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Voltron: From Days of Long Ago Book Review

Voltron- From Days of Long Ago Book

“Voltron: From Days of Long Ago” is a loving tribute to the “Voltron” franchise.

In honor of last year’s 30th anniversary of the “Voltron” franchise, a new hardcover book has recently been released courtesy of Perfect Square. Written by multiple writers and contributors such as Brian Smith, Marc Morrell, Joshua Bernard, Charles A. Diaz, and Jacob Chabot, this book pays tribute to “Voltron: Defender of the Universe,” the popular 80’s toy line, 2011’s “Voltron Force” animated series, and much more.

After reading a touching foreword by Jeremy Corray and numerous quotes by fans and celebs (like Seth Green) about what “Voltron” meant to them, ‘From Days of Long Ago’ delves into stories about how “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” came about. As most of you know, the robot centric series about the Galaxy Alliance and the titular robot (which is formed by 5 manned lion vehicles) fighting against the villainous Drule Empire is not an original series and is in fact made from two Japanese animated series titled “Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV.” All of this history is provided in great detail here as are stories about DOTU’s production, the show’s fandom, the pilot episode, the mythology, the unproduced Voltron 2, and the original Matchbox toys. But wait, there’s more! Fans also get hundreds of pictures, a story breakdown, an epilogue comic book story, as well as profiles of the heroes, weapons, planets, locations, villains, tech, and RoBeasts.

Even though it may have been overshadowed by “Transformers,” “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” was still very much a beloved giant robot franchise from the 80’s. While I may not have the same sort of admiration for the series and toys as some of these folks do, I’ve always respected and enjoyed the series. In reading through this book, it’s near impossible not to feel a wave of nostalgia for the show and toys as ‘From Days of Long Ago’ is such a charming love letter to “Voltron.” Whether you’re reading about the Sprite commercials (which I never knew existed) or learning about the American show’s inception, this book is a joy to read from start to finish. Could there have been more material about such topics as “Voltron: The Third Dimension”? Sure. However, I think fans will be more than happy by what they get here.

Overall Thoughts: If you have a great fondness for “Voltron,” this book was made for you.

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January 4, 2015 - Posted by | Book review | , ,

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