Playmates Toys is offering Voltron Legendary Defender toys based on the Netflix animated series this year. The figures, which is available now, includes a basic assortment, Combinable Lion action figures to form a giant robot, and roll play toys.
Thank you to Playmates Toys for providing their Voltron Legendary Defender Black Lion and Lion Attack Voltron figures for review.
Availability: January 2017
The black lion is known to Voltron fans as the chest and head of Voltron, and this basic figure is the non-transformable offering at the $10 price point, compared to the $34.99 price point of the combinable black lion figure. The black lion himself features a great sculpt with swivel front legs when the wings on his back and press together. With the action gimmick, it can be tricky to get the line to stand on his own, and the knees have to be bent a certain way (as shown above) to get him to stand. The back legs can be manually moved with hinged knees. The tail includes a pointy end and is bendable, but not meant to be articulated. The head sculpt is fantastic on him and includes a hinged jaw, and painted in black, gold, white, and red, with the jaw being painted in grey. The body is painted in black and grey, with the wings red, blue, and grey.
Voltron features a firing missile coming from the green lion, and he is one of two 5″ scale Voltron figures being offered in the basic wave. The other one includes a sword and shield. The basic figure features a great sculpt with a scaled down version of the lions forming the arms, legs, chest and head, with the wings on back that can be removed. The figure stands at just over 5 1/2″ tall and the articulation includes a swivel neck, swivel shoulders, right arm hinge (red lion), swivel hips, and hinged knees. The ankles are not articulated, and you need to bend the knees in order to get him to stand up straight. The fists are the heads of the red and green lions, with the green lion being the projectile missile. The blue and yellow lion heads serve as the feet and ankles for Voltron. The black lion’s head serves as the head of Voltron, and this is nicely done with great attention to detail as well as a great likeness. However, on this version the sword and shield are definitely missed.