Fanwork Friday #15: “Bunny Love”

Today’s featured fan art is by fellow Winx blogger Cynthia from Cynthia’s Winx Blog! Check out her deviantArt page for more awesome fan art!

By the way, Cynthia, congrats on winning JAKKS’s Winx doll giveaway! :D

If you want your fan work featured on the blog, email it to [email protected]!

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Win a Deluxe, Autographed JAKKS Pacific Winx Doll!

10455690_767485919963700_2264261768537973906_n JAKKS Pacific is giving you a chance to win one of two, autographed Winx dolls! All you have to do is tell them on their Facebook post who your favorite Winx is and why — or you can retweet their contest tweet:

Two winners will be announced on Friday!

Giveaway rules:

  • Must be 18 or older (ask a parent to enter if you’re not!)
  • Must be a resident of the United States (legal issues)

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Battle the Trix in the Next Update of “Winx Fairy School!”

winx fairy school sim room Today, PlayWinxClub shared a shot of the new simulation room coming in the next update of Winx Fairy School! This mini-game will let you don your fairy outfit and use your spells to battle the Trix!

Also in this update, you’ll finally get to earn your Bloomix wings!

Big update, huh? :) It’ll be available very soon (this month)!

If you’re not following PlayWinxClub on social media, what are you waiting for? You’re missing lots of news and sneak peeks!


NEWS/TIPOFFS:
Valory Pierce (ValorBeauty)
PlayWinxClub on Facebook: facebook.com/PlayWinxClub

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PlayWinxClub on Facebook: facebook.com/PlayWinxClub

#SomethingTrulyMagical: 3 Fan Campaigns That Worked

“Fan campaigns don’t work.”
“Nick’s not listening to us.”
“We don’t have a say in what they do.”

*Sigh* :(

First of all, every company wants to please their customers — in Nick’s case, the fans of their show(s). They make decisions based on our reactions (ratings, sales, online buzz, etc.), not just their own feelings. We might not be in the boardrooms with them, but they’re talking about us in there.

We have a lot more power than you think.

I keep saying it again and again: fan campaigns do work if enough people support them. Need proof? Here you go!

1. Save Kim Possible

Disney used to cap their shows at 65 episodes, no matter how popular they were. That didn’t sit well with Kim Possible fans. The kim-munity launched a massive email, letter, and phone campaign to bring back their favorite fighting cheerleader.

It worked! In 2007, Kim Possible became the second Disney Channel series (after That’s So Raven) to break the 65-episode rule.

2. Finale and a Footlong

Chuck‘s low ratings by the end of season two put it on the chopping block. To save it, the fans didn’t target NBC. They went after one of the show’s sponsors: Subway.

On the day of the season finale, fans worldwide bought $5 footlongs to thank the sandwich shop chain for backing the show. Even the stars got involved! Zachary Levi, who played the title character, led more than 300 fans to a Subway in Birmingham, England. He even helped make some of the subs!

The hope was the spike in sales would convince Subway to sponsor season three. It did. Big time.

Ultimately, thanks to more fan support, Chuck ran for five seasons.

3. Operation Decode

Operation Decode‘s goal is to convince Bandai Namco to localize the latest Digimon games (specificially, Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode). The organizers went the traditional route: they started a Change.org petition and asked every Digimon fan they could find to sign it.

The petition plus the fans’ passion got Bandai Namco’s attention. On July 31, they announced a brand-new game called Digimon All-Star Rumble, set to be released in November. In their Tumblr post and press release for the game, they acknowledged the fans’ efforts:

From Tumblr:

There are few fan bases as passionate as Digimon’s. The fans’ campaigns haven’t gone unnoticed, and we’re truly amazed by the amount of support they continuously show to their favorite series. We couldn’t be more thankful.

From the press release:

The Digimon brand has enjoyed a dedicated following for well over a decade and boasts an incredibly devoted and passionate fan base with more than one million followers on the official Digimon Fusion Facebook page alone…We are especially pleased to see Digimon fans rallying support for future Digimon video games to be localized in the Americas.

Also in June, Isshak Gravi, Bandai Namco Europe’s community manager, issued a challenge to the fans: reach 50,000 signatures, and they might “start a discussion” about localizing the games. Number of signatures as of this post: 51,340. And yes — one of them is mine.

Now, the wait begins. Operation Decode’s encouraging the fans to buy All-Star Rumble, which they see as Bandai Namco’s way of testing the waters. If it sells well, the chance the campaign will succeed is a lot higher.

OUR TURN

I know the Winx fanbase is just as passionate as these are. Imagine what we could do if we all came together!

Please support #SomethingTrulyMagical! You don’t have to do anything big. You can just tweet your feelings for the show to Nick. Just include the hashtag. That’s it!

We need every fan we can get! Join us, Winx fans!

(#SomethingTrulyMagical is now on Tumblr, Pinterest, and Facebook!)

#HappyBirthdayStella

Next Monday, August 18, it’s our fairy of the shining sun’s birthday! Why don’t we make it a special one?

Let’s trend #HappyBirthdayStella on social media! You can add something to your post if you want — a screenshot, a photo of your Stella dolls, a recording of yourself singing “Happy Birthday,” etc. You can even slip #SomethingTrulyMagical in there. ;) It’s up to you! (I already know what I’m gonna do, and I hope you’ll like it. =) )

If this is gonna work, we have to get A LOT of Winx fans involved! We can do it!

Remember: that’s Monday, August 18! We’re gonna trend #HappyBirthdayStella! Save the date!

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Fanwork Friday #14: “The Last Princess”

Today’s “Fanwork Friday” feature is a fan fic by Cupcakedoll: “The Last Princess!” It’s a retelling of Daphne’s death at the hands of the Ancestresses and what happened afterward. Here’s the first half of the story. Read the second half at Fanfiction.net!

If you want your fan art or fan fic featured on the blog, email it to [email protected]!


“The Last Princess”
~ by Cupcakedoll ~

The temple of the Dragon’s Flame rose slim and golden from the bluff. It was a tall building, all spires and pillars and butter-pale marble. The great doors were thrown open to greet the dawn, and welcome any who wanted to visit the sanctuary. But only the priestess stood there today. Daphne had composed herself, straightened her hair and the fall of her golden robe, and made sure the expression on her face visible under her mask showed only the calm confidence of one who watched the universe for the Great Dragon.

Seeing nobody waiting she sagged a little, her young face growing somber.

It had been nearly a week since the creatures who called themselves the Ancestors of All Witches began attacking realms across the universe. At first everyone had gathered at the palace and the temple, to see what they could send to help, to hear the latest news and share the fear: could the Ancestors be stopped? Would the Ancestors come to Domino? What would happen then? They needed the comfort of seeing that the sacred flame still burned in its crystal bowl and the nymphs carved high on the wall still looked down peacefully. Eight now, the ninth had faded last year.

Even the nymphs with whatever power their existence beyond death gave them, hadn’t been able to stop the Ancestors. Maybe they hadn’t even tried, Daphne thought traitorously. She shook herself and started singing to keep her spirits up as she swept the floor and seats and cleaned out the vases for flower offerings, taking the droopy ones to the compost heap out back. She was glad to have the quiet time, alone with the daily tasks.

She’d told Shayna and Politea to sleep late this morning. She’d looked so tired, after days of emergency after emergency.

The Ancestors were coming. They would come to destroy the power of the Dragon Fire, because they could never rule the universe while the flame burned. And Daphne’s family would be the ones fighting them. Mom and Dad and her Aunties and Uncles. And if they failed, Daphne and Politea would have to defend the realm. They were probably the most powerful fairies on Domino, except for Mom and Aunt Faragonda, and the only sirenix fairies.

It had been a hard quest, finding the gems of loyalty and mercy, and Mom pregnant so she couldn’t help, and Dad freaking out because both his girls were doing hard things and he couldn’t help either one. It had been scary, but now with the threat of the Ancestor Witches looming over them all, every past quest seemed easy. And it had turned out fine. Daphne and Polli had gotten their sirenix powers with days to spare and baby Bloom had been born healthy and beautiful. Daphne had loved her sister from the first moment the baby looked up at her with those big blue eyes.

Luckily her teachers understood—well, some of her teachers were her aunties, and her other teachers said part of being a priestess meant heeding your own inner voice. And Daphne’s inner voice just wanted to help take care of her sister. So she’d babysat while Mom did Important Queen Things, and then while Mom and Dad did Important Company of Light Things. Princess Bloom learned to sleep through the temple noises, the chanting of spells or the hubbub of crowds when a lot of people came seeking healing or wisdom all at once.

It didn’t feel right, leaving Bloom alone now. Even if she was with Mom and Dad and the entire palace guard. But someone had to open the temple and her friends really needed a break. Shayna would come in later and then if nothing else had gone wrong Daphne could go home. Where Dad and Uncle Hagan would be arguing over how much aid they could send to the worlds the Ancestors had attacked and Auntie Griffin would be trying to convince other witches to fight against the Ancestors.

The fire flared suddenly, and Daphne’s shadow jumped bold and dark on the wall. She spun, dropping the broom. The low flame had become a pillar of blue edged in white, stretching up through the ceiling. Daphne gaped. The flame had never looked like this before. It outshone the morning sun.

Something had gone horribly wrong.

Daphne took a deep steadying breath, stepped forward, and pushed her hands into the column of fire.

Images poured into her mind. The Ancestors were in the Infinite Ocean. They hovered around the Pillar of Balance, their presence fouling the water. Creatures fled in terror, all calling alarm, their voices overlapping into noisy chaos.

Daphne yanked her hands back, pulled free from the din.

“Sirenix box! Guardian, wake Polli, tell her what’s going on!”

Her guardian appeared long enough to nod, then vanished again. Daphne opened her phone. “Mom? They’re in the Infinite Ocean. I have to go.”

Marion gasped. “Sweetie!”

“I’ll be all right. We have to defend the pillar.”

“Yes. Of course you do. We’ll be waiting when you get back.”

Daphne closed her phone before her mother could hear her sob . She didn’t want Marion to
know how scared she was. They were sirenix fairies, with the mighty power of the ocean. They might not be able to defeat the Ancestors, but they could chase them away from the pillar.

And out of the Infinite Ocean?

How had they entered the Infinite Ocean? Witches could earn sirenix, but the Ancestors weren’t ordinary witches. Not anymore. They shouldn’t be able to reach the Infinite Ocean.

Daphne’s guardian reappeared. She said, “Please hurry, Princess Daphne. The Pillar of balance is in danger.”

Politea projected her voice into the room. “Ready.”

“Did you call your parents?” Daphne replied through the spell. They had to hurry, but some things were more important.

“Let’s just go.” Politea said, and magic flared as she teleported.

It wasn’t like Politea, to be so terse. She must be really scared. Of course she was. But as
Uncle Hagan said, was not to let fear make you useless. Daphne looked at the angry fire. “Fairy magic! Sirenix!”

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And for a few moments she caught handfuls of magic and pulled it around herself like a cloak and felt all her strength and wasn’t afraid at all.

Wait! There’s more! Click here to keep reading!

Caption Contest #30 (Week of August 4, 2014) *VOTE FOR THE WINNER*

Time to start Caption Contest #30! Come up with a caption for this screenshot from season six and submit it by Friday, August 8!

Good luck, everyone!


*TIME TO VOTE*

Okay! The contest is over! Time to pick the winner! You’ll have 24 hours to vote for your favorite caption (see the captions in the comments)! Good luck, everyone!

Caption Contest #29 Winner

Thanks to everyone who voted! Here's the winning caption:

What could have happened if Sky and Brandon came clean about their identities:
Stella: You mean….you really aren’t a prince? You’re just a….squire?
Brandon: Yes. I’m really sorry Stella.
Stella: Do you realize what this means?!?! It means I could have been with a REAL prince and Bloom could have ended up with YOU!
“Why does Bloom always end up with the best of everything? I’m going to have to tell her….”


— by SailorWinx

Congratulations, SailorWinx! Next contest begins later today! Stay tuned!

#SomethingTrulyMagical: How to Contact Nick, JAKKS Pacific, and Rainbow *UPDATE 3*

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It was close till the end, but the winner of the hashtag poll is…#SomethingTrulyMagical! Yay! :D Now it’s time to put it to work! Let’s get this campaign started!

Some of you have been asking how to contact these companies. Here’s the info you need! I’ll keep it in an easy-to-find location (the header menu) so you can look at it whenever you need to.

NICKELODEON

We need to show Nick how big and passionate the Winx fanbase really is. Our hope is if we prove the show has a lot of love, they’ll wanna support it like they used to — more advertising, more merchandise, and a consistent airing schedule (on TV). And if they’ve decided not to air season seven in the U.S., let’s change their minds!

Email:

Nick’s publicists for Winx Club are Katelyn Balach (New York office) and Elizabeth Cain (California office):

Remember: keep your message short and be polite. They’re not our enemies, and we’re not making demands. We’re just telling them how much we love this show.

You can’t use the hashtag in your email, but you could slip in the words “something truly magical.” They could be your subject line (your email might get deleted, though :P ). It’s up to you how you do it. (But don’t link to the campaign. That’d be a bit tacky. :P )

Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.):

If you don’t wanna make something, you could just share your thoughts on Nick’s Facebook or Twitter. Just put #SomethingTrulyMagical at the end — or work it into the message if you want. Again, it’s your choice!

Note: this is also a quick way to send them your fan art, fan fic, photo, video, etc. All you have to do is share the link!

Snail Mail:

Got something physical you wanna send? A letter? Jewelry? Cookies shaped like fairy wings? :P Mail it to their New York address:

Nickelodeon
Attn: Katelyn Balach
1515 Broadway, 44th Floor
New York, NY 10036

JAKKS Pacific Believix Dolls

JAKKS PACIFIC

The “Bloomix Power” line has just been released, and the Mythix line is coming soon. If you love the JAKKS dolls (I sure do), now’s the time to show your support for them! That means:

  1. Buying them, of course!
  2. Telling other fans about them
  3. Asking JAKKS to keep making Winx dolls!

Here’s an idea (if you wanna do it): JAKKS made a YouTube playlist of fan videos that feature the dolls. Make a video of your dolls and ask them to add it to their playlist!

Email:

The best way to reach them is through their customer service email: [email protected]. They’re pretty good about responding. Again, keep your message short and be polite.

Also, follow the instructions on their customer service page:

Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address so we may contact you. If you are under 13 years of age, please have your parent contact us and provide this information.

*UPDATE 2* We could also try Anne-Marie Feliciano, the head of JAKKS’s Corporate Communications department. She’s in charge of spreading the word about their toys. Her address is [email protected].

Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.):

JAKKS updates their social media accounts often, so these are good places to reach them, too. They don’t tend to respond to Winx fans, but if a lot of us post, we’ll get their attention!

Snail Mail:

JAKKS’s mailing address is:

JAKKS Pacific, Inc.
Consumer Relations
21749 Baker Parkway
Walnut, CA 91789

Follow the same instructions as for email: include your contact info so they can respond to you. (Have a parent or guardian send them your info if you’re under 13. It keeps JAKKS out of legal trouble. :) )

RAINBOW

Everything we’re doing is to help them. The more we support their show, the better they’ll be able to negotiate with Nick and JAKKS (or other companies if things don’t work out). Let’s tell them how much Winx Club means to us!

Easier said than done, though. We could post on the Winx Facebook, but the staff never responds— and there’s too much spam on there. Rainbow’s Facebook is dead, and they don’t have a Twitter.

Email’s our best option. The WinxClub.com contact address is [email protected].

*UPDATE* A few more email addresses to try! These are from Rainbow’s contact page:

*UPDATE 3* This might be a long shot, but how about sending a message through the contact form on Iginio Straffi’s website? It’s worth a try!

THE OTHER HALF OF THE CAMPAIGN

If we wanna convince Nick and JAKKS to support Winx Club, we have to support it, too. Watch the episodes on TV and Nick.com. Buy them on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play. Download the apps. Buy the dolls, games, and DVDs. Let’s do everything we can to get the ratings and sales up and draw attention to the show!

Ready, Winx fans? Let’s do this!

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Fanwork Friday #13: “Fairy of the Dragon Flame”

Today’s featured fanwork is from a blast from the past from Annorelka! Check out her deviantArt page for more great artwork!

If you want your fan art or fan fic to be featured on the blog, send it to [email protected]!

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