Blazing Sword Voltron
Review by Atom
We all balked when we saw the pictures of Mattel's first shot at a classic Voltron toy. I'll admit I wasn't impressed.
Then Mattel sent me the figure... I figured I would have to put on my "constructive criticism" hat and find tactful ways to dance around a mediocre toy, but I am happy to report the Blazing Sword Voltron is a shockingly great action figure!
The figure comes in a large cardboard box with a window on the front showing off Voltron "forming" the Blazing Sword. On the front of the box in the lower left hand corner is a button, that once activated plays the opening narration of the show and then plays the sound effects of forming the Blazing Sword. It's a nice touch.
Once you get Voltron out of the package you start to realize what a nice figure Voltron is, standing at a full 8 inches tall.
Included with Voltron is a semi transparent "forming" blazing sword and the "finished" blazing sword. Both are made from a harder ABS type of plastic.
Some really disliked the low rez/animated look of Voltron but again, once out the box and in hand it suddenly clicked for me...
They where trying to capture more of the "soul" and "funk" of the original animated look of Voltron, and not the high-end gokin we are used to around these parts. Paint detail is sharp and clean on my sample.
Once that settled in and I accepted it for what it was, an action figure, I started having fun with it.
You can pull off some really dynamic poses with this guy.
As a matter of fact, I don't think I have ever been able to get Voltron's arms over his head to hold the sword with previous Voltron (or Go-Lion) pieces.
Seriously Mattel, you HAVE to take better pictures of your stuff. You did this thing no justice in your press images.
I have only one complaint. The white at the top of the hip rubs against the black part, leaving scuff marks. They rub off but it is something to be aware of when you're playing with it. Despite that I highly recommend this figure!
This figure is on sale NOW at SDCC 2011, so if youre there on the floor GRAB ONE. It really is a great toy! Not at SDCC 2011? You will be able to grab your own Blazing Sword Voltron at MattyCollector.com starting August 1st 2011.
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|Posted 22 July, 2011 - 17:33 by Atom|