The lights are on
If you are a parent with a Skylanders fan in the house (or a Skylanders fan yourself), you might be wondering which figures are coming out this year and when you'll be able to get them. This handy checklist will be updated with new information as we have it.
The first thing to know is that this year's set has four different kinds of figures: swap characters, new standard characters, returning characters, and lightcore figures. In addition, there are both adventure packs (a bundle with a new level, two items, and an exclusive character) and battle packs (two characters and a new multiplayer arena).
Battle and adventure packs will retail for $25. Swap characters are $15, lightcore figures are $13, and regular characters are $10. Swap characters can switch their tops and bottoms with others (there are 16 in total). Series 2 and Series 3 returning figures have an ultimate "Wow Pow" ability. Lightcore figures glow on the portal and also explode and deal damage when entering the game.
As a reminder, all your figures work across platforms, and the Spyro's Adventure and Giants characters are usable in Swap Force.
Here's what we know right now:
Standard home console starter pack (Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Collector's Edition with "Dark" figures (only available at GameStop - Wii U, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Wave 1 Skylanders (available on October 13 alongside game)
Wave 2 Skylanders (available now at Toys R Us) (Note: Grilla Drilla opens up a new Swap-only traversal zone. One traversal type, stealth, is still unavailable. Trap Shadow and Stink Bomb are required for Stealth areas.)
Additionally, Lightcore Hex from Skylander Giants is now available.
Retailer Exclusives in Wave 1 (available on October 13 alongside game)
And here's the full list:
Because of the new tech in the swap characters, everyone will need to purchase a new portal (included in the starter pack). There are different figures included in each (listed above).
Also bear in mind that retailers typically offer exclusive variants. Some of these appear different in-game and have improved stats. Others are simply cosmetic enhancements to the figures.
We also have a list of official accessories made by PowerA that are available for Skylanders (click for images).
We'll be updating this list as more figures become available. Skylanders: Swap Force is available now for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, and 3DS. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are coming at the launch of those consoles.
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Money money money money
God I hope I'm not working on Sunday. It's going to be a cluster... well you know.
Lotta moolah for Activision right there. . .
Spyro. What happened?