CAPTAIN KEITH – STEALTH VOLTRON FORCE
VOLTRON: THE THIRD DIMENSION (TRENDMASTERS)
“Strength, lion-like reflexes, the cool confidence of a leader. These are the qualities that propelled Keith to the helm of the Voltron Force – the most ferocious fighting force in the universe. Sitting within the head of Voltron, Keith boldly dispatches commands to his team – commands that shred Robeasts, blast space pirates, and light up the universe with firepower!”
Today, I’m reviewing this here Voltron figure. This here Voltron figure was very hard to prove the existence of, by the way. Apparently, I’m the only person on the planet who owns this figure. Or, at the very least one of the only two people who have both this figure *and* an internet connection. Maybe we were all supposed to chose one or the other and I just showed up late that day? I don’t know. Anyway, without further ado, here’s Captain Keith!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Keith was released as part of Trendmasters’ tie-in line for Voltron: The Third Dimension, the CGI relaunch of Voltron from the ’90s. This particular figure was part of the “Stealth Voltron Force” sub-set of the line, from around 1999 or so. The figure was available both with the Black Stealth Cycle and on his own. Going by what I’ve seen on line, the single release is a lot rarer, but that’s the one I have. So there. The figure stands about 4 1/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. His sculpt was largely unique to him, though he shares his head with the regular Keith, which is fair enough. The sculpt doesn’t really look much like the character from the show, but that’s okay. The show designs were…less than stellar. Not that this figure’s anything amazing himself. This guy’s sculpt feels rather on the clunky side for something of this vintage. The proportions are really odd: he’s, like, 93% legs, his head’s super small, and his hands are only vaguely hand-like. He’s also rather on the stiff side in terms of stance, but also has this weird, partial squat thing going on. And, to top it off, most of the articulation isn’t worked into the sculpt at all, which definitely looks wonky. On the plus side, there’s some nice work on the head, especially on the face, which looks nice and determined. One of the cooler things about this particular set of figures was the paint; the armored sections are all vac-metallized. Why the “stealth” variants were made extra shiny is beyond me, but the end result certainly looks cool. The only downside is that the process makes his paint more prone to chipping, but it’s far from the worst case of this I’ve run into. Keith is packed with a giant missile-launching cannon and a removable helmet, which are both pretty fun extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve never seen an actual episode of Voltron: The Third Dimension, but I did catch the original show while it was still in syndication, which meant I was very much familiar with the characters. Of course, the only toys around were these ones from Third Dimension, so this was the best I was gonna do. I’m not 100% why I got Keith (since I never got any of the others), but I recall really wanting him and being very excited when I finally got him. He’s not the greatest figure out there, and is in fact quite deeply flawed, but he’s entertaining enough, I suppose.