It seems as though Warner Bros and LEGO could well be bringing out their own toys-to-life title to compete against Disney Infinity, Skylanders, and amiibo. The game is rumoured to be in development at Travellers Tales and is due for release sometime later this year. LEGO is an extremely lucrative brand so this should provide some real competition to what’s currently out there. The LEGO game will launch alongside a range of compatible LEGO figures.
It’s hardly surprising to hear that a new Skylanders title is in the works and is coming to various platforms this year. However, Activision says it will be an innovative new title. The game is thought to be developed by Vicarious Visions rather than original creators, Toys For Bob.
Retailers are running some hot deals through Black Friday and Toys R Us don’t seem to be an exception, especially for those interested in the Skylanders franchise. There’s even a Wii U with Skylanders Swap Force available for $199.99. The Black Friday deals go on sale on Thursday at 5pm. Here’s what you can get cheap this year.
- Starts Thursday 5pm
- All Skylanders Trap Team Starter Packs $37.50
- B1G1 70% Off All Skylander Trap Team Figures & Traps
- All Skylander Spyro Adventures Single Figures 4 for $10 (Must Buy 4 for Offer)
- All Skylander Giants & Swap Force Single Figures B1G1 70% Off
- Wii U Skylanders Swap Force Bundle $199.99
- B1G1 40 Off All Video Games Reg. $19.99-$59.99 (Excludes Starter Packs)
- Skylanders Swap Force Carry & Display Case $14.99
- Nintendo 3DS XL Mario Party Island Tour Bundle $179.99
- Flashback Consoles (Intellivision,Colecovision,Sega or Atari) $29.99
- PS4 500GV Bundle (Includes GTA V+The Last of Us) or (Lego Batman 3+Little Big Planet 3) $399.99
- Xbox One with Kinect $429.99
- Xbox One Kinectless Assassin Creed Bundle $329.99
- B1G1 $2 All “R” Superbuy Video Games (Reg. $14.99-$19.99)
- All Disney Infinity Starter Packs $39.99 – $59.99
- All Disney Infinity 2.0 Figures B1G1 70% Off
- Starts Friday 7am
- Skylander Trap Team Starter Pack $49.99
- B1G1 40% Off All Skylanders Trap Team Figures & Traps
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Activision announced earlier this week that if you’re thinking of purchasing Skylanders Trap Team on the Wii then you’re eligible to get a free download code for Skylanders Trap Team on the Wii U. The Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack launches in the US on October 5th.
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Activision has revealed that the company initially wanted to team up with a company for the immensely popular Skylanders series, and they wanted that specific partner to be Nintendo. The company was surprised that Nintendo didn’t want to partner with them as they thought Nintendo would have been the perfect fit for the franchise.
“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo,” says Ford. “I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals.”
“They spent a long time looking and looking,” says Reiche. “They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].” Although there was a limited co-marketing deal, Nintendo did not want to make a full commitment to Skylanders. “We have no idea why,” says Reiche. “Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”
“Reiche is still surprised that the entertainment giant which reacted most quickly was Disney, which launched Disney Infinity in 2013 and is looking to expand the franchise. “Nintendo could have kicked Disney’s ass,” says Reiche. “If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this.”
Toys for Bob, the original development team behind the incredibly popular Skylanders franchise, is reportedly developing a brand new Skylanders game for the Nintendo 3DS. Details are fairly scarce, but the last Skylanders game developed by Toys for Bob was Skylanders Giants for home consoles and handheld. The game received an average review score of 80 on Metacritic.
Activision has announced during its quarterly financial report that the incredibly popular Skylanders series has generated more than $2 billion worldwide across all of the platforms it has launched on as of December 31st last year. Activision also revealed that it has sold approximately 175 million Skylanders toys.