By Antonio Malara
If you’re a man who was a kid in the eighties you may know “Voltron”. This was a popular cartoon and tells the story of a special robot. What made Voltron a better robot compared to the others like Mazinger or UFO Robot just to mention a few, was the fact that while others robot were a unibody piece of technology, Voltron needed to assemble itself. The robot was made up by the conjunction of five robot lions (each one of them was piloted by a single person) and the transformation was simply awesome. Despite this it happened at every episode, this was so far my favorite part of the cartoon and I was more interested in the single fight that Voltron had in every episode rather then the whole plot. The cartoon is an American production who mixed together two Japanese cartoons. The story is about this five people who have to defend an interplanetary peace by a bad alien race, to do it they use Voltron.
Of course at that time we also had toys and in the market there were many models of Voltron. My father bought me one which wasn’t so expensive, it was a nice replica but small and plus it had some additional features like some wheels which were not present in the cartoon. One day a guy in the neighborhood invited me and other kids to show us his new Voltron. Well that one was simply amazing, every single lion it was around 20 centimeters long and it also had the pilot inside who was possible to remove. Once assembled this Voltron was over 30 centimeters in height and so beautiful. I remember I wanted that model so bad but it was not only expensive but also hard to find. I lived my childhood taking care of my small Voltron while I was dreaming the big one.
When I visited Japan in 2018 I went in a famous store looking for that model of Voltron, I found a couple, including a tall model but it wasn’t that one, I think it was priced at the equivalent of 400€. It was my only attempt to find it, I never put much effort before or after that moment. One day I received a pic by sister who lives in Palermo, it was that Voltron and the caption was “È questo?” which means “is this one?”. “Yes it is” I said but for me it was unbelievable! She found the model in a temporary store of used items and it was priced at 240€. I only asked her to check if the model was in good condition then I gave her the ok to buy it.
This is the story of my Voltron, a dream realized after 30 years, every time I think about it I still can’t believe it. Despite I never insisted on finding Voltron, for some strange reason he came to me, it was destiny, it was real love.
Pictures: Antonio Malara