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First/Last Comic Appearance (US) - Issue 17, June 1986 / Issue 51, April 1989
First/Last Comic Appearance (UK) - Issue 250, December 30th 1989
First/Last Cartoon Appearance - Episode 31 (Season 2 #15), September 25th 1985 / Episode 76 (Season 3 #11), October 6th, 1986
First Toy Appearance - 1985
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Manufacturer - iGear
- Added an Autobot symbol to the chest
Along with Beachcomber, Seaspray was a pacifist hippie who seemed to be permanently under the influence of LSD or something similar. There was a purple patch of a few episodes which centered on this guy, who was like a California beach bum. Thus far, Seaspray has been completely neglected by Hasbro, save a large movieverse figure who is meant to be G1 Seaspray and not meant to be, depending on who you ask. I decided that I liked the look of the iGear offering the best, and bought him. Cowabunga?
Appearance (Robot Mode) 8/10
I have to hand it to iGear, they have got Seaspray's look bang-on here, and have given him cartoon-esque eyes, instead of the original toys visor. I suppose that his head looks a bit small when compared with his body, but that is more to do with the fact that the head has to stow between the shoulder recesses in the alt mode. He comes with a nifty little harpoon gun, which matches his maritime sensibilities well.
Appearance (Alternate Mode) 8/10
The hovercraft here looks much like the original, and any fan would instantly recognise it as Seaspray. I do find it slightly plain though - there are no paint apps other than the windows. Also, you have to align the legs just so, otherwise the craft is wonky.
An issue I have with this figure is that the parts don't hold together that well in the alt mode. As I have mentioned, the legs need to be positioned perfectly to not make things go askew, and the arms sit in place, rather than firmly connect to anything in the alt mode.
Articulation is impressive for a figure of this size, with ball-joints everywhere. The waist offers swivel, but because the torso gets in the way, you can't really use it unless you have Seaspray push his belly out. The head can move, but is restricted by the cavity it sits in. His large feet lend themselves well to a variety of gravity defying poses.
The plastic used feels solid, and not brittle at all. This figure has been designed very sensibly, and nothing about it feels under stress during the transformation. Because there are balljoints used throughout, you'd be hard-pressed to break this little dude.
Overall - 39/50
I'm really pleased that iGear have done what Hasbro was unwilling to, and produced a small and mostly cartoon-accurate figure of one of my favourite mini autobots. Now he can stand proud with his undersized brethren. Hasbro need to pull their collective fingers out and get releasing their G1 homages, before third parties beat them to it.