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Plus The Wolf Among Us hits PSN
A relatively tame week of releases, with the star being Skylanders: Swap Force. This series just prints money, especially now that you can split and merge toys to create new warriors. How cool is that? The other biggies this... read feature

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The Skyland of Doctor Moreau
Skylanders has had a bit of an odd history. Initially, it launched under the auspices of the Spyro name, and made a very small splash in the market -- so small, that barely anyone knew what it was. Fast forward to six months ... read feature

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There really needs to be a Skylanders cartoon already


It's just so cute!
Sep 25
The entire Skylanders series appeals to me in a lot of ways, most of all how it reminds me of cartoons I used to watch as a kid. This latest trailer for SWAP Force really shows off what I mean by that, and really makes me wi... read
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Let's take a look at the non-swappable new Skylanders


Four new characters
Aug 22
Okay first of all the creature in the header here looks like something from a nightmare. Just, so creepy. Well whatever it is, it's one of four new Skylanders playable in SWAP Force. Two of them are also just normal Skylander... read
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Activision bringing Destiny, Ghosts, more to gamescom


Plus Skylanders SWAP Force and Angry Birds
Aug 17
Activision will be at gamescom and are planning to wave their giant wads of money around as they will have the biggest ever demo-theater ever built in gamescom history for Destiny. It comes in at 72ft in length, 43ft wide, a... read
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Snakes shooting snake guns
Activision’s Skylanders franchise has always smelled of a money grab to me. Copperish, like the smell of old pennies scrounged up by hard-working parents so little Linda Anne can have all the newest and coolest Skylande... read feature

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Skylanders in Japan

First Skylanders hits Japan in July, gets Wii U port


That's... weird
Jun 25
We are so used to waiting insufferably long periods of time for Japanese games to be localized and brought out West that we often imagine Japan as this floating island of privilege and good fortune. How easily do we forget th... read
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Skylanders

Hide your kids: Skylanders: Swap Force launches this Oct.


Also coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Jun 07
Skylanders: Swap Force is targeting October 13, Oct. 16, and Oct. 18 for North America, Australia, and Europe, respectively. This new installment, centered around swappable parts for characters, will be out on most every syst... read
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Reviewing Skylanders Happy Meal Toys


Yeah, slow news day, etc.
Apr 16
Activision sent a box of those Skylanders Giants Happy Meal toys over. Bereft of anything interesting to do, I decided to review them. I didn't really review them, though. I just rambled sarcastically while playing with toys.  Videogame journalism is real. read
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Skylanders

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


Parents don't stand a chance
Apr 10
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... read
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Disney Infinity screens

Disney Infinity shows off new Monsters University screens


Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me!
Feb 12
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 -- ... read
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Skylanders franchise nets $1 billion in worldwide sales


That's a lot of toys sold
Feb 11
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... read
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Activision's Kotick 'disappointed' by Wii U launch


Suggests Nintendo's system was a hindrance to Skylanders
Feb 08
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... read
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Over 100 million Skylanders toys have been sold so far


'The key to longterm success is breakthrough innovation.'
Feb 06
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... read
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Skylanders: Swap Force

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


Mix and match toys to create new figures
Feb 05
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... read
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Skylanders: Swap Force
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... read feature

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Skylanders New York event

Skylanders event being held in New York next week


At the Toys"R"Us in Times Square
Feb 02
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, ... read
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More Skylanders Giants

Two new Skylanders Giants enter the fray


Thumpback and Eye-Brawl
Jan 23
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 ... read
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They might not be giants
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 develop... read feature

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A $50 iOS game? Skylanders: Battlegrounds


Launches this week
Nov 20
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... read
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Just how are the toys made?
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... read feature

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Activision ditches the Spyro moniker but keeps the fun intact
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, serviceab... read feature

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


An eldritch horror from beyond reason
Oct 15
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... read
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A look at all the biggest Skylanders Giants characters


Oct 05
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 ... read
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Skylanders Giants for Wii U gets detailed


Sep 13
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... read
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Developer Toys for Bob showed off a few new characters for Skylanders Giants during gamescom this week. Amongst them was Swarm, a bee-like monster that's also one of the new oversized Giant characters. Look, bees and hornets ... read feature

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This exclusive Skylanders Giants set only at GameStop


Aug 05
Skylanders fanatics will have to pre-order Skylanders Giants from GameStop if they want to get their hands on the exclusive Cannon Battle Pack. This limited edition pack contains series 2 versions of Chop Chop, Shroomboom, an... read
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New Skylander Giant Swarm revealed in video and images


Jul 26
Activision has released assets and information on a new Skylanders character due to appear in Skylanders: Giants, an over-sized bee prince named Swarm. The above video shows off some of his moves, which seem to include ... read
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Did you know that last year's Skylanders: Spryo's Adventure had the best single-year sales of any new children's IP ever in America? I figured the game would do well, but not to such a crazy extent! Obviously, Activision has ... read feature

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I still remember the craze that surrounded the Furbie, the Beanie Baby, and the Teletubby doll. Marketing overlords have a terrifying sorcery in their employ that allows them to turn ordinary humans into ravening beasts, lust... read feature







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