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Congratulations on being the North American master toy licensee for Regal Academy! I can’t wait to start collecting these beautiful dolls. I haven’t found them in my city yet, but I’m excited that they’ll be here soon. 😊

As you know, your new partner Rainbow also makes the long-running cartoon Winx Club. I don’t know what their plans are for the show’s future in the U.S., but I hope they include new dolls for the eighth season. If so, I hope they’ll choose you as the master toy licensee.

The last dolls were made by JAKKS Pacific. They were beautiful, but we consumers had some issues with them and how they were marketed and sold. Here are a few of them.

  1. Not enough advertising: At first, the Winx dolls were well advertised. Many toy sites and even TV shows like Live with Kelly and Ryan — Live with Kelly and Michael at the time — were talking about them, and they became popular. They were even on Toys R Us‘s Holiday Hot List in 2012. But later on, JAKKS stopped promoting them as much. New lines got little or no advertisement.

  2. Too expensive: The deluxe dolls retailed for $19.99 – $24.99, but they only came with a doll, a brush, and sometimes a code for access to an online video. That didn’t feel worth it for the price. Personally, I wanted more accessories. For example, the Harmonix dolls could have each come with a Sirenix Book, a Sirenix Box that actually opened, and a figurine of the Winx’s Sirenix Guardian — everything a fan needed to recreate moments from the show. But JAKKS’s Harmonix dolls only came with a brush that looked like a Sirenix Box and a code card. It wasn’t enough to justify the price.

  3. Musa and Tecna not included in some lines: Some Winx are more popular than others, but the fans still want dolls of all six of them. Musa and Tecna were often omitted from doll lines. (Rainbow’s company Witty Toys does this as well.) The biggest disappointment was when JAKKS advertised Musa and Tecna Harmonix dolls, but never released them.

This is a short list. I’m sure other Winx Club fans could add to it. Still, we loved seeing Winx dolls in stores again. There are a lot of avid doll collectors in the fandom, and I know they’d be excited to have new dolls to hunt for. So would I.

Judging by your Regal Academy collection so far, I think you would do well as the North American licensee for Winx Club. I hope you and Rainbow will consider the possibility.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
“The Oblivious Prattler”


To The Fandom

First of all, I doubt Auldey (or Rainbow) will read this “letter,” and I’m not gonna send it to them directly. Don’t get your hopes that this will affect anything. Second, I’ve never even held one of the new Regal Academy dolls. If you have, you may have a different opinion about this.

All I know is I want more Winx dolls. Rainbow’s already working with Auldey Toys/The Alpha Group, so why couldn’t they add Winx to the contract? Makes sense to me.

I hope it happens.

 

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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!

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Attention, American Winx fans! The Complete Original Season 2 and the new puzzle adventure game Saving Alfea can now be yours! Find them at stores like Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble, Toys R Us, Kmart, and Amazon. Prices vary, so shop around for the best deal!

Winx Club: The Complete Original Season 2

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The Winx Club is back for Season 2! Follow Bloom and her powerful fairy friends — Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna, and newcomer Layla — as they return from their summer vacation to begin their second year at The Alfea College for Fairies.

The Trix, a trio of witches, prove to be as challenging an enemy as ever having paired up with Lord Darkar who tries to lure Bloom to the dark side.

With the help of The Charmix, a power-up to the Magic Winx transformation that can only be gained through an act of genuine selflessness or forgiveness, the Winx work to free Bloom from Darkar’s control and stop The Trix forever.

Watch as the Winx Club fights villains in all 26 episodes of the COMPLETE ORIGINAL SEASON 2!

  • 4-disc set
  • Bonus feature: 8-Page Fairy Identity Booklet

Winx Club: Saving Alfea (NDS/3DS)

From LittleOrbit.com:

winxclub-packs-stackedIn order to throw the perfect party, the girls must run, jump and fly their way through their home worlds to gather all of the finishing touches for the school’s anniversary. But their return is anything but welcoming. Thanks to her new Siphonix Talisman, Selina has unleashed hordes of creatures from within the Legendarium. It’s up to the Winx to battle Selina’s creatures and discover how to destroy her all-powerful Talisman, all while making sure the school’s celebration isn’t ruined!

  • Play as Bloom, Stella, Flora, Aisha, Tecna and Musa in both their fairy and human forms!
  • Challenge yourself by completing 32 repayable puzzle levels!
  • Get immersed in the story of the Winx and learn how to use teamwork to conquer even the most difficult situations!
  • Jump, Evade, and use puzzle solving skills to adventure in human form!
  • Transform to float and fight against minions of the Legendarium when in fairy form!
  • Unlock new level hubs by collecting party items and defeating creatures of the Legendarium, driving them out of each world!
  • Make your Winx girls more powerful by gathering the hidden Dragon Flame Sparkles!
  • Find the Hidden Collectibles to unlock secret items!

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Thanks to Jazmin B. for this news!

Toys R Us USA has finally added the Bloomix dolls to their website. These photos look pretty drab compared to past ones. I guess JAKKS really doesn’t care about Winx anymore. 🙁

Oh well. At least we can order them now. They’re JAKKS’s last Winx dolls, so get ’em while they’re hot!


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I didn’t say much about it, but Saturday (Aug. 23) was my birthday! I’m 26 years old now. It’s hard to believe…

Like last year, my dad, my brother, and The Muse took me to Atlanta to hunt for Winx dolls. (That’s not all we did, but it was a big part of the day.) The first Toys R Us we hit was in a shopping center called Buckhead Station, which is attached to an apartment complex. The people living in it have plenty of cash to spend. They make more than $100,000 a year! I wish I’d grown up here! 😛

Toys R Us -- Buckhead StationAnyway, this TRU had all six Bloomix dolls! Our cashier — I think he’s a Winx fan 🙂 — said they’d just gotten them the day before! Lucky! 😀 I got Flora, and The Muse bought me Aisha and Stella for my birthday and Musa and Tecna for herself.

Yep, we left Bloom. I never buy her right away. She’ll be there even after JAKKS stops making these dolls! 😛

I wanted my own Musa and Tecna. So after driving through what The Muse dubbed “Snobsville” — a neighborhood full of houses that looked like villas  — we arrived at the Toys R Us near a place called The Cobb Galleria Centre.

Toys R Us/Babies R Us -- Cobb Parkway

My birthday luck must have kicked in because the only three Bloomix dolls they had were the ones I needed: Bloom, Musa, and Tecna! That also means someone bought the others! Awesome! More Winx fans! 😀

We grabbed Musa, Tecna, and a birthday balloon, then headed home.

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Final tally:

  • 1 Stella
  • 1 Aisha
  • 1 Flora
  • 2 Musas
  • 2 Tecnas

The Bloomix collection’s okay. Yeah, they’re not that accurate, but they’re pretty for what they are. They look a lot nicer in person than in photos!

Flora and Stella are two of my favorites. Their outfits look a bit more correct than the others’, and their wings are gorgeous! (Not sure why, but my Stella’s wings are stiff and don’t flap well. I’ll have to email JAKKS about that. But I still like her. 🙂 )

My hunt’s not over yet! I still need Bloom and another Stella, Flora, and Aisha. When my Toys R Us stores have them (and I have the money 😛 ), I’ll look again!