Friday, August 15, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team Character Poster

Hey Everyone!

I am on the road right now and typing from my phone, but this is BIG!!

Skylanders has released a high resolution photo of the complete character roster for Skylanders Trap Team!!  We are getting out first look at some of the new characters and villains and still have a few things unknown.

Check it out and let me know who you are impressed with!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Skylanders Trap Team New Character Reveals: Head Rush, Bushwhack, Kaboom and More

Thanks to Gamescom we are getting a look at several new characters in Skylanders Trap Team.

Skylanders Trap Team New Character Reveals:
Head Rush, Bushwhack, Kaboom, Gill Grunt, Brawl & Chain, Brawlrus, & Masker Mind

On the Trap Master side we have:

Head Rush (aka That Viking Chick), Earth Element
Bushwhack (aka That Acorn Guy), Life Element
Kaboom, Fire Element

Somewhere in the middle we have Series 4 Gill Grunt.

Series 4 Tidal Wave Gill Grunt Gameplay with Wow Pow

On the opposite side we have a few new villains:

Brawl & Chain, Water
Brawlrus, Tech
Masker Mind, Undead

I will get the gameplay clips up after work...

If you are looking for information on the new Skylanders Minis, check this link out:

Skylanders Minis Revealed: Full Roster and Gameplay

Flashback to E3 and I was able to ask directly what the deal was with MiniJini being on the Trap Team logo.  The official response was well rehearsed and something along the lines of, "She just fit the space," or "We like to show off all of our past offerings."  It was very clear that there was much more significance to her presence than the brass was able or willing to let on at the time, and we now know why...

Skylander Minis have officially been unveiled!

Skylanders Minis Character Roster

"Sixteen of the smallest but surprisingly powerful Skylanders are now joining the fight against Skylands’ most nefarious villains.  Diminutive in stature but mighty in battle, Skylanders Minis will deliver a full Skylanders wallop as completely playable characters with upgrades and abilities, just like any other Skylanders, including the ability to trap villains."

If you are thinking, "Wait, you mean Sidekicks, right?" you would be partially right.  These are the same size and shape as your tried-and-true Sidekicks, but they are Minis!  If it helps, think of them as "Mini Skylanders."  If you are trying to process it, think of the Sidekick, but factor in a lot of training.  What sets the "Minis" apart is their ability to use attacks just like their full-sized counterparts!

Here is a quick snyopsis:

"The Skylander Mini’s started off as regular "Sidekicks," assisting the Skylanders on many exciting adventures. And what they lacked in size they more than made up for in courage. Ultimately determined to become full-fledged heroes, they trained at the Skylands Academy - honing their powers and skills until they were ready. Now, they stand side by side with their full grown counterparts, ready to defend Skylands against Kaos and his evil minions."

Pretty cool, huh?  So for all of us that speculated they must be significant enough to have a role in the game, we were correct.  In the gameplay clip below you can see just how they mirror their full size friends:

Skylanders Minis Gameplay
Mini Jini, Spry, Drobit, Trigger Snappy, and Hijinx

Skylanders Trap Team Full Console Experience on Tablets

Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack
Information, Gameplay, and My Thoughts

Skylanders® is redefining the Toys-to-LifeTM phenomenon with yet another ground-breaking innovation, Skylanders Trap TeamTM. With Skylanders Trap Team, players can take characters out of the game and place them into physical “Traps” that kids can take with them, effectively bringing Life to Toys. 

Now, for the first time in franchise history, Activision Publishing, Inc. is bringing the full AAA console experience of a Skylanders game to iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets with the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack. Launching day-and-date with the console version, the Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will include a Bluetooth© Traptanium PortalTM, a new ring of magical energy which reverses the magic of the Toys-to-Life category by letting players bring digital characters into the physical world. The new portal gives players the freedom to dock their tablet, providing a hands-free gaming experience. The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will also include a Bluetooth® controller for the best possible play experience; a built-in tablet stand; two Skylanders characters; two Traps; and a display tray that lets Portal Masters keep track of the Traps they’ve collected and which villains they have trapped.

Like the console version of the game, all 175 existing Skylanders toys will be forward compatible and playable across all platforms, truly allowing Portal Masters to play wherever and whenever they want. Delivering another meaningful technological leap to the Skylanders franchise, the launch of Skylanders Trap Team on tablet underscores Activision’s continued commitment to bringing significant innovation to the Toys-to-Life category that the company firmly established in 2011.

The game introduces more than 50 new playable Skylanders heroes and more than 40 villains in an all-new adventure, delivering a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience filled with adventure, combat, puzzles, mini games, activities and platforming, all set within a variety of lush, compelling environments.


Unprecedented Tablet Innovation – Skylanders Trap Team on tablet represents a huge technological leap for the Toys-to-Life category as one of the first AAA experiences of its kind on the platform. The team is delivering a feat of development innovation with a game that was built alongside the console versions, driving an unparalleled level of performance from the tablet devices that it supports.

Complete Toys-to-Life, Life to Toys Tablet Experience – The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack gives fans everything they need for a rich gameplay experience wherever and whenever they want to play. Tablet players will experience the Skylanders Trap Team innovation through a Bluetooth Traptanium Portal and Bluetooth controller. They can also play the full game on their tablets using touch controls and two digital Skylanders characters and two digital Traps.

Two Ways to Play – Once players purchase the tablet Starter Pack and download the game via their tablet’s app store, the game will recognize the Bluetooth Traptanium Portal and unlock the full experience. Players will experience the same AAA content they come to expect from Skylanders console games, but with two ways to play:

“Controller” – Fans can play the game just like the console version using the Bluetooth Traptanium Portal and toys with the custom Bluetooth Skylanders game controller included in the Starter Pack. 
“Touch Controls” – For players who prefer to use touch controls instead of a controller, fans  have the option to play the game just using on-screen touch controls.

Innovative Gameplay – In Skylanders Trap Team, you can play as a Skylander or capture Skylands’ most wanted foes and unleash them for good. It’s up to Portal Masters to find these villains and capture them inside the new Traps that transport the villains into the real world via the Traptanium Portal. Once trapped, players can return the villain to Skylands as a playable character. This exciting new play pattern gives fans the option to switch between playing as a Skylander hero or a villain at any time, creating fun and unique “tag team” gameplay. 

Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
Developers: Toys for Bob (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii)
Beenox (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, 3DS)
Vicarious Visions (iPad, Kindle Fire, Android tablets)
Supported Devices: Apple iPad 3rd Gen, iPad 4th Gen, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air
Kindle Fire HDX (7” & 8.9”)
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro (8.4”, 10.1”, 12.2”)
Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4”, 10.5”)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014), Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Skylanders Eon's Elite Special Collector's Edition

What:  Skylanders Eon's Elite
Where: GameStop (US), EB Games
When: This Fall, Likely around the launch of Trap Team (October 5th, 2014)
How Much: Unknown at This Point



SANTA MONICA, Calif. - July 24, 2014  - Today at San Diego Comic-Con,  Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) announced plans to  bring "Eon's Elite," a new set of premium toys, to Skylanders® fans worldwide this fall. The limited edition Eon's Elite will introduce eight must-have collectible versions of fan-favorite Skylanders characters, beginning with Spyro and Chop Chop.

The heroes  in the "Eon's Elite" roster hail from the original Skylanders Spyro's Adventure® and have been carefully selected by Master Eon for displaying undaunted courage and commitment to defending all of Skylands.  Eon's Elite features a never-before-seen decoration with a distinct, metallic finish and a golden base that sets them apart from other Skylanders toys.  Each of these special edition toys will be offered in premium foil packaging and also features a display case with a 3D lenticular background. Additionally, when played in-game, Eon's Elite will be up to three times as powerful over other characters, which represents the biggest in-game boosts ever incorporated into a Skylanders toy to date. 
"Eon's Elite represents the most iconic characters from the original Skylanders game that started it all," said Josh Taub, senior vice president of product marketing at Activision Publishing. "These eight toys are not only premium quality but also honor the characters' strength, courage and commitment. We're excited to extend our fans' collections with this new line."
Eon's Elite characters will be available in limited quantities at GameStop and EB Games stores in North America, Australia and New Zealand, and select retailers in Europe this fall while supplies last.

Skylanders Eon's Elite Limited Edtion: Video Recap and Analysis

My Analysis

Let's break this down for you...

GameStop will be getting exclusive rights to "Eon's Elite" Skylanders.  These are special, limited edition Skylanders that are given four key improvements:

1. Metallic Finish Paint with Golden Bases
2. Premium Foil Packaging
3. Display Case with 3D lenticular background
4. Up to 3x more powerful than other Skylanders

Similarly, it is important to note that there will be 8 in this first round.  If you thought that must mean 1 per Element you would be correct.  Interestingly though, the 8 will ALL come from the original SSA Cast (Skylanders Spyro's Adventure for those of you new to my site).  

I was a bit surprised the Dark Edition left exclusivity at GameStop, and now this makes up for that loss...These figures should compete directly with the "Legendary" figures at Toys'R'Us.

I have an e-mail in to verify that these are sold individually, which I think would be correct.  There is a chance they could be packaged together to correlate to the quantity of Legendary figures TRU usually has, but I am inclined to believe the shared background is just to denote that Spyro and Chop Chop are the first two announced and available.  I would have to guess we will see a staggered release with the remaining 6, possibly going 2 at a time as with these launch characters.

Personally I am pretty excited about this concept, and if possible, I would like to land 1 to open/play and 1 to keep sealed, my usual strategy for the in game variant and special Skylanders.  I am most excited about simply knowing who the other 6 Elite will be.

What are your thoughts on these new "Eon's Elite?"  Who do you think they will be? Do you plan to pick them up?  Will you only buy if they are your favorite Skylanders?  Are you going to play them, display them, keep them sealed, or some combo of the three?  Will you buy one to open and one to keep sealed?  How do you feel about the 8 coming from SSA backgrounds?  What about being up to 3x as it good, or overkill?  Any Legendary fans irked by this?  Are you happy with them sticking to the original SSA poses, or would you have preferred a special pose for the Elite selections?

Leave a comment and let me know how you feel about this latest release.  Also, be sure to cast your vote in the new polls!

Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack Reveal

More info and pictures coming soon!

Riptide Upgrade Paths and Attack Damage Numbers

Coming Soon!