#SomethingTrulyMagical Update (9/30/14): “Winx Chat Days”

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Update time!

First off, I wanna remind you about our #WinxClubWednesday rewatch and live-tweet event tomorrow (Oct. 1) at 6 p.m. EST. We’re gonna tweet as we rewatch “Inspiration of Sirenix” and “The Legendarium!” Remember to use the hashtags #WinxClub, #WinxClubWednesday, and #SomethingTrulyMagical!

If you don’t know where to watch the episodes, check out the links on the event page.

Also, don’t forget our #HalloWinx event on Oct. 31!

Last week, I mentioned having “Winx Chat” days every week. We get together a couple of days a week and tweet about Winx Club for about an hour. We could talk about anything: the latest Winx news, our favorite episodes, new apps that are coming up, etc. I’m thinking of doing this on Mondays and Saturdays, but let me know what days work best for you!

Okay, Winx fans! Hope to see you tomorrow at the live-tweet!

Spinoff Series “Winx Club WOW” Coming to Netflix

cover_news_tsu_7Well, I’m late to the party, but in case some of you haven’t heard…

Rainbow and Netflix just announced a new Winx Club spinoff called Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, set to premiere globally in early 2016. In this story, the Winx will “embark on an undercover journey all around the world looking for talented kids in art, sports, music and science. These kids have their own kind of magic, and the Winx Club fairies are enchanted by them though it doesn’t take long before trouble sets in, and a new and dangerous mystery for Bloom and the others to solve.”

Netflix has ordered two seasons, each with thirteen, 22-minute episodes that will be “more serialized and designed specifically for the on-demand viewing of Netflix members.”

Also, Mystery of the Abyss will be released exclusively on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, UK, Ireland and France.

Exciting news, huh? :D


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PRNewsWire: “Netflix and Rainbow Studios Announce Spin-off of Winx Club as a New Original TV Series for Kids”

New Season Seven Info & First Look at Bloom’s Fairy Form

Winx_Club_7_TNCredit goes to VK.com/TheWinxClub for this news!

WorldScreen has updated their “Winx Club 7″ page with a new synopsis and a picture of Bloom in what looks like a new fairy form. The text reads:

(Comedy/action 2D animation, 26×30 min.) The Winx take on an incredible new challenge: saving the Fairy Animals of the Magic Universe, as well as endangered species on Earth, that need their help.

The old text mentioned “two new dreadful villains” and “new amazing transformations.” WinxClubRUS claims one of the transformations is called “Butterflyix,” but right now that’s just a rumor.

#SomethingTrulyMagical Weekly Update (9/23/14): #HalloWinx Mini-Campaign, New #WinxClubWednesday

To keep you up-to-date on the #SomethingTrulyMagical campaign, I’m gonna post weekly updates here on the blog, on the campaign’s Facebook page, and somethingtrulymagical.tumblr.com.

First, something I haven’t announced on the blog yet. We have a new mini-campaign coming up: #HalloWinx!

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We’re gonna trend #HalloWinx on Halloween (Oct. 31) and tweet as we watch ep. 2X16: “HalloWinx!” I’m telling you now so we’ll have plenty of time to spread the word. Plus, if you wanna do something special — draw the Winx as vampires, make a Winx costume, etc. — you can get a head start on that, too! Tell every Winx fan you know!

Now for the other news.

As I said in last Wednesday’s post, JAKKS Pacific has dropped the license to Winx Club. Bloomix was their last line. Part of our campaign was to convince them to keep making dolls, but I think we should move on and try to reel in a better company. (I’ll explain why later.) Mattel, MGA Entertainment, and Hasbro’s names have been thrown around.

Let’s not do anything yet. First, we need to revive Winx Club’s popularity to prove the toys can sell. JAKKS left us with a great way to do this: #WinxClubWednesday! Let’s make it even bigger!

Every Wednesday, we’ll tweet together while we rewatch an episode (or two) of Winx Club! We’ll start with season six — since we want Nick to finish it — then move on to the rest of the series. Don’t forget to use these hashtags with your tweets (you don’t have to use all of them each time):

  • #WinxClub
  • #WinxClubWednesday
  • #SomethingTrulyMagical

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The first rewatch + live-tweet will be next Wednesday, OCT. 1 at 6 P.M. EST! We’re gonna watch “Inspiration of Sirenix” (6X01) and “The Legendarium” (6X02)! Share this with as many fans as you can!

We’re also gonna have “Winx Chat” days each week. More info in next week’s update!

Is Selina Carolina?

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Did you see “Winx on Ice?” I did (not live, though). I don’t remember the story well, but thanks to the Internet, I don’t have to! :P Here’s the summary, adapted from the Winx on Ice story page:

Carolina, a fairy from Gardenia, steals a magic diary that makes everything she writes in it comes true. The Trix convince her to join them and use its powers for evil. But after three spells against the Winx and the Specialists, she realizes she doesn’t wanna be a witch. Valtor — yeah, he’s in this, too — wants her to write the Winx’s deaths into the diary, but she writes his defeat and the Trix’s instead.

Doesn’t that sound a bit like Selina’s story?

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Fairy from Gardenia? Check. Stole a magic book that brings stories to life? Check. Sides with the Trix and uses the book for evil? Check and check. Now all that’s left is for the Winx to save her and beat the Trix. They will. They always win, you know. :P

This is the tenth anniversary season, and Rainbow reused a lot of plots and characters in it. Was Selina’s role an homage to “Winx on Ice?”

You be the judge. Rainbow posted this montage last April. Take a look!

Winx Should Just Die

What’s the point anymore? Nick doesn’t give a rat’s hide about Winx. They’ve sat on the last ten episodes of season six for months. I doubt they’re ever gonna air them.

And now, JAKKS is done with Winx Club, too! Better snatch up those Bloomix dolls while you can — if you can find them. Good luck with that. And don’t save up for Mythix and Color Splash; they’re joining the graveyard of dolls never to be.

Face it: Winx is dead in America.

I think it’s for the best. The show sucks now. The writing’s awful, the animation looks cheap — the Winx from our childhoods was way better than this. But now that “magic” is gone.

Ten years is enough. Time for Winx to die. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading!

Here’s Why Season Seven (Probably) Won’t Be the Last

“Iginio Straffi/Rainbow/My friend WinxFan2190978 said Winx Club‘s gonna end after season X!”

capture_004_13092014_164938_663 Don’t you get sick of hearing this? Worse, when you ask the fan for proof, they either ignore you, chew you out, or link you to Wikipedia. (Never trust Wikipedia.) Of course one day, the boy who cried wolf will be telling the truth. Still, you should wait for the official news before you believe him.

Why does this rumor pop up every season? Because let’s face it: we’re all waiting for Winx to end because it’s lasted so long already. It’s like an old computer. You hope it’ll keep running, but you know it’s gonna die sooner or later.

But I think Winx Club‘s finale is still a ways away. Here are a few signs season seven won’t be the end.

1) “…Additional Seasons”

Last summer, while we were looking ahead to season six, two sites were already looking beyond it: License! Global Magazine:

The new [sixth] season of the TV series is being co-produced with Nickelodeon and will debut worldwide in 2014. Rainbow is already planning additional seasons of the series…

…and Animation World Network:

Coming to screens across the world in 2014 and following on from the huge success of series five, the new 26-episode series [six] is a co-production with Nickelodeon and mixes sumptuous 2D and 3D animation….With even more series already in the planning stage, and another movie set for launch in 2014, Rainbow has announced that it will take the popular Winx Club combination of music, magic, fashion, fun and adventure beyond its already powerful presence in the markets of Europe and America to a worldwide audience within the next two years.

Note the plurals: additional seasons, more series. How many more? Who knows?

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2) To Extend Our Reach to the Stars Above!

Both articles say Rainbow wants to extend Winx Club‘s global reach over the next two years (2013-2014). Here’s a quote from Maurizio Distefano, Executive Vice Manager and General Manager of Global Consumer Products (whew, long title!):

“The continuing success of Winx Club after nearly a decade confirms its status as both an evergreen property and one that is able to evolve to meet changing consumer tastes without losing the core values that have made it such a hit. This year and 2014 will bring strong growth and further extend the reach of this amazing property.”

Question: why would they bother if they’re about to end the series? If they were, their money would be better spent milking the show’s popularity where it’s highest: Europe. But Rainbow hasn’t stopped spreading Winx to the rest of the world. Their latest target: ChinaSeason four just premiered there!

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3) “We’re Looking Ahead Without Goals”

Last Thursday, Tgcom24 posted their interview with Iginio Straffi. When asked if Rainbow already knows when Winx Club will end, he said (my translation):

“We’re looking ahead without goals. We’ve accomplished a unique feat in Europe — that is, creating a cartoon that goes beyond ten years — so at this point, we’re aiming to turn it into a classic in all respects. For once, we even beat the Americans to creating superheroines. Who knows if one day there won’t be further developments, like a nice film with live actresses.”

Interesting note: the word he used for “goal,” traguardo, can also mean “finish line” in sports. The bottom line is Rainbow doesn’t have an end goal — or ending — for Winx yet. They’ll keep it going until they’re ready to stop. It could be in two years or ten, but we’ll know when it’s about to happen. They wouldn’t send this show off quietly.

So don’t plan your finale parties yet, Winx fans. As Mr. Straffi himself said, “the best is yet to come!”

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“Mystery of the Abyss” Debuts With 750,000 Euros

Italian news sites say Winx Club: The Mystery of the Abyss placed third in the box office this weekend with 751,168 euros ($972,000). It was beaten by The Fault in Our Stars (1,697,936 euros; $2.2 mil) and The Expendables 3 (1,530,618 euros; $1.98 mil), both of which also debuted in Italy this weekend.

Third place isn’t bad, but as Cineblog.it points out, that total’s pretty low. Rainbow’s other films didn’t do much better. Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure debuted with 670,000 euros ($870,000), and Gladiators of Rome debuted with 819,000 euros ($1.06 mil).

Let’s hope Abyss does better in the future!


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An Update on #SomethingTrulyMagical

It’s week 5 of the #SomethingTrulyMagical campaign! Thanks to everyone who’s helped so far, whether you’ve sent a tweet, drawn a picture, or just told a friend about the campaign! Special thanks to Lotte (LotteWinx), Valory Pierce (ValorBeauty), Luis Brasil, Eric from Just Another Crazy Winx Fan, and the Winx doll collectors on Flickr!

You’ve been awesome! Let’s keep this up and make #SomethingTrulyMagical happen!

We already have! Remember JAKKS’s Winx doll giveaway a couple weeks ago? I think the campaign encouraged them to do it. We’ve been sharing photos of our dolls with them and thanking them for making them. JAKKS also started “Winx Club Wednesdays.” Their first one was to promote the giveaway, but they said yes when we asked them to keep it going!

This is a great start! Now, we need to step up the pace! If you haven’t gotten involved in the campaign yet, now’s the time!

Remember: what you do is up to you. Do you love drawing fan art? Are you great at making videos? Would you rather tweet your feelings about Winx to Nick? It’s your choice!

Need some inspiration? Here’s a truly magical showcase!