Saturday, December 1, 2012

Winter Wishes - @SkylandersGame Giants Starter Kit!

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Thanks for joining us for our second annual "Winter Wishes" Gift Guide! We've put together some great gift ideas this year and have some awesome prizes to give away too! This event will run through the New Year, so make sure to check back often to see what's new! Our gift guide page has all of our gifts by category, which you can see by clicking the image above.


Thousands of years ago, the Skylanders Giants fought epic battles in Skylands, but were banished to Earth. Now Kaos is back and with a new threat looming, it’s time to bring them back to join forces with the Skylanders. Only you can put them into the Portal of Power® to unleash their strength in the ultimate battle to save Skylands. 
Are you ready to face Kaos?

Skylanders Giants builds upon the original game that came out last year, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. You don't need to understand the original game in order to play, but the story behind it could come in handy.

In the original game there are 34 characters each classified by 8 elements: Water, Magic, Tech, Fire, Earth, Air, Life and Undead. Each character (or figurine) has special attributes, skills and statistics. Spyro's Adventure also has a Portal of Power wherein the player (you) is the Portal Master and when you place the figurine on it appears in the game where you can control it. The story is that the Portal Master Kaos had frozen all the heroes in our world as toys and only the players could bring them back into their world to protect it and journey to find a way to save their world.




Players ultimately have complete control over the characters, they bring them to life and give them purpose. This is a very unique and innovative way to game play; creating a whole new look at toys and figurines for kids.

Skylanders Giants brings in 40 new characters into the world, some of which are larger than the originals (Giants), but you can also use all the original figurines from Skylanders: Spyros Adventure!


Another very unique aspect of these games that makes them completely different from any other game out there, is that you can cross systems! That's right! It will cross platforms between the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, 3DS, and PC! The information is stored inside of the figurine, as if it had 'brains'. 


There are also Lightcore Figurines which light up, like the Giant Tree Rex in the photo. Each Element comes with one Giant Skylander, Four regular Skylanders and a Lightcore Figure. 
My teen loves Skylanders Giants. His friend has the original game and he often will bring his figurines over to play on my son's Portal of Power. Since all of his friends have PS3s or Wii Systems, it's a bonus for him to be able to still play with them with their own characters that they've strengthened. 
Another great aspect of the Skylanders series for parents is that you don't have to go buying more and more games. There is always a new game out there and they are always expensive! The figurines for Skylanders Giants are easily 1/2 the price of a brand new game if not cheaper and it takes a lot of time to level a character up so the game lasts a very, very long time. Plus, you can use purchasing another character as an incentive! 
The Skylanders Giants Starter Kit comes with the Video Game, Portal of Power, 3 Skylanders Figures, Character Collection Poster, 3-Sticker Sheets with Secret Codes and 3-Trading Cards. The Secret Codes are used for unlocking your figurines on the Online Skylanders Universe or mobile games like Skylanders Cloud Patrol! There are so many ways to play Skylanders it is phenomenal! 
If you already have a Portal of Power then you just need to get the Portal Owners Pack. 
The Portal Owners Pack comes with everything the Starter Kit does except the Portal of Power and the other two figurines, their trading cards and codes. You can purchase additional figurines in singles or 3-pks. 
The more I learn about the Skylanders series, the more I am impressed. It's original, fun and it's not just your average kids game. In fact, I cannot wait until I am not busy anymore so I can play my figurine (Cynder)!
Connect: You can learn more about Skylanders Giants on the website, Like them on Facebook and/or @SkylandersGame on Twitter. 
Gift: You can purchase the Skylanders Giants Starter Kit on Amazon for $59.99. 
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