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Skylanders Giants launch guide details retail store exclusives, toy compatibility

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The game introduces more than 40 new characters

Skylanders Giants will release on Oct. 21, and One of Swords has released a definitive launch list, including retail exclusives, to inform buyers where and what they can purchase.

Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and Gamestop will all carry retail-exclusive packs, such as the Granite Crusher and Battle Pack. When looking for new packs, buyers should be aware that Skylanders Giants toys will feature orange bases. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, which released in 2011, features characters with green bases. Series 1 characters will still work in Skylanders Giants, although new characters will not be compatible with the previous game.

One of Swords has also broken down the different kinds of new characters, which are categorized as Giants, LightCore or Single. New versions of old characters are marked as S2 for Series 2.

Toys R Us will open its doors early at 8 a.m. nationwide on Oct. 21, with certain stores participating in special launch events. Additional figures and special editions will release throughout the year at different retailers.

Skylanders Giants will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS; PC, Mac and Wii U versions will drop at a later date. For the full launch list, check out One of Swords.