Originally airing on September 10, 1984, Voltron: Defender of the Universe was the first Voltron series, heavily edited from the more gruesome Beast King GoLion from Japan. The basic premise — five robots combine into one to fight evil. 30 sum years later, the property is still going strong – even after failed revivals like 1998’s Voltron: The Third Dimension (which most fans despise) and 2011’s Voltron Force (which fans just didn’t watch at all). But Voltron is back in full force, thanks to Dreamworks Animation and Netflix Voltron reboot: Voltron Legendary Defender. The 11 episode rebootening which hit earlier this summer, tells of Voltron second coming – with 5 unlikely Teenagers transported from Earth to become pilots for ancient robotic lions during an intergalactic war.
Legendary Defender sparks the child within all. It does what it was meant to do, bridging the 80’s 90’s till this generation. It also bring’s the giant super robot genre back to a lighter perspective. The Voltron Force is a bright rag tag crew learning to work together as they face dark elements. It’s a rework of the original story and characters but it, well, works! Fans are digging it big time. And right now, the conversation is “where the hell is season 2?” (more…)
Time for your weekly dose of the fantastic fandom-based art that’s hit the web this week with your Nerd Art Dump. Each and every week we pick and choose through the masses of prints and pics on the digital frontier to give you nothing but the best to fill your geek needs. So on with the dump.
ABOVE: Civil War by Orlando Arocena. (more…)
Netflix, along with DreamWorks Animation is bringing back Voltron: Legendary Defender to the small screen. The team behind The Legend of Korra, Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery are in charge of this latest incarnation of Voltron so there is hope for a well done series that takes Voltron fans to new places while remaining true to the Voltron mythos. We’ve seen the teaser and posters, now check out the first trailer for the new series that hits Netflix in June. (more…)
It’s already a proven fact that Netflix has produced some great original content. Some examples are House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Well, it seems like things are about to get better for the streaming service because it was announced earlier today that Netflix and Dreamworks “announced an expansion of their multi-year distribution deal that will see several new DreamWorks Animation properties debuting on the streaming service.” Included in this deal are a reimagining of Voltron: Defenders of the Universe and a new fantasy series from Guillermo del Toro called Trollhunters.
Now that 2015 has fully rung itself in, let’s make with something new in the way of an all new Loot Crate! If you haven’t already heard, subscription box services are quickly becoming a popular ‘thing‘ and Loot Crate is arguably one of the more popular ones available. Once a month, and for less than $20 USD including shipping, the guys and gals at Loot Crate fill up a little black box with geeky nerdy little things just for you! Pretty sweet of them if you ask me. Plus, they promise that each box will be of at least $40 USD in value!
Now, before you grumble about how they clearly sent this to me for free, (and I will obviously say nice fluffy, buttery things about them for doing that) they didn’t. I am paying for this service, so my twenty bucks (well… more like $30 since I am a Canadian, but anyway,) my cash is on the line just like yours. Did January’s Loot Crate satiate my nerdy cravings? Will I find what my geeky heart desires? Let’s open the thing up and see… (more…)
Each and every week we scour the Internet for nothing but the best in nerdy art. We leave no digital stone unturned, we poke and prod every nook and cranny of the Interwebz. Why? Because we love you, and we love to bring you weekly feed of nerd art.
On with the dump!
Above: Based out of Tokyo, artist Mike Wrobel wondered what it would have been like for the cast of Game of Throne to be set in the decade of Nintendo and cocaine, the 1980s. What resulted was a perfect collection of the notable cast who seem to fit quite well into the decade, with Joffrey still trying to be tough and Daenerys now being the “mother of ferrets.” [Neatorama]
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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOVE: 5 nerds took 10 months of planning, purchasing, and research and two months of actual construction to make this multi person Voltron cosplay. Voltron, defender of virginity. [Neatorama]
Our New York Comic Con coverage isn’t nearly at an end — we’ve still got Jason Tabrys’ con diary, our exclusive interviews with Mad editor John Ficarra, Angel & Faith artist Rebekah Isaacs, our roundtable interviews with Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, and Stan Lee, our look at Epic Mickey 2, and more — but the con itself has come to a close. The Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan catered to an estimated 115,000 cosplayers and fans, Nathan Fillion teleported from a conference call, Norman Reedus allegedly shouted at people from on top of an RV, and a grand time was had by all.
Right now, all of those fans are at home or on their way. Their spandex is hung in their closets, and our reporters are drinking copious amounts of vodka to stave off an attack of the con-flu. For you, though, we have the final round of pics from the floor of NYCC. Want more toys? How about most of the toys displayed at the Mattel booth? Want more cosplay? Fine! Here! As the con comes to an end, we hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage as much as we’ve enjoyed providing it and we hope you’re psyched about the rest of the cool stuff we’ll be delivering to you in the next couple of days.
Pics by: Shelly V.
In what may be either a very smart or very suicidal business move, Dreamworks Animation has just dropped a $150 million bid to grab up Classic Media and all its artistic properties. CM is currently owner of the rights to such well-known names as Casper the Friendly Ghost, Dick Tracy, He-Man, Archie, Voltron, Gumby, Felix the Cat, Veggie Tales, Lassie, Where’s Waldo and the Lone Ranger.
At first glance, this would seem a bonanza of tried-and-true characters that could make Dreamworks a pile of cash. The purchase, however, is a little more complicated than that, being that none of the titles carry with them their television or film rights.
Classic Media currently makes hundreds-of-millions by licensing these properties. Dreamworks may be looking at holding on to the rights for the express purpose of renting them out later to other companies that wish to turn the titles into movies or television shows (and the subsequent toys or other marketing deals that inevitably follow). Or they could possibly have some other purchases lined up for the future. Either way, the company is dropping some big cash.
At the very least, this puts a spotlight on some old classic media and gives rise to the question of whether we may be looking at a new He-Man flick or a Voltron adaptation in the near future.
Thanks to geektyrant for the heads-up.
This time last year coming out of San Diego Comic Con there was some hype about progress moving forward on a live-action film version of the 80s robot lions-turned-giant robot samurai toy line, Voltron. Since then, there has been no new news, so perhaps its only fitting that since Comic Con has just come to a close we get a kind of update on the progress of the movie.
World Event Productions’ Creative Director Jeremy Corray and vice president Robert Kopla were both asked about the status of Voltron this past weekend, and this is the exchange they had with the WallStreetJournal.com
QUESTION: What’s the latest word on the Voltron feature film that you introduced at last year’s Comic-Con?
Kopla: It’s currently in development with Relativity Media. Josh Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly are working on the script and they have some cool ideas. It’s going to be a big action adventure flick and we’re really excited about it. We have some talented producers on it.
Voltron is about five space explorers who find five spacecrafts that look like robotic lions separately, but they also come together to form a giant robot man called Voltron. The live-action film is being produced by Atlas Entertainment, Kickstart Entertainment and World Events Productions. Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara) are currently writing the screenplay.
More news as it develops.
Source: Comic Book Movie