Guest Posts

Cultural Connections: Captain Crawfish 🏴‍☠️

Hey Poptropicans, this is a guest post by Smart Icicle. Enjoy!

Hi! I’m Smart Icicle and I would like to introduce a theory on the beloved Captain Crawfish in Poptropica. Now we all know what Captain Crawfish looks like, but could his appearance be inspired by other fictional pirates? Here’s what I think:

A major, modern franchise about pirates is Pirates of the Caribbean. This film series is about all of the misadventures of legendary pirate, Captain Jack Sparrow. So now, onto Captain Crawfish.

You might know that Poptropica’s iconic pirate is named after a lobster-like sea creature (the crawfish). Well, in Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the villains Jack Sparrow had to face was Davy Jones and his crew. In the films, Davy Jones is a pirate who ferries the people who died into the afterlife. He usually would send the Kraken, an abnormally giant squid, onto a ship to take sailors. So there is that connection of a fascination for sea monsters in both Poptropica and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, the legend of the Kraken predates the film series.

Next, Captain Crawfish’s hat. His hat is red with a feather and has a green bandana. His hat closely resembles the hat of Hector Barbossa, Jack Sparrow’s rival. Barbossa’s majestic hat is black with a feather and includes a green bandana.

Captain Crawfish’s beard is somewhat similar to Captain Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard, another pirate of old legend who also appears as an antagonist in Pirates of the Caribbean (the fourth movie). Blackbeard has a long black beard with smoke, while Jack Sparrow’s beard consists of two little braids. Add those two beards together (sans smoke) and you will end up with a beard similar to Captain Crawfish’s.

Now let’s take a quick break and look at the storyline in Skullduggery Island. Fort Ridley is where the main story starts off. Before we arrive, Captain Crawfish has robbed every store — much like the opening to Pirates of the Caribbean, where Barbossa and his crew attack and rob the stores in Port Royal (where all the adventures begin)! Barbossa’s crew also capture Elizabeth Swann, the governor’s daughter in Port Royal. While there isn’t kidnapping in Skullduggery, Captain Crawfish does mess with the governor of Fort Ridley!

At the governor’s mansion in Skullduggery Island.

Back to appearances, Captain Crawfish’s outfit is similar to Elizabeth Swann’s outfit in the second PotC movie. Elizabeth’s pirate outfit consists of a brown coat with a white shirt and cross-body strap.

Also, Captain Crawfish has a gold skull on his eyepatch. This resembles Ragetti, another character from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Ragetti originally had a wooden eye, which he often loses. In the third movie, Ragetti had to give up his eye to Captain Barbossa. After he lost the eye, Ragetti puts on an eyepatch. Wonder what happened to Captain Crawfish’s eye?

Finally, we get to Captain Crawfish’s peg leg. Peg legs are sometimes associated with pirates (though perhaps not based on historic fact). In fact, Barbossa got one in the fourth PotC movie after he lost his leg in an encounter with Blackbeard.

What do you think about these connections between Poptropica, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other pirate legends? Do you agree or disagree? Either way, Captain Crawfish is an iconic Poptropica villain.

That’s it from me — Smart Icicle out! 📚❄️

Hope you enjoyed this guest post by Smart Icicle. If you did, you might also enjoy another guest post that looks at the question of What happens to Poptropica villains after “the end”?

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Daily Pop

Staying In The Zone

To be in the Zone of Poptropica, you need to be in touch with all your friends. So remember to add people and stalk check their profiles every day for updates, such as the very interesting fact of whether of not they can do a handstand. Just a heads up, in case you didn’t know, Shark Boy can do a handstand.

Remember, if you want to add the Creators or any other interesting friends, check out the PHB’s Friend Finder. Not only can you find important friends, but you can also see the comments and discover other friends you might want to add. If you want people to add you, then leave a comment saying a little about your Poptropican and your username!

So what do you think about having friends in Poptropica? Was it a good idea or a fail from the Creators? Comment with your opinion!

~Super Thunder

Red Dragon Island

Creators’ Favorites

So, for some reason, the Creators thought that we would like to know what islands are their favorites.  And they’re starting with Captain Crawfish.

You might think that his favorite island would be Skullduggery.  After all, he’s the star villain in it.  But I guess he likes being the hero better than being the bad guy.

Creators’ favorite Islands: Captain Crawfish’s pick

Over the next week, we’ll be sharing the Poptropica creators’ picks for their favorite Islands. Today: Captain Crawfish.

My favorite is Red Dragon Island. I love the art for old Japan, and I especially like all the cool ninja powers you learn to use near the end. You wouldn’t expect an old sea salt with a peg leg could master the grappling hook, but I did it!

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A pirate in Japan…doesn’t quite fit…  Well, what can I say?  It’s Poptropica, anything can happen.

Daily Pop

Don’t panic, folks, trained monkeys are on it!

This is one of those posts you might think “What in the world is going on?”. Truth is, it’s only a minor glitch in the game of Poptropica :). A minor glitch has occured in the Daily Pop. Yes, the comics are no longer being updated *for now*. When was the last time someone saw a new Peanuts strip in the Daily Pop? Like three months ago! At first I thought the creators just forgot about the comics, turns out that a glitch is keeping new ones from coming in!

Some of you have noticed a glitch in the comics section of the Daily Pop. They’re not updating! Our team of trained monkeys is working overtime to fix the issue. We will let you know just as soon as it’s resolved.
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Don’t panic, people! I’m sure everyone will live for the rest of the day without comics on the Daily Pop! A team of “trained monkeys…” are being put to work on the issue. Are you calling yourselves monkeys, creators? 0_0. Umm, how smart are these “monkeys”? Hopefully they’re smart enough to actually use the computer and not completely wipe out poptropica’s servers and files in the proccess…hopefully. The creators blog will be updated, and the Poptropica community informed when the issue is over. Seems as if Director D hasn’t been posting in awhile. His last post was when, 2 months ago?

CC: Does that mean I’m safe?! Finally! I won’t be forced by those monsters to do all these posts! I’m free!
Elmopwns: Nah, it just means you’ll live for about one more day…before we invite the entire phb community to a feast in the next time you post (idea taken from conversation in the previous comments!).
CC: NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Why?! Why must you nom and torture me?! Why?!
Elmopwns: Because lobsters are delicious :D. Have you ever tried lobster Bisque?
CC: What in the world…
Lobster Bisque, yumm 😀 :

CC: Me in a soup? The horror 0_0…
Well, what’s your favorite way to nom Captain Crawfish?  Comment below!

In other short blogging news: My music theory exams are on Saturday (Pacific Time/LAX) time. They’re really hard music analysis questions with technical terms, over 100 words to memorize, different and complex notes and rhythms to answer questions about, and hardness overall :(. Wish me luck, everyone.

I will not be online for the next two days to post because of this and study. I’m also sharing just a bit of my parent’s companies. My dad’s has officially launched into beta stage. The company helps people (18+) manage money and stuff. Read the webpage to learn more/manage money. Just a quick note, thanks for your help! It’s appreciated, guys. You’re the best community in the world. Ep signing out for two days, bye for now.

Poptropica Store

Summer ‘011

It’s that time again, folks! That’s right! I’m pretty sure a LOT of you know what I’m talking about…barbecues, free time, fun, fun, and more fun…No, I am not talking about nomming Captain Crawfish! But pretty close to it in terms of funness! 🙂

CC: Something about nomming me?! I thought I was safe here! *hides back into ship.*

Elmopwns: I’ll get you eventually, you crawfish! *prepares hot water*. So far your record for being alive is…two posts.

CC: *pops out of ship* It was longer than that! Way longer!

Elmopwns: I’ve got you now!

CC: Eek! *jumps out of ship and into water, begins to swim away*

Well, looks like our little “guest for supper” got away…for now ;). He either drowns in the ocean, gets caught by one of the authors, or he meets a race of cannibals that either make him their slave or noms him alive…ouch. In the meantime, there’s a new update on the creators blog! I mentioned the feature of this update (costume) some days ago, but of course, it wasn’t too official. Take a look at this new post, guys. This was taken straight from the PCB (Poptropica Creators’ Blog):

Bounce into summer!

Check out what’s new in the Poptropica Store!
The stylish Beach Ball costume is the perfect way to beat the heat this summer. Sure, it may not cut the most flattering silhouette, but when the temperature starts rising it’s all about function over form.
Speaking of this volleyball costume, summer is right around the corner! Some of you might be going back to relatives houses like me (back to China in three weeks where I plot world domination on a global scale…mehheheheheh), playing video games, hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing sports, going to camps, sleeping in until one, or waking up at one in the morning. So this new costume certainly will let you “bounce into summer”. Get the pun? Get it? Volleyball, bounce, Summer? Heheheh :).
The volleyball costume is pretty much a ball that goes around your body with colors in stripes of white, green, blue, and yellow. Head down to the Poptropica Store to recieve your own copy of this Summer costume. Well, just a heads up, players. This costume might seem fat based on the way you view it ;). But if you think this costume is for you, go straight down to the store and purchase it! Giant volleyball FTW!!!
CC: *washes up on foreign beach* Yes! I’m safe! I’M FINALLY SAFE!
Strange Hunter with spear: Would you like to join me for dinner?
CC: Sure! I’m starving! What do you have for dinner?
Hunter: *shows CC menu*
CC: Yummmm! What’s this say? Lobster surprise? What’s that supposed to be? What are you doing with that hot water? I don’t like the fact that that thing’s pretty close to me 0_0. What the…get that thing away from me!
I called it, got nommed by cannibals :)!
Ep out!