A full-featured Vehicle Force Voltron joins the Soul of Chogokin series! It’s a perfect re-creation of the world’s first giant robot combined from fifteen vehicles. In preparation for this groundbreaking product to go on sale, we provided animation historian Koji Igarashi with a sample. Read on for his point by point review of the vehicles, their three combinations, and Voltron itself. First up is a closer look at the five vehicles of the Strato Fighter (Air Team)!
※Images are of a pre-production sample. Actual product may vary.
※For instructions about combining the vehicles, please refer to the instruction manual.
Take a look at this gorgeous packaging. It’s oriented vertically. That really makes me think of Bandai America’s packaging for the old Godaikin series. The catch-copy reads “15 Vehicles Combine Perfectly.” That’s what it’s all about! The font and text all really look good too.
When you open the box, you find an inner cover. This is a total homage to the old Popy DX Dairugger toy packaging! The foreign edition will be released with a sleeve featuring the Voltron name.
COMMAND JET EXPLORER
Let’s take a look at the vehicles from the Air Team. First is the head. It has retractable landing gear. And the face is spring-loaded to pop out when the hatches are opened. They’re linked so that they operate together. Also, the neck can be pulled out to allow for up and down movement as well as the standard left and right.
STRATO WEAPONS MODULE
Here’s STRATO WEAPONS MODULE. The tracks rotate. They’re oriented differently in vehicle and Voltron mode, so make sure to adjust them after combining. The red button on the top is pressed to release COMMAND JET EXPLORER. It’s spring loaded to launch COMMAND JET EXPLORER out with quite a bit of force, so make sure to hold on to COMMAND JET EXPLORER when you press it. Sometimes setting COMMUNICATIONS MODULE can also trigger it, so hold on to COMMAND JET EXPLORER when combining that, too. But if you combine the vehicles as suggested in the instructions it won’t be a problem.
ADVANCED RECON HELICOPTER / ADVANCED RECON HELICOPTER 2 / FALCON JET FIGHTER
ADVANCED RECON HELICOPTER and ADVANCED RECON HELICOPTER 2 have three types of rotors. The two-blade type are an homage to the 1982 plastic model kit. The small diameter ones are options for Voltron mode. Both Vehicles have opening landing gear, and so does FALCON JET FIGHTER.
Let’s combine all five Air Team vehicles into the Strato Fighter! First, switch the rotors of ADVANCED RECON HELICOPTER and ADVANCED RECON HELICOPTER 2 to the smaller diameter versions. Then, remember to push in and store the connector on the side that won’t be connected to the Strato Fighter.
We plan to publish a review of the Turbo Terrain Fighter (Land Team) soon!