To get Polar Whirlwind in Australia however you will need to pre-order Skylanders SWAP Force from EB Games, much in the same manner as the rest of the world is doing to get LightCore Hex.
Forum member Tigorus has spotted the first of the new Adventure Packs thanks to a flyer given out when pre-ordering SWAP Force. The round, spiky, winged, core Skylander named Pop Thorn will be part of an Adventure Pack called "Tower of Time". And it appears to come with two brand new magic items just like the original Adventure Packs did.
To kick it off we've been introduced to several new characters, some brand new Swap Force type and some regular "core" Skylanders.
Hoot Loop, Free Ranger
Rattle Shake, LightCore Star Strike
Another brand new Swap Force type character, so far seen only in the newly updated version of the part swapping trailer, is a Fire Skylander called Fire Kraken. And for the core Skylanders you've got newcomers like Grim Creeper and, as shown off in various hands on play sessions, Fryno, a fiery rhino that has upgrades to get his very own motorbike (just like Hot Head).
We've also seen various returning Series 3 characters confirmed through brand new artwork like Spyro, Trigger Happy, Eruptor and Terrafin along with a few other brand new characters whose names have yet to be revealed.
On the gameplay and interview side of things you've got fairly extensive coverage from FamilyGamerTV showing off each of the new characters, like Fryno, as well as an interview with David Nathanielsz from Vicarious Visions the developers of Swap Force.
Coin-op TV too have a few videos and an interview of their own and The Skylander Kids have some up close videos on some more unnamed brand new Skylanders that were seen in toy form at the Skylanders' booth. GameSpot ran a live showing of the game and you can see the 25 minute recording of that to watch them show off of a wide variety of the characters and their combinations as they advance through a brand new level.
Today's Nintendo Direct had a few very brief seconds of video from the Nintendo 3DS version of Swap Force, it's at about the 17 minute mark but blink and you'll miss it.
And of course our very own Skylanders SWAP Force gallery has been updated with all the new screenshots and pieces of artwork that have been released.
The promotion runs from the 15th of June until the end of August giving away ten each day.
The game has also now had its release date confirmed by EuroGamer as coming out on the 13th of October in North America, the 18th of October in Europe and the 16th of October in Australia.
It has also been announced for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but obviously with no release date for the consoles themselves there's also no release date for those versions.
Along with those preorders are some new images of the packs, confirming for the first time exactly which two SWAP Force characters are in the Starter Pack, it's Wash Buckler and Blast Zone along with the "Series 3" equivalent Ninja Stealth Elf.
The 3DS Starter Pack has a completely separate line-up of toys, instead you get a different two SWAP Force characters (currently no names known but they are Undead and Air elements) as well as Volcanic Eruptor. So no duplicates like last time with Cynder and Tree Rex.
And from the Toys R Us preorder pages there are a few new screenshots that are now in the gallery.
And in other news, a new mini-game has been added to the official website. Called Dreadyacht Defenders it is essentially Plants vs Zombies using Skylanders, instead of plants, to fight against various enemies from the games that slowly advance towards you.
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In terms of a TV show or a movie, no there are not any plans. We believe the game is the entertainment. You talk to kids who are real fans of the franchise, and they will be able to tell you Gill Grunt’s powers, backstory, what his friends are and generally what’s going on in the world of Skylanders. The same sort of things that they are able to articulate around a TV show or a movie.
Kind of an odd reason really, especially when you consider the ongoing series of books that already provides new stories about the Skylanders and their adventures in Skylands.
Unfortunately no name for this new Magic character was revealed so you'll just have to come up with your own for the time being.
E3 2013 is now just over two weeks away so it's not long to wait until Activision finally release some official new information on Skylanders: Swap Force.
And even if you can't manage to get your hands on the Scarlet edition, the regular version of Ninjini has begun appearing on UK shopping sites like GAME so you won't have to miss out on the character herself.
Thanks to NAYHA for the heads up on Scarlet Ninjini.
Over the last nine years darkSpyro has grown significantly while following the Spyro and Skylanders series of games, thanks in no small part to the amazing community that has built up here over the years. Curse will be instrumental in helping the site to keep on growing in the future to meet the needs of the community.
Throughout the coming year we're going to continue to bring you all the news and coverage for the third game in the series, Skylanders Swap Force, that you've come to expect as well as make improvements to the site and the forums behind the scenes.
I am also now running a site for Curse called Infinity Guru. As the name might suggest Infinity Guru is focused on the upcoming videogame Disney Infinity, the game is due for release in August so it shouldn't directly interfere with any Skylanders work here. You can see that site here: http://www.infinityguru.com/
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To commemorate the great times we've had, everyone has been given 9,999,999 coins to use between now and April 29th. Now you can customize your Skyland as you've always wanted! Or, unlock some new Skylanders in the Club House. Go check your account now!
They will however be leaving the mini-games up for people to play, and to kick off this new direction they've added a brand new mini-game called Block Fu.
It is set to go on sale there on Tuesday (the 2nd of April) but quantities will be limited so make sure not to miss out!
Once again many members of the forum have reported finding her in a few Target stores across the US.
It is still unknown where the last two variants will be made available in the United States but elsewhere Polar Whirlwind has already been spotted in Norway and Scarlet Ninjini is available to pre-order in Germany (with a March 15th release date).
Molten Hot Dog is much like the regular Hot Dog that you can already find in the Scorpion Striker Battle Pack, except his colours are switched around being red where he was yellow and yellow where he was red. He is an in-game variant much like Granite Crusher, Punch Pop Fizz and Gnarly Tree Rex so he will appear that way in-game. In the United States he will be exclusive to Walmart, exclusivity arrangements in other countries are unknown at this time.
And recently the Legendary LightCore Chill toy has begun showing up in Canadian Toys R Us stores, if it follows the pattern of the previous post-launch Legendaries it shouldn't be too much longer before she is available in further countries. Being a Legendary she is of course an exclusive to Toys R Us.