Announcements
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I said if I decided to leave the Winx fandom, I’d say goodbye first. Well, this is goodbye.

I don’t feel like I belong here anymore. This used to be where I’d escape to whenever I was lonely. Now, this is where I feel the most alone. Every day, I feel more and more out of place and insignificant in the fandom.

Whenever I say anything these days, it feels like it’s me vs. the world. Some fans think I’m just being different to get attention, or I’m just playing Devil’s Advocate. If that were true, I would have stopped a long time ago because it’s not worth the flak I’ve gotten.

I feel like a freak. I know I’m not the only fan with unpopular opinions, but I feel dumb for not keeping mine to myself — and for caring so much about them. All I’ve done is made myself miserable.

I’m already an unhappy person in real life. I know that doesn’t surprise anyone. Piling on the loneliness and stress I feel every time I log into the fandom now isn’t helping my mood.

Detaching from my blog is gonna be hard. I started crying last night as I thought about it. I’ve put so much time, energy, and money into it over the past nine years. Maybe it’s already served its purpose, and my feelings are a sign I’m supposed to move on now.

Contrary to what some fans might believe, I haven’t lost interest in the show. I’m excited and curious about future seasons and movies, and I’ll still look up Winx Club news from time to time. But I’ve unsubscribed from the official YouTube channels and other fan-made channels I followed.

I haven’t decided if I’m leaving for a while or for good. It might depend on what happens in the show and to Winx as a brand in the next few years. This blog will still be accessible, and my social media accounts will stay open. I just won’t be active on them.

Thank you for following and supporting me all these years. This is the first fandom I’ve been participated heavily in. I’ve met a lot of interesting people, and I’ve learned a lot about myself and how these types of communities work.

I also feel like I’ve improved as a writer. Looking back at my early blog posts, it’s like I’m reading someone else’s words. Hopefully, I can use this experience to help me achieve the goals I’ve put off so long.

Goodbye, everyone. I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year.

Internet News
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The full movie. Wow! They’re in a giving mood this holiday season!

I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, goody. The worst movie so far.” 🙄 Yeah, yeah. Most fans hated this one. I didn’t like it, either, especially since season five is my least favorite season.

But think of it this way. Some people didn’t get to see it at all because they don’t have Netflix accounts. They might like it. You never know.

Also, this might be a sign the fourth movie’s coming soon. That’s something to be excited about, right?

Anyway, here’s Mystery of the Abyss!

UPDATE: Apparently, Mystery of the Abyss isn’t on Netflix anymore. That might be why Rainbow uploaded it to YouTube. Thank you to @Thomasfan502 on Twitter for pointing that out!

Musings & Rants
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Wow, I haven’t written a post like this in months. Sorry for abandoning my blog again. 😔 No, I’m not leaving the fandom — at least not yet. If I ever decide to, I’ll announce it here before I go.

Since Winx and World of Winx are between seasons, I think I’ll talk about random things for a while. We know Winx season eight is coming late next year. (You knew that, right? 😉) I’ll focus on season seven again as the premiere date gets closer.

Today, let’s talk about a couple I tend to ignore (because they get enough attention already): Bloom and Sky. When I started drafting this, I didn’t know it was almost the tenth anniversary of Secret of the Lost Kingdom. Perfect timing. This post is about how one detail of Sky’s character — a detail that’s been there since season one — wrecked the movie’s ending.

Quick recap: After saving Domino, Bloom finally reunited with her birth parents Oritel and Marion. We later got a preview of her and Sky’s wedding (whenever that’s gonna happen). That’s the proverbial fly in the ointment: their marriage.

For three seasons, Rainbow implied that Bloom would be the next queen of Domino. Some fans still think so. It makes sense, right? Why else would her being the last princess be important?

But she’ll never be the queen of Domino — and she was never gonna be. That’s because of Sky. Why?

Because he’s the prince of Eraklyon.

When Bloom marries him, she’ll become his Queen Consort. That will leave Domino once again without an heir. Not a happy ending for the once-lost kingdom, after all. 😕

Oh, wait! Daphne’s corporeal again!

If you’ve wondered why Rainbow retconned her death, this could be the answer. It was just so she could rule Domino in Bloom’s place. That explains her coronation in “Vortex of Flames” (6X06) and her marriage to Thoren after dating for barely a year. (Who cares about relationship development? They’re so cute together! 🙄)

Were there better ways to fix the problem? Sure. I brainstormed a few:

  • Oritel and Marion could have had a third kid. (Do magic beings have a childbearing age limit? 😅)
  • Bloom and Sky could have had kids and sent one to rule Domino when he/she got older. It would have taken longer, but it would have worked, right?
  • Sky could have given up the throne of Eraklyon.

I don’t like that last option because Rainbow built up Sky’s attachment to his kingdom as much as Bloom’s attachment to hers. Think of all the times he ditched her because he had royal duties to attend to! In fact, his story has revolved more around being a prince than being Bloom’s boyfriend — which is good because it means he’s not just a love interest. He has his own identity. It wouldn’t have felt right if he had given up what made him unique.

This might sound weird coming from me, but maybe bringing back Daphne was the best option. She’s still doing what she did when she was dead: ensuring a “happily ever after” for Bloom. And we know Domino means as much to her, so it’s still satisfying to see her take the throne.

Here’s the bottom line, though. The heirless Domino plot hole wouldn’t have been there if Rainbow hadn’t made Sky a prince. The most important part of his character broke his girlfriend’s story — and the writers (and the fandom) didn’t even notice! That’s why you can’t take everything in a story at face value. Sometimes when you look below the surface, you start to see the cracks.

By the way…Happy Birthday, Bloom! 😅

I know. Weird timing. It wasn’t intentional.

TV & Movie News
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Thank you to WinxClubFrance for the heads-up! The first Winx Club movie, The Secret of the Lost Kingdom, premiered ten years ago today in Italian theaters. Hard to believe it’s been that long!

General
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Congratulations on being the North American master toy licensee for Regal Academy! I can’t wait to start collecting these beautiful dolls. I haven’t found them in my city yet, but I’m excited that they’ll be here soon. 😊

As you know, your new partner Rainbow also makes the long-running cartoon Winx Club. I don’t know what their plans are for the show’s future in the U.S., but I hope they include new dolls for the eighth season. If so, I hope they’ll choose you as the master toy licensee.

The last dolls were made by JAKKS Pacific. They were beautiful, but we consumers had some issues with them and how they were marketed and sold. Here are a few of them.

  1. Not enough advertising: At first, the Winx dolls were well advertised. Many toy sites and even TV shows like Live with Kelly and Ryan — Live with Kelly and Michael at the time — were talking about them, and they became popular. They were even on Toys R Us‘s Holiday Hot List in 2012. But later on, JAKKS stopped promoting them as much. New lines got little or no advertisement.

  2. Too expensive: The deluxe dolls retailed for $19.99 – $24.99, but they only came with a doll, a brush, and sometimes a code for access to an online video. That didn’t feel worth it for the price. Personally, I wanted more accessories. For example, the Harmonix dolls could have each come with a Sirenix Book, a Sirenix Box that actually opened, and a figurine of the Winx’s Sirenix Guardian — everything a fan needed to recreate moments from the show. But JAKKS’s Harmonix dolls only came with a brush that looked like a Sirenix Box and a code card. It wasn’t enough to justify the price.

  3. Musa and Tecna not included in some lines: Some Winx are more popular than others, but the fans still want dolls of all six of them. Musa and Tecna were often omitted from doll lines. (Rainbow’s company Witty Toys does this as well.) The biggest disappointment was when JAKKS advertised Musa and Tecna Harmonix dolls, but never released them.

This is a short list. I’m sure other Winx Club fans could add to it. Still, we loved seeing Winx dolls in stores again. There are a lot of avid doll collectors in the fandom, and I know they’d be excited to have new dolls to hunt for. So would I.

Judging by your Regal Academy collection so far, I think you would do well as the North American licensee for Winx Club. I hope you and Rainbow will consider the possibility.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
“The Oblivious Prattler”


To The Fandom

First of all, I doubt Auldey (or Rainbow) will read this “letter,” and I’m not gonna send it to them directly. Don’t get your hopes that this will affect anything. Second, I’ve never even held one of the new Regal Academy dolls. If you have, you may have a different opinion about this.

All I know is I want more Winx dolls. Rainbow’s already working with Auldey Toys/The Alpha Group, so why couldn’t they add Winx to the contract? Makes sense to me.

I hope it happens.