"So now we have a no nonsense FBI supervisor playing with a transformer"
Not a Transformer but a Giant Robot from the Voltron Series as Abbott stated. There is a difference between a Transformer and a Giant Robot.
Both of the series are available in their original Japanese form with English Subtitles with the original plots as opposed to the plots used when the footage was recycled to turn the shows into Voltron. This is similar to what occurred with the 3 series that were converted into the Robotech shows (which also have been released in their original form for those interested in the original plots).
That was the Voltron based on the Japanese Anime series Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. The Lion based Voltron was based on Beast King GoLion.
For those who did not recognize the gift to Willy, it was a computerized pet toy. You had the feed the pet and do other things to it to keep it alive - otherwise it would die. This explains Willy's comment about killing the ones he had when a child and seeing that this one lived.
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