Let it snow some LEGO!

Heyo readers!

It looks like Home Island has been given a nice wintery makeover, with snow on the ground, snow in the air, and warmer attire on the townspeople. Hope you didn’t put too much money into those summer clothes – you’re going to be needing a change to stand this cold! (Nobody better make a Frozen joke. It’s been three years and I’m ready to be done with that by now. Please.)

(Thanks to Pea Sea/PC for the gif, and Slanted Fish for the rest of the pics.)

They’ve also moved the winter/Christmas-themed gold cards and costumes to the front of the list for easier access to those who haven’t purchased these costumes yet. The items aren’t new, although some have been out of the store for a while, so it’s good to have them back!

The gold card items are: Candy Cane-on, Little Candy Cane, Snow Fall, and Winter Blast Flavor PopGum. For costumes, we have the Snowman, Tangled in Lights, Candy Cane, Elf, and Holiday Ball.

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Would it be bad to say I just understood the pun of “Candy Cane-on”? Because I hadn’t understood it before today. I’m bad at puns.

In addition, there’s a new ad for LEGO Friends, also on Home Island. Just click it to get the prize – nothing too complicated. You’ll get a Sledgehammer that you can whack into the ground!

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I can’t believe LEGO Friends stole the Hotdog Costume from Poptropica. Disappointing

Meanwhile on social media, Poptropica’s very own Skinny Moon has found a picture of Shark Boy and even promised “more behind the scenes stuff tomorrow”! Stay tuned for that.

It’s interesting that Shark Boy is being acknowledged, considering The Mysterious Disappearance of Shark Boy that happened a couple years ago.

Unfortunately, I’ve got some sad news for all of you – this is my last post on the Poptropica Help Blog. Fishy and I have decided it’s for the best that this chapter of my life comes to a close.

Historically, I’ve phased in and out of fandoms quickly. This second spurt of my enjoyment of Poptropica was one of the most fun spurts I’ve ever had though. It’s not that I’ve grown up or moved past it or anything like that – my current interests include a show aimed at elementary schoolers, for crying out loud! It’s just that my interest has waned for a little bit. Until then, I’ll enjoy my other fandoms, and I plan to stick around, if you all will have me.

I’ve just started up my own all-ages personal wordpress blog over at ylimegirl.wordpress.com, so feel free to check it out if you so wish. It was fun getting to know so many of you in the community! I’ll cherish this time we got to spend together for the rest of my life.

See you again sometime,

–Ylimegirl

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The Poptropica Costume Contest!

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EDIT: Skinny Moon just commented on this post to add another rule! Hi Jessica, love your work.

One more addition: I forgot to say 3 entries per person, max. And entries have to be original, not a mashup of Poptropica costume parts. I edited the blog post to say that! 😀

Your regularly-scheduled post continues below.


Heyo readers!

BIG news today – Poptropica is holding another art contest!

This one is quite different from the last few held – the #MyPoptropicaCostume contest asks you to design your dream costume. If it wins, you’ll get a 6 month membership and it will be made into a real Poptropica costume and sold in the store, as well as being worn by an NPC on Home Island! How cool is that?

And yes, Skinny Moon did include a meme in her post.

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Of course, there are some guidelines for this contest, as listed below:

  • You can use our template (find it here) to draw your outfit. Or draw your Poptropican’s outfit freehand (here’s a guide). Or draw your creation using your computer or tablet. Whatever you want!
  • Use your imagination! Get inspired by your favorite movies or TV shows and put your own original twist on them. Or think about your favorite activities, sports, and hobbies, and base a costume around one of them. Check out your favorite magazines and take a cue from the latest trends. The sky’s the limit!
  • Don’t forget about fun accessories and powers that your costume could have!
    When you design your costume, be sure it could be reproducable as a Poptropica Costume. Teeny tiny details would be hard to recreate for a store costume.
  • Give your costume a name and put your Poptropican’s name on it, and if you want, your age. Do not include your last name or where you live. For example, your entry could say something like “Winter Fun Outfit by Happy Catfish, age 14.”

Like the last few contests, you have to submit your creations through a social media account with the tag #MyPoptropicaCostume. If you don’t have a social media account, and don’t know anyone (adult, friend, etc) who can post for you, fret not – we at the PHB would be more than happy to post it for you on our Twitter – just contact the PHB to let us know.

The contest ends on December 31st with the winner announced in January. That means we have about a month and a half to make some fabulous costumes – get drawing!

The creators leave us with two costumes created by Perfect Sky as inspiration, if needed.

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Good luck to everybody! I know I’ll probably enter (if I get around to it).

-Ylimegirl

Carrots, Cats, & Creatures

Heyo readers,

Halloween is coming up this Monday, and I’m ready to dress up for a hardcore night of… playing Poptropica, probably, since I might be a little too old for trick-or-treating (by most people’s standards).

Anyways, the Creators have certainly have been getting in the spirit this month, and even more news has poured in from the floodgates! First of all, we’ve got a lovely wallpaper, perfect for screens with a 4:3 ratio! Skinny Moon claims it’s from one island and us “longtime Poptropicans” would know, but I keep staring and can’t think of any island that features scarecrows, carrots, and spaceships.

I mean, I can think of three different islands that have these traits, but not a single one. Maybe I’m just missing something, and I’m not as much of a veteran as I thought I was. I digress though. Wallpaper!

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(Update: As a couple of commenters here have mentioned, this scene is from the optional video game you can play on Zomberry Island, Terror in the Garden.)

To keep up this spoopy mood, the Creators released some concept art and animations for one of the IOTM, Monster Carnival! We’ve got sketches of both the Poptropicans and monsters that made their way into the island, as well as a couple of animations.

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It’s always pretty neat to see what designs creators go through before the final product. (Unless it’s my characters, in which case please don’t look into that my original designs are terrible and I want to burn them.) Be sure to check them all out!

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Finally, we have Skinny Moon celebrating Black Cat Day (October 27th) with the new black cat follower. This cat can jump really high and seems far more friendly than my cats. (Mine just sleep all the way over in the corner and glance at me sometimes. I’m sure they love me though.)

If you’re a member, be sure to pick up the card from the store. If not, well … say hi to Whiskers from 24 Carrot Island I guess? Wait, Whiskers isn’t a black cat. Darn it!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now. May your Halloween be filled with lots of candy!

-Ylimegirl

#PoptropicaArt Contest Winners & Halloween on Poptropica!

Heyo readers!

Some major events happened today. First of all, the winners of the #PoptropicaArt contest were announced! To reiterate the prizes from the Poptropica Creators’ Blog:

  • First place gets a six-month Poptropica membership and a bunch of Poptropica swag
  • Second place gets a three-month Poptropica membership and a bunch of Poptropica swag
  • Third place gets a one-month Poptropica membership and a bunch of Poptropica swag
  • And our honorable mentions all get a one-month Poptropica membership

And the winners are in first place: Maryann P., in second place: Crafty Poptropican, and in third place: our very own Slanted Fish:tada: Be sure to check their blog post for the Creators’ commentary!

In addition, @yuneiko_, @yazz._.minne, Tiger35767, @smileyfaceorg, Shaky Skunk, @julia_henry_la, Creepy Goose, and our very own Brave Tomato all got honorable mentions! Congratulations to all the winners!

In other news, the month of Halloween October is now in full swing, so Poptropica’s begun to celebrate! The Halloween photo booth is back, along with another Photo Booth contest starting next week. Skinny Moon has also gotten into the spoopy spooky spirit, and she’s not the only one – have you seen our Poptropicans lately? 😉

In other spooky news, there appear to be some strange glitches on Home Island affecting hair color and fashion choices. No, oh wait – apparently DJ Saturday Nite and New You lady went to the hair salon together, and even Amelia’s appearance is deliberate. My bad.

In addition to the aesthetic changes, some characters, specifically Amelia Earhart and the wheel-spinny-guy-dude, also have some new dialogue! Seems the creators favor the term “loot” over “prizes” now, and Amelia’s plugging the new Fall Fashion lineup. (Thanks to Happy Lobster for the images!)

Finally, the spooky Halloween-themed items of the Poptropica Store have been moved to the front of the card lineups for easy access! Check ’em out and deck out!

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Whoof, this was a long update. Thanks for sticking with me!

– :ghost: Ylimegirl :jack_o_lantern:

Poptropica’s 9th Birthday: Cat Cakes are the Best Cakes

Heyo readers!

As promised, Poptropica’s big birthday bash is under way! Talking to the Prize Wheel guy (after spinning the wheel) informs you of this news:

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Side note: I got a Grand Prize today. Happy Birthday to me!

There are two prizes that can be obtained through the store for free, rather than any sort of balloon-hunt as in previous years. This year’s prizes are a blue balloon with a green nine on it, and a cat sitting atop a birthday cake as a hat!

Credit to idk for the first two pictures!

Look at how happy Cuddly Eel is over these prizes! You can just see the smile on her face! I’m sure it’s there. Right Cuddly Eel? Right? …I hate it when my avatar doesn’t agree with me.

(Seriously though, this cat is adorable. I love this cat. I want to adopt this cat. Can you tell I’m a cat person?)

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Get it? Cats have 9 lives? Poptropica is 9 years old? Sorry, dog people, you can’t deny that the cat wins this round.

UPDATE: In addition, Poptropica has posted photos of the Creators at the big birthday bash, with the original creator, Jeff Kinney himself, cutting the cake!

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How many Creators can you recognize in the photo below?

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UPDATE UPDATE: There will not be a balloon-popping event, as the Creators have since confirmed both on Twitter and in the comments below. Sorry to get your hopes up!

Thanks for the great nine years, Poptropica, even though I was only around for the last five or so. Here’s to another great year!

-Ylime 🐱🎂

International Virus-Hunting & Pirate-Talking Day

Ahoy ye scallywags!

Today, September 19th, be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and as is appropriate, today we be talking about our favorite pirate, Captain Crawfish!

As promised, he released his video walkthrough for Virus Hunter Island, one of this month’s ITOM! (Only took him three years. And keeping in line with the rule of threes, the video was actually released three days ago, but they only made a blog post now. Kind of like us… 😅)

Remember, any player who completes Virus Hunter or Mystery of the Map this month will receive extra credits – even those who already finished it! (I like to believe this is my doing, of course.)

Also Snapshot September has come to a close – Slip said he was going to post the results yesterday, but unfortunately he was too busy. They’ll be up soon though, we promise!

Keep a weather eye on the horizon,

☠ Ylime ☠

An Iota of IOTM

Hello readers!

UPDATE: Poptropica has updated its post to say that old-timers will also be rewarded as well – the first time you complete an Island you’ve already finished, you’ll get a 100 credit bonus. Also,  those of you who have already completed the IOTM – you’ll get a 300 credit bonus the first time you complete it again!

While I’m struggling with composite functions, there’s big news in Poptropica: they increased the credit count for completing islands (again)! They’ve doubled it from 150 to 300! (I swear, things always get easier for the younger generation, doesn’t it?)

In addition, every month, the creators are going to feature two Islands of the Month, which will award 500 credits… to first-time finishers. Come on creators, throw us old-timers a bone!

This month’s IOTM (Islands of the Month) are Mystery of the Map (guide here) and Virus Hunter (guide here), for anyone who wants to try to get some extra credits. The Creators also leave us with this promise: “We’ll also be doing some cool stuff for the Islands of the Month here on the (Creators’) blog and on Poptropica’s social media, so stay tuned…”

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In addition to this news, the PHB got a shout-out in the very same post! Check it out:

You also might want to explore one of our amazing fan blogs, the Poptropica Help Blog. They have their own Island Guides — one for every Island! We haven’t watched all the videos or read through all the walkthroughs, but we know lots of Poptropica players turn to the PHB for help — so you might want to check them out!

We appreciate the praise creators. We think your walkthroughs are pretty great too… the ones you’ve released, at least.

See you guys later,

Ylimegirl