Frito-Lay and Skylanders are teaming up once again. This time its not about getting a special character for your collection. Now they are going to let the winner “Name the Next Skylander.” The contest starts 2/24/14 and they have a countdown timer on their website here. It looks like once again contest entries will come in specially marked bags of snack packs. Both the Classic Mix and Flavor Mix. It also looks like each bag will come with a $5 coupon towards a Starter Pack. Not as good as the previous $10 off coupons. Personally, I’m a little disappointed. I rather like knowing that I should get a character when I buy the bags and send in a coupon vs just entering a contest that I am most likely not going to win. I would also bet that they are not going to let you name the character whatever you want. They probably have a list of three to five names already possible for the Skylander and they will probably just let the winner make the final decision. If that is the case, there could conceivably be multiple winners. No chance of me naming a character “SkylanderNutts.com” or “Marcus Pheonix” (Although..should there be another fire breathing bird….)Share this article!
A strange thing happened the other day on the Best Buy website. For a short period of time, they had three new Skylanders available for pre-order. The available date was April 6, 2014. Now that’s a long time away, and the listings have since been removed. But it makes one wonder, was that the release date for the next wave of Skylanders? Perhaps Best Buy was waaayyy ahead of themselves and that was some wave 5 characters? It’s hard to know but the images leave a lot of questions that fans will probably have wait to find out the answers too.
The characters shown were Fryno, Punk Shock, and Springtime Trigger Happy. What was most intriguing about the listings was the packaging that was shown. Each figure came in special “Easter Egg” colored packaging. This raises a lot of questions. Are these characters only going to be available around Easter? Are these special Easter edition packaging for characters that might be released a month earlier in regular packaging? Are these characters exclusive to Best Buy? Are all characters going to have Easter packaging at Best Buy around this time? Will they still be available early for pre-order much like the silver Heavy Duty Sprocket was? Is the wave 4 release date going to be April 6, 2014? I’m afraid I don’t have the answer to any of these questions. Hopefully Wave 4 comes sooner than that, but at least we know the Easter Bunny should be bringing a few new Skylanders to this house!Share this article!
Conner next video is a Fire Kraken unboxing for Skylanders Swap Force. Why do we do these videos? Maybe it’s just to watch the struggles of a five year old try to open toys set in challenging plastic? I have the feeling that one of these days he will break a Skylander he is unboxing. Will it be today?
Yesterday 1/22/14 Target restocked their shelves and on them were some Wave 3 Skylanders. At the stores I went to I saw all three Swappable characters, both Lightcore Characters and a Triple Pack. I did not see Sheep Wreck Island, or the Arkeyan Crossbow Battle Pack. For the Core Skylanders, I saw Smolderdash, Hyperbeam Prism Break, and Horn Blast Whirlwind. I did not see Dune Bug or Phantom Cynder, but they are both listed on Target’s Website with a release date of 1/31. I’m not sure if my Targets broke some kind of street date, or if they just got their shipments in earlier than they thought, but all three stores I visited in my area had some of the Wave 3 characters on the shelves. So now is the time Portal Master! Go get your Wave 3 Skylanders at Target and use your RedCard to save 5%. Also, you may want to call ahead and ask if they have Spy Rise or Rubble Rouser. Those were two I saw the most of by far.Share this article!
The Skylanders Giants Lunch Tin is on Sale at Best Buy for just $0.99. It sounds like a clearance to me, but either way don’t let the picture fool you. This is too small and the metal is too thin to put a real lunch in it for a school child. It may be fun though as a “pretend” lunch box for a pre-schooler. Just be prepared for it to get dents. Also it can be used to hold a few characters, albeit noisily. Or buy many of them for when they get damaged, I mean they’re just $0.99. It also makes a good item to add if you need to round up your Best Buy order to $25 for free shipping.
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It looks like Best Buy is the next retailer to start having Wave 3 Swap Force characters available. Most single characters are in stock. It looks like the Triple Packs and Adventure Packs may either be out of stock already or not quite in stock yet for the first time.
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