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Captain Cracker

Dammit, Polly!  You've shit on my shoulder for the last time!

Captain Cracker is a notorious robotic buccaneer that was first introduced in the 23rd episode (Mandora and The Pirates) of the 1980s animated ThunderCats television series. He appears in episodes 100 (Exile Isle) and 122 (Cracker's Revenge) as well. The actor Earl Hammond provided the dastardly corsair's voice. LJN also produced an action figure of the character for their ThunderCats toy line.

Captain Cracker, and his crew of felons, stalk the cosmos in his starship, the Jolly Roger, plundering planets and preying upon other interstellar travelers. Given his occupation, it should come as no surprise that this metallic crook is a marked man, topping many 'Most Wanted' lists throughout the galaxy. When forced to fight, Captain Cracker typically wields a cutlass, dirk, or similar edged weapon. His robotic body has considerable strength and his armored chassis provides a fairly good defense against most conventional attacks. Cracker is seldom seen without his mechanical parrot companion, Polly, perched on his shoulder.

This project was made specifically for a ThunderCats themed custom toy contest at Figure Realm.

Cylin-Dar base body, newsprint, lined notebook paper, tissue paper, wire twist ties, white glue, and acrylic paint.

2.8 cm/1.1 in. x 5.1 cm/2.0 in. (widest point x highest point)
Note: The numbers given assume a neutral standing pose without any accessories attached.

Captain Cracker has eleven joints: Neck, mid-torso, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankle. The tails of his bandanna are also bendable. Polly has four joints: Neck, wings, and tail.

Two days; December 12 and 14, 2011. I started, and finished, Captain Cracker, and the sword accessory, on the 12th. The 14th was spent making Polly and doing touch-ups.
Note: This only accounts for the time period spent customizing the Cylin-Dar base body into this particular character, not the creation of said body.

For comparison/informational purposes, below are some relevant images:

LJN Toy's Captain Cracker ThunderCats action figure.

Captain Cracker ThunderCats action figure in unopened package.

Captain Cracker as he appears in the ThunderCats animated cartoon series.

Captain Cracker as he appears in the ThunderCats animated cartoon series.      Captain Cracker as he appears in the ThunderCats animated cartoon series.


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