Here’s another figure in really good shape for being more than 25 years old.
This is Crystal Ball, the Cobra hypnotist, released as part of Hasbro’s 1987 line of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero action figures.
Crystal Ball is another of the ‘87 villain figures with personality. By that I mean they were actual characters and not just another variation of the “viper” corps.
The character never appeared in the Joe cartoon or comics, but he was featured in the G.I. Joe collector’s card series. According to the card, Crystal Ball was buried underneath some ice avalanche at Cobra-La, never to be seen again.
Here’s something interesting I found at YoJoe.com:
Legend has it that famous horror author Stephen King is connected to this figure. Depending on how the story is told, either he or his son, Owen, (who was a big G.I.Joe fan and who was the namesake for Sneak Peek) created Crystal Ball and wrote the filecard.
So that explains everything.
Crystal Ball is featured in the recent IDW Joe comics, where he is reimagined as Cobra’s “inquisitor general” and specializes in psychological tactics.
He also has longer hair and a beard, and these long, steel fingertip extensions that add to the creepiness.
I dig it though. It beats the weird gypsy look of the figure above.