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2:34 PM - Wednesday the 12th of October, 2016 - by dark52
Skylanders Academy releases on Netflix in two weeks so it's about time we finally got a look at the show in action with the show's first trailer:


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Skylanders Academy follows the heroic adventures of Spyro, Eruptor, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Pop Fizz as they travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers. Skylanders Academy promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats with epic action for kids of all ages.


The 13 episode first season will be released all at once on the 28th of October, with the second season following in late 2017.

And in other news, to mark today's release of Skylanders Imaginators in Australia and New Zealand the Skylanders Creator app launched on Android and iOS, there's nearly 1000 parts to unlock in there so get cracking!
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2:01 PM - Monday the 3rd of October, 2016 - by dark52
Update 12/10: App now available on Google Play and iTunes.

The official unveiling of the Skylanders Creator app has today revealed that along with being able to create Imaginators within the app it will also let you order a playable 3D print of your Imaginator (for $50, quantities limited), a playable card with a picture of your Imaginator on ($15) or even a T-shirt with your Imaginator on it ($25, not playable).

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The app (which launches on October 12th) will let you create an Imaginator from scratch or import one from the game by sound once the game is released in a couple of weeks. It is only possible to transfer to the app and not the other way around, the only way to use an Imaginator created in the app in the game is to buy the card or figure of it (or to meticulously recreate it in the game by hand). Getting more parts to use will require you to open daily chests but parts used in Imaginators transferred from the game will unlock automatically. FamilyGamerTV have an interview with Paul Reiche explaining it all.

The list of devices that are supported by the app according to the official website are: iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone SE, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s, iPod touch 5th Gen, iPad Pro 12.9in, iPad Pro 9.7in, iPad Air 2, iPad 4th Gen, iPad 3rd Gen, iPad 2, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 1st Gen. Samsung Note III, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, Samsung Nexus, ASUS Nexus 7.

They will also be running a global contest to win a custom 3D-printed Imaginator, to enter you'll just need to share your design on social media using the #CreatorContest tag from October 24th.

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And to get a taste of creating your own character there is a Character Creator on the official website that you can experiment with. There's currently only the Bazooker class, a small number of parts and no colour options so it is a little more limited than the app or game will be.
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12:24 AM - Wednesday the 21st of September, 2016 - by dark52
The release date for the animated show Skylanders Academy was announced today as the 28th of October. As is usual on Netflix the entire first season of thirteen episodes will be available at that time.

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And in other news another Skylanders Imaginators variant, Mystical Tae Kwon Crow, has turned up - this time via a video on the official website.


It is as yet unknown when he will be available and whether he will be an exclusive.
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1:29 AM - Monday the 19th of September, 2016 - by dark52
Continuing the rather odd looking line of variants that started with Smash Hit last year is Steel Plated Hood Sickle for Skylanders Imaginators.

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Previously seen referenced to by text listings this is our first proper look at the variant that, according to the box, will once again be exclusive to Best Buy. Best Buy have yet to post it (or any other figures) themselves but if the European listings are any indication then it should be available at launch (which is less than a month away!).

Thanks to Buuzer for spotting it on Amazon.it.
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11:34 PM - Saturday the 17th of September, 2016 - by dark52
Toys R Us have posted the first of their new exclusive Legendary Skylanders for Skylanders Imaginators and it's a Legendary Tri-Tip.

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Sporting a new red and gold colour scheme compared to the blue and gold Legendaries of the previous games, Legendary Tri-Tip will be released at launch. His regular edition is part of Wave 2 which is expected to also be released at or near to launch but perhaps in more limited quantities or only at specific stores to begin with.

Another new look Legendary being produced for Imaginators is Legendary Pit Boss, an Undead Sorcerer. He was accidentally revealed by the official website earlier in the week when they unveiled his regular edition.

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It is not yet known when this guy will be released.


Thanks to preciousawaken for spotting the Tri-Tip listing.
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2:22 PM - Tuesday the 16th of August, 2016 - by dark52
While we patiently await news from gamescom this week, some US retailers have spilled the beans on a certain someone's inclusion in the Crash Editions. Not only will they contain the regular Starter Pack's contents and Crash Bandicoot but they'll also have a Dr. Neo Cortex toy too!

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The packaging indicates that Cortex will be part of the Tech element and will be a Sorcerer Sensei (hopefully why will become clear once we see him in action).

For those of you who are not on a Sony system it is worth noting that some European retailers have listed a product with the title "Adv Pk Crash" with an end of November release date. What that is exactly is of course not 100% clear but it could be a way for you to get your hands on Crash, and possibly also Cortex, without having to buy a Starter Pack for a console you don't own.
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10:43 PM - Friday the 5th of August, 2016 - by dark52
Thanks to a Reddit post by Syniz we now know that as part of a bonus for pre-ordering Skylanders Imaginators it appears that certain participating retailers are going to be giving away a free Kaos figure.

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In the past two years we've had a Kaos trap and a Kaos trophy but now we're finally going to have a proper Kaos toy to add to our collections.
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6:41 PM - Monday the 1st of August, 2016 - by dark52
An update today to the Skylanders Battlecast trading card app brought in the four new Skylanders that are currently being given away in promotional packs of General Mills cereal in the US.

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Along with the brand new Sonic Boom and Prism Break Skylanders there are also two new variants of existing Skylanders, High Noon Trigger Happy and Obsidian Hot Head, who not only look different but have a different Ability to their regular counterparts.

Other new stuff the game has added include some help dialogs from Buzz as you go into menus for the first time as well as explanations of what the status effects do next to your cards when playing.
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1:07 PM - Tuesday the 26th of July, 2016 - by dark52
Instagram user adamaboumouss has spotted that the latest issue of MEGA! magazine has got a whole load of new Skylanders and Villains for Skylanders Imaginators.

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Organised by elemental alphabetical order we have for the new characters: Air Strike (Air), Starcast (Dark), Flarewolf (Fire), Boom Bloom (Life), Aurora (Light), Mysticat (Magic), and Pit Boss (Undead). Also included are the returning Villains Chompy Mage (Life) and Grave Clobber (Water).

We're getting very close to a full roster now as that brings the total seen Skylanders to 16 out of 20, and the Villains to 9 out of 11.

And thanks to forum member Newguy333 for spotting the post.
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7:43 PM - Saturday the 16th of July, 2016 - by dark52
The latest edition of the Argos catalogue has included advance listings for several previously unannounced Skylanders from Skylanders Imaginators.

They include an Earth Sentinel named Barbella, an Undead Smasher called Chopscotch, as well as two returning villains: the Tech Quickshot "Dr. Krankcase" and the elementally realigned Fire Ninja "Tae Kwon Crow".

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And a few days ago there was an official reveal at the "Sweet Suite 16" event in New York City where they showed off another elementally realigned returning villain, the now Dark Sentinel "Hood Sickle".
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5:19 PM - Thursday the 16th of June, 2016 - by dark52
The animated Skylanders TV series Skylanders Academy will debut on Netflix in Fall 2016 as part of a two season partnership it was announced today.

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The series follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a group of heroes with unique elemental skills and personalities who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers and showing the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the "Skylander way."


Skylanders Academy will feature the voices of Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. There will of course be many more people providing voices for the series including The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O'Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz.

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The series' showrunner is Eric Rogers ("Futurama") and the animators are TeamTO. Check out a few more of the initial images of the show in our gallery and join the discussion in the forum.
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2:15 AM - Tuesday the 14th of June, 2016 - by dark52
Confirming the rumours, at Sony's E3 press conference it was revealed that Crash Bandicoot is indeed coming to Skylanders Imaginators.

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As for the game's lore for why he's here:

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A wormhole has opened in Skylands and the great Aku Aku appears! He has come to announce the once-in-two-decades Synchronization Celebration--a time when all of the worlds align perfectly. All the inhabitants of Wumpa Island are having a party and they want to invite the Skylanders. But with Kaos on a quest to take over Skylands using his army of Doomlanders, the Skylanders must focus on stopping his evil plans. Never one to shy away from danger, the legendary marsupial Crash Bandicoot leaps through the wormhole to join the Skylanders in the ultimate battle against Kaos!


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He will be available in special PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 Starter Packs but the character will be playable on all consoles, he will not be restricted like Bowser and Donkey Kong last year.


And that's not all for the long dormant character, they'll also be remastering the first three PS1 Crash Bandicoot games for PS4.
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11:05 PM - Friday the 10th of June, 2016 - by dark52
Following on from a couple of Singapore based retailers listing a PS4 exclusive "Crash Edition" of Skylanders Imaginators, the official website has perhaps inadvertently confirmed that something with that name is indeed coming.

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Nothing beyond the word "Crash" is mentioned as the tab does nothing when clicked on but it certainly backs up what those retailers had listed. With E3 2016 next week the contents of this "Crash" bundle will hopefully not remain a mystery for too much longer.

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The site also showed off the toys of a couple of new Sensei characters that we've previously seen in artwork form, as well as Wolfgang's regular toy.

Thanks to TheCreator for spotting this.
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2:55 PM - Wednesday the 1st of June, 2016 - by dark52
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The sixth game in the Skylanders series has been announced as Skylanders Imaginators. The core idea behind this edition of the game is the creation of your own custom Skylanders, there are also going to be 20 brand new "Sensei" Skylanders as well as 11 former Villains turned Skylander.

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To create one of these "Imaginators" (an example above) you'll first need a Creation Crystal, you get a Fire element one in this year's Starter Pack, once you have that you can choose a class of fighter (10 to choose from including Sorcerer, Brawler, Ninja, etc.) and then mix and match through thousands of different combinations of heads, arms, torsos, legs, voices, weapons, and colour schemes to create a Skylander of your very own. The Creation Crystals will cost $9.99 each.

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In addition to the custom Skylanders there will be new Sensei characters that will help improve your creations by unlocking things like special moves and allowing your creations to grow to higher levels. The Senseis are joined by a selection of reformed Villains, like Golden Queen, this time as fully fleshed out playable Skylanders complete with their own physical toy. These figures will cost $14.99 each.

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The game will be releasing on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U in October, on the 16th in North America, the 14th in Europe, and the 13th in Australia/New Zealand. There will not be a Wii, 3DS or even an iOS version of the game this time around. The regular version will cost $74.99 while the new Dark Edition will be $99.99.


For more coverage of the announcement check out articles across the web from places like TIME, Polygon, Game Informer, GameSpot, and Kotaku. There are also loads of videos up on Youtube from channels like CoinOp TV, FamilyGamer TV, The8Bittheater, Tealgamemaster and many more...
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1:03 PM - Tuesday the 31st of May, 2016 - by dark52
Jumping the gun a little, Toys R Us have included something called "Skylanders Imaginators" in the Character/Theme category for searching on their website. The category is completely empty when clicked on but this would seem to be the title for the next Skylanders game.

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We are anticipating a full reveal later in the week (tomorrow most likely) but in the meantime you can check out our Skylanders Imaginators forum for all the latest finds, like these three figures:

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