Magic Box: Voltron The Legendary Defender Metal Defender Series

The litlgeeks and MUReview are excited to share this awesome review on both sites with you.  Voltron, the Legendary Defender Lions and Voltron video is one of the most watched videos, and one of the most viewed posts we’ve ever put up on either site.  Voltron is something we’ve loved watching together as a family, and the toys have really done an amazing job of putting it all together for us.  It’s something the litlgeeks and I can sit around the table and play with as a family.  Transforming from Voltron to lions and back, it brings a light to all of our eyes.  It is with that, that I am so excited and proud of my litlgeeks for putting together, to share with you, Voltron The Legendary Defender, Metal Defender Series Lions and Voltron!  A special thank you to Playmates.  They sent us the x lion for free to share with you.  We are massive Voltron fans though and absolutely had to be able to form Metal Voltron so he could stand shoulder to shoulder with our classic Die-Cast Voltron (97 release) and shoulder to…a little above the knee with our Legendary series Voltron.  So we found the other four lions and away we go!

Black Lion | Blue Lion | Yellow Lion | Red LionGreen Lion | Voltron | The Rest | Availability | Group Photos

Black Lion

The Good

  • The Black Lion in this Metal Defender series is nicely priced at $14.99 along with the rest of the lions, no higher price as in the larger series lions.  Makes sense, no electronics included here.
  • He looks great and feels sturdy.
  • Joints move well and he’s ably to support the weight of all 5 lions.  
  • Playmates did a great job of shrinking down Voltron’s centerpiece.
  • Exceptional amount of paint detail for something in this scale.

The Bad

  • My chief complaint with the set of lions comes here.  On the back of the package, it shows the Black Lion wings with a second hinge joint allowing for more pose-ability.  These hinges did not make it into the final product.
  • Would have been added dazzlement if the ears could flip out / in here.

 

Blue Lion

The Good

  • The Blue Lion is well captured here.
  • For both leg pieces, the neck extends and retracts to allow for a solid foot fit and balance.  
  • Red neck flap moves well and stays in place just as well.
  • Transforming mechanics are simple and well executed.
  • Though there is no button mechanism to remove the Legs from a formed Voltron, in this scale, both legs fit Voltron tighter and tend to fall off less, while being easier to remove than the Legendary Defender series Voltron Lions.

The Bad

  • I would have liked to have seen included weapons in scale.

 

Yellow Lion

The Good

  • Leg number two is as good as leg number one!
  • He looks great paint and detail wise.
  • Back piece slides into places needed easily.
  • Same retractable neck feature here to be able to position the lion as a foot.
  • Though there is no button mechanism to remove the Legs from a formed Voltron, in this scale, both legs fit Voltron tighter and tend to fall off less, while being easier to remove than the Legendary Defender series Voltron Lions.

The Bad

  • Same complaint as with old Blue.  A weapon for the Yellow Lion would have been great.

 

Red Lion

The Good

  • Red includes the Blazing Sword and it fits perfectly in his mouth.
  • Both Red and Green feature a transformation mechanic that is clever and easy.  Pop up the back piece and fold the front legs in to create the arm!
  • Spring loaded jaw for Red works great.

The Bad

  • Movement of the front legs is not entirely independent as if the front legs are on an axle, which they mostly are.

 

Green Lion

The Good

  • Everything good about the Red Lion is good about the Gree Lion.  
  • The Green Lion includes a shoulder shield for Voltron.

The Bad

  • Movement of the front legs is not entirely independent as if the front legs are on an axle, which they mostly are.

 

Voltron: Legendary Defender

The Good

  • This is a pretty excellent representation of your favorite Netflix / Dreamworks Defender of the Universe!  He looks great!
  • Moving Voltron around and posing him is satisfying, he has tight joints all around and stays in place rather well.
  • This Voltron is quite pose-able, he can get into many positions easily.
  • Forming Voltron is quick and easy, as is breaking him down.  It’s not much less involved than the larger format all plastic set, but the less is noticeable and works out great!

The Bad

  • Chief complaint here is the wings.  Because of additional hinging shown on packaging, but not included in the final product, you cannot get them into familiar positions.

 

The rest

This is our second pass at a full Voltron in 2017.  Consider it as I do, we are awash with riches.  The big Voltron is one of my favorite toys of all time.  This smaller one is also amazing, and has the bonus that I can take him to work and put him on my desk without people thinking I’m fully insane….or…he’s sturdy enough that I can leave him alone with the litlgeeks and they can play and transform to their hearts content.  Either way, it’s a victory for Voltron fans in 2017.  Voltron is in it’s third season in 2017 and they have released the first seven episodes of the season so far.  The remainder of the episodes are scheduled for October 2018.  MUReview and the litlgeeks can’t wait.  We love the show, we love the toys…we want more toys!  More toys are coming!  Be on the look out, as we will be for the Paladins to be released as figures!

Availability

The litlgeeks helped us find these on shelves at Target for $14.99.  No complaints here!  Thank you so much to Playmates for sending us the Yellow Lion for free so we could complete our review!  Check your store shelves now!

 

Group Photos

 

This video and post is for entertainment purposes only. | Toys in this post are recommended for ages 8 and up. | The litlgeeks and MUReview received one of the five lions for free.

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