Voltron Defender of the Universe Vehicle Force Voltron Collection 20th Anniversary DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 8.0
Video 6.0
Audio 6.0
Special Features 2.0
Total 7.9
Distributor: Madman
Classification: G
Running Time: 450
Reviewer:
Tom Nyugen

8.0


Voltron Defender of the Universe
Vehicle Force Voltron Collection 1
 20th Anniversary

The 80’s was a time of Go-bots and Transformers which spawned a variety of robot inspired cartoon series, especially from our friends in Japan. One of these series was Voltron Defender of the Universe, not the series about the “Lions” but rather the one about a group of Space Explorers, sent by the Galaxy Alliance from Earth to find a new planet to colonise. Ironically, most people remember the Voltron regarding the "robotic" lions, but the vehicles were the first Voltron in Western lands.

This group of explorers had a variety of vehicles from cars, boats, planes and space ships that all held an ancient secret. This secret was the creation of the giant robot called Voltron and in times of dire needs, these vehicles would join together to form this massive battle robot.

The team of humans behind Voltron included Sea, Land and Air with 15 different vehicles needed to construct the robot. With 15 different vehicles, there were quite a few different characters in this series that included the hot headed leader of the Air Team Jeff, Cric, a blue-coloured alien from a water planet and Cliff, leader of the Land Team who happened to provide some comedy. Was he an aussie?

Unfortunately for these explorers, the insidious Drule Empire, a race of alien space pirates are hell bent on universe domination and wish to seize to this planet with their endless supply of robots. Needless to say, this is where Voltron come into play and sets the scene for things to come.

Originally when I saw this series, I was gob smacked by this really cool giant robot and seeing this series 20 years later, I’m still in love with this giant robot that fights other giant robots from spiders to dragaons. Sure, the writing is clichéd, the characters are forced but this is what the magic of cartoons of this era were about. Voltron was cool but the characters in the series are equally as cool with some really over the top acting.

With brilliant battles, an entertaining story and relatable characters, Voltron Defender of the Universe: Vehicle Force Voltron Collection 20th Anniversary is a must have collection for fans and newcomers alike. The only downside to this collection is the video quality which does seem quite dated when compared to cartoons of today, however the story still manages to captivate modern audiences.






 
 



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