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  • Somewhere in Time: Lion Forge Comics, VR Chronicles, and Voltron Legendary Defender

    Because Voltron Legendary Defender is serialized, it’s interesting to try to figure out when different works of tie-in fiction take place. As of this writing, there have been three works of tie-in fiction that aren’t short story adaptations of episodes of the show: Voltron Legendary Defender Volume 1 – A five-issue comic book mini-series by […]

  • Matchbox 1985 and 1986 Toy Fair Catalogs

    In the 1980s, and still today, toy makers try to entice retailers to purchase current and possible future toy offerings at an annual trade show called New York Toy Fair. In the pre-Internet era of the 1980s, a toy maker would give printed catalogs to retailers, so that they would be aware of the toys […]

  • Lauren Montgomery’s Captain Olia Head Canon

    Captain Olia is one of the more intriguing guest characters in the fourth season of Voltron Legendary Defender. She appears in only three episodes, and speaks in only two, but her canine-like visual design and her distinctive, sweet-but-tough voice, provided by Jessica McKenna, make her easy to like and easy to remember. Olia first appears […]

  • 5-11-14 and Monday: Chronologizing Voltron Legendary Defender

    In “Yearning for a Year: Attempting a Chronology of Voltron Legendary Defender” (Link), I attempted in vain to figure out a year in which the Voltron Legendary Defender story takes place. In the weeks that followed, while I re-watched the earliest episodes of the program, I discovered two clues that, when used together, seem to […]

  • Voltron’s in a Winter Wonderland (Let’s Voltron Holiday Carol Video)

    On December 13, 2017, shortly after Marc Morrell and I recorded the (not yet released) 4th-anniversary episode of Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast (Link), I had the idea of celebrating the holidays Voltron-style, by creating a holiday carol video. One week later, Marc and I have just released the video on the Let’s Voltron […]

  • Ship Shapes: Romantic Relationships in Voltron Fan Art and Fan Fiction

    Updated December 6, 2017, with information from a recent New York Times article about shipping. Since Voltron: Defender of the Universe premiered in 1984, there has been Voltron fan art and fan fiction. Perhaps surprisingly to a casual Voltron fan, much of Voltron fan art and fan fiction concerns romantic relationships. Fans of Voltron: Defender […]

  • Yearning for a Year: Attempting a Chronology of Voltron Legendary Defender

    Every Voltron television program has been surprisingly vague about the years during which its story takes place. No aired episode of Voltron: Defender of the Universe provided even a specific century — although in the unaired original pilot episode and in some marketing materials, it’s stated that “it’s the 25th century.” Neither Voltron: The Third […]

  • Uggamuggatron

    Uggamuggatron: Defender of the Neighborhood!

  • Milkshakes

    I’ll just leave this right here.

  • Where to Find Voltron Programs: October 2017

    In response to a tweet asking how to watch Voltron: Defender of the Universe programs, here is a current guide to how to get more Voltron TV in your life. Voltron: Defender of the Universe Select episodes can be watched on the official Voltron YouTube channel (Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/WEP/). All episodes are viewable on Amazon Video […]

  • Queen Ariella And the Voltron Lions (Voltron: The Third Dimension)

    Each Voltron television program tells a different tale about the origin of Voltron and Princess Allura’s royal lineage. In Voltron: The Third Dimension, Allura and her father, King Alfor, are descendants of a fascinating and unique character: Queen Ariella. Ariella had a special connection with the Voltron Lions. In the episode “The Troika Moons,” the […]

  • Let’s Voltron Reviews Voltron Legendary Defender Shiro, Keith, Lance, Cannon Fire Voltron Action Figures

    Just posted to the Let’s Voltron podcast’s YouTube channel (link) is a video review of four new Voltron Legendary Defender basic action figures: Shiro, Keith, Lance, and Cannon Fire Voltron! I had fun making this video, and I hope you enjoy watching it! And happy hunting for these new action figures! Watch the video here: […]

  • Out of Order: Voltron vs. Golion and Dairugger

    When I first watched Voltron: Defender of the Universe in weekday syndication between 1984 and 1986, I had no idea that the show had been adapted from the anime programs Beast King Golion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. I first learned this in the late 1980s, in an issue of Starlog magazine, in an article […]

  • Voltron Legendary Defender – Original Paladins Visual Reference

    While rewatching “The Legend Begins,” the final episode of the third season of Voltron Legendary Defender, I created this image so that Voltron fans such as myself could better remember the original five Paladins of Voltron. Enjoy!

  • Interview: Sesinio Ampongan, Jr. – Voltron Force

    It takes many skilled and talented people to create a television series like Voltron Force. In that series, Sesinio Ampongan, Jr., is credited as a CGI modeling, rendering, and compositing artist. Here is an exclusive interview with Sesinio. How did you become involved in 3D art and art in general? I took up Bachelor of […]

  • Book Review: Voltron Legendary Defender: The Paladin’s Handbook

    I’m a junkie for what I call the “meta-fiction reference” book — that is, a fictional universe reference book that treats that universe as if it were real. As a long-time Star Trek fan, I’ve considered the gold standards for such books to be Bjo Trimble’s classic Star Trek Concordance and Michael and Denise Okuda’s […]

  • Name Reference: Lotor’s Generals (Voltron Legendary Defender)

    Here is a simple reference for the names of Lotor’s four generals from Voltron Legendary Defender. The generals were introduced during the program’s third season. The spellings of the names are based on the English subtitles of the episodes. Pronunciations are based on how their names are pronounced in the episodes. (Click the image to […]

  • Fan Website Spotlight: Voltron Image Archive

    In a social media-filled Internet, an argument could be made that fan websites — or personal websites of any kind — are obsolete. Since I created Lions and Pilots and Bots… Dot Com in January 2017, I’m of the mind that fan websites still have a place in cyberspace. This article is a Fan Website […]

  • Voltron Force Kids’ Readers by Vizkids (2012-2013)

    Although Voltron Force lasted for just one 26-episode season, in 2011-2012, and the show didn’t have much in the way of tie-in merchandise, some of the tie-in merchandise that was made was pretty cool. Among these items were six Voltron Force childrens’ readers. Published by Vizkids between 2012 and 2013, each of the six readers […]

  • Get the Lead Out: Voltron Toy Recall of 1986 (NOT Modern Toys)

    In the mid-1980s, Voltron: Defender of the Universe was a big thing. The TV series was popular, and so were the toys. The first Voltron toys to hit retail shelves were sold by Matchbox Toys. It seemed that nothing could stop Voltron — either the robot in the television episodes, or the toys on toy […]

  • 100 Episodes of Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast!

    Today marked the release of the 100th episode of Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast! Four special guests joined us in celebrating, an announcement was made about a certain Blue Lion pilot’s date of birth, many listeners shared their thoughts about the podcast, and we gave away some great prizes, thanks to World Events Productions […]

  • Happy 1st Anniversary, Voltron: Legendary Defender!

    On June 10, 2016, one year ago today, Netflix dropped the eleven-episode first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender, and Voltron was back. The program instantly became a hit with many longtime Voltron fans, as well as a new generation of fans that had not previously heard of Voltron. The title of the feature-length premiere episode, […]

  • Let’s Get to the Lions! (Voltron: Legendary Defender)

    In every Voltron television program to date — Voltron: Defender of the Universe, Voltron: The Third Dimension, Voltron Force, and Voltron: Legendary Defender — the Castle of Lions has been the home and base of operations of the Voltron Lions’ pilots and their closest allies. In a crisis, each Lion’s pilot often needs to make […]

  • 1980s Voltron Product Line Art Images by Kwikee

    As described on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_layout), in the days before page layout software such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress, newspaper page layouts were created… by hand. In the 1980s, a page layout was created by physically pasting images and blocks of text onto a rigid sheet of paper. This “camera-ready” page was then shot on film, […]

  • Voltron 101

    (This article is based on material that I wrote for the “Voltron 101” episode of Let’s Voltron: The Official Voltron Podcast.) Introduction This article is a primer for all things Voltron. If you’re a new fan who was introduced to Voltron through the all-new series, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and you’re curious about what came before, […]

  • Voltron 84 Survival Guide

    On March 24, 2017, Netflix released the first season of Voltron 84 — a re-packaging of twelve episodes of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the television series that introduced Voltron to the universe in 1984. Episodes of Defender of the Universe have been re-packaged before — in the mid-1990s, as The New Adventures of Voltron […]

  • Let’s Try Literally Building Voltron: The LEGO Ideas of Lendy Tayag

    In the second episode of Voltron: Legendary Defender, “Some Assembly Required,” the paladins of Voltron struggle to figure out how to combine the Lions and form Voltron. At one point, Keith suggests, “I mean, let’s try literally building Voltron, like, stacking on top of each other.” That episode was released on Netflix in June 2016. […]

  • Cub Club: Voltron TeamForce Voltron TeamForce - ID Card (Back)

    In the pre-Internet era, fan clubs were fun ways for kids to feel more connected to their favorite TV programs, radio programs, and even toy lines. Little Orphan Annie, a children’s radio program that aired between 1931 and 1942, had a fan club known as the Little Orphan Annie Secret Society. Star Wars, which premiered […]

  • Encyclotron: Men in Black: Shiro, Sven, and the Shirogane Brothers

    “Encyclotron” articles are nuggets of information about Voltron lore. This is the first of those articles. If you’re a fan of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, then you almost certainly remember Sven, the original pilot of Blue Lion. If you’re a fan of Voltron: Legendary Defender, which you can now watch on Netflix streaming in […]

  • It’s as “Easy” as I, II, III: Being a Voltron Fan in the 1980s

    In 1984 Voltron: Defender of the Universe became a favorite TV program of countless children of that time. These days, between the Internet, Google, online discussion forums, and social networking, it’s often easy to forget that it was a bit challenging to be a Voltron fan in the mid-1980s’ days of long ago. But it’s […]

  • Voltron: Legendary Defender – Season Two!

    As I type this blog entry, the presumably 13-episode second season of Voltron: Legendary Defender has dropped on Netflix. I’ll binge-watch this season over the weekend!

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