Saturday, December 31, 2011

Webkinz Badger PSI and PSF Revealed!

This cute critter comes with a Badger Hill PSI (wonder what it does?) and a Hot Honey Hoagie PSF. Look for the Webkinz Badger in stores February 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

A Picnic with Cowabelle Challenge Information

 This challenge only has 2 sets of tasks, instead of the usual 3.
Challenge 1: A Picnic With Cowabelle
 Help Cowabelle prepare for a picnic!
  • Achieve a score of 1,500 points or higher playing Hungry Hog at the Arcade
  • Make a snack using the stove, sandwich maker, or blender
  • Feed your pet 3 Jumbleberries from Jumbleberry Fields
Prize: Cheese & Tomato Sandwich (recipe); Goo-Goo Berry Juice Box (Recess lunch)
Challenge 2: It's Picnic Time!
Enjoy some fresh Watermelon.
  • Earn a total of 50 KinzCash playing Picnic at the Arcade
  • Feed your pet 5 Farm Fresh Watermelons
  • Earn a total of 1,200 points playing Ant Mania at the Arcade
Prize: Picnic Time Basket  [otherwise obtained from entering the feature code for a Picnic Time Charcoal Cat Series 2 Figurine]

Tuxedo Cat PSI and PSF Revealed!/Winterfest 2012 Sneak Peek

The Tuxedo Cat will be released to stores in February 2012! It comes with a Trendy Tuxedo Armoire PSI and Triple Top Hat Cake PSF.

Winterfest is an annual event that works just like Fall Fest, only with flying snowflakes, winter-themed prizes, and a schedule in Winter. Winterfest will begin on January 7, 2012.
Webkinz Newz has provided us with a sneak-peek of one of the new prizes!
This new prize is a pair of Winterfest Pajama Pants! How useful, as Webkinz World has a short supply of good pajamas.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Daisy Pig PSI and PSF Revealed!

The Daisy Pig will be arriving in stores in February! It comes with a Daisy Flower Bed PSI, and a Through Toffee to snack on.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Keep Kinzville Clean Challenge

Challenge 1: Keep Kinzville Clean!
Somebody has been littering in the Kinzville Park!
  • Pick up 3 pieces of trash at the Kinzville Park
  • Plant any 5 packs of Growing Gardens seeds in your pet's yard
  • Earn a total of 30 KinzCash playing Flutterbugged at the Arcade
Prize: Zodiac Earth Costume Shoes [previously from a Click-To-Win at Webkinz Newz]
Challenge 2: Clean up the Park!
Clear the air by planting trees
  •  Pick up 5 pieces of trash at the Kinzville Park
  • Achieve a score of 600 points or higher playing Color Storm at the Arcade
  • Plant a Cherry Blossom Tree in your pet's yard (if you already own one, just put it in your dock and put it back in the yard; it still counts)
Prize: Zodiac Earth Costume Hat

Ganz Posts Plush Image of February 2012 Pet: Dreamy Sheep

As you may remember, we already know the PSI and PSF for this fluffy friend, as Ganz released that information earlier in the month.
The Dreamy Sheep comes with a Midnight Snack and a Daydreamer's Window.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ganz Posts Plush Images of 2 More February 2012 Pets: Webkinz Tuxedo Cat/Webkinz Badger

Here's the Badger, and a very cute one indeed!

And here is the Tuxedo Cat, not to be confused with the Small Signature Tuxedo Cat released in January 2011.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ganz Releases Plush Image of February 2012 Pet: Daisy Pig

Ganz has just posted this image of a new Webkinz pet called the Daisy Pig, for release in February 2012.
I love the pattern, its curly tail, and its sleepy looking eyes! It looks quite peaceful and easygoing.

Friday, December 16, 2011

UPDATED Shopping Spree Challenge Information

Challenge 1: Shopping Spree
Make your way to the mall!
  • Earn a total of 30 KinzCash playing Webkinz Rally in the Arcade
  • Play SPREE! and roll the dice 3 times
  • Spin the Wheel of WOW 3 times
Prize: 100 KinzCash

Challenge 2: Keep Shopping
Spend some KinzCash!
  • Spend 300 KinzCash in the W-Shop or KinzStyle Outlet
  • Land on any Shopping Bag space during a game of SPREE!
  • Buy a souvenir from Sheldon's Souvenir Shack during your next Tropical Island Vacation
Prize: Spree Standee [otherwise found at the SPREE! mall]

Challenge 3: Shop 'Til You Drop 
Keep shopping!
  •   Spend 400 KinzCash in the W-Shop for KinzStyle Outlet
  • Draw a card from the deck during a game of SPREE!
  • Buy an item from Arte at the Curio Shop
Prize: Shopaholic Wallpaper; Shopaholic Flooring (eStore items) 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Countdown to Christmas Event Information

Today marks the start of the annual search for Ms. Birdy at the Clubhouse! This event will keep going from today, December 14, to December 26. Below, you will find some more information on this fun event...

  • Ms. Birdy stays in the Santakinz Room all day, not moving to other rooms as she has in the past. This should make this event a breeze for those without much Webkinz World playing time, or those with lots of accounts. 
  • There is a different prize each day. If you miss a day, you will not get the prize for the day you missed. 
  • Holders of Deluxe accounts are supposed to be able to have full account benefits as long as their Deluxe account is active. However, Deluxe account holders who have not adopted a pet in 12 months are having this feature ignored by Ms. Birdy, who is telling them that they cannot participate in this event. It is hoped by many that this is merely a glitch, and, according to many customer service representatives, programmers are looking into this issue and should have it corrected promptly. 
  • For visiting Ms. Birdy on all 12 days, and getting all 12 prizes, you are rewarded with a special badge for your My Page. 
Have fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Keep Kinzville Clean Challenge

Challenge 1: Keep Kinzville Clean!
Somebody has been littering in the Kinzville Park!
  • Pick up 3 pieces of trash at the Kinzville Park
  • Plant any 5 packs of Growing Gardens seeds in your pet's yard
  • Earn a total of 30 KinzCash playing Flutterbugged at the Arcade
Prize: Zodiac Earth Costume Shoes [previously from a Click-To-Win at Webkinz Newz]

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tidy Up Challenge Information

Challenge 1: Time to Tidy Up!
Help your pet clean up their room.

  • Buy any storage container from the W-Shop
  • Place any item in your Dock into a storage container
  • Earn a total of 50 KinzCash playing Crafty Canaries in the Arcade
Prize: 100 KinzCash 

Challenge 2: Keep Cleaning!
Time to decorate your pet's room.
  • Add any wallpaper or flooring to your pet's room.
  • Purchase any 3 decorations for your pet's room.
  • Purchase any one of Arte's favorite items from the Curio Shop.*
Prize: Cleaning supplies [Challenge exclusive]
*you can tell if an item is Arte's favorite by an icon of Arte that appears with the item's description. 

Challenge 3: All this cleaning is driving me bananas!
You're almost done!
  • Earn a total of 30 KinzCash playing Bananza at the Arcade
  • Feed your pet 10 bananas from the W-Shop
  • Achieve a score of 1,000 points or higher playing Tropical Troubles at the Arcade
Prize: Monkey and Monkey Banana Tree [Trading Card Item]

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ms. Birdy is Coming to the Clubhouse on the 14th

This is an event that has happened every December since 2008.

During this event, Ms. Birdy will visit the Clubhouse. Click on her and she will give you a gift exclusive to this event. You can only get one per day. 
In previous years, she has been all over the place, but for this year, she will be in the Santakinz Room only.

Ms. Birdy will give 1 gift per account per day. She appears every day, from December 14 to December 26. 
The only thing you get for collecting all 12 gifts is a badge for your My Page.

On a side note, a feature was added to your KinzChat phone that allows you to see what color zone your friends are in. Handy dandy!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Two New Treasure Hunts.

Name: Christmas Treasure Hunt
Starts December 1, ends December 31
Prize: Reindeer Runner Virtual Figure

Name: Challenge Treasure Hunt
Starts December 8, 2011, ends January 8, 2012
Prize: Big Catch Bulldog Virtual Figure

Click here to be taken to the Treasure Hunt page.

Snow Day Challenge Information

Challenge 1: Snow Day!
You have until January 4th to complete this challenge.

  • Earn a total of 30 KinzCash playing Polar Bear Plunge at the Arcade [it doesn't have to be all in one go]
  • Buy a Stripy Toque for your pet from the KinzStyle Outlet
  • Stay warm! Ask your friends for 10 cups of Candy Cane Cocoa.
Prize: Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Snow Bear Sugar Cookie [previously Winter Fest prizes] 

Challenge 2: Time to go Christmas Caroling!
You have until January 4th to complete this challenge.

  • Buy any 3 items from the Christmas Carol theme at the W-Shop
  • Ask your friends for 10 sheets of Christmas Carol Music
  • Feed your pet 10 cups of Hot Chocolate from the W-Shop
 Prize: Music Stand [Challenge exclusive prize] 

Challenge 3: Get Ready for the New Year!
You have until January 4th to complete this challenge.

  • Let's celebrate! Ask your friends for 10 sparklers.
  • Spin the Wheel of Wow 2 times.
  • Party time! Purchase any Party Pack from the W-Shop.
 Prize: Webkinz Top Hat [Challenge exclusive], Party Mat [Party Pack party favor].
Below you will find a tutorial on how to send people things using the Message Center.
  1. Go to your Webkinz World house. There should be a blue icon with a wreath on the left hand side of the screen, click on that.
  2. Asking a friend for some Candy Cane Cocoa is the last task on the list. There are three buttons there: Ask Friends, Buy One, and Hint.
  3. Click on Ask Friends, and a list of your Webkinz World friends will appear.
  4. Select up to 20 friends to ask for Cocoa. 
  5. Click Send. 
  6. Seconds later, a message will appear on the Message Centers of the friends you sent requests to. 
  7. When they choose to send you a Cocoa, you will receive a message about it. 
  8. The Candy Cane Cocoa is not a physical Webkinz World item, and will not appear in your dock. It is useful only for this challenge.
  9. Once you ask a friend for Cocoa, you must wait for a day before asking them again.
  10. It does not cost anyone anything whatsoever to send and/or receive Cocoa.
Alternative route
  1. Follow step 1 above.
  2. Instead of Ask Friends, select Buy One. 
  3. You will be given the option to buy 1 Candy Cane Cocoa for 500 eStore Points [50 cents] apiece.
  4. Buy the Cocoa. 
  5. With 5,000 eStore points, you can buy all the Cocoa you need.

Overtime Challenge Information

Challenge 1: Tabby Von Meow Needs Your Help!
There are not enough pets to keep up with all the work at the Employment Office!

  • Successfully complete the Hamburger Cook job at the Employment Office
  • Feed your pet 10 Burgers
  • Make your pet a snack using the Stove, Blender, or Sandwich Maker [they don't have to eat it]
Prize: Chef's Hat [Curio Shop clothing item] 

Challenge 2: Overtime!
Take on an extra shift at the Webkinz Diner

  •    Buy any item from the Diner theme at the W-Shop
  • Make a Strawberry Smoothie* for your pet using a blender
  • Earn a total of 50 KinzCash playing Smoothie Moves at the Arcade
*Strawberries, Milk, Honey
Prize: Chef's Shirt [Curio Shop clothing item] 

Challenge 3: Tip Please!
Time for your shift at the Pizza Palace.

  • Successfully complete any 3 jobs at the Employment Office
  • Feed your pet 10 slices of pizza
  • Earn a total of 30 KinzCash playing Pizza Palace at the Arcade
Prize: Diner Waitress Dress [something Tabby can send you if you befriend her]   

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday Updates 7/12/11

There is a new feature in Webkinz World: The Message Center.

Your dock will now look somewhat like this. You still have your money; I just edited mine out.
 As part of today's updates, Ganz has moved the KinzPost Mailbox and KinzChat phone to beside the Actions window, and added a new feature, the Message Center.

The Message Center is required for the most recent Challenge, the Snow Day Challenge, which will stick around until January 4, 2012.
One of the requirements for this challenge is to ask your friends for 10 cups of Candy Cane Cocoa. (or buy them at 500 eStore points apiece.) And no, you cannot ask Webkinz World hosts to help you. It does not cost anyone anything to send/receive the Cocoa. With the Message Center, you will be alerted when a friend asks you for some Candy Cane Cocoa. The Message Center will also tell you when you have a new friend request. 

Along with the Message Center is the Friend Finder. The Friend Finder will show you a list of Webkinz World players. The information displayed is their avatar, which is their current pet, a link to their My Page, the first 3 characters of their username, the first three characters of their pet's name, and the most recent day they've logged in, along with a button that, when clicked, sends a friend request to that person. You may only send 8 Friend Requests per day through the Friend Finder.

Below this list is a button that will add you to the Friend Finder list. You can add yourself, or just continue on. There are no little KinzCash bonuses or the like that will be awarded just for being on/using the Friend Finder list.

The Friend Finder is intended for use for Webkinz World players who don't have many active friends, or any friends at all, in their lists, and would like some help with Challenges, however anybody can use it.

I think the Message Center/Friend Finder are very useful. The Message Center isn't distracting, plus it makes KinzPost messages more visible, and the layout is quite nice. The Friend Finder is a very handy feature for those who need help with Challenges, yet don't want to go to the Clubhouse, or can't use KinzChat+, plus it gives no more information about you than what would be given anywhere else in Webkinz World.  I approve of these new features!

 The Map of Kinzville is decked out for the holidays.
And in a very pretty fashion, too.
There's a Super School Day today, too.

Christmas items have been added to the KinzStyle Outlet.

These items are:

Santakinz Helper Hat 125 KC
Santakinz Helper Pants 210 KC
Santakinz Helper Shirt 250 KC
Santakinz Helper Shoes 150 KC

Santakinz Helperette Hat 125 KC
Santakinz Helperette Skirt 210 KC
Santakinz Helperette Shirt 250 KC
Santakinz Helperette Shoes 150 KC

Be sure to pick up these items before Christmas!

And now for some sneak-peeks of more Webkinz pets!
 This is the Dreamy Sheep, which comes with a Daydreamer's Window and a Midnight Snack. Are those coffee beans? Apparently this pet is supposed to come to stores in Spring. I'd love to see the plush, I bet it's the fuzziest thing ever, but the PSI is rather...plain. I bet it shows a vibrantly colored scene when clicked on, though. 

Now THAT is unique. This is the Sleepy Woodland Dragon, a virtual-only pet coming soon. Its PSI is a Cedar Toy Trunk, and its PSF is Crunchy Bark Bites. It's gonna look awesome in-game, just you wait. 

And this is another virtual-only pet all cow lovers should enjoy, the Polka Dot Cow. It comes with Crunchy Ship Cookies (that's the worst pun on chocolate chip I've ever heard) and a Polka Dot Piano, which is quite a pretty piece! I like, I like.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Eluvant and Clover Cat PSI and PSF Revealed!

This pet comes with a True Luv Wishing Well and Luv Potion Pop.
It's cute, but the shy little smile combined with its football shaped head make it too looks somewhat like a baby. The heart shaped ears are kind of awkwardly attached, but the heart patterns aren't too bad. 8/10

The PSF, Luv Potion Pop, isn't too unique. I like how they made the straw shaped like a heart, and the purple flower is a very nice touch. 8/10

The PSI, a True Luv Wishing Well, is very nicely made! I particularly like the shingles, gradually progressing from fuchsia to a light pink, and the hearts on the roof are very cute! 9/10

Overall opinion: The plush is adorable but the sprite is a little too much. The PSF isn't anything too special, but it isn't bland either. The PSI is a very well made piece that will fit in wonderfully with any brightly colored spring garden. 9/10

This pet comes with a Playful Pot of Gold and Four Leaf Catnip.
And as always, the St. Patrick's Day Webkinz is a sweet critter that just about everyone can love. This kitty has a smooth coat dotted with a reasonable amount of clover, with the exception of its fluffy tail accented with green tinsel. The fur changing from one length to another in a fashion as sudden as this is something that has never been seen in a Webkinz cat before! The green inside the ears is the perfect touch, and the overall color scheme is very appealing. 10/10!

The PSF, Four Leaf Catnip, is pretty neat, there's not much to say about it...8/10

The PSI, Playful Pot of Gold, fits the pet perfectly! But what does it do? Ah, these new pets come with the most intriguing of PSIs! 9/10

Overall opinion: The plush is gorgeous, and the sprite matches to a T! The PSI and PSF are among the best of the month--this pet is sure to be very popular come January! 10/10~

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Blossom Sea Turtle and Signature Siberian Husky PSI and PSF Revealed!

This pet comes with a Sea Floral Cave and a Sea Sponge Cake.
The sprite is cute, I would love to see what the shell looks like! Kind of strange how it doesn't have a turtle's beak, though...The colors match well. 8/10

The PSF, Sea Sponge Cake, is very nicely arranged! Were I able to eat it, I probably would. The corals are a very nice touch. 9/10

The PSI, a Sea Floral Cave, is a most intriguing piece indeed. Is it a bed? A decoration? Storage? One of those hide-and-seek kinds of things? Only time will tell. I love the flowers they put in front of it, and the colors would allow it to blend into any sea room. 9/10

Overall opinion: I still like the plush, but the sprite is a little odd, what with it looking like its face is just pasted onto its head, and I would still like a preview of what its shell looks like virtually. The PSI and PSF I am very fond of. So, 9/10

This pet comes with an Alaskan Baked Salmon and a Northern Research Igloo.
The sprite for this pet is amazing! I particularly like the way it's looking very slightly upwards, and the expression is by far the best on any Signature I've seen thus far. This pet is certain to be a hit come January! 10/10!

Its PSF, Alaskan Baked Salmon, appears to be a rather meager meal for such an active dog. Also, why is it partially frozen even though it's baked? That has to be a shockingly cold plate they're serving it on. The lettuce and lemon garnishes are a good addition. 9/10

Its PSI, a Northern Research Igloo, is also a mystery. I imagine when clicked, your pet climbs into the pod under the flag, the satellite dish spins around, and...something else happens. Also, find a way to throw snowballs from it and you have yourself the best snowball fort ever. 9/10

Overall opinion: That face just amazes me, the PSF is still a little puzzling, and the PSI isn't stunning, but it's not boring either. So I would give this pet...a 9 and a half out of 10 stars.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cotton Candy Puppy/Airedale Terrier PSI and PSF Revealed!

Another simple yet unique pet. I approve! The colors do fit well with this pup's name, the ears are raised in an attentive manner most charming, and yet it looks just about ready to rest its fluffy little noggin on those pleasantly pink paws and take a quick nap. The purple spot around its left eye is a good touch, and the blue and pink stripes on its nose really tie the whole ensemble together. 9/10

However, the PSI of this pup, the Ice Cream Cupcakes, somehow don't appeal to me as much. Perhaps it is the colors of the bowls...cupcake wrappers?...they're placed in, or the colors of the cupcake in front. Maybe it's because this is yet another January pet with a sweet treat to eat. It fits, though, as this is a Cotton Candy Puppy, though! 8/10

The PSI of this pet, a Cotton Candy Closet, is decorated with the classic cotton candy colors of blue and pink, with a yellow trim on the side to accent the piece. However, the curtains appear to be made of fiberglass, with an unpleasant pattern. Inside of the closet we can see the oddly textured cotton candy interior, surrounding three garments of clothing, two hatboxes, a pair of shoes, and some yellow wigs(?) and a crystal flower wand(?)
This PSI will most likely be used as a storage item, and I note the cleverly added wheels for easy relocation. 7 1/2 /10

Overall opinion: The plush is still adorable, and its sprite still matches that. The PSF is good but the PSI isn't quite what I expected. 9/10

The Airedale Terrier possesses a striking mustache and bushy eyebrows, along with a pleasantly cinnamon coat. Not much else can be said about this pup, but it looks laid-back and happy with its life. 8/10

For a snack, it comes with Elegant English Muffins. The textures of the jam are excellent, and I am very pleased with the overall appearance. 9/10

Its PSI is the Deluxe Grooming Chair, a kooky contraption which is hopefully animated! It matches the Terrier perfectly, yet will work well for any other pet--the Schnauzer comes to mind! I love the way the chair is designed. 10/10!
Overall opinion: This pet is a plain and simple dog, with a healthy PSF and a fantastic PSI. 9/10!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Darling Dino and Holland Lop Bunny PSI and PSF Revealed!

The plush looked a little cute, but the sprite reminds me of a four-legged caterpillar of some sort, and the appearance that this pet is auditioning to be in one of the pageants in Toddlers and Tiaras do it no favors. And why are its front legs coming directly from its spine as if they were wings? 6/10
The Sparkling Sundae PSF looks as if it is made of foam, otherwise it appears to be fairly appealing. 9/10
I see no water in this "pond", but the foliage surrounding it makes for a pleasing display. 9/10

Overall opinion: 7/10 stars.

Everything about this pet is perfect! The simple design complements the well-blended colors, and the contented expression on this dear Bunny's face is actually soothing. There are so many names that would fit swimmingly with this pet--Butterscotch, Caramel, Maggie, and Patsy all come instantly to mind. 10/10!
The PSF of a Carrot Cream Cone has a very appealing appearance in both color and design. It's made perfectly for the sweet pet it was created for. 9/10
The PSI of a Homemade Carrot Juicer was made well. The carrots inside the juicer look a little off, but I would still love to see this invention in action. I wonder if it will give you some Homemade Carrot Juice to snack on? How cool if this is so! 10/10!

Overall opinion: 9/10

Oh, and BTW here's the Bubblegumasaurus PSI and PSF, which was probably never announced in November because:

A fortunate piece of news for those who didn't want to go through an online transaction for the Bubblegumasaurus, but nonetheless I am a little disappointed that the plush Bubblegumasaurus matches its eStore ascendant to the letter. Now why this is so is beyond me...