The big reveal you ask? The GameStop Exclusive, Dark Edition Starter Pack:
Let's cover the details:
As you can see, this is your standard Starter Pack amplified with darkness (and a dash or two of Awesome).
Rather than just offer up Wash Buckler, Blast Zone, and Ninja Stealth Elf in their dark forms, we got the addition of Dark Mega Ram Spyro, and Dark Lockjaw (or is that Slobber Tooth?) We also have what is dubbed the "Mega Character Poster." I would love to know more about this...Is it simply bigger, will it include all of the potential variants etc? More details would be nice, but a surprise would be just as cool.
The questions I have are pretty simple past that:
Is it Dark Lockjaw as indicated in the press release, or is Dark Slobber Tooth? We saw this character in leaks a few weeks ago, and more recently a box was revealed with Slobber Tooth. I'm inclined to believe this is Dark Slobber Tooth and that perhaps this release was crafted prior to the name change. However, it could be that Lockjaw is correct...maybe this character will have a standard form name (Slobber Tooth), and a different Dark form name...My money is still on Dark Slobber Tooth, but we will see.
Next up, is it Dark Spyro and Dark Stealth Elf, or Dark Mega Ram Spyro and Dark Ninja Stealth Elf? I, once again, lean more towards the adjectives being in place. We already have Dark Spyro. The S3 Skylanders (and S2 returnees from the original Giants cast) all have adjectives in front of their names. This will help fans, parents, and everyone really keep the figures straight. It only makes sense for this to apply here, thus creating Dark Mega Ram Spyro and Dark Ninja Stealth Elf.
I know many of you wonder about the available systems for this Starter Pack. I currently do not know if it will be available for PS4 or Xbox One. I don't see it being announced for the 3DS due to the differing line up in the Starter Pack...Plus, it already boasts Volcanic Eruptor, who follows in line with Dark Spyro and Punch Pop Fizz. If not for the different characters (Rattle Shake and Free Ranger).
That said, what we do get for sure is:
-SWAP Force Game
-SWAP Force Portal of Power
-Mega Character Poster
-5 Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes
-5 Trading Cards
-Bragging rights, value, and a unique collection!
The Dark Edition Starter Pack is up for pre-order now and retails for $99.99.
Dark Wash Buckler
Dark Blast Zone
Dark Mega Ram Spyro
Dark Ninja Stealth Elf
Dark Slobber Tooth
Similarly, here are some screen shots:
Dark Slobber Tooth and Dark Mega Ram Spyro Coop:
Dark Ninja Stealth Elf
Dark Blast Zone in Swap Zone
Dark Wash Zone (Swapped)
Dark Blast Buckler (Swapped)
Dark Wash Zone and Dark Blast Buckler
All-in-all, this looks to be a great setup! I plan to pick one up, likely for the Wii U.
You can pick up your Dark Edition Starter Pack at your local GameStop, or here:
Nintendo Wii: http://www.gamestop.com/wii/games/skylanders-swap-force-gamestop-exclusive-dark-edition-starter-pack/111320
Nintendo Wii U: http://www.gamestop.com/wii-u/games/skylanders-swap-force-gamestop-exclusive-dark-edition-starter-pack/111318
Microsoft Xbox 360: http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-360/games/skylanders-swap-force-gamestop-exclusive-dark-edition-starter-pack/111319
Sony PS3: http://www.gamestop.com/ps3/games/skylanders-swap-force-gamestop-exclusive-dark-edition-starter-pack/111317
And, just for good measure, here is the Official GameStop Press Release:
Are you going to pick up the Dark Edition Starter Pack? Let me know! I've also created two new blog polls:
-Which SWAP Force Starter Pack are you getting?
-Which Dark Skylander do you like better?
Check them out and vote!