Voltron: Defender of the Universe (syndication, 1984-1985)
This is one of those Saturday morning cartoon series which was probably not as cool as its toy line, but may be cool because of the toy line. The show was actually created using licensed footage from Japanese anime series. The first season which featured the “Lion Force Voltron” was adapted from the Japanese anime television series Beast King GoLion, while the second season which featured the “Vehicle Voltron” was adapted from an unrelated anime series titled Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. The original show dialogue was completely rewritten, keeping the core plots and excising more violent sequences.
The US show focused on a team of five young pilots commanding five robot lions which when combined to formed a giant robot fighter named Voltron. The series took place in the future where the Voltron Force was in charge of protecting the planet Arus (ruled by Princess Allura) from the evil King Zarkon (from planet Doom), his son Lotor, and the witch Haggar.