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Voltron 84 figures- Playmates (NetFlix)

Back in 1984 the Japanese super robots came to the United States. Beast King GoLion was adapted into Voltron: Defender of the Universe. It lasted for 2 seasons and 72 episodes. The US was enamored with robot lions that combined to make a giant robot to protect the universe. There were other iterations of the show, and other attempts to breath life into the series once again. Then in 2016 NetFlix teamed up with Dreamworks to bring us Voltron: Legendary Defender. This was an update of the original show with the same base characters and an updated, but recognizable version of Voltron. NetFlix teamed up with Playmates to bring us an awesome collection of lions that could combine in conjunction with some really good articulation for the lions as well as for the fully formed Voltron. We even got lights and sounds.

Legendary Defender

Flash ahead to the end of 2017, and the fans love the show. NetFlix and Playmates surprised us with a second round of lions. This time around the line is called Voltron ’84. Netflix brought back 12 episodes of the original show with the current cast talking about an episode that are memorable and important to them and the creation of the new show. It is fun to look back at the old episodes and see the hand drawn work of 1981 (remember it was released in Japan years before it came to the US).



Red Lion:

The red lion comes with Voltron’s sword. He also comes with a jaw blade, a laser cannon, and a missile launcher. As you will see, the four smaller lions come with a jaw blade, a secondary weapon, and then a bigger spring-loaded firing weapon.

It is fun to look at the two side by side. Since they come with Voltron’s sword, it is an interesting look at the past and modern times. The original sword was so flashy and ornate with so many extra shapes thrown on. The modern one looks more sleek as a chopping energy sword.

The 84 version is a lot more boxy, and has a stiffer overall appearance. They actually have similar points of articulation, but the modern lion has a lot more range than the 84 version.

I really enjoyed looking at the two side by side and seeing how changes were made to make them sleeker and rounder, but keep the overall feel.

One of the most striking differences is in the face of the modern lion compared to the 84 lion. The 84 lions all have such wide faces and giant ears. Well, Red and Green lions anyway. The others have different designs around the sides of the heads to simulate ears with a robot twist.

And of course, they form body parts. The first thing you will notice right away is how well the legs are hidden in the modern arms as opposed to the 84 lions that have them folded up on the outside of the body. Simplicity of visual design versus simplicity of transformation.


Yellow Lion:

The Yellow Lion is my favorite of the 5 in Legendary Defender. When I was growing up, I only had one Lion. Yup, the Yellow Lion. I am sure that has something to do with it, but I love the overall bulk of the lion. It is more robust than the others, and tends to use it’s mass as a weapon. The 84 Yellow Lion is pretty neat too. It has fins on it’s back like a fighter jet, and it is the only lion to have a weapon directly on it’s body.

Side by side, the Legendary Yellow Lion is a lot more robust than the 84 Yellow Lion. The extra weapon was turned into an extra shield for the Legendary Lion.

The colors on the lions are so important. Of course there is a main color on all of the lions. The Legendary Lions have the addition of black to help break up the solid color. When you look at the Yellow lion, it had a lot of red mixed in. The Legendary Lion has a touch of red, but not too much.

Transformation of the two are very similar. Both use their forelegs to help support Voltron in the back. Their hind legs fold up, with Legendary Lion’s legs folding behind engines. Legendary’s tail slides in the body, while 84’s tail folds down the back. And the shield again to help protect the head and the Paladin when Voltron needs to kick something.


Blue Lion:

Blue comes in with a mouth full of blade, a beam emitter on one joint, and a missile launcher on the other. There is a line of yellow that runs down the back of the lion and all the way to the tip of the tail. For the Legendary line, they stayed consistent with the tails. All are silver with a blue tip for one of their weapons.

As a juxtaposition, in the design of the Legendary Lion, they omitted all of the yellow, save for the eyes. They put the yellow on Legendary Green’s butt.

They did leave a bit of the red on the Legendary Lion, though they moved it up. In an effort to help equal out with the bulky Yellow Lion, Blue Lion’s red area is a shield for it’s head.

And when they are transformed, they look very similar. I don’t think there is a lot they could have done with the legs to change the overall look. The front legs come in really handy when posing Voltron (either version).


Green Lion:

Green Lion is the other arm of Voltron. Red Lion came with a sword, Green Lion comes with a shield. And all of the other stuff.

Where the Legendary Green Lion wears the shield all of the time, the 84 Green Lion cannot carry that shield. This time around the two are much closer in color. The 84 version only had one rectangle of green, and that was omitted, since you can’t see that part anyway.


And in case anyone was wondering, yes, the Legendary Lions can borrow the 84 Lion’s Jaw Blades. They do not tab into place like they do with the 84 Lions, but they have spring loaded jaws, so I don’t think they needed to peg into the 84 versions either.

Once again, the arms of the Legendary Voltron are a lot cleaner. Hiding pieces. I am sure it took a LOT of design work to pull it off, but boy does it look nice.


Black Lion:

And then there is the Black Lion. The leader of the team, and the most super boxiest looking lion of all. This Lion’s articulation is less than the other lions, but that is to be expected from this guy. He comes with lights and sounds. Over 60 phrases. Like with the Legendary Lion, this one is the only one that can keep it’s mouth open. And the face of Voltron hides nicely on the roof of the mouth.

Comparing the two face to face, the first glaring difference is in the wings. Legendary Voltron’s wings are HUGE! 84’s wings are flat and folded into place. One interesting thing is the comparison of the back legs. There are minor changes, but the main design is the same. There is a REALLY important reason for that.

And the transformation beings. The Black Lions form the torso and head of Voltron. They went for a more simplistic look for the Legendary Voltron’s torso. Gone is the giant crest and gold star belt buckle.


Transformed into Voltron:

These are tall figures. Lights and sounds in the chest. Articulation for days. You cannot go wrong with these robots. Side by side they look great. There are some design cues I love about the Legendary Voltron, like the silver collar around the head. It gives the look of more power.

When it is time to go, it is time to open the wings. Um, a little embarrassing for 84. His wings are pretty small. Not bad, just different.

The posability of these two is remarkable. They are virtually identical. There are some subtle differences between the two with the bulks of the lions.

From the side you can see how important the front legs of the Yellow and Blue Lions are for support. You can move those legs all over the place to get the right pose. The 84 Voltron actually has a bit of a better stance than Legendary. The Legendary Voltron is a bit back heavy. See, bigger is not always better. But in space, who cares?


Voltrons combined:

The burning question I was thinking when I saw these were coming out was: “Can you switch out the lions on either team?” Why yes you can. That was the importance of the back legs of the two Black Lions being nearly identical. They are needed to hold the pieces in place.

As I was finishing up, and playing around with switching lions, I noticed that I had mistransformed Voltron 84. I had the shoulders rotated so the red buttons were facing up. They should have been turned so the red line goes across the entire chest of Voltron. Oops. Fixed and ready for action.


Spider Woman – Marvel Bishoujo Statue

Here it is, December 31st, so I am guessing this will be the last blog post for 2014.  I wanted to go out with a bang, so I am looking at the Marvel Bishoujo Spider Woman. She is a knock-out, both in figure design, and attraction.  Enough with the talk, on to the pictures.

She looks amazing.  Her outfit is SO shiny.  You can see the top light reflecting on her body.  She has a great stance that is quite different from the other Marvel Bishoujo figures.  I have to say, as Koto started to work on the DC statues, their Marvel statues got a whole lot better.  I have a few other Marvel statues that were given to me as gifts, and they are smaller, and nowhere near as nice as the current run of statues.

I love her hair.  It is flowing all around her, giving some good, much needed movement to a pretty static pose.  The addition of the hand being thrown forward added a bit of extra depth to the figure too.

Easily overlooked, the back is not passed over on this one.   She doesn’t have a ton of detail on the back of her outfit, so there is a lot of room to make some great musculature.  It is accentuated by the shiny material that really stands out.

Of course, the Bishoujo statues are known for their faces, and half of Spider Woman’s face is covered with her mask, so the only appropriate thing to do was add a second face, so you can have an unmasked version, or what I call the Jessica Drew version.


In all, a great figure.  Here comes the end of a great year of toy hunting.  Overall, a really terrible year for me personally, but I am looking for a comeback in 2015.   My life is looking to be in a good place, we have a new Transformers TV show coming out, and about a million and a half comic book movies.  Can’t wait to get 2015 rolling.  See you next year… as in tomorrow probably.

Yoko Littner – Sega

Sweet, sweet Yoko, how you make me happy on my shelf.  Not that I didn’t already have a plethora of Yokos on my shelf, but what is one more?   A new pose, and some great hair.  Gotta love Yoko.

A full standing pose this in this statue by Sega.  Somewhat simplistic in design, this statue makes up for it in detail.  From her fantastic outfit, to her long flowing hair.  This is a great representation of the sniper wielding beauty.   Though I do miss seeing her with a sniper rifle somewhere nearby.

This is a well designed figure that looks great from any angle.  With her head twisted to the side, and her upper body coming around, this allows for a very simple yet dynamic stance, that is accentuated by her giant ponytail that flows with her movements.

She is not my first Yoko, and truth be told, she will probably not be my last.  There are some statues that have way more fine detail, but this one stands on her own.  She was a great find at the San Jose Toy Show a few months back.  That is a whole lot of red hair stuffed on that shelf.  I am sure I can make room for more.  😉

Cammy – Street Fighter Bishoujo Statue

I have been waiting for Cammy since I got my hands on Chun-Li.   I knew this was going to be a great pair to put on the shelf.

We moved from the heavy muscles of Chun-Li, to the tighter military muscle of Cammy.   She is presented in her classic green bathing suit.   Of course, she has to wear it so we get a view of her derrière.  I think for Cammy, since she is not wearing a whole lot of clothing, is the detail in her body.   Her muscles are so slender, and they show so well.

Look at the details around her shoulders.  The muscle masses are so fantastically done, with just the tiniest amount of shading to really help the details pop.

Even though she doesn’t have a whole lot of clothing, what she does have really looks good.   Once again, Koto’s details on areas like wrinkles are the best.   You can see how Cammy is turning and pulling the fabric of her suit.   She also has some great creases in her hat, as well as laces on her boots.  The gauntlets she is wearing is a metallic red color, that really make them stand apart from the softer texture of the rest of her attire.

Of course, the pièce de résistance is the ability to have Cammy fight Chun-Li.  Now THAT is a great feature of a product aimed at a fighting video game.   No more single poses for characters.  This time they get to pose to fight… if you so desire.  They look great on their own as well.

Needless to say, I am really excited to see what comes next.  This could be my favorite Bishoujo line yet.  As always, there are tons more pictures on my flickr page.  Click here, or find the link on the tool bar to the right.  –>

Bishoujo Chun-Li – Street Fighter (Kotobukiya)

“She’s got legs, and she knows how to use them.” Chun-Li is one of my favorite Street Fighter characters, and this Kotobukiya statue has done great justice to the original character. She has her amazingly detailed outfit, in beauitful blue, gold and white. Her skirt has a great flow that gives the impression of movement. Her buns have small tassels that help to also convey the movement. As the statue is rotated, it is clear, as with all other Koto statues, that this was meant to be viewed from all sides, making me a little sad that I don’t have a display case in the middle of the room.  This is an excellent figure.  I was a little worried at some of the pictures I saw when she was first revealed.  Her legs looked giant.  She is supposed to have big legs, but I was afraid they were going crazy with it.  Thankfully, with her in hand, that is not the case.  She still looks like she could kick my head off though.  Definitely a must for Chun-Li or Street Fighter fans.  This will also combine with the upcoming Cammy figure to allow the two to face off.  Sweet!

New Statue #3 – Bishoujo Psylocke

The third of my three new statues. Psylocke is a favorite from way back in the day of my comic collecting life.

She comes with dual samurai swords, which makes for a really cool stance. She is much more upright than a lot of the other Bishoujo statues.  She has some great paint, including the wonderful difference between the shiny clothing and the matte of her skin.

Again with the Kotobukiya figures, the clothes are pretty much the same design as the comic versions. The only difference is in the face. WIth Psylocke, she has a bit of an extra anime look to her with the purple hair and swords. She could easily come from any number of anime movies.

Huntress – Ame-Comi

A friend of mine is moving from here in California, out to Colorado. In an effort to make his move easier, he began a purging process, which included some of his Ame-Comi and Bishoujo figures. That is to my befit, as I am not in the mood to purge, and actually very accepting of hand-outs.

Today is a 2008 classic, Huntress. She is decked out in an amazing layer of cloth and leather.

The details are quite spectacular on this figure. I am sure the Ame-Comi team had a great time sculpting this one.

She is pretty angry looking. Watch out for her vengeance as well as her cross-bows.


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