Skylanders fans — ourselves included — are in for a big treat (literally) later this year, as Activision has announced eight new oversized characters/toys are on their way as part of the new Skylanders Giants collection. In fact, Skylanders Giants isn’t just a new set of toys, but an all-new installment in the franchise featuring a variety of new characters, new challenges, a new story-driven adventure and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and online platforms.
Skylanders Giants introduces eight new highly collectible figures that are more than twice the size of the main skylanders cast in both physical and virtual form. Their in-game powers and abilities reflect their colossal scale. Skylanders Giants also includes a set of characters that feature spectacular new light technology integrated into the toys, allowing the figure to light up when near or on the Portal of Power™. These characters have additional in-game benefits as well. Batteries are not required.
Eight new regular sized skylanders, each with their own unique powers, abilities and personality, will join the adventure alongside the Giants. In addition, every character from original Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure (read our review) is 100% compatible with Skylanders Giants, leveled-up stats and customizations intact.
Portal Masters will see all new arenas and more gameplay options in Battle Mode for exciting head-to-head play, as well as enhanced Elemental Zones, new Hero Challenges, and other features that encourage players to collect and level up every character.
Skylanders Giants also features closer integration with Skylanders Spyro’s Universe, the large online world that allows Portal Masters around the world to expand their Skylanders experience.