2015: Winx Turns it Up to Eleven

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Eleven years later, the Winx are still flying! Can you believe it?

It’s been a rough year for some fans, especially in the U.S. Dolls are disappearing, the show’s been off for months. Yeesh!

But I’m really excited about next year. Here’s some of what’s to come.

1. “Winx Club Musical Show” continues

Taking a trip to Italy? The “Winx Club Musical Show” opened Dec. 6 and will be touring the boot till Mar. 20. For dates and locations, click here. Just hope the Trix don’t crash the party! #TeamWinx

2. Season six ends in the U.S.?

Disclaimer: don’t repeat what I’m about to say. It’s not proven. It’s just a hunch.

I’m starting to think Rainbow, not Nick, is holding up the last ten episodes. Maybe they’re waiting for their contract to expire so they can air them somewhere else — like, say, Netflix.

Again, don’t quote me on this. I have zero proof.

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3. Season seven premieres worldwide on Nick

I can prove this: Nick will air season seven worldwide starting next year. (Not sure if that includes the U.S.) By the way, to debunk a rumor I’ve read: they’re not co-producing season seven. Thank goodness, because…well, you know. ;)

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the official plot:

…the fairies discover the real importance of the rare Fairy Animals, which they must save from Kalshara, an evil shape-shifter and her clumsy brother, Brafilius. The theme of endangered animals recurs throughout the series as the Winx establish an Animal Rescue Park on Earth, where they look after vulnerable animals such as pandas and tigers. The girls also undertake missions in the Magic Dimension and Earth to raise public awareness about the animal cause. This builds to their final mission – to discover the ultimate power of the Fairy Animals, which can give control over all the animals of the Magic Universe.

4. New merchandise hits stores in the U.S. and India

Thanks to Studio Fun, the U.S. will get new Winx books new spring. Earthbound, the new U.S. licensing agent for Winx, will add kids’ clothes and more for fans’ shopping lists. India got a new agent, too: Viacom18. (Yep, that Viacom.) Their goal: make Winx “the most popular fashion brand in India for young girls.” Check out their showcase here!

5. Rainbow works on Winx Club: WOW

Move over, PopPixie! There’s a new spinoff coming! In Winx Club WOW: World of Winx, the girls will look for kids who are gifted in art, science, sports, and music. Season one will debut on Netflix early 2016.

I hope you’re as excited about 2015 as I am! What are you looking forward to the most?

Is Winx Fairy Couture Too “Sexy?”

I’ve always thought the Winx were like cartoon supermodels, but I didn’t think Rainbow would turn them into real models.

Okay, real‘s the wrong word. “Real representations?” No, that’s still a little off.

Here’s what I mean. Winx Fairy Couture is just fashion illustration, like Stella’s sketches. Real designers use it to draft new clothes — how they’ll move, how they’ll shape the body, how the colors will blend together. Italy’s a fashion Mecca, so I guess Rainbow’s trying to hook an older, more fashion-conscious crowd with this style.

But with fashion illustration, it doesn’t matter if the make-believe model has twiggy arms and a size-0 waist. Aren’t the Winx are skinny enough already? This is worse! Look at their legs. You could snap them off at the knee!

And not to sound prudish, but some of the poses are a bit suggestive. This is on kids’ products, too, by the way.

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Image source: vk.com/TheWinxClub

I’m sure it sounds like I hate this art, but I don’t. Most of it seems tasteful. One of my favorite pics is from this winter event poster; it’s one of the cutest pics of Bloom I’ve ever seen.

But it doesn’t matter what a fan thinks. What will the whistleblowers say? They already call the Winx vulgar, anorexic, and other adjectives I can’t repeat because my blog is G-rated. Won’t this “confirm” their feelings?

And what about the parents who defend Winx Club? What will they think when they pick up Saving Alfea for their kids for Christmas?

Am I overthinking this? No. Remember the dad who got Winx dolls banned from Myer department stores in Australia? He thought Bloom was pole-dancing on the side of the Magic Wings Bloom box! That was just Nick’s Believix art! What would he think if he saw this?

Bottom line: Rainbow should have thought twice about Fairy Couture. Or at least, they should have known better than to bring it to “conservative” countries like the U.S. I hope Earthbound talks them out of it.

All it takes is one outcry for Winx to be cancelled for good. Best not to risk it.

New Image: All Six Winx, Season Seven Transformation

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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS for sharing this before me! It came from a Russian article about Rainbow’s “Italian Week” party (Nov. 22 and 29 in Moscow).

My reaction:

  • I love Aisha’s hair!
  • Still hoping Butterflyix isn’t the real name. :(
  • Where the heck is Roxy? Really, Rainbow? In a season about animals, she still gets the short end of the stick?

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What Earthbound Means for Winx in America

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Earthbound, the new U.S. licensing agent for Winx Club (and Mia and Me). When I said I’m geeking out over this, I meant it. I’ve been digging up their past, researching their clients, reading every press release I can find about their work and achievements.

My verdict? The Winx are in good hands.

You may be wondering, “What does all this mean, anyway? What’s a licensing agent? Why does Rainbow need one? How will this affect the show — and the fans in America?” I’ll explain it all as best I can.

What’s a licensing agent?

capture_003_18112014_104940_703Let’s say you’re a fashion designer, like Stella. You could sell your looks at high-end boutiques, but not everyone has that kind of money. What if, instead, you put your signature style on everyday items? Think of the possibilities! “Stella Couture” rugs! “Stella Couture” curtains! “Stella Couture” bed sheets!

One problem: you’re a fashion designer. You don’t make rugs, you make trends! And manufacturing costs a lot.

That’s where licensing comes in. You give a company (licensee) the right to use your name, art, logo, and whatever else they need, and they make the product(s) for you. You get a cut of the profits, and they look cool for being associated with you. Everybody wins!

But how do you find licensees? You could do it yourself, but that takes time away from doing what you do best: designing. What about contracts? You’ve gotta make sure everything’s legal and fair, but you’re no attorney. And how will you know what people wanna buy?

Don’t worry. A licensing agent can help you. They know how to make you look good so you attract a lot of licensees. They know who to call to get your home decor line in stores. They even make sure you get paid.

Like “Stella Couture,” Winx Club is a brand: an idea or identity created by Rainbow. We buy Winx stuff not just because we like the show, but because we like what it represents and the image it leaves in our minds.

Earthbound will help Rainbow get new licensees, which means more stuff for us to buy! Rainbow has agents all over the world who do this for different countries. Thanks to them, we’ve had Winx Club T-shirts, shoes, socks, stickers, school supplies, toys, handbags, scooters, perfume, cell phones, headphones, chocolate, candy, soda — even cheese! What will Earthbound add to that list? Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading!

Earthbound Adds Rainbow To Their Client List

It’s official! (Well, more official. :P ) Earthbound, the new licensing agent for Winx Club (and Mia and Me) in the U.S., added Rainbow to their Clients page on their new website — www.earthboundbrands.com!

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Am I the only one geeking out about this? This partnership could be the start of a comeback for Winx in the U.S. Why? I’ll talk about it next week. :)

Twice the Winx Magic: Season Two & “Saving Alfea” Released

Attention, American Winx fans! The Complete Original Season 2 and the new puzzle adventure game Saving Alfea can now be yours! Find them at stores like Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Toys R Us, Kmart, and Amazon. Prices vary, so shop around for the best deal!

Winx Club: The Complete Original Season 2

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The Winx Club is back for Season 2! Follow Bloom and her powerful fairy friends — Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna, and newcomer Layla — as they return from their summer vacation to begin their second year at The Alfea College for Fairies.

The Trix, a trio of witches, prove to be as challenging an enemy as ever having paired up with Lord Darkar who tries to lure Bloom to the dark side.

With the help of The Charmix, a power-up to the Magic Winx transformation that can only be gained through an act of genuine selflessness or forgiveness, the Winx work to free Bloom from Darkar’s control and stop The Trix forever.

Watch as the Winx Club fights villains in all 26 episodes of the COMPLETE ORIGINAL SEASON 2!

  • 4-disc set
  • Bonus feature: 8-Page Fairy Identity Booklet

Winx Club: Saving Alfea (NDS/3DS)

From LittleOrbit.com:

winxclub-packs-stackedIn order to throw the perfect party, the girls must run, jump and fly their way through their home worlds to gather all of the finishing touches for the school’s anniversary. But their return is anything but welcoming. Thanks to her new Siphonix Talisman, Selina has unleashed hordes of creatures from within the Legendarium. It’s up to the Winx to battle Selina’s creatures and discover how to destroy her all-powerful Talisman, all while making sure the school’s celebration isn’t ruined!

  • Play as Bloom, Stella, Flora, Aisha, Tecna and Musa in both their fairy and human forms!
  • Challenge yourself by completing 32 repayable puzzle levels!
  • Get immersed in the story of the Winx and learn how to use teamwork to conquer even the most difficult situations!
  • Jump, Evade, and use puzzle solving skills to adventure in human form!
  • Transform to float and fight against minions of the Legendarium when in fairy form!
  • Unlock new level hubs by collecting party items and defeating creatures of the Legendarium, driving them out of each world!
  • Make your Winx girls more powerful by gathering the hidden Dragon Flame Sparkles!
  • Find the Hidden Collectibles to unlock secret items!

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ValorBeauty’s Interview With Flora’s Nick VA, Alejandra Reynoso (26:24)

imageHow did Alejandra Reynoso land the role of the Fairy of Nature? What’s it really like to dub a cartoon? What was the episode that made her lose her voice? This is just some of what Winx fan Valory Pierce found out about her in her exclusive interview!

Check out the full video below! And subscribe to Valory’s YouTube channel, ValorBeauty, for makeup tutorials, reviews, her “Winx Fairy” web series, and more: www.youtube.com/valorbeauty!

“Mystery of the Abyss” Soundtrack Drops on iTunes US

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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS for this news!

Rainbow has released the full soundtrack of Mystery of the Abyss on iTunes US! It’s just three songs: “We All Are Winx” (Noi Siamo Winx), “Magic All Around” (Luce Immensa), and “The Magic of Sirenix” (Potere Sirenix). But if you loved them, it’s worth the $3. :)

MotA Gave Me Hope for Season Seven

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So…Mystery of the Abyss. Sigh. :(

Was it really a movie? It felt like a side plot of season five! There wasn’t enough action or story to hold your attention for 82 minutes.

Plus, I couldn’t ignore the glaring issues, like:

  • The sloppy lip-syncing
  • The groan-inducing voice acting
  • Too many recycled scenes from season five (even if they didn’t fit, like this shot in the Tritannus battle scene when Stella wasn’t attacking)
  • Mispronunciation of words (Sirenix, Eraklyon)

It had a few nice moments. Bloom and Sky’s date was très romantique. Their battle against the Trix was okay — I loved Sky’s line about “branching out” before smacking Stormy with an actual tree branch. :P And one of my favorite scenes was when the Winx used sonar to find a way out of the reef that housed the Pearl of the Deep. Way to be resourceful, girls!

The rest of the movie? A big letdown.

But instead of ranting about how bad it was, I’d rather talk about something positive: how I felt as I was watching. Believe it or not, this awful movie gave me hope for Winx Club‘s future. Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading!

Plot of Season Seven Revealed

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Thanks to Dane V. for sharing this! Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the official plot of season seven, taken from a press release from The Guide to the Licensing World:

In this adventure the fairies discover the real importance of the rare Fairy Animals, which they must save from Kalshara, an evil shape-shifter and her clumsy brother, Brafilius. The theme of endangered animals recurs throughout the series as the Winx establish an Animal Rescue Park on Earth, where they look after vulnerable animals such as pandas and tigers. The girls also undertake missions in the Magic Dimension and Earth to raise public awareness about the animal cause. This builds to their final mission – to discover the ultimate power of the Fairy Animals, which can give control over all the animals of the Magic Universe.

Sounds like a mix of seasons four and five.

Still no word on the official names of the transformations and whether Roxy — cuz, you know, she is the fairy of animals — will join the Winx this season.


NEWS SOURCE:

  • The Guide to the Licensing World: “Rainbow Set To Sprinkle Some Magic At MIPCOM & MIPJUNIOR 2014!”