The Skylanders saga continues this year with the new Skylanders Swap Force game, and while Swap Force pre-orders at Amazon are always attractive, if you decide to get the next game at Target, we now know the pre-order bonuses you’ll receive for doing so.
Starting today, people who pre-order Skylanders Swap Force at Target will receive the first-ever magic pre-sell cards that will unlock an in-game upgrade when Portal Masters place it on their Swap Force Portal of Power. Also, those who reserve a Skylanders Swap Force Starter Pack at participating retailers will receive a free LightCore Hex Skylanders Giants character.
We had many opportunities to see Skylanders Swap Force at E3, and we have tons of articles to write in the weeks and months to come. Swap Force really “mixes up” the toys-to-life model we’re used to seeing in the Skylanders franchise by letting players mix and match the top and bottom halves of multiple toys.
The development team calls this “dynamic swapability,” a gameplay mechanic that lets players transform 16 Swap Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. The result is letting Portal Masters mix and match characters’ powers and moves.
The implications of this are visual, of course, but the ramifications in terms of gameplay experience are pretty sweet and provide an unprecedented level of choice for a Skylanders game. Fans also can play Skylanders Swap Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure and Skylanders Giants.
And remember, if you’re into Skylanders, we’re giving away a free E3 Limited Edition Skylanders Giants “Hot Dog” toy that works with Skylanders Giants but will also work with the upcoming Skylanders Swap Force. The free giveaway runs through the third week in July, and you can enter once per day per email address.