When I was a child.

“When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.”

I Corinthians 13 : 11

The verse above rings true for most of us.

But its nice to think about your childhood every now and then. What made me happy then was so simple. Growing up, there’s always this one childhood thing that has been with me, that has influenced my passion for drawing and has fueled the machine that is my brain with imagination.

In 1979, I was 5 years old then, and like any other kid in that year in the Philippines, we were all glued to the TV for one show; Voltes V (the ‘V’ is pronounced as “five”).

Created by Tadao Nakahama as part of his Robot Romance Trilogy.

In 2006, the Soul of Chogokin line of adult collector toys from Bandai released the GX-31, a new version of the classic robot Voltes V. As a kid, I’ve always wanted the original Popy 1979 release of the toy, but because we were poor, my parents cannot afford to buy me one. They did, however, tried still by buying me a knock-off in Avenida. As a child I n ever knew the difference, and I was happy.

I’m no hardcore collector (I’ll never understand why anyone would buy a toy and never take it out of its box), but knowing that after some 30-odd years I can finally afford to buy the toy (granted not the original 1979 release) I dreamt about, I could not pass out the chance.

And like other Filipinos who grew up glued to the TV to watch Voltes V, this is one to have as a keepsake of that childhood.

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