Skylanders: Giants

Skylanders: Giants

A direct sequel to Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

Skylanders: Giants
Platform Developer Age Rating Release Date
EU NA Europe North America
PlayStation 3WiiXbox 360
Toys for Bob
7+ E10+ - Everyone 10+ Oct 19th 2012 Oct 21st 2012
Wii U
Vicarious Visions
Nov 30th 2012 Nov 18th 2012
Nintendo 3DS
n-Space
Oct 19th 2012 Oct 21st 2012

Story

As a direct sequel the story picks up following on from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. Here is the very basic premise of the game as told by a press release:

Players will resume their role as a powerful Portal Master, who controls their a team of Skylanders, including Giants, mythical and powerful heroes that play a pivotal role in the quest to save the Skylands from Kaos, who is back with another plan to rule over Skylands. Players will navigate perilous lands, battle powerful enemies, collect treasures and solve interesting puzzles.

Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow have returned to help write the story.

Characters

As well as being able to use all of the Skylanders from the original game, Skylanders Giants introduces 16 brand new characters to play as. This new lineup is made up of eight regular sized Skylanders and eight Giants who are about twice the size of the other characters.

Here are pictures of all of the brand new Skylanders:

Giants Lineup

First row: Life Giant "Tree Rex", Tech Giant "Bouncer", Magic Giant "Ninjini", Air Giant "Swarm", Earth Giant "Crusher", Water Giant "Thumpback", Fire Giant "Hot Head", Undead Giant "Eye-Brawl"

Second row: Life Skylander "Shroomboom", Tech Skylander "Sprocket", Magic Skylander "Pop Fizz", Air Skylander "Jet-Vac", Earth Skylander "Flashwing", Water Skylander "Chill", Fire Skylander "Hot Dog", Undead Skylander "Fright Rider"

Third row: "Legendary Stealth Elf", "Legendary Bouncer", "Punch Pop Fizz", "Legendary Jet-Vac", "Granite Crusher" "Legendary Slam Bam", "Legendary Ignitor"

Fourth row: "Gnarly Tree Rex", "Royal Double Trouble", "Scarlet Ninjini", "Polar Whirlwind", "Jade Flashwing", "Legendary LightCore Chill", "Molten Hot Dog"

And if that wasn't enough there will also be new poses for 24 of the characters from the first game and eight LightCore versions (four of the new Skylanders, four of the old), bringing the total number of new toys to 62. That's a grand total of 99 toys if you include the 37 from Spyro's Adventure.

In the brand new Starter Pack you will get three Skylanders (on console Jet-Vac, Cynder (Series 2) and Tree Rex, on 3DS Punch Pop Fizz, Cynder (Series 2) and Tree Rex), a Portal of Power, Trading Cards, a Poster, and the game. The Starter Pack will also be available without the Portal of Power for those who already have it but it will only have one Skylander; Tree Rex.

To help differentiate between the old and new sets, the base of the Skylanders for Skylanders: Giants will be orange instead of the green currently seen on the Spyro's Adventure toys.

Here is a table to show the compatibility and features of the characters:

Type of Skylander Wow Pow Path Switch LightCore Blast Spyro's Adventure Heroic Challenge
Giant No No No No Yes
Legendary Giant No No No No Yes
New Skylander No No No No Yes
LightCore New Skylander No No Yes No Yes
Legendary New Skylander No No No No Yes
Series 2 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
LightCore Series 2 No No Yes Yes Yes
Legendary Series 2 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Series 1 No No No Yes No

And all toys are compatible with the online world of Skylanders: Universe.

Portal of Power

Portal of Power

Once again the game uses a Portal of Power, the technology inside has not changed so you will still be able to use the portal you got with Spyro's Adventure and there will be a version of the game without a portal.

The portal included with the Starter Pack for Giants has a slightly different appearance to the old one; the base of the portal (previously green) now glows the same colour as the top but the runes on the side no longer glow at all. All console portals will be wired this time to combat the issues with battery consumption.

The new large "Giants" are sized so that you can still fit two of them on at the same time for co-op play.

The Portals (both new and old) also power the brand new LightCore features of certain special Skylanders, when brought near the Portal of Power they will start glowing. All of the Giant Skylanders contain this LightCore feature but only a select few of the normal sized Skylanders have a LightCore variant. Those that can have it are Jet-Vac, Pop Fizz, Chill, Shroomboom, Drobot, Hex, Eruptor, and Prism Break. The LightCore versions of these characters will cost more than the regular versions (and the ones in the Starter Pack are not the LightCore versions).

Platforms

The game will appear on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, and 3DS as well as on mobile devices and the web. There will not be a PC/Mac version this time.

Music

The theme music will again be by Academy Award Winning film composer Hans Zimmer and there will be a brand new score by returning composer, Lorne Balfe.

Exclusives

Toys R Us will again have several Skylanders exclusives, the first of which is a Legendary Triple Pack containing Legendary Ignitor, Legendary Slam Bam and Legendary Jet-Vac. At launch they will also have a single of the giant Legendary Bouncer.

Target in the US will have a special darker version of Crusher, "Granite Crusher", as an exclusive.

At launch GameStop will have an exclusive Golden version of the "Dragonfire Cannon Battle Pack", a normal version will also be available elsewhere at launch.

GAME/Gamestation in the UK and Walmart in the US have an exclusive Glow in the Dark variant of the Series 2 Cynder and a Glow in the Dark Portal of Power in their console Starter Packs.


Comments
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#18892 Greeble 14:05:05 18/08/2014
V I always try to get Triple packs rather than hunting for singles, but typically the last ones i wanted were't released as single.

Bash was one of the main ones i wanted, i love the repose.
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#18891 shadowstarcat 02:26:48 17/08/2014
V Congrats, I still have heaps more to collect
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#18890 Greeble 12:44:15 13/08/2014
Finally managed to get hold of Bash smilie

What a pain he was to find, but i've completed my set even though i had to get a Lightcore Jet-Vac and Drobot but hey ho that's the UK retailers for you.
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#18889 Epic popthorn 04:39:39 11/08/2014
V Nah.
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#18888 Dark Bro 01:57:59 11/08/2014
Is it bad that I just sold this game for $20.00?
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#18887 xXBeavcoonXx 02:59:20 10/08/2014
Wilikin creep me out.
I thought the final boss of the Wilikins was gonna be Chucky or something
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#18886 Epic popthorn 02:06:27 09/08/2014
I think thumpback is one of the WORST skylanders ever!
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#18885 wreckingballbob 21:11:17 08/08/2014
V Seriously, that is the damage they do in the game. The bolder numbers are critical hits. And Ninjini has a lot stronger attacks.

And no Thumpback isn't in the top 10 strongest.
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#18884 SkylandersGamer 19:26:49 08/08/2014
V that doesn't make any sense

What's with all the numbers and no smilie is, he's pretty much invincible he's the Godzilla of the franchise
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#18883 wreckingballbob 11:13:07 08/08/2014
smilie Swords of Might
Wishblades
SG: 30, 30, 37 45, 45, 55
SSF: 52 81
Bottle Blast
SG: 23 34
SSF: 90 140
Surrealistic Spheres
SG: 25 37
SSF: 40 62
Bottle Rockets
SG: 12 18
SSF: 18 28
Fling Blade
SG: 72 108
SSF: 95 147
Enchanted Blade
SG: 15 30
SSF: 15 23
Wishbladeslosion
SG: 120 180
SSF: 140 217
Dazzing Enchantment
SSF: 12 19

smilie Anchors A-Yay
Anchor Assault
SG: 36, 36, 36 54, 54, 54
SSF: 48, 48, 85 74, 74, 132
Belly Flop
SG: 36 54
SSF: 50 78
A Whale of a Chomp
SG: 45 67
SSF: 65 101
Power Swing
SG: 90 135
SSF: 80 124
Whirlpool Ripper
SG: 6 9
SSF: 12 19
Blowhard
SG: 20 36
SSF: 65 101

Ninjini is stronger.
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#18882 SkylandersGamer 14:23:03 07/08/2014
V I'm pretty sure smilie does more damage
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#18881 wreckingballbob 14:09:16 07/08/2014
V I pretty sure smilie's attacks did more damage which means she is stronger.
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#18880 SkylandersGamer 13:09:55 07/08/2014
No smilie is the strongest Giant
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#18879 Greeble 12:24:49 07/08/2014
V I always thought Crusher was the strongest.

Ninjini was a let down for me, i didn't like very much about her.
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#18878 wreckingballbob 08:59:42 07/08/2014
V Ninjini is pretty strong though. I'd say she's the strongest Giant.
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