What It Is
What It Is
Since 2005, millions of kids have embarked on an online adventure at Poptropica.com. This free virtual world for ages 6—12 offers kids entertaining and educational exploration by engaging them in narrative quests and online games. Once kids log on and create their Poptropican online character, they can travel to different Poptropica islands, safely communicate and compete in head-to-head competition with other kids, collect objects, read digital books and comics, and more. Poptropica's content is developed under the creative direction of Jeff Kinney, author of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series.
Jazwares brings all the popular Poptropica characters to life through a new line of toys, which includes figures, stuffed characters, and playsets.
One of the largest items in the toy line is the 30-inch Deluxe Inflatable Blimp. (The blimps are the mode of transport for the Poptropicans.) It features a basket that holds up to two three-inch figures as well as an attachable telescope, rope, and backpack. One exclusive figure is included. It retails for about $29.99.
The line also includes Three-inch Customizable Figures that come with an extra costume, head, and accessories so kids can create their own Poptropican. The packaging transforms into a fold-out diorama of a Poptropica island, such as Super Power, Skullduggery, and Shark Tooth. Each figure retails for about $9.99.
Each Six-inch Figure has more than 10 points of articulation and comes with an accessory. Characters include Astro Knight, Shark Boy, and Dr. Hare. Each figure retails for about $10.99.
The Poptropica Stuffed Characters are seven-inch, soft versions of Shark Boy, Dr. Hare, and Cool Boy. Each retails for about $9.99.
Each toy comes with a Poptropica coin with code to unlock exclusive Poptropica content—quests, never-before-seen costumes, special powers, accessories—at Poptropica.com.
Why It’s Fun
Kids enjoy spending time on Poptropica.com but they aren't always in front of the computer, so this toy line is a great way to expand the fun beyond the computer screen. Fans of Poptropica will like being able to interact with the online characters in a variety of different fun and collectible offline ways. What kids might find most appealing about these toys are the collectible coins that come with each toy because these coins give Poptropica players access to more features online.
Who It’s For
The Poptropica toy line is for ages 6 and up.
What to Be Aware of
The Poptropica line of toys is only available at Toys "R" Us stores.
You will need an air pump to blow up the Inflatable Blimp. It does not come with one.
Poptropica is free for kids to play, however, the online Poptropica Store offers extras that let kids personalize their character. Items can be purchased separately with credits or membership. You can purchase 500 credits for $5 and monthly membership starts at $3.95.