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There were a total of three Voltrons. Voltron I of the Near Universe was the Vehicle Force. Voltron III of the Far Universe was the "Lion Force." Voltron II, from the Middle Universe, featured three humanoid robots that combined into one multi-armed fighter. Toys based on Voltron II were sold in the US, but the show was not.
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Pidge, who was a member of the Lion Voltron Force, had a brother named Chip, who was part of the Vehicle Voltron Force. However, the two Japanese inspirations for the show, Beast King GoLion (1981) and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (1982) are not related, up to and including these characters. This is also why the antagonists in both series were known as belonging to one race, the Drules, in the American version; while "Kikô Kantai dairugger XV encountered them only after they began a planet search, the Vehicle Voltron Force were always watching out for them (and the Far Universe inhabitants were mentioned as being a part of their empire in the first season).
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The first season of Voltron was not a straight dub from the Japanese anime series Beast King GoLion (1981) (neither was the second from Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (1982)) due to American broadcast standards - "living" beings were never killed on-screen; mechanical creatures, however, were fair game. One of the most noticeable differences involves the character Sven. In the Japanese version, this character died after battling the enemy's witch after six appearances. In the American version, he was seriously injured and left to heal, and returns near the end of the season. In the Japanese version, this was his brother at the end of the series. Similarly (and more obviously), Commander Zabbar was two characters; in the Japanese the character was killed and replaced by another commander. The third season was originally intended to be an adaptation of Lightspeed ElectroGod Albegas (1983). But World Event Productions decided instead to join with Toei Animation and make new episodes based on Beast King GoLion (1981). The second season adaptation of Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (1982) was not as popular as the first season "Goraion" episodes.
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Neil Ross tried some different boys' voices to use as Pidge, but these were rejected. Thinking the character he had been shown an image of was a one-shot character rather than a recurring one, he finally provided the squawking voice as a gag, and the crew decided to use it.
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In the First Lion season, Keith said "Form arms and body" in the Voltron formation, but "Form arms and torso" in episode 20, Pidge's Home Planet, but later said "torso" in the second Lion season. Jeff, always said "torso" in the Voltron formation in the Vehicle series.
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This series was originally planned to be an adaptation of Mirai robo Daltanias (1979). But Toei Animation accidentally sent tapes of Beast King GoLion (1981) to World Events Productions. The producers found that they liked "Go lion" better and adapted it into "Voltron". Interestingly, "Daltanias" included every type of robot that was planned from a series dubbed for Voltron - a lion one like "Go lion" (first season), a vehicle one like Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (1982) (second season), and a human-looking fighter from Lightspeed ElectroGod Albegas (1983) (like the planned-but-unreleased third season.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This show is similar to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(1993)about 5 teenagers who use giant robots to defeat monsters.
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