Thursday, March 6, 2014

Crystal Ball - Cobra Hypnotist

According to many sources, Crystal Ball is the "most maligned figure" of all the vintage G.I. Joe line. I've never really understood why though. Sure, he's a hypnotist with red eyes who dresses like a wanna be vampire. But is he *that* different from a shape-changing biker, a chrome-headed arms dealer, or a ninja? Last time I checked, those were exactly everyday professions either.

I never had a problem incorporating Crystal Ball into my Cobra lineup. I figured he and Dr. Mindbender would get along great.

Oh sure, at first I bet they hated each other: Dr, Mindbender is a man of science, where Crystal Ball favors pseudo-science and mysticism. But I bet after a while, they came to appreciate each others approaches and they probably became friends.

The rest of Cobra probably kept their distance from the pair though...

Anyway, I had considered using a Ra's al Ghul miniature for Crystal Ball at first, but this Doctor Strange Heroclix had his mystic circle thingies, which I thought could stand in for Crystal Ball's hypno-shield.

I thought about trying to add his fur collar thing with green stuff much trouble..



  1. I was never really that big of a fan of Crystal Ball until IDW did the G.I.Joe Infested 2 series in which he becomes a very major player and his real abilities begin to show. After reading those comics he skyrocketed up to the top of my favorite Cobras list.

    1. Ooo, that sounds interesting. I need to get caught up on the more recent Joe comics.


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