Tuesday, March 19, 2013

100,000 Hits Contest

 Scroll down for updates, including the Back Lot Island info post and the latest PCB news!

First off, I would like to thank each and every one of my readers that have helped me get to 100,000 hits. It took from June 2009 - July 2012 to get 50,000 hits. It then took from July 2012 - February 2013 to double that and get to 100,000 hits. This makes us one of the fastest growing blogs out there! Make sure to keep on checking back for all of the latest news and updates.
There is also the new Director Costume, Username: fuzzycontest45
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Now to the fun part! The biggest contest this blog has ever had! There are 25 Members Only costumes that I am giving away just to thank you guys. This works the same way as all of the other contests. The passwords for the accounts are hidden in different places around the blog, so  you will have to check every little nook and cranny to see if you can find the passwords for the accounts. Since there are 25 suits, there will only be five of them released at a time. When one of the five is found, it will be released with another one so that there are five hidden at all times. Good Luck!

NOTE: The hiding spots will be getting a lot harder!

Current Costumes Hidden:
Vampire Count
Wrestling Gear
Night Hare
Oompa Loompa

Costumes Already Found: 

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This contest it brought to you by The Adventures of Captain Lightning. Make sure to check back this Sunday for the epic Season 1 finale.

The (2nd) First 10 to Save the Mall!

Something for the Non-Members: 
For the first time ever, the creators have announced the first 10 Non-Members to complete the latest island. Not only that, it is the first time that the "Top 10 Finishers" has been presented in this new 1-photo format.

Night Watch Island public launch top 10!

Since the Night Watch Island public launch last Thursday, thousands of you have received gold medallions! Congratulations to these 10 Poptropicans who finished the quickest once Night Watch Island was open to everyone.
Want to be one of the first Poptropicans to play Back Lot Island? Don't wait! Become a Member now for Early Access!
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 Something for the Members:
Also the new Members Only suit for Back Lot Island has been released!

Back Lot Island "Director Costume" now available!

Poptropica Members, a new costume has premiered in the Poptropica Store just for you! Now, you can get your hands on the Director costume, which comes with a beret, pinstriped outfit, and a bullhorn that lets you call the shots. Just visit Poptropica and log in with an active Membership to claim your Director costume.
And keep an eye out for Back Lot Island, coming soon to Poptropica.
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 I will admit, I love yelling action and cut and pretending I'm J.J. Abrams just as much as the next guy but... I do wonder where in the world are the other two items, the Silent Treatment power, and the Clapperboard item? I guess only time will tell. Let's hope that we see the next two items and a release date for Back Lot Island some time soon!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Adventures of Captain Lightning: Episode 12

Episode 12: Into the Fire Part One

May 14th:
The team was on their way to Shrink Ray Island, the home Island of Captain, to go through the portal. They were going to go into the depths of the Fire Planet to stop the Xenon-8 and close the portal for good. The situation was tense. The five men sat quietly in the Professors helicopter. They were about to try something incredibly dangerous. Some of them may not make it back. Once Shrink Ray came into view the men prepared for the jump. They were going to parachute in, with the island being too dangerous to land on. It was completely overrun by the Xenon-8. They were everywhere. It was their base camp on Planet Poptropica. As the drop zone came into place the five jumped out of the chopper. As they floated silently down to the island in the dead of night they were all going over the plan in their heads. Captain and Booth were going to go straight for the leader, while the three knights districted the rest of the Xenon-8 and gave them cover. The plan seemed easy enough, but once I the portal, you can only be in for 24 hours until you can’t go back through. They couldn’t make it on the enemy planet for the amount of time it would take to launch a rescue shuttle from Lunar Colony Island. This was to be for the fate of the world. They landed on the island silently. As they snuck towards the portal they saw the Xenon-8 planting some sort of fruit. There was a sign over it that said
Captain took a photo with his helmet and continued on. These plants were to become the source of one of the greatest pandemics in the history of Poptropica, but that is another story.

Continuing on, the team saw that the apartments were completely destroyed. There was nothing left but rubble. In the center of it was the portal. As the team snuck towards it they noticed an awful smell. It was the smell of sulfur, coming from the portal. It really was the fire planet. They make it to the portal. A blue disk floating in the air. Once you were close enough to it, you could barely make out the outline of a volcano. This was their destination. They one by one went through and arrived on the home of the enemy. They stared their watches, knowing that they only had 24 hours. Once they were on the planet they descended into the volcano. Farther and farther down they went, seeing what appeared to be a castle built in the bowls of the volcano. As they neared to entrance they stopped and talked about the plan.
“Knights, you remain outside and cover me and Booth as we confront the Alien leader and take the portal controller. Once we have it we will get back on this side of the portal and close it up. Clear?”
“Good, now let’s go!”
Captain and Booth ran into the castle while the knights stayed outside, waiting on the reinforcements to come. Navigating the halls, Captain knew where to go; he followed the noise, a noise he hadn’t heard since he gained his powers. They continued to run until they saw a huge door. They quietly opened it and walked in. As soon as they were inside, there was a huge bang.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Back Lot Island Info Post

With the release of Night Watch Island, we now set our sights on Back Lot Island! Yep, it is now official, not just an accidental reveal! We now get our first official look at the new Island!

The description reads:
The greatest filmmaker of all time has come out of hiding, and he needs your help to make his masterpiece. But will you be producing the next big blockbuster, or is there trouble in tinseltown? From the first frame to the final cut, it's lights, camera, action!
As all ways, there will be some trouble as soon as we try to do something fun! I am looking forward to this! I can't wait to do some special effects work! As is now the norm, there will be a Members-Only Bonus Quest once your done with the Island.
The back lot's owners have returned -- and they want you off their property! Can you outrun studio security and get away with a valuable souvenir?
So now we are the criminal? We have to get away from security with a (stolen?) souvenir? This seems fishy to me! There are also the new Members-Only Items that will soon be released!

Members get an additional Back Lot Island gear pack, which includes Film Director costume, Silent Treatment power, and Clapperboard item. 
 Not the most original items, but they still look pretty cool. There is also the new wallpaper and poster.

I see an actress winning an award, Groucho Marx, a fancy looking actress, Elvis Presley, King Kong, and Frodo the Hobo.

 And I shall leave you with the trailer for the new Island!

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Croods... Experience!

There is a new “experience” advertisement located on Shark Tooth Island. This thing is so big that it is worthy of a post on the Creator’s Blog!

The Croods are on Poptropica!

An adventure of pre-historic proportions is landing on Poptropica!
If you visit Shark Tooth Island, you will have the opportunity to enter the world of The Croods, in theaters March 22. In this experience, you can explore some spectacular new locations…
…meet new friends…
…and try out new costumes and powers!
The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. In search of a new home, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures — and their outlook is changed forever.
In Theaters MARCH 22. Visit Movie Site
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When you first click on the building to enter, you have a choice of three common rooms to enter… the Jungle Room, the Tree Top Room, and Sun-Lit Room! Before entering you get a short description of some of the characters.
Once in the first room, the Jungle Room, you can head to the right to get Belt’s Da Da Daa power and Eep’s Music Shell. Belt’s power shows a cut screen with Belt saying “Da Da Daa!” Eep’s item is a hand held item. When you press the space bar, you bring it up to your mouth and blow through it. You can also head to the top to watch the punch monkeys do their thing (as seen in the 3rd photo in the creators blog post), or check out the costume!

The second room, the Tree Top Room, has a beautiful view of the stars. You can head to the right to get the Sandy’s Speed Crawl power and the Gran’s Amazing Cane Item. The Sandy’s Speed Crawl power makes you run across the screen on all fours. Gran’s Cane is a hand held item. When you press the space bar, it spins around. You can also head to the top to see some shooting stars, or head to the top left where it says “click here for costumes.”

This then sends you to the last room, the Sun-Lit Room. In here you can go to the left where you can get the Douglas’ Stick Trick Power, which gives you a hand held stick that is thrown when you press the space bar and returned to you by Douglas. The Grug’s Super Punch Power lets you super punch the ground when you press the space bar. Also go to the top and watch the Macawnivore attack, or head to the left and get the two costumes!

So which of the Powers/Prizes/Rooms/Costumes is your favorite?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Name That Suit Three

Scroll down for updates including the new Back Lot Island, and possibly Shrinking Island!

This is a contest to come up with the best name for a suit. Who ever comments with the best name for the suit shown in this post with in the next week wins the contest and gets their name on the contest page!

Also, if you like contests, get ready, because our biggest contest ever is coming this Saturday! Come back then to see what it is and how you can win!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Announcing... Back Lot Island!

It appears that the name of the newest Island has been accidentally shown to us. There was a recent post on the Creators Blog that went like this...

Sneaky. Very Sneaky.

In Sneak Peeks, we post concept art and other work in development for unannounced Islands. If you’d been checking Sneak Peeks through January and February and seen images like the one posted above, you probably would have surmised that we were working on a movie-themed Island… long before we announced Back Lot Island!
Sneak Peeks is updated five days a week. All you need to do to check it out is to visit Poptropica and click on the “Daily Pop” icon to see the latest.
We’re usually working on more than one Island at a time. Can you guess what we might be working on next?

Very, very sneaky Creators. After being posted on the PCB it was taken down, most likely because it said "you probably would have surmised that we were working on a movie-themed Island… long before we announced Back Lot Island!"

But they haven't announced Back Lot Island yet! I guess they have now! Even when you go to www.backlotisland.com it redirects to Poptropica.com! I belive that we have our new Island name!

Thanks to Brave Tomato for finding this scoop!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Adventures of Captain Lightning: Episode 11

Episode 11: The Knight Before the Dawn

May 13th:
Captain and Booth were on the way to Astro-Knights Island. Captain had just learned that he had to go into the portal to the Fire Planet to shut down the portal for good. There was no other way to close it and save the day. He couldn’t do it by himself; he knew that, so a team was being formed to help him. At this point there was only Captain, and now Booth von Rose, an alien hunter. Now they are on their way to Astro-Knights Island to get three other men to join their group, three men that had already been into space. One of them had already been on the fire planet. Sir Cador, Sir Pelleas, and Sir Gawain. The three knights. These are the only three men on the planet with experience in space battle. They had arrived. Astro-Knights looked a lot better then the photos he had seen. They were all of the island smoking, in the wake of an alien attack, but at this point everything was rebuilt and in amazing shape! As they walked to the castle, they were getting strange stairs. They were very different from everyone else on this island. Once they finally got to the castle they walked in and went to the throne room. Here, they found the three knights and approached them.
“Sirs, we greatly need your help.”
Captain went on to explain all about the situation that they were in, and who they were. Once the urgency of the matter had been explained the knights walked off to talk. When they returned, they had an answer.
“We shall accompany you on this quest of yours to save the royal highness of Arthurus from impending invasion.”
“Thank you.”
They now headed back to the lab to begin this final charge against the Xenon-8. When captain walked in he saw a new suit, somewhat like his, hanging up. This one seemed more technologically advanced, with metal armor and a helmet with a visual display.
“It’s and upgraded suit. If you’re going to go to the Fire Planet and face the Xenon-8 leader then you’re going to need something to protect yourself and give you a visual display of what is happening.” The Professor was busy working on the suit.
“Great, now where do we go?”
“To the portal. You must go through it.”
“Where is the portal?”
“In your old apartment building.”

Sunday, March 3, 2013

New Island - A journey inside the body

I was checking through the Daily Pop when I found three new previews that caught my attention. It appears that three is a new island coming up, one that will take us inside the body!

So what? Well in the first image we see that the mini-ship is called Panacea. The definition of Panacea is a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all.
Thanks dictionary.reference.com for that. So is this this ship the cure for the Virus and Bacteria (?) we see in the other  2 previews? So are you ready to take a journey inside the body of a (possibly) sick Poptropican? 
What could this be called? Shrink Ray Island ?  Only time will tell what this is all about!

The Adventures of Captain Lightning: Episode 10

Episode 10: Booth of Opportunity

May 11th:
Once Captain made it back to the lab to get his suit repaired, there was awful news waiting on him.
“There is some bad news coming your way.”
“What now?”
“There is a complication about the portal, you need to close it now.”
“But I don’t have all of the Xenon-8!”
“Yes, but if you don’t close it now, it will never be closed.”
“So, take me there so we can close it.”
“Well, to close it…”
“What do I have to do?” Captain was getting angry.
“You will have to go into the portal, and on to the fire planet. You will have to find the Xenon-8 Leader and take the portal controls from him. Once you are in you have 24 hours to get in, get the controls, and get back out to close it before your electrons become trapped. That’s why we can’t send the Xenon-8 back through the portal.”
“So I have to go into the belly of the beast, onto the Fire Planet to shut off the portal. And that I have to get there and back, finding, and taking a portal controller from their leader, in a day?”
“No, I didn’t sign up for this.”
“You have to; you are the only one that can save us. Their plan is that they will come, and take all of us to their planet, making us mine radioactive rocks to power their world. If you have a team you can do this quite well! I have already gotten a team ready to help you. You can do this!”
“And how do you know this?”
“You don’t know everything, and there is a reason for that!”
This is when the door to the lab busted open and Xenon-8 busted in. There were so many of them. At least a hundred had found them. Captain grabbed spare wings from the wall and strapped them on, preparing to blast off a new man jumped into the lab after the aliens. He was very prepared, he had weapons that seemed specifically made for these things, slicing through them with ease. He seemed to mow them down as fast as they could get to him. This man with a handle bar mustache and a scar on his face obviously knew what he was doing. He had done this before. This man must be part of the team being formed. No matter how much they fought back, they were about to be over run. As they ran out the back he closer examined the man.
“Who are you?”
“I’m Booth von Rose.”
“So your part of the team that is going to help me?”
“That’s what I was told.”
“Good. I can use you.”
Once they had bugged out and made it to a safe zone they stopped and talked.
“So who else is going to join me?” Captain was now talking to the Professor.
“I have three more men, that have already had experience in space.”
“Oh great, I think I know who you are taking about.”

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Promo: Code 33

Well it’s that time of a new Island’s release where we are reminded that there are now *insert current number of Islands here* Island Medallions that we can earn!

33 medallions and counting!

The battle for bragging rights becomes ever more heated. With 33 Islands to explore and complete on Poptropica, earning every Island medallion is no easy task. But if you can do it, then you can show off your 33 shiny gold medallions to all your friends! They will seethe with envy.
So how about it? Are you up to the task? Head to Poptropica to earn the medallions you’re missing!
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So how many medallions have you won so far? Are you up for the challenge to get all 33?
Any way, enough about that, on to the bigger news! Remember when the creators released the Dr. Hare Lego wallpaper celebrating getting 1,000 supporters for Dr. Hare’s Lair on Lego CUUSOO? Well they reached their next goal of 2,500 supporters and there is a new prize! The Big Carrot Costume!

LEGO CUUSOO update — the carrot’s on us

In the quest for 10,000 supporters for our LEGO CUUSOO project, Dr. Hare’s Lair, we’ve reached an important milestone: 2,500 supporters!
As thanks, we’re giving away a brand-new costume to anyone who wants one. Simply log in with your existing Poptropica account and enter the promo code DRHARE2500 to claim your free Big Carrot outfit.
If you’re one of the more than 2,500 people who have cast your support for Dr. Hare’s Lair on LEGO CUUSOO, wear this outfit with pride. If not, wear it with deepest shame. And then visit our project page to find out how you can help us reach the finish line!
(Wondering how to redeem a code? Find out here.)
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Pretty sweet right? All you have to do is redeem the code DRHARE2500 to receive this awesome costume! We will have to wait till 5,000 supporters to wee what we get next.
What are you hoping the next free giveaway is?

Also, here is the second preview for our upcoming contest, COMING SOON!