Lagoon Boy! Puffer mode! Definitely my favorite aspect of this guy (besides his proclivity for swooping in on vulnerable Martian Girls after a messy break up) is his ability to go into puffer mode. In a rare instance where design alters the approach to the way a character is written, it was decided that since I drew him with his lips pulled so far back from his teeth in this mode, he wouldn't be able to actually talk when he puffs up and would be reduced to grunts and roars. It's kinda fun because it turns him into this under water Hulk type of dude.
My biggest visual inspiration for this design was, believe it or not, the Kool-Aid Guy. Yeah, the red pitcher of Kool-Aid with arms, legs and a face who breaks through walls and says, "OH, YEAH!", haha. [link]
Also, and I probably shouldn't say this but whatever, I saw early digital sculpts of a Lagoon Boy Puffer Mode toy that Mattel was working on before the line was cancelled. How dope would that have been?!