MASTER OF MIND CONTROL  
  Code Name: DOCTOR MINDBENDER  
 

I hate Doctor Mindbender. The basic concept of a monocle-wearing, muscled, moustachioed near-topless middle-aged evil dentist is just far too stupid and arch. I realise it’s one that has found a big ironic audience among morons and scum who don’t buy G.I. Joe figures, but I couldn't give a shit for what they say, frankly – these are the sort of people who champion Ejector. Mindbender wasn't actually such a bad character, making passable contributions in the comic and cartoon (though his out of nowhere appearance as a big Cobra player in the latter is a real “Wait, what?” moment), so it was a bit of a shame he looked so terrible.

He was, however, one of he few figures to get an improved makeover for the 'Generation 2' lines, where a version was given spectacles in place of the monocle and a waist length white lab coat, not to mention a slightly less Village People moustache. This even made it into the Devil’s Due comic, eventually. Sadly, the 25th Anniversary version replicated the 1980s look. I bought it anyway in hope that technical proficiency would outweigh the design’s failings, and because I’m turning into a hopeless completist (though still no Serpentor or Slaughter – some lines should just not be crossed).

Sadly, it’s not the case. All the expected 'G3' articulation is present, but it’s not enough. The end result would be a polished turd, but this isn’t even a particularly good 25th Anniversary figure. The head cast is spot on, the inherent ridiculous nature of the original design the only drawback, but thereafter it falls back. The felt cloak is pretty difficult to get to stay in place; you tend to have to pose the upper arms pinned to the sides of the chest to stop it riding up. That’s nothing compared to the webbing, which tends to drift up so the belt is midway up Mindbender’s stomach – you can persuade it to stay there just, but it doesn't like it and it's a frustrating design error. And just to cap things off, there’s a pointless reuse of the Crimson Guard-style leg loop holster.

This comes from the other problem - Mindbender is a 'Defence of Cobra Island' figure, done on the cheap. So there’s nothing to go in the loop (I've used a little pistol which I think came from a Rise of Cobra figure, but there’s nothing provided with the Mindbender figure), and he only has his cattle-prod style gun-thing (without its' generator). There's no reason the original generator shouldn't be included with this (indeed, there’s even one of the little posts for those black tubes), and really a 25th Anniversary figure shouldn't have to resort to grifting bits from an original. He's a fine recipient for any wacky weaponry, but again this is hardly the point. So, Mindbender’s screwed on both counts – bad concept, flawed figure. One to avoid.

G.I. Joe Doctor Mindbender
G.I. Joe Doctor Mindbender
G.I. Joe Doctor Mindbender
G.I. Joe Doctor Mindbender