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Kraken
KrakenToy
Appeared in Series 1
2006 Series
The Video Game
Monster in My Pocket comic
The Quest
Number 11
Point Value 20

Kraken is monster #11 from the Series 1 figures and was redesigned for the 2006 relaunch series.

Monster informationEdit

Kraken is available in red and yellow for the original colors, plus all four neon colors and rarer premium neon orange nad pink editions. It seems to be sprouting from the ocean, half of it's body deep within the sea, and three tentacles rising around it.

Legend of the KrakenEdit

The Kraken is a giant octopus monster said to inhabit the coasts of Norway and Iceland. Often mistaken for an island, sea travelers would find out the Kraken is a living creature too late, as it opened its vast mouth. It has a large pair of teeth jutting from it's gums, which can be mistaken for icebergs. Although the Kraken lives deep under the ocean, it occasionally rises to the surface in search of food.

Early tales of the Kraken describe it as a giagantic crab, or a a crab-fish or crab-octopus hybrid. Later tellings refer to it as a giant squid, octopus or cuttlefish. It's many arms are said to be incredibly strong, able to capsize ships with ease, and it is so large that it is sometimes mistaken for a small island. Rarely seen directly, more often its presence can be known by the stench of its waste, or by the abundance of fish that feed on such matter. Severe tidal conditions were also blamed on the monster's movement in the ocean.

The word kraken derives from krake, an old Norwegian word for 'wrong' or 'twisted.' In modern Germna, krake means octopus, with kraken the plural form.

tales of great sea monsters go back uncounted centuries, and specific use of the name Kraken to at least the 18th. Tales of the creature vary, but all agree on its gargantuan size. Such tales are likely the exaggerated reports of the giant or colossol squid, the largest invertebrate species known. Others may be grossly altered tales of great whales. Sperm whales are known to fight and eat giant squid - such events could be miscontrued as sightings of a single, enormous beast. The giant squid or 'kraken octopus' was proved to exist in 1857. Tales of the Kraken proved popular with sailors and fishermen, and worked their way into literature.

The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening open huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen, In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

Kraken was one of the monsters who received a complete makeover for the 2006 remakes. A drastic change, Kraken is no longer an octopus, but a humanoid sea monster, resembling Gillman from The Creature From the Black Lagoon. This version owes some similarity to the Kraken that appears in Clash of the Titans, although the movie creature sported four arms, compared to the MIMP's two. The movie creature is referred to as a Kraken, but is more accurately a depiction of the Greek mythological monster the cetos or ketos. The name of this monster is the root of the modern cetacean, meaning a whale or its relative. According to the monster description collectable card and website:

"Kraken is a Sea Monster of gargantuan size that can be found in the ocean of the coast of Norway and Iceland. Sailors who have seen him describe him as 'the size of a floating island' but the real danger is from the killer whirlpools he makes as he moves in the water near his ships.

The collectable card gave Kraken a total points value of 187.


Trading card textEdit

Species: Sea Serpant

Born: First Sighted in 1555

Size: 1 Mile wide

Habitat: Leaves in the deepest, darkest oceans

Perhaps the most awesome sea monster ever, Kraken is actually bigger than Yankee Stadium! When seen from the distance, Kraken appears to be a deserted island sitting in the middle of the ocean! However, if you approach this "island" you will be met with a pair of great, glassy eyes and a set of sharp teeth - so large that they are often mistaken for icebergs! When this guy's hungry, he will feast upon a large ship. Using his tentacles to pluck men from the deck, Kraken will swallow these tasty morsals as an appetizer. Then the powerful monster will wrap his eight arms completly around the ship, pulling it to the depths of the sea and eating the remaining crew for his main course. (I wonder what he eats for desert?)

In other mediaEdit

Konami video gameEdit

Kraken appears as a boss monster in the Monster in My Pocket video game. He dwells deep within the Underground, and attacks the player immediately with his tentacles. After he is defeated, he appears later in Monster Mountain, attacking identically to how he did before.

The Kraken falls after being hit 33 times.

Comic book seriesEdit

Kraken appeared very briefly in the Monster in My Pocket comic series while atop Monster Mountain during the meeting between Vampire and Warlock. It is unknown whom he sided with, though presumably with Warlock, as he worked for him in the video game.

The QuestEdit

Kraken was planned to appear on the now-cancelled Monster in My Pocket: The Quest. Promotional artwork featured him as a humanoid octopus.

GalleryEdit

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