GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender In Hand Review
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GI Joe Classified Dr. Mindbender In Hand Review

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The evil master mind behind Serpentor has finally arrived! A lot of you all have just received your Serpentor & Air Chariot Hasbro Pulse exclusives, well we now have his creator in hand! So please join us for this GI Joe Classified Dr. Mindbender in Hand Review.  In a stunning homage to the vintage A Real American Hero figure, Dr. Mindbender looks amazing and comes with a soft goods cape, his vintage style accessories, and parts used in the creation process of Serpentor! His sculpt and details look stunning! Also, if you haven’t already done so, please be sure to check out our HUGE GI Joe Classified Series Serpentor & Air Chariot In Hand Review! You don’t want to miss this one, as we included a special guest!

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Packaging

Dr. Mindbender comes in a similar tri fold out package as Serpentor. With beautiful artwork by Dave Rapoza, featuring the mad scientist creator of Serpentor, Dr. Mindbender is beautifully illustrated on the front of the box. The package has the same type of diagonal sleeve that Serpentor has.

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender Package front

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender Package front under sleeve
GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender Package left

Decoding Dr. Mindbender’s Abilities

The sides of the package feature graphics that continue the pattern to the “crate look” of the box and have Dr. Mindbender’s number 43, plus we get to see the Classified Series File card symbols, which we will decode for you below. Being the man who created Cobra’s ultimate leader, it is not surprsing that he has great skills, gear, and mastery so let’s start from the top and work our way down!

Role

He is a Level 4 Leader and this icon represents a character with the SCIENCE icon has advanced scientific knowledge through research and breakthroughs.

Gear

He is a Level 1 at MELEE WEAPONS , which is characters with this icon use weapons that smash things in close combat.

Skill

He is a level 4 skill, characters with the PSYOPS icon use psychological attacks to influence thoughts and behavior.

Mastery

He is a level 4 at mastery at WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT. Characters with this icon test and manufacture weapons.

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender Package right file card

When you slide it off, you fold open the two flaps in the front to reveal an incredible diorama display of Dr. Mindbender’s lab, we get to see him in all his mad scientist glory inside the box.  

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The back of the package features Dr. Mindbender at work in his lab and also a mosaic of images of Dr. Mindbender collecting DNA from the various parts of the world and history to use for his greatest creation, Serpentor! There are floating DNA strands, scenes of him getting DNA from history’s greatest generals and conquerors, even Baroness and Destro make an appearance.

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Dr. Mindbender up close and personal

Head

Bald head, handlebar mustache, monocle and all, Dr.Mindbender’s head sculpt is a stunning tribute to his vintage counterpart. He has very bushy eyebrows and piercing brown eyes. His removeable monocle is a very nice touch by Hasbro well done! Hopefully that isn’t a piece that get’s lost easily! Gotta love that huge stache!!

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender head front
GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender head rear

Chest and Back

Chest

Dr. Mindbender’s chest sculpt is very detailed as he is extremely ripped with a six pack of abs! He is totally shirtless as was his vintage figure, except for the two silver colored rivot studded suspenders that are connected to his belt silver buckle.

Back

He is shirtless, so his back is a bare flesh tone, but he is wearing his signature black soft goods cape! His cape is made of a pleather like material. One unfortunate thing I think we are all missing is his signature silver Cobra symbol on the back of his cape. It would have been a nice touch for Hasbro to include this, but they did not.

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender back close up

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender front
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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender rear

Arms, Waist & Legs

Arms

Dr. Mindbender has some guns when it comes to his ripped biceps! His arms are bare, and he is wearing purple bicep wraps and purple wrist bracers. They have a very detailed design and include silver studded accents. He also has on black gloves that have a very cool leather like texture.

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender right arm
GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender left arm

Waist

On the front of Dr. Mindbender’s waits, he is wearing a black belt with a pistol holster connected on his right leg. He also has a large belt buckle where his silver chest suspenders attach to. That is all connected to a silver crotch piece. (Yes I said crotch!)

On the back of his waist, you can see his black belt that wraps around and is simply the back side of his purple pants.

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender waist rear

Legs

Dr. Mindbender is wearing purple pants and he has on very tall black boots that have a nice leather like texture and a little silver buckles on them. This was a very nice added detail. On his right leg, he has a black rifle holster that also has a nice black leather like texture as well.

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender legs front
GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender legs rear

Accessories

Dr. Mindbender comes packed with some amazingly detailed and diabolical accessories.

He includes:

  • vintage style electric prod and generator
  • modern style electric prod
  • pistol
  • syringe gun
  • 4 syringes
  • glove
  • large red glass scientific container
  • small red glass scientific container
  • brain
  • skull
GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender Accessories

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Electric prod and generator

Just like the vintage Dr. Mindbender figure, this GI Joe Classified version includes his signature vintage electric prod and generator. The end of the prod is painted in a silver color and the rest is made of black plastic. It has a very similar shape to that of the vintage accessory and includes a handle and a wire coming off the end of the prod which you can attach to the small black generator device. The generator, unlike the larger rectangular vintage version is now a cylindrical shape and has some nice details sculpted into it. He also includes a second electric prod that has a more detailed and modern design.

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender electro prods

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Pistol & Syringe Gun

Dr. Mindbender includes a standard pistol that holsters on his right leg and he also includes a syringe gun which is a fun accessory for diorama shots!

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender pistols

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Glove

The gray colored glove that Dr. Mindbender includes looks to have a boney hand in it, and it looks like it is grasping for help. There is also a black cable molded onto it as well. I wonder who’s hand this is supposed to be?? You can also peg the glove into the larger of the two scientific containers. It looks very cool under the red translucent plastic.

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender scientific containers glove & brain

Red Glass Scientific Containers

This set includes 2 containers, one tall and one short, that have translucent red plastic lids that look like scientific glass containers. Each of the lids lift off and you can peg the brain and the glove into each of them. These make great display pieces for your mad scientist laboratory scene!

GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender scientific containers
GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender scientific containers glove & brain

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Syringes

You get 4 small syringes with this set. Dr Mindbender can hold them in his hand or you can place them on the perimeter of the small container so he can hold it and it looks like you are injecting something into the brain!

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender scientific container brain

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Brain & Skull

There is a brain accessory piece that you can display in one of those translucent red scientific containers. You can also take the brain and place it in the skull as well .

Dr. Mindbender also includes a skull. The skull looks to have a hole cracked open on the top as if someone extracted the brain out of it…. which is kind of disturbing if you ask me, considering he also comes with a loose brain accessory. But I guess this goes with the whole mad scientist theme so who I’m I to judge?

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender skull & brain

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender skull with brain
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Vintage Figure Comparison

Here you can see the various views of the new GI Joe Classified Dr. Mindbender compared to the his vintage A Real American Hero counterpart. You can see what a wonderful job Hasbro did paying homage to the vintage figure. If only the new figure had the silver Cobra logo on the back of his cape, he would be perfect!

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GI Joe Dr Mindbender vintage

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GI Joe Classified Dr Mindbender vs vintage rear

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Vintage Dr. Mindbender ARAH Figure

The vintage ARAH Dr. Mindbender figure was released in 1986. According to Doctor Mindbender – Wikipedia

Doctor Mindbender was first released as an action figure in 1986. The Dr. Mindbender toy was bare chested with purple pants and leather metal-studded suspenders.

A new version of Doctor Mindbender (appearing more cybernetically enhanced, in yellow and purple attire) was released in 1993 as part of the Battle Corps line.

In November 2014, it was announced by the G.I. Joe Collector’s Club that their 2015 exclusive 3.75″ membership figure would be an Arctic Doctor Mindbender figure, based directly on his appearance in G.I. Joe: The Movie.

Dr. Mindbender in the Sunbow cartoons

Dr. Mindbender made often appearances in the 1980’s animated GI Joe Sunbow cartoon series. Most famously, he took a starring role in the mini series ” Arise, Serpentor Arise”. According to Doctor Mindbender – Wikipedia:

Mindbender is Cobra’s chief interrogator and science officer. He hates Cobra Commander, who calls him “Fender-Bender”. In his first appearance, the second-season miniseries “Arise, Serpentor, Arise!”, he is shown to be the inventor of B.A.T.s, telling Cobra Commander that they would have been useful against G.I. Joe had they been deployed correctly. Inspired by a strange, recurring dream, Mindbender decides to create a new leader for Cobra. He collaborates with Destro and Tomax and Xamot in a plot to obtain DNA samples of the best militaristic minds in history, because he feels Cobra needs a leader that can inspire courage in its cowardly troops. Mindbender attempts to steal the DNA of Chinese general Sun Tzu, but the theft is foiled by Sgt. Slaughter, whose DNA Mindbender then intends to use as a substitute. While the tomb of Genghis Khan is stolen, Mindbender has Sgt. Slaughter lured into being captured. Despite Cobra Commander and Sgt. Slaughter’s attempts to sabotage his experiment, Mindbender succeeds, resulting in the creation of Serpentor.

Doctor Mindbender – Wikipedia
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Doctor Mindbender is easily Serpentor’s most loyal member of Cobra’s High command (and as such Serpentor trusted Doctor Mindbender the most out of the Cobra High Command, even being exceptionally lenient if a mission’s failure is Mindbender’s fault), but there are times when he considers the monarch to be a “spoiled brat”.

He becomes a recurring character in season 2. In his appearances, Mindbender is often in charge of Cobra science projects and working with Serpentor or the Dreadnoks. He invents machines or weapons to use against the Joes, such as the nightmare-causing Sombulator and an organ that controls emotions with its music. Dr. Mindbender had a major role in “My Brother’s Keeper”, in which he recruits scientist Jeremy Penser to help fix a device called the Voltronic Galaxitor.

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Toy Photography fun

If any of you follow our Toy Habits Instagram page and The Toy Sorceress Instagram page, you will see the Toy Sorceress loves Toy Photography, so here are some photographs for your enjoyment and inspiration! Dr. Mindbender was a blast to photograph because you can recreate the scene in “Arise Serpentor, Arise” where he creates the Supreme Leader Serpentor! Enjoy!!!

Dr. Mindbender works on his ultimate creation Serpentor!

Through a breakthrough in cloning research, Dr. Mindbender creates the perfect warrior, extracted from the unearthed remains of some of the greatest generals and conquerors of all time!

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“The last element is in place, his genius brain is now ready and soon Serpentor will live!!!!”

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“Arise mighty warrior, that I command you!!!”

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With those words, the mighty Serpentor awakens and begins to rise! “The greatest warrior in all the world lives!!!! All hail the supreme leader Serpentor!!”

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Where to buy:

Although Dr. Mindbender is currently out of stock, the link to purchase him is below.

LINK TO PURCHASE: G.I. Joe Classified Series Dr. Mindbender Figure – Hasbro Pulse

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