E3 has kicked off and today we should be getting some more Skylanders info. Some images and other things have leaked all over the internet. The biggest leak that has had Portal Masters in a frenzy is that the beloved fan favorite Crash Bandicoot is coming to Skylands. The Italian Skylanders site added a Crash tab to there page leaking the secret that crash would be a Playstation exclusive.
Following in the footsteps of Nintendo and the “SKYMIIBO” figures Playstation is getting one of there own. Hopefully they will also work like the Amiibo Skylanders with the switchable base. We don’t have much details on this starter pack or what element Crash will be but once we do I’ll be sure to post about it.
We also have learned the names of the images of the the other Skylanders Imaginators we have been seeing. But this time we are seeing them in toy form Ambush who is a Life Knight, Ember who is a Fire Sentinel, and we now have an image of the regular version of Wolfgang who is a Dark Bowslinger.
I really can’t wait to see what other news we get today stay tuned for more updates as I get them. Are you excited about Crash coming to Skylands? Who else would you like to see come to Skylands? Leave your comments here or sound off on our social media pages. Thanks to Dotty and the crew at The United Sites of Skylands for keeping me updated. Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!
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.
Who is your favorite holiday/seasonal themed variant? Let me know by taking the poll/survey or by leaving a comment. Be sure to check us out on your favorite social media sites give us a share, a like, a sub, a follow, all the above, whatever tickles your fancy. Just click the icon at the top of the page. Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!
I went to collect the mail and noticed I had a surprise package from Activision I didn’t know what it was, but boy was I stoked to see what it was when I opened the package. Check out what was inside…
Yes! Love Potion Pop Fizz the official Valentine’s Day Skylanders Toy for Skylanders Trap Team. So have you been wondering how Pop Fizz turned into Love Potion Pop Fizz? Well I happen to have to scoop…
It is said that when his latest attempt to concoct the ultimate raspberry soda totally backfired, Pop Fizz was caught in a blast that turned him pink and gave him an alluring aroma. At least that’s how he tells it. But with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the Skylanders are wondering if Pop Fizz is telling the truth… or if there is a special someone who he is trying to impress.
I wonder who Pop Fizz could be trying to get some affection from? Guess we will have to wait and see. Currently Target is the only retailer with it shelved, but Best Buy will release him on 02/01 and Toys R Us on 02/07. For all our UK readers he can also be pre-ordered at your local GAME store. Good Luck Hunting! Until next time catch you on the SKYSIDE!
Got some awesome news from the folks over at myskylanders.de. Today they released a complete list of what we can expect to see hit stores when wave 4 comes and I’m pretty amped about a few things that are coming. Since their site is in German I took the liberty of translating it for you guys as best I could so here it goes.
We are looking at a projected date of wave 4 being released sometime in March. I’m not sure if that is the US release or if that is the projected date for overseas Portal Masters, but either way that’s good news to me. Looks like there will be six core Skylanders coming in wave 4 included are:
- Echo-Water Element
- Rocky Roll-Earth Element
- Spotlight- Light Element
- Blackout-Dark Element
- High Five-Life Element
- Batspin-Undead Element
Glad to see we will finally see High Five and Batspin hit US stores I’m super pumped to get my hands on Spotlight and Blackout they look awesome and I bet they play just as well as they look if not better. Two of the most anticipated Skylanders Trap Masters will finally be making appearance in this wave along with Single pack versions of the Light and Dark Trap Masters.
- Short Cut
I just realized about a week ago that Short Cut was a Trap Master. I was already excited to add him to my collection when I first saw him, but after finding out he was a Trap Master I wanted him even more. Thunderbolt looks so BOSS he is definitely a must have for me I want to see how well he plays his attacks look sick! We will be seeing another wave of traps as well included are:
- Rocket Light Trap
- Rocket Magic Trap
- Sword Shadow Trap
- Sword Air Trap
- Sword Life Trap
- Upside Down Guy Shadow Trap
- Upside Down Guy Earth Trap
- Spear Fire Trap
- Spear UndeadTrap
- Axe Water Trap
- Kaos Trap
Also listed are 2 Triple Pack Trap Packs do not know what will included in the packs, but I’m sure it will be the same as it has been released in earlier waves as a way to save a little cash and get more traps. Those of you that do not have a Kaos trap (I need another one) will have another chance at getting this hard to get trap before it becomes unavailable again. I’m sure there will be more Kaos traps in the wave but you still will want to get to your local stores early when they go on sale.
There are two new mini packs coming as well included in these packs are:
- Pet Vac (Jet-Vac)-Air Element
- Breeze (Whirlwind)-Air Element
- Barkley (Tree Rex)-Life Element
- Whisper Elf (Stealth Elf)-Life Element
We will also see more of Mini Pack 5 (Gill Runt & Thumpling) and Mini Pack 6 (Small Fry & Weeruptor). There are some things expected to be released as well but not in wave 4 they will have their own separate releases or come in a mini wave. We already know about Nitro Head Rush, Legendary Bush Whack, and Love Potion Pop Fizz, but who else is coming? Here is a list of things we should see from now until at least April.
- Flip Wreck
- Fling Kong
- Triple Pack (Deja Vu / Rocky Roll / echo)
- Triple Pack (Blackout / Fling Kong / Pop Fizz)
- King Cobra Cadabra
- Gnarly Barkley
- Yawn Trap
- Praise Goblin (Trap Variant)
- Steampunk Shrednought (Trap Variant)
- Eon’s Elite: Eruptor & Gill Grunt
I’m glad to see Gear Shift will be getting another run she is still around in some stores, but it will make her more available for those of us that haven’t gotten her yet (I need another one of her too lol). I so hope Enigma comes out in a mini wave-like a 4.5 or something I have to have him on my portal asap! Also mentioned in the article are the Easter Edition Trap Team figures, but I’m going to do a separate post about these as I feel they deserve to have a post just about them. I do not have an exact release date on any of this stuff just projected dates or a figure and trap case break down or anything like that, but when I get the info trust and believe I’ll be letting you know. Take a minute to show us some love on our social sites I love to see what new things you all are adding to your collections, game tips, or just shoot the breeze (Pun intended). Thanks to MySkylanders.De for giving us this awesome info. Happy Hunting All! Until next time catch you on the SKYSIDE!
Looks like we will be seeing our second holiday themed Skylander appear in stores soon. Love Potion Pop Fizz has been seen in California in store. Unfortunately, they are not able to be sold as they are street dated for 2/1/2015. I found a few images posted on DS and Instagram of what Love Potion will look like in package and out. I think he looks great and can’t wait to add him to my collection. What do you think about him? Will you be adding him to your collection? I think he will be readily available so no need to stress about not being able to get him, but just to be on the safe side get him as soon as you can. Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!
This shouldn’t be new news, but for those of you that don’t know tomorrow January 10, 2015 is Skylanders Day at GameStop stores in the US. Are you still looking for the Light and Dark Packs? Well you can save $10 if you buy both packs at the event tomorrow. You can also save $5 on the Eon’s Elite Figures, so if you’re still in need of adding Terrafin and Stealth Elf to your Elite collection now would be a good time to get them and any of the other Elite figures you may be missing. There are some other great sales going on as well like save $30 on Starter Packs and Skylanders Trap Team Traps for 99 cents with the purchase of a Trap Master. The first 20 customers will receive a new Skylanders Mini Comic Pack with a 2 sided poster included. The GameStop exclusive Lob Goblin Rocket Light Trap will also be available, but stock is limited so make sure to get there early to get what you need.
Now I know that GameStop has had a sale going on all week on Skylanders merchandise, but tomorrows sale is for one day only. Unfortunately, all the advertised sales are “in-store” only. (sorry online shoppers) The images you see are from the email you should have received for the event if you are apart of the GameStop Skylanders Club. I have waited to get my Light Traps and Elite figures just so I could take advantage of this sale. I’ll be there bright and early so I can get in and get out, then have some breakfast with the family. Happy Hunting and Good Luck! Until next time catch you on the “SKYSIDE!”
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Hi all! How’s your collections coming along?
I have a bit of info that you may find interesting, the new villain variant “rebel lob goblin”
Is out now for purchase in Australia the release date for the US is January 10, 2015 at GameStop stores. As always there is no date for the UK but when I know u will all know!
I would like to personally wish you all a happy new year from everyone @ #skylanderaddicts and #skylandersassist happy hunting into 2015 and we will see you on the skyside!
Looks like the long-awaited Light and Dark (Shadow) element figures will be released soon. I think the UK and other overseas Portal Masters may see these before US Portal Masters unfortunately. According to myskylanders.de both Expansion Packs are or were available for pre-order through amazon.de (I can’t find a link at this time) If they become available again you can choose to pre-order both the packs (€ 29.99 ea.) through amazon as they deliver to the US or just wait until they are released here in the US.
Take a look at the images in the gallery below to get a closer look at what the packaging and toys look like. I have ordered from amazon.de before and have had no issues, but still I think I may wait until they come to the US. What Expansion pack do you want the most? Let me know in the comment section. Thanks to myskylanders.de for sharing the info with us. Well Good Luck Hunting Portal Masters and until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!
Update: For those of you that just can’t wait here is a link to pre-order from amazon.de
Pre-Order Link for Knightlight Expansion Pack-http://goo.gl/wzi8lF
Pre-Order Link for Knightmare Expansion Pack-http://goo.gl/dJrpcz