Dr. Mindbender (1993)
The 1993 Joe series was a monstrous year in terms of total figures, with over one hundred individual figures released among the regular line, drivers, mail-ins and the Street Fighter spin-off. The Battle Corps series in itself saw 36 figures, a great many of which were redesigns or repaints of existing characters. Joes and Cobras alike were refreshed that year, some more effectively than others.
Dr Mindbender, though decked out in the bright colors of the time, at least fared better than his original version in the shirt department. After all those years of running around bare-chested, he finally donned some upper body raiment, a particularly stylish high-collared side-buttoning number that harkens back to his orthodontist days. Oh, and it’s purple to boot. Nice.
The file card makes reference to his fate in the GI Joe comics, but takes the story to the next level; having the Doctor escape death by enhancing his body with cyborg parts. I suppose that explains his resembling a cross between Lobot and Locutus of Borg. The file cards of the time also featured a diagram with call-outs describing the various weaponry and details of the character. In Mindbender’s case, there are some really creative explanations for all of the equipment on his wrists and chest, such as a pacemaker and wrist-mounted computers. It’s a huge improvement over other figures’ call-outs, such as Col. Courage’s tie.
As normal for the later series figures, he’s supplied with a plethora of bright colored weapons, this time in a shocking yellow. Lemony!