Sunday, April 3, 2011
Today I completed the Marvel Secret Wars twin pack figures with comic set. 12 in all. Some of these packs are hard to get such as the Dr Doom pack. Many of these are peg warmers but I've waited long for the price to down. Tired of waiting, I bought the last four packs and completed the collection. Bought this for nostalgic reasons and also a way to group almost all the popular Marvel superheroes.
Voltron was one of my favorite cartoon in the 80s. Unfortunately, due to economical reasons, I never had any Voltron toys when I was small. In the 90s when Trendmasters re-issued the toys under Voltron 3D, I bought a whole set of figures and also the Voltron robot. Sadly, the robot is made of plastic. Then a collector friend told me of a diecast version available, so I went with him and bought the diecast Voltron. It happen to be a lousy bootleg. It was not accurate. The belt buckle had a 'V' instead of the 'Star'. The Yellow Lion face plate is sealed and the instructions is printed on the cover. All in all, very dissappointed. I sold it off. Recently I came across a Taiwan made Voltron, which is still a bootleg, but a much more accurate one. Belt buckle is star, Yellow Lion face plate can be opened and it has a full color printed instruction booklet. The paint job is passable. At last, a near accurate Voltron replica...
This figure is based on the original Golion of Japan. It has loads of missiles of different sizes, weapons that can attached to the lions and of course, the Blazing Sword! Very heavy figure as many parts are diecast. The red and green lion have launching fist (lion head) feature!
Hmmm... I am now am contemplating for an original GoLion vintage...which cost over 10x more than this!!