The Marvel of Club PenguinWhit Honea
If your family plays Club Penguin then you are most likely aware of the changes that will rock Penguin Island on April 25. I’m talking about the Marvel Super Hero Takeover (4/25-5/7) in which club members* are able to dress their penguins as 25 different Marvel characters, or mix and match costumes from heroes, villains, and their own ice-cold closet. For instance, Disco Robot Hulk was very popular last time Marvel took over the island, and this time around penguins will be hard-pressed to top it. The possibilities are endless.
Needless to say, my boys are beside themselves with anticipation. Seriously, the Marvel Super Hero Takeover is all they talk about. Also, dessert.
It used to be, back in the day, that kids had their clubs and their penguins, what with the puffles and the igloos and the tipping of the iceberg, and then they had, in a totally separate space, their superheroes with the capes and the powers and the saving of the days. Clear lines were drawn between playthings, and the collective imagination of childhood respected those boundaries accordingly.
After all, a free-range imagination might find itself in all kinds of trouble. Creativity, as we were led to believe, was a dangerous thing in the wrong hands (flippers?), and therefore it was strictly frowned upon.
Then, in what has since been referred to as a moment of sheer clarity and brilliance, Club Penguin, much to the chagrin of the status quo, decided to let the kids play outside the box and invited its members to make their two worlds collide. It was like chocolate and peanut butter all over again, but with more capes.
As you might imagine, my boys are fans of worlds colliding, and the idea of dressing their penguins in spandex and denim is enough to make April 25 downright holidayesque. I’m thinking about putting up a penguin tree to mark the occasion.
“Being a superhero penguin is awesome,” said my oldest. “That means you can be a penguin that actually flies.”
“I want to work at Club Penguin when I grow up,” said my youngest. “That can be my secret identity.”
And then they went back to counting down the hours.
*Club Penguin does not require a paid membership to play the game in a limited capacity; however, it is required to access a lot of the fun—including the Marvel Super Hero Takeover.
Photos courtesy of Disney Club Penguin; Drawing created for ME! on my recent visit to Club Penguin headquarters in Kelowna, Canada for the Club Penguin Media Summit. All opinions are mine (but mostly my kids’).
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