From baby Dr. Hare to kidnapper: gifts of May

Hello again, Poptropicans, it’s Lucky Joker here!

May has just begun and per usual, all paying members can expect to receive three free gifts upon first logging in at any time within the month. The exclusive items are an adorable Baby Dr. Hare Follower (a nod to the ever-so-popular Baby Yoda), a wacky Noodle Guy Costume, and a Sanitizer Super Soaker (good timing!). Fun gifts this time around, wouldn’t you agree?


In other news, the daily login bonus continues! We spotted this feature in HAXE a while back and it looks like the gift is here to keep giving.

For every day you log in, you’ll gain more credits, up to 625 credits if you keep up a streak of 5 days in a row. We love free money! 🤑


And lastly, Poptropica just dropped a new promotional teaser for the cherished classic, 24 Carrot Island. It’s a short, 12-second animation that depicts Magic Socks, one of the island’s missing kids, pulling carrots at the farm and getting whisked underground to the carrot factory, where Dr. Hare awaits. It’s a take we haven’t seen before, so that’s pretty neat.

You know what would be even cooler though? A trailer for the theoretically upcoming return of Zomberry Island — or any word on that at all, for that matter. You remember, right? The one set to release by the end of 2019… Looks like we’ll just have to keep waiting.

Thanks for reading! That’s all I’ve got for you today. Until next time, pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Folklore figures: wear ’em, draw ’em, join ’em

Hey, Poptropicans! We hope you’ve recovered from the flash of shock we gave earlier this month and are ready to dive into what else April has in store.

The April member gifts promise a blast to the past with three costumes based on some famous historical figures: Cleopatra, Sire Lancelot, and Pocahontas.

Speaking of the last costume, it looks oddly familiar. The Pocahontas costume bears a striking resemblance to Sacagawea in Time Tangled Island.

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And what’s more, she’s fully customizable, even for non-members! So even if you’re not a member this month, you can get at least one of the member gifts. 😉 Just head on over to 1805 A.D. (the Lewis and Clark expedition) on Time Tangled Island, and you’ve got your two-for-one Native American look.

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(Creators, next time maybe don’t imply that distinct iconic characters of shared ancestry, yet different time periods, are interchangeable by their appearance?)


On Instagram, Poptropica challenged artists to draw Ned Noodlehead in their style and to share the drawings with the hashtag #NedNoodlehead. Interesting that they chose Ned, the comic shop kid from Super Power Island—one of the old school islands that have disappeared from the map.

Within a day, creative fans got to work, and Poptropica featured some of the Ned Noodlehead art on their Instagram story. Check out these magnificent Noodlehead doodles! Think you could give it a try, too?


Recently, Poptropica has been promoting Timmy Failure Island on various channels—social media, the Creators’ Blog, and even the Home Island billboard. (Did you know that Timmy Failure has its own Disney+ movie now?)

But something odd has happened: Timmy Failure Island, which was formerly free for all, is now only available to members. Unlike with previously member-locked islands, this time non-members won’t even get to play a demo before hitting the paywall message. (Thanks for the tip, Perfect Fish.)

Strangely, the message refers to “early access” for Timmy Failure Island being for members only, even though the island came out in 2015. Did they just forget to change the wording, or are they working on revamping Timmy Failure for the Javascript (post-Flash) project and letting members beta test it first? Whatever the case, let’s hope it isn’t a failure.


Thoughts on this month’s member gifts and the fate of Timmy Failure Island? Want to share a Noodlehead doodle with us? Drop them in the comments!

Also, check out the other stuff we’ve got going on in the posts below! Join us for Community Creations (current theme: “stay at home”), take the 2020 PHB readers’ survey, and get some ideas for passing the time in quarantine with some good old Poptropica.

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin 🐬

Big hair, big waves, and big comebacks

Hi, everyone! This is Gentle Dolphin here with the latest Pop news. Let’s start off with something pretty big from earlier this month: March member gifts.

This month, members will get to rock that “Big Hair, Don’t Care” attitude with three humongous hairstyles: Big Afro, Big Dreadlocks, and Big Ponytail. Speaking of big, we want to give a big thank you to Shiny Bird for these pics.

If you are an active member, these colossal coiffures will be added to your inventory upon logging in to Poptropica this month. Act fast and snatch these weaves before they disappear for good!


Moving along, we have a new ad starring 2020’s American Girl of the Year: Joss Kendrick. It’s a basic billboard ad showing Joss and her dog Murph surfing across the ocean waves, which will make many northern players long for the arrival of summer.

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All you need to do is watch a short video to win two prizes: Joss’s Cheer Outfit and the Murph Follower. I could make a witty American Girl joke here, but I’m pretty sure you guys know more about American Girl dolls that I do. 😜


Next time you visit Home Island, make sure to walk past the Pet Barn. You will discover that, after being gone for almost six months, the Photo Booth is back in business! If you’re feeling especially photogenic, step inside and get ready to take some amazing photographs.

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Inside, you will find that nothing has changed since the Photo Booth last appeared. You still have the classic backgrounds and characters, as well as plentiful props and effects. Even though the options aren’t new, that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative! Have fun making all kinds of silly scenarios and epic battles!

When you are done with your photo, click the green check mark button to save it to the Photo Board on your player profile. Unfortunately, your picture will not be saved to your device like before. The best you can do for now is take a screenshot on your phone or computer.

That’s all for now. Feel free to comment below what your favorite hairstyle is, or what you plan on creating in the Photo Booth—or even share your creations! Or at least some American Girl facts, perhaps?

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

Savage member gifts and a new poppin’ home screen

Hello there, Poptropicans! How’ve you been? It’s Lucky Joker here with the member gift bunch for February and a new Poptropica home screen as well.

January’s over, and we’re on to the second month of the year, which means new stuff! If you purchase or have a membership anytime within the month, you’ll acquire these three exclusive items: Blue Storm Sword, Blue Strom Knight, and Blue Storm Viking.

Pretty cool gifts this time around, if you ask me. Okay, moving on…


As of today, Poptropica updated the main picture on their front page.

To my knowledge, the graphic to grace the home screen has always been a still image, but this time it’s an animated one. I personally love it! All of the characters and islands capture Poptropica’s essence so well — it’s amazing!

So, what do you think of these new things? It’s not much, but I do appreciate even the smallest of updates these days. It’s reassuring knowing the game is still cared for, to some extent.

Thank you for reading as always. Talk to you guys in the next one… pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Stylin’ and dreamin’

Hello, everybody! Gentle Dolphin here with news of recent Pop updates!

It may be the middle of the month, but we still want to highlight the January member gifts! This month, members are gifted six exclusive items: two outfits (Stylin’ Oufit and Cool Outfit), two pet accessories (Bling Glasses and Bling Collar), and two furniture items for your clubhouse (Cinema Lightbox and Classic Record Player).

*Special thanks to Osmium for providing the clubhouse picture!*

This is definitely a cool member pack, but there are a couple small things I want to address. First, the Stylin’ Outfit looks incredibly similar to an outfit from Poptropica Worlds. I mean, just look at these two photos and try to tell me they’re not the same:

Second, the Pet Barn has been updated to include the Bling Glasses and Collar. Strange that two exclusive items are being sold in an in-game store, made even more so by the fact that they are marked members-only in said store.

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Along with new member gifts, January also brought a store update! Like last month, the January update features many older items and costumes. That’s cool and all, but 11 of the 34 items are for members only.

What’s also unfortunate is that the prices of these items have gone up and I mean WAY UP! While most of the items are within the normal 250-350 credit range, a few of them are now worth up to 500 CREDITS!!! Yikes! Your dreams of owning that Mini Dr. Hare follower may seem impossible, but don’t give up hope! Speaking of dreams…


In case you missed it, January 13 was National Make Your Dreams Come True Day. Poptropica celebrated by sharing words of encouragement on social media along with an inspiring illustration from Blue Tooth.

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You heard right!! Here’s a word of encouragement from the Poptropica Creators to you! No matter what it is that makes you happy, big or small, chase it until it’s yours!

Work hard! Take breaks! Learn from your mistakes! Be patient with yourself! Most of all, stay hydrated! Very important. WE’RE ROOTING FOR YOU!!

On the Instagram version of the post, several people have commented some dreams that they want to come true. One dream that a lot of people mentioned and agreed with was to bring back all of the old islands. Hopefully, that wish will come true soon

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

The mathematical art of wintry member gifts

Merry (almost) Christmas, Poptropicans! 🎄

We’ve already covered the first, second, and third waves of member gifts. Now it’s time to unwrap these last few gifts! This final batch of member gifts are pretty cool, pun fully intended.

And the items are: Jack Frost, Ice Princess, Instant Ice, Snow Cone Toss, Carrot Nose, and Flying Sleigh. Thanks to Osmium for sharing pics of the items and animated gifs of the powers in action!

If you have an active membership at anytime this month, these items will be added to your inventory. Act fast before the festive gifts freeze over!


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Over on the Creators’ Blog, Blue Tooth wrote a post detailing how Poptropica’s art is made. The post begins with a series of sketches for a Mythology Island-themed home screen. Artists create these small sketches, called thumbnails, to help them figure out what they want the picture to look like before they start adding details.

After the team agrees on a concept, they begin the sketch phase. And after approving the clean sketches, they put them in a vector format. What’s that, you ask? Blue Tooth describes the process in this paragraph:

What’s a vector? It’s a special, unique way you can make images on a computer. Instead of needing to save every single pixel in a picture, vectors draw and color pictures with math! (Bet you didn’t see THAT coming.) Vectors are what make Poptropica possible. The whole game uses them to run! That’s right, guys. We wouldn’t have Poptropica without math.


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Poptropica’s team of artists work hard to deliver quality content to make the game more lively. For example, some players may have spotted a new home screen on Poptropica’s homepage. This screen features a cast of Poptropicans enjoying a nice day at a park while showcasing some in-game fashion. It hasn’t shown up on all browsers yet, but perhaps it soon might!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

Into the known: what December has in store

Hey Poptropicans, it’s Slanted Fish here to announce a dazzling new homepage graphic, a store update, and the next member gift! Let’s get started.

First, if you head on over to Poptropica, you’ll find a new image on the homepage featuring a host of hyped-up Poptropicans and animals, including an ostrich racer and broom-flying wizard, all on an otherworldly planet with the alien trees from the arcade!

Spectacular, huh? Who knows, maybe the Creators will make another wallpaper out of it…


Log in and you’ll see December’s monthly update laid in store, featuring familiar items like the Realms Builder, Back Lot Island Clapboard, and Hypnotic, as well as old holiday costumes like the Angel, Snow Fall, and Winter Blast PopGum (the latter two are for members only).

A few costumes are repeats from last month’s store update. Oddly, the “Pranks” and Followers” sections of the store have been wiped completely clean this time around.

But the best part is that prices have dropped significantly, even on the repeated costumes! While many items used to be in the 250–350 credits range, you can now snag many from the current stock for about 75–150 credits. Happy shopping!


And last but not least, the next item in the 12 Days of Member Gifts is here, and it’s Penguin Sled Riders to match the cute baby penguins that have popped up in the latest Home Island makeover! Awww.

That’s all for this post. See you next time, Poptropicans! ☃️

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