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12:15 PM on 04.10.2013

It's happening: Skylanders toys in McDonald's Happy Meals

This month, the inevitable will happen for the billion-dollar Skylanders franchise: it'll pair up with McDonald's for placement in Happy Meals. Nine toys based on Skylanders Giants will be offered from April 12 to M...

Jordan Devore

9:50 AM on 02.12.2013

Disney Infinity shows off new Monsters University screens

Disney has sent us a new batch of screens from the Monsters University portion of Disney Infinity, which are based on the upcoming Pixar sequel to Monsters Inc. These new shots show off quite a bit of the game's two modes -- ...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Skylanders franchise nets $1 billion in worldwide sales

Activision's Skylanders franchise just topped $1 billion in worldwide retail sales, the company announced, inclusive of its toys and accessories, and hit that milestone in only 15 months.  Last week, we reported over 100...

Keith Swiader

9:30 AM on 02.08.2013

Activision's Kotick 'disappointed' by Wii U launch

Bobby Kotick, Activision's double-Satanic CEO, has been summoned from the Blood Waters to provide his nefarious opinion on the Wii, though he ended up instead discussing the Wii U, and its performance since launch. The o...

Jim Sterling

1:30 PM on 02.06.2013

Over 100 million Skylanders toys have been sold so far

Activision's Skylanders franchise surpassed $500 million in total revenue, with over 100 million toys sold throughout the U.S., the company announced at their Toy Fair 2013 press conference.  The franchise reached this m...

Keith Swiader

5:15 PM on 02.05.2013

Here's what Skylanders: Swap Force looks like in action

The next Skylanders game was revealed early in the morning today and it's going to let you swap different toy parts to make new heroes. Yes, you get to break the toys in half, but on purpose! Skylanders: Swap Force has a pre...

Hamza CTZ Aziz







Next Skylanders lets you swap parts to form new toys photo
Next Skylanders lets you swap parts to form new toys
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The next Skylanders is the last thing fans were probably expecting as there's three major changes going on with Swap Force, the new entry in the series. For starters, it's not developer Toys for Bob making this one. Vicarious Visions, the team responsible for the 3DS version of Skylanders Adventure, and the Wii U version of Skylanders Giants, is in charge of making the core versions this time around (With N-Space doing the 3DS version and Beenox handling the Wii version).

I'm not even going to give you a second to doubt another studio handling things here -- Vicarious is really bringing it. The studio is using a new graphics engine that can very easily be mistaken for a Pixar movie. Seriously, it's that good looking.

The biggest changes, though, are with the new toys. Swap Force is adding 32 new Skylanders heroes, 16 of which you can pull in half and fuse different top and bottom parts together to create new Skylanders. Take that in for a second. That's a total of 256 unique combos.

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5:00 AM on 02.02.2013

Skylanders event being held in New York next week

If you find yourself in New York City on February 5, you can join in on a community event for Skylanders Giants, held at the Times Square Toys"R"Us. Basically, you'll have a chance to get a free Ninjini figure before launch, ...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 01.23.2013

Two new Skylanders Giants enter the fray

It feels like we've been waiting forever for new Skylanders Giants characters. The titular "Giants," who are rather large and expensive toys, are getting a staggered release schedule to increase demand. Here, near the end of ...

Chris Carter



Review: Skylanders: Battlegrounds photo
Review: Skylanders: Battlegrounds
by Chris Carter

Toys For Bob sought to make a quality product that both kids and adults could enjoy in tandem. They greatly succeed with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders Giants.

But as is the case with any runaway IP, one developer can't possibly be ready to have their hand in every creation, and eventually, projects start to trickle down to studios like Vicarious Visions -- a developer known for working on ports and spinoffs.

Sadly, one such mobile spinoff, Skylanders: Battlegrounds, hasn't been made with nearly as much care, and the IP suffers a bit for it.

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12:30 PM on 11.20.2012

A $50 iOS game? Skylanders: Battlegrounds

The Skylanders franchise is the new Pokemon when it comes to money making power. Take the retail version of the new iOS franchise game, Skylanders: Battlegrounds, for example. It sells at retail for $49.99. Why so expens...

Dale North



Merging toys and videogames with Skylanders photo
Merging toys and videogames with Skylanders
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

Who knew actual physical toys would propel a videogame to become the number one selling Activision title (so far) this year and generating over $200 million in sales? Developer Toys for Bob struck gold with its ingenious idea of merging the world of real toys and videogames together with the Skylanders series, and the momentum is still going strong leading up to the release of Skylanders Giants, the first sequel to last year's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

I paid a visit to Toys for Bob's offices just north of San Francisco recently to speak with co-founder Paul Reiche, and I found out the rich history of the company, how the Skylanders toys are made, and why creating toys with high-quality care is more important than saving costs.

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Review: Skylanders Giants photo
Review: Skylanders Giants
by Chris Carter

Skylanders was one of the biggest surprises of 2011. Pretty much everyone expected it to be a cheap cash-in of 90s nostalgia to sell toys to unsuspecting kids -- and boy, were we wrong.

It was actually a pretty fun, serviceable action game, and the toy craze took off like wildfire. Now here we are in 2012 with the sequel, featuring even bigger Skylanders and even more toys.

In light of this, I have bad news for you folks: it's time to break out your wallets again.

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6:15 PM on 10.15.2012

Warning: this kids' Spyro costume is f*cking nightmarish!

Behold! The LORD's cruelest joke! Cast out from Heaven, rejected by Hell, and feared by the realm of mortals. The rules of nature apply not to this misshapen beast, for it is wrought of no natural element. It exists without e...

Jim Sterling

4:30 PM on 10.05.2012

A look at all the biggest Skylanders Giants characters

Here's a nice look at all eight of the new Giants characters in Skylanders Giants. This may be old news to hardcore fans frantically looking for any bits of news on toys, but for everyone else you can see just how cool they ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

1:15 PM on 09.13.2012

Skylanders Giants for Wii U gets detailed

Activision has a number of games set for the Wii U, and Skylanders Giants is one of them. Players will be able to use the Wii U GamePad controller to perform actions, like dragging and dropping Skylanders heroes via the touch...

Hamza CTZ Aziz