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I know. It’s been a while since my last post. I’m sorry. ūüėě Starting today, I’ll try to get back into the rhythm.

Yes, you read that title right. This is the 1,000th post! Wow! To mark this occasion, I’d like to tell a personal story I’ve been saving since I started this blog. It’s my favorite memory from the 4Kids Winx era.

In 2005, Rainbow, 4Kids, and Upper Deck held a contest called “The Magix in the Cards.” Remember the Winx Club trading card game ‚ÄĒ back when card games were a huge deal, and every franchise had to have one? Harry Potter? Neopets? Bratz? ūüėē

Anyway, this contest was part of the marketing campaign for the game’s launch. The challenge was to design your own Winx Club trading card. You had to download the template from 4Kids.tv and draw a picture of one of the Winx. (Season two hadn’t premiered in the U.S. yet, so Aisha wasn’t included.) The winner’s drawing would be reprinted as an official card, and they’d get a $1,000 Toys R Us gift card. (I remember a trip to Italy, too, but maybe that was another contest.)

I decided to draw Flora. She’s always been my favorite Winx, after all. ūüôā Since I couldn’t draw her well, I practiced for weeks until I could draw her in my sleep. Just like everyone else who entered, including my sister (she drew Musa), I mailed in my picture and hoped for the best.

Months later, my mom told me she got an email saying I’d won! Boy, was I excited! Look out, Toys R Us! Here I come!

…Or not. ūüėÖ

I didn’t win the grand prize. Instead, I was one of the 15 first prize winners, the first tier of runners-up. My prize was a box of swag: The Fairy Cool Lounge play set, the full card game box set, and a randomly-selected doll. It wasn’t a $1,000 shopping spree, but I was still happy to win something. ūüôā

The doll I got was Icy. I already had one, so I never unboxed her. Here she is:

Her box is damaged from being moved from place to place over the years, but she’s still in mint condition. I’ve thought about selling her or just giving her away. I’m not sure yet.

To this day, I wonder how close I got to winning the grand prize. What if it came down to me and one other person? I guess I’ll never know. ūüė∂

I still remember my drawing well, so I’m gonna try to reproduce it. Look for a follow-up to this post soon!

Musings & Rants
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Like Nabu, Roy’s difficult to talk about, but for a different reason: there’s not much¬†to talk about. He’s a flat, boring character, even¬†more boring than Sky. His contributions to the show are minimal, and his only meaningful connections within the group are¬†with Aisha, his love interest, and Nex, his rival for her love.

Roy’s introduced in “The Power of Harmonix” (ep. 5X06). He bows to Aisha¬†and speaks in lofty, knight-like language, which he slips in and out of throughout the season (and has practically dropped in season six). True to form for all Aisha’s¬†love interests, he says something that ticks her off: “These are hazardous¬†waters. I think I should go down before you.” Bad move. To steal a line from the theme song of Sailor Moon Crystal, the Winx “aren’t helpless girls who need the protection of men.”

Immediately after this, Roy begins drifting¬†in and out of the show¬†as though he’s a guest character. He shows up randomly for odd reasons ‚ÄĒ for example, in “The Gem of Empathy” (ep. 5X09), he’s there because someone told him to patrol the oceans of Zenith, even though he’s from Andros. Other times, he disappears for¬†several episodes in a row (as much as nine at one point) and makes only cameo appearances in a couple episodes, such as “The Devourer” (ep. 5X18) and “The Shark’s Eye” (5X23).

This is one reason his romance with Aisha by¬†the end of the season feels forced, awkward, and unbelievable.¬†He’s gone for most of the season, so they¬†barely interact with each other! When they do, it’s mostly brief banter¬†or an occasional compliment. It feels like Nickbow did the bare minimum to make us believe they liked each other.

Yet, in “Saving Paradise Bay” (ep. 5X24), Roy gets hurt protecting Phylla from Icy’s attack. (Yes, it’s not even Aisha. It’s¬†one of the Selkies. ūüėõ ) Aisha checks on him, and after¬†he tells her he’s okay,¬†the two appear to be about to kiss. She also imagines herself dancing with him in the ballet room in “Battle for the Infinite Ocean” (ep. 5X25).

When did they become that¬†close if he was rarely¬†there? Were they dating off-screen? If so, not only does Nickbow never tell us, but these two¬†don’t act¬†like¬†that kind of¬†couple. Plus, she was still mourning Nabu for about half the season, so she didn’t seem ready for a new relationship yet. Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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“The Magic Totem?” I¬†think a title¬†like “Reign of The Snow¬†Queen” would have been better, don’t you? The totem only got a couple¬†minutes of screen¬†time. ūüėõ

Anyway, let’s get started!

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_1708Flora tails¬†Icy’s¬†sleigh through¬†the forest. No matter what she throws in her way ‚ÄĒ ice rays, giant ice pillars ‚ÄĒ the flower fairy doesn’t flinch. She’s determined to get her boyfriend back!

The chase leads to¬†a clearing where a funny-looking statue¬†stands alone in the center. It’s the totem!¬†No way Icy’s gonna let her escape with it! Flora and Helia¬†will¬†freeze in the Legendarium World forever, if she can help it!

Flora knows she can’t melt all of Icy’s ice, but she can stop “The Snow Queen”¬†in her tracks.

“Life Essence!”

Her spell thaws¬†Icy’s reindeer and loosens¬†them from the sleigh, sending it into a free fall. Flora catches Helia in a magic bubble and sets him down gently in front of the totem. Mission accomplished! Just one more thing. She uses her wand to teleport herself, Helia,¬†and the totem out of the Legendarium World.

Meanwhile in the real world, the Winx and the Specialists are surrounded by werewolves, and more keep coming out of the forest! The gang can’t fight back. They can’t risk hurting innocent men and women. If only they could find a way to break the curse.

Just when they’ve run out of room to escape, an intense magic light blazes¬†behind them. They swivel¬†around to see Flora and Helia emerge¬†from the¬†Legendarium World. The totem activates, and all the wolves become human again! Whew!

Helia, though, is still an ice sculpture. Flora’s tried every spell¬†she can think of ‚ÄĒ except one: Life Essence! Why not? It worked in the Legendarium World! With a flourish of her Mythix wand, she defrosts¬†Helia out and wakes him from his trance. Thank goodness! Time¬†for a hug…

Or not. He doesn’t want her¬†“embarrassing”¬†him. Um…okay.

IMG_1700Anyway, now that the curse has been broken and it’s safe to be out at night again, the people of Fearwood throw a celebration! Of¬†course, Flora’s not in a party mood. Helia keeps on acting cold. He even picks a fight with Riven, and Brandon and Timmy have to restrain him! What did Icy do to him?

Daphne puts him under a sleeping spell and scans his body for anything strange.¬†Boy, does she find something: there’s a fragment of ice in his heart! If they don’t remove it, he’ll stay cold-hearted forever!

Before they can think of a plan, “The Snow Queen” returns for round #2 with Flora! This time, all of Fearwood is their battlefield. Icy traps¬†the town and the forest in a deep freeze, and some of the townsfolk get¬†frozen!

The Winx have had enough, especially Flora! Time to transform and melt this witch!

Flora attacks her¬†head-on, but this time Icy’s ready with a trick she didn’t get to try in the Legendarium World. She aims for Flora’s wings and freezes them solid. The flower fairy¬†plummets toward the forest floor.

Luckily, an evergreen tree saw the whole thing and reaches out to break her fall. It slides her off its branch and drops her safely a few feet below.

Flora’s not ready to give up. But how will she get back to the others¬†when she can’t fly and can barely stand up?

Mother Nature. It’s always helped her before. She¬†begs the trees and ground¬†for help, and the whole¬†forest answers her. Small¬†vines sprout up and lift her into the air, and warm magic,¬†like spring air,¬†melts the ice off her¬†wings. Flora¬†thanks the forest as she¬†hurries¬†to face¬†Icy¬†once more.

Ha! She dares to compete with The Snow Queen? Icy releases another burst of magic, and heavy snow begins to fall over Fearwood.

That’s nothing. Flora can do better. Gathering the forest’s energy,¬†she casts her most powerful Spring Shower spell yet. Icy’s knocked back, and all of her magic ice is melted, including the shard in Helia’s heart. He’s finally back to normal!

And it’s his turn to be impressed with Flora. She never gave up on him.

IMG_1722Their kiss is¬†interrupted (again), this time by Eldora. She’s here to remind the Winx of¬†their mission: to forge the Legendarium Key.¬†They still haven’t found the Silver Spear!

Turns out it was on top of the totem the whole time. The moment Flora gets it down, it merges with the Fantasy Emerald to become a shining silver key. Their quest is over! Now all they have to do is go to Cloud Tower and lock the Legendarium forever.

But if they want the book, they’ll have to go¬†through Selina and the Trix first! Read the rest of this post

Episode Reviews
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Eight months? Just¬†eight¬†months since the last episode? It felt a lot longer. It’s eleven if you count back to February 2014, the last TV broadcast of the show. Either way ‚ÄĒ good¬†grief, Nick! Thanks for the late New Year’s gift, but please don’t make us wait that long again! (I feel like I’ve said that before. Ugh. ūüôĀ )

We last left the Winx on Calavera Island, fresh from¬†their win¬†against¬†the zombie pirates. Fantasy Emerald in hand, they’ve returned to Alfea to relax. Our story picks up there.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN

IMG_1648Flora brings her beau, Helia, to the¬†Alfea Greenhouse¬†to show off her new¬†friends, including the newest addition: the¬†grabbing vines from Calavera. (Good thing they like her more than Stella. :P) But the tour’s interrupted by a group of freshmen. Oops! She forgot she promised¬†them a tour, too.

She leaves Helia alone to tend to the vines. Her instructions are simple: spray with water then green tea.

He must not have¬†a green thumb like her, because he ends up getting¬†wrapped up and Flora has to save him. She¬†tries to tells him¬†what he did wrong, but he gets defensive and walks¬†off. (*Sigh* I’ll talk about this “fight” in a minute.)

Musa shows up just in time for a girl chat. Her advice: tell him she’s¬†not disappointed in him, and she¬†didn’t mean to hurt his feelings. She can’t lose a sweet guy like him! Compared to Riven… Well, that’s why Musa came: to ask Flora’s¬†opinion on him.

Cue The Owl landing at the courtyard. Break time’s over, Winx. Time for the¬†next mission: to find the Silver Spear, the second ingredient for the Legendarium Key!

In Daphne’s classroom, Eldora and the Winx use their wands to find the Spear’s location. It’s in Fearwood, Canada, where a totem’s said to ward off a curse that turns the townsfolk¬†into werewolves! According to legend, werewolves are afraid of silver.

As always, Selina and the Trix are spying on their conversation. They wait for a chance to interfere with the mission.

After the Owl lands in Fearwood, Eldora reminds the Winx not to look for¬†the Spear in the real world. It only exists in the Legendarium World. (Thank, Grandma.) The Specialists head into the forest to search, while the girls hit the town using Bloom’s wand as radar.

The townsfolk aren’t in a welcoming mood.¬†They’re all rushing to get home, since people start turning into wolves after sunset.¬†But the girls manage to get some info:¬†the¬†totem’s in a¬†clearing outside the village.

IMG_1663Meanwhile, the Specialists’ search turns up nothing but¬†a fake wolf named Riven. They give up and¬†head back to find the Winx. Suddenly,¬†another howl rings out nearby. Riven again?¬†Not this time! It’s the werewolves, compliments of Selina, and they surround the boys in no time!

The girls get attacked, too! Time to transform!

Since werewolves are people¬†under a curse, the gang decides to capture them instead of destroying them. Helia lets out his stress from the greenhouse and wrangles five wolves¬†singlehandedly. No one’s more impressed than Flora. His reward: an apology and a kiss.¬†Awwww…

Well, the kiss will have¬†to wait¬†‚ÄĒ a second wave¬†of werewolves ruins¬†the moment.¬†The Winx lead them to the clearing where the totem should be, but nothing’s there. Wait ‚ÄĒ¬†remember what Eldora said? It’s in the Legendarium World!

Just as Helia’s fighting another¬†wolf, Icy appears and turns him into a living ice sculpture! “We’ll be waiting for you in the Legendarium World!” she tells Flora.¬†Bloom tries to stop her friend¬†from going alone, but Flora summons her Mythix wand faster than you say, “It’s a trap.”

IMG_1699Fearwood’s fantasy¬†world looks different than she thought it would: frozen trees, a frozen lake…and a woman wearing a crown made of ice crystals? Wait ‚ÄĒ it’s Icy! Selina’s turned her into the mythical¬†Snow Queen! And who’s that driving her reindeer-drawn sleigh? Helia! Read the rest of this post

Merchandise News
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Not sure when these were added (could have been ages ago), but at least we get a better look at these new dolls!

Bloomix Fairy

Six to collect! The “Magic App” mentioned on the box is the new Winx Bloomix Quest game by Apps Ministry.

Icy (Trix Power)

Icy in her season six outfit! Not bad, huh? Too bad Stormy and Darcy aren’t in this “line.”

Check out the rest of the new lines, like Fairy College, My Sirenix Magic¬†(comes with cosplay wings!), and¬†Sporty Chic¬†on WinxClub.it’s “Fashion Dolls” page!

You might notice there’s an oddball on that page. This:

Wait a second: Stella’s Design Studio was made by JAKKS Pacific. Yet the doll in the box is clearly Witty’s; you can tell by the body mold. She’s also wearing a different outfit¬†(here’s the original Design Studio).

I Googled “winx club stella design studio” and found some…weirdness. This¬†eBay listing is for an Italian release¬†of the doll. The package has Giochi Preziosi’s logo on it; they’re the Italian distributor for Witty Toys. I also found a couple shop sites,¬†one Russian and one global, and the Russian one uses both the¬†JAKKS and Witty images.

I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe Witty’s distributing JAKKS’s dolls.¬†Hmmmm…

Anyway, which of these new doll lines is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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