Super Snaps and Blogging Tips from Skinny Moon!

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here, with some Super Power Island behind-the-scenes, blogging tips from Skinny Moon, and recapping a quick Skinny Moon visit to the PHC!

Today, Skinny Moon posted these behind-the-scenes sketches (as well as on Tumblr) onto her Snapchat story – featuring some highly-detailed sketches of characters and backgrounds from Super Power Island (one of March’s Islands of the Month). Tip: Click any of the images to make them larger.

Skinny Moon’s been coming to chat on the PHC more often, lately, and at around 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, she popped in and shared her latest post from the official Poptropica Tumblr blog.

In the post, she gives a few tips on how to promote your blog. So go read it on Poptropica’s Tumblr if you’re interested!


That shading on her avatar, though. 👌 I guess that’s technically another Worlds sneak peek!

Later on, at about 5:22 p.m. (ET), Skinny Moon stopped by yet again and answered a few Poptropica questions, as well as non-Poptropica related ones, the community had for her. Here’s a little recap of the Q&A in case you missed it:

Short Feather: @Skinny Moon Hi
Skinny Moon: Hello!
Pinchu: How are you today?
Skinny Moon: Great! I’m at a Panera right now and the wifi is spotty so not sure how long I’ll be here!

#StC #PopBlogsMatter: how much longer will Snowpocalypse be available for?
Skinny Moon: I’m not sure. Probably for a while…

#StC #PopBlogsMatter: are you going to get any other dogs for Toby to play with?
Skinny Moon: No, just Toby!

LillySparkle$: will Poptropica Worlds come closer to the end of spring or the middle?
Skinny Moon: Can’t say, sorry!
LillySparkle$: So excited!
Skinny Moon: Me too! I really am!

#StC #PopBlogsMatter: when will we get more info on worlds?
Skinny Moon: I think we’ll do 2-3 more sneak peeks of Worlds and then debut it! Can’t give a date, sorry!

idk: Do you think any of those sneak peaks will include actual gameplay?
Skinny Moon: I can’t say…

idk: Will the creators ever post on the Creators’ Blog, or are you the only one writing posts?
Skinny Moon: Everyone is fully focused on Poptropica Worlds and will be for a while.

Cria: i notice the prime social media accounts poptropica checks on are twitter and instagram, i was just wondering do you plan to check up on websites like Deviantart or tumblr? just wondering?
Skinny Moon: I try to look at DeviantArt but with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Youtube… it get’s a little crazy!

#StC #PopBlogsMatter: I’m just wondering but how old are your kids and do they play Pop? Lol it would be funny if they joined the community but they may be too young
Skinny Moon: They are in 5th grade and second grade and they play Pop! I won’t let them on social media until they’re 13.

idk: Which social media platform do you like the most?
Skinny Moon:  Personally? I like Instagram a lot

idk: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
Skinny Moon: Ohhhhhhh, that’s hard. Do I have to pick one Harry Potter?

#StC #PopBlogsMatter: what other games do you or your kids like other than Pop?
Skinny Moon: My girls love Minecraft!

idk: Favorite food?
Skinny Moon: Ice Cream!
idk: What flavor?
Skinny Moon: Coffee Oreo or Chocolate PB from a local place

Short Feather: Do u like Pokemon?
Skinny Moon: I played Pokemon Go a little but didn’t get too into it. That’s it for Pokemon for me!

Cria: favorite song artist/band? :0
Skinny Moon: This is going to make me sound super old. Because I am. LOL. Dave Matthews Band and REM. Guys, I have to go. Gotta take my kid to dance class!

Although she was only there for half an hour, the Q&A was pretty lively. Thanks again for stopping by, Skinny Moon!

Interested in chatting with the coolest Poptropicans and participating in Q&As like this? Come join the PHC, we’re always open!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

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Lucky, Beastly, Super, Snappy

Hello, everybody!

Lucky Joker here, and it’s looking like a lucky day for Poptropicans! March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, and in honor of the holiday, Poptropica is re-releasing the Leprechaun follower and costume. You can get them free from the Store.

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When you’re wearing the costume, you can activate a cool power – the Irish jig – with the hit of the spacebar.

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Speaking of fun costumes, there’s yet another ad for Beauty and the Beast on Home Island in celebration of the live-action movie’s release. Check out the trailer video, and you’ll be given a Beast Transformation (for boys) or a Belle Transformation (for girls). These are both costumes with customizable parts.

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Over on the Creators’ Blog, a fan illustration of Ned Noodlehead as James Bond, by @SimplyArtByAlly on Twitter, is featured in a recent post. Pretty snazzy for a nerd!

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In the post, they gave a shout-out to the fact that Super Power Island is one of March’s Islands of the Month (and now playable for extra credits, along with Galactic Hot Dogs) and that it’s certainly a quirky piece, but could they be featuring more #PoptropicaArt in the future? We’ll have to wait and see.

Finally, Skinny Moon (who runs all of Poptropica’s social media) has once again posted stories on Poptropica’s Snapchat/Instagram in the past couple of days.

Featured below are Toby (the Poptropica pup we all know and love), GHD drawings hanging in Skinny Moon’s office, and SM reading up on Snapchat while on Snapchat. Not pictured, but also featured a couple days ago, was a video snap of the blizzard outside SM’s window in Boston.

Check out the screenshots below (click any of the images to make them larger):

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

🍀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀

Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

Poptropica Portfolio: Nasan Hardcastle

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here, featuring another Poptropica Portfolio! (We’ve already showcased the works of Abraham Tena, Chris Goodwin, Nate GreenwallJordan Leary and Lance Fry, so go and check those out if you haven’t already.) The featured artist this time around is former designer, illustrator, and animator for Poptropica, Nasan Hardcastle!

Nasan currently works as an illustrator for WildWorks, creating characters for Animal Jam (another popular virtual world). The work I’ll be highlighting here consists of his work for Poptropica, but you can view his non-Poptropica related artwork at his portfolio website (nasanhardcastle.com).

As stated on his LinkedIn page, Hardcastle spent almost 4 years with Poptropica (Oct 2010 – Jun 2014) creating numerous characters, creatures, and environments that we see in the game. He’s created a mixture of interior and exterior environments – quite remarkable! Check out a collection of them below:

These are some of his environmental pieces which include scenes from many islands (Twisted Thicket, Poptropolis Games, Miniquest: Blimp Adventure, Wild West, Red Dragon, Mission AtlantisCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and even the Wildfire tribe common room). Lots of detail and time goes into these pieces, I’m sure. Of course, if you want to see more illustrations like these, head on over to the archive page of his portfolio website.

In addition to his amazing environmental work, Hardcastle has created and designed many well-known and beloved characters. Here we see characters from the islands Wild West, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Game Show, Ghost Story and Monster Carnival – that’s a lot of characters!

So you see, Nasan’s done quite a lot in the duration of nearly 4 years with Poptropica, and has definitely left us with many breathtaking scenes to admire and characters to enjoy. Kudos to Hardcastle for all of his accomplishments and I hope he succeeds in all of his future endeavors.

Hope you enjoyed this look into another poptastic portfolio. I’ll talk to you soon, pop on!

– Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

March’s super IoTMs that are out of this world!

Hello, everyone!

It’s the start of a new month, which can only mean one thing – two more Islands playable for bonus credits, of course. This month’s featured islands are… Super Power and Galactic Hot Dogs!

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Super Power Island

After losing to Reality TV in the Island of the Month poll that took place in January, Super Power secedes its opponent as one of March’s Islands of the month (like you don’t know already).

As usual, Captain Crawfish has made a video walkthrough if you’d like to use it:

If you’d prefer to use a written guide, check out the one here on the PHB.

Galactic Hot Dogs Island

A fan favorite, am I right? 😉 If you’re interested, Captain Crawfish made a video walkthrough for GHD last year upon its release if you’d like to use it as well:

Of course, if you prefer reading, we gladly welcome you to use the written guide here on the PHB.

Remember, first-time finishers of these islands will receive 500 credits and those who are replaying them will earn 300 credits, so make sure to take advantage of the boost while you can!

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Also, if Galactic Hot Dogs Island isn’t giving you enough and you’re wanting more intergalactic action, look forward to Galactic Hot Dogs: Revenge of the Space Pirates coming to bookstores this October!

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Well, that’s all there is for now. Stay tuned for any behind-the-scenes sneak peeks that might float adrift later this month.

Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

Behind-the-Scenes: Making Reality TV Island a Reality

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here and today I’ll be sharing, from the Creator’s Blog, some fantastic sketches from one of February’s Islands of The Month, Reality TV Island. Some of these concepts never made it into the game, so it’s pretty cool to see what the Creators had originally planned out for us!

In the rough sketches below, which you can click to enlarge the view, we see ideas for different challenges which seem to be more complex and difficult than the ones from the island. This includes game ideas called Rope Vine Races, Grab the Crab, Cage the Croc, Coconut Tree Shake, as well as a race through some islands that preceded RTV, like Early Pop and Shark Tooth.

There’s also a more refined schematic that explains to us what I’m assuming to be the directions and tips for completing the island, though they never appeared in-game. More game ideas are presented: Sharpening Stone, Build Your Own Fort, Forage for Food, and Dangerous Rock Climb.

In this lovely collage of sketches, there are many different character designs, some of which we see on the reality TV show and some that didn’t make it. A handful of these characters still have the same gimmick but were redesigned, while others were replaced with already existing villains and characters from previous islands. It also looks as if these characters didn’t have names at this stage in development.

Alright, let’s evaluate these characters more thoroughly, shall we?

In the first group (left), we have the Athlete (who became Slim Slam in the game), the Music Lover (Rickie Rock), the Fast Food Help (Freddy Fry), the Grandma (Grandma Gracey), the Biker Gang Dude (Richie Rebel), the Farmer (who might’ve been replaced with the cowgirl, Lassie Lasso), the Artist, the Cheerleader, and the Old Man (Grandpa Grum).

In the second group (middle), there’s the Hip Hop Guy (Hip Hop), the Hiker (Helen Hiker), the Golfer, the Store Clerk, the Magician (Magic Mervin), the Cat Lady, and Popsicle Boy.

Finally, in the third group (right), we have the New Age Hippie (Hippie Harry), the Lawyer Type (Busy Bob), the Librarian (Possibly Cathy Codex), the Rich Guy, the Snooty Girl with Small Dog (Sarah Snooty), the Angry Chef (Chef Jeff, except he’s less angry in the final version), the Cool Tech Nerd, the Goth Girl (Sickly Skull), and the Aerobics Instructor (perhaps what became Sally Score).

The Creators also had some more refined images of various natural settings that didn’t make it into the final game, which you can check out below:

The Beach Cliffs show several large rocks on a beach shore with birds and their nests perched on top of them, giving us the full scale of a smaller sneak peek from back in 2009.

The Obstacle Course is a bamboo contraption that contains various sections to get past: tilting platforms, jungle bounce trampoline, collapsible doors, swinging hammers of wood, fruit fumble (probably slippery to walk on), rope climb, and finally, a parachute drop. Many of these mechanisms have appeared in other forms on other islands.

Finally, there is the Base Camp and its Caverns, not to be confused with the rumored Crisis Caverns Island. The objective here is uncertain – perhaps some kind of maze game or a place for a hidden item? Interesting nonetheless!

Which ones do you wish they had made a reality? Share your thoughts on these behind-the-scenes peeks in the comments below!

Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

A peek into the beastly Pelican Rock

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here sharing some cool schematics and animations of one February’s Islands of the Month, Escape from Pelican Rock, that came from the Creators’ Blog earlier today.

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This post contains minor spoilers about the plot and characters. If you’d rather not see the behind the scenes material, I suggest you scroll past. Now onto the good stuff!

Just in case you don’t know, a schematic is usually a simple drawing or diagram showing and explaining how a game will be played.

As for EFPR, the creators gave us two bits of the schematic for our viewing because, of course, they don’t want to spoil everything for those who haven’t played the island yet. Anyway, check it out! (For the best quality images, see the post on the Creators’ Blog.)

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As you can see, the island was originally referred to as Prison Break Island. There’s a lot of detail for events that are triggered, and it’s even confirmed in the notes that the coastal city is modeled after San Francisco, as we’ve suspected.

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Once the schematic has been altered and finalized, the designing can commence! Take a look at these images one of the artists illustrated of the escape scene at the end:

After the designing process, animations are done to bring the island to life!

Check out one of the animator’s concepts of a flood light searching for any hopeful escapees.

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Awesome, right? Well, that’s all of the behind the scenes looks for now. Hopefully, we’ll get more soon!

Remember: For this month only, first-time finishers of both, Escape from Pelican Rock and Reality TV Island, will receive 500 credits and those who are replaying them will earn 300 credits. (If you need some assistance on EFPR, check out the PHB’s walkthrough!)

In other news, there’s an ad for Beauty and the Beast on Home Island. Check out the trailer video, and you’ll be given a Lumiere Follower. Once used, pressing the spacebar will activate a cool glow effect that illuminates a yellow circle around you while keeping everything else dark.

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Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1:

#PoptropicaLove Contest Winners Announced!

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here sharing the results from the official #PoptropicaLove contest, which ended at midnight ET on Valentine’s Day. The winners were announced today!

The Poptropica Creators randomly selected five winners from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram who will each win a 1-month membership(You can click on the images below to get a better view.)

And the winners’ names are…

  • AClarice C. from Facebook
  • @Toxic_Lexia819 from Twitter
  • @Dane07074 from Twitter
  • @plays_koalas from Twitter
  • @queen_bean_marie_carlin from Instagram

Very exquisite entries indeed. Congratulations!

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, did you enjoy the pink makeover and header on the PHB for the occasion? We hope you’re feeling loved! 😉

What would you like the next contest to be? Bring your suggestions to Poptropica on social media!

Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon. Pop on!

-Lucky Joker :luckyjoker~1: