Thursday, August 14, 2008

where can i buy tardation furture?

This was supposed to be the week that the second volume of Beast King GoLion (the series from which Voltron was created) came out on DVD. But damnit, I forgot to go to Best Buy Tuesday for the big holy day of robot lion obligation and I didn't get it the day it came out. Now I'm stuck on the sidelines reading the reviews of it from people on the offical Voltron message board forums. It doesn't bother me that everybody who paid attention and got it on the day of release is infinitely more Voltron than me. Hell, I'm used to it. When it comes to Voltron I am always missing out. Voltron is like going to college-everybody else did it so they have this wonderful shared experience but I'm uneducated brown trash so I don't know what the hell is going on when they're all talking about it. Buying GoLion DVDs is also like getting a degree because at my age doing either is pretty embarrassing.

Let me tell you, it gets old not being part of the in crowd and being looked down upon. Although I am a bit old, lately I've been putting some serious thought into improving myself and finally going back and getting a college degree Voltron. There's a new Voltron set coming out made by Toynami that I think I'm going to get. It's essentially the same figure as their ultra super rare $150 limited deluxe die cast masterpiece edition, except it's made out of all plastic parts and it's $100 cheaper. I see a few fans are berating this release as inferior because of its lack of die cast parts. Dare I say that from the pictures it even looks like Plasticpiece Voltron has less chrome than the Masterpiece version. I guess plastic parts and cheaper price makes this release the community college of Voltrons.

But it's not like $150 Masterpiece Voltron was without problems. A couple of people who paid all that money for the toy were rightfully upset that it had issues. Issues like flaking paint, floppy joints and balance problems. I'm thinking a lot of that is due to Masterpiece Voltron being a Robometallico. A plastic version wouldn't have to deal with paint and it'd probably be sturdier since it wouldn't be so heavy. Plus if I order Plasticpiece Voltron from Voltron.com I get the Voltron soundtrack free. It's all so tempting. Never having had a Voltron didn't bother me much before because I believe in the Tyler Durden principle-Never be Complete. When I heard him say that I just knew he could only be talking about toy robot lions. If I buy plastic Voltron am I betraying my Durdesque lifestyle? Maybe I can reconcile the conflict by displaying Voltron the way Tyler Durden would-with one arm missing. Tyler Durden's Voltron only has four lions.

So where do I go(lion) from here? My wife just called from Best Buy and the employee guy said they won't be getting the GoLion volume 2 in until August 26th. That gives me two weeks to decide whether or not a plastic Voltron will complete my life. It totally sucks knowing that all the other thirtysomethings with college degrees are watching their GoLion DVDs two weeks before me while flying their $150 metal Masterpiece Voltrons around the living room in their underwear. OH GOD WHY ARE THEY SO AWESOME AND I AM SUCH A LOSER?

15 comments:

Heavyarms said...

Dammit, now I want a plastic Masterpiece Voltron.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

It's funny but I sense that "plastic" and "masterpiece" are four letter words in the Voltron fandom right now. There are some Voltron fans that don't like that an all plastic Voltron is being released and then there are super die hard Voltron fans that don't like that this mold is being called a "Masterpiece". Never mind that this is the most articulated, show accurate version of the character ever. I think it could be made of magical space lion metal from the planet Arus and people would still complain about it. Then again this is Toynami and QC issues aren't exactly unprecedented with those guys. I'll bet $50 that all plastic will do this mold good, though.

Rob said...

Esteban, don't feel bad about college. I was in honors classes from first grade through twelfth grade and was constantly bombarded with tons of homework, reports, and projects. By the time I got to college, I didn't go back after my first year.

I think we're both doing fine in life. It's not like we're murderers or garbage men.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

I think I'm going through a phase where I'm second guessing every decision I've ever made in life. The latest little bout was with feelings of having missed out on something somewhere but not knowing quite what that was, and matching that up against my lifetime of not owning a Voltron made for some funny writing I think. "The community college of Voltron releases" is my favorite thing I've written recently. If this is the kind of material I can expect out of a midlife crisis then I'm looking forward to my next introspective self doubting emotional meltdown.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

Murdering and garbage reminds me of how mom said she just wants me to be happy. There's so much pressure from inside and out to be happy and not a lot of guidance on how to do that. I'm getting overwhelmed by all these recurring themes and messages in society urging me to do what makes me happy, except it's hard to figure out how to get there. What if I find being a garbageman makes me happy? What if I find being a murderer makes me happy? Right now I'm just trying to find out if a $50 plastic Voltron will do the trick.

Sean said...

You didn't really miss out too much on owning a Voltron, dude. As I'm sure I've said somewhere else in your blog, I went a little Voltron crazy a couple years ago and bought like two or three of those Panosh Place Voltrons as well an old Matchbox one. While I did think they were cool and all that they weren't any more or less awesome than, say G1 Transformers or the high-end Robotech/Macross stuff. I actually thought the Matchbox Lion Voltron was kind of overhyped after getting one. I think I actually ended up liking the Trendmasters one better AAMOF.
But yeah, I definitely recommend buying the plastic edition of the Masterpiece Voltron. They actually were selling those along with the $150 version at the Comic Con and they had both versions displayed behind glass and the plastic one looked just as kick-ass as the diecast one.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

I think I missed out by not having one as a kid. I was never very critical of my toys or all worried about articulation as a kid. My imagination was more than able to compensate for design shortcomings in whatever I was playing with. It would just have been nice to have anything besides the Voltron I built from Legos. Back then was really the only time it counted. Now 25 years later it's somewhat pointless.

Yeah I heard about Toynami selling the plastic Voltrons at SDCC. It was something ridiculously limited like only 20 pieces. Collection DX reported that the only difference between the SDCC release and regular release was the color of the box handle. I haven't seen any good pictures of plastic Voltron that would answer my question about the amount of chrome it has compared to the Masterpiece version. Are you going to put up your Toynami booth pictures? I've been waiting for you write your thoughts on what you saw from Toynami at SDCC.

agentmorris said...

rob: What about if you grew up to be a homicidal garbage man?

You want some more college education then, wouldn't you!?

I do get depressed, however, when I realize garbage men make almost as much as I do in a year and I actually HAVE a college degree.

Sad, really.

Rob said...

Esteban, if it makes you feel better, the only Voltron I had growing up was made out of rubber and couldn't move. I have no idea where my parents found that.

Agentmorris, I've been told that construction workers get paid well too, but I don't think jackhammering dirt for nine hours a day would be a satisfying career. I'll stick with computer graphics.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

Whoa! Rubber Voltron. A fate worse than my own.

Weasel said...

A rubber Voltron sounds like some sort of weird-ass birth control method. (God, I have a warped and filthy mind.)

Shaun the Cashier said...

Oh man. This blog post is quite possibly my favourite internet right now. Have you really not gone to college? You certainly write much better than most college grads.

Shaun the Cashier said...

This blog post is quite possibly my favourite thing on the internet right now.

See what I mean about the writing?

Evil King Macrocranios said...

That's great, thanks. I ran out of good ideas a long time ago so I'm happy somebody still gets something out of this garbage. I hope you enjoy reading this colossally embarrassing waste of time as much as I hate writing it.

Rob said...

I found the rubber Voltron I used to have:

1984 LJN VOLTRON 6" RUBBER ASSEMBLERS FIGURE

 

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