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The Mind Mangler

17th of 19 episodes in DiC season 1. Written by Christy Marx. First aired November 8, 1990.









Previous episode: D-Day at Alcatraz, Part 2
Next episode: BIOK

Following a speech at the Worldwide Anti-Terrorist Center, Duke is flying home when he is attacked by Cobra aircraft. He summons help from Sky Patrol but is shot down. As most of Sky Patrol is on the way, Drop Zone gets tired of waiting at Sky Patrol Headquarters and takes a Sky Raven to join them. Skydive and Altitude parachute down to the forest where Duke crashed, and Drop Zone is shot down as soon as he arrives. Meanwhile, Duke is being held in an underground base by a Cobra agent called the Mind Mangler.

Once all of Sky Patrol is together in the forest, they find and attack Cobra's base, while Duke is subjected to a mind probe. He resists with the help of Megan, the Mangler's daughter. Altitude uses false video feed to trick the Cobras into evacuating, and the Sky Patrol rescues Duke and Megan. While Megan (actually Zarana) uses her stay at Joe Headquarters to steal information, Skydive and Airwave track down the Mangler and discover he's a robot. Skydive makes it to Joe HQ in time to take Zarana's disk, though she herself escapes. Sky Patrol then puts the Mangler robot to work washing their vehicles.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Duke279 seconds29 linesgiving speech, flying Retaliator, captured, escaping with Sky Patrol, in bed at HQ, rescuing Skydive
Skydive270 seconds27 linesat Sky Patrol HQ, flying Sky Raven, rescuing Duke, securing Cobra base, flying Sky Hawk to Joe HQ
Drop Zone241 seconds24 linesat Sky Patrol HQ, flying Sky Raven, rescuing Duke, at Joe HQ
Altitude215 seconds22 linesat Sky Patrol HQ, in Sky Raven, rescuing Duke, at Joe HQ
Airwave165 seconds13 linesat Sky Patrol HQ, driving Sky HAVOC, rescuing Duke, securing Cobra base, controlling Mangler
Static Line140 seconds8 linesat Sky Patrol HQ, flying Sky Hawk, rescuing Duke, at Joe HQ
Airborne (SP)129 seconds9 linesat Sky Patrol HQ, flying Sky S.H.A.R.C., rescuing Duke, at Joe HQ
Gnawgahyde98 seconds11 linesat Cobra base, on Mind Mangler's viewscreen during Duke's mind probe
Zarana53 seconds11 linesdisguised as Megan, helping Duke escape, taken to Joe HQ
 
Background Characters
Cobra Commander4 seconds(silent)on Mind Mangler's viewscreen during Duke's mind probe
Scarlett2 seconds(silent)on Mind Mangler's viewscreen during Duke's mind probe (9:19-20)
 
Troops Appearing
Crimson Guard Immortal61 seconds1 lineat Cobra base, attacking in forest, on Mind Mangler's viewscreen, flying F.A.N.G.s to extract Zarana
Vapor9 seconds flying F.A.N.G.s to attack Duke and to extract Zarana
Range-Viper3 seconds running for cover in forest
Sky Raven88 seconds used to search for Duke
 
Vehicles Appearing
Retaliator69 seconds used to fly from Anti-Terrorist Center and to rescue Skydive
Sky Hawk (SP)66 seconds used to search for Duke, attack Cobra base, and return to Joe HQ
F.A.N.G. II57 seconds used to attack Retaliator, on patrol, used to extract Zarana
Sky S.H.A.R.C.24 seconds used to search for Duke and return to Joe HQ
Sky H.A.V.O.C.20 seconds used to search for Duke and attack Cobra base
Dominator19 seconds used by Joes to rescue Duke from Cobra base
Hurricane V.T.O.L.4 seconds used to attack Drop Zone
 
Non-Toy Characters: The Mind Mangler, Frogzilla

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Series 2, Season 1 set (Disc 4, Episode 4)
  • First Appearances (in order): Airwave, Static Line, Altitude, and Sky Patrol's Airborne; the Sky H.A.V.O.C.
  • Altitude is replaced with Airwave in one forest shot, while the real Airwave is still at Sky Patrol Headquarters.