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Cover of The Paladin's Handbook

The Paladin's Handbook is a 2017 tie-in book for the Voltron: Legendary Defender franchise published by Simon Spotlight. It provides an overview of the universe presented in the show from seasons 1 and 2 along with short biographies of the main cast.

Contents

  1. Welcome, Young Paladin!
  2. Meet the Lions
  3. Meet the Paladins
  4. The Team
  5. The Galra Empire
  6. The Blade of Marmora
  7. Explore the Universe
  8. Learn to Speak Altean
  9. Important Information for Your Paladin Journey
  10. Quiz: Which Lion Will You Pilot as a Paladin of Voltron?

Character Pages

Lore Pages

Notes

  • By logic of the guidebook, the listed ages on character pages are ages at the start of season one when Shiro returns to Earth: the book claims that Pidge was 14 when Shiro was first captured along with the Kerberos Mission crew while listing her actual age as 15. This coincides with the passage of a year between Shiro's capture and his return to Earth.
  • Series staff Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery have expressed concerns that published merchandise may take information from the show "bible" or "original pitch", but their ideas have changed organically over time, so information may not be accurate, and they did not review the book for errors before publishing.[1][2]
    • Josh Keaton has stated that during production of the show as early as the voice actor auditions, the pitch was "five teenagers", but certain character models ended up looking different than the description, so the writing adapted to the finalized designs.[3] This suggests the book does not take the ages from the original pitch as staff feared and reflects the organic changes they have made, because it publishes Shiro's age as 25 and not a teenager in contrast to the original pitch published on merchandise.
  • The ages listed in the guidebook generally match the ranges given by Montgomery and Dos Santos at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.[4] The heritages listed for Lance and Hunk are consistent with statements by their voice actors.[5][6][7]
  • Staff has officially revoked support that Keith's liking of hippopotami, suggested by the guidebook's quiz, is canon.[2]
  • Despite the contents of the book including only the first two seasons of the TV series, Lotor appears on page 49 as a teaser for season 3.

Errors

  • The book erroneously uses a picture of Rax in place of Shay, whereas Rax's own picture is of another Balmeran.[8]
  • The coverage on the bayards was contradicted in season 3.[10] Whereas the book states that a specific bayard was used for different styles of fighting, the TV series show that they adjust to the whichever paladin is using it.[11]

References

  1. Den of Geek: Is the Paladin's Handbook Canon? August 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 AfterBuzzTV with Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery, August 2017
  3. Let's Voltron: Shironanigans! With Josh Keaton - 00:43:00 "When we first started recording this, everything kind of changed. The early description of the show was like "five teenagers" or whatever, and that's the breakdown we got when we first started recording the show, when we first auditioned for it and everything it was that. And then over the course of the show things kind of change and certain models come back looking different than what the description was. So then the writing kind of - I wouldn't say changes but... adapts to the way the character looks now. And you know a lot of things change in the early production of the show."
  4. San Diego Comic-Con 2016
  5. Jeremy Shada at New York Comic Con 2016
  6. New York Comic Con 2016
  7. Tyler Labine's Twitter
  8. The Paladin's Handbook pg 66
  9. The Paladin's Handbook pg 57
  10. Tailing a Comet
  11. The Paladin's Handbook pg 28