Splashdown (Transformers)

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Transformers character
Transformers Pretenders Splashdown box
First appearance

"Pretender to the Throne", The Transformers 40 by Marvel Comics
Created by

Species Transformer


Alternate mode

Cybertronian hovercraft

Naval Commander

"Outflank your enemy and you won't have to outgun him."

Transformers Pretenders

Tech specs

ST07 IN08 SP06 EN07

RN08 CO09 FB07 SK08

Splashdown is a fictional character from the Transformers series. He is an Autobot Pretender naval commander introduced in 1988.

Transformers Pretenders

Splashdown is a Pretender Autobot who turns into a hovercraft. He is a navel commander, and highest ranking of the original six Autobot Pretenders.

Fictional biography

Splashdown box art
A hard-living, hard-hitting, wind-torn soldier. A veteran of battles on 10,000 oceans on 1,000 worlds throughout the universe. At home on water, mercury, even liquid lead. Outer shell armed with long-range, armor-piercing harpoon gun and electro-sword. Robot and hovercraft modes armed with photon blaster. Outer shell composed of high-density armor impervious to corrosive liquids and strong enough to withstand underwater depths of over 30,000 feet. Transforms to hovercraft with maximum speed of 210 mph.


1984 Marvel Comics

Although not seen or mentioned directly, Splashdown was among the Autobots who joined Fortress Maximus in leaving Cybertron on the Steelhaven for the planet Nebulos (Transformers: Headmasters issue 1). Unfortunately, they were followed to Nebulos by the Decepticons under Scorponok, leading war to break out once more. Fortress Maximus's band left Nebulos for the planet Earth, with the Decepticons in close pursuit. (Transformers: Headmasters issue 4).

Splashdown, Groundbreaker, Cloudburst, Landmine, Waverider and Sky High stand guard aginast Decepticon attack at Alternate Reality, Inc. in The Transformers issue 40 by Marvel Comics

When Brainstorm needed subjects to duplicate a Decepticon Pretender experiment, Splashdown and five other Autobots volunteered and became the Autobot Pretenders. They fought the Decepticon Pretenders with the help of Optimus Prime and Goldbug [1]. They soundly defeated their Decepticon Pretender rivals.

Slashdown was seen in the background when Optimus Prime sent Landmine and Cloudburst on their mission to obtain computer chips to repair fellow Autobots in issue 52, "Guess Who The Mechannibals Are Having For Dinner?" [2]

The Decepticon Pretenders Bomb-Burst, Iguanus and Skullgrin were sent to steal from an oil rig in the "Gulf of New Mexico" in the 1989 UK Annual story "The Chain Gang." They were opposed and captured by the Autobot Pretenders Cloudburst, Landmine and Splashdown.

Dreamwave Productions

Splashdown had a biography printed in the Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye series by Dreamwave Productions.

Transformers: Mosaic

Sky High, Splashdown and Waverider appear in the Transformers: Mosaic story "History Repeats" by Franco Villa.[3]


  • Hasbro Transformers Pretenders Splashdown (1988)
A new mold. Turns from robot to Hovercraft. Comes with a 2-pack shell, sword, rifle, gun, helmet and belt.


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