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.

 

Musings & Rants
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“Are you crazy, OP? I don’t wanna love Nex! I hate him! He’s ________!” Insert your own reasons: “He’s rude! He’s like Riven! He’s boring!” Etc., etc.

Here’s another way to look at it. You do wanna love Nex, but those reasons are the barriers to your love. If they weren’t there, why couldn’t you love him?

This quote explains it well: “Hatred is a disguised form of love. You can only hate someone whom you really wish to love, because if you were totally indifferent to that person, you could not even get up enough energy to hate him.”

Both love and hate are forms of caring about someone — i.e., being invested in them. They both take a lot of time and energy. If you didn’t care about that person, you wouldn’t waste your time on them. You only spend it on people who matter to you in some way.

Why does Nex matter to the fandom? Because he’s dating Aisha. If you love her, you wanna share her happiness. You wanna cheer for her and look forward to her future as much as she does.

It’s hard to do that if you hate the person she might spend her future with. That’s why you wish you could love him. If only he wasn’t…insert that list of reasons again.

If we were talking about a real person, chances are you’d never get your wish. People can change, of course, but you can tell when it’s unlikely they will. But a fictional character can always change. It all depends on how his story unfolds. Those annoying traits that keep you from loving him could be gone by the end of next season.

There’s a lot we don’t know about Nex yet. Where is he from? What’s his family life like? What’s his social status? Why did he become a Paladin instead of a Specialist? Heck, what is a Paladin?

I bet Rainbow won’t answer all of these questions, but even a couple answers could change how we interpret his character. Nex is a work-in-progress. That’s what character development is all about.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few reasons the fandom hates him — and how Rainbow can make those reasons disappear. Read the rest of this post

What If Wednesday
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Today’s “What If Wednesday” question: “What if the schools in Magix got new teachers?”

Have you noticed the faculty at these schools hasn’t changed much? Alfea added Avalon in season two and Daphne in season six. That’s it. (You could count the Winx, but let’s not go there.)

We don’t see some of the teachers anymore, but it’s hard to tell if they’re gone for good. What happened DuFour? Or Avalon? Or that dance instructor from season three? I think Rainbow just decided not to show them anymore, since they’re not important. (DuFour and Avalon did appear in a comic recently, so they haven’t been forgotten.)

Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone left for real? The best choice would be Wizgiz. He’s been teaching for more than 1,000 years! I think he’s earned a few centuries of retirement.

What about at Cloud Tower? We’ve only ever seen three teachers: Griffin, Zarathustra, and Ediltrude. The latter two haven’t shown up since season three. (Winx Wikia says there’s a fourth professor — a wizard named Bittersmoke — who was mentioned in the show but never appeared.) I doubt Griffin’s running the school by herself, so where’s the rest of the staff?

Redfountain’s in a similar boat. Saladin and Codatorta are the only faculty members we’ve seen, but at least they both showed up in season five. Who else is training the Specialists? It can’t just be them.

As for Nex and Thoren, we don’t even know where they go to school. I doubt Redfountain has a Paladin track; it seems to be a Specialist-only school (that’s run by a wizard, for some reason). A lot of Wikis say they’re from Lynphea College, but I think that’s wrong. The evidence points elsewhere.

Anyway, I guess before Rainbow writes anyone out of the schools, they need to show some of the “hidden” teachers first. What are their subjects? What do the students think of them? What do they think of the Winx? Are they as star-struck as the students are?

That last part is why I think switching out the teachers could be interesting. Faragonda, Palladium, Griselda, Wizgiz, Saladin, Codatorta, and Griffin know the Winx well. They trust them enough to send them on dangerous missions and give them access to secret areas of their schools. But if a new teacher — someone who didn’t trust the Winx — came in and interfered?

Worse, what if they became the headmaster of Alfea? That would mean sidelining Faragonda for a while (but not necessarily killing her off). Maybe the Winx would have to sneak out again like they used to, or maybe they’d finally leave the school for good.

(This is starting to sound like Harry Potter. That’s not what was thinking about, but…why not?)

A happier possibility is they could learn something new from the new teacher. Rainbow could have done this in season seven with Wild Magic, but I think using Wizgiz worked, too. His subject is metamorphosymbiosis, after all. Wild Magic was a form of it. But what other types of magic — besides transformations — do the Winx not know about yet?


To sum it up, switching out some of the teachers — or just adding new ones — could change the character dynamic a bit. It could also reveal more about the schools in Magix and maybe make them more relevant again. I think Redfountain needs it the most. How long has it been since we’ve seen it? Four seasons? Five? Good grief!

That’s it for today!

TV & Movie News
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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS and my affiliate Michael’s Winx Club for this news!

KidsClick is a new daily kids’ TV block that airs on stations like The CW, MyNetworkTV, and This TV. Winx Club will join the block on Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 a.m. EST. Judging by the description on the website, this might be the RAI dub. (I doubt it’ll be the 4Kids dub.) It’s also unclear what season they’ll start with and how many they’ll show.

But this is good news! It looks like Rainbow’s still trying to keep Winx Club in the U.S. We’ll see where this leads!


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Musings & Rants
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We know Rainbow ignores Musa and Tecna. I even wrote a post about it. But I think we should add Flora to the disregarded Winx list.

You shook your head, didn’t you? Flora gets a lot of attention. She’s one of the “mascots”, so she’s on most of the magazine covers, at most of the fan meets, and in all of the doll lines. Compare that to Musa and Tecna, who are usually left out (especially in doll lines). Poor Tecna once went 18 months without being on the cover of a magazine! How is Flora as ignored as they are?

Because I’m not talking about marketing and screen time. I’m talking about character development and background.

Think about it. How much do we know about her? She’s from Lynphea, and she has a little sister. We just met her parents — Alyssa and Rhodos — in season seven, even though she’s one of the initial five Winx.

We don’t know what her childhood was like, either. (Judging by her parents, it was probably happy.) Even though we didn’t meet Tecna’s parents until season six, we at least know she grew up suppressing her emotions. It’s something she’s had to overcome over the years.

Rainbow revealed Musa’s back story in season two. They even told us how her parents met! She also had a dream: to become a musician. We watched it come true in season four, and we know she’ll probably keep performing in the future.

But what are Flora’s dreams? We know she loves gardening, but does she wanna be a gardener or a florist? She’s also good at mixing potions, but she’s never talked about becoming an alchemist, teaching potionology, or anything like that.

I don’t think Rainbow has decided yet. World of Winx season one seems to confirm that because cooking was her talent, something she’s never shown interest in. It felt like they just gave her a leftover skill that worked well for a talent show.

What about her relationship with Helia? They’re one of the most popular couples, but have you noticed Rainbow hasn’t developed them much? We’ve only seen them kiss a couple times, and we’ve never seen them alone on a date. Plus, Helia’s never met her parents, even though he and Flora have been together for five years.

That last fact might sound unfair since we just met her parents. But Tecna’s parents were introduced in season six, and Timmy met them that same season. Couldn’t Helia have met Alyssa and Rhodos in season seven? Heck, he hasn’t even met Miele in the show!

What’s going on here? How is one of the most popular Winx so far behind the others? Flora seems like nothing but “the girl who talks to plants.” That’s it. She doesn’t change or grow. Yes, she comes out of her shell sometimes, but she doesn’t stay out for long.

Is there any hope for her? Maybe. She and Helia have gotten more development in the last few seasons (even though it’s just been petty fights), and in WoW season two, Rainbow came up with spells for her other than her traditional vines. It’s not much, but maybe it’s a start.