A team of five Galaxy Alliance pilots get caught up in an interplanetary
attack on planet Arus, only to be imprisoned and transported to
planet Doom. After their escape, they make their way back to Arus,
discovering ancient remnants of the Castle of Lions. While meeting
with the princess Allura [B.J. Ward], they set off to find the five
"Lions of Voltron:" enabling them to command these robotic lion
vehicles, that can ultimately link together to create super-robot
"Voltron." They are: Commander Keith Kogane [Neil Ross] of the black
lion/torso, 2nd in Command Lance Charles McClain [Michael Bell]
of the red lion/right arm, Sven Holgersson [Michael Bell] of the
blue lion/right leg, eyeglass-wearing Darrell "Pidge" Stoker [Neil
Ross] of the green lion/left arm, and hefty Hunk Garett [Lennie
Weinrib] of the yellow lion/left leg. Acting as protector of planet
Arus, the Voltron team fended off attacks from purple-skinned alien
King Zarkon [Jack Angel], son Prince Lotor [Lennie Weinrib], and
Haggar [B.J. Ward] the witch, from droves of robot assailants known
the near-fatality of member Sven Holgersson from Haggar's attack,
Allura takes command of the blue lion in his absence. The plot thickens
as evil Prince Lotor develops feelings for Allura. However, her
father King Alfor was killed by Lotor's father, Zarkon - strengthening
her will to defeat him. In turn, her romantic interest is Keith.
episode dramatized the forming of Voltron, as each member announced
their "turn," ending with "...and I'll form the head."
Voltron's multi-pronged sword materialized in a flash of plasma
as he held his hands together and spread them apart.
second series to be aired in the US was "Vehicle Voltron," taking
on a new plot where the planets within the Galaxy Alliance had desired
to seek out new habitable planets for its population. A new villainous
race, Commander Hazar and the Drule Empire, intercept their efforts...prompting
the need for a new protector. With Lion Force Voltron being too
far away to help, a new 15-unit team - divided into waves of 5 members
each - were known as the Land, Sea and Air Teams. The Land Team
consisted of Cliff, Marvin, Hutch, Cinda, and Modoch; the Sea Team
consisted of Cric, Shannon, Lisa, Tangor and Zandee; and finally,
the Air Team consisted of Jeff, Rocky, Chip, Wolo and Ginger.
Works Studios began releasing full seasonal episodes of "Voltron"
on DVD, in 2006.