Heading into the third year of the Skylanders is a very exciting time. They took the world by storm in 2011, proved they could keep it going in 2012, and now we’re ready for the next chapter in 2013. Activision has been busy and is ready to push the franchise forward.
The timing could not be better as this year the Skylanders will see their first real competition in the form of Disney Infinity. While there are many differences to these two games, the base mechanic of bringing toy figures to life is quite similar. So it will definitely be interesting to see how it might affect sales.
Competition or not though, the new Skylanders are sure to impress. This year’s release will feature the SWAP Force. The SWAP Force will be joined by many old fan favorites as well as many other brand new Skylanders.
Skylanders Character Distribution
There are currently 56 figures planned for Skylanders SWAP Force. Not all of them will be available on launch day, but you will see them eventually. Within these 56 characters you will find a number of subsets. They are divided into four groups:
- 16 SWAP Force Members
- 16 New Skylanders
- 16 Returning Skylanders
- 8 LightCore Skylanders
At this point, many of these Skylanders’ names have yet to be revealed, but that will come in time.
SWAP Force Members
As you would expect, the SWAP Force members are the highlight of this game.
What makes them special? They’re special because the figures themselves are actually swappable. The figures come in two pieces (held together by a unique magnet), a top half and a bottom half. You have the freedom to mix and match any top half with any bottom half of a SWAP Force character.
What’s more is that not only can you swap the figures, but you can play with your new creation in the game!
Although there are only 16 of these special characters, you can create a whopping 256 variations if you own them all. This “simple” mechanic is sure to provide hours of fun.
Known SWAP Force Members
- Blast Zone
- Fire Kraken
- Free Ranger
- Freeze Blade
- Grilla Drilla
- Hoot Loop
- Manga Charge
- Night Shift
- Rattle Shake
- Spy Rise
- Stink Bomb
- Wash Buckler
Naming the Characters
Naming these new Skylanders is not as difficult as you might think.
Each of the 16 characters comes with a two-part name. The first part of the name is always associated with the top half of the character while the second part is always attached to the bottom half.
Take for example, Free Ranger and Night Shift. If you were to exchange their top halves, you could create Night Ranger and Free Shift.
So not only will each combination have a unique (sometimes comical) name, but mixing certain abilities can greatly affect how you play the game.