Voltron is one of those childhood cartoons that I hold sacred to me (arm in arm with Transformers and Thundercats). Premiering the same year that I was born in 1984, I’m not even sure how I was able to watch it. Chalk it up to having an older brother and re-runs I guess, but I adored it. The 80’s was a glorious time for cartoons with a weird influx of Japanese culture that introduced us to transforming robots. You know what’s even cooler than transforming robots? Robots that could transform together into a bigger robot. Transfomers did it occasionally, but it was the entire premise which Voltron was founded on.
There’s more? But of course. You can check out part 1 if you missed it and if not take a look below at some of the vintage geek magic that is Tokyo. I think I spent more time in retro video game stores marveling over the elaborate cover art for 8 bit games than anything else. The whole trip was beautifully surreal and these pictures do a damn good job summing that up.
Being a fan of the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise I knew as soon as my trip to Tokyo was booked one of the things that I needed to do was pilgrimage to the Gundam Front. Now there’s two things there, one is inside a mall and is a simulated ride/video with a small museum of different recreated props and such from the different series. Don’t get me wrong, that was really cool but for me the selling point was the actual mobile suit that was built to scale. It’s INSANE! The best part is it’s just right outside of an entrance to a mall. There was always tons of people taking pictures in front of it throughout the day like it was a national monument. Which in a way I guess it kind of is.
For anyone who is into of the Gundam Universe this is absolute must see.
You may recall a few months ago we did a podcast about my honeymoon trip to the nerd mecha of Tokyo. It was an amazing experience and I couldn’t wait to to share some of the things I saw there with everyone. It was a perfect combination of the amazing and bizarre. Take a peek below at some of the geek culture highlights of the trip.
You can see Part 2 here.
Biff rejoins the Evil Geeks after spending two fun-filled weeks in Japan. Listen as Biff relay’s tales of cultural strangeness, culinary curiosities, and navigating Tokyo Disney. Plus, the Evil Geeks talk about what was a big week for geek news on this episode of Transmissions From the Evil Lair.