VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER (PLAYMATES)
“Lance is all about having fun, even a million miles away from Earth’s comforts and distractions. Full of confidence and even more full of himself, Lance thinks he’s everyone’s best friend, especially if they’re cute and female. And while his cockiness often gets the better of him, he always comes through a fire fight.”
Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender has steadily become one of my favorite shows to watch. Its third season dropped a month or so back, and was rather brief, but contained some of my favorite moments from the show to date. Season 4 is supposed to hit at the end of this month, and I’m pretty excited to sit down and watch it. Playmates picked up the license to Voltron back at the beginning of the year, and they’re finally get around to releasing the show’s five main Paladin heroes…well, some of them anyway. Today, I’m taking a look at Lance, the Blue Paladin!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lance is part of the second series of basic Voltron: Legendary Defender figures. He’s the first of the three Paladins offered this time around. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 19 points of articulation. As far as scaling, these guys certainly won’t be fitting in with any of the prior Voltron lines, but I can’t say I mind the size. They should look okay with stuff like Playmates’ TMNT line and similarly scaled items. The sculpt is all-new to this figure, and it’s a fairly decent one. The articulation could perhaps stand to be worked in a little bit better, but it’s far from the most archaic configuration I’ve seen on a modern day figure. Lance’s design has been tweaked ever so slightly to make it work a little bit better in three dimensions. The head maintains the most accuracy, and does a fairly respectable job of capturing Lance’s likeness. The body is decent enough. The major details are all there and pretty accurate. It’s mostly the proportions that are different; they’re a little on the clunkier side than in the show. Still, it’s a solid piece of work, and definitely shows improvement over the Series 1 figures. In terms of paint, Lance is overall pretty decent. There’s some slight slop here and there, and the whites of his eyes in particular seem to be a lot bigger than they really should be going by the sculpt. That being said, all of the colors are rather vibrant, and he looks quite spiffy. Lance is packed with his bayard in blaster form, his energy shield, and his helmet. Both the blaster and shield are nice pieces, and he hand hold them well enough. The helmet sits alright, but is definitely too bulky; I feel an alternate head might have been the better way of handling it. Still, it’s better than I’d expected.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve been patiently waiting for the Paladins ever since Series 1 hit back in January. They’ve sure taken their sweet time getting here. I ended up coming across Lance, Shiro, and Keith almost entirely by accident at my local Walmart. They only had one of each, and Keith’s face was all messed up, so only Lance and Shiro got brought home. I’m quite happy with this figure. Sure, there are a few things they could probably change, but for $10, this is a solid toy.