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Nice job!

I'm pretty much of the same mind. Whatever its (very minor) flaws, this is the best Voltron there's ever been.

I took a look at mine for my new YouTube review series, Silent InvenTOYry.

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Posted by Fringe Benefits on 19 March, 2017 - 13:50
Nice review. You might want

Nice review. You might want to play with your black lion/Voltron head a little more. When it's fully transformed the base of the neck should sit flush with the shoulders. It should not look like the neck is going down into a hole. Once you get it extended up you find you also have much more head articulation as he has a bit more look up/look down movement.

Arm articulation isn't that bad. It looks like you discovered the red and green lion waist expansion joints. You can get quite a bit more cross chest range by unlocking those shoulder tabs. They don't just prevent the shoulders from rotating. They also lock in the shoulders forward pivot. Unlocking them lets the shoulders flex forward, much like the Toynami Masterpiece. Just be warned, if you will be playing with the shoulders unlocked, take the red and green lions tails off. They can get pinched by the shoulder flex and come off inside.

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Posted by faelon on 19 March, 2017 - 15:16
Great review

I bought the bootleg version released a couple of years ago, that got a great review over the toynami re release at same time...anyone remeber that version link?
Nevertheless, wonderful review and the movement of pictures for combining created great sense of how to combine it.
Bravo!

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Posted by AJProDie-Cast on 19 March, 2017 - 20:56
Pretty Much Purr-fect

Great review!

I only have two gripges, the shoulder tabs & black lion's tail. The shoulder tabs don't lock in as tightly as I'd like, at least on mine. And I wish they'd implemented a way to either hide black lion's tail or fold it out of the way ala KoB. But at least it's easy to remove, which frees up waist articulation. With the removable heads, everyone's excited because this is the first Voltron toy that can do the complete lion head attack. The classic could only fire the heads off the arms, which is the same route KoB took. With the weapons, it's animation-accurate. In the case of red-lion, they did separate pieces of plastic so the weapons won't cause chrome wear.

And on the lion legs, another review made a good point. Though hiding the legs would be animation-accurate and feasible, it may be that they didn't do away with them for a better design in the first place, but rather to streamline the model so the animators would have an easier time drawing the combined form. Either way works for me though.

This toy is fantastic, and easily the best Voltron toy ever made. They got all the proportions and articulation right. He's not a gymnast, but he can do everything I'd expect and have seen Voltron do. Now, it's time for the waiting game with the Megazord, and any news on whether they'll tackle the vehicle force in the near future.

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Posted by Optimal III on 20 March, 2017 - 10:47
Limb Lions Weapons Shoulder Pegs

As near as I can tell the reason why the different lions have different connection types is an absurd level of detail attention, in the show the two right-side lions (red and blue) have circular holes at their shoulder joints, while the two left side lions (green and yellow) have slots. The difference is reflected here correctly for I think the first time ever, I'd certainly never noticed it before. It also means you can attach the weapons to the lions without memorizing or referencing which ones go to which, as they will only mount on the lion they belong to, which is a nice touch for play.

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Posted by zedmartinez on 20 March, 2017 - 11:22
Vehicle Voltron

I'm hoping that Bandai would be able to secure the rights to make an SoC Vehicle Voltron. I think that Voltron needs more appreciation since I always liked the Matchbox version as a kid and would love to see a modern representation of it.

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Posted by makaikishi on 22 March, 2017 - 06:11
There's a good chance they

There's a good chance they currently have the Dairuger XV/Vehicle Voltron license should they choose to use it. They picked up the Voltron License when Mattel's license ended. We know Mattel technically had the VV license as that's what blocked Miracle Metals from getting one after they finally completed their overly delayed design work. By the time they were ready to proceed Mattel had come along and purchased the licensing.

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Posted by faelon on 23 March, 2017 - 12:05
 
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