It was challenging, dully repetitive at moments, and it took two individuals most of the working day, but constructing the Lego Voltron: Defender of the Universe manufactured for an wonderful time. 

The two,321-piece established, which went on sale in August, depicts the original lion Voltron from 1984, instead than the one particular proven on the far more current Netflix reboot. Which is good with me because, like CNET’s Roger Cheng, I was obsessed with the 1st demonstrate as a child. It was component of a sequence of repackaged Japanese cartoons from the 1980s that I cherished, like Robotech, Tranzor Z and the vehicle Voltron (do not @ me).

Up until finally 4 several years in the past, I nevertheless experienced my first die-forged steel lion Voltron toy established, but I gave it absent to a fellow supporter good friend in a cleansing purge prior to transferring to London. As that established is hers to preserve even although I have returned to the US, I experienced to get the Lego variation as a substitution. Final 7 days, I ultimately place it jointly with CNET’s Jason Parker. We also filmed a video clip, which you can observe previously mentioned.

With 5 lions, a sword and protect, 400 internet pages of recommendations and a staggering array of bricks in a rainbow of hues, I envisioned that it would consider several hours to create. In that regard I was proper — Jason and I labored for virtually 5 several hours, beginning with the yellow lion and ending with the sword. 


It was intriguing observing the lions consider form, every single with their very own distinct attributes, like the yellow lion’s tail fins and the black lion’s folding ears. A large reward is that all of the 16 areas baggage are numbered with the recommendations plainly telling you which baggage create every single lion. That will save you a ton of time that you would or else devote separating bricks into piles and obtaining just the component you want. (Which is not a luxurious I liked when I developed the four,295-piece Lego Tower Bridge at residence.) 

In a handful of places, like when you happen to be constructing 4 legs for every single lion, the operate can truly feel repetitive. My emphasis commenced to wander following a little bit, leading to me to a overlook a handful of areas that I experienced to go again and correct. The black lion is notably challenging, so spend interest as you create it or you are going to finish up obtaining to begin virtually from the starting to proper problems.


When you happen to be completed, forming Voltron is a instead clunky method. You have to take away and rearrange the black lion’s legs, for instance, and the lions do not slide easily jointly. Also, it is straightforward to crack off bits as you happen to be constructing. I snapped off the black lion’s head by error each time I place Voltron jointly.

But these are all small details. The completed Voltron solidly stands 17.seven inches higher and it speedily grew to become the emphasis of a lot interest when perched on my desk. The interest to depth is exhausting, and it is a superb tribute to a preferred memory from my childhood. Numerous hats off to Leandro Tayag, the Lego Voltron’s designer. You did nicely.

Now to truly satisfy my Lego goals, I just want that thought for the kitchen from The Golden Girls to be a true established.


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