But getting it in and getting the chance to look at them in person really was a life goal for me as far as collecting goes. I don't know much about the show they came from, like most other folks in the states we know the Lion Voltron (Voltron III) and Vehicle Voltron (Voltron I) but our exposure to this guy has been minimal if any at all. So I was super excited to get one in the package and the chance to put this together into what can only be described as a super skanking robot form.
But, before I had the chance to do that, I had this package and a couple other Go-Bots boxes on the counter at the store, getting ready to start taking pictures for this entry when who comes along with two giant containers of water? That's RIGHT. None other than the nefarious LIZ. This freakin' jerk... this jerk sets both water things down facing me on the other side of the counter and from the looks of it, deliberately knocks one of them over onto everything sitting on the counter.
So as the box shows, you can put any of the robots in any spot on the combined form, including the legs that come completely off of the robots in order to form the legs for the larger combined form. The photos that were taken for this entry had about a two month pause between when I tried to figure out how to take the robots apart and reassemble them combined, and when I actually figured out how to do it. It wasn't like a constant struggle for two months, I just took a break due to frustration. That's a good thing too because of how fragile these guys are, I wouldn't have wanted to get all huffy and forceful with them, possibly breaking parts of them.
Oh, except I totally did. And I should mention now that these are for sale. So I took a $250 item down to a $200 item just trying to take pictures of it for the blog. The parts that broke aren't crucial to holding the robots together in any form, but still pretty annoying when you break anything. What I broke was on the parts that slide out on the torso to allow for the legs to come off. Snapped three different parts when trying to move that part on the blue robot. Sorry, Blue-Bot.
Each robot, while similar in overall build, carries it's own unique characteristic starting with color. The black robot has a diamond-shaped head and his symbol is red in a weird shape that almost looks like a fish. Again, I know nothing of the storyline, so those symbols could possibly bear some significance to the robot and any powers they may have had in the show. The red robot's head is round and he carries a white also confusing shape for his symbol. Blue-bot has a rather boxy shaped head and his yellow symbol almost looks like a "B". I doubt it is, but if it is, it probably stands for "Broken Blue-Bot". Again, sorry about that.
So stacking these guys in totem formation was pretty satisfying, locking everything into place. This took some serious toy engineering to construct these guys, and I tip my hat for whoever suffered through the logistics of these guys. The feet all have slots for the other legs to slide into and an extra gray part (though two of these were missing one each and only one robot had both) to slide the second pair of legs through when in the combined form. Then if you notice in the close-up photo of the combined legs/feet, there's a circular portion on the bottom of each foot that is there to help interlock them together. Seriously great attention to detail.
Though I'm super glad to have gotten to see this in person, I wish I hadn't devalued it in doing so. Hopefully whoever this goes to next will just keep it displayed and not feel the need to take it apart and put it together numerous times. He just can't hold up to too much more. I mean, he's 30 years old as of 2014. That's when things start to go down hill.
Liz: You make us sound like a couple of toddlers who own a toy store.