Poptropica Portfolio: Ashley Lange

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster, and we’ve got yet another Poptropica Portfolio, and this time the artist showcased is Ashley Lange

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the Poptropica Portfolios we’ve previously published, featuring artists Nate Greenwall, Chris GoodwinAbraham Evensen Tena, Jordan Leary, Lance Fry, and Nasan Hardcastle.

Anyway, according to Lange’s Squarespace page, Ashley’s a game artist and animator, and has so far worked for Fantasy Flight Games, Blizzard Entertainment, and Pearson Education (which included Poptropica, although Pearson no longer owns Pop). Using several design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and Maya, she creates her amazing works. Check out her stunning Poptropica ones below:

As you can see, Lange has done quite a bit for Poptropica – from sketches to animations, from plans to entire scenes. But as for that final pic, its file name is ‘Moletown’, and it almost certainly comes from Crisis Caverns. Is the place actually called Mole Town (or Moletown), or does the pic just have that name because it’s a town moles live in? Whether this is the case or not, it’s definitely something to think about.

There’s also a video which includes some of Ashley’s animations, which include some Poptropica ones. These comprise of the boss battle in Mocktropica, Virus Hunter virus battles, Monster Carnival monsters, Twisted Thicket Trolls (same animation as in the fourth pic above), Wimpy Boardwalk characters, Survival Ep. 2 beavers, and a sketch of a scene in Crisis Caverns, with some very intriguing phrases stated below it: ‘For thousands of years we have lived peacefully under the earth. Our kingdom is filled with riches that have made their way from your world to ours.‘ Very intriguing indeed…

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this insight into another Poptropica artist’s remarkable portfolio! See you soon, and stay popping!


Poptropica Worlds: Picture Previews

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster, and I’ve got some exciting new sneak peeks of Poptropica Worlds, which is coming out this spring (for the Northern Hemisphere, and autumn for the Southern Hemisphere).

If you click on the link directly above, there will be a video trailer for Poptropica Worlds, in which you’ll see a few Poptropicans (most recognisably Dr. Lange), but the art style is more detailed than the original Poptropica’s characters – which clearly is the style that will be used in the upcoming Pop Worlds.

But recently, there have been a few more images of these intriguing new Poptropicans, from the Poptropica App descriptions in iTunes and Google Play! (Credit to Perfect Flyer for this discovery!)

From these previews, there are a couple of things to take note of:

  • Five or more new islands not on the original Poptropica will be in Pop Worlds (since there are currently 46 islands in Poptropica, not counting individual episodes, and the bottom-leftmost picture states that there will be 50+ islands in Poptropica Worlds). However, we might not see all of these 50+ islands immediately, answered by Skinny Moon in a somewhat recent Q&A.


  • More Store cards will be in the Poptropica Worlds Store. Since there have been less than 1000 Store cards over Poptropica’s history, still existent or not, in-game or app-exclusive, this much is quite likely (and there are costumes in some of the previews that have never been seen before). However, it seems marginally unlikely that there will be 1000+ Store items at once in the Store to collect, so possibly that picture with Dr. Hare’s statement includes more than just Store items, or there are more app-exclusive costumes in the App included with the 1000+.

That isn’t all, though. The two app sites list some features about Poptropica Worlds:

– Explore the virtual world of Poptropica and its 20 islands!
– You’re the Hero! Solve 1000+ mysteries!
– Customize your hero from head to toe with 1000+ themed outfits!
– Collect items from your favorite heroes!
– Multiplayer game where you can meet and chat with your friends! Join a community of more than 10M players.
– Create your own island!
– Free to play, with in-app purchases available for more customization!

So, most of these we already know, with the old Poptropica. But it’s that penultimate point which is interesting – that we can create our own island. Most likely it’s just our own unique home island (remember that poll about what house we wanted in Poptropica Worlds?). But who knows what might happen in the future – it could mean something else.

Also, to that top point – the last time Poptropica (the old version) had 20 islands was back in 2011 – so it’s probably a typo. But going back to what Skinny Moon hinted, not all islands may be there at once in Poptropica Worlds.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this tour through some new and revealing Poptropica Worlds articles! I’ll see you soon – stay tuned on the PHB for more upcoming Poptropica Worlds news!

Pop 5: Most Beautiful Scenes in Poptropica


Hey there, Poptropicans!

I’m Happy Lobster, and since Valentines’ is just round the corner, I’ve got a new Pop 5, suited for the occasion, for you to read, and (hopefully) enjoy. So, in the many calm – and some absolutely haywire – islands of Poptropica, some scenes look simply amazing and picturesque. In fact, there are many of these kind of scenes all around. Thus, I’ve selected the best five of these, the most beautiful of all beauty in Poptropica.

You should also note that these are solely-opinion based, so there’s no need to take it too seriously. And with that said, let’s pop straight into these art critiques!

#5: Woods Clearing, Monster Carnival Island


Quite a spooky scene. The colouring of the sky, the way that the trees have been twisted and shaded, sets for a rather eerie picture, though absolutely beautiful (though maybe it isn’t the best space for a picnic). The carnival folks transforming into hideous monsters can’t spoil this place.

#4: Imperial Garden & Basho’s Garden, Red Dragon Island

(Click on each of the images for a better view.)

Okay, so maybe these are two scenes. But both come from the same island, and have a very similar aesthetic, so I thought it best to place these two together as one point on the list.

Anyhow, in my opinion, these two scenes are certainly the most idyllic in Poptropica. With the all graceful plant life – most notably the cherry blossom trees – and the simple, but well-placed silhouettes, who would disagree that it doesn’t set a tranquil atmosphere?

#3: My Realms, Poptropica Realms


Based on Yggdrasil from Norse mythology, the tree containing all worlds, this scene may seem simple, but really, it is quite captivating. The minimal sky background, the way the colossal tree’s branches twist, and the shining bubbles containing enigmatic pinpricks of light all add up to its enthralling aesthetic.

#2: Sacred Tree, Twisted Thicket Island


Well, all of the woodlands of Twisted Thicket is remarkably beautiful. But this scene, in particular, is truly captivating. With the glowing flowers and woodland runes, to the patterns the ivy grows over the tree, and the superb background, this could be any enchanted forest from the oldest fairy tales.

#1: Binary Bard’s Dream, Super Villain Island


There’s not that much excessively beautiful to this picture; but that definitely excludes its background. A multicolored masterpiece of stars and space – coming here just to see this galactic sky is probably more worth it than obtaining the Astrolabe Totem.

And, on that note, that concludes this rather beautiful post. Feel free to share your thoughts via commenting below! 😉

Time to Vote: What will be February’s IotMs?

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster, and I’ve got some good news for you. As many of you would know, Islands of the Month takes place monthly (obviously), and so that means that two brand-new IotMs will be announced once January ends and February commences.

In a quick summary, IotMs result in the following:

  • 500 credits are given for first-time finishers of corresponding islands, and 300 credits are given to replays;
  • IotM members-only store costumes and powers will return for a limited time;
  • Behind-the-scenes artworks, scenes, plots, and other items of IotMs unseen before will be showcased on the Creators’ Blog, and;
  • Captain Crawfish will make any video walkthroughs for IotMs that don’t have one already created.

But this time, you get to decide one IotM for February – out of Super Power Island and Reality TV Island. Sadly, you will not be able to determine February’s other IotM – which, as of yet, is unknown – but one is more than good enough, right?


Anyhow, the poll ends by Friday, January 27th Tuesday, January 24th, at midnight, ET. (Updated: The time has been moved up to give Captain Crawfish more time to make his video walkthrough!) 

The island with the most votes by then will become a February IotM. Vote on the Creators’ Blog now!


PHB Pop-over Special: Inside Out


Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster, and I’ve got a new Pop-over Special for you – and this time the crossover is between Poptropica and an animated film loved by many: Inside Out.

For those of you who don’t know about Inside Out, it’s a Pixar movie about a girl called Riley, and her personified emotions, who are in charge of her daily life – which gets slightly out of control as a result of the sudden departure of Joy. If you haven’t already watched it, make sure to do so – it boasts a simply brilliant plot and the perfect amount of action.

Poptropica costumes have been made for some of the unique characters seen in this film. For costumizable costume parts, simply add each character as a friend in Poptropica via their usernames shown in the graphic (or below in the costume descriptions), and Costumize.

  • Joy (JoyPHB): Hair is from Store item Mythology Surfer, the male version (275 credits), mouth is from retired Store item April Fool (use iPop to obtain it, since it is no longer availbale from the Store), dress is from the ASG GreenRockGirlASG.
  • Sadness (SadnessPHB): Everything is costumizable from her, so just add Sadness as friend and costumize!
  • Disgust  (DisgustPHB): Hair is from Store item Vampire Girl 3 (275 credits), bangs are from Store item Prom Queen (275 credits), blush/eyelashes are from the ASG *cloud*6, scarf is from Store item Cowgirl (275 credits), dress is from the ASG tinkertorch.
  • Anger  (AngerPHB): Baldness is from the ASG MilkBoxASG (take off milk carton headwear to see it), mouth is from Mike Teavee of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Island, and the shirt, belt and pants are costumizable.
  • Fear (FearPHB): Hair is from the ASG anything662, glasses, mouth, bowtie, shirt and pants are costumizable.
  • Riley (RileyPHB): Bangs are from Store item Vampire Girl 3 (275 credits), hair, smile, shirt and pants are costumizable.
  • Bing Bong  (BingBongPHB): Hat is from man with suitcase on Main Street of Mystery Train Island, the ears’ ID is sponsorsbdog, the elephant trunk is from the ASG realms#6ASG, the suit is from Store item Magician (275 credits), the tail is from the ASG realms#7ASG, the mouth and bowtie are costumizable.

So, enjoy the costumes, let your own Joy dominate your life, and stay popping!


And, yeah, you probably shouldn’t do that.

Going Back in Time: January’s IotMs

Hey there, Poptropicans!

It’s Happy Lobster here. So, a new month is kicking in, and what does that mean? Yet another month for the community to moan and groan about the overdue New Pop? Well, possibly, for those who feel like doing so … but it’s also time for another set of Islands of the Month!

The islands featured this January are Time Tangled Island and Arabian Nights. Looks like the Creators want us to visit some islands submerged in the past this time around.


As per usual with IotMs, Poptropica gives out the usual quota of extra credits for finishing IotMs: first-time finishers receive 500 credits for completing the islands in question, and repeat finishers receive 300 credits.

But Arabian Nights is not an normal island – it consists of three seperate episodes. So, how will the credits be distributed for finishers? Like for one of December’s IotMs, PoptropiCon (another episodic island), each episode gives out 500 and 300 credits for first-time finishers and re-players, respectively. So if you complete each episode for the first time, you can receive 1,500 credits! (It’s 900 for 1st-repeat finishers.) It’s about time you were rolling in credits.

Need help completing these islands? Well, Captain Crawfish has some video walkthroughs prepared for Arabian Nights, and is working on one Time Tangled’s walkthrough has been completed!

If you want written walkthroughs to assist you, you can always read the PHB’s guides to Time Tangled Island and Arabian Nights.

Well, that’s all for January’s IotMs. Make sure to hurry and earn those extra credits this month!


A Happy New Author is Popping In!

Hey there, Poptropicans!

My name is Happy Lobster, but since I’m more commonly known as HL for short, you can just call me that. And, as many of you might have guessed by now, I am the newest PHB author! My username on Poptropica is topkop88, so feel free to add me any time you like.


I’m a 14-year-old boy, and I live in Australia. The amazing Poptropica community is now a colossal part of my life, and I’ve been around amongst it for about a year now, but I’ve been blogging since April. But when I’m not chatting on the PHC and blogging, a few of my favourite pastimes are reading, drawing, table tennis, reading some more, and playing the saxophone and piano – just to name a few.

Anyway, you may know me from the two guest posts I’ve done here on the PHB in the past: Popspiracy: Origins of Poptropica, of which I wrote alongside Shaky Skunk and Tall Cactus; and Pop 5: Worst Islands of Poptropica; the latter of which would be a little fresher in your memories. Likewise, you may also recognise me from my own blog, A Quota of Poptropica, which you should really check out (totally not shameless self-advertising 😉). Or maybe you’ve just never heard the words ‘Happy’ and ‘Lobster’ strung together before now, but that’s fine, by all means. 😛

I also work on two other Poptropica fansites: the Poptropica Skunk Blog and Clawtropica, two superb blogs that I also highly recommend you check out.

With that said, I’m definitely looking forward to the incoming chapters of my time here at the PHB – and, again, I would like to thank the blog for granting me this wonderful opportunity to work here! See you soon, and remember to stay popping!