Crystal Ball was animated only for commercials.
Constantin Lupul, born February 12, 1931 in Scarborough, Maine, but raised in Romania's Cindrel Mountains. Crystal Ball befriended Cobra Commander in the late 1950s, during the future leader's time in Europe, and was the source of the Commander's interest in mind control and harnessing supernatural forces. The only human to know of the Commander's background with Cobra-La from the beginning, Crystal Ball was consulted in an unofficial capacity on several occasions when Cobra had dealings in Eastern Europe. Late in 1984, during Serpentor's unopposed reign of Cobra, the Baroness sought him out in hope of restoring Cobra Commander to his human form, but the mystic's efforts were unsuccessful. Reclusive, he resided alone, away from Cobra bases, and only agreed to occasional missions for Cobra, the last of which was on his sixtieth birthday. His appearance is represented by Version 1.
|Version 1: 1987 regular carded assortment
|Fig. #0117: Cobra Hypnotist
- head: Crystal Ball (87)
- arms: Crystal Ball (87)
- torso: Crystal Ball (87)
- waist: Crystal Ball (87)
- legs: Crystal Ball (87)
|Accessories: black hypno shield (new, with multi-colored lenticular surface and arm clip)
|Born of a Romalian [sic, should be Romanian] father (who supposedly had "second sight") and an American mother from Bangor, Maine, Crystal Ball actually was the seventh son of a seventh son . . . and such men, the gypsies of old believed, were possessed of supernatural powers. That may or may not be true, but Crystal Ball can sometimes read minds, making him a unique addition to the Cobra forces, especially as an interrogator of captured Joes. Cobra doesn't use torture to interrogate their prisoners; when Crystal Ball is having one of his good days, they simply don't need to.|
"When Crystal is around, ya don't just have to watch what you're sayin'; you have to watch what you're thinkin'!"
|Toy Notes: Featured in the Buzz Boar commercial. Item #6749. Reportedly developed at the suggestion of Stephen King's son Owen (b. 1976), who was a G.I. Joe fan and wanted a magician on the team. It is additionally rumored that either Stephen or Owen King wrote this filecard. Stephen King mentions this figure in his book The Tommyknockers.