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SKYLANDERS AND AUTISM SPEAKS PARTNER UP FOR AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH


Hey Addicts!

Been a little while since I have posted some of you may know I’m expecting a new addition. Pretty much all my time has been taken up getting ready. I know this is old news to most of you, but I got an email from Activision earlier today. Enclosed was the official press release for the partnership between Activision (Skylanders) and Autism Speaks. Quick briefing to help celebrate and show how much Skylanders supports the cause a special set of Skylanders figures will be released on March 1st pretty much everywhere Skylanders are sold, though some stores have already been stocking the shelves with these beauties. They are what I have reported about for a while now the Power Blue Supercharger variants. Here is the full scoop about this awesome release of figures!

skylanderaddictsLeading into World Autism Awareness Day on April 2

Collaboration Brings Attention to Important Cause

that Supports Affected Kids and Families around the World

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To support the millions of families affected by autism, Skylanders®, the beloved kids videogame franchise, and Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to autism science and advocacy, invite fans to “Light it up Blue” with one-of-a-kind toys. Through this creative collaboration for April’s Autism Awareness Month, Skylanders and Autism Speaks are raising awareness for an important cause — and in true Skylanders fashion, are having fun while doing it.

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“Autism affects one in every 42 boys and one in 68 children in the U.S. We’re proud to work with Skylanders, an iconic franchise that’s known for bringing joy and magic to kids and families,” said Peter Morton, vice president of Corporate Development at Autism Speaks. “This year’s Light it up Blue campaign for World Autism Awareness Day marks our first alliance with a videogame and toy, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

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The new series of Skylanders SuperChargers toys are blue and white to reflect Autism Speaks’ official colors.  The “Power Blue” Skylanders SuperChargers feature Splat and Trigger Happy, as well as their SuperCharged vehicles Splatter Splasher and Gold Rusher — all of which appear in-game as their special colors. The toys are on store shelves now at participating retailers in the U.S. and Europe and will be available starting April 1 in Canada.

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“When my son was diagnosed with autism, I felt very alone. From my first Autism Speaks Walk, I felt the power of community, and this partnership with Skylanderswill bring awareness and belonging to kids and families in a unique way,” said Matt Asner, director of Corporate Development, Autism Speaks.

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In addition to creating the Power Blue Skylanders SuperChargers and bringing them to life in game, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is launching employee education and employee-donation matching programs in connection with Autism Awareness Month.  Additionally, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day, employees will have the opportunity to participate in the Autism Speaks Walk on April 2 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  Activision is also making donations to non-profits that are making a difference in the autism community.

I think it says something about Activision that they are supporting and awesome cause and giving us portal masters a chance to add something unique to our collections. I know a lot of parents that read this blog with a child or children with Autism so I know this is an issue that hits home. I have seen some of you express how awesome this is of the Skylanders game to partner up with Autism Speaks just makes you warm all over doesn’t it?

I will be getting more than one set of these to help support the cause. I hope that a lot of you will be supporting the “Light It Up Blue” campaign by purchasing a set or two of these as well. Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

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Skylanders Superchargers Misprints


Hello all how you lot keeping?

So this time round while I’ve been out hunting I came across a few error prints of the new “sky slicer” here’s a pic

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As u can see it’s in the correct box it’s just the name that’s wrong!! In past years some collectors have went crazy for these ! Myself I’m undecided not to sure as to open it or keep it sealed. Are they going to be rare or common this time round with skylanders superchargers? I’m gonna say no not that rare as everything has been rushed to get ready for an early release this time round.

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Here’s a pic I took while in store! I only bought 1 so there were still 2 left for others to buy.

Anyway it’s been nice to have a chat with you all again and share my new recent info even if it is just what I’ve found in my local store.

Until next time happy hunting and good luck chasing the chase figures if you are.
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Gold Hot Streak

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and Patina High Volt. Be sure to enter our Facebook and Twitter contests catch you later. #skylandersassist #skylanderaddicts

Variants Galore! Images And More!


Hey Addicts!

I posted most of this info on the FB page but wanted to do an updated compiled post on the expected and spotted variants from Superchargers.

We already know about Happy Thrillapede but there is another easter/spring variant coming in 2016 and it’s a vehicle! Feast your eyes on this!

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Purdy isn’t it? This is Spring Dive Bomber no release date has been announced yet on either of the spring variants I will keep you all posted when I get more info. If this spring release stays true to earlier releases there is still one more unannounced spring variant. I wonder who it will be if they decide to stick to the formula?

Next up we have what I like to call Patina High Volt this is one cool looking variant first in the series to have this type of paint job.

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This is what is called a chase variant. I will break the meaning of the word “chase” down further for those of you that have no clue what I am talking about in my next guide. In a nut shell this will be a very rare and hard to get figure. One that collector’s will “chase” after for years to come. I hope we will see more variants like this who do you think will be next to get a chase makeover?

Speaking of “chase” have you had the chance to catch this sweet “chase variant” while out on the hunt?

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Only available in PS4 and XBox One console starter packs. These started popping up everywhere online on release day. I happened to see two of them while hunting but couldn’t afford to grab one hopefully I get lucky in a few days (fingers crossed).

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Of course by now most of you know that there will be a Legendary Sky Racing Action Pack which will include the Sky Trophy, Legendary Astroblast and the Legendary Sun Runner. We also know that it is exclusive to Toys r Us stores. What we don’t know is when the action pack will officially be released.

skylanderaddictsblog skylanderaddictsblog skylanderaddictsblog skylanderaddictsblogThere have been sightings of this pack in Denmark, so hopefully we will see this new racing pack in US stores soon. You can see a pretty nice unboxing video from MySkylanders.De on YouTube via their channel. Take a look when you get a chance if you haven’t already.

The second Nitro variant in this series will be Nitro Soda Skimmer. Of course this will be another Target exclusive here in the US no release date has been announced either.

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I am a big fan of the Nitro series instantly fell in love with these variants with the release of Nitro Magna Charge in Swap Force. Since then a set of Nitro figures has come with every release like the Legendary and Dark figures. Nitro Stealth Stinger has already been released, but my question is will there be a Nitro Skylander figure to match the vehicle? One can only hope so.

Last but not least the best news to me is that we will see what is being called “Power Blue” variants of Splat, her vehicle, and my fave tech lander Trigger Happy’s vehicle. There is no release date, but from the images we can see that they will be in-game variants. No store has announced that they are going to be carrying these variants, but I have a sneaky suspicion that we may see these in Walmart stores as their Exclusive variant much like Target and TRU. I sure hope we get a Power Blue Trigger Happy to match his vehicle as well.

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Man that was a mouthful! Hope you all have gotten your fix today from all this info if not I suppose you could go in for another filling lol! What variants listed are you looking forward to adding to your collection? Sound off in the comments section and don’t forget to enter our contests more info on our page at facebook.com/skylanderaddicts and on Twitter @skylanderaddict

Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

Sources: myskylanders.de

Beginner’s Guide To Collecting Skylanders Holiday And Seasonal Variants


Hey Addicts!

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.

 

 

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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.

 

Variant

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.

 

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Regular Cover

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Variant Cover

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Con Exclusive 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.

 

Holiday Variant

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.

Seasonal Variant

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

 

Eggscellent Weeruptor

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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

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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.

 

Earth/Bunny Trap

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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!

 

Skylanders Trap Team Wave 4 Revealed


Hey Addicts!

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:

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  • Echo-Water Element
  • Rocky Roll-Earth Element
  • Spotlight- Light Element
  • Blackout-Dark Element
  • High Five-Life Element
  • Batspin-Undead Element

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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.

Trap Masters

  • Short Cut
  • Thunderbolt
  • Knightmare
  • Knightlight

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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:

Traps

  • 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:

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  • Pet Vac (Jet-Vac)-Air Element
  • Breeze (Whirlwind)-Air Element
  • Barkley (Tree Rex)-Life Element
  • Whisper Elf (Stealth Elf)-Life Element

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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.

  • Enigma
  • Gearshift
  • 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!

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Love Potion Pop Fizz Sighted On The West Coast


Hey Addicts!

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!

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New Variant Comes to Best Buy!


Oh Boy Oh Boy! I have some great news! Like most of you probably have been wondering when is Best Buy going to have a variant as they were apart of the game during previous releases. Swap-Force has been released and Best Buy has been pretty much silent except for the projector wrist bands they where giving away during the release of the game. Well, wait no more because as of 1/12/13 (projected release date) There will be a variant of series 2 Sprocket! Now I’m not sure if this will be an in game variant or just a painted one, but still cool never the less. She is up for pre-order right now on there website so I would go and get yours RIGHT NOW! Check out the pic below she is a beauty. I just put in my order hope to see a lot of Portal Masters and Addicts get there hands on her as well. Good luck everyone hope you don’t have to much trouble trying to score one of these bad boys! I’m getting ready for Skylanders Day at Game Stop more info on that in another post. Catch you guys on SKYSIDE! 

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 Heavy Duty Sprocket Best Buy Exclusive Variant

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