Spay-C

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A longtime member of the Guardian forces, Spay-C serves just as readily in combat as she does from behind a desk on the Spa Moon of GoBotron.

She's also male a lot of the time.

Fiction[edit]

Challenge of the GoBots cartoon[edit]

Voice actor: Laurel Page (English)
Space secretary.

A member of the Guardian Council, Spay-C joined her peers in choosing Zeemon, Leader-1, and Cy-Kill to serve as High Protectors after the end of the first Renegade revolt. Et Tu, Cy-Kill She continued to serve as a council member after Cy-Kill joined the Renegades; she was present to hear about the the fleet of Zods approaching the planet, The Final Conflict and stood on-stage with Zeemon to congratulate Leader-1's team for thwarting the Renegade conquest of GoBotron. Return to GoBotron

"We should have realised it was a trap when our voice actors weren't called in!"

Spay-C was later found overseeing Spa Moon when a message from Leader-1 warned her of a suspected Renegade attack, leading her to set off a Renegade alert, which sent the relaxing Guardians into a panic. When Leader-1's team arrived in search of attackers, Spay-C incredulously replied that there were no Renegades, just a moon full of frightened spa-goers. The GoBot Who Cried Renegade Excusing herself into a meeting between Fitor, Leader-1, and the UNECOM staff, Spay-C hand-delivered a message from Scooter, explaining that the other Guardian had reasoned that Leader-1 would be the only suitable candidate to test the new Brainstormer — along with a note that "something odd" was happening on the planet Elba. Leader-1 tasked her with joining Turbo, Hans-Cuff, and the supposedly reformed Fitor and Geeper-Creeper to investigate, and Spay-C took the controls of a Command Center to navigate via hyperspeed to Elba. On arrival, she followed Turbo's lead, though the desolate landscape gave her "the creeps". She was stunned by Cy-Kill's appearance from behind a rock, along with Royal-T and Street Heat, who the Renegade leader had hypnotized into his service. Captured, Spay-C and Hans-Cuff were similarly mesmerized, and, at Cy-Kill's command, re-boarded the Command Center and journeyed to Earth with Fitor and Geeper-Creeper, following Cy-Kill's instructions to make him appear to be their captive. When the deception fell through, Cy-Kill knocked her out with a hand-held blaster. Escape from Elba

Machine Men mini-comics[edit]

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Spay-C was called to action during Cy-Kill's first invasion of Earth. When Leader-1 ordered a hasty retreat, she rendezvoused alongside Zeemon outside the Command Centre. Space Wars After forming an alliance with the Australian Army, Spay-C fought alongside her fellow Friendly Robots in a failed attempt to stop Cy-Kill's attack on a heavily populated city. She managed to retreat with Road Ranger shortly before the Army dropped a nuclear bomb, wiping out everything (and everyone) within a hundred kilometer radius. Unfortunately, the blast awoke the evil Rock Lord Pulvereyes, who knocked both Friendlies off their feet. Spay-C shortly recovered, only to learn that not only had Cy-Kill survived the explosion, but another potentially deadly enemy had arrived: the Narlies. Challenge of the Machine Men

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Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots Mini World storybooks[edit]

Spay-C was located at an ASC base on Earth when Cy-Kill attempted to use a Mixafon gravity component to divert Halley's Comet towards Earth. Matt Hunter piloted the GoBot to the location of the device in orbit, finding it guarded by Crasher. However Spay-C was in his element in space and easily dodged the Renegade's blasts before using his own firepower to send her running. He then recovered the component, allowing Matt to return the comet to its' correct course. Collision Course Comet After the ASC defeated the Renegades' plan to use the Wagner Sirens against the Command Centre, Spay-C took the alien sirens back to their home planet of Wagner 11. The Wagner Sirens

Robo Machine featuring Challenge of the GoBots annuals[edit]

When word reached the Guardians on Earth that Doctor Braxis and the Renegades were planning something they planned to kidnap the treacherous scientist after he left his office at NASA. Spay-C travelled on the back of Road Ranger until they were close enough to grab his car and send it out of control, at which point Braxis was collected by Leader-1. The shaken scientist was then quick to spill the beans. After the Guardians were able to collect the mind-controlling Exploding Toads they planned to use to control Earth's population Spay-C flew them back to their home planet of Primus. The Exploding Toads of Primus Later, Leader-1 sent Spay-C to take Matt and Scooter (who had to hang on the shuttle's tail) to GoBotron in order to collect Professor Von Joy's new Battle Suit. They got there fine and - after enduring the Professor's boasts - set course for Earth. The convoy encountered the friendly Godaikin GoBots Daidenjin, Vavilos and Biodragon, who warned them there was talk of the Enemy Invaders being active in the space lanes. Moments later they were indeed ambushed by Cy-Kill and his monstrous allies. Spay-C was injured immediately and he had to take shelter inside the Battle Suit, which was eventually able to evade the Renegades and get back to Earth. The Professor's New Baby He was later part of the crew of Battle Suit during a confrontation with the huge Renegade army Cy-Kill had gathered at Mauna Mauna; eventually the Guardians gained the upper hand and the Renegades retreated. The Battle at the End of the Earth

Fun Publications[edit]

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Transformers Timelines[edit]

Fleeing the Cataclym that threatened their reality, Spay-C evacuated to Level 77 with several other Guardians, Renegades, and Rock Lords, where she took on a new form to blend in among the locals. Cultural Appropriation TFWikiFavicon.png

Renegade Rhetoric[edit]

Sky-Jack avoided one of the space-faring Guardians to hack into Earth's television transmissions via satellite, but Cy-Kill couldn't remember if it was Spay-C, Apollo, or Path Finder who nearly got in the way. Cy-Kill For President On the planet Amazonia IV, Spay-C joined Small Foot, Sparky, A.J., and Anya Turgenova in a competition against the Renegades Vamp, Snoop, and Crasher to compete before an audience of Valkyries for an "object of great power". Working with Dr. Turgenova in a trial of wits, Spay-C devised a method of channeling water to a wheel, only for her hard work to be intercepted by Snoop at the very last moment when the Renegade diverted the flow of water. When the Guardians ultimately won the competition, Spay-C and her companions were pleased to discover that the prize was an ancient scroll of Amazonian wisdom about honorable conduct. Ladies Night Spay-C later journeyed with A.J. and Scooter to Arcanus IX, where they recruited the wizard twins Hocus and Pocus to oppose Cy-Kill's own spellcasting allies, Mumbo and Jumbo. The evil wizards overpowered, Spay-C personally flew them back to Arcanus IX, bound in iron chains—and if Cy-Kill's account is to be believed, lecturing them throughout the journey. Mumbo Jumbo

"Echoes and Fragments"[edit]

In an unstable hybrid universe that incorporated both GoBots and Transformers, Spay-C was attacked by the Decepticon Ramjet. As she fell from the air, she collided with Good Knight, causing both Guardians to be critically injured. Echoes and Fragments

Go-Bots comic[edit]

It's almost like Tom Scioli never even read Ask Vector Prime, if one could imagine such a thing...

Crewed by four astronauts placed in suspended animation, Spay-C was entrusted with a deep space exploration mission sent from Earth.Issue 1 However, he was able to receive signals of the events on the planet when Cy-Kill led a Go-Bot rebellion against humanity. Enjoying the ascendancy of his species Spay-C decided to keep his human crew asleep and watch developments. However, as the brave new world instead turned into a tired repetitive conflict between Cy-Kill and his enemy Leader-1 he got cold feet about his decision and spent a blue moon or so floating around in space wondering exactly what to do. For reasons best known to himself Spay-C ultimately decided to return to Earth, now surrounded by the huge Go-Bot built metal shell of Gobotron, and pass it off as a newly-discovered, inhabited planet. One of his crew, Charlotte Scott, even thanked Spay-C for not letting the crew die while in the cryo chamber, with the humans unaware of his selfish actions. When their lander came under attack from a mutant Go-Bot on the surface of the metal world Spay-C swung into action to save them. However, the arrival of other mutants threatened to overwhelm them the explorers were "saved" by the arrival of Zod - who then attacked them too, even getting Spay-C in his mouth before he was in turn driven off by Leader-1's Guardians. They took him to the Command Center; while the astronauts noted the strangeness of finding a planet of English-speaking Go-Bots, Spay-C still kept quiet. Heat Seeker and Blaster escorted Spay-C to the brig. With his fate seeming sealed - and noting the presence of a Dematerializer on the Guardian ship - he helped his human crew into the cell's ventilation system. He was then interrogated by the insane Leader-1, who quickly grew tired of Spay-C and struck him when he claimed to be from Earth. Leader-1 ordered Spay-C to be reprogrammed the next morning and to spend the night in the brig. Fortunately for Spay-C, Leader-1 received a vision from Eno that night telling him of the Lazer Lance, a weapon which could finally destroy Zod. The astronauts were able to free Spay-C; Blaster and Heat Seeker scuffled with him but then Leader-1 surprised everyone by deciding Spay-C as a good omen and released him.

Spay-C seemed to rapidly adapt to having other Go-Bots like Small Foot and Dozer around, making his crew uneasy to the extent that they disabled the internal microphones to discuss what exactly they were going to do next. However, the Command Center was then attacked by Cy-Kill's Renegades, now with Zod at their side. The Command Center retreated into space but was chased by Thruster. During this the astronauts finally became tired of Spay-C's weird behaviour and tried to escape themselves. In response, Spay-C told them the truth - or at least the part about how they had been in suspended animation for a very, very long time. Before he could be pressed further by the humans he responded to an alert from Leader-1, joining the despot along with Path Finder, Royal-T and Heat Seeker in defending the Command Center from flying Renegades. Spay-C was hit by Fitor but Leader-1 covered his return to the ship, which was then jumped into hyperspace by Tic Toc. The course was actually a tactical gambit that merely took them to the other side of GoBotron before the Command Center landed on the organic world inside GoBotron. As soon as he was clear of the Command Center, Spay-C made a bolt for it with his human crew, only to fall down a cliff. There he found the former Guardians Turbo and Scooter. The former soon detected the humans inside Spay-C and ordered him to let them out. After a brief conversation Turbo realised Spay-C hadn't told the astronauts where they were and attacked him in fury; while they fought, the crew realised they were actually on Earth.Issue 3

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Turbo was eventually able to subdue Spay-C and forced him to tell the humans of the reasons for his actions, claiming he had acted in the interests of their safety. They took it well, all things considered, but there was little chance for debate before Thruster arrived, having worked out the Guardians' ruse. Cy-Kill sent Water Walk and Warpath to capture some of the surviving feral humans for his experiments, and they also scooped up astronauts Lee Spencer and Venyamin Alexander. Turbo guilted Spay-C into helping out and flew up together. Turbo jumped off his shuttle mode and tackled Water Walk but before Spay-C could catch Warpath he took a direct hit from one of Thruster's defensive guns and crashed to Earth. He soon slipped into deactivation, but did at least get Turbo's respect. While Turbo, Scooter and the Guardians moved out to find the Lazer Lance the Renegades also arrived. Lee and Venyamin were able to escape from Cy-Kill's candy bowl and get inside Spay-C, reactivating him with a hard reboot. The trio caught back up with everyone else after Zod have been dropped into a gorge by the Go-Lems. Spay-C volunteered to join the sortie to finish the beast off, which was ultimately successful. However, moments later Cy-Kill took control of the Command Center and used it to fatally wound Leader-1 and kidnapped Scooter.Issue 4

For a second time he gave Turbo a lift, though this time he didn't need to be talked into it, dropping his friend off on the stolen Command Center and even peeling off a salute. Turbo shot most of the Renegades, killed Cy-Kill and effectively ended the Guardian-Renegade war by striking a truce with Crasher; however, both were soon superseded by Road Ranger, the hero of the new generation of Go-Bots, who led them away from Earth - though two of Spay-C's crew opted to stay. After Major Domo reveal the Dematerializer was actually a time tunnel Spay-C polled the two remaining astronauts, who decided to attempt to head back to their own time in order to head off the Go-Bot rebellion. After bidding farewell to a weary Turbo, Spay-C went with them. The group successfully made it back to Earth a short while after their original departure, though it is unknown if Charlotte's warnings about the danger of the Go-Bots were heeded.Issue 5

Toys[edit]

GoBots[edit]

GoBots version

GoBots[edit]

  • Spay-C (GoBot, 1983)
    • Friendly Robot Space Ship
    • ID number: 06
    • Accessories: none
Spay-C was released by Tonka in the first series of GoBots, and converts from robot to NASA Space Shuttle orbiter in 3 steps. The toy was a repackaging of Shuttle Robo from Machine Robo, with no significant changes but omitting the extra sticker sheet included in the Japanese release that contained the fuselage decals. Spay-C has small castor wheels on the underside of the vehicle mode to allow it to roll on flat surfaces. The figure has articulation in the shoulders but not at the neck - the nose/cabin section of the shuttle that makes up the helmet rotates to reveal the face, which is itself fixed to the chest. While the head is set far back in the helmet this is actually less of a problem than photography often makes it appear. A notable weak point is the tailfin, which is made from thin plastic and is often broken off loose examples. Like many toys featuring white plastic from the line Spay-C is prone to yellowing.
  • Spay-C was offered in the first-ever assortment of GoBots figures manufactured in 1983 (#7200). The figure remained available as part of the second series' Friendly assortment (#7253) but was discontinued before the third and final series.
  • Bilingual Canadian releases named the figure as S-Pace.
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Gift Packs[edit]

  • Guardian 3-Pack #2 (GoBots Gift Pack, 1985)
Mean.
*Not available in stores


This toy was never released.


Spay-C was planned to be included in a Gift Pack along with Turbo and Blaster which was advertised in the 1985 Tonka catalogue but was ultimately not released.
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Super GoBots[edit]

  • Spay-C (Super GoBot, 1984)
    • Friendly Robot Space Shuttle
    • ID number: 022
    • Accessories: none
The Super GoBots version of Spay-C was released by Tonka in the second series of GoBots, and converts from robot to NASA Space Shuttle orbiter in 11 steps. The toy was a repackaging of Big Shuttle Robo from the Machine Robo Big Machine Robo series, with no significant changes to the figure, but a completely different stick sheet that no longer identified the precise shuttle as the Challenger, which seems to have been a coincidence rather than a reaction to the thing blowing up. The robot mode bears very little resemblance to the earlier version of the character, with a completely different robot mode configuration, head design and even colour scheme. The shuttle mode features retractable undercarriage, while the robot mode features good shoulder articulation. Like the smaller version of the figure it is prone to yellowing, though as it features a lower percentage of white plastic by comparison the problem is less noticeable.
Super GoBots Spay-C was offered in the second and third series' Friendly/Guardian Super GoBots assortment (#7251).

Robo Machine[edit]

Robo Machine/Machine Men version

Robo Machines[edit]

  • Space Shuttle (Robo Machine, 1983)
    • ID number: RM-14
    • Accessories: none
A carded repackage of Shuttle Robo, the figure now known simply as Space Shuttle was released by Bandai Europe at the end of 1983. The release included the extra sticker sheet, and thus the fuselage markings.


  • Spay-C (Robo Machine, 1986)
    • ID number: RM-14
    • Accessories: none
The small version of the figure was reissued in Europe in 1986, now featuring its' GoBots name and faction. Why this came about is unknown; the figures may have been overstock from the production run of the Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos reissue, or from the cancelled Gift Pack release. But it might not have been.

Super GoBots[edit]

  • Spay-C (Super GoBot, 1985)
    • Friendly Robot
    • Accessories: none
The larger version of Spay-C, identical to the Big Shuttle Robo toy but packaged in a new box, was among the ten figures released in the first wave of European Super Gobots. The Robo Machine version used the same sticker sheet as the GoBots version.

Machine Men[edit]

Machine Men[edit]

  • Space Shuttle Man (Machine Men, 1983)
    • Friendly Robot
    • ID Number: 11
    • Accessories: none
The fifth toy from the second wave of figures, Space Shuttle Man was released by Bandai Australia in 1983. The figure remained identical to the original Shuttle Robo toy, albeit packaged on a blue backing card.
  • Spay-C (Machine Men, 1984)
    • Friendly Robot
    • ID Number: 11
    • Accessories: none
In 1984, the figure was re-released with its' GoBots name and faction on a new black backing card depicting a yellow-tinted alien landscape.

Super Machine Men[edit]

  • Spay-C (Super Machine Men, 1985)
    • Friendly Robot
    • Accessories: none
The larger version of Spay-C, identical to the Big Shuttle Robo toy but packaged in a new box, was among the ten figures released under in the first wave of Australian Super Machine Men.

Robo Machines[edit]

De Luxe Robo Machines[edit]

  • Shuttle (De Luxe Robo Machines, 1993)
    • Accessories: none
The figure was reissued by Bandai in Europe during 1993 as part of Robo Machines. For trademark reasons the figure was renamed simply Shuttle. The sticker sheet was modified extensively, with text saying 'RM' replacing most of the NASA terms. Sadly, like most of the Robo Machine figures De Luxe Space Shuttle uses poor quality materials and suffers from mould degradation.

Merchandise[edit]

Convertible Model Kit[edit]

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Produced by Monogram, Spay-C was a plastic snap-fit model kit that once assembled could convert from robot to Space Shuttle (the sticker sheet identified the precise example as the Columbia) with a friction motor. The origins of the kit are difficult to ascertain, though it's the only one of the range to actually look like the original toy.


Walkie Talkies[edit]

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  • Space Shuttle Walkie Talkies (1985)
Produced by Playtime, the Space Shuttle Walkie Talkies were a pair of handheld short-wave two-way radio transceivers that could both convert from robot to Space Shuttle. While Spay-C's name wasn't mentioned on any of the paperwork the handsets are heavily modelled on the original toy.


Notes[edit]

Present and unaccounted-for.
  • Spay-C's character model misspells her name as "Space-C".
  • The original Tonka profile for Spay-C described her as a male, which may explain why the character is male in the World Distributors books as they were clearly made with very little reference material, and might also explain why the heavily toy-influenced IDW comic also choses to make Spay-C male. In fact, Spay-C has only been female in the Challenge of the GoBots cartoon (and then just one episode; she only has dialogue in "The GoBot Who Cried Renegade") and sequel material explicitly based on the show. The profile also painted Spay-C as an inventor fascinated by space.
  • The character was never seen to convert in the cartoon, which was odd when the Guardians were good friends with astronauts.
  • In advance promotion for The Robo Machines comic strip published in Eagle (right), Spay-C was advertised as appearing. In practise, however, the only "appearing" the character did was when its' feet were seen poking in from off-panel in one frame of the seventeenth chapter. Given the tight cast of the strip, which was thorough in prominently naming every cast member, it seems the inclusion was an artist's error.
  • Spay-C's appearance in Transformers Timelines—created in order to side-step any legal complications involved with modern use of her classic design—is based on the 1991 Transformers: Operation Combination figure Raker. In a bit of unintended[1] wordplay, her new head is based on that of the 2010 Sea Spray toy ("Spay-C", "C-Spray," get it?). Her overall appearance replicates the appearance of her Super GoBot figure, rather than her original toy that was used by the cartoon as the basis for her design.


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