NOT Knowing is Half the Battle

capture_004_26022015_173805_176Winx is coming back to America….I think.

Remember the new books coming out this spring? And the spinoff premiering on Netflix next year? And Rainbow’s new U.S. licensing agent? That means more Winx…right?

At least it sounded that way last year. But since November, the English business sites haven’t said much about Winx, especially its future in America. I’m starting to wonder if the comeback’s been cancelled.

Italian fans are so lucky. Every day, two or three sites report on Winx Club events, the new movie, new YouTube videos, or some award Rainbow just won. Plus, WinxClub.com Italia is updated frequently.

What do we get? A spotlight on a voice actor who’s moved on to bigger and better things. A rant about how vulgar and harmful Winx Club is, or how PreCure is better (not making that up). If we hear any big news, it’s only once a month — if we’re lucky.

You’d think WinxClub.com English would be a good source for news, but it’s not. Most of the time, they just post polls, videos, and craft articles. And it’s only updated once a week, usually only Wednesday.

The Winx Facebook page is worse. If they share news, it’s usually from Italy. But for the last six months, we’ve seen nothing but pictures. Cute, colorful pictures. :?

With all this waiting and guessing, it’s hard to stay hyped about this show. Take tomorrow, for instance. I’m excited for the Winx 7 trailer, but in the back of mind, I’m thinking, “Who cares if the season looks great? I don’t know if I’ll get to see it.” I know some of you are thinking that, too.

All it’d take to soothe my fears is a status update or a tweet — something like, “Catch season 7 on Blah channel this fall!” Quick and easy. And not gonna happen. :(

capture_006_26022015_163606_404Rainbow, Nick, Earthbound, Netflix — whoever’s involved with Winx Club — please keep us in the loop. You don’t have to tell us everything, but the silence is making us anxious. It’s even pushing some fans away! How can we get excited if the show seems dead?

We’re listening. Talk to us!

7 Things I Hope We Don’t See in Season Seven

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I’d normally write a post like this at the end of a season. But who knows when Nick will finish season six, and Rainbow’s gonna release the Winx 7 in two days. Might as well do this now. It’s not like I haven’t been thinking about it. :)

Voilà! The seven things I don’t wanna see next season.

1. The Winx Ignoring Roxy

This was on my list for last season (Winx 6), and I think I got my wish. Roxy showed up a lot more. She even got her own side plot: break the curse on Ms. Griffin. Plus, for the first time in ages, the Winx hung out with her and treated her like a friend.

Is this a sign? I hope so. Yes, I still want her to join the club (sorry, not sorry), but that’s not why she should be in this season. She’s the Fairy of Animals. Who could help the Winx with their animal-based mission better than her?

Also, I want my “Waiting in the Wings” post to be right. Season seven. Seven Winx. Makes sense, right? :P

2. Matching Transformation Outfits

All hope is lost for Butterflix. It’s another line of color-swapped, cookie cutter dresses with minor variations. But there’s (at least) one more transformation this season. Maybe it’ll be better.

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The Bloomix outfits looked great together and didn’t look like carbon copies of each other.

I wouldn’t mind if it’s like Bloomix or Mythix. Even though the Winx wore the same types of pieces — tiaras, wristbands, leggings, and short dresses — each outfit had its own theme, colors, and special touches. You could tell what each girl’s power source is by looking at her. (Except Bloom, of course. Does her Bloomix look say, “I’m a fire fairy,” to you? Maybe her wings do, not the rest of it.)

3. Too Much Earth

Rainbow, I live on Earth. I watch Winx Club to see other worlds, not my own. :P

If this has to be “Winx on Earth” part II, I hope they either A) go back and forth between Earth and Magix; or B) travel around the world like they did last season. But for the love of the Great Dragon, Rainbow, please don’t keep them at the rescue park all season. I’ll cry. Or fall asleep.

4. A Recycled Plot

I forgive Rainbow for reusing the “Trix take over the universe” plot. They didn’t do it because they ran out of ideas — they did it for the tenth anniversary to drum up nostalgia. It’s like an all-stars season of a reality show.

But it’s year eleven. Time to move on. A few throwbacks and Easter eggs are fine, but lifting whole plots will make the show feel stale.

I’m already a little worried about this season. Taking care of animals on Earth? Been there, done that in season four. Bonding with magic creatures? Seasons two and five all over again. I hope these are just elements and the overall season will be something new — or at least a twist on the old.

5. Passive Villains

How do I explain this?

Thanks to Griffin’s Magic Eye, the Trix knew where the Winx were at all times. Did they use that to their advantage? Yes, but not well. They’d just responded to what the Winx were doing. If they were looking for something, the Trix would try to stop them. If they were fighting monsters, the Trix stand and watch.

It was constant reaction and not much action, and it made the plot move slowly.

I hope Kalshara and Brafilius will be active villains. I don’t want them to wait till the Winx make a move. I wanna see the Winx react to them, not the other way around.

6. Another New Guy for Aisha

winx 616 -- aisha roy nexShe lost one guy and gained two. This is getting out of hand.

Whoever she ends up — I know who, but I wanna keep this post spoiler free — she’d better stay with him through the end of season seven. This “new guy each season” thing makes her look flaky.

7. The Winx Acting Like Superheroes

Sorry, Mr. Straffi. I know that’s your angle for the Winx now, but I like them better when they act like regular girls. They’re cooler when they fight for what they believe in, not because they’re on a mission or everyone admires them. I miss the humility and normality they had until season five. They didn’t wanna be treated like stars or heroes (except Stella).

I want the old Winx back. No more concerts (please!), no more catwalks. Just a group of friends using their wits and skills to get out of dangerous situations. That’s my Winx Club.

Your Turn

Based on your reactions to the season seven promo, I know you’ve got your own lists. Share them in the comments!

Season Seven Promo & Mini-Review (0:50)

It was a 50-second promo, not a trailer. Bummer. At least we don’t have to wait too long for the full trailer — it’s coming out February 27!

My Thoughts on the Promo

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1. The Fairy Animals

It’s season four all over again. Each Winx gets a cuddly magic pet of her own. These two looked a bit…unintelligent. Especially Aisha’s. What’s with the balloons? :?

As for Musa and Aisha’s new outfits, they look even more preppy than last season’s! I kinda like Musa’s, though, but I think a collared shirt and a tie fits her more than the others.

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2. The New Villains: Brafilius and Kalshara

A dog man and a cat girl? Not what I pictured at all!

Brafilius looks like he belongs in PopPixie, not Winx Club. :? Kalshara looks pretty cool, but I’m scared she won’t be as fierce as she looks. But I can already hear her screaming at him for “being an incompetent fool” or something classic like that. She seems like that type of character.

Is anyone else getting a ringmaster vibe from them, though? I hope Rainbow doesn’t go there.

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3. New Look(s)

Cute outfits. Kinda kiddy-looking, though, and way too coordinated. I’m sure we’ll see more this season.

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3. New Transformation: Butterflix

At last, the animated versions!

Musa and Aisha look…okay. I love Aisha’s wings. Flora and Stella’s color schemes are too loud for my taste, and Bloom’s is bordering on circus clown. The Fairy Couture version is a million times prettier.

The winner in my opinion: Tecna. Her color scheme looked gaudy in the Fairy Couture art, but here it looks fabulous. She also looks the most like a fairy.

Overall, this transformation looks okay — not the prettiest, not the ugliest. I wonder what kind of powers it’ll give them.

One more thing: the Italian promo says “new transformations” here (nuove trasformazioni). Maybe the trailer will show the other(s).

Other Thoughts

  • I guess this song is the intro theme. I like it. :)
  • WHERE IS ROXY?! A season about animals, and you’re still gonna ignore her, Rainbow? She’d better be in that trailer!
  • What the heck does “we’ll fairy you” mean? :P

Season Seven Trailer Premieres TOMORROW

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Thank you to my affiliate Michael from Michael’s Winx Club for the tipoff! This all started as a rumor we weren’t sure was true, but we were able to dig up the source of the news.

From the official Winx Club VK page (translation mine):

BREAKING NEWS from the Magical Dimension: in 24 hours, you’ll be able to see the OFFICIAL TRAILER for the seventh season of Winx Club! Don’t miss it tomorrow at 19:00 on the official Winx Club YouTube channel!

19:00 is 5 p.m. in Italy, which is:

  • 11 a.m. ET
  • 10 a.m. CT
  • 7 a.m. PT

Stay tuned to the Winx Club YouTube channels tomorrow!


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My Thoughts on Episode 6X19: “Queen for a Day”

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Sorry about the sudden hiatus, guys. I just started school again, and I didn’t think my professors would slam me with so much work this early in the semester. I’ve never had this much due at one time in my life!

Well, let’s finally wrap up this trio of reviews. Hopefully, Nick will upload/air more new episodes soon!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

capture_007_27012015_193422_734I’ll sum up the first scene quickly. The Trix make their students fight each other to test their attack magic. A couple of them pass. The others fail — hard. Moving on.

When Selina warns them the Winx are coming, the Trix cut the class short. They can’t let them lock the Legendarium! No worries. Leave it to Darcy.

The Winx arrive with the key, but seconds later, Cloud Tower disappears! Did it teleport? No, Bloom can still feel its dark energy. But Tecna’s scanner isn’t picking it up.

So much for the “charge right in” plan. They decide to leave before “invisible” witches ambush them.

Stella goes into fashion mode as soon as they get back to Alfea. Her friends don’t know it yet, but it’s a big day for her. Brandon stops by, and he’s just as excited as Stella. Why? It’s their anniversary! He wants to celebrate with a romantic dinner. Awwwwwww!

Too bad Stella doesn’t care. For some reason, she won’t quit talking about Solaria.

Meanwhile, Daphne and the other Winx puzzle over Cloud Tower’s disappearance. What they need is an anti-invisibility spell. Stella knows a great place to look for one: the Library of Solaria!

But only her father’s allowed inside, and there’s no way he’ll grant them access. How will they get in?

Don’t worry, says Stella. She’s got a surprise up her sleeves.

As they step into the throne room, they hear King Radius talk about a Solarian tradition: when the three suns align, the king relinquishes the crown to his firstborn for one day. Wait — the suns are aligned, which means Stella’s queen for a day! (Yay for title drops!) Her first decree: the Winx may enter the royal library. Thank you, Your Majesty. :P

The Winx’s research doesn’t take long. Daphne learns the type of spell Darcy cast on Cloud Tower can’t be undone with fairy magic. (How convenient.) They need a magi-technological boost. Great! You’re up, Tecna!

Back in the throne room, Stella’s reign is becoming a pain. She ignores the courtiers’ concerns, then declares they can only come to her with good news — or with gifts. Her parents try to reason with her, but she’s in her own world. Next, she throws an impromptu dance party, complete with disco ball, then gives the guards makeovers. Then she mocks hers and Brandon’s anniversary with a half-hearted, magic-made banquet — in front of the whole court. How romantic.

That’s the last straw for Brandon. When he calls her out for letting the power go to her head, she gets huffy and storms off to her room. *Sigh* :roll:

capture_009_27012015_202859_083Selina and the Trix like what they’re seeing in their Magic Eye. They can use the situation to their advantage. It’s storytime! Today’s tale: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This time, Selina does something a little different: she summons the Magic Mirror to darken Stella’s heart.

The mirror’s waiting for Stella when she gets to her room. Just like in the story, it tells her just what she wants to hear. She’s the fairest. The best queen in the Magic Dimension. Finally, someone appreciates her!

After finding a spot for her flattering friend, she gives it a smooch. Its dark energy flows into her, clouding her thoughts. Today was supposed to be her day. Her special day. She’s lost precious time, thanks to her parents and her boyfriend. They must be punished.

When Stella returns to the throne room, her father looks ready to snatch the crown off her head. Stella’s had enough of his voice — so she takes it away from him!

Now, Bloom’s had enough! This isn’t how a queen — or a fairy — should act!

Oh, really? If the Winx don’t wanna be her friends anymore, she’ll just make new ones. Stella teleports her “friends,” the witches of Cloud Tower, into the palace. From now on, all witches will be honored guests of the queen. She leaves them to fight the Winx while she retires to her room.

This time, Darcy’s waiting for her. Brandon — who happened to peek in at the right time — isn’t as welcoming as Stella is. He draws his spear to defend his love.

No! Darcy’s a guest, too, and Stella won’t let him hurt her! She knocks him back with a burst of sunlight. His spear flies out of his hand and hits the mirror, causing it to fall and crack. That breaks the spell on Stella. The dark energy leaves her body.

When she comes to, she thinks Darcy’s the one who attacked Brandon! Guess who’s not welcome in the palace anymore!

That’s fine with her. Before she leaves, she decides to grab a souvenir: Stella’s crown! If the princess wants it back, she’ll have to come to the Legendarium World to get it! Challenge accepted! Stella summons her Mythix wand.

Solaria’s fantasy world looks like a massive temple. Standing at the doorway is a woman in a white mask and Ancient Greek garb. Her name is Ariadne, the keeper of the labyrinth beyond the door. The crown lies inside.

capture_025_27012015_203505_659Suspecting nothing, Stella dives in. Several turns and dead ends later, she winds up at the center of the labyrinth, and out of nowhere, a Minotaur stomps out of the wall! Ariadne appears behind her and removes her mask. It’s really Darcy!

Stella’s trapped! If she doesn’t escape soon, she’ll be stuck in the Legendarium World forever! Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

Witty Toys Bloom Butterflix Doll Revealed

Credit to VK.com/TheWinxClub and Do You Believix? blog on Tumblr for sharing this first.

Witty Toys showed off some season seven toys at the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany. Among them was the Bloom Butterflix doll. (Yes, you read that right: Butterflix. That’s the official name. I can almost let this one go. At least, it’s better than Butterflyix.)

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According to License! Global Magazine, Witty will release twenty new doll collections in 60 countries this year.

By the way, today officially marks the eleventh anniversary of Winx Club! Happy Birthday, Winx! :D


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My Thoughts on Episode 6X18: “The Magic Totem”

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“The Magic Totem?” I think a title like “Reign of The Snow Queen” would have been better, don’t you? The totem only got a couple minutes of screen time. :P

Anyway, let’s get started!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_1708Flora tails Icy’s sleigh through the forest. No matter what she throws in her way — ice rays, giant ice pillars — the flower fairy doesn’t flinch. She’s determined to get her boyfriend back!

The chase leads to a clearing where a funny-looking statue stands alone in the center. It’s the totem! No way Icy’s gonna let her escape with it! Flora and Helia will freeze in the Legendarium World forever, if she can help it!

Flora knows she can’t melt all of Icy’s ice, but she can stop “The Snow Queen” in her tracks.

“Life Essence!”

Her spell thaws Icy’s reindeer and loosens them from the sleigh, sending it into a free fall. Flora catches Helia in a magic bubble and sets him down gently in front of the totem. Mission accomplished! Just one more thing. She uses her wand to teleport herself, Helia, and the totem out of the Legendarium World.

Meanwhile in the real world, the Winx and the Specialists are surrounded by werewolves, and more keep coming out of the forest! The gang can’t fight back. They can’t risk hurting innocent men and women. If only they could find a way to break the curse.

Just when they’ve run out of room to escape, an intense magic light blazes behind them. They swivel around to see Flora and Helia emerge from the Legendarium World. The totem activates, and all the wolves become human again! Whew!

Helia, though, is still an ice sculpture. Flora’s tried every spell she can think of — except one: Life Essence! Why not? It worked in the Legendarium World! With a flourish of her Mythix wand, she defrosts Helia out and wakes him from his trance. Thank goodness! Time for a hug…

Or not. He doesn’t want her “embarrassing” him. Um…okay.

IMG_1700Anyway, now that the curse has been broken and it’s safe to be out at night again, the people of Fearwood throw a celebration! Of course, Flora’s not in a party mood. Helia keeps on acting cold. He even picks a fight with Riven, and Brandon and Timmy have to restrain him! What did Icy do to him?

Daphne puts him under a sleeping spell and scans his body for anything strange. Boy, does she find something: there’s a fragment of ice in his heart! If they don’t remove it, he’ll stay cold-hearted forever!

Before they can think of a plan, “The Snow Queen” returns for round #2 with Flora! This time, all of Fearwood is their battlefield. Icy traps the town and the forest in a deep freeze, and some of the townsfolk get frozen!

The Winx have had enough, especially Flora! Time to transform and melt this witch!

Flora attacks her head-on, but this time Icy’s ready with a trick she didn’t get to try in the Legendarium World. She aims for Flora’s wings and freezes them solid. The flower fairy plummets toward the forest floor.

Luckily, an evergreen tree saw the whole thing and reaches out to break her fall. It slides her off its branch and drops her safely a few feet below.

Flora’s not ready to give up. But how will she get back to the others when she can’t fly and can barely stand up?

Mother Nature. It’s always helped her before. She begs the trees and ground for help, and the whole forest answers her. Small vines sprout up and lift her into the air, and warm magic, like spring air, melts the ice off her wings. Flora thanks the forest as she hurries to face Icy once more.

Ha! She dares to compete with The Snow Queen? Icy releases another burst of magic, and heavy snow begins to fall over Fearwood.

That’s nothing. Flora can do better. Gathering the forest’s energy, she casts her most powerful Spring Shower spell yet. Icy’s knocked back, and all of her magic ice is melted, including the shard in Helia’s heart. He’s finally back to normal!

And it’s his turn to be impressed with Flora. She never gave up on him.

IMG_1722Their kiss is interrupted (again), this time by Eldora. She’s here to remind the Winx of their mission: to forge the Legendarium Key. They still haven’t found the Silver Spear!

Turns out it was on top of the totem the whole time. The moment Flora gets it down, it merges with the Fantasy Emerald to become a shining silver key. Their quest is over! Now all they have to do is go to Cloud Tower and lock the Legendarium forever.

But if they want the book, they’ll have to go through Selina and the Trix first! Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…

My Thoughts on Episode 6X17: “The Curse of Fearwood”

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Eight months? Just eight months since the last episode? It felt a lot longer. It’s eleven if you count back to February 2014, the last TV broadcast of the show. Either way — good grief, Nick! Thanks for the late New Year’s gift, but please don’t make us wait that long again! (I feel like I’ve said that before. Ugh. :( )

We last left the Winx on Calavera Island, fresh from their win against the zombie pirates. Fantasy Emerald in hand, they’ve returned to Alfea to relax. Our story picks up there.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_1648Flora brings her beau, Helia, to the Alfea Greenhouse to show off her new friends, including the newest addition: the grabbing vines from Calavera. (Good thing they like her more than Stella. :P) But the tour’s interrupted by a group of freshmen. Oops! She forgot she promised them a tour, too.

She leaves Helia alone to tend to the vines. Her instructions are simple: spray with water then green tea.

He must not have a green thumb like her, because he ends up getting wrapped up and Flora has to save him. She tries to tells him what he did wrong, but he gets defensive and walks off. (*Sigh* I’ll talk about this “fight” in a minute.)

Musa shows up just in time for a girl chat. Her advice: tell him she’s not disappointed in him, and she didn’t mean to hurt his feelings. She can’t lose a sweet guy like him! Compared to Riven… Well, that’s why Musa came: to ask Flora’s opinion on him.

Cue The Owl landing at the courtyard. Break time’s over, Winx. Time for the next mission: to find the Silver Spear, the second ingredient for the Legendarium Key!

In Daphne’s classroom, Eldora and the Winx use their wands to find the Spear’s location. It’s in Fearwood, Canada, where a totem’s said to ward off a curse that turns the townsfolk into werewolves! According to legend, werewolves are afraid of silver.

As always, Selina and the Trix are spying on their conversation. They wait for a chance to interfere with the mission.

After the Owl lands in Fearwood, Eldora reminds the Winx not to look for the Spear in the real world. It only exists in the Legendarium World. (Thank, Grandma.) The Specialists head into the forest to search, while the girls hit the town using Bloom’s wand as radar.

The townsfolk aren’t in a welcoming mood. They’re all rushing to get home, since people start turning into wolves after sunset. But the girls manage to get some info: the totem’s in a clearing outside the village.

IMG_1663Meanwhile, the Specialists’ search turns up nothing but a fake wolf named Riven. They give up and head back to find the Winx. Suddenly, another howl rings out nearby. Riven again? Not this time! It’s the werewolves, compliments of Selina, and they surround the boys in no time!

The girls get attacked, too! Time to transform!

Since werewolves are people under a curse, the gang decides to capture them instead of destroying them. Helia lets out his stress from the greenhouse and wrangles five wolves singlehandedly. No one’s more impressed than Flora. His reward: an apology and a kiss. Awwww…

Well, the kiss will have to wait — a second wave of werewolves ruins the moment. The Winx lead them to the clearing where the totem should be, but nothing’s there. Wait — remember what Eldora said? It’s in the Legendarium World!

Just as Helia’s fighting another wolf, Icy appears and turns him into a living ice sculpture! “We’ll be waiting for you in the Legendarium World!” she tells Flora. Bloom tries to stop her friend from going alone, but Flora summons her Mythix wand faster than you say, “It’s a trap.”

IMG_1699Fearwood’s fantasy world looks different than she thought it would: frozen trees, a frozen lake…and a woman wearing a crown made of ice crystals? Wait — it’s Icy! Selina’s turned her into the mythical Snow Queen! And who’s that driving her reindeer-drawn sleigh? Helia! Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading…