Comics, Creators, Member Gifts, Membership, Social Media, Uncategorized

Phantom Pop Creators make an artistic return ๐Ÿ‘ป

Hello again, Poptropicans! Dropping by with a few updates!

Unfortunately, the Creator’s Blog still hasn’t been active since the end of February, but there have been small updates on social media and additions โ€” or in one case, a subtraction โ€” to the game itself.

First, let’s show off some wonderful fan art features from the official Pop Instagram. Click the artists’ names to view the original posts!

The Creators also announced this month’s member gifts: a White Phantom Rogue costume, White Phantom Rogue Power that turns you partially invisible, and a White Phantom Butterfly Follower. ๐Ÿฆ‹

The ensemble is a little unusual compared to most other outfits in the game, particularly because of its monochrome color palette. Nonetheless, it’s interesting and quite refreshing!

Meanwhile, non-members and members alike can go shopping with the new rotation at Adventure Outfitters, now stocked with swords aplenty. If only these Astro-Knights came with the long-lost island itself! โš”๏ธ

Have you been keeping up with the Daily Comics from the in-game map? After 300+ strips from the series which began its daily showings in July 2022, the comic strips have been reset. So rather than continuing on with the story, which had ended on a cliffhanger, the strips have been removed and are now being re-uploaded from the beginning. Seems like this was just another way for Pop to manufacture novelty!

Finally, long-time Poptropica Creator Jonathan Pitcher posted a couple tweets on his personal account related to his work for the game: a piece of concept art for the Multi-Tool in Steamworks Island, and compliments to pop band AJR for being his muse as he works.

So, are you about to join a masquerade while donning your phantom costume? Will you listen to the music of the night as you work late into the days on fanart? Are you interested in going down once more into the antics of Jorge and Oliver?

Whatever you plan on doing, all I ask of you is that you think of me and the PHB team as you continue on your adventures!

โ€ฆIโ€™ll see myself out.

Castori honorem ~ Smart Bubbles

Fan Art Features, Member Gifts, Social Media, Store

April Fashion Brings Woodworks Clashin’ ๐Ÿชตโš”๏ธ

Hello, everyone! Time to check out the latest Pop updates. But first, a word from our sponsor: ME! Don’t worry, Slanted Fish gave me permission.

This week, I have been hosting a “Favorite Poptropica Character Tournament” on Twitter! In spite of the public outcry regarding certain matchups, it has been fun watching the votes and tears pour in. Round 2 is currently underway, and you reading the PHB can participate! You can vote for your favorites via Twitter, or this Google Forms poll! ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ๐Ÿ†

Now we return to our regularly scheduled blogging. Adventure Outfitters welcomed a new display just in time for April. Out with the green stuff, and in with the stylin’ fits. Paired with the chic fashion are a few random goodies like a smiling cloud, a reversible octopus plush, a jetpack, and a rideable bug.

As pointed out by Dizzy Feather on the Poptropica Help Chat, this month’s selection of items is near identical to last April’s display. While recycling monthly displays isn’t new for Poptropica, it gets old for players itching to collect new gear. It’s almost like they’re saving the new stuff for members, “wooden” you think?

Speaking of which, April’s member gifts have flown into paying players’ inventories. Members can now don the Woodworks Outfit, Woodworks Sword, and Woodworks Wings. While the wings won’t carry you through the wind, they can pop in and out for a cool visual effect.

“Wood” you like a membership? Enter our monthly free membership giveaway for a chance to win one! ๐ŸŽ

Finally, here are some fan art features from Pop’s recent Instagram stories. As per usual, we have art of fan-favorite characters along with oodles of OCs! Click the artists’ names for the full posts.

Thank you for reading, and have a good day!

โ€”Gentle Dolphin ๐Ÿฌ

Member Gifts, Social Media, Store

Green Sights and a Quiet Heist

Hey Poptropicans, pop in for shop drops and gems for mems!

March-ing into St. Patrick’s season, Adventure Outfitters is right on trend with a section of “green stuff” for your clubhouse. ๐Ÿ€ Also on the shop floor, you’ll find Leprechaun and Jester costumes, as well as a cute lion plush. And in the middle are some cozy fits. Lucky you!

Shhh… members get more! March’s member gifts have stealthily arrived, equipping would-be thieves with a Quiet Heist Grapple Hook, Quiet Heist Boots, and Quiet Heist Outfit featuring a beanie with long hair, sunglasses, puffer jacket, and dark pants. Happy heisting? ๐Ÿฅท

While opening up your menu, you might continue to encounter “Daily Questions.” Besides the pop culture questions seen earlier, we’re now starting to see more general questions, such as this one about winning contests โ€” though we’re still without a place to show our answers.

Meanwhile in meme land, the Pop Creators continue to be fixated on 24 Carrot Island, and in particular its magical drink dispenser. Seems they’re too busy to give us any other kinds of updates these days…


Member Gifts, Social Media

OMG, coming through with Ice Racerโšก๏ธ

Hey Poptropicans โ€” tune in for glitzy gifts and a bunny bop! ๐Ÿฐ

February’s member gifts are speeding in with an electric blue Ice Racer Car, Ice Racer Suit, and Ice Racer Helmet. ๐ŸงŠโšก๏ธ If you’re a member, you’ll find these dynamic gifts in your inventory โ€” and you aren’t one, why not try your luck in ourย PHB monthly membership giveaways?

Meanwhile, there’s still no sight of the Baron’s airship yet, which missed the month of January as it last arrived in late December, sans Baron. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ™ˆ But since a costume contest was held in January, there’s no reason not to expect its arrival in February, hopefully sooner rather than later!

Over on social media, Poptropica’s been no stranger to memes and madness, but their latest reel warrants a special shout-out as it came with a rare appearance promoting the Dr. Hare clip on the PHB’s Discord server, the PHC! (And like last time, the response from fans was a demand for the return of Astro-Knights Island spelled out in emojis.) ๐Ÿš€

Celebrating Dr. Hare with a K-Poptropica bop, the reel features scenes of Poptropica’s favorite bunny villain overlayed with the song “OMG” by NewJeans, the Korean girl group whose mascot is also a bunny. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ’•โœจ Happy Year of the Rabbit, indeed! Watch it below:

Now we’ve got to ask: will there be a ditto for Dr. Beev?? ๐Ÿฆซ๐Ÿ’ญ


Fan Art Features, Member Gifts, Social Media, Store, YouTubers

Memories of Movies and Memes โ„๏ธ๐Ÿฟ

Happy new year, Poptropicans! ๐Ÿฅณ The start of 2023 brings goodies for members and non-members alike, as well as fandom highlights, including pops down memory lane. Let’s go!

January’s member gifts have arrived, bringing a Baby Snowflake follower, Blue PJs, and Blue Winter Boots to privileged players’ inventories! โ„๏ธ (If that’s not you, have you tried our PHB monthly membership giveaways?)

Regardless of membership status, though, you might find some things you like over at Adventure Outfitters, where the shop floor is once again stocking PoptropiCon Island bits and bobs. With the last episode re-released for members only four months ago, this may be a hint for the paywall coming down soon for Ep. 3: Reign of Omegon. Fingers crossed!

Over on the Poptropica Creators’ Blog, which has lately been getting much fewer updates compared with its social media counterparts, guest writer Invisible Ring has returned with a memory of an old Home Island landmark: the Movie Theater. ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿฟ As she shares, the theater used to be a room that played cartoons, though it was later remodeled into a crushed popcorn box with just one underwhelming video.

But that’s not all! Ring missed the theater so much, she created a YouTube playlist featuring over 80 of the videos from BatteryPop she remembers seeing there. In between, she’s also cleverly interspersed commercials for her own Pop fan vids, including a trailer for an upcoming feature film called Pirates, Camera, Action! โ€” watch it below:

New year, new story highlights on Poptropica’s Instagram profile! After a long stream of “Fan Art” highlights, Pop has added a few new categories to their page: OCs, Characters, and Memes. And the PHB is proud to be the first among the Memes for our recent post about our 2022 Rewind in the spirit of Spotify Wrapped! ๐Ÿ’

Anyway, enjoy the latest fan art features from this week โ€” now neatly sorted into the new highlight categories. Still technically fan art, but at least the names are more differentiating. ๐Ÿ˜œ

That’s a wrap for this update! See you in the next one. Pop on!