Falling so I’m taking my time on my ride

Buckle in, Poptropicans, because there’s a long ride of updates coming your way! Who knows where this is all going, but let’s keep our eyes on the road.

For starters, we’re going to have dessert… in the form of a flower cake car. That you wear. What? Bizarre, I know. But it’s Poptropica’s 12th birthday this month, and Poptropica has deemed it fit to hand over some new wheels to all her friends. So head over to the store to pick up this free, limited-time item!

Maybe twelve is a little young to start driving, but not on Poptropica! Blue Tooth over on the Pop Creators’ Instagram has already posted a video of her zooming through town on the new ride:


Let’s take a right here, and—oh! Looks like the birthday gift isn’t the only new item stocked in the store. Fall seasonal items are here!

Let’s see what we’ve got here…

  • Poptropica’s 12th Birthday (the cake car we just saw)
  • Warm Vibes
  • Cozy Cocoa
  • Tie-Dye Hoodie
  • Splatter Tee
  • Elephant Follower
  • Flower Planting Power (members only)
  • Snow Fall
  • Jellyfish Prank
  • Autumn Scarves (comes in four colors: blue, green, yellow, red)

Pretty neat, and best of all, most of them are available to everyone (with only one member item)!


Speaking of fall, Home Island got a fall seasonal makeover! It’s currently only on mobile, but the autumn colors are lovely, and even the buildings were treated to some touch-ups. There’s even a new cocoa stand, although it’s just for show, next to the Blast-off Arcade, which is now pushing out steam. Plus, brush up against any of the leaf piles and leaves will flutter!

(As you can see, that magic carpet from the Aladdin ad is pretty good for taking screenshots! Plus it’s just so fun to glide around with.)


Stay with us—we’ve still got a couple more updates to share. Poptropica has hit us with quite the swerve with this web browser layout change:

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Thanks to Gentle Dolphin for the screenshot.

They’ve kept the sidebar ads but also added a new element below the game screen: a call-to-action segment to read the Creators’ Blog, and beside it, a random auto-playing video. Videos I’ve seen in this space include ones from Poptropica’s YouTube channel as well as outside content from Kidspiration. You can click on the video to hear sound, pause it, or enlarge the screen.

Not only that, but the new layout also shrinks the screen of the game itself (wasn’t having a bigger screen one of the perks of SUIs?). With all the distractions around the game screen, this really seems to inhibit players’ ability to enjoy their time on the site, don’t you think?


And finally, Poptropica has picked up its Poptropica Lookbook again. They first mentioned #PoptropicaLookbook on their Instagram three weeks ago, asking Poptropicans to share their outfits, and Mighty Rock, clad in blue hues, has been selected for a feature!

By the way, Poptropica, that’s the glass from the Carrot King Diner on 24 Carrot Island, with which you could mix drinks of various colors. A long time ago, you could dye your Poptropican’s hair this way — just by mixing the color you wanted. Ah, how times have changed!


Whew, we made it to the end. Let’s park it right here, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts below. Thanks for riding along, Poptropicans. See you next time!

😎🚘🍁

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Follow your nose back to school

Hey, everyone! This is Gentle Dolphin keeping you in the loop of the latest Poptropica news. Let’s get started and flash forward to our first update!

We all dread leaving summer vacation behind and returning to school or even college. Don’t worry because Poptropica has got you covered with brand new back-to-school items!

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This month, everyone can buy cool school fashion and supplementary supplies for their arrival back to school. There is one member-exclusive item, though: the Noodle Guy Follower. It’s a weird but funny addition to a back-to-school update, to be sure.


A recent post on the Creators’ Blog informed players of a new Froot Loops advertisement on Poptropica. Toucan Sam will stand outside a brick house and invite you to come inside. In the house, he will tell you to jump into his imagination, which is where the ad game takes place.

This ad game is similar to the Schroeder’s Piano minigame from Great Pumpkin Island. While the song is playing, click the different colored Froot Loops when they reach the bottom of their respective rows. Keep doing this in order to fill the gauge in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Don’t get too distracted by the weirdly animated Toucan Sam.

After keeping the rhythm, you will win a “Follow Your Nose” hat. Wearing it gives you the ability to leave a colorful trail of Froot Loops as you run.

I could finish this segment here, but I want to share something I discovered a few days ago. Before the Froot Loops ad appeared on Poptropica, I stumbled upon a cyclops kid standing in front of a mysterious green structure. Take a look:

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Weird, right? This structure acted as a place where players could watch videos to earn credits, similar to the movie theater and billboard on Home Island. However, it also showed up in ad spaces between scenes on other islands, possibly so players could earn more credits during their adventures.

I went to check on it later, but I found that it had been replaced by the Froot Loops ad. Maybe the structure was there to take up space because Poptropica didn’t have any new ads at the moment? But why did the structure have such a strange temple-like design? What was with the cyclops kid? We may never know…


Last but not least, there’s a new screen for when players need to activate Flash before playing Poptropica. Unlike the previous screen, it includes a helpful guide on how to allow Flash to run on your computer. Neat!

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What do you think of these new updates? Do you like the new store items? Do you have any theories about the mysterious green structure? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

Adore and explore new store items

Hola, Poptropicanos! It’s Lucky Joker here, popping in with some news.

First off, seven all-new items have been added into the store! The new inventory consists of four costumes (Boho Chic, Fruity Cutie, Lazy Days, Dangerous Waters) and three other fun extras (Dolphin Follower, Octo-Prank, Coconut Drink). Here’s everything pictured below:


Also, there’s a new advertisement on Home Island for the new Dora movie, Dora and the Lost City of Gold — coming to theaters August 9!

There are two prizes to be collected, and to do so, all you have to do is watch the short video trailer. Afterwards, you’ll receive two Adventurer Outfits (on one card) and a slightly creepy Boots in the Backpack!

Welp, that’s it for now. Thank you all for reading and I’ll talk to you guys in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

The Camping Store Update

Hey, everyone! After months of homework and pop quizzes (not the fun kind), it’s finally time to have some summer fun! Some of the most popular activities during this time of year are swimming, barbecuing, and especially camping. Speaking of camping, Poptropica just received a campy store update.

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The Poptropica Store has recently been stocked with new camping gear and fuzzy creatures ranging from adorable to terrifying. As a bonus, this month also saw the return of five classic costumes. Come take a look!

  • Hiker Cutie (members only)
  • Wild Child (members only)
  • Nature Lover
  • Gone Fishing
  • Rock Singer
  • Ice Cream
  • Big Burger
  • Soda Pop
  • Large Fry
  • Deer Follower (members only)
  • Squirrel Prank (members only)
  • Marshmallow Roaster
  • Hiking Shoes

(Side note: While I was trying on some of the outfits, I discovered that the new costumes didn’t appear on my Poptropican on non-SUI islands. Let’s hope that gets fixed soon.)

What do you think of this month’s items? What are you going to do this summer? Did these items inspire you to go camping? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Thank you for reading, have a good day, and watch out for squirrels!

—Gentle Dolphin🐬

Under the Sea: Clubhouse Store Update

Hello, everyone! I’m Lucky Joker here presenting the latest clubhouse store update!

The clubhouse shop has gotten a lot of under the sea themed decorations all for your buying pleasure this month. We’ve got everything from a blowfish to an axolotl, and even an underwater shipwreck wallpaper.

Of the 11 new items, 6 are available exclusively for members, but if you’re a non-member there are still 5 fun options to choose from! 🙂

The items from this month’s update combined with last month’s update full of mythical creatures could definitely make for an awesome clubhouse. You might even have a chance at being featured on “Clubhouse of the Week”, so get creating, Poptropicans!

Well, that about sums up this post! Once again, thank you all for reading and I’ll talk to you in the next one. Pop on!

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Summertime Spitballs: a Store update

How’s it going, Poptropicans? It’s Lucky Joker here bringing you the seven new shop items for May 2019!

With spring underway and summer on the way, you can get your hands on all-new outfits and accessories that are perfect for the season.

The new items are as follows:

  • Baseball Uniform (which comes in white, tan, and brown)
  • Orange Julius (no, she’s not a beverage)
  • Rainbow Storm
  • Rebel Beach
  • Spiff Boy
  • Spitball Shooter
  • Sticky Notes

Great news for non-members – none of the new items are exclusive for members only! I suggest getting all of these new items and putting something nice together to have a chance at being featured on “Look of the Week“! 🙂

Well there it is – the May store update. What do you think of these new items? I, personally, like the hair on Rebel Beach. It kind of reminds me of Shadow the Hedgehog, haha! Anyway, leave your thoughts in the comments down below.

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

– Lucky Joker 🍀

Bunnies and chickens and friends, oh my!

Hey there, Poptropicans! It’s the middle of April, spring is on its way, and Easter is coming faster than a quick-footed hare. To celebrate, the Creators have updated the Poptropica Store with some new items.

Head over to the store on Poptropica Original and check out 6 new spring-themed costumes and 3 new fun items:

  • Good Bunny
  • Spring Fling
  • Unicorn Girl (members only)
  • Shady Pockets
  • Cool Green
  • Cheesy Slice (members only)
  • Chick Follower
  • Egg Launcher (members only)
  • Bunny Wand

Blue Tooth must have been inspired by these new items, since they posted this cool artwork featuring some of the new stuff. I look forward to seeing more art like this from the Creators in the future!

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Speaking of new blogger Blue Tooth, they also wrote a post about making friends in Poptropica. They gave tips on how to befriend other players in the Blast-Off Arcade.

To friend another player, just click on them and select the “Want to be friends?” option. When they agree, you’ll get a confirmation bubble; all you need to do after that is click “OK”. With this information, you’ll become a social butterfly in no time!

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That’s all for now. Which new store item is your favorite? Is it the colorful Egg Launcher or the magical Bunny Wand that gives people pink bunny suits? Please tell us in the comments below!

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

-Gentle Dolphin