COLONEL CRACKEN Millennium Falcon Crew
The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 37499 No. 49690
Includes: Big gun, small blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: February 2012
Appearances: Return of the Jedi (deleted scene)
Bio: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you! (Taken from the figure's packaging. No specific character information.)
Image: Adam's photo dump.
Commentary: While this is the first figure named Colonel Cracken, a nameless Rebel Trooper from 2006 was modeled on the same basic character. I really don't get why Hasbro saw it necessary to do a new version of the character, but I won't deny it's a nice figure. The vest is now sculpted as part of the torso, which eliminates bulk and improves articulation. The head sculpt is better, but it lacks the communications equipment which made the 2006 version so distinctive. Both have pretty much the same legs. Just one look at the new Cracken lets you know it's an improved release, but it does lack the charm, and helmet, of the original.
With a good sculpt and improved deco, his 14 points of articulation make him a good member of the Millennium Falcon's crew. He includes a more-or-less standard laser pistol, plus a giant gun for reasons not totally known just yet. It looks like it should be designed to plug in to the big 2008 Millennium Falcon, but as far as I know nobody has actually discovered why this giant gun has a huge peg on it. It's a decent accessory, but its presence over, say, an alternate head with a headset is unknown. If you're looking for the best Cracken money can buy, I'd say it's a toss-up. Be sure to look at both versions because while this one has the best-overall sculpt, the original has a little more personality and more entertaining accessories.
Collector's Notes: This wave made the rounds in February and March, selling through quickly, and for many fans was the last time they saw new Vintage figures on the pegs. You may still be able to find one online or at your local comic book shop, but for the time being it does not look like it will get improved distribution at big box stores.