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4:42 PM - Wednesday the 8th of August, 2012 - by dark52
It looks like Activision are once again taking the Skylanders on a tour of Europe. It apparently starts this Saturday, the 11th of August, in the Birmingham Bullring. Further dates and locations are detailed below.

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The tour will offer fans multiple ways to get to know their favourite Skylanders, and a first look at Skylanders Giants, the new addition to the franchise set to come to homes this Autumn.

The Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Arena Tour kicks off in the UK on Saturday 11th August, making a first appearance at Birmingham's Bullring Centre before heading down to London for family festival LolliBop from 17-19th August. It will then travel to the Destination Jeux festival in France (22nd-23rd August), Breman and Centro in Germany (25th August and 31st/1st September), Stockholm (7-8th September), Milan (15-16th September), Madrid (22nd-23rd September), and Paris (29th September), before a final stopover in the Netherlands (6-7th October).

All of the Skylanders Spyro's Adventure Tour arenas will offer fans multiple gameplay opportunities, as well as a wealth of other interactive and entertaining activities.

See the official website for more details as well as a few games to play.
5:38 PM - Wednesday the 6th of June, 2012 - by dark52
Hopefully you'll all have been following the discussion in the Skylanders: Giants forum but if not then never fear, here is a roundup of some of the new videos and information for the upcoming game.

First up is the game's latest trailer, this features four brand new Skylanders (Jet-Vac, Pop Fizz, Tree Rex, Bouncer) and showcases a whole selection of others in a brief glimpse at the end.

Then we have loads of interviews with folk from Toys for Bob. G4TV has one, Coin-op TV did one, then there's one from ClevverGames, another by Machinima and one more on ScrewAttack.

For gameplay GameSpot have a vignette for the new Tech Giant Bouncer and XGNEntertainment have one for the Life Giant Tree Rex. Coin-op TV demonstrate a few of Tree Rex's moves and FanBoltGaming have posted almost ten minutes of a level playing as several different characters throughout. Wired too get their hands on the giants to play with for a short while. And the official Skylanders Facebook account has some exclusive gameplay footage too.

One of Swords brings a bit more info too, one thing is that the developer for the 3DS version appears to have switched from Vicarious Visions to n-Space. He also posted the prices for the Starter Pack ($74.99), the Portal Owner Pack ($59.99), a Giant ($14.99), a LightCore Skylander ($11.99), and a standard Skylander ($9.99).

The main four new Skylanders featured at E3 were:

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Tree Rex, Bouncer

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Jet-Vac, Pop Fizz

You can see some screenshots of them in the gallery. A few other Skylanders have also made an appearance at E3 including an Earth Giant named Crusher and a Life Skylander called Shroomboom.

Your original toys from Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure will be able to level up to the new cap of 15 in Giants but only the new reposed "Series 2" versions with an orange base will be able to make use of their new "Wow Pow" powers.

The game is due out this October on the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 3DS.

Oh and it's also the eighth anniversary of darkSpyro today, so yay for that.
11:05 PM - Monday the 23rd of April, 2012 - by dark52
The source of the much rumoured pets has finally been revealed: starting in July to get them in North America you'll be buying Frito-Lay multipacks. How you'll get them in other parts of the world is currently unknown.

These "Skylanders Sidekicks" work in-game just like the Magic Items that you get with Adventure Packs and they'll follow your Skylanders around like a pet.

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Their names are "Whisper Elf", "Trigger Snappy", "Gill Runt", and "Terrabite".
2:10 PM - Wednesday the 4th of April, 2012 - by dark52
Now that Wave 4 has been released it's nearly time for those last three Skylanders to make their appearance. The final wave consists of Camo, Warnado and Wham-Shell.

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The new packs you'll be seeing are:

  • Triple Pack: Warnado, Camo, Ignitor
  • Single Pack: Warnado
  • Single Pack: Camo
  • Single Pack: Wham-Shell

And the Toys R Us exclusivity of Dragon's Peak should finish towards the end of April.

Barring any surprises, that wraps up the release schedule for Skylanders until October when Giants is released.
2:59 PM - Friday the 30th of March, 2012 - by dark52
A brand new Skylanders game for the iPhone/iPad, called Skylanders: Cloud Patrol, has been released in the Canadian iTunes.

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Join TRIGGER HAPPY and the rest of the SKYLANDERS as they patrol the Skylands for escaped trolls! Grab your favorite Skylander and take to the skies in your flying gunship to put those troublesome trolls in their place - Skylanders style.

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Look out for it soon on your own local internets.
3:20 PM - Saturday the 3rd of March, 2012 - by dark52
Hopefully you've all found all of wave three! No? Oh. Well here comes Wave Four! Wired confirms that Wave 4 will be made up of Zook, Lightning Rod, and Sunburn. Sunburn of course being found in the Dragon's Peak Adventure Pack.

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Toys R Us have also recently released the fourth Legendary Skylander, Legendary Trigger Happy, as well as an increase in stock of the other three Legendaries.

Here's the make up of the new products:

  • Triple Pack: Zook, Lightning Rod, Cynder
  • Single Pack: Zook
  • Single Pack: Lightning Rod
  • Single Pack: Legendary Trigger Happy
  • Adventure Pack: Dragon's Peak

Legendary Trigger Happy is a permanent Toys R Us exclusive while Dragon's Peak will only be a Toys R Us exclusive for 30 days, after that it should become more widely available.

Update: Wave 4 also contains the single pack of Ignitor.
3:26 PM - Tuesday the 7th of February, 2012 - by dark52
The Wall Street Journal has the first details of the newly announced sequel; Skylanders Giants. Set to be released this Autumn the game will add eight new toys that are said to be more than twice the size of the original characters as well as eight more normal sized Skylanders.

Activision will debut the new game at the International Toy Fair that runs February 12th-15th, just like they did with Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure last year.

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See Kotaku for more images of the game.

They have also confirmed that all of the current Skylanders will work just fine with the sequel, so you'll have plenty of time to stock up and prepare to continue your adventures.

Until then we've still got Camo, Legendary Trigger Happy, Lightning Rod, Sunburn, Warnado, Wham-Shell, and Zook to even be released.
12:07 AM - Tuesday the 27th of December, 2011 - by dark52
The lineup for the next wave of Skyanders has been detailed thanks to (but unfortunately no exact release date). For brand new characters you'll be able to find Double Trouble, Cynder, and Slam Bam. You will also apparently be able to find the previously exclusive characters Whirlwind and Drill Sergeant for wider purchase.

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You will be able to get them in the following combinations:

A Triple Pack containing Whirlwind, Drill Sergeant and Double Trouble.
Single Packs of Cynder, Double Trouble, Whirlwind, Drill Sergeant.
And the Adventure Pack "Empire of Ice" with Slam Bam.

As for release date, a German catalogue gives them a vague "January" release date but who knows?
4:00 PM - Monday the 7th of November, 2011 - by dark52
The second wave of characters for Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is about to appear. Wrecking Ball, Dino-Rang, and Hex are the new Skylanders being introduced this time around. They're released next week on Tuesday November 15th (NA) and Friday the 18th of November Saturday the 10th of December (EU), you should also be able to find the Adventure Pack "Darklight Crypt" in more places.

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You might even get lucky and be able to find them early, as one poster on NeoGAF seems to have done.

UPDATE: As well as the individual packs you'll also be able to find them in two new triple character packs.

One containing: Stealth Elf, Wrecking Ball, and Sonic Boom
The other: Hex, Zap, and Dino-Rang

UPDATE 2: Looks like the European date has been moved backwards to December.
9:48 PM - Thursday the 13th of October, 2011 - by dark52
As many of us draw ever closer to the release of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure this weekend (already available in Australia) the web component of the game has appeared at Skylanders: Spyro's Universe. Here you can play several mini-games and wander about trying to level your characters up and build and upgrade your own little Skylands lair that you can keep all of your characters in.

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7:39 PM - Saturday the 8th of October, 2011 - by dark52
There's only one week left to go until Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure is released, so here's an advert depicting the beginning of the story:

12:50 AM - Wednesday the 28th of September, 2011 - by dark52
As part of the run up to the launch of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure in just a few weeks time the official Skylanders Youtube channel has posted two new commercials for the game. Check them out below.

10:03 AM - Thursday the 8th of September, 2011 - by dark52
The official Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure website has updated and revealed the names of all the remaining Skylanders. If the poster earlier this week wasn't big enough for you then here they all are...

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Spyro - Double Trouble

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Wrecking Ball - Voodood

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Slam Bam - Zap

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Wham-Shell - Gill Grunt

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Bash - Dino-Rang

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Prism Break - Terrafin

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Hex - Cynder

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Chop Chop - Ghost Roaster

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Ignitor - Sunburn

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Flameslinger - Eruptor

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Whirlwind - Warnado

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Sonic Boom - Lightning Rod

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Boomer - Drill Sergeant

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Drobot - Trigger Happy

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Camo - Stump Smash

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Zook - Stealth Elf

Thanks go to Aura24 for spotting the update.
9:25 PM - Monday the 5th of September, 2011 - by dark52
To help promote the release of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Activision and Nickelodeon are teaming up to tour Europe with a set of special events.

The tour kicks off in Liverpool this weekend on the 10th and 11th of September before moving to London for the 17th and 18th. After that it's headed to France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Spain.

For those who can't make it to the events, the tour's website still has an interesting addition; the poster depicting all 32 Skylanders is finally at a size where you can see all of the remaining characters, including one you might not have been expecting.

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2:00 PM - Saturday the 3rd of September, 2011 - by dark52
The folks over at have posted the full list of the Xbox 360 achievements for Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. They all seem fairly straightforward and it looks like only one requires a specific Skylander; and that's one included in the box.

The trophies for the PlayStation 3 version are likely to be identical.
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