Beginner’s Guide To Collecting Skylanders Holiday And Seasonal Variants
A little while back Activision announced the release of more holiday variants Frightful Fiesta just in time for the Halloween season and Happy (Easter Bunny) Thrillipede.
Which got me to thinking about all the holiday variants that have been released thus far. Some were not well accepted and had become shelf warmers, while others are in the rare and hard to find category.
I decided to put together a quick reference guide for all of you that are just jumping into the Skylanders universe and or just maybe wondering how many holiday variants have been released thus far.
So without further ado I present to you Skylander Addicts Beginner’s Guide To Collecting Skylanders Holiday And Seasonal Variants.
So what is a variant? A variant is a version or form of something that differs in some way from other forms of the same thing.
Comic books, magazines, toys and even food products have been known to have different flavors or packaging of the same product.
For example for those of you that have been reading the Skylanders comic book series you have noticed that there are always two different covers with every issue. One is the regular cover and the other is the variant cover.
Normally there is no difference content wise between the books. They are just done in different color schemes, are drawn by different artists, or have some sort of theme/gimmick attached to them.
A holiday variant is a variant that has a holiday theme attached to it. For example Halloween Oreo’s they are just regular Oreo’s with orange cream and Halloween packaging making it a variant or holiday edition of Oreos.
A seasonal variant is very similar to a holiday variant sometimes a holiday variant is also considered a seasonal variant. A seasonal variant has a seasonal theme attached to it. For example Football, Baseball, winter, spring, etc. you get the point.
Skylanders Holiday and Seasonal variants began with the Giants series and have been apart of the franchise since. Below is a list of all the holiday variants that have been released thus far.
Pumpkin Eye Brawl
Pumpkin Eye-Brawl was released late after the Giants game was released. It is labeled as a Halloween Edition figure, but it was released in early September right before Swap-Force was released.
It was the first holiday variant introduced to the Skylanders series. This figure was available in most stores and was said to have a limited quantity, but for some reason it lingered around for a while after its release.
Personally I think it was because it is not an in-game variant meaning the variant figure does not show up as a variant in the Skylanders game. Instead it looks like regular Eye-Brawl but is listed as a special figure when placed into play.
Easter Edition Legendary Lightcore Chill
This was the first Easter Edition figure released only overseas in the UK. The only difference between this version and the regular version is the packaging. The figure is exactly the same as the one released at Toys R Us stores.
This figure is very hard to find. The only way to add this figure to your collection is by trading with another collector or finding it online by chance.
Halloween/Pumpkin Fright Rider
Halloween or Pumpkin Fright Rider was apart of the Skylanders Frito-Lay promotion. To take part in the promotion you had to acquire a game code by way of purchasing a specially marked bag of Frito Lays chips or requesting a game code by way of self-addressed stamped envelope.
It was pretty much impossible to not win a figure when the promotion started. After a bunch of people leaked code info and the codes became available to pretty much anybody winning became a lot harder.
If you didn’t get your hands on one of these during the promotion the only way to get one now is from a third-party seller and some of them are asking for crazy prices so shop at your discretion as always.
Jolly Bumble Blast
Jolly Bumble Blast was the Swap Force holiday variant released during Christmas of 2013. It was available at all retailers, but there was a very limited quantity.
When it was originally released it was easy to add him to your collection. Now that it has sold out in stores you will have to go the second-hand route.
Springtime Trigger Happy
Springtime Trigger Happy was included in the first seasonal/holiday set of variants released in the Swap Force series. This figure hit stores Easter of 2014 along with Fryno and Punk Shock.
It was not a store exclusive so it was readily available on shelves of different retailers.
Flocked Springtime Trigger Happy
Now this is a gem in the Skylanders world. This is one special variant for a few reasons. It was first brought to our attention as a Target promotion in Australia.
They gave away 25 of them. It later was a Toys R Us promotion in the US with only one figure per store. Some stores didn’t even receive it! If you were lucky enough to get it in store you were one happy camper that day.
The coolest thing about this figure besides it being fuzzy is that it’s the first variant of a variant. No other figure like it has been released since. A boxed version of this figure has also been spotted.
Easter/Spring Edition Fryno
There is nothing special about this figure except the packaging. He looks exactly like the figure that was released in the regular Swap Force packaging. You can still find these hanging around in some Walgreens and 5 Below stores.
Easter/Spring Edition Punk Shock
Released along side Springtime Trigger Happy and Fryno this figure only appeared in store in its Easter package for a long time. It later was released in a regular single pack. If you are a completest you probably own them both (I know I do). She recently has been found in her regular packaging at 5 Below stores.
Kickoff Countdown was a variant that came out during the 2014 World Cup.
This is not a holiday variant, but instead it is a seasonal variant not really much of a difference though as they both celebrate something.
When this variant was first released they were everywhere heck here in Ohio you may still find a straggler lying around, but for the most part they can only be found in the second-hand market.
Winterfest Lobstar was the first holiday/seasonal figure released with Trap Team. He is the Christmas variant as most of you can guess from the name. Surprisingly he was a shelf warmer for a little while not sure why as it a really cool variant.
Maybe it was because he isn’t a very popular character. He is the only Trap Master to receive a Holiday make over in the series.
Love Potion Pop Fizz
This figure was released to celebrate Valentines Day of 2015. This is one of my favorite variants I love the color scheme and it just fit the character perfectly.
You can still find this figure in store at Toys R Us and other retailers like Walmart, but not heavily in stock so get it while you can.
This is my favorite of all the variants for a few reasons one I love the fire element and two Weeruptor is freaking awesome! The colors used on this variant and the name was an instant win in my book.
This figure was released in a set including Power Punch Pet Vac (another mini) and a trap to celebrate spring and the 2015 Easter Holiday, so this is both a seasonal and holiday variant.
Not only are the figures and trap different they also come in a special Easter themed packaging. These were not exclusive to any store when they were released. You may get super lucky and find a stray hanging around somewhere, but your best bet in finding this is on EBay or Amazon.
Power Punch Pet Vac
As I stated above this is the other mini released in the spring/Easter set. He was thought be released in a red and gold color scheme from the promotional image that was posted online.
We got a surprise when it officially released as it was not red and gold, but red and black. Many of us wondered why they chose to change the colors it is still a mystery to this day. Power Punch and Eggscellent are the only minis to receive a variant makeover.
This is the only trap to receive a holiday/seasonal variant makeover in the Trap Team series. Colored to look like a bunny this was the coolest trap to be released next to the legendary traps. I would say that this is a hard to find item now but when it was released they were everywhere.
Well folks we have come to the end of the road. I hope this helps you out in some way, shape or form. I’ll be adding this info to a reference page in the future so that you can use it at anytime and not have to scroll through posts or look through the archives.
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Posted on September 19, 2015, in Games, Guides and tagged Activision, collectibles, collections, collector's, figures, guides, holiday variant, IDW, lj the toy addict, seasonal variant, skylander addicts, skylanders, variants, video games. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.