|The new map icon|
I think it's actually really cool. It shows off the main city that they live in, Funketoun, in all it's glorious colors, and the main character. And while he is 40 feet tall, this is the style of many other islands, such as Big Nate Island, Great Pumpkin Island, Poptropicon Island, and the like. Cosmoe also looks a lot less goofy here than on the island. The GHD art style clashes with the Poptropica art style too much, and these characters, made of mainly straight lines, are forced to be rounded to fit in the mold of the typical Poptropican. On the map icon, as it is with Big Nate Island, Wimpy Wonderland, and Timmy Failure Island, they don't need to be designed like that to be recognized as Poptropicans. Heck, in the islands I just mentioned, none of the characters have the typical Poptropican body shape. I really am glad they made this change.
But why did Poptropica make this change? Well, if I remember correctly, the original island, as seen from the map, was the Neon Wiener (which may or may not be the most immature, nonsensical name for a ship ever). Oh wait, it was. Here is a screenshot I took of the map for mobile devices.
|The island, formerly seen on the map.|