So now that we have established the pilots, what the heck are they flying? Lions. They're flying mechanical lions. And what do flying mechanical lions assemble? A giant humanoid super robot. Perfectly legit, right? Well, that's the advantage of the "super robot" sub-genre of anime - the physics doesn't have to make sense nor be explained so just go with it. Like cosmic inflation of the Big Bang theory violating the speed of light - just go with it.
But please explain how we've had keyless starting ignitions since 1998 yet in the year 21XX the Defender of the Universe still needs one. Go figure. And to boot, apparently you have to talk a giant, technologically advanced machine through the process of its own transformation:
"Activate interlocks! Dynatherms connected! Infracells up! Mega-thrusters are go!"
I'm going to go off a limb and surmise that the mechanics of Voltrons transformation will be, ahem, "updated".
|Better choke that engine, too|
|That's tradition right there, son|
|That's an 'A' for 'Awesome'!|
Disclaimer: Steve is an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.