03/12/2015 01:50 EDT | Updated 03/12/2015 01:59 EDT

Cobra Commander Given The Key To Springfield, Illinois

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Ssssssomething'ssssssss afoot in Springfield, Illinois.

"G.I. Joe" character Cobra Commander (or at least someone dressed up like him) was given the key to the city by Mayor J. Michael Houston on Wednesday.


It turns out the whole thing was a publicity stunt for the official G.I. Joe Collector's Convention (GI JoeCon), which is taking place in Springfield from April 9 - 12, 2015.

At least Cobra was appreciative, saying: "Springfielders near and far, I accept your Mayor’s generous gift. Let it be known that I, too, bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart; an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!"

To quell those nostalgic feelings you're having, kids of the '80s and '90s:


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