The Lego Ideas program lets members of the Lego community upload their projects online. When a project reaches 10,000 votes, it gets forwarded for review. Once given the go, it becomes an official Lego set available for retail purchase the next year.
And the one who got that 10,000 votes and made that deal with Lego? A Filipino software architect, Leandro Tayag (len_d69).
After Tayag’s submission was reviewed, LEGO announced on August 3 that “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” will be part of the official LEGO Ideas lineup.
Tayag, who is currently based in Malaysia, shared in an interview with LEGO that he has always been a fan of ’70s and ’80s super robots, like Voltes V and Transformers. But one that really captured his heart was Voltron.
“My parents bought a Voltron toy for me when I was a child and I have been hooked on it ever since,” he said.
From being a child fan, decades later, here he is now; realizing the dream. He even said that the success hasn’t sunk in yet.
“It feels surreal that it is actually happening. This really means a lot to me. It’s a great honor so many thanks to LEGO Ideas, Voltron license holders and all the supporters,” he said.
But the road to success wasn’t easy at all. He started working on this design two years ago, but set it aside because he just couldn’t get it right then. He picked up work again in March 2017 and worked on his project two hours every day for three weeks.
Tayag said that the challenging part was getting the details right.
“I can’t remember how many times I redesigned the lion heads, trying to make them look as close as possible to how they were in the anime/cartoon. The lion legs were also a pain since I had to make sure they are able to fold nicely when combined as Voltron as well as look good enough in their lion forms,” Tayag said.
Tayag’s Voltron set consists of over 2,100 brick pieces. The set features the 5 Lions that combine to form Voltron, based on the popular ‘80s anime show.
Voltron: Defender of the Universe is an American animated television series that features a team of astronauts who pilot a giant Super Robot known as “Voltron”. The original television series was aired in syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985. After being a hit, it had variations since then and continued to gather fans; children and adults alike.