Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving: Quick Update & Holiday Schedule

Hey Everyone,

I will be away from a computer (scary, I know!) for a few days this Thanksgiving holiday and wanted to give you a heads up on what videos will be going live and when...I will attempt to get them all tweeted at some point each day, but I won't be able to share them to Google + or Facebook.

If you have a lot of free time over the holiday and are looking for something new to watch, I highly recommend you check out my blind playthrough of Stardew Valley...it is a great game and I do voices for each of the characters...you can find the playlist here: Let's Play Stardew Valley
And as a favor to you...here is the most recent episode:



Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
-Terraria with Friends E29 at 6 AM
-Skylanders Imaginators Research at 3 PM

Thursday, November 24th, 2016 (Happy Thanksgiving!)
-Minecraft Minelogix SMP S2, E45 at 6 AM
-Skylanders Imaginators Research at 2 PM (Pretty Interesting)

Friday, November 25th, 2016
-Terraria with Friends E30 at 6 AM
-Skylanders Imaginators Research at 4 PM

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
-Minecraft Minelogix SMP S2, E46 at 6 AM
-Skylanders Imaginators Research at 6 PM

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
-Terraria with Friends E31 at 6 AM (Must See!)
-Skylanders Imaginators Research at 6 PM

*Subject to Change

Lots of good videos that will hopefully keep you satisfied this Thanksgiving weekend!  Hope everyone has a great time!  I hope to get back on Wiisdom Plays Minecraft, Stardew Valley, and ChromaGun once I return home!

I will also be releasing a few Skylanders Imaginators Research Spreadsheets next week, so get hyped!  If you haven't done so, make sure to check out the Skylander Club Forum and consider signing up!  Skylander Club Forum!

Happy Thanksgiving...enjoy it!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Animal Crossing amiibo Festival - Celeste Makes it Rain!

Animal Crossing amiibo Festival Live Stream Highlight
Celeste's Christmas Mircale
Making it Rain!




Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Skylanders Creator App - First Impressions and Creating Franky Star (Undead Element Ninja!)

Skylanders Creator App - First Impressions
& Creating Franky Star (Undead, Ninja)

At long last the Skylanders Creator App is now available!  In this video we check out the app, explore the options, and then create our very first Imaginator, Franky Star, an Undead Element Ninja!

What are your thoughts of the app?  Do you already have some Skylander Imaginator combos in mind?

Feel free to join the discussion on the Skylander Club Forum:
http://www.skylanderclub.com

Franky Star: Skylands Most Limited Resource Undead Ninja Imaginator

1 AM Update!
I went in to play around with the app some more and much to my delight the three Imaginite Chests were already re-stocked!!  The final chest, which previously yielded Barbella, unlocked Air Element Knight Sensei Wild Storm!!!  So, enjoy his bio and full color art work!


Thursday, October 6, 2016

SkyCon: The Skylanders Convention

While at Minecon, I started thinking, "Hey, why isn't there a Skylanders Convention?  Like a SkyCon or something?"  It seems like a great idea and after tweeting about it, I had people agreeing with me...

This video will cover the overarching idea of the convention:

SkyCon: The Skylanders Convention!


Would you go to a Skylanders Convention?  What would you want to see?  What would you most want to see?
How and where do you think it should be hosted?

You can join in the active discussion on the Skylander Club Forum:
http://www.skylanderclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=688

Feel free to throw your thoughts out there...and please share the video, this post, and the Skylander Club Forum Thread with other folks you think would be interested...who knows what may happen  8-)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Skylanders Creator App Revealed!

Join the Discussion on the SkylanderClub.com Forum!
http://www.skylanderclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=684

Skylanders Creator App Overview


Custom 3D Printed Skylander: $49.99 with FREE Shipping

Imaginators Card: $14.99 with FREE Shipping

Imaginator T-Shirt: $24.99 with Additional Shipping Charges

Here is the official Press Release regarding the Skylanders Creator App and information on October's Creation Contest!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     

WHO WILL YOU CREATE? SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS WANTS TO KNOW!




 For the First Time in Toys-To-Life History, Fans Can Bring their Imaginations to Life with Custom 3D Printed Skylanders!

Month-Long Celebration Counts Down to Launch and More; Kick-off Begins with Skylanders Creatora New, Free Mobile App that Lets Kids Create Skylanders on the Go! 
Santa Monica, Calif. –  Oct. 3, 2016 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) and Skylanders® Imaginators is dedicating the entire month of October to creation and bringing imaginations to life. The month-long celebration includes the launch of Skylanders Imaginators, this year’s tentpole console game release; Skylanders™ Academy, the Netflix Original series;Skylanders Creator, a new mobile app that allows kids to create characters on-the-go; and much more.
The Countdown to Creation begins with the release of Skylanders™ Creator, a new free mobile app that offers Portal Masters a one-of-a-kind experience to create Imaginator characters on-the-go! Featuring the robust creation tools similar to those available in the console game, players can simply download Skylanders Creator from select iOS and Android mobile devices’ app stores to begin creating Imaginators from scratch – or players can magically transfer their created characters from the console game to the app using state-of-the-art audio technology.
For the first time in toys-to-life history, fans can use Skylanders Creator to immortalize their Skylanders Imaginators creations in a variety of physical forms including:
  • 3D Printed Imaginator Figure – Fans can bring their character creations from the digital world to life in the physical world as a 3D printed Skylanders Imaginators figure. The custom-printed Imaginator arrives in full color, posed on a base and enclosed in a clear protective dome -- making it a true collector’s item. The figure is fully playable in the Skylanders Imaginators console game! Quantities are limited for 3D figures.
  • Imaginator Card – Fans also have the option to order high-quality, custom made trading cards emblazoned with a full color image of their creation and fully playable in Skylanders Imaginators.  Players simply place the card on the Portal of PowerTM and watch their creations come to life in the videogame.
  • Imaginator T-Shirt – Portal Masters can show off their Imaginators on a premium, full- color, customized T-shirt featuring an image of their very own creation, the character’s Battle Class, element and name!
The Skylanders Creator app will feature Timed Imaginite Chests that give users new creation parts for their Imaginators at certain times during the day, daily Sensei Chestsfeaturing special parts unique to that Skylander, a collection menu where players can access all of their created Imaginators, called My Imaginators’ Creation Gallery, and the ability to share created characters with fans around the world. The availability of the Skylanders Creator app features vary by region.
“Since we first pioneered toys-to-life, fans have been clamoring for ways to express their love for Skylanders. Now with the Skylanders Creator app and the launch of Skylanders Imaginators, the sky is the limit,” said Paul Reiche, co-founder and studio head at Toys For Bob. “This year, Skylanders is putting the power of creation in the hands of fans in ways never before imagined, and we can’t wait to see the millions of Imaginators that will be dreamed up by our Portal Masters around the world.” 
The Countdown to Creation month also includes the following:
  • CBS Films: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life – James Patterson’s Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and Skylanders® have one major thing in common: they’re giving kids the freedom to re-write the rules of play! The two powerhouse entertainment brands are teaming up to celebrate the release of the film Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life on Oct. 7 and the Skylanders Imaginators videogame launch on Oct. 16 in North America. GameStop’s Skylanders® Adventure Club members in the US who pre-order Skylanders Imaginators will receive two free movie tickets to Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life while supplies last between Sept. 24 – Oct. 16, 2016*.
  • Skylanders 3D Printed Contest: Starting Oct. 24, Portal Masters can win the opportunity to receive their custom 3D-printed Imaginator figure via a globalSkylanders 3D-printed Imaginator contest.  To participate, fans are encouraged to create an Imaginator in Skylanders Imaginators or using the Skylanders Creator app. Shared creations on social media channels using the dedicated #CreatorContest will be automatically entered to win. 
  • “Skylanders Academy” – On Oct. 28, Activision Blizzard Studios in partnership with Netflix will debut “Skylanders Academy,” a new animated action adventure series based on the award-winning Skylanders franchise. The show follows Master Eon as he assembles a ragtag group of heroes to protect the universe from evil-doers Kaos and the Doom Raiders. Jam-packed with humor, heart and memorable moments, “Skylanders Academy” promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages. The new original series will debut worldwide on Netflix with 13 episodes. 
Portal Masters can unleash their imaginations like never before when Skylanders Imaginators launches in North America on October 16! Developed by Toys For Bob and Activision Publishing,  Skylanders Imaginators empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander. Kids will enjoy the immense possibilities  available in the game -- including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more -- to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable.  The new game introduces two new guest star characters, Crash Bandicoot® and his arch-nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex, to the lineup of Skylanders Sensei characters as fully-playable toys in Skylanders Imaginators. A fully-playable Kaos toy will be available for free to fans who pre-order and purchase a Skylanders Imaginatorsstarter pack between October 16 – 22, 2016, while supplies last.
Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $74.99.
In North America, 3D-printed Imaginator Figures will be available for the suggested price of $49.99 each; includes free shipping. Limited quantities will be available.  Imaginator T-Shirts will be sold for $24.99 each with availability and shipping costs varying. Lastly, fans can get their hands on Imaginator Cards for $14.99; including free shipping. These items will be available using the Skylanders Creator app, which is a free mobile download, subject to availability by territory.
About the Skylanders® FranchiseThe award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders® franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys1 since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011 with the debut ofSkylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. The game originated a play pattern that seamlessly bridged physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms. In 2012, Skylanders® Giants further evolved the genre and added LightCore® characters to the collection of interaction figures. Skylanders® SWAP Force™, which launched in 2013, introduced an all new play pattern – swapability. In 2014, Skylanders® Trap Team reversed the magic of bringing toys to life by allowing players to pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world and became the number 1 kids’ console game globally1. Skylanders® SuperChargers launched in 2015 and expanded upon the franchise’s signature gameplay to introduce vehicles-to-life for the first time.  
About Activision PublishingHeadquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com or by following @Activision.

In-App Screenshots!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Minecraft 1.11: The Ultimate Llama Showcase

Minecraft 1.11 Change Log
Video Showcase #2
The Ultimate Llama Showcase

Comment with #Llama for a Bonus Brick in the Wall of Wiisdom!
Let me know which carpet you think looks best!

In this video we take a look at the 1.11 addition that drew the biggest applause at Minecon, the llama!  We showcase their behavior, hearts, storage potential, convoys, and most importantly their carpeted swag!

Minecraft 1.11 Update: Cartographer, Woodland Mansions, and Illagers

Minecraft 1.11 Change Log
Video Showcase #1
Cartographers, Locate Command, Woodland Mansion, Illagers, Vindicators, Evokers, Vex, and Totem of Undying PLUS Illager vs Villager Battle!

In this video I innocently loaded up a new creative world to showcase llamas from the 1.11 Change Log (Snapshot 16w39b).  However, after spawning in between a Dark Oak Forest and a village with a Cartographer (why do I never get these spawns in solo worlds?), I opted to just jump in relatively blindly and showcase the new Woodland Mansion and accompanying mobs.

We make short work of the journey by using the new /locate command and then do a bit of exploring the mansion before investigating the new mobs and playing with the coveted Totem of Undying, which is dropped every time you kill an Evoker.

And after that, we had a little fun with Villager vs Illager ;)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators Sensei Villains are Up for Pre-Order at a Great Price!

Schwiiing! So, I'd usually make a video on this, but I still can't really talk...so this is the next best thing.

 Check this out...If you are itching to get your Villain figures, this may be your hot ticket...You can not only pre-order them, but they all 5 clock in for $59.99!! That means you are saving about 20% vs standard retail pricing!

Up for grabs are:

Hood Sickle
Tae Kwon Crow
Chompy Mage
Dr. Krankcase
Wolfgang

I will elaborate on this later, or when I can actually talk again.  

I you want to pre-order, here is a link to Amazon: Villain 5 Pack

Friday, September 9, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators Celebrates Crash Bandicoot's 20th Anniversary

Today, September 9th, 2016 is officially 20 Years since the US launch of Crash Bandicoot on the Sony Playstation! To celebrate, Skylanders has put out two videos:
The first video features 20 ways Crash Bandicoot's legacy is honored in Skylanders Imaginators. 
The second video highlights Crash and Aku Aku.

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If you are looking forward to seeing Crash in Skylanders Imaginators, I encourage you to sign up on the Skylander Club Forum and get ready for the blind playthru! Skylander Club Forum: http://www.skylanderclub.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators Gamescom Press Release



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS UNLEASHES KAOS AT GAMESCOM 2016

All-New Crash Bandicoot Level Reveals Dr. Neo Cortex, Crash Bandicoot’s Archnemesis, as Skylander Guest Star

Videogame Supervillains Kaos and Dr. Neo Cortex Arrive as Fully-Playable
 Skylanders Senseis Toys This Fall! Free Kaos Toy with Pre-Order and
Purchase of Starter Pack!

Santa Monica, Calif. –  Aug. 17, 2016 – Portal Masters be on the lookout this October! Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is bringing more content and characters to Skylanders® Imaginators– the game lets fans unleash their imaginations like never before in a Skylanders game. Starting today, the villains of Skylands are taking over Gamescom and revealing an all-new dedicated Crash Bandicoot® level, Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands, to fans. Leading the charge is Skylands’ most notorious villain Kaos, who along with the help of new guest star Skylander, Dr. Neo Cortex are sure to add more fun to players’ imagination-to-life gameplay experience. Both supervillains are joining the lineup of Skylanders Sensei characters as fully-playable toys in Skylanders Imaginators, and Kaos will available for free to fans who pre-order and purchase a Skylanders Imaginators starter pack.
“From the moment we received the first fan art, we knew Skylanders was unique in its ability to fuel kids’ imaginations. With Skylanders Imaginators’ powerful character creation tools, we can’t wait to see what amazing Skylanders our fans will bring to life,” said Paul Reiche, president and co-founder, Toys For Bob. “Now fans can create more characters than there are stars in the known universe. These Imaginators join a strong lineup of Sensei characters which include fan-favorite villains, now reformed and fighting for good!”

In North America, fans who pre-order and purchase the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack will receive a playable Kaos Sensei toy for free while supplies last between October 16 – 22, 2016.

With Kaos having discovered the power of Mind Magic to create Doomlanders, one of his first creations was none other than a clone of himself!  Figuring that no one in the universe, including the Skylanders, could ever stand up to more than one Kaos, he unleashed his clone in his quest to take over Skylands.  But to Kaos’ surprise, the clone – also being Kaos – wanted victory for himself!  As a result, he fights against his creator, in turn helping the Skylanders in their endeavor to defeat the real Kaos!

At Gamescom, Skylanders Imaginators will introduce fans to the return of Dr. Neo Cortex as a Sensei Skylander and reveal an all-new level, Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands, that’s steeped in nostalgic Crash Bandicoot® gameplay. The level includes special Crash Zones that bring back the classic massive boulder chases from the original games. And, as with any Skylanders level, there are secrets and hidden areas all along the way.  In paying homage to this iconic character on his 20th anniversary, the level is packed with TNT boxes, crabs, hazards, temple ruins, Wumpa Fruit, exploding crates and many more elements from the original Crash. But it all takes place in the Skylands - which means a new twist of Skylanders combat and action brought into the world of the Wumpa Islands.

"You can’t have Crash Bandicoot as a guest star Skylander without his arch-nemesis,
Dr. Neo Cortex,” said Jen Oneal, studio head, Vicarious Visions. “We approached the level as a way for us to bring the best parts of Skylanders and the best parts of Crash together into one epic adventure. Players are going to enjoy how we’ve honored the heritage of traditional Crash games in the musically-themed, TNT crate-filled level. For fans of Crash this is going to feel like going back to the old world of Crash Bandicoot -- but in gorgeous 1080p.”

In the game, a “Synchronization Celebration” has aligned the world of Skylands with the Wumpa Islands. Upon arriving, Spyro and Mags discover that Dr. Neo Cortex (voiced by Lex Lang) has created a terrible machine to harness the rhythmic power of the island’s celebration for his newest evil scheme! When the machine goes awry, something occurs that throws the whole party out of sync. Crash (voiced by Jess Harnell) must team up with the Skylanders and his old enemy Neo Cortex to restore the celebration before the Wumpa Islands are syncopated right out of existence!

The Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands level will be available to players who purchase the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack featuring Crash Bandicoot for PlayStation consoles at launch. The level will also be available to all platforms via purchase of the Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands Adventure Pack this holiday for the suggested retail price of $29.99. The Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands Adventure pack also will include Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex as fully playable toys.
Last but not least, Portal Masters will soon be able to collect Imaginite Mystery Chests.  These chests will unlock new creation pieces, such as gear, weapons, and parts for players’ Imaginator characters.

Skylanders Imaginators empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander. Portal Masters will enjoy the immense possibilities  available in the game -- including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more -- to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable. Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games and will launch on October 16, 2016 in North America. The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $74.99.

About the Skylanders® Franchise
The award-winning, $3 billion Skylanders® franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys1 since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011 with the debut of Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. The game originated a play pattern that seamlessly bridged physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms. In 2012, Skylanders® Giants further evolved the genre and added LightCore® characters to the collection of interaction figures. Skylanders® SWAP Force™, which launched in 2013, introduced an all new play pattern – swapability. In 2014, Skylanders® Trap Team reversed the magic of bringing toys to life by allowing players to pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world and became the number 1 kids’ console game globally1. Skylanders® SuperChargers launched on September 20, 2015 and expanded upon the franchise’s signature gameplay to introduce vehicles-to-life for the first time.
About Activision Publishing
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, http://www.activision.com or by following @Activision.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Stardew Valley E67 - Stardew Valley Fair Part 1: Perfect Fishing


In E67 we frantically work to water the crops AND gather up our grange items, which we aren't even sure what qualifies...However, after getting to the fair, it is very cool with lots of fun games. We visit the townsfolks and tourists and get started earning Star Tokens!

Animal Crossing amiibo Cards Pack Opening #9

Friday, August 12, 2016

Out-of-Town Weekend Schedule

Weekend Schedule

Hey Everybody,

I will be away from a computer for the weekend, but wanted to map out what was on tap.  I also wanted to seek your input on what series you would like to see more of and why.  As of late I am adding in even more series to add variety and I'm curious as to which you are enjoying the most, or simply want to see more frequently.  Feel free to leave a comment here, on my Channel, or via Twitter.  There are some pretty good vids coming up...Minelogix and Stardew Valley episodes are particularly enjoyable in my opinion :D


Friday, August 12th, 2016

6 AM: Minelogix SMP Season 2, Episode 27

7 PM: Animal Crossing amiibo Cards Pack Opening #8


Saturday, August 13th, 2016

6 AM: Stardew Valley E65

4 PM: Skylanders SuperChargers Research


Sunday, August 14th, 2016

6 AM: Animal Crossing amiibo Festival: 2nd Week of December

4 PM: Stardew Valley E66


Monday, August 15th, 2016

7 AM: Wii Fit U Basic Run, Long Route #2 Windmill Hill (Summer Day)

3 PM: Minelogix SMP Season 2, Episode 28

Your Feedback

Which of the following would you like to see more of and why?  Let me know here, on my YouTube Channel, or via Twitter.

-Minelogix Season 2
-Wiisdom Plays Minecraft
-Skylanders SuperChargers
-Animal Crossing amiibo Festival
-Animal Crossing City Folk
-Yoshi's Wooly World
-Stardew Valley
-Wii Fit U

-Other


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wii Fit U Basic Run Island Lap All Routes Summer Night

So, since I've finally released all the videos on YouTube, I figured this was a great time to make a post archiving all of the Island Lap (personal favorite) routes set during a Summer Night.  That's right, one of the lesser known features of Wii Fit U is that not only do the seasons change, but so does the time-of-day, and night time in the Summer makes for a very serene backdrop.  So, enjoy the nostalgia and have fun on the runs!

You can check out these and other Wii Fit U videos here: Wii Fit U Playlist








Since you are still here, do you remember my very first, full playthrough of a game?  If not, check out Wii Fit Plus: Wii Fit Plus Playlist

And, my personal favorite route is still Island Lap Route #2!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Stardew Valley Marriage Poll: Abigail vs Haley vs Leah vs Penny

Let's Play Stardew Valley E44 - Gatherer
& Marriage Poll! Abigail vs Haley vs Leah vs Penny
Vote for Your Favorite Gal & Tell Me Why They Are Your Favorite!


I am having to make this post a bit in advance (by the time you see this I will be out on the open road en route to an Independence Day destination to better celebrate 'Merica!).

That said, we had 4 interactions in Episode 44 of our Let's Play Stardew Valley series and it prompted me to poll you, the audience, as to how you felt about the ladies of SDV.  I have to say, based on my experience thus far in the game, these interactions were about par for each, give or take a few theatrics.

I had my initial impression BEFORE playing, my early favorite based on a little gameplay, and now a reconsidering of the rankings personally...that said, I will not let you know how I am leaning...I simply want to know which lady you think I should pursue and WHY.

So, if you think I need to go after Haley because you think she is the prettiest, Leah because she is the nicest, Abigal because she has purple hair, Penny to get her out of Pam's trailer etc., let me know who and why.  If you think one is nice, but another is slightly more appealing, expand on it.

I know Emily will be eligible for marriage as well, but she isn't quite yet, so I didn't include her in the poll...if you think she is the best candidate, let me know why as a comment.

Anyway the last few weeks of work have been quite busy and with the trip I have busted by butt to have enough videos to cover the few days I will be gone...so, enjoy them!  Thanks to a recent YouTube purge, I lost about 300 subscribers, so if you notice my videos missing from your feed, please resubscribe!

I will have a special Independence Day video going up, some Minelogix, and possibly a "new" series as well...Once home I will make a Channel Update video, so stay tuned for that...I also do have more SuperChargers coming your way...Battlecast has been heavily requested...tell Activision you want it on PC!  It would make so much sense there and I could easily record/stream it.  Right now, I simply don't have a way to play it.



I hope you enjoy this video and let me know who you think I should go after...If this is your first taste of Stardew Valley, I encourage you to check it out...everyone who has done so has wound up getting hooked on it!  Similarly, if you haven't seen Wiisdom Plays Minecraft, it would be enjoyable as well!

That said, I will quit rambling...Thanks for your continued support and viewership...I hope everyone has a great 4th of July (see what I did there, worldwide!), and for my fellow US Citizens enjoy your Independence Day!


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Crashing the Party at E3: Crash Bandicoot Revealed as Guest Sensei in Skylanders Imaginators during Sony's Conference

Just like last year saw Bowser and Donkey Kong revealed as "Skymiibo" for Skylanders SuperChargers, this year's E3 delivered another ground-breaking reveal...the beloved, Crash Bandicoot is coming to Skylanders Imaginators!

Crashing the Skylanders Imaginators Party at E3: Crash Bandicoot Reveal!
Toy Images, Illustrations, Screenshots, and Gameplay!


Reports claiming he will only be available in PS3/PS4 Starter Packs or only be playable on PlayStations are FALSE.

Crash Bandicoot will be playable on both Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as the Nintendo Wii U.

And while he will be available at launch exclusively in Special PS3/PS4 Starter Packs, he should be headed for a stand-alone release later on...

Also of note, the Crash Bandicoot Starter Packs will run you $99.99.  Regular ($74.99) Starter Packs will also be available for both PlayStation consoles.

As seen in the video, they have done a fantastic job integrating Crash as a Skylander and he looks right at home.  Just as Bowser and Donkey Kong had faithful movesets, the same applies to Crash Bandicoot.

Crash mega-fans will also be happy to hear that Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped are all slated for release in 2017 as HD remasters for PS4 Owners.  Those who fall into that camp are also likely to remember that this is the 20th Anniversary for Crash Bandicoot, so the timeline ties in quite well.

I have created two-new polls on the Skylander Club Forum:
-Crash Hype
-Crash vs Bowser & Donkey Kong

Anyone can vote in the polls, so please do and let your sentiments be known!

You can also learn more on the Skylander Club Forum:
http://www.skylanderclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=659

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Skylanders Imaginators: What You Need to Know

Well, June 1st, 2016...summer is fast approaching and we are a mere 4 months and change from Skylanders Six, or Skylanders Imaginators as we can now call it!  Imaginators features two big selling points: new Sensei Skylanders and Imaginite Creation Crystals that will store YOUR CUSTOM SKYLANDERS!  Check the video for more information:

Skylanders Imaginators: What You Need to Know

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KIDS CREATE THEIR ULTIMATE SKYLANDERS IN
SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS

The Only Way to Bring a Gigantic Flaming Chipmunk-Headed Tornado Twisting Dino-Legged Turtle-Shelled Bowslinger with a Robot Voice and a Jet Pack to Life!

Fans to Submit their Skylander Designs for Chance to have
Creations Featured in Game at Launch!




Santa Monica, Calif. - June 1, 2016 - Since the launch of Skylanders®, kids around the world have sent Toys For Bob, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, hand-drawn Skylanders with one special request - please bring my Skylander to life.This October, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will make that wish a reality. For the first time,Skylanders® Imaginators will empower Portal Masters to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander.

"Since we launched the very first Skylanders game, we have received countless letters and drawings from kids all over the world sharing their vision for their own Skylanders. No matter how in touch with our 'inner kids' we might think we are as adults, nothing comes close to the endless creativity that springs from the mind of an inspired kid," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. "We've turned this year's game into the ultimate blank canvas for kids' imaginations so they can create and play their own Skylanders."

Skylanders Imaginators gives players immense possibilities -- including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more -- to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable. The amazing depth of the creation system could allow for more than a googol distinctive characters.

With the evil Kaos on a new quest to take over Skylands, it's up to Portal Masters everywhere to create their own Skylanders - known as Imaginators - using the new elementally-aligned toy type called the Creation Crystal. Creation Crystals allow players to transport their Imaginators to consoles at anytime, anywhere!
Skylanders Imaginators introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger, Brawler and more. Skylanders Senseis help train created Imaginators by offering a range of benefits including unlocking super-cool Imaginator weapons, providing access to special areas in the game, as well as bestowing Secret Techniques across the Battle Classes. Senseis also have their own unique benefits including the extraordinary ability to unleash Sky-Chi - the ultimate Battle Class super move. There are a total of 31 Senseis, which include some fan-favorite villains who have been reformed and now fight for good!

"Skylanders consistently delivers on innovative gameplay experiences. With customization a dominant trend in the consumer market, the fact that Skylanders Imaginators will allow kids to bring their own creations to life is a game changer and one our customers will enjoy," said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys"R"Us, Inc. "We are proud to continue to serve as a marquee Skylanders destination, and look forward to fans' excitement when the new Skylanders Imaginators game arrives this holiday season."

To celebrate imaginations coming to life, Activision is kicking off the 
"Skylanders Art-to-Life Contest." Starting today, Portal Masters are invited to submit drawings of their own created Skylanders for a chance to have their characters represented in the Skylanders Imaginators game at launch! To participate, fans simply draw their imagined Skylander and submit it via Instagram or Twitter with the dedicated hashtag#SkylandersArtContest, or to us directly at SkylandersCommunity@Activision.com

The judging panel will include Toys For Bob who will determine a grand prize winner. For more information, including rules, visit: Skylanders.com/SkylanderArtContest. 
Starting today, fans can pre-order Skylanders Imaginators Starter Packs which include two new Skylanders characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power®and the full AAA game. Skylanders Imaginators will be available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo's Wii U™ system.

Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games. The game will be available on October 16 in North America for the suggested retail price of $74.99. For more information, fans can check out the debut of the Skylanders Snapchat channel or watch the story unfold here and here.

Master King Pen: Figure, Illustration, and Screenshots

Golden Queen: Figure, Illustration, and Screenshot


Tri-Tip: Figure, Illustration, and Screenshot

Fire Element Imaginite Creation Crystal
Custom Fire Skylander Screenshots

What I Would Like to See in Skylanders 6

So...heavily requested video and a MASSIVE time constraint.  Basically we will have official news on the real Skylanders 6 here in a few hours.  Do I know some things already?  Yes.  Have I seen some things that people weren't supposed to see yet? Yes.  Can you find that same info on the net...most certainly.  However, out of respect to the people behind the game I won't be posting or discussing any of that here...These are my legitimate "wants" for Skylanders 6.

That said...check back later today as I'll likely have a slew of info up on the next installment! You can also check my site here AND the Skylander Club Forum (http://www.skylanderclub.com) for more info throughout the day (keep in mind I work a real job and this is a side-hobby).

Anyway here is the video...

What I Would Like to See in Skylanders 6


Is it long...yeah, but what did you expect?  I have to crank this stuff out late at night (4 AM now) and I am working with a really badly stubbed toe (good news, I don't think I broke it, haha).

So here are some bullet points, obviously the video will expand on these:

SSA Format 
-Elemental Areas are Meaningful
-Elemental Levels
-Central Focus on Levels and Boss Battles
-Save Points
-Maintain Training Ground
--Enemy Spawn Button/Simulator

Character Release
-Include Battlecat Card
-1 of Whatever Required available AT LAUNCH
-All Undead Characters available BEFORE Halloween
-Modest Line-up (16-24 maximum)
-Series 2 for Core Skylanders
--Warnado, Dino-Rang, Sunburn, Ghost Roaster/Chopper, Blades, Scorp, Star Strike etc.
-SuperCharger Treatment for any Returning Character
--Ie if we get another Spyro, give him a whole new move set etc.
-If Triple Packs really exist, make them just as available as Singles to help folks save money
-Hidden Chase Variants-Up End Consumer's Chance of Landing Specials
-Legendary, Nitro, Dark, etc all need Stat Boosts
-$9.99 target price, $12.99 max for "Gimmick-Landers"
-Maintain Eon's Elite $19.99 with frequent sales
-LightCore WITH full upgrade tree AND user activated flash bomb

Complete Set Bonus (Not in Video--See, Another Perk to Reading!)
-If you have ALL of a certain character, you should get an accolade, special hat, or stat boost...just a nice token of appreciation.  So S1 Terrafin, S2 Terrafin, S3 Terrafin, and SuperCharged Terrafin = Accolades.
--I think this could also apply to full sets of Legendary or Dark Skylanders.

Additional Game Modes

Battle Mode
--Must Have It.  If not "in game" than stand alone entry
---Update Character Roster and add new arenas
----Seasonal Updates
--Single Player vs AI, Local, and Online
---Expanding past 2 Skylanders would be a future goal
---Imagine an online 4v4, or pitting the SSA Life vs SSA Undead..EPICNESS!!!!

Heroics or Quests
--Expand on Character's Lore
--Allow users to spend time and train/upgrade (statistically enhance) their favorite Skylanders

Adventure Packs
-Would Love to Play the Levels Again!  What a surprise it would be! HD Darklight Crypt!!

Worries
-Traps and Vehicles...Any function?
-Removing established features...never makes people happy

Future Expansion

Battle Mode
--Ultimate Replay Value...Incentive for older characters
---Frequent Updates and DLC for new characters and arenas 

Battlecast
--If the game takes off, it needs to be updated regularly by adding in new characters
---It would be okay to do so slowly as to not overwhelm players/collectors

PC Presence
--Battlecast needs to be on PC; tons of kids online (see Minecraft servers)
--Skylanders: Spyro's Universe
---I would love to see this, or something similar relaunched.  Endless possibilities.  It was a TON of FUN for anyone who missed out...and I had a killer Skylands if you wondered ;)

Conclusion
I could seriously go on...for hours.  This is kind of a rushed video despite having been thinking about it for a while now...I added a few points of interest here that were not covered in the video.  That said, let me know your thoughts and I will catch you back for insights on the REAL Skylanders 6!!