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For a series than began as a Frankenstein'd story crafted by combining several Japanese series' from Toei Animation, Voltron has certainly come a long way in the past 34 years. Already popular in Japan, Beast King GoLion is what most Americans would come to recognize as Voltron: Defender of the Universe, while the Armored Fleet Dairugger XV  became the second iteration of Voltron to hit the 'States, though a vehicular version that's oft-forgotten in favor of the lion-based counterparts. Since the launch of the Netflix Original Series, DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender in 2016, renewed interest in the character and it's past (fueled largely by the reissued Voltron '84) has led to it becoming a staple of Comic-Con. For this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, there's a huge amount of Voltron goodness coming into play - you could even say that it's an unusually large amount this year, packed with reveals and SDCC exclusives. It started with Playmates Toys' Voltron: Legendary Defender Hyperphase Voltron that Entertainment Earth will be selling, but now there's so much more...

For the first-time ever, I will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego - but for one day only (stay tuned for details). There's gonna be a lot to take in (though I won't be there just as a fan) and one must-visit booth will be from Hasbro. Today comes yet another exclusive announcement, this one coming from the Netflix Original Series, Marvel's Defenders. The Marvel Legends Series Defenders Rail Authority 5-Pack will be available first at booth #3329 at SDCC, followed by some being made available in select quantities at additional conventions at at HasbroToyShop.com. See the full piece below!

When it comes to convention season, leaks on exclusive toys and collectibles are hard to contain, and in this case, how can you keep a good team of mighty lions down? This one snuck out early, but today comes the official launch of the Voltron: Legendary Defender Hyperphase Voltron 5-Piece Action Figure Gift Set! From Playmates Toys, this SDCC 2018 Previews Exclusive is roaring into San Diego Comic-Con 2018 to make its debut first at the Entertainment Earth booth #2343. Limited to just 3,000 pieces worldwide, The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth (an affiliate) are now formally dropping the curtain on pre-orders for this incredible piece. Check it out!

Last December, I was among the first to bring you news that DreamWorks Animation was bringing Captain Underpants to television as a Netflix Original Series. Today comes your first look at the full opening for DreamWorks' The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants coming to Netflix on July 13.  Oh yes, George and Harold are back!

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It was two years ago already that I sat down with the team behind the DreamWorks Animation Netflix Original Series Voltron: Legendary Defender. Now, the sixth season arrives on June 15, and it's poised to answer some questions I had back then - particularly in dealing with Lotor. The Paladins are primed and ready to face their biggest challenge yet with seven all-new episodes. Check out the trailer below!

I have a confession to make. Despite promoting the show when I was writing for the Netflix #StreamTeam when that was still a thing (RIP, for now), I have not yet finished watching the first season of Stranger Things. Yes, I know - even though my love of the 80s and all the spooky stuff is powerful, I stopped watching with the idea that my wife would join the viewing and it just never happened. With Season 3 on the way, I should probably catch up, but in the meantime I'm really admiring what they're doing on the licensing and merchandising front. One of the biggest items just hit the streets this week, and it's "Mike's bike" from Schwinn. Launched alongside a 1980's-style commercial, the only way to get it is by calling 1-800-SCHWINN. Check out the commercial below!

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