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PHB’s 6th Annual Halloween Costume Contest – enter if you dare! (CLOSED)

Contest has ended – click here to view the winners!

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It’s that time of the year again: Halloween is approaching, and that means it’s time for the PHB’s annual Halloween costume competition! Now for the 6th year in a row, you can enter your best creepy costume and hope to win a spot on the PHB’s Costumes page (plus, they’ll be featured on the PHB’s front page when the winners are announced on Halloween (October 31, when the contest ends).

This year, because of our (upcoming) recently achieved milestone of 14 million blog hits (as of October 16), we’ll be showcasing fourteen of our favorites as winners! Sound awesome yet?

Before you rush out to put together your masterpiece, please keep these rules in mind:

  1. IDEAS: Be original! We like to see that you’ve put effort into creating something spooky yet fashionable for the season, so simply copying (as opposed to mixing and matching) will probably hurt your chances. There are some great costume parts at the ghoul gathering from the end of the Haunted House quest from the Store, as well as the collection of recently-made-free costumes in the Store, but be creative and search in other places too!
  2. DON’T CHANGE: Keep your costume intact until after the winners are announced. If you change your costume back, we may not get to see your spooktacular entry! If you don’t want to keep the costume on your main account, you can create a new one and post that instead.
  3. ENTERING: After you’ve created your costume, here’s how you should post your entry: go to the Avatar Studio, type in your username, click Load, click on the Link to highlight it, right-click and choose Copy, go to the comments section on this post, right-click and choose Paste, type in your comment and submit so we can view your costume by clicking the link! Name your costume and post the username if you want. If you are having problems with the Avatar Studio, just post the username so we can check it. You may submit as many different entries as you like, but you can only win a maximum of one time (out of the 14 winners to be chosen).

(Protip: For inspiration, past winners can be viewed on the Costumes page!)

have your scary face on? good, now enter if you dare…

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Monster animation & Lalaloopsy Girls ad

Hey Poptropicans! Just a couple of new things worth mentioning: a new “inside Poptropica” video, and an ad for Lalaloopsy Girls! Read on for more details, and be sure to catch up on the posts below!

Monster Carnival Island: duck monster process & a doodle

Poptropica has posted yet another behind-the-scenes video, this time showing the process of animating the monster in the pool of the duck game on Monster Carnival Island! Very cool. :)

Going slightly off-topica, Poptropica also tweeted a doodle made by a Poptropica illustrator (signed “MRCER”) during a lunch break. Click here to see the beauty: it’s a sheep rocking out on a guitar!

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Lalaloopsy Girls ad

In addition to the new ads giving out bobblehead headwear, girls who log in may also receive a pink card that says “Like my cute outfit?” If you click on the only button (“Get blue braids!”), it should take you to the Lalaloopsy Girls ad, which is also a common room. (Unless you don’t live in the US, like me, in which case you’ll be brought to an ad-less Main Street. Anyway, I couldn’t access the ad, but Silly Pelican over at Poptropica With Scary Plug (PWSP) could – so SP, thanks for your insights!)

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If you’re able to get over all the pink in the atmosphere and step inside, you’ll find some character bios for the Lalaloopsy girls, a music video with the dolls, a jar that “glitters” your screen when you click it, a Dance Party power, and two dummies with cute outfits you can Costumize. Enjoy! ^-^

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Boo! As you may have seen, the PHB has a new spooky header – plus, I’ve changed my attire for the Halloween season, which you can see in the header or sidebar.

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Plus, stay tuned to the PHB for something even more spooktacular coming soon. :D

Shrink Ray reborn, comic surprise, & more!

Hey Poptropicans! There’s lots going on over on Poptropica’s official Twitter, especially with behind-the-scenes peeks and info, which will be covered below. For the latest in Pop, follow the PHB on Twitter! :)

Shrink Ray Island: the remake!

Among the many projects Poptropica is currently undertaking, Shrink Ray Island is being remade into an SUI (sound-updated island) – but not just that, there are going to be new characters/costumes! Like all the classic islands, it will still be a full island, rather than an episodic one. Poptropica tweeted this screenshot of a couple of characters wearing recycled trash:

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That’s not all – they’ve also created a new YouTube playlist called “Inside Poptropica”, and of the clips currently in there, two now three of them are new! The first one shows Creators attempting the audio for different weird voices for “I’m a skull in a jar” (for the Lockwood & Co ad), another one shows the rendering of the Milk Box Head character depicted above, and the last video is just a silly ten-second clip of a Poptropican with a disco afro affected by the Big Blue Zomberry power dancing inside the Club Nouveau Riche on Game Show Island. Watch the playlist below:

Behind-the-Scenes: Dr. Lange rejected art & Poptropica comic book?

Poptropica continues to tweet more behind-the-scenes images, as they have been doing recently. Check out this cute doodle of Dr. Lange from Virus Hunter Island! (It wasn’t quite the look the Creators were going for, though, so it was rejected.) Still, what a cheery doctor. :D

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Another sneak peek they tweeted was this illustrated comic page (not strip!) of an untold Jorge & Oliver adventure with Vikings – and apparently, it’s coming January 2015! The colors are more saturated, too, so if this is what it looks like, perhaps they’re planning to make Poptropica comic books available in print! (They didn’t exactly confirm this yet, but that’s my guess!) It would be pretty rad. :)

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Forgotten Islands to 3DS next week

Some time ago, we mentioned here on the PHB that Forgotten Islands, the fetch-questy Poptropica game currently available on iOS, will be made for the Nintendo 3DS as well. Well, this upcoming video game has a release date now: October 14th, which is next Tuesday!

The storyline of Forgotten Islands is not the same as any island on the online version of Poptropica, and if you’d like to check out what it’s like, take a look at the PHB’s Forgotten Islands Guide under MiniQuests! The 3DS version is likely to be the same as the iOS version, however.

Poptropica app to Kindle Fire

Poptropicans with a Kindle Fire, there’s good and bad news: Poptropica is working on an app for this device, but it won’t be around until early next year. (If everything goes according to plan!)

Poptropica Land “WOW!”s

Poptropica has tweeted some pretty cool Poptropica Land creations just in the past week or so (they’ve been calling them “today’s Poptropica Land WOW!”). Here’s a gallery of the latest “WOW!”s:

Great uses of the new Props feature! For more tips and tricks on making the best out of Poptropica Land, be sure to check out the PHB’s Land guide. :) Stay popping, Poptropicans.

Props to you, Land-makers

(This is a guest post by PHB reader Captain Spencer, who contributed to part of the PHB’s Poptropica Labs/Land guide, which you can take a look at for more info about Land. Enjoy! –slantedfish)

Hey guys, Spencer here. I’ve been mentioned on this blog before, and you can find the post here. Slanted Fish featured my Poptropica Land video, and in a few weeks’ time, it got over a thousand views! So props to Fishy, everybody. Anyway, I’m here to explain the new “Props” section of Poptropica Land! Below, you can see the list of available Props and the levels you unlock them at:

land propsThe Creators have said they’d be adding more Props, but in the meantime, here’s a list (number indicating level you unlock them at):

  1. cup, chair, wooden table, anvil, crate, barrel, stone pillar, milk, lunch tray
  2. kitchen cabinet, front-facing door, window, cardboard box, side-facing door, loaf of bread, cupcake, spaghetti, blue bed, pink bed, bookshelf, another wooden table, lamp, dresser table with mirror, toilet bowl, drawers, closet, tire lying flat, tire standing up, ceiling light, washing mashine, strawberry and kiwi cake, strawberry tart, framed blue mountain landscape, blue couch
  3. long ceiling light, potted plant, cake with green icing
  4. framed orange rock landscape, sink
  5. treasure chest, water cooler, popcorn
  6. oven, couch chair
  7. baseball, soccer ball, framed landscape of palm trees, framed picture of unicorn
  8. shower, basketball, (American) football
  9. sewing machine, standing lamp, fireplace
  10. microwave, cup with handle
  11. disc player, television, banana split
  12. radio, purple jar, safe
  13. bicycle, potted cactus, heavily layered sandwich
  14. motorcycle, computer, digital camera
  15. chocolate cake

When you land on Land (heh), you’ll start off the same as before, and you’ll need to mine Poptanium in order to start unlocking the coolest of the cool things. If you aren’t quite familiar with all that yet, check out the PHB’s Poptropica Land guide to get started with the Svadilfari hammer and mining Poptanium.

Once you have the hammer, click the hammer button (Mining Mode) at the bottom left of your screen and start aiming at what blocks you wish to destroy. Sometimes you’ll come across shiny blue atomish moleculeness called Poptanium. The more Poptanium you earn, the more levels, biomes, and props (furniture) you unlock! To unlock all Props, you’ll need 330 Poptanium.

lands2Now, once you get a bootiful amount of Poptanium, you will unlock Level 1. (Every 15 pieces of Poptanium, you level up.) Select the paintbrush (“Painting Mode”), then select the + button.

lands3Now click on the category of Props (the chair icon to the left). You’ll see a menu for all the available Props (plus, the menus now have a whiter, flatter look!).

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*you hear Spencer nailing with his hammer and breaking stuff*

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Ah, luxury.

Well, thanks for reading; I hope to see all you mates on either my YouTube, my blog, or on the PHC! Smoke-bomb! *throws smoke bomb into air*

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*crouches behind a tree* How the heck did you find me? (Oh, and if you’re wondering how on Poptropica I got that smoke bomb, it’s from Arabian Nights Island.) :P

Lockwood & Co. ad, more BTS, Props, & P-Con ep. 2

Ready for some spooky action? Halloween is coming at the end of this month, and the new Lockwood & Co. ad on ad streets seems to be in the right spirit (I found it beside the mill in Survival Ep. 5).

Inside the building, once you find the three ghosts (in the rattling teapot to the right, the cracked mirror on the left, and rocking horse at the top) – you’ll win the Skull in a Jar follower, which says “I’m a skull in a jar” in a deep voice when you click on it. Creeeeeepy. :P

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By the way, you can also play a little interactive game for Lockwood & Co via this Poptropica page.

(UPDATE: The Creators’ Blog mentioned this little thing in their post about Lockwood – “Not a flamin’ skull, unfortunately, but you can’t have everything.” Could they, perhaps, be talking about the greatest Poptropica band of the days of yore? Hmm. ;) We were pretty cool, but our glory days are over.)

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More behind-the-scenes from Twitter

Poptropica has been on a roll recently on Twitter, and over the past day they’ve released even more awesome behind-the-scenes (BTS) images! For even more BTS pics, see the PHB posts below.

Among the noteworthy are some early concept art for Arabian Nights characters, the frames of an animated sleeping dog for an “upcoming (and spooky)” ad (though not the Lockwood one above), and costumes for three monkeys and Jorge & Oliver from the official Poptropica comic strip.

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Props to you, Land owners

Lastly, Poptropica finally rolled out the anticipated furniture feature to Land earlier this week, and they’re calling it Props. Great for making your Land a little more homey! You can read more about it in our Poptropica Land guide, but we hope to update you guys with more specifics soon, so stay tuned. :)

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PoptropiCon, Ep. 2: description & poster

Thanks to Sneaky Panda for the tip that the description for the second episode of PoptropiCon (titled “Spoiler Alert”) is now up on the official Tour page! Here’s what it says:

The winner of the PoptropiCon costume contest will earn a one-of-a-kind prize. See if you can put together the ultimate villain outfit, but beware — the action at this convention is about to get real!

Looks like noon is approaching, and the cosplay contest is about to begin…

They’ve also added a new printable poster to the Tour page, and it looks pretty cool! You can view and click on it below. (thanks to Slippery Raptor for the tip!)

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Of course, the big news of this week is that Arabian Nights Island: Ep. 1 is now out for members, and for non-members, everyone can finally play Survival: Ep. 5! More info and helpful links about that in HPuterpop’s post. ;) Have a great weekend, Poptropicans!

Unused ideas, upcoming islands, last Charlie post, & uncostumizables

Hey Poptropicans! The following is a series of Poptropica news tidbits involving some unused ideas, future islands, the third and final Charlie Island post on the Roald Dahl site, and a look at why some things are uncostumizable. If you’re interested, read on!

Unused ideas: behind the scenes

Poptropica goes through lots of ideas in its planning stages, and recently on Twitter, they’ve posted a couple of these just for fun – check out the awesome rides on WaterThrill Island! (click to enlarge images) However, they’ve made it clear this won’t be an actual island. :(

Or will it? Sometimes Poptropicans wonder if the Creators are running out of ideas, but perhaps this tweet will put your mind at ease – the creative geniuses at Poptropica don’t give up that easily, claiming to have “hundreds of ideas” up their sleeves!

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Another behind-the-scenes moment they shared was the development of the Mission Atlantis Island logo, which went through many font style changes – I’d have to say they ended up picking the best of the bunch! What say you? :P By the way, if you’re curious about other island logo designs that didn’t make the final cut, check out the ones for Back Lot Island!

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Upcoming islands: GHD and a 3rd Wimpy Kid Island?

Arabian Nights: Ep. 1 will be releasing to members this Thursday, but what other adventures are coming to Poptropica? Without giving an exact order, Poptropica says that more PoptropiCon and Arabian Nights can be expected soon (likely continuing to come out with episodes interchangeably), but after this, we may see a Galactic Hot Dogs Island – and even another Wimpy Kid Island!

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Poptropica: The Run of the Factory

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For the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Poptropica has been sharing some behind-the-scenes about how they brought the classic story to an interactive online game – and now, their third and final post is up on the Roald Dahl website! Here’s a little excerpt:

Our final challenge in adapting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for Poptropica was creating fun gameplay that would move the story forward, and be true to the spirit of the book. It’s here that the differences between a book and a game are the most dramatic. In the story, the children are punished for breaking the rules. On Poptropica, players are supposed to break the rules!

[To read the rest of Poptropica’s entry, click here!]

And here are links to the rest of the story on Poptropica’s delightful adaptation:

As I’ve said before, it’s a great story with a great and unique island adventure! :D

Why are some items uncostumizable?

Ever wondered why some costume parts just can’t be Costumized? Poptropica recently tweeted that they do it to keep some things valuable for business – but that doesn’t explain why some wearables can’t be obtained in any way (that doesn’t involve cheats, I mean), even if you’re a member or through buying merchandise.

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In particular, Popman564 wanted to know about having a monkey costume – but to that end, it looks like that will remain rare. If you’re interested, you can read the slightly amusing conversation he had with Poptropica here (part one) and here (part two). Poor monkey.

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All right, that’s all for now, folks. You can all go home now – unless you’re reading this at home, in which case you should just ignore this sentence because I’ve rambled on long enough.

Stick around for the release of Arabian Nights: Ep. 1, How Bazaar coming later this week: the PHB will have a guide up for that as soon as possible! In the meantime, keep on popping on. :)

Facili-Tee, music previews, Avengers, & more

Hey Poptropicans! A new common room has been added to PoptropiCon Island: Facili-Tee, located right outside the convention center! Funny that they released this after the island came out, but at least we have a new common room… that hasn’t happened for the past two islands. :P

By the way, have you found the special “7″ balloon in the common rooms yet? It’s quite rare, so it may take several tries, but you’ll win a snazzy 7th birthday costume if you manage to pop it. Good news: the Creators say they’ll be turning up the frequency of the balloon’s appearance, so there’s now a better chance of finding it. :) Here’s a video from HPuterpop showing what that looks like:

Poptropica’s birthday party only lasts through September, so once the month ends, so will your chances to get the special costume and free balloon in the Store – so pick those up quick! Also, you can click here to check out the recap of the PHB’s celebration of Pop’s 7th birthday. :)

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Poptropica Music tour page

Poptropica Music now has its own page, which you can find here. It currently advertises the Volume One music album, and while you can listen to previews of the first two tracks there, you can hear previews for all the tracks on their actual iTunes and Amazon pages.

popmusic headerIf you like listening to Poptropica’s music, check out our Behind the Scenes page, where we’ve listed links to where you can listen to these tracks online through Poptropica’s own files! (Be sure to read the simple instructions on the page to get those links to work.)

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Mighty Action Force = Avengers?

Have you noticed that PoptropiCon’s “Mighty Action Force” parodies some of the characters in Marvel’s The Avengers? Gold Face is Iron Man, World Guy is Captain America, and Elf Archer is Hawkeye or Black Widow (not to be confused with the Black Widow of Counterfeit Island!). It checks out:

mighty action force resemblances(You can see the Mighty Action Force on PoptropiCon Island billboards, and members can get the printable poster with their own character from the Store. Avengers image credit to We Live Film.)

Anyway, just a heads-up that you can find cool trivia facts like this and more on all the PHB’s island trivia pages, which are all listed under the Island Help hub page. For more PoptropiCon trivia, click here!

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Daily Pop: legendary E. Vile & furniture

Among all the recent Daily Pop sneak peeks, these two in particular may be of interest – first is “Props to You”, which features the Legendary Swords villain E. Vile in his spectacular helmet (and your rocket) as decorations in the PoptropiCon convention hall, and the second is a preview of some furniture, most likely as an upcoming feature for Land (Labs). Here they are:

Will we ever see a return for Legendary Swords? They used to promise a battle arena at the end of the quest, but this message has inconspicuously been removed from the ending for some time now (after they failed to deliver on it for three years, I might add :P ). RIP. :(

ls11As for Land, it’s likely we’ll get to play with furniture sometime soon, to further develop the many cool houses (among other awesome things) people have been making – but for now, maybe the PHB’s Land (Labs) guide will help you members get started with this cool feature if you want some tips.

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As is typical in these days, the action in Poptropica doesn’t stop — so be sure to check out the other posts on the PHB home page to catch up with all the news! Stay popping, Poptropicans. :D

Atlantis Ep. 3 in-app purchase, GHD, & more Jeff Heim

Hey Poptropicans! This past weekend, we celebrated Poptropica’s (and Samwow5′s) birthday on the PHC, and the recap post is now up! But a few other things have happened too – so read on for more.

Mission Atlantis: Ep. 3 costs $0.99 on the iOS app

The final episode of the Mission Atlantis trilogy (Ep. 3: Out of the Blue) is now available on Poptropica’s iOS app – but it comes as an in-app purchase costing US$0.99, which is new for this app!

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Asked why they put a price on the episode, Poptropica tweeted that it was to pay for all the work and resources that go into keeping the game running. Fair enough – just remember you can still play it for free online! If you need a walkthrough, check out our Mission Atlantis Island Guide. :)

atlantis tweetGalactic Hot Dogs mega-dog game on iOS app

Also on Poptropica’s iOS app is an ad game for Galactic Hot Dogs, which you can find on the map. (It’s been around before, and now it’s back.) To win, just keep running right, jumping over obstacles or blasting objects on the ground (you’ll shoot automatically). Don’t let the robots catch up to you!

When you reach the end, you’ll find that Princess Dagger stole the mega-dog, but she’ll give it back and you’ll get a Jack Transform and Neon Wiener Follower for your app character. Cool! :P

More on Jeff Heim

Recently, PHB reader Captain Spencer sent a little fan email to Jeff Heim (known for making much of Poptropica’s music) and even got a reply (pictured below)! From this, we now know why his Poptropica username is jeffheim88 – it’s his birth year, which means right now he’s around 26! (Btw: if you want to contact him over Gmail, that’s his email name too; just don’t spam him too badly with your love! :P )

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Also, we’ve found that he’s not allowed to share what islands will be made into SUIs (sound-updated) next, but we do know that it’ll happen, as the track for Back Lot Island is in the first music album.

And a big thanks to Jeff for reading the Poptropica Help Blog! Thanks for the Facebook mention! :D

jeff phb fbHow many Poptropicans does it take to change a lightbulb?

If you saw the Creators’ Blog post asking this question, well, we can help with that! Blake made a PHB post not too long ago about the BoxTrolls ad currently on Main Streets (such as Mythology or Reality TV), but if you missed it in the onslaught of posts that have hit our blog this week, click here to catch up on how to “balance the BoxTrolls”! The advertised movie comes to theaters this Friday.

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Anyway, that’s it for now, but be sure to keep up with all the latest goings-on of the Poptropica world in the posts below! Stay popping, Poptropicans. :)

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