Sarah Eitelberg

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration

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What better way to make you feel old than a seeing a beloved childhood TV show have a 30th anniversary? Seems like just yesterday I was sitting in front of my parent’s little 15-inch television eating cereal in my pajamas and watching Voltron: Defender of the Universe! I sat, entranced, as these young space explorers battled to ensure the safety of the universe against the evil King Zarkon and his minions. As soon as an episode was over, I began my own adventure. Soggy uneaten cereal sat long forgotten as I was up jumping from couch to couch battling Zarkon and pretending to be the great and valiant Voltron. At least until my mother caught me and I was scolded for jumping on the furniture.

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Order a copy of Voltron: From Days of Long Ago: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration (Voltron: Defender of the Universe) for your self today.

In this crazy adult world of bills, mind-numbing jobs, and brutal traffic, it’s nice to reminisce about the simpler times in life. Voltron: From Days of Long Ago is a great book for that–full of fantastic colored pictures that bring a smile to your face as you remember the adventures of the five young Voltron pilots. The diverse people that made up the Voltron team was one thing that made Voltron so different from my usual Saturday morning cartoons. For those of you that are not aware, the giant super robot Voltron was made up of five smaller mechs that were each piloted by a single team member, and when combined the whole team would move Voltron together. Whether that’s an actual possible in a real life scenario did not matter, when that transformation music started you got excited!

One cool thing about revisiting past television memorabilia is you have a better appreciation for it’s history. Thirty years ago I couldn’t have cared less that Voltron was adapted from a Japanese cartoon show with a completely different name or that it was heavily edited to pass the stricter American standards. Now, I’m compelled to post on social media sites every new bit of anime and manga information that I learn! Voltron: From Days of Long Ago is chock full of fun facts and information that gives you surprising insight into a beloved childhood television show–some that just might cause you to win at that trivia night at the bar.

A great gift for any one on your holiday list that needs a break from adulthood, or perhaps yourself if you’re just one traffic jam away from a mid-midlife crisis. So get that Captain Crunch ready, pull out those ratty old Care Bear pajamas (you know the ones you dare not wear around other people), and plop down on the couch to enjoy a look back at a childhood treasure with Voltron: From Days of Long Ago.

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