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The Funhouse

27th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Steve Mitchell and Barbara Petty. First aired October 1, 1985.









Previous episode: The Viper Is Coming
Next episode: Where the Reptiles Roam

Zartan kidnaps scientist Dr. Hibbentrope from his lab. The next day, Cobra Commander contacts Joe Headquarters and announces a huge ransom for multiple captured scientists. Breaker traces Cobra's location, and despite sensing a trap, a team of Joe volunteers assault Cobra's island base. After an easy battle, Zap blows a hole in the temple wall, and eight Joes enter. The Joes' weapons and equipment are seized, and Cobra Commander welcomes them by video screen to his "funhouse."

Warned that a time bomb is in place, the Joes split up to find the temple's control room. As Zap struggles to detonate armor shielding over the entrance, all the Joes inside except Flint fall to the temple's traps. Flint reaches the control room too late to defuse the bomb, but the Joes evacuate the island just in time. They follow Cobra's escaping leaders to the real fortress. The Joes plow through Cobra's forces and rescue the scientists.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Flint354 seconds45 linesleading assault on South American base; in Skystriker against desert temple
Cobra Commander327 seconds37 linesholding scientists for ransom to lure Joes to a booby-trapped base; at main temple
Alpine242 seconds25 linesassaulting Cobra base, paired with Bazooka; rounding up Cobra prisoners
Lady Jaye229 seconds17 linesassaulting Cobra base, paired with Flint; escaping in Skystriker; at desert temple
Bazooka214 seconds13 linesassaulting Cobra base, paired with Alpine
Airtight176 seconds18 linesassaulting Cobra base, paired with Dusty
Zartan151 seconds12 lineskidnapping & impersonating Dr. Hibbentrope; with Cobra Commander; flying a Firebat
Dusty134 seconds8 linesassaulting Cobra base, paired with Airtight
Baroness116 seconds9 lineswith Cobra Commander at South American base and main temple
Gung-Ho85 seconds6 linesassaulting South American base; escaping in Skystriker
Zap67 seconds7 linesassaulting South American base, using explosives to create an entrance
Breaker42 seconds2 linesat HQ tracing Cobra Cmdr's transmission; helping rescue scientists at Cobra temple
Wild Bill26 seconds2 linesin Dragonfly assaulting South American base and desert temple
 
Background Characters
Scarlett16 seconds (silent)assaulting South American base
Snake Eyes11 seconds assaulting South American base
Short-Fuze10 seconds (silent)assaulting South American base
Rock 'n Roll8 seconds (silent)assaulting South American base; driving Silver Mirage (colored as Zap)
Ace2 seconds1 lineleading Skystrikers against South American base (4:10-11)
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra64 seconds in HISS tanks and on foot defending South American base and desert temple
Greenshirt20 seconds in Dragonflies and on foot assaulting South American base; rounding up prisoners
Crimson Guard12 seconds guarding kidnapped scientists; one seen driving a Ferret to defend temple
Cobra Officer8 seconds manning Cobra's desert temple
HISS Driver4 seconds in HISS tanks defending South American base
Viper Pilot2 seconds running from Flint (5:18-19) [coloring error]
 
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker51 seconds used to assault and flee South American base, and to attack desert temple
HISS41 seconds used to defend South American base and desert temple
Dragonfly26 seconds used to assault South American base and desert temple
Firebat14 seconds used by Cobra Commander to flee South American base
Chameleon7 seconds driven by Zartan to Dr. Hibbentrope's lab
Mauler6 seconds used to assault desert temple (often colored green)
Wolverine6 seconds used to assault desert temple
Killer WHALE4 seconds used to unload troops at assault on South American base
Sky Hawk4 seconds seen at beginning of assault on South American base
APC3 seconds used to unload troops at assault on South American base
Rattler3 seconds used to flee desert temple
Silver Mirage3 seconds used to assault desert temple
Ferret2 seconds used to defend desert temple (19:38-39)
VAMP Mark II2 seconds used to assault desert temple (20:31, 20:36)
Trubble Bubble1 second destroyed in assault on South American base (4:23)
 
Non-Toy Characters: security guard, Dr. Hibbentrope, other unnamed scientists.
Non-Toy Equipment: snake-headed rail car.

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 4, Episode 7).