Artsy compacts and spooky costumes!

What’s up, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here coming at you with some good ole popping news.

First up, we got an artist spotlight over on Poptropica’s social media. The artwork to grace the screen this time is once again by iLee-Font — one of my favorite artists. Well deserved and a perfect piece for the season! 🎃🍂 I really appreciate Blue Tooth’s efforts in promoting fanart lately.


Also on the Poptropica Creators’ Blog and Instagram, Blue Tooth shared a kooky collection of costumes to inspire anyone still searching for their ideal look for Halloween.

Most of them are exact copies from old costume cards, but they’re still pretty cool. My personal favorite is Wild Runner’s costume, which is more original than most of the others. It kind of looks like something you’d see in one of The Purge movies, haha.


Lastly, there’s an advertisement for Polly Pocket accessible via the island map. To play the game and win some prizes, head on in and talk to Polly standing in the front.

Get ready for a major Shrink Ray Island flashback because things are about to get big. It’s time to shrink! The object is simple: find all ten of the compacts in the allotted time of three minutes.

Once you do, you’ll be rewarded with three stylish Polly Pocket outfits (Polly, Lila, and Shani!) and an awesome Polly Shrink Power! It’s like the Minimizer and Shrink Ray Gun in one, but even better because it’s free! (Definitely consider picking this up if you’re missing out on one of these cool powers.)

Well, that’s it for news for now… but the fun doesn’t end there. Don’t forget to participate in our festive events here on the PHB — like our 11th annual Halloween Costume Contest and/or this month’s Community Creations!

Thank you all for reading and I’ll talk to you guys soon. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Pop Petition: Clubhouse Perks 🏡

What’s up, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here coming at you with another Pop Petition! Today I’ll be discussing things I’d like to see added to the clubhouses on Poptropica. You may agree or disagree with this list, but let’s keep it positive either way. 😛 Without further ado, to the list!

1) Music

The fact that Poptropica already has an amazing selection of existing tracks from all of its sound updated islands, it’s hard to believe this isn’t an option yet. I mean, what better way to personalize your clubhouse than creating an ambience through your choice of music? Think about it — from the serene sounds of Mythology to the peppy jingle from the streets of Poptropicon — the possibilities are virtually endless!

2) Furniture Interaction & Customization

Similar to what SD said in her Pop Petition last year, I think it’d be fun if there was more interactability with our furniture items. They did it in Poptropica Worlds, so I’m sure they can do it here on the OG Pop too. Bouncing on a bed, flipping a light switch, or surfing through a few TV channels could really make the difference!

Capability to customize furniture would be spectacular as well! Imagine a color changing feature (similar to the colorizer), or being able to rotate and shift items the way you want. The photo booth could serve a whole new purpose if we were able to hang our creations up on our walls. How cool would that be?

Picture from the Poptropica Creators’ blog post guide to clubhousing.

3) Liking & Sharing

Wouldn’t it be neat if all the hard work you put into decorating your clubhouse had a bigger pay off? Having a like button and share button would serve that very purpose! It could function in the same way Realms does: having a code. That way, it wouldn’t be limited to just your friends, and every Poptropican can see it.

Realms sharing features: visiting with a code and giving likes.

Or better yet, it could work like Multiverse used to. You could share a code anywhere (such as on the PHC) and people could type that in, then POOF, they’re in your clubhouse!

4) Frequent Updates

I’d say Poptropica has been pretty good at offering new decorations fairly regularly at this point, but if at all possible, if they can dish them out even more frequently — that’d be super awesome! All in all though, Poptropica, you get a thumbs up from me on this one.

A sampling of clubhouse decorations on Poptropica.

And there it is folks — the things I’d like to see regarding the fantastic clubhouses! What would you like to see added? Feel free to leave your ideas and thoughts in the comments section.

Thank you all for reading and I’ll talk to you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Spoopy members gifts for October!

What’s up, Spooptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here and as you all know, October has officially started, and that means the Halloween season is upon us!

What cooler way to celebrate the ghostly festivities with new, awesome members gifts?! The items you’ll get if you’re a member (or purchase a membership any time within the month) this time around are as follows:

  • Bat Attack
  • Witch’s Broom Rider
  • Ghost Followers (three variations available!)

I love this time of year and I absolutely love these new items as well! But what do you think? Sound off in the comments below!

As always, thank you all SO much for reading! I’ll talk to you guys in the next one. Stay awesome, and pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Escape with the abominable snowman

What’s up, Poptropicans? Lucky Joker here filling you in with the latest Poptropica news. Let’s get into it!

Firstly, over on Instagram, Poptropica featured an adorable drawing of the prisoners from Escape From Pelican Rock in a new series, called “Fanart Friday“! The artwork featured is by iLee-Font — an artist we’ve also showcased here on the PHB!


Also, there’s a new ad game on Home Island for the upcoming DreamWorks film, Abominable — which will hit theaters September 27.

The mission is an easy one as usual. All you have to do to get the prizes is jump over the obstacles by clicking until you reach the end.

Once you make it to the end without losing all of your lives (visible at the top right corner), you’ll be rewarded with an Everest Follower and Blueberry Splat. Pretty cool… and remember, members get to keep these forever.

So, what do you think of the creators featuring fans’ art on social media? I love when games acknowledge their fanbase. Will you be seeing Abominable in theaters? Feel free to comment down below.

Thanks for reading as always and I’ll talk to you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Poptropica Portfolio: Nate Greenwall, 2.0

What’s up, Poptropicans? It’s time for another Poptropica Portfolio!

Today I’ll be featuring the works of an artist we’ve showcased before (the very first Pop Portfolio on the PHB, in fact) — the amazing Nate Greenwall (aka Shark Boy Guy), who worked with Poptropica for nearly 11 years from May 2007 to February 2018. Anyway, let’s get into it!

Greenwall helped design much of Poptropica’s merch over the years including books, toys, shirts, and more. Even the Dr. Hare’s Lair LEGO set that sadly was never released was designed by Nate. Poor Dr. Hare… that would’ve been so cool. I totally would’ve bought it!

Greenwall has also contributed to a whole host of Poptropica’s main assets like the old friends page, the photo booth, island backgrounds, and too many other things to list! He took part in the design process from beginning to end — starting with the wireframes and flows all the way to the final product.

In addition to the bigger features previously mentioned, he also created various advertisement content for Poptropica. Here’s a cool looking Toy Story 3 ad he worked on back in 2010.

When Poptropica was developing their mobile app, Greenwall was responsible for redesigning a lot of the game’s essential systems such as the costumization feature, item inventory, and icon (every so often).

Plus, shout-out to former PHB staffer Brave Tomato for being quoted in Nate’s portfolio from her My Place in Poptropica PHB post:

And finally, take a look at these sketches from the early stages of the island designing process. It’s pretty neat to be able to see some of the brainstorming and preliminary outlines done before an island’s release.

As you can see, Nate has contributed plenty to the game we love during his time with Poptropica, and it’s sad he was released in such an untimely manner. These days, he creates mockups and prototypes for the online furniture and decor retailer, Overstock.

Interested in learning more about Nate and his other projects? Head over to his personal website to see what he’s up to; you’ll find lots of extra Poptropica stuff there too!

I hope you all enjoyed this look into yet another poptastic Poptropica portfolio. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all of the other artists we’ve featured here on the PHB — you won’t be disappointed!

As always, thank you for reading and I’ll talk to you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker🍀

Pop 5: Tear-Jerkers in Poptropica 😢

How’s it going, Poptropicans? I’m Lucky Joker and today I’ll be counting down the top — or should I say pop — 5 most tear-jerking moments in Poptropica! Keep in mind that this list represents my personal opinion, so your list may differ from mine. Anyway, let’s get right into the waterworks! (**Warning: Spoilers ahead)

5) The Wreckage of Poptropica (Super Villain Island)

After the job of collecting the totems from Poptropica’s most evil villains is done, it’s revealed that Dr. Jupiter (the person who sent us on this journey) was really Zeus all along! He betrays us and steals the totems we’ve retrieved in order to make himself the most powerful villain who’s ever lived, and to take over all of Poptropica.

Once he gets away, a cutscene plays out showing Shark Tooth, Mythology, and Mystery Train Islands completely destroyed. There’s something tragic about seeing the beloved past islands we’ve once explored and saved laying in ruins. I could imagine if this island was sound updated and had a sad piano or violin track playing over it, it would make the scene even more dramatic.

4) Count Bram and Annabelle’s Reunion (Vampire’s Curse Island)

Unlike all the other picks for this list, this moment is actually not a sad one, but still manages to get you emotional. After years of being cursed as a vampire and having Katya — who he believes is his wife — not want anything to do with him, Count Bram is finally happy when we break the curse and reunite him with the love of his life, Annabelle. We witness a very heartwarming moment as he finally is able to rest in peace.

3) Scheherazade’s Confession (Arabian Nights Island)

Scheherazade demanded Samhal the genie to relinquish his magic abilities to her, and after, went on a rampage ignited by her hunger for power — becoming a mere reflection of her father, the sultan. It’s later revealed that she was only acting up because she was yearning for something she missed greatly: her father’s attention. After he became sultan, he rarely showed her any affection because he was too concerned about his riches. When she opens up about her feelings, he begins to cry. That’s a sentiment everyone felt in that moment. I mean, c’mon, just look at her adorable little drawing of them happy together.

2) The Destruction of the Magic Orb (Twisted Thicket Island)

At the climax of the island — after you’ve gotten past all of the creatures and into the center of the forest — you encounter the Elf Queen and discover that the woodland creatures have been the victims of this story all along. All they want is to live in peace. The Elf Queen explains the orb’s importance to us when all of a sudden, the developer and his construction crew raid the forest and destroy the magic orb, leaving the woodland creatures in a vegetative state. Tsk tsk, greedy Poptropicans.

1) Ringmaster Raven’s Story (Monster Carnival Island)

Though this one is more of a series of moments, there’s no doubt that it’s a very sad tale: that of a boy who just wanted to feel welcomed and accepted by those around him, but wasn’t because he was different. Sure, he went about coping in the wrong way as he sought to seek revenge on the citizens (most of whom were innocent) by making them his servants through hypnosis — but really, all he wanted was acceptance, and I think that’s something we all can resonate with.

At the end of the island, we turn him into a laughingstock of a circus act through more hypnosis. So it’s on with the circus life for Raven, now dubbed “The Incredible Chicken Man.” The poor bullied bird boy never got his happy ending. 😢


Need a tissue? No judgment. Anyway, that’s it for this Pop 5! Do you agree with my choices? What other moments from Poptropica do you think deserve to be on this list? Sound off down below! Pop on…

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Pop Petition: Bring back old features

What’s up, Poptropicans? Lucky Joker here popping in with a brand new Pop Petition! Here, I’ll be listing what I would like to see added (or in this case, re-added) into the game to make the game even more enticing. Let’s pop right into it, shall we?

1) Multiverse

In my opinion, Multiverse was one of Poptropica’s best features. It was first introduced to the game in the summer of 2009 and offered a great hangout-with-friends experience in the largely single-player-based game that Poptropica was and still is.

Sure, we have our common rooms. However, they’re not as good for meeting up with specific friends (and even posed a challenge for us when organizing our most recent Poppies party). If that’s not bad enough, most of the minigames were withdrawn along with the removal of Multiverse. These include: Paint War, Hoops, Pathwise, Soupwords (one of my favorites), and Sudoku (my absolute favorite!). I hope Poptropica can convert Multiverse into AS3 (their newer game engine) soon.

2) Friends Page

“LJ, there still is a friends page, silly. What are you talking about?”

Right you are, anonymous reader — and I really like it too! The wallpaper and sticker wall customization is a plus, and the friendship interaction options such as the like button and message board are things we didn’t have before. On the downside, though, there’s a ton of stuff missing that I took for granted on the original friends page.

Firstly: pop quizzes (Tall Melon also talked about this in his Pop Petition guest post last year). These have been gone a while — even before the old friends page was replaced. It was nice to be able to show a bit of your personality through answering various things about yourself, and it was just that little extra something to do when you were bored.

Second: in-game stats. On the current profile page, it displays how many islands a person has completed, but not which ones exactly. It was really convenient to see which islands you’d completed by viewing your medallion collection. Now, you have to go to the map and check more carefully… oh wait, some of the islands aren’t even there anymore (more on this later). Also, the battle ranking and tribe tiles are completely gone. Not to mention only 25 of your friends will show up on your friends list at a time. If you have any more than that, sorry!

3) Costume Collector

screenshot from Magic Heart in Poptropica

Although this feature at face value may seem pointless considering we have a costume closet with a much larger capacity of outfit space, it actually had some good use, and it’s sad to see it gone.

For one, who wouldn’t want three extra costume slots, am I right? Also, I know a few people who had rare pieces stored in their costume collector from years ago. They were pretty upset when those were suddenly gone. Creators, please bring this feature (and our costumes) back if at all possible! 🤞

4) Original Islands

graphic from Reddit

This is probably the feature that everybody definitely wants back. Just recently, many of the older islands were removed.

Some of Poptropica’s greatest adventures — the ones that shaped most of our childhoods and made Poptropica what it is today (like Counterfeit, Nabooti, and Cryptids) are no longer playable. It just isn’t the same without all of our beloved islands on the map, and in fact, it feels like a huge part of the game has disappeared (after all, 29 of the 42 islands are gone!).

I can only hope the Poptropica Creators are actively working on bringing these islands back, and all of the other features for that matter.


As some of you may know, these features are still accessible through idk the glitcher’s teleporter link, but Poptropica’s vast majority of players are unaware of this and don’t have that option.

I’m sure there are more features we’d all like to see make a comeback in the future, but that’s for another Pop Petition. So, what do you guys think? Do you agree with my list? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you all for reading, and I’ll talk to you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀