Blast from the Past: Some Poptropica Paraphernalia

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here with some pretty fascinating things to share you all today. Credit goes to idk for sharing these findings with us!

At a Pearson event called IT Works in 2011, long before the Poptropica app was introduced, Poptropica was playable on a standing touch screen. It’s pretty neat, and I assume they did this to experiment with the different controls. See for yourself! (Click any of the images to make them larger! 😉 )

On the trend of looking in the past – Poptropica had designed a mini booklet in 2010, known as the Poptropica Fun Book. Its purpose was to help children have fun learning English by completing puzzles and games that were inside of it. There was even a Teacher’s Guide made too!

You can download the online version of both the fun book and the teacher’s guide if you’d like to check out the insides. (Just know that the teacher’s guide is in Spanish.)

Well, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading!

-Lucky Joker

My Place in Poptropica: Young Spinner

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Young Spinner, a longtime on-and-off player whose favorite costume is the Lumberjerk. See below for how to send in your own MPIP!

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Hi, guys! My name is Young Spinner, and this is My Place in Poptropica; the full story of my Poptropican life. Enjoy!

2007-2010 | The Beginning

I remember pretty clearly the day I first discovered Poptropica. It was just before the Christmas holidays when I was in second grade. During a technology class, our teacher wrote up some games on a whiteboard that he thought were appropriate for our age, and as you might have guessed, Poptropica was among the list (even though I now know better – Pop is for all ages!). I can’t remember any of the other games from that little list now, but in any case, I was intrigued when I saw the name ‘Poptropica’ – it sounded quite interesting to my seven-year-old self.

So, I visited it, created my first-ever Pop account (whose name was Shaggy Goose) and played Early Poptropica. Upon completing my first island, I fell in love with Poptropica. And that was back when there was only one island and almost none of the features Poptropica has today – so imagine how much more I love the game now!

I continued playing Poptropica up till sometime in 2010, and then I stopped. How and why, I cannot remember, but I definitely have zero memories of playing Pop in 2011.

2012 | The Lumberjerk

When I was over at a friend’s house for the first time with her, I re-discovered the joy of Poptropica! This was on the very day that Twisted Thicket was released to members, and my friend told me about Poptropica, not knowing that I had played it for four years straight previously! I had forgotten about the game, and so I watched my friend play Twisted Thicket on her computer using her Poptropican, who was named White Bee. As a member, she was probably one of the first people to play Twisted Thicket (though evidently not in the top 10).

This was also when I realised Poptropica had memberships that would enable you to get a great deal of cool paraphernalia within the game. I don’t know how I didn’t know about it before, since memberships began when I was still playing Pop in 2009, but I digress. I saw the limited edition Lumberjerk costume in the Store, and with one look at it, I decided I wanted it so much, with that rumbling chainsaw and helmet with a changing light – but it was only for members! It was so close, and yet so far.

Naturally, I begged my parents for a membership, but they refused. After that disappointing incident, I returned to checking into Pop everyday – not just to play islands that I had missed out on during my hiatus from the game, but to gaze longingly at the Lumberjerk card in the store (which probably didn’t help my despondency) until it simply disappeared from the Store as soon as I (and other non-members) could play Twisted Thicket.

Poptropolis Games arrived a little while after, and I knew this was certainly not a normal island as soon as I had to select my Poptropican’s tribe (forever Nanobots!) at the start. The events in the island weren’t too hard for me, except for Triple Jump. My friend White Bee suggested Poptropica Secrets’ Poptropolis walkthrough, created by a Poptropican called Fierce Moon, which did indeed help me complete the island. Even though I was just about on the brink of discovering the rest of the Pop community then, I did not go any further than going to Poptropica Secrets that day.

The other thing that resulted from Poptropolis Games was that my mum watched me play part of the island and evidently thought that Poptropica was a good game, because she bought me a six-month membership! Although it, of course, never got me the Lumberjerk costume I’d always dreamed about having, it did get me a limited edition, members-only Zaggy Moondust costume from Lunar Colony, whose hair I absolutely loved, and I still wear it to this day on my Poptropican.

2013 | The Blogs

One day when I was pretty bored in the summer of 2013, I started searching up more Poptropica blogs. I ran across about ten different Poptropica fan blogs, but finally landed upon the PHB, since most of the other blogs I had gone through had mentioned it several times as a sort of superior site when it came to Poptropica blogs.

From what I gathered from the other blogs, only the best Poptropica bloggers made it onto the PHB team. But even with that knowledge, weirdly enough, I didn’t even look through the PHB’s posts – all I did was somehow find the Xat PHC, and afterwards I forgot about checking out the PHB again. I went on the Xat chat a few times weekly, under the name BunkerPums (or something like that), although I didn’t chat a lot on there. But still, it was a relief for me to know that I wasn’t the only 13-year-old out there to play and love Poptropica!

However, I only lasted for a month or so on the PHC and with playing Poptropica because of the new and ever-infuriating sound-updated islands (SUIs). Most of the time I couldn’t even visit those islands because of the never-ending lag. All in all, they pushed me away from playing Poptropica for a good while.

2017 | The Fashionable Return

On a chilly February day this year, I decided to go back to Poptropica after a four-year hiatus from the game. But when I tried to log into Shaggy Goose again, I realized that I had forgot her username, and therefore could not log in. I was quite anguished for two minutes, until I decided to make a brand-new account: Young Spinner!

Between my long hiatus, there were so many islands I had missed out on (20+ new medallions to get!), and there was something new I had just missed seeing in 2013: episodic islands! At once I began the steady process of playing all of these new quests.

Then I remembered the Lumberjerk card, and along with that the ‘glitchers’ I had encountered back on the Xat PHC, who knew about how to perform glitches in order to obtain ‘rare’ costume parts. I surfed the internet again until I found the PHB’s Avatar Studio Gift, which had the very ASG with the costume I’d dreamed of having for five years straight: ASGbyEvra#2!

After about a week enjoying my fabulous new Lumberjerk dress-up, I took notice of the costumes of Slanted Fish and Happy Lobster, who both had amazing, signature, original looks, not just an outfit that was mostly from one common costume (sorry, Lucky Joker 😛). So, I returned to the PHB’s ASG page and rifled through the multitudes of ASGs until I assembled an original costume that I really liked. You can find the costume of yours truly on this post’s main graphic!

Moving away from my fashion dilemmas, I decided to check out what else was on the PHB beyond their ASG page, and came upon the homepage with all their blog posts! As soon as I read a few of them, I realized why it was that only the best Poptropica bloggers got to work there. The PHB was one of the most superb sites I’d laid my eyes on – and this was made by people who were, on average, quite close to my age!

On that note, I plan to open my own Poptropica blog in the very near future for all to enjoy – so keep your eyes peeled!

See you around!

~👶🌪

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story!

If you haven’t already, we invite you to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

A Smashing Poptropica Worlds Mystery Item Leak!

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here sharing another Poptropica Worlds mystery item leak. Skinny Moon posted this image today of an item we’ll be seeing in Poptropica Worlds:

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Again, it’s just a silhouette, but it’s clearly a lot rounder than the first item leak we saw last week.

To me, it looks like some sort of boulder or some type of egg. Perhaps it’s a furniture item? Or maybe it’s an island item we’ll be seeing down in the rocky mines of Crisis Caverns Island, which we caught a glimpse of from the biggest sneak peek of Poptropica Worlds that the Creators had given us earlier.

Also, Skinny Moon has confirmed via this tweet below that, while the Creators will continue to blog for Worlds, they’ll be moving from away Blogger (the blog-publishing service they’ve been using all these years) to another service that’ll give more options for the blog’s design:

It isn’t the biggest news, but it’s definitely something else to look forward to!

Anyway, what do you think the mystery object is? Let us know down in the comments section!

–Lucky Joker

Out-of-this-World Skinny Moon and Vehicle Designs!

Hello, everyone!

Lucky Joker here with some out-of-this-World snaps, polls, and other social media paraphernalia. Let’s get into it, shall we?

Earlier this week, Skinny Moon posted this Poptropica–to–Poptropica Worlds comparison of her avatar on the Creators’ Blog. The new look sure does pop!

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In her post, she credits Poptropica artist Lance (presumably Lance Fry) for her new avatar. Well done, Lance!

Skinny Moon also posted these pictures on various Poptropica social media channels before blogging about it. Be sure to follow their social media (more on that below) to see what’s new, even before the Creators (or anyone in the fandom) blogs about it!

Anyway, which Skinny Moon do you like better? (I really love both of them!) Share your thoughts in the comments.

Also on the Creators’ Blog, a “Pick your favorite Poptropica vehicle designs” poll is currently being conducted. The cut-off date is unknown, so go ahead and vote for your favorite as soon as possible, before it closes!

For the poll, they’ve asked us to pick TWO of our favorite designs, and hinted that the most popular ones may someday come to life within Poptropica Worlds!

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The options at hand are: Big Wheel, Future Bike 01, Future Bike 02, Greenfire Truck, Wild Bug, and Uni-Moto.

They’ve actually shown these designs before, a few years back. These were concepts for an abandoned project called Racer Island (or as they mentioned, The Great Race).

For some unknown reason, they’ve omitted one of the vehicles from the poll – this blue “Future Bike 01” was replaced with one of the other Future Bikes from the original.

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Strange. Maybe they figured they had enough Future Bikes in the mix. In any case, be sure to vote for your two favorites!

Lastly, there’s a new display of Poptropica’s social media visible at the bottom of today’s post on the Creators’ Blog. (These buttons have also been on their sidebar for some time now.) Perhaps they could go for a more modern look, though?

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Well, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

–Lucky Joker

My Place in Poptropica: Fierce Flyer

This is the My Place in Poptropica story of Fierce Flyer, who has his own Pop blog at Fierce Flyer Adventures and once won a Poptropica contest. See below for how to send in your own MPIP!

Hello guys, Fierce Flyer here with a My Place in Poptropica story! This was originally posted on my blog, Fierce Flyer Adventures, as a Monthly Memory story. If you like this story, check out my last one – it’s a story about when I got my entire class to play Poptropica. Alright, let’s go!

Early Oct 2016 | Getting Acquainted with #PoptropicaArt

I had been playing Poptropica for a while, but my entrance into the community started about half a year ago, in October. One day I randomly opened up MS Paint and thought hmm, maybe I should draw a Poptropican. I’d never done fan art of Poptropica before. Ever. But hey, You’ve got to start somewhere, right?

Well, in case you’re wondering, it was… bad… so bad that I’m actually having second thoughts on showing you… but heck, here it is:

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The cringe! (I’ll probably do a redraw of this garbage art someday.) Heh. Anyway, around that time, I remembered seeing an art contest for Poptropica somewhere – it was the #PoptropicaArt contest. Time was running out to enter, so I thought I would submit this piece. And it sparked something in me.

I submitted two more pictures for the contest and hoped for the best, although, unfortunately, I didn’t win. Of course, I felt deflated, because I had put a lot of effort and time into the three pictures I entered, and not seeing them even place was disappointing. However, looking back at this, I realize just how far I’ve come in my art.

Late Oct 2016 | The Halloween Photo Booth Challenge

With the art contest over, I had no more use for the Facebook account I’d created to enter the contest, so I ditched it. Until… a new contest arose from the ashes!

I read the post on the Creators’ Blog, only to find that you had to submit entries using either Twitter or Instagram. But no Facebook! Yes! (Honestly, I dislike Facebook, with the way they keep notifying me every two minutes with “Do you know this person?” So, I was thrilled to switch to Twitter! You can follow me @MWare55.)

Anywho, the contest being held was the Halloween Photo Booth Challenge, and I was #ready! So, I submitted tons of entries (at the time I had no idea that winners would be randomly selected) and even made a comic! And yes, I still have it. Check it:

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Not bad, am I right? I teamed up with my brother Sporty Boa, and together we submitted over 10 entries! And we won – oh wow!

When I fount out, I literally ran around the house in triumph pumping my fist. (I also had the same reaction when Poptropica followed me on Twitter.) I was finally going to have a membership! So I direct-messaged Poptropica, waiting for the 1-month membership, and a couple days later, they got back to me. Now, I had wanted for my brother SB to get in on the membership too, but this is what they wrote to me word-for-word:

Hey there, Your membership was applied to your account yesterday. Your name was randomly picked for the membership and we can only award the membership to the actual users whose names were picked. Have your brother enter the new #MyPoptropicaCostume contest!!!

Although my brother didn’t get a membership, he was okay with it. He said I deserved it. SB, you the real MVP.

So I went on my account but… I still didn’t have a membership. So, that was a bummer, but I didn’t get back to Poptropica about it, because I didn’t feel like I needed it (besides, I don’t blame them for not getting my super long username). I didn’t mind not having a membership, but I bet it’d be awesome if I did.

Anyway, after that contest was over, a new one came up: the #MyPoptropicaCostume contest. As most of you know I didn’t participate in that one, but my bro did, and that was probably the beginning of his Pop community adventure.

December 2016 | Fierce Flyer Adventures

So I was browsing Twitter one day when I came upon another Poptropican Twitter account, Purple Claw’s (@Donatloul). I’d heard of him before, but not much until that day. I decided to check out the blog he had linked to in his Twiter bio. I’m pretty sure it made me go “woah!”

It was amazing to see news and all this cool stuff on a Poptropica fan blog, but I didn’t start my own blog right away. I decided I needed to study and learn more about different bloggers in the community first. Thus the search began! I studied and read and read and went non-stop…

It was the day after my birthday that the thought came to me to actually start my own blog, and so I created Fierce Flyer Adventures!! I made a welcome post first, and the very first person to comment on it was Purple Claw! Just seeing his name had me jumping from my couch and running around the living room four times before I came back to see what he had commented: “Welcome to the blogging world!”

I beamed with joy. Today, I’m still writing on my Poptropica blog, Fierce Flyer Adventures, and you can friend me with username muuuuuuuuuuu4.

As always,

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and I’ll see you next time. Fierce Flyer out!

Hope you enjoyed this “My Place in Poptropica” story!

If you haven’t already, we invite you to send in your own (please include a minimum of 550 words, type with good spelling and grammar, divide it into labeled sections, and include your username). If you send in your story, we will continue to post new community MPIPs!

~the Poptropica Help Blog

May We Bring *Fourth* the IOTM…

Hello, everyone! May the 4th be with you!

The last of the April showers have brought in… May showers?? Well at least it’s also raining in two new Islands of the Month, now playable for extra credits. This month’s featured islands are… Mystery of the Map Island and Nabooti Island!

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Mystery of the Map Island

Mystery of the Map makes its second appearance as an IOTM, honoring the recent release of Poptropica: The Secret Society, book 3 of the Poptropica graphic novel series. Fun fact: MOTM Island was one of the first IOTMs back in September. Also, if you haven’t read the book yet, you totally should – it’s even been a New York Times bestseller!

Captain Crawfish has made a video walkthrough for the island, if you’d like to use it:

If you’d prefer to use a written guide, however, we’ve got one right here on the PHB.

Nabooti Island

Yep, that’s right – Nabooti won the recent IOTM poll on the Creators’ Blog with about two-thirds of the votes! This is especially great news for non-members, because although Nabooti is usually members only (as of July 2015), for this month of May, it will be open to everyone!

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Captain Crawfish is currently making a video walkthrough for the island, and it’ll be uploaded soon. The official video walkthrough is now here! Plus, the PHB’s written guide has got you covered as well, if you prefer words and pictures.

Remember, first-time finishers will receive 500 credits and re-players will earn 300 credits, so make sure to take advantage of the credit boost while you can!

And, as per the tradition, stay tuned for some behind-the-scenes sketches of the making of these two islands later this month!

Also, remember Skinny Moon’s Worlds-ified avatar from yesterday’s post? Well, over on Tumblr, she’s included the full version of the picture! Check out the green socks:

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Alright, that’s all for now. May the Force be with you, Poptropicans.

–Lucky Joker

A Poptropica Worlds Mystery Item Leak!

Hello, everyone!

It’s Lucky Joker and today I’ll be sharing a minor Poptropica Worlds sneak peek with you all! Just today on the Creators’ Blog, Skinny Moon posted an image of a mystery item we’ll be seeing in Poptropica Worlds.

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Well… it’s actually just a silhouette and we’re supposed to guess what is. This isn’t the biggest sneak peak the Creators have given us, but it is something and I really like the idea of having a guessing game of sorts.

To me, it looks like some sort of belt, possibly for utilities/tools that may come in handy in your exploration of Crisis Caverns, which featured in the last big Poptropica Worlds sneak preview. Or perhaps it’s headgear for when you’re down in the mines?

Although this sneak peek isn’t the most exciting, there is something else of interest: Skinny Moon’s new avatar, depicted at the bottom of her blog post! Her character looks more three-dimensional, a characteristic of the art style we’ve been seeing of the new Worlds avatars. She also promises that there are more sneak peeks to come.

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Anyway, what do you think the mystery object is? Let us know down in the comments section!

-Lucky Joker