consisting of plastic or die cast metal. Many toy collectors enjoy buying vintage Voltron toy robots from the 1980s-1990s which are for sale currently by collectors. You can collect classic die cast or plastic made in Japan robot toys based on the classic cartoon Voltron: Defender of the Universe which includes both Lion Voltron Force and Vehicle Voltron Force. In Japan, these two Voltrons anime were based on two separate Japanese animation television shows. Lion Voltron was called GoLion and Vehicle Voltron was called Dairugger.

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Vintage Japan MIB 1984 Popy Matchbox Voltron II Miniature Gladiator Black
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Vintage Japan MIB 1984 Popy Matchbox Voltron II Miniature Gladiator Red Albegas
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Vintage Rare 1983 VOLTRON Gladiator Albegas Black Robot
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Voltron Red Lion 375 Lance Figure Set by Mattel
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1985 Warren Voltron Defender of Universe 3 D Jigsaw Stand Up Puzzle New Used
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Toynami Voltron Altimites Lion Force Super Poseable Diecast Figure
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Voltron Voltron Pop Vinyl Figure
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Voltron 30th Anniversary Die Cast Light Up Set with Sound and Stand
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Voltron Masterpiece Lion Force 20th Anniversry Collectors DieCast
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Trendmasters Voltron Defender of the Universe 11 All Plastic Transforming Robot
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Vintage Matchbox Voltron I Deluxe Warrior Set Transformer Robot MIB
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TOYNAMI VOLTRON 30th Anniversary Jumbo Lion Voltron w Fist Firing Action Sealed
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Lion VoltronAs mentioned earlier, this version of Voltron was on the Japanese series Beast King Go Lion which was heavily reedited to conform to the stricter standards of US television for children’s programming. The most notable change in the transition from Go Lion to Voltron was the way death was dealt with on the show. While Go Lion treated the deaths of characters frankly, in Voltron, the subject had to be avoided entirely. There were two main ways this was achieved: either by adding dialogue indicating that characters that were seemingly killed (i.e. in an explosion) actually survived, or by referring to them as robots if scenes showing their destruction could not be avoided. In addition, the opening scenes of Go Lion show the pilots returning to Earth to find it has been devastated by a nuclear war and its entire populace killed; Voltron eliminated this opening entirely and cut directly to the pilots arriving on Arus.  Incidentally, the robot featured in this season was referred to as Voltron III, a reference to the original planned Voltron continuity, which featured three versions of the Voltron robot: however, Voltron II which was made of three humanoid robots was never officially released in the USA.

Although the original Voltron TV series ended after its second season (which was adopted from the Japanese series Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV and which had no relation to the Go Lion series), there were a number of follow up projects, including a TV special (Voltron: Fleet of Doom, which combined scenes from both Go Lion and Dairugger) and a CGI series, Voltron: the Third Dimension (which aired in 1998).

If you love collecting Voltron toys, take a look at other related robot toys that you might be interested in. We have traditional tin robot toys from the 50's, 60's, and 70's and action figures from your favorite animations like Mazinger Z (Tranzor Z), Macross (Robotech), and Transformers.

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