DR. MINDBENDER (v1)
MASTER OF MIND CONTROL
Series: Five (1986)
Dr. Mindbender was first released as part of the fifth series (1986). He was also available in 1987 and was discontinued in 1988.
The name "Dr. Mindbender" may have been a last minute addition. At certain early times in G.I.Joe mythos, he was referred to as "Dr. Brainwave" (in Marvel Comics G.I.Joe #44) and also as "The Interrogator" (on the filecard of Serpentor).
Dr. Mindbender came with a black cape with painted silver Cobra logo, a gray .45 caliber pistol, a silver electric prod, a black generator, and a black hose.
Dr. Mindbender was at one time an excellent orthodontist and a very kind and honest man. Tinkering with electric brainwave stimulation as a means of relieving dental pain, the good doctor made the tragic mistake of experimenting on himself. He underwent a complete personality change and became hateful, deceitful, and vain!
Dr. Mindbender abandoned his practice and devoted all his time to perfecting his digital brain-scrambling into a hand-portable weapon system capable of reducing the most strong-willed individual into a cowering wimp.
"Dr. Mindbender doesn't think he's deluded-he feels he used to be. Now that he has seen the light, or the dark if you will, he feels it is his personal mission to bring the miracle of thought control to each and every one of you!"
There are two types of Dr. Mindbender's cape. One has a Cobra sigil as a patch - the other is an iron-on transfer.
The thighs (or upper legs) of Dr. Mindbender were originally used to create Mutt (1984).
Other than the thighs, Dr. Mindbender's body is completely original - all new body parts.
In Brazil, Dr. Mindbender was released as part of the Iron Grenadiers.
In France, Dr. Mindbender was released as "Dr. Cortex" on G.I. Joe cards.
Dr. Mindbender could also be found on Action Force cards in Europe, including Finland and Sweden.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Dr. Mindbender (v1).
Original Retail: $2.35
Hasbro Product: 6461
RAHC/Rank & File: n/a
Lee's Guide: GIJ-86011
Desimone Guide: #117
Tomart's Guide: #GI5563
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 70 (1st Ed.), Pg. 116 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a