Monday, February 28, 2011

Pico in Color

Spring Fashion.

Does anyone remember the Colorful Series clothing, Ameba Pico's answer to the simplicity and affordability of American Apparel-style clothing essentials?

Each month in Beginner's Park and the World Community Parks, the orange RO80: Type G robot vending machine was stocked with an array of clothing item sets that were available for purchase in 2 colors for a limited time:
  • Tanks
  • V-neck t-shirts
  • U-neck t-shirts
  • Newsboy caps
  • Headbands
  • Simple pants
  • Short pants
  • Simple skirts
  • Camis
  • Sneakers
  • Low-heeled pumps
Items were priced from 500 to 1,800 Gummies each. Picos who had saved up could easily afford them - even very new players could snag a few items if they had completed 30 or so of the easy Star Book challenges. Otherwise, accumulating Gummies through the daily clothing change, props, rings, and sharing/eating food was a simple enough task to accomplish in month's time to afford a few items.

I always felt that the unisex Sneakers and the Headbands for girls were the most practical and good-looking items. The Newsboy caps just never seemed to fit on the head quite the way I like it.

I have to admit, I didn't catch on the the usefulness of Colorful Series (I just ignored the information posts on the official Pico blog) until Peggy snowed off her Sneakers and admonished me to buy some. I missed some great colors because of my ignorance. :-(

The Colorful Series campaign ran from April (pink and sky blue), May (red and blue), June (orange and yellow), July (white and gray) and  August (purple and dark gray) of 2010.

Colorful Series items have not been available since the end of August 2010 - 5 months and 29 days ago from today's date (that's 15,724,800 seconds, or 262,080 minutes, or 4368 hours, or 26 weeks)! For now, Pico players are resigned to receive Colorful Series items randomly through regular Gacha as well as through Mystery Box gifts (typically the "Alice" boxes) which are now available through the Ameba Gift, Chocolate Pico and other blogs that use an exploit in the gift-giving system designed for Facebook users to provide gift links.


Will the Colorful Series ever return? Perhaps in April - just over a month away - to mark a year since the campaign began.

It would be nice to have Colorful Series items available the whole year through.

Ameba, can you: (A) add 12 more colors to the Colorful Series palette or (B) offer 1 color each month with your existing color options so that the options run year-long? I've still got some colors that I need to collect.

More info about past Colorful Series':