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9:01 PM - Thursday the 9th of July, 2015 - by dark52
Earlier today Instagram user ziotec took some photos of the back of a Skylanders SuperChargers pre-order display box which shows off several new Skylanders and vehicles.

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So we now know of the new Life SuperCharger "Thrillipede", the returning Magic SuperCharger "Big Bubble Pop Fizz", and the new Light SuperCharger "Astroblast".

There are some new vehicles with Pop Fizz's vehicle "Soda Skimmer", Thrillipede's vehicle "Buzz Wing", and Astroblast's vehicle "Sun Runner". And we have names for Splat's vehicle "Splatter Splasher", Lava Lance Eruptor's vehicle "Burn-Cycle", and Stealth Elf's vehicle "Stealth Stinger".

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On the side of the box there is also confirmation of "Racing Action Packs", the example of which contains Deep Dive Gill Grunt, Reef Ripper, and a Sea Trophy shaped like Golden Queen's head. It is likely of a similar function to the Kaos Trophy that comes with the Dark Edition Starter Pack, but we still don't really know what that does yet either. The top corner of the pack does however mention "New Race Tracks" and "Race As Villains" so make of that what you will.

Also worth noting is that in a list of features the box mentions "NEW Online Multiplayer Race & Coop Modes".

In a separate event a product listing on a French retailer's website has outed a possible partial line-up for Wave 1 of SuperChargers along with a potential name of a SuperCharger "Smash It" (by the process of elimination that's either the Earth SuperCharger or the beginning of Roller Brawl's name). If the listings are accurate then (other than the Starter Packs) Wave 1 will be the following:

  • Dive-Clops
  • Stormblade
  • Fiesta
  • High Volt
  • Nightfall
  • "Smash It"
  • Shark Shooter Terrafin

  • Dive Bomber
  • Crypt Crusher
  • Sky Slicer
  • Shark Tank
  • Stealth Stinger
  • Jet Stream
  • Sea Shadow
  • Burn-Cycle

I am sure it's not out of the realms of possibility that there will also be a Racing Action Pack and Combo Packs available at launch in September.
12:43 PM - Tuesday the 7th of July, 2015 - by dark52
The Dark Editions for Skylanders SuperChargers have been revealed. The PS4/PS3/Xbox One/Xbox 360 versions will contain Dark Spitfire, Dark Super Shot Stealth Elf, Dark Hot Streak, Dark Sea Shadow and a Kaos Trophy that can be used to unlock "special Kaos gameplay content". It'll cost you $99.99 for the Dark Edition.

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The Wii U edition will have Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, Dark Turbo Charge Donkey Kong, Dark Barrel Blaster and the Kaos Trophy.

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The Wii edition will have Dark Spitfire, Dark Hot Streak, Dark Hammer Slam Bowser, Dark Clown Cruiser and the Kaos Trophy.

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Also revealed are several new entries to the Eon's Elite line of figures. The first wave of them will be available exclusively at Toys R Us in November and is made up of Slam Bam, Zook and Voodood.

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A second wave with Ghost Roaster, Boomer and Dino-Rang will be released in December.

Check out a load of screenshots and artwork in the SuperChargers Gallery.
5:35 PM - Tuesday the 16th of June, 2015 - by dark52
During today's Nintendo E3 "digital event" it was revealed that Donkey Kong and Bowser will be joining the Skylanders, exclusively on Nintendo platforms.

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Donkey Kong will be packaged in the Wii U Starter Pack, replacing Spitfire and his vehicle, and Bowser will be in the Wii and 3DS Starter Packs (also replacing Spitfire). The Wii and 3DS Starter Packs actually carry the title Skylanders: SuperChargers Racing, a different experience was mentioned previously but this is the first we've seen of it.

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What is quite nifty is that the figures have a dual purpose, if you rotate the base they can also be used as amiibos.

These characters and vehicles will only work on Nintendo platforms, you will not be able to play as Bowser on the PS4 or anything like that.

Check out a load of screenshots and artwork of the characters in the SuperChargers Gallery.

A few other characters have also been revealed, Kotaku have an article showing off Undead SuperCharger Fiesta with his vehicle Crypt Crusher, and the Skylander Boy and Girl have a video unveiling the Dark SuperCharger Nightfall and her vehicle Sea Shadow. And if you look closely at the boxart for the Wii and 3DS versions you can see SuperCharged versions of Eruptor and Rollerbrawl driving vehicles.
1:31 PM - Wednesday the 3rd of June, 2015 - by dark52
Skylanders SuperChargers has been officially revealed. Matching pretty much everything that was rumoured we will be collecting from a set of 20 new SuperCharger Skylanders along with 20 new Vehicles to drive.

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There will be 10 brand new SuperCharger characters and 10 reimagined SuperChargers based on existing characters, such as Stealth Elf, Trigger Happy and Terrafin. They each have a matching vehicle which, when used together, they SuperCharge but any Skylander can use any vehicle. The SuperChargers will cost $12.99.

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The vehicles will be split into three groups, Land, Sea, and Sky, each being used for a different section of gameplay. Each vehicle can be customised in-game with modifications and weapons but only SuperChargers will be able to utilise this customisation feature. The vehicles will cost $14.99.

In Skylanders SuperChargers, Kaos' quest to rule over Skylands reveals his most sinister weapon ever - a massive "Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction" capable of eating the sky itself. Fortunately, Master Eon had seen the warning signs and assembled a special team of Skylanders to pilot an unstoppable fleet of vehicles with the power to destroy the reign of destruction! With Skylands facing its greatest threat, the Skylanders must pilot their supercharged vehicles over land, under sea, and through the sky to stop Kaos!

While there is a new Portal of Power included in the Starter Pack you will be able to purchase and download a digital Portal Owners Pack and use your existing Portals to play the game.

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It will again be on all platforms, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii, and 3DS. The Wii and 3DS versions will have a different experience to the other versions.

The game is set for release on the 20th of September in North America, the 24th of September in Australia, and the 25th of September in Europe.

Check out our Gallery for a few more Skylanders SuperChargers images.

There are loads of previews up around the web on sites such as Polygon, Forbes, Kotaku, GameSpot, TheHDRoom, and Game Informer and plenty of videos on Youtube channels like FamilyGamer TV, TheSkylanderBoy AndGirl, VideoGamerTV, Coin-op TV and many more.
11:36 PM - Tuesday the 2nd of June, 2015 - by dark52
Well, there we have it, Skylanders: SuperChargers confirmed. Thanks to Eurogamer (link now broken) and new forum member BOOMCAKE we have a look at some of the new characters, vehicles, and reposes as well as the logo for the new game.

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Backing up the recent Amazon listings there is a reposed version of Stealth Elf along with reposes for Trigger Happy and Terrafin, bringing them each up to Series 4. If the Amazon information is indeed correct then the middle of the three new Skylanders is called Spitfire, no names are known for the other two just yet.

The official embargo is anticipated to be lifted sometime tomorrow so expect more details on Skylanders: SuperChargers very soon!
7:00 AM - Saturday the 30th of May, 2015 - by dark52
Forum member skylandersspyro has spotted several barebones listings on for a game called Skylanders: SuperChargers that looks to confirm the recent rumours for the next Skylanders game.

The listings mention the contents of the Starter Pack as being 2 Skylanders SuperChargers figures - a new Skylander named Spitfire and a reposed Super Shot Stealth Elf, and one Skylanders Vehicle called "Hot Steak" "Hot Streak". It also mentions a new portal of power... how many is that now?

A brief plot summary is detailed:

Skylands is in peril! Kaos has unleashed his most evil weapon yet - the Doomstation of Ultimate Doomstruction. With all of Skylands on the verge of collapse, a special team called the SuperChargers has been assembled to pilot an unstoppable fleet of incredible vehicles. Now you and the SuperChargers must embark on epic adventures over land, under sea, and through the sky to stop Kaos and save Skylands!

There are listings for PS3, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, and even a version for the Wii (albeit with a note saying that the "gameplay content, features, and functionality will differ") but no potential release date is given.

It shouldn't be too much longer before we find out whether this is accurate and we get our first proper look at the game, rumours place an official reveal happening on Wednesday, the 3rd of June.
6:21 PM - Tuesday the 10th of February, 2015 - by dark52
Thanks to the ever eagle-eyed we now have a detailed arrangement of the new toys that make up Wave 4 of Skylanders: Trap Team. This new selection of toys is apparently scheduled for release in Europe either at the end of February or in the middle of March.

Core Skylanders
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Blackout, Spotlight
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Echo, Rocky Roll

Wave 4 will also bring to US retail the singles for Bat Spin and High Five who were a part of Wave 3 elsewhere.

Trap Masters
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Short Cut, Thunderbolt

There are also single releases for the new Dark and Light Trap Masters Knight Mare and Knight Light. This will allow you to access the Dark/Light Elemental Gates without having to buy the full Expansion Packs.

Mini Skylanders
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Breeze and Pet-Vac
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Barkley and Whisper Elf

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Air Sword, Earth Handstand, Life Sword, Fire Captain's Hat, Undead Captain's Hat

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Tech Handstand, Magic Rocket, Dark Sword, Dark Handstand, Light Rocket

There will also be two new Trap Triple Packs. One contains Tech, Fire and Kaos traps, and the other contains Air, Undead and Magic traps.

And in other Skylander release news:

Legendary Bushwhack is apparently due for release this very Sunday at Toys R Us. And on the same day Nitro Head Rush is due out as well at Target.

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Power Punch Jet-Vac and Eggsellent Weeruptor have been unveiled for an Easter release along with a special looking Earth Handstand trap.

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And of course don't forget Love Potion Pop Fizz for Valentine's Day, he's available right now.

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For those of you looking for something more than just the in-game toys, from February 14th in the US specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals (including Honey Nut Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Reese's Puffs, Trix and Lucky Charms) will have a pack of 10 Skystones cards inside that can be used to play a game of Skystones for real! There are four different packs to collect each with two "boss" cards included. See this forum topic for sightings and more details on the cards themselves.
2:11 PM - Wednesday the 17th of December, 2014 - by dark52
Finally confirming the rumours, Activision today released official information regarding the two new elements, Light and Dark, and giving the Element Expansion Packs a release date. In the United States it'll be on the 21st of December at Toys R Us, that's this Sunday!

And while they're already out in some parts of Europe they won't be arriving in the UK until Boxing Day, the 26th of December. And on the same day in Australia

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They also gave us a glimpse at the other two members of the Light and Dark families: Spotlight and Blackout.

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Unfortunately there was no accompanying release date for these core Skylanders.

You can check out a load of screenshots screenshots and artwork of all four new Skylanders in the Trap Team Gallery as well as last Friday's news post for images of the Element Expansion Packs themselves.
3:47 PM - Friday the 12th of December, 2014 - by dark52
Thanks to German Skylanders fansite we now have images of the as yet unannounced Light and Dark Element Expansion Packs and their contents for Skylanders: Trap Team.

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The Dark Element Expansion Pack comes with the Dark Trap Master "Knight Mare", a Dark Trap in the shape of a Spider, and the Midnight Museum Location Piece which unlocks the Midnight Museum chapter.

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The Light Element Expansion Pack comes with the Light Trap Master "Knight Light", a Light Trap in the shape of a Hawk, and the Sunscraper Spire Location Piece which unlocks the Sunscraper Spire chapter.

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The Trap Masters will grant you access to the unknown element gates scattered throughout the game and the traps will let you catch the unknown element villains, which means that, combined with Blastermind from Wave 3, these will finally let you complete Skylanders Trap Team to 100%.

The exact release date of the Element Expansion Packs is still unclear but some European retailers have a date listed as early as the 18th of December.
1:52 PM - Monday the 3rd of November, 2014 - by dark52
The third wave of Skylanders Trap Team has been revealed, it will include three new Trap Masters, 4 new Core Skylanders, 3 new Minis and eight new Traps. No specific dates were given.

Trap Masters
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Blastermind, Ka-Boom
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Tuff Luck

Core Skylanders
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Bat Spin, Cobra Cadabra
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High Five, Trail Blazer

Triple Packs
Cobra Cadabra, Bat Spin, Fryno
High Five, Trail Blazer, Jet-Vac

Mini Double Packs
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Small Fry and Weeruptor
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Thumpling and Gill Runt

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Air Snake, Earth Totem
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Life Snake, Fire Totem
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Undead Snake, Tech Flying Helmet
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Magic Totem, Water Flying Helmet

Time for some wild speculation: Unlike the first two waves it is probable that this "wave" will be split apart and have each grouping release at slightly different times. The ongoing Frito-Lay High Five giveaway means that the Core Skylanders are not likely to be released until early next year but the Trap Masters and Traps are under no such restrictions and could be released earlier than that. Check out the full breakdown of what will be in the retailer's boxes including the restocks of already released characters.

And since they haven't been posted to the front page (keep an eye on the forums for the latest goings on!), some reminders about other recent and upcoming releases:

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The new Legendary items at Toys R Us, including the Micro Comics with exclusive Legendary Traps, are currently in the middle of being released. Legendary Deja Vu and the Legendary Deja Vu comic were released yesterday, the Legendary Blades comic will be on Sunday, and the Legendary Jawbreaker comic a week later on the 16th of November.

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The first two of the Eon's Elite collection, Elite Spyro and Elite Chop Chop, became available at GameStop this past weekend and the next one has been announced as Elite Trigger Happy, he'll go on sale at the end of the month on the 28th.

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And finally, the 8 Pack of Traps with the variant villain Steamed Broccoli Guy is apparently due for release very soon at Target (with reports of sightings already coming in).
3:06 PM - Wednesday the 1st of October, 2014 - by dark52
Skylanders: Trap Team has officially released in Australia and the review embargo has been lifted. The reviews out so far have a generally positive overall feel to them but they aren't without their misgivings.

Quote: Kotaku - Yes
The bright spotlight being shined on its core figures and villains makes Skylanders: Trap Team feel like a fresh start for the franchise. Without completely abandoning the characters and concepts introduced over the past three years, it feels more like a self-contained experience rather than a continuation.

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What's great about the Skylanders series is that, beyond the humorous story and light action RPG gameplay, the games are so chock full of content that players can spend weeks trying to play through it all.

Quote: BioGamerGirl - 10
Skylanders Trap Team on tablets matches up well with the home console version of the game. While the tablet version doesn't look quite as good as the next generation version of the game, Skylanders Trap Team still packs a whole lot of high quality content for a tablet release that most other mobile games simply can not compare with.

Quote: Nintendo World Report - 9
Skylanders Trap Team is a fantastic, well-made game. The lengthy story mode is filled with excellent gameplay set in gorgeous environments with top-shelf graphics and sound. The bonus modes, while focused mostly on combat, are a lot of fun.

Quote: TheHDRoom - 4.5 Stars
Even with its creative zigzags that shift Kaos' allegiance for a time to provide new enemies for the Skylanders to chase and jokes for Flynn to crack, Trap Team feels more like a standalone reboot ordered from the top of Activision's food chain; a reaction to increasing competition in the Toys to Life genre that shifts the target demographic back a few years.

Quote: The Escapist - 4.5 Stars
But what exquisite pieces of plastic they are! The designs for the Trap Team Skylanders all have a translucent weapon that's undeniably cool. The expressions on the faces and the poses of the figures telegraph movement and style, and the new Mini Skylanders are all cute as hell.

Quote: Canadian Online Gamers - 89
If there are two things that always astonishes me about any Skylanders game it is the creativity that goes into it and how they don’t rely on licensed characters, and Trap Team carries on this heritage. The new Trap Master characters are great.

Quote: Gaming Nexus - 8.8
As with all Skylander games, there is a lot of variety here in the gameplay department. In addition to battling enemies you will do a lot of (simple) puzzle solving. Remember, this is a game designed for the younger gamers in your household so don't expect anything that will truly tax your brain.

Quote: Game Informer - 8.75
Giving Toys for Bob an extra year to work on this sequel paid off, not just with the concept of villains partnering with heroes, but the world they inhabit feeling more alive.

Quote: IGN - 8.2
In most ways, Skylanders Trap Team is the best game in the series. The abundance of inventive and genuinely fun characters, and the inclusion of playable villains, means there's always some amazing new trick to try.

Quote: Joystiq - 3.5 Stars
Gameplay in Trap Team feels distinct from previous series entries as a result. The trap-and-swap mechanic works well, and it makes combat more eventful and strategic than before.

I've only spotted the one 3DS review so far and it is definitely on the negative side.

Quote: Nintendo World Report - 6
Skylanders Trap Team's main gameplay is very mediocre. At its best, it's a passable 3D platformer, and at its worst, it's a stiffly controlled and boring mess. The other gameplay aspects, that is, the focused villain challenges and Skystones card game, are fun, but it's not enough to wash away the tedium of the main game.
11:49 AM - Monday the 22nd of September, 2014 - by dark52
Congratulations to the winner of the $100,000 scholarship, Phylicia Nakamoto, who submitted the name "High Five" for the Frito-Lay contest that took place earlier this year. The name will now be the character's official name.

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High Five's story has been expanded upon to give further details on his personality:

High Five is one of the most skilled sky racers of all the dragonflies. But as the fifth son of the Royal High Flying Dragonflies, he was not allowed to enter any of the racing tournaments that took place each year because of his age. Instead, he was forced to watch from the sidelines as his four older brothers competed for the coveted Trophy of Sparx, which legend has said holds magical properties. One year, during the biggest racing event of the season, High Five learned that the Troll Racing Team had stolen the valuable trophy and were going to use the race to cover their escape. He quickly took action, jumping into the race and using his amazing flying skills to weave and dodge his way to the front of the pack, where he caught up to the trolls and brought them down. For his actions, High Five was given the Trophy of Sparx. Even more importantly, he was made a Skylander, where he now helps protect Skylands from any evildoers.

And in a twist (that forum goers have already spotted on the back of boxes) the other two voted upon names, Flip Wreck and Bat Spin, have also been chosen to be used as the official names for their respective Skylanders.

As for how to get him, starting in mid October Frito-Lay will be running a giveaway of High Five using the Blippar app, you'll just need to scan the back of a specially marked variety pack to enter.
1:22 PM - Thursday the 18th of September, 2014 - by dark52
Activision have today shown off, at long last, images, videos and details on the Nintendo 3DS edition of Skylanders Trap Team. The portable game will again have a story completely unique to that of the consoles and will feature 14 exclusive escaped villains. This time you'll be fighting the evil Dream Sheep who is trying to put the whole of Skylands to sleep with his Sleep Dragon.

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Instead of using Traps to capture the villains the 3DS makes use of its touch screen to capture them, meaning that the villains cannot be used in the console version and vice versa. You can use the villains in regular gameplay but also in some special "boot camp" training levels.

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The game also features a multiplayer version of Skystones which you can play online over WiFi, interestingly it's the original form of Skystones seen in Skylanders Giants rather than the new Skystones from the console versions of Trap Team.

The 3DS Starter Pack will come with Gusto, Barkley and a Portal of Power. So no traps and no exclusive alt-deco.

Check out the gallery for some more screenshots of the game and this EvanTubeHD video for footage of the game in action (including a glimpse at a Moon icon and a Sun icon at the bottom of the other elements).
6:49 PM - Monday the 15th of September, 2014 - by dark52
Earlier today the official Skylanders website updated to include (almost) all of the brand new Skylanders and Villains that you'll be able to play as in Skylanders: Trap Team.

You can see all of the villain artwork in much greater detail than we've previously seen on the poster, as well as a few new trap moulds including a Snake, a Sword, and a Rocket along with several others. They also each have a short audio line as well as their theme music.

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The Skylanders each have their own full sized artwork, a small image of the toy, a few screenshots and a video along with their backstory, card stats and audio catchphrase. Amongst all of that one brand new Skylander variant has been unveiled, as seen above it's a Legendary Deja Vu. No sign of any of the mystery Skylanders just yet.

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Also announced today was a brand new game mode debuting in Trap Team called "Kaos Doom Challenge". In it you will be fighting waves and waves of enemies that Kaos is sending to attack you, you'll be able to build special defense towers that help you to keep them away from the "Mystery Box of Doom" which unleashes a gigantic villain if opened.

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A recent evil study of a thousand trolls revealed that nine out of ten agree that I am the most powerful and impressive evil doer to have ever conquered Skylands. Naturally, I had every tenth one banished to my "Kaos Doom Challenge" to test the effectiveness of my 100 waves of ultimate evil doom - and they were never heard from again. So let's just say EVERYONE agrees - I am the most powerful and impressive evil doer ever.

There are a few videos going through a few waves by The Skylander Boy And Girl and Coin-op TV that you can check out to get a better idea of exactly what this mode is going to be like.
4:35 PM - Friday the 15th of August, 2014 - by dark52
After a slightly blurry glimpse earlier in the week the official Skylanders Facebook page has provided us with a much larger and clearer version of the Starter Pack poster. Click on the image below to see it at full size:

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The poster includes names for the four remaining unnamed Trap Masters:

  • Enigma (Magic)
  • Tuff Luck (Life)
  • Thunderbolt (Air)
  • Short Cut (Undead)

As well as names for several new core Skylanders:

  • Cobra Cadabra (Magic)
  • Echo (Water)
  • Trail Blazer (Fire)
  • Fling Kong (Air)

The only Skylanders we still don't know the names of are the three Frito-Lay Skylanders and whoever those four question marks represent in the top right corner.

The poster also lists names and elements for nearly all of the villains, including a couple of new "Super" villains Dreamcatcher and Golden Queen, but again there are two Super Villains still hidden behind question marks along with six of the regular villains.
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