Musings & Rants
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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?

TV & Movie News
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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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Musings & Rants
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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

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The World of Winx trailer debuted at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas last month. No, I don’t know when we’ll get to see it, but my affiliate Michael from Michael’s Winx Club gave us a sneak peek. He posted some screenshots on his news page. I’m not gonna repost them here — except the Stella Dreamix pic he gave me — so visit his site to see them!

Michael also shared some new info about the show. Here are my thoughts on what we’ve seen and learned.

THE ART STYLE

We thought it was just Fairy Couture in motion. But judging from the screenshots, it looks like a hybrid of Winx Club‘s style and Fairy Couture — but closer to the second. I like it except for one problem: all the Winx have the same face! I know some fans have complained about this in Winx Club, but the only time it was this bad was in season four. Even their noses are the same! (What happened to Flora’s cute pixie nose? ☹ )

Is this enough to ruin the show for me? No. It could be worse. All the main characters could have the same face — even the guys. Like in Digimon Adventure tri. Ugh. 😑

I can put up with this. Read the rest of this post