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Jan. 30, 2009by: Mike Sampson
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UPDATE - A person who claims to have read the script checked in to help clarify. But that includes spoilers so look away if you don't wanna know. Apparently in the movie, "The Doctor" actually turns out to be Cobra Commander and that the Mindbender character is just a minor cameo type thing. But from what I remember from early drafts, "The Doctor" is the guy who (through Destro) turns an ordinary solider into "Cobra"...

If you've been out and about on the interwebs today, you may have seen these new GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA cards that are circulating and causing all kinds of fanboy griping. Let's try to get a few things straight. First, the images originated here and were sent it by a user who was at the UK Toy Fair. These aren't trading cards, per se, but those character cards that you could cut out of the back of the packaging for the action figure. Second, these are legit. No Photoshop trickery here, this is actual GI JOE merchandise. Third, much of what we're seeing isn't all that new. Breaker, for example, was seen in the very first batch of promo stills that were released (see for yourself here).

The two new characters we get, The Doctor and Cobra Viper, seem to be eliciting all kinds of crazy reactions but Cobra Viper are glorified Stormtroopers. They're henchmen so don't get too crazy about the way they look. And The Doctor IS NOT Joseph Gordon Levitt/Cobra Commander. That is the movie's version of Dr. Mindbender from the comics. Hence the monocle and the card's claims that his "experiments deal with mind control." So let's not all lose our shit here. Optimus had lips and it wasn't the end of the world. The first footage from the movie shows up during the Super Bowl this weekend and then we'll have a better chance to judge... Click here to check out all the GI JOE cards.

Extra Tidbit: Apparently we do hear a "YO Joe!" in the movie.
Source: Hisstank

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12:26PM on 01/31/2009
He'd better look EXACTLY LIKE THAT!

Good pic, by the way.
He'd better look EXACTLY LIKE THAT!

Good pic, by the way.
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3:17PM on 01/30/2009

@ExarKoontz

I know what you mean. I cant wait to see what he is going to look like.
I know what you mean. I cant wait to see what he is going to look like.
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1:45PM on 01/30/2009
I hope we also hear a "COBRA LALALALA!"
I hope we also hear a "COBRA LALALALA!"
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12:04PM on 01/30/2009
I can understand using "The Doctor". I mean I know all the characters have codenames, but "Dr. Mindbender is a little on the silly side.

That aside, I am still psyched for this movie. I really hope they can keep a lid on Cobra Commander's appearance, I would like to be surprised for once.
I can understand using "The Doctor". I mean I know all the characters have codenames, but "Dr. Mindbender is a little on the silly side.

That aside, I am still psyched for this movie. I really hope they can keep a lid on Cobra Commander's appearance, I would like to be surprised for once.
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10:35AM on 01/30/2009

Damn I thought I was onto something.

Thanks for the Mike. That's not a bad choice I thought he was good in The Mummy, Yeah I said it.
Thanks for the Mike. That's not a bad choice I thought he was good in The Mummy, Yeah I said it.
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9:58AM on 01/30/2009

spider

Kevin J. O'Connor (THERE WILL BE BLOOD) is playing the good doctor in the movie.
Kevin J. O'Connor (THERE WILL BE BLOOD) is playing the good doctor in the movie.
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9:43AM on 01/30/2009

My guess.

Have they mentioned who is playing The Doctor? My guess is Johnathan Tucker. It looks like the same forehead/hairline and he has the same bags under his eyes.
Here's a pic to compare:
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Have they mentioned who is playing The Doctor? My guess is Johnathan Tucker. It looks like the same forehead/hairline and he has the same bags under his eyes.
Here's a pic to compare:
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9:10AM on 01/30/2009
Out of these cards, I really like Arnold Vosloo (Zartan) one. He got that villain look. For the rest of the cards, they look okay.
Out of these cards, I really like Arnold Vosloo (Zartan) one. He got that villain look. For the rest of the cards, they look okay.
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8:48AM on 01/30/2009
Why not just use Dr. Mindbender?

And what's with that print: "a brilliant scientist who's always developing the latest technologies to assist the efforts of blah, blah, blah..." Couldn't they have been a little more vague?

I dunno, maybe my memory of the old cards is flawed and they used a lot of general terms like this, too, but... geez.
Why not just use Dr. Mindbender?

And what's with that print: "a brilliant scientist who's always developing the latest technologies to assist the efforts of blah, blah, blah..." Couldn't they have been a little more vague?

I dunno, maybe my memory of the old cards is flawed and they used a lot of general terms like this, too, but... geez.
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