Giant 2,300-piece LEGO Ideas 21311 Voltron: Defender of the Universe set revealed [News]

First announced as a forthcoming set nearly a year ago, LEGO is finally taking the wraps off its newest crowd-sourced kit, 21311 Voltron. Based on both the iconic 1980s animated television show of the same name and its subsequent modern-day reboot by DreamWorks, the set will feature five robotic lions who can combine into the super robot Voltron. With 2,321 pieces, the massive mech will be the largest Ideas set to date, easily outpacing the Old Fishing Store and NASA Apollo Saturn V. The set will be on sale briefly at San Diego Comic-Con next month, then will be available to LEGO VIP members beginning July 23, before being widely available August 1. Voltron will retail for $179.99 USD.

Fan designer Leandro Tayag first submitted the project to the LEGO Ideas platform two years ago, where it achieved the requisite 10,000 votes from users within three weeks. The official model from Billund’s team of designers is very similar in size and play features to Leandro’s original design, though the actual construction has changed from top to bottom.

LEGO Ideas 21311 Voltron | 2,321 pieces | $179.99 USD | Aug. 1

Standing over 15 inches high, Voltron’s brightly colored upper body is poseable, though the legs are not.

The super robot Voltron can split into its five constituent parts, the black, blue, yellow, red, and green lions.

The lions are articulated with constraction and Mixels ball joints around a Technic core to allow lots of poseability while remaining sturdy enough to bear Voltron’s full weight.

Voltron is also equipped with a large sword and shield, though LEGO’s official photos don’t show Voltron carrying the shield.

Here’s LEGO’s official press release:

21311 – LEGO® Ideas Voltron
2321 pieces | Ages 16+
Price: $179.99
Available August 1, 2018. LEGO VIP Early Access: Jul 23, 2018.
**Limited quantities will be available for purchase first for attendees at San Diego’s Comic-Con (7/17-22)

Let’s go Voltron force in LEGO® style!
It’s time to defend the universe so get ready to form LEGO® Ideas 21311 Voltron, the biggest buildable LEGO mech ever! This awesome set features buildable and highly posable black, blue, yellow, red and green lions with specially designed, extra-strong joints to combine them all and create the Voltron super robot, plus a huge sword and shield that attach firmly to Voltron’s hands. Ideal for display or to recreate thrilling action from the original 1980s animated Voltron TV series and the modern DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender series.

  • Features 5 buildable and posable lions that can be transformed and combined to create the giant Voltron super robot.
  • Play with the lions individually or combine them using extra-strong joints to form Voltron—the black lion forms the head and torso; the red and green lions form the arms; and the yellow and blue lions form the legs.
  • Pose the head, shoulders, arms and wrists of Voltron (legs are not posable).
  • Also includes a sword and shield (each with silver-colored elements) that attach firmly to Voltron’s hands.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the set’s fan creator and super force of LEGO® designers.
  • This set includes over 2,321 pieces.
  • Display or play out exciting stories from the original 1980s animated Voltron TV series and the modern DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender series.
  • Voltron measures over 15” (40cm) high, 5” (14cm) long and 8” (21cm) wide.
  • Black lion measures over 6” (17cm) high, 8” (22cm) long and 5” (15cm) wide.
  • Yellow and blue lions each measure over 3” (8cm) high, 8” (21cm) long and 3” (8cm) wide.
  • Green and red lions each measure over 3” (8cm) high, 7” (18cm) long and 1” (5cm) wide.
  • Voltron’s sword measures 11” (29cm) long.
  • Voltron’s shield measures 6” (16cm) in diameter.

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6 comments on “Giant 2,300-piece LEGO Ideas 21311 Voltron: Defender of the Universe set revealed [News]

  1. winston

    well, there’s goes more of my money.
    also, it says there’s no leg movement, but it looks like there might be hip articulation?

  2. Havoc

    My only question is why Lion Force and not Vehicle Force which is much cooler and looks far better…

  3. Brent S.

    @Havoc: Probably because the original model used the lions and the people who would buy this set are going to be heavily lion-leaning by a fair margin — lego wants the best chances at a good seller.

  4. Bob

    My initial reaction was JUST TAKE MY MONEY! Then I read the “legs are not posable” bit. Now I’m asking what the design logic is for not having posable legs? That’s like having the MF 75192 set without landing gear. Seriously, was it a monetary decision? Was it technically not possible? Not sure why this had to be, and now I’m questioning getting this set.

  5. Håkan

    @Bob

    It was probably too complicated combining a steady robot, transforming lions and posable legs to boot…

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