Reviews
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What I Didn’t Like

  1. The pacing: Too choppy and fast, especially in the first few episodes
  2. The dialogue: Too much “Shyamalaning” (repetition); too much filler (like the Winx praising each other); lots of cheesy lines, even in serious scenes
  3. The pop star side plot: Interfered with the main plot; felt like filler; made scenes where people didn’t recognize the Winx seem silly
  4. Fewer fairy scenes: Too many spy and pop star scenes instead (first season had better mix)
  5. How the Winx gained Onyrix: No explanation; “evolution” idea felt cheap
  6. Onyrix’s limitations: More powerful spells, but no different from Dreamix except for appearance; the Winx couldn’t use it on Earth, which made no sense
  7. Aisha’s personality: Too aggressive and angry; not enough (or any) of her gentle side from Winx Club
  8. The returning Neverlanders: Seemed dumber and less intimidating than in the first season (especially Smee and the zombie pirates)
  9. Musa and Flora’s nemeses: Based on their powers instead of character flaws
  10. Tecna’s character flaw: Felt made up on the spot; not enough built up to her nemesis (she wasn’t acting like a “control freak” before that episode)
  11. The prophecy: Random; added nothing to the story
  12. Matt and Tinkerbell’s love story: Shallow and rushed; felt creepy since Tinkerbell loved his father, too
  13. Venomya’s role: Felt out of place in the story; could have been better integrated, even if she’s next season’s villain

What I Liked

  1. The animation: Lots of improvement, even from season one
  2. The Winx’s new spells: Creative uses of magic like Flora traveling through Earth’s root system, Stella bending lasers, etc. (I’d like to see more spells like this in Winx Club)
  3. Matt: Entertaining new character; good character development
  4. The nemeses: Cool and intimidating character designs; interesting fight scenes with them
  5. The new outfits: Too many to keep track of, but all beautiful
  6. The overall story: Enjoyable; good integration and adaptation of the Peter Pan characters
  7. Stella’s back story: Moving and relatable scene; added much-needed depth to her character
  8. Finale (in Neverland): Stakes felt high; nice twist with Smee saving the day
  9. Cliffhanger: Interesting set up for a possible season three

Overall Thoughts

I prefer season one for the structure, dialogue, and character personalities, but I prefer season two for the action, magic, and overall story. World of Winx is okay to me, but because it’s an alternate universe, I treat it the same way as PopPixie. They’re both just fun side stories, as well as ways for Rainbow to try new ideas.

Regardless of the cliffhanger, I don’t want a season three. I wish instead of continuing to make a separate show, Rainbow would put these ideas into Winx Club (except the spy stuff). World of Winx would have been just as good if it had been Winx season eight. Plus, it would have restored the fanbase’s love for Winx Club. Instead, many fans seem ready to abandon it for good and only watch WoW from now on.

Still, this show proves Rainbow isn’t “out of ideas” and can still make good seasons with these characters. I hope the writers learned from this experience and filled Winx season eight with the same depth and creativity.

TV & Movie News
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Just a couple pieces of news I haven’t posted about yet. By now, you’ve probably heard it on other fan sites, but I still wanna help get the word out.

1. World of Winx Season 2 Premiere Date

Netflix updated the World of Winx page last week, revealing that season two will be released on Friday, June 16. (One of you pointed out that’s the day after Aisha’s birthday. I doubt there’s a connection there, but it’s still a fun piece of trivia. 🙂 ) If you’re curious, you can find lists of possible episode titles on Winx Wikia or in fan videos.

2. Licensing Expo 2017 Begins Today

Yep, it’s that time of year again! The annual Las Vegas Licensing Expo begins today! Rainbow will be showcasing their three newest shows: World of Winx, Regal Academy, and Maggie & Bianca: Fashion Friends (which is now on Netflix, too).

As usual, my affiliate Michael from Michael’s Winx Club is there, so keep checking his website for exclusive news and images! (He’s already posted a photo of Rainbow’s booth.) Last year, he got to share a lot of new World of Winx info. Who knows what he’ll get to tell us this year!


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I know. It’s been a while since my last post. I’m sorry. 😞 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 — back when card games were a huge deal, and every franchise had to have one? Harry Potter? Neopets? Bratz? 😕

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. 🙂 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. 😅

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. 🙂

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. 😶

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

Video
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Credit goes to InabluMovies for the tipoff and to my affiliate GermanSirenix for identifying the source!

Rainbow has updated their website again, and it now features a video on their homepage with a scene from World of Winx! We’ve seen it before, but now we can finally see it in HD! InabluMovies and other fans have already spliced the clips together into one video. (The original video’s here.)

UPDATE: Looks like InabluMovies took their video down. Here’s another one. It’s only five seconds.

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A few things I noted:

  • Textures and gradients everywhere! That definitely sets it apart from Winx Club.
  • If this show gets a toy line, we know that fairy wing bracelet/communicator will be for sale.
  • In the sixth shot, I can’t tell if Bloom’s blushing or wearing a lot of blush.
  • We’ve been seeing this shot of her standing above the city for months, but it looks like it was just a TV set. I wonder if that means anything for the show itself, or if it’s just a gag for the trailer.

GermanSirenix also pointed out a couple screenshots in a collage on the “Distribution” page of Rainbow’s site:

world-of-winx-two-screenshots

This is a treat, but I know we’re all dying to see the trailer! Don’t worry, guys! It should come out soon.

World of Winx premieres Friday, November 4 on Netflix!


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