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Dreamix dolls - Stella and Flora

Credit goes to WinxClubRUS for sharing this news first!

The Nuremberg Toy Fair began today, and Witty Toys will be showing off new dolls based on World of Winx. According to ToyNews, those dolls will be the Dreamix collection, which will feature all six Winx, and a light-up Action-Spy doll that comes with a “special roleplay glove.”

ToyNews also reported the latest dolls Witty Toys launched (Tynix) were “the best-selling fashion doll[s] in Italy in November, based on revenue.” Go, Winx!

(Heads up: I’m gonna take another short break from talking about World of Winx, unless there’s big news.)

UPDATE: Animation Digital Digest posted a high-quality image of the Flora Dreamix doll. (Credit to WinxClubRUS again for finding it first.)

Flora Dreamix Doll


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Did World of Winx turn out exactly how you thought it would? Not for me. The final product barely matched my predictions. Thank goodness my lame ideas didn’t come true, but I was surprised (and disappointed) by a few things that did (or didn’t) happen.

Here are five of my expectations that weren’t met:

Winx Club 7X04 - Timmy, Brandon, Nex, Sky, and Helia

1. The guys would be in it.

You can’t blame me. They’re in every season, even if they don’t play major roles. I thought they’d have their own side story in World of Winx like in season four.

I also made up a suitor for Musa who’d turn out to be a spy for the Talent Thief. He’d pretend to fall in love with her to get close to the Winx. I named him Cole. Don’t ask me why. 😛

Anyway, I hope the guys show up next season. It felt weird not seeing them around, although at least it gave each Winx more screen time.

2. Ace would be a villain.

I’ve mentioned this before. I thought the reality show would be a front for the Talent Thief’s kidnapping operation. What better way to attract talented kids? Ace and the crew would be in on it. Eventually, he’d eventually figure out the Winx were spying on him, and they’d have to fight him.

So much for that. He was just your typical TV host character. The closest he came to being a villain was in “Dangerous Waters” (1X10), when he was under Smee’s hypnosis. We could learn more about Ace next season (if he’s back), but for now, he doesn’t seem to be tied to Tinker Bell.

3. The talents would be real kids, and the show would feature segments about their lives.

I came up with this soon after Netflix added a description to the show’s page. We were trying to guess why they categorized World of Winx as a reality show and were talking about kids auditioning for it. Guess someone at Netflix (or Rainbow) confused the show within the show for the actual show. 😛

Anyway, I thought each episode would follow a random kid’s life, narrated by the Winx who shared their interest (i.e., Aisha for sports, Musa for music, etc.). Near the end, an enemy would try to steal the kid’s talent, and the Winx would protect them. That sounds boring. I’m glad I was wrong.

4. The enemy organization would be a human crime syndicate.

This was before we found out the Talent Thief was Tinker Bell. I thought World of Winx would be a more typical spy story with the Winx busting into an underground compound to free the kidnapped talents. Could the Talent Thief still have been a magic being? Sure, but I didn’t think she’d be a fairy! (Or a pixie. I still don’t know.)

I also expected more common action scenes like car chases, hand-to-hand combat, and escapes from the enemy’s lair. Instead, Rainbow focused more on the fantasy aspects like Dreamix and World of Dreams. Oh, well.

World of Winx 1X01 -- The Winx Judging Contests

5. The Winx would create the reality show.

I know I just said I thought the Talent Thief would create WOW!, but I had other ideas, too. In one of them, the Winx would create the show to lure the Talent Thief to them. Yes, that’s using the talents as bait. But since the Winx actually did that (poor Naoki), I don’t feel guilty anymore for coming up with this. 😛

That’s my list. What were some of your expectations for World of Winx? Did they come true?

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Credit goes to WinxClubRUS and my affiliate GermanSirenix for breaking this news before me!

It’s official! World of Winx premieres Saturday, Jan. 28 on RAI Gulp! That day will mark the 13th anniversary of the Winx Club franchise!

Today, Rainbow released the full version of the trailer on the Italian YouTube channel. This looks like the trailer my affiliate Michael of Michael’s Winx Club saw at the Licensing Expo last June. Enjoy!


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The reveal of Dreamix surprised a lot of fans. Aren’t the Winx gonna be spies this time? Why do they need a new transformation? What happened to hiding their magic?

The end result wasn’t as confusing as we thought. I still think the spy mission clashed with the fantasy elements of the story. (See “General Thoughts, Pt. I.”) But the Winx are fairies, now and always. They had to have wings. (Yes, not all fairies have wings, but you know what I mean.)

So, what is Dreamix? The answer’s right in the song: “Makes your dreams come true! That’s the magic of Dreamix!” That’s easy to remember.

Too bad it’s not true.

The Winx never used it to make someone’s dream come true. In fact, Dreamix didn’t have much to do with figurative dreams (aspirations), except:

  • The Winx gained it when Annabelle’s dream came true. (They needed to get it at the same time this time. Rainbow had to save time for the story.)
  • It could detect when someone was about to reach their dream — and was being hunted by the Talent Thief.

The second half of the second bullet was plot convenience. It’s not like the talents were the only people in the world about to make their dreams come true. We can try to justify it, though. If the Dreamix power came from The World of Dreams, which was under Tinker Bell’s control, maybe an opposing force was guiding the Winx to her targets. Makes sense, right? Read the rest of this post

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All right. Back to World of Winx. Last time, I started talking about the new characters — namely, the talents (and by that, I mean Naoki). 😛 But the other newcomers were nice additions to the franchise, too.

Ace was what I expected: the classic host with a dramatic voice, narcissistic personality, and desperation to keep his show alive no matter what. Apparently, he was based on a real person: a singer-songwriter named Morgan (real name: Marco Castoldi), who spent seven seasons as a judge on the Italian version of X Factor. Guess you had to be an Italian Winx fan to catch that right away.

The one thing that surprised me about Ace — beside him not being one of Tinker Bell’s henchmen — was his ego clash with Bloom. Why her? Even if she’s the leader, I thought one of the other Winx — Aisha or Stella, maybe — would get the most annoyed with him. But Rainbow needed an excuse to have her split off from the group, which I think was a good and a bad writing choice. (I’ll talk about that another day.)

Crazy Ace

Sorry for the nightmares you’re gonna have tonight…

I know it’s weird, but I liked Ace best in “Dangerous Waters” (1X10) when he was under Smee’s hypnosis spell. The guy was already crazy. The spell just ripped the last shred of sanity he had and took him beyond the limits of his madness. (It’s funnier when it happens to a serious character.)

Then there was Lorelei. Ugh.

I’ll give her this: she was so annoying, you couldn’t help but laugh at her…awkwardly. 🙄 That was the point of her character, after all. But her line in “The Shaman” (1X08) while she was riding in the Winxmobile cracked me up:

“How about we play a game to see who can count the most cars?”

I don’t think it was supposed to be creepy, but it was. The delivery, the lighting on her face, her facial expressions. She was like an evil Barbie doll declaring your doom. It was hilarious. 😛 Read the rest of this post