VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER (PLAYMATES)
“Captured by the Galra, Shiro was experimented upon before he was able to escape to Earth. He returned with vital information to lead Team Voltron against his former captors. Calm, thoughtful and wise beyond his 25 years, it takes more than a fleet of Galra cruisers to get a rise out of Shiro.”
Hey, more Voltron! Alrighty then! So, in the original Voltron and most off-shoots, the main five pilots are Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge, and Allura. Allura, of course, is actually a replacement for the Blue Lion’s original pilot, Sven. For the reboot, they’ve decided to mix things up a bit, changing Sven’s name back to Shiro (as it was in the original Go-Lion) and placing him as the team’s leader….at least at the start. It’s complicated. As Sven, he’s only had one figure before, and I missed that one, so this one’s actually a pretty big deal. So, let’s have a look at the latest figure of Shiro, the Black Paladin!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Shiro is another figure from the second series of basic Voltron: Legendary Defender figures, as Paladin two of three. The figure stands a little taller than Lance at 4 3/4 inches tall and he’s got 20 points of articulation. Shiro is sporting an all-new sculpt. It’s totally unique from Lance, but definitely shares a common ancestry. It looks about the same, just at a larger scale. He’s got a totally different head, of course. It’s okay, but I don’t think I like it quite as much as Lance’s. It’s not entirely Playmates’ fault, though; Shiro’s design is more subtle and less exaggerated than Lance’s, which means it takes less flaws to throw off the whole look. It’s also not helped by the really thin neck on the torso, which just sort of throws things off. Still, it’s not an awful attempt. Shiro’s paintwork isn’t that much different from Lance’s, just swapping in black for the blue. This makes it a little less vibrant than Lance, and by extension a little less exciting. He’s got a touch more slop, with an especially notable blob of flesh tone on the back of his hair. I’m also not 100% sold on how the eyes and eyebrows have been placed; they don’t quite look like they line up with the sculpt. Shiro includes his helmet and shield, which are the same as the ones included with Lance. The shield is fine, but the helmet doesn’t sit quite as well as it does on Lance’s head, so it’s not getting much use from me. Since the Black Paladin Bayard wasn’t available to Shiro, he instead gets a swappable right hand, showcasing his bionic hand’s energy ability. I would have liked the hand to be transparent, but it’s still cool enough.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Shiro came from the same trip to Walmart that got me Lance. I had high hopes for this figure, since I missed out on the Mattel Sven figure. He was the first figure I opened, and I will admit, I was a tad disappointed with him. He just wasn’t quite what I was expecting. That being said, after messing around with him and Lance for a week or so, my opinion of both figures definitely improved. Sure, they could be a bit better, but I’m still very happy with these figures.