A Whole New World: A Whole New Avatar

Hey everyone, Spotted Dragon here with overused puns as usual! Believe me, I know that Aladdin has been referenced way too much when we talk about Poptropica Worlds around here, but the title was just waiting to be used.

Anyway, the PHB isn’t the only thing around here with a new look! 😀

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The Creators provided us with a new post earlier today explaining how our Poptropicans’ looks will be changing when Poptropica Worlds rolls around. While we already saw the avatar’s new look in the trailer, this post does explain it a bit more clearly.

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See what I mean? We already knew that our characters would be earning themselves some hands and shoes, but it looks like their whole looks will be more defined.

Some key changes:

  • Growth spurts (taller avatars – the legs are more proportional)
  • Joints (including more realistic movement, presumably)
  • Feet (with shoes)
  • Hands (of course! and Oliver is wearing a wristwatch – suggesting more customization options in that area)

Since Unity and Spine will be used when making Poptropica Worlds, our Poptropicans will supposedly be much more customizable.

As seen in the image above, the 4-fingered hands will have 4 different positions, of which will change depending on the movement of your character. This will hopefully lead to nicer looking animation, like the running that’s shown.

Though there are some conflicting opinions on all this change, there is no denying that the announcement of hands has left everyone on YouTube excited in one way or another.

Poptropica Worlds has been controversial lately, but I have to say I am trying to stay optimistic. I like that the art style is still clearly “Poptropica” even though more detail has been added. I’m hoping this improvement in art reflects the other “improvements” and changes being made.

While this is it for now, the Creators have promised more sneak peeks into Poptropica Worlds in the next few weeks! Let’s hope the update comes out as scheduled this time, right? 😉

~SD

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Community Creations: February 2017

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Why hello everyone! So, how is everyone liking the new series? As of right now, I think it’s been going pretty well. There are so many amazingly talented artists in our li’l fandom. ❤

Anyway, getting right to it, here is the February recapThis month’s theme was shipping. The featured work is not in any particular order. 😉

Top 5 Picks

The Stars, They Remind Me of You by Criaha

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A very beautiful piece. Not only does it represent the LGBT community with an adorable ship between Black Widow and Criaha’s own Fearless Popper (a ship I’ve fallen in love with), but the creative starry night theme was brilliantly executed. Find her DeviantArt here.

Why Dr. Hare Shouldn’t be Cupid by ArtisticAsianBunny

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Just… adorable. It highlights Valentine’s Day with some much needed humor and the overall style is wonderful. This ship is super cute and I could totally see this scene happening. Find her DeviantArt here.

SD and a Narwhal (Not the official name) by Yumi-Chan-Chu

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I may be a little biased on this one, but this is freaking adorable. I recognize that not everyone in the community is into full on shipping, so I admire this piece for showing love but not romance. The drawing and colors are great and hey I mean the Poptropican she chose is pretty cool. Find her DeviantArt here.

Movie Night by Honeybox360

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Now this is a ship you don’t see everyday. Based on a unique Poptropica AU (which ships Speeding Spike x Ned Noodlehead), this really brings out the softer side of some of our favorite characters. The lighting is great and the piece just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. Find her DeviantArt here.

First Date by BlazingAngel123

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Ah, the Bashful Sword x Sir Rebral ship has always been another favorite of mine. I feel like this piece perfectly sums up the emotions of what a lot of people go through on a first date. Shipping isn’t always easy, right? The dialogue and expressions are great. Find her DeviantArt here.

Honorable Mentions

And that’s it! Honestly, all of the entries were incredible, narrowing it down was tough. I can’t wait to see more of the creative talent to come! 😉

March: How do I Participate?

Community Creations is a cool series for anyone in the Poptropica community to join in on. To sum up what it’s about, it’s basically a chance to show off your artwork, creepy fan-fic, realms, costumes, and anything else that pops into your mind.

If we really like the piece you submit, we will feature it here on the PHB! As long as it relates to that month’s theme. So what is March’s theme? March’s theme is…

NATURE!

For many of us in the northern hemisphere, spring is here, and it’s prime time to celebrate the beauty that comes with it. For ideas, a lot of Poptropica’s scenes and background art are breath-taking. I think this could not only be an inspiration for cool drawings, but also literature, realms, photo booth pics, and more.

  • Submitting: Comment below with a link to whatever you’ve created OR share it with me (SydVC aka Spotted Dragon) on DeviantArt, Twitter, or Discord.
  • Results: I will feature 5 of the submissions as well as 3 honorable mentions.
  • Limitations: Nothing NSFW, and make sure you relate to the theme.
  • Due Date: I will take any entries before the end of this month. Submit as many things as you’d like!

I will always be sure to let you know I have seen your creation. Bonus points if you make a compelling description for your piece! Remember that I’m mainly looking for something to catch my eye, so you don’t have to be any perfect artist or anything.

So what are you waiting for? Go make something! 😀

~SD

Introducing: PHB Community Creations!

Why hello there Poptropicans! Curious about the title? Allow me to explain a bit. No, this isn’t just another update post even though I do make those a lot. This post has a bit more… creativity. Do I have your attention? Good!

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This is a new little series I like to call “Community Creations.” In this series I will be writing up a post at the end of every month that will feature YOUR creations! That’s right, your artwork, your creepy fan-fiction, your Poptropica costumes, Realms, etc. Basically anything relating to Poptropica that you make!

You might be thinking… “SD, is this just a lame excuse to post more often due to how inactive you are?” My reply to that would be “Whaaaaaaaat? Of cooooourrse not…” Don’t go looking into my ulterior motives! The point is that I think this series is a cool, interactive idea that supports imagination. Who doesn’t love art?

So here’s the deal: each month will have a different theme, whether it be a popular TV show, holiday, etc. Specifically, I will post around the last day of every month recapping the art/stories/others that were sent in. Don’t worry because I will be taking suggestions for these themes! In the monthly post, I will feature 5 creations that stood out to me in relation to the chosen topic. They do still have to relate to Poptropica though, as that’s the point.

Maybe this is actually starting to sound interesting. So how do you enter? That’s the easy part!

  1. Upload your creation wherever and just send me the link. Post it below in the comments or send it directly to me on my Twitter, DeviantArt, or Discord (note that I might not see it right away on the latter).
  2. I will always let you know once I’ve seen it if you specifically send something to me or tag me in something. That being said, I will also keep an eye out on the We-Love-Poptropica DeviantArt community for honorable mentions.
  3. Bonus points if you have a short written backstory/meaning to go along with your art, poetry, songs, stories, realms, costumes, I could go on. I mean, we don’t keep track of any points, but deeper meanings always catch my attention (though silliness is not frowned upon).

Now that we have all the rules and technicalities out of the way, let’s get to the series! If you have any questions or theme suggestions, please post them below. Don’t worry if you forget the rules, as I will recap them in each month’s post.

The next month’s theme is… *drumroll* SHIPPING! What better way to kick off the series? You shouldn’t have expected anything less from me since it’s going to be Valentine’s Day soon.

Start drawing, typing, writing, or whatever you’re going to do as soon as you want! I will take any and all submissions before the end of February, although the sooner the better, as I will have a better chance to think over your submission. Already made something cool relating to the theme? Sure, send that in too!

You can submit an endless amount of entries too, there are no limitations to your creativity! However, as this theme is shipping, please be respectful. I give you guys full permission to draw/write about me/my poptropican since I don’t mind being shipped with whoever. However, others might see shipping differently so if you include any real people in your creation(s), get their permission first! Poptropica NPCs and your own OCs are fine of course.

Anyway, see you at the end of the month and every month after that! I hope lots of you join because, while talent might have an impact on my decision, it’s really the content that matters. Make your creation catch my eye! 😉

~SD

Introducing… Poptropica Worlds!

Let’s get right to it!

Apparently the Creators are going to be showing use a whole new world soon. *cough* Aladdin references aside, we seriously do have some news on New Poptropica! Finally!

Well, we already know that New Pop, or should I now say Poptropica Worlds, didn’t get released in 2016 of course, like it was first expected to be. However, we now have a new time frame to look forward to! While “Spring 2017” is fairly broad, at least it’s something. And generally speaking, when given a seasonal release date we can safely assume that the exact date is towards the beginning of said season, in this case Spring.

Apart from the release date, we can actually tell a lot from this video announcement! For one, the normal Poptropica art style we have come to know and love is just slightly different. It looks like we will be keeping the signature round head, eyes, and absent neck, but we will now have more detailed hands/arms and legs/feet!

In addition to these new looks, according to the Creators, we will have a ton of other new features to look forward to as well:

  • New, exciting Worlds to explore
  • Favorites from the original Poptropica, remastered for Poptropica Worlds
  • One account for everything Poptropica!
  • Your very own customizable home (remember this poll?)
  • More costumes than ever
  • Daily prizes and awesome games
  • And more to come…

Since “only test dummies are allowed into Poptropica Worlds right now,” we will just be getting some sneak peeks of what’s going on behind the scenes until New Poptropica officially comes out!

In addition, keep an eye out on the Poptropica Help Chat (PHC) around 8:30-9:00 EST tonight – Jessica said that she will visit there around that time! (Check out our recap about her visit in this post, where she answers questions about Poptropica Worlds!)

I know that there has been a lot of suspicion circulating around this huge update, but based on this preview I say we keep an open mind for now. Who knows, this could be great! Heck, hopefully we might even get some more information on the entire Poptropica Universe and its backstory… 😀

~SD

On Inspiration: Snap Stories and Wimpy Stories

Hello everyone! I finally got to a post before LJ or Fishy, aren’t you proud? I know I am because honestly 2016 has had too much horrible stuff happen already. We need some more positives.

Aside from the Carrie Fisher tribute, thankfully, the Creators’ official Snapchat also featured pics on a happier note: some #MyPoptropicaCostume contest entries! Check them out below.

The entries shown include “Sports Vendor” by Fast Lizard, “Diwali Outfit” by Lucky Joker (a PHB author!!!), and “Grunge Girl/Boy” by Spotted Dragon (another PHB author obviously, because that’s me!!!). I can’t really fairly talk about how great my own costume is, but the others are definitely pretty cool. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to enter something into the contest!

Remember that you can create your own outfit that might end up in the actual Poptropica store by posting it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MyPoptropicaCostume, or directly to their Facebook page. Some updates to how the contest will end were mentioned just the other day, so be sure to check that out! The contest ends tomorrow, Dec 31 at midnight EST.

Moving on, we have a story other than that of Snapchat. This one, in contrast, focuses on Diary of a Wimpy Kid in an interview with Jeff Kinney conducted by Raymond Arroyo.

In the first half of the video, starting around 4:14, Poptropica is briefly mentioned, though no significant new information regarding the game was ever touched on. Here is Jeff’s commentary regarding Poptropica:

Poptropica really is a direct descendant of the Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck books that I read as a kid where Carl Barks, this cartoonist, introduced me to my world. My whole basis of understanding of the world started with those comics – religion, psychology, psychiatry, you know; geology, history, everything came from those comics to start with, and I knew that we had this privilege – the privilege of the responsibility to communicate the kids’ world back to them. And they were reading about, they were experiencing things like Greek mythology for the first time. We had the chance to do that, so that’s why it’s been very edifying, rewarding to know it’s a lot of fun for kids.

The entire interview is mainly about the Wimpy Kid book series and Jeff Kinney’s inspiration for it. Still, if you’re a fan of his work, it’s worth the watch. 😉

And with that my friends, I have to leave you because it is literally 2 am where I am. Goodnight! Good morning!

~SD

Found Footage of Track & Find

Why hello there everyone! SD here to bring you a cool video that idk put together for us. Yes, in fact idk has tracked down some footage of the unreleased “Track & Find” game that has not been found before. *contains possible spoilers*

From the video we see that to play this game, you would need to find whatever character you’re given in a lineup. Carefully though, since you only get one chance per character and the lineup always looks very similar. Get 5 points first and you win! Kind of like an odd game of Hide-and-Seek, don’t ya think? Obviously Track & Find was meant to be a battle option in common rooms, but it has yet to see the light of day.

The battle seems a tad slow, but still fun, so who knows? Maybe it will one day be available to everyone. Until then, check out some of idk’s other cool Pop videos on YouTube! 😀

~SD

October Occasions: IOTM, Skinny Moon’s Birthday, & PHB Contest!

Hey everyone! Spotted Dragon here again (I know, it’s like once in a blue moon these days) and it’s October, so you know what that means…

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Well, yes it does mean it’s time to binge watch Over the Garden Wall, but that’s not the point of this post. The point is that it’s a new month and that means a new Island of the Month! And that island is…

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Monster Carnival! And for this spoopy time of year, I’d say Monster Carnival is a perfect choice. Remember that since this island is currently featured, it gets special advantages! 😀

  • First-time finishers get 500 credits instead of the usual 300
  • Repeat finishers get a one-time 300 credit bonus instead of the usual 150
  • There’s a brand-new walkthrough (by the Creators) for Monster Carnival to help you if need be
  • Some cool IOTM lost art and/or throwbacks will be posted throughout the month on the Creators’ Blog and social media
  • The IOTM’s exclusive members-only items are back in the Poptropica Store for a limited time (including the Ringmaster costume which was previously only available during early access)

Of course, we did already figure out the Islands of the Month – the other is Mythology Island – the Creators just finally got around to blogging about it (and mentioning the upcoming lost art!).

If you are interested in any of these, head over to Monster Carnival Island right away! I’m very excited to see all this “lost art,” aren’t you?  However, that’s not all that’s special about this month…

It’s also Skinny Moon’s birthday today! Yep, October 13th to be exact, so be sure to wish her a happy birthday. From all of us here on the PHB, happy birthday, Jessica! We all love and appreciate you very much, so we hope you had an amazing day. 😉

I’ve also been told to share this video with the lucky birthday girl… (very funny ylime) 😛

Other than these cool celebrations, remember that Poptropica is celebrating Halloween in other cool ways. Plus, be sure to enter in the PHB’s very own Halloween/Fall Costume Contest!

It’s our 8th annual this year, and it’s very special this time around because… the Poptropica Creators are sponsoring us by giving a one-month membership to each of the 10 winners (in addition to the prize of being featured on the PHB)!

Now you have to enter, right? Just do it!

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Anyway, stay spoopy Poptropicans! >:)

~Spotted Trickster