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Skylanders Swap Force - a good step forward for the series

Jumping! Swapping! Prettier visuals! All reasons why Marti Bennett is excited about Skylanders Swap Force

A couple of weeks ago at the New York toy fair, alongside a huge Toys R Us Skylanders give-away in Times Square, Activision's CEO Eric Hirshberg introduced the world to Skylanders Swap Force.

The third instalment of the Skylanders franchise brings new toys with the ability to swap their body parts. There will be 16 swap-able figures. So, in total, that will create 256 different figure combinations for gameplay. Alongside the new Swap Force figures there will also be a handful of new basic figures, and returning favourites.

Activision have already announced a handful of the new figure names. The Swap Force are: Wash Buckler (Water element), Freeze Blade (Water element). Magna Charge (Tech element), Stink Bomb (Life element), Blast Zone (Fire element), and Night Shift (Undead). There have only been two brand new normal Skylanders anounced so far - Count Down (Tech element) and Roller Brawl (Undead).

The story is based on the Cloudbreak Islands and the return of Kaos. Skylanders Swap Force also has undergone a graphical upgrade and is being worked on by Vicarious Visions, the studio behind Skylanders 3DS and the Wii U version of Skylanders Giants. Also, all Skylanders will now have the ability to jump! Exciting stuff!

As a huge Skylanders fan, I'm really excited about Skylanders Swap Force. The ability to change the figures into something you want to play with is a good step forward for the series.

When it was announced, I saw many comments from people saying that they were surprised another game was being released so soon. It's been said that Skylanders was the most successful toy franchise of 2012, so as long as Skylanders sell in crazy numbers I cant see them going away for a very long time.

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The sad thing about Swap Force is that you will need to purchase a new portal. I'm sure Activision would have avoided this if possible (they didn't release a new one for Giants) and it is understandable as the current portals only support two Skylanders and would need the ability to read up to 4 NFC contacts (two Swap Force figures on the portal) as both upper and lower half count as individual pieces. But, apart from that, I do really like the design of the new portal. As usual, all previous Skylanders and adventure/battle packs are compatible with Skylanders Swap Force.

I'm really looking forward to hearing more about Skylanders Swap Force before it is released this winter.

I'd like to know what fans of the series think about it, too. Do you think the ability to swap parts is a good idea? What's your favourite of the newly announced figures? Will you be picking up Skylanders Swap Force?

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  1. Scraggy man Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 08:27

    MONEY!!!

  2. Xenobladeperson Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 12:37

    I thought cons were illegal, someone please explain why Skylanders is still available to purchase.

  3. justthetrick.tm Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 14:41

    Regardless of whether you think this is a con or not people are happy to pay out for it and are happy with their purchase. Any line of toys could be deemed a con by your standards.

  4. linkmarth29 Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 16:30

    This is the first time I've been impressed by skylanders. Can you use other ones, by which I mean all the other skylanders from the other 2 games though?

  5. Elwyn games Sunday 3rd Mar 2013 at 09:10

    It's an intresting ability. Being able to swap parts (and jump, finally!) will allow more freedom to choose wich characters you use and how.

  6. Pyron12 Sunday 3rd Mar 2013 at 09:13

    Good Idea. It would be even better if they were £2 for one character... but I can dream.

  7. Xenobladeperson Sunday 3rd Mar 2013 at 21:36

    Regardless of whether you think this is a con or not people are happy to pay out for it and are happy with their purchase. Any line of toys could be deemed a con by your standards.


    £5 - £10 for one additional character in a game.

    Think about it.

  8. Zing06 Monday 4th Mar 2013 at 11:08

    Regardless of whether you think this is a con or not people are happy to pay out for it and are happy with their purchase. Any line of toys could be deemed a con by your standards.


    £5 - £10 for one additional character in a game.

    Think about it.

    So it's acceptable for people to pay £5-£10 on an action figure that a child will probably get bored of but as soon as it's connected to a game it's a con?

    Anyway, I've been interested in Skylanders but never got around to buying it, the new swappable aspect seems quite good but I'll only buy it if the portal works with the previous games.

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