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Platform 360, PS3, Wii, Win, 3DS Publisher Activision Blizzard Developer Toys for Bob Release Date 2011-10-16

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Skylanders launching more powerful premium figures this fall

This fall, Activision will launch Skylanders Eon's Elite, a premium toy line featuring eight new collectible figurines of the franchise's most beloved heroes, the company announced at San Diego Comic-Con today. The line will launch with two figurines, Spyro (above) and Chop Chop (below), with the remaining six Eon's Elite figures to be picked from the roster of the game that started it all, the original 2011 Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. In the lore of the Skylanders universe, these eight heroes have been selected for their "undaunted courage and commitment" in defending the Skylands for immortalization in special metallic figures with new decorations and a gold base. The Eon's Elite figures will also be up to three times more powerful in-game than typical Skylanders, the biggest...

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Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of millions of children, by creating a magical illusion. Players place monsters on a plastic tray...

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Potential new Skylanders revealed in contest, coming in 2014

Skylanders publisher Activision and Frito-Lay have teamed up for a contest that offers a glimpse at three potential new characters in the action figure/video game's next installment, which is scheduled to be released this year. The contest allows entrants to choose between three characters — a dragon-like insect, a bat witch and a dolphin pirate, all of which you can see below — and give them a name and a backstory. Judges at Activision and Frito-Lay will select a single entry for each character in May, and voters will then choose from those three names. The winning character will be included in the unnamed Skylanders game and the winner will receive a $100,000 scholarship. Those interested in participating can sign up at the contest's official site. Little is known about Skylanders'...

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Skylanders reaches over 100 million toys sold

Activision's Skylanders franchise has already reached over 100 million toys sold,, it was announced during Activision's Toy Fair 2013 press conference. The popular franchise hit over $500 million in total revenue sales on top of this, based on the video game and collectible toy collection. Skylanders Giants, the sequel to Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, made over $195 million in the U.S alone. The next installment in the Skylanders series, Skylanders Swap Force is scheduled to hit this fall, featuring a new line of figures both outside and in the game. The toys, which are made up of two halves and split at the waist, are user-swappable characters that can be customized to allow players more choice. The ability to swap out halves of all the 16 characters that will be made available at...

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Skylanders franchise is a half a billion dollar industry in the US alone

The Skylanders line of toys and video games has netted over $500 million to date in sales at retail in the U.S., according to Activision. According to NPD data collected between January and November 2012, figures produced for both last fall's Skylanders: Giants and the original Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure released in Oct. 2011 have outsold some of the country's top action figure toy lines, including Beyblades, Star Wars and WWE. The Skylanders: Giants video game along with its figures and accessory packs netted more than $195 million in sales in the U.S. in 2012. According to NPD data, Skylanders: Giants also topped box office sales for the top children's films during the 2012 holiday season. These include Wreck-It Ralph, with a total gross of just over $178 million, and Rise of the...

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Activision Blizzard posts $841 million Q3 revenue, driven by Mists of Pandaria, Diablo 3 and Skylanders

Publisher Activision Blizzard reported record third quarter results today, boasting $841 million in revenue for the three month period ending Sept. 30. According to the company, the better-than-expected results were driven by the launch of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria and continuing sales of Diablo 3 and Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Operating income for the quarter was $227 million, according to the company's SEC filing. Blizzard's Diablo 3 has sold in excess of 10 million copies since the game launched in May, CEO Bobby Kotick said. Following the launch of the Mists of Pandaria expansion, the World of Warcraft subscriber base is holding at 10 million as of Sept. 30, according to the company. The company announced in October that it had sold 2.7 million copies of Mists of...

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GameStop Kids pop-up stores coming this holiday season

GameStop Kids pop-up stores will be installed around the country for holiday shopping guidance, GameStop announced today. The stores are designed to help parents pick video games and toys for their children, by collecting some of the most popular kid-friendly brands in one place. GameStop Kids locations will feature merchandise for properties such as Star Wars and Lego, and games like Skylanders, Angry Birds and Minecraft. Items include a Minecraft Creeper head ($19.99) and a 5-inch Angry Birds Star Wars plush ($14.99). The first GameStop Kids store opens today at the Grapevine Mills Mall in Grapevine, Texas, the home of GameStop's headquarters, and the company will open approximately 80 locations in total across 28 states. Look here to see if one will be available near you. If not,...

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Skylanders action figure compatibility explained with a chart

Although Skylanders: Giants is compatible with all of the figures from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, the same isn't true for all of the new figures working with the old game, according to a chart on the official Skylanders website. Giants, Battle Packs, New Core and Re-Posed characters are incompatible with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, as seen in the chart below. According to One of Swords, although some of the LightCore characters work with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, players will have to hook them up to Skylanders: Giants to gets the benefit of the latter game's new blast attack. Each Skylanders: Giants toy also includes a "Works With" label explaining its compatibility.

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The Skylanders that could have been

The hugely successful Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure has gone on to sell millions of units, and the upcoming Skylanders Giants is expected to sell even more. But long before Toys For Bob's idea to use Spyro figurines as game save and data storage devices, the studio was working on a pre-alpha Spyro game that eventually lost out to Skylanders. One of Swords reports that in the late 2000s the game that would eventually become Skylanders started out as The Lost Realm of Spyro's Kingdom. In this game, Spyro was to be a full-grown dragon and the king of Spyro's Kingdom. The player would be assigned quests by Spyro and receive help along the way from the purple dragon himself. Skylanders' design producer, Michael Graham, says that the game was very close to moving ahead – Toys for Bob was...

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Animators bring Skylanders: Giants to life through hand-made models

Skylanders: Giants, the sequel to 2011's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, features a myriad of unique creatures created through stop-motion photography and advanced modeling techniques, reports GamesBeat. Skylanders combines physical action figures with a video game component. Each figure can be brought to life by "teleporting" them into the game using a special platform. In an interview with the GamesBeat, Animation Director Paul Yan explained the process of crafting living figures, which start as simple toys. "There are so many different characters and body types," said Yan. "Every single character has a unique personality and we have to do a lot of custom work to make them work." Toys for Bob first creates a kid-friendly character, followed by sketches. The toy is then recreated in...

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    • Released 10/16/2011
    • Publisher Activision Blizzard
    • Developer Toys for Bob
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    • Released 10/16/2011
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    • Released 10/16/2011
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