Voltron was easily the coolest thing on TV when I was
growing up in the 80's and thankfully this pop-culture hit has returned.
Based on the original 1984 animated series, Voltron: Defender of the
Universe, VOLTRON FORCE takes place five years after the end
of this series and focuses on three new young recruits that include the
headstrong Daniel, the noble Vince and girl-power Larmina.
Daniel (second left) meets his heroes
Lance, Pidge and Hunk
These three individuals cement the next
generation of Voltron but for fans of the original TV series, Keith,
Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Princess Allura are still part of the legacy.
However after saving the universe countless times, we discover that the Voltron
Lion Force has been decommissioned as (without their pilots), they began
attacking the people at a ceremony in their honor. Foul play is at work
As a result, the enigmatic Sky Marshall Wade immediately
ceases the Lions and as the galaxy is now in peace, this war machine
was no longer needed. Princess Allura returned home to her planet, Hunk
and Pidge remained in the Galaxy Alliance as engineers and Lance has
become an arrogant (or so it seems) teacher in the Academy. Keith on the
other hand has been labeled as an outlaw in order to uncover why Voltron
The Lion Force prepare to become Voltron
With a familiar darkness returning to the
universe, the old foe of Voltron returns, the nefarious King Lotar.
Joining him are his robobeasts and the dreaded witch known as Hagar who
attempt to reign terror on the galaxy once more. This is why the three
young students from the Galaxy Alliance Academy have been recruited by
the former pilots of Lion Force in order to once again reunite Voltron.
It's classic Voltron from start to finish, although the new theme song
is quite horrendous with its rap inspired vocals.
Given that, I was a little apprehensive about this new
premise, however with the inclusion of the original four pilots, Voltron
Force fits perfectly in the continuity of the Voltron legacy. The series
features action with huge battles, intrigue with Sky Marshall Wade and
the nefarious blue skinned Lotar plus comedy, Hunk, Pidge and newcomer
Daniel who also happens to be ace pilot. It's all the ingredients of a
great cartoon series.
The trouble causing King Lotar, a bane
The animation of the series is rather good, however the
inclusion of CGI effects looks a little out of place with the standard
artwork of this series. It's not bad but it does stand out a little too
much. The original theme from Voltron still plays in the background and
there's some great one-liners and fanservice for old school fans.
The Voltron Force New Defenders Trilogy
features everything that the original Voltron series made popular but
it's new creators have updated the franchise for the 21st century. Voltron is back and once
again he's saving the universe with the perfect blend of action and
New Defenders Trilogy
Joyride to Doom
The Hunk Yard
Voltron is back!