REX “THE DOCTOR” LEWIS
GI JOE: RISE OF COBRA
“Rex is the chief experimental doctor for M.A.R.S. Industries and developer of advanced nanotechnology. Disfigured in an explosion, he relies on life support equipment as he launches a diabolical plan to satisfy his thirst for power and revenge. ”
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra isn’t a particularly well-regarded movie. It definitely took some…different approaches to the source material. I myself kind of enjoyed the movie, but with the caveat that I liked it as it’s own, separate thing. It’s a good spy-flick, but the Joe label is a bit misplaced. Misplacing of labels seems to have gone around a lot in this movie. I absolutely loved Joseph Gordon Levitt’s turn as Doctor Mindbender. The only problem is that as it turns out, the mysteriously named “The Doctor,” despite checking off every mark for Mindbender (including the character’s signature monocle), is actually Cobra Commander. Odd choice. But hey, cool action figures, though!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Rex “The Doctor” Lewis was released in the third series of Hasbro’s G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra tie-in line, which hit a little while after the film’s release. Presumably, he was in a later assortment so that the reveal that he was Baroness’s not-quite-dead brother Rex could be kept secret. The figure stands about 4 inches tall and he has 22 points of articulation. The sculpt for the Doctor was all-new to him, and as far as I know, it’s not been re-used (well, apart from the labcoat, which has shown up on a few figures). The sculpt is certainly different. Hasbro opted to not be 100% faithful to the film’s version of Rex, who dressed more like an actual scientist (well, apart from the headgear). This figure has some sort of Edward Scissorhands get-up. Which, with the addition of the jacket, ends up looking about the same as the movie design anyway, so I guess it didn’t really matter. The head stays pretty faithful, apart from the loss of the monocle thing. The hair and breathing apparatus are both removable, allowing you to view the fully unmasked Rex, who actually looks a fair bit like Levitt in the scar make-up from the film. Despite being removable, the hair and rebreather fit pretty tightly to the head, and look pretty decent overall, and they also both stay in place really well, which is a definite plus. The paint on the Doctor is largely confined to the head (everything else is mostly black plastic). The detail work is actually pretty great, and they convey the scarred nature of his skin quite nicely. The Doctor is packed with a pair of claw gloves, a giant nanite-injector claw-thing, a pistol, a rifle, a briefcase with three containers of nanites, and a display stand with “THE DOCTOR” printed on it. Not a bad assortment of extras! The case with the nanites and the claw gloves are definitely my favorites, but they’re all pretty fun extras.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Doctor was one of my favorite parts of Rise of Cobra, so I was a little dismayed that he wasn’t out when the film hit. I patiently waited for his release, and ended up finding him at the local Walmart while grabbing some Christmas decorations with my Dad. He’s one of the better entries in the Rise of Cobra line, and one of my favorite modern-era Joes in general. Not bad for a figure from a movie nobody likes!