Today I found the first signs of the Wave 4 characters at Toys R Us. My local Toys R Us had all of the vehicles on store shelves, but surprisingly they did not have any of the characters. In fact I noticed they had very few of ANY characters. They had Legendary Bone Bash Roller Brawl, Big Bubble Pop Fizz, Legendary Hurricane Jet-Vac and that was about it. They were strangely short of SuperChargers characters. They had a lot of the older games characters still and a lot of vehicles, Legendary Sky Packs and the Nintendo Dual Packs, but just not many of the single characters. But that may just be my local store, I’ve heard stories on the internet of people finding the Wave 4 characters at their local Toys R Us, so it might be worth a trip. Also this week, Toys R Us is running their popular Buy 1 get 1 40% off. This seems to coincide with every new release of Skylanders characters so take advantage of that if you can. When you look at the list of new characters in Wave 4 below, you’ll notice that a lot of them are characters that have already been out in other packs. Astroblast and the Sun Runner could be had in the Sky Racing Pack, and Hot Streak and Spitfire come with every non-Nintendo release of the game.
It looks as though, Wave 4 Skylanders are starting to hit store shelves. I know this seems a little strange since many Wave 3 characters never really showed up at some stores. It seems like the blame for a majority of that and the delay of Wave 3 and 4 Skylanders has to do with the port strikes on the west coast. The strikes have since been resolved, but reports claim that it could be up to six months until all of the ships that have been parked off the coast can effectively offload all of their goods. Despite that, new characters are starting to hit store shelves. I wonder if companies have started either shipping through other ports, or using air-mail or what. I was at my local Toys R Us today and they had 90% of all of the new characters for Wave 4. They even had Bat Spin and High Five, which I thought were supposed to be in Wave 3, but never showed up. I also saw a few of the traps that were supposed to be in Wave 3 like the Totem design and snake design. I also stopped by Walmart and Gamestop but they did not have any of the new characters. Walmart did have the Tidal Wave Gill Grunt & Gill Runt two pack as well as the Full Blast Jet-Vac & Pet-Vac two pack. Both of those two packs are exclusive to Walmart. Expect these Wave 4 characters to start showing up at your favorite retailer soon!
It looks like there will be a Swap Force sale at Best Buy starting this Sunday. Based off an ad scan for Best Buy starting 3/23/2014, they will be having a buy one Swap Force character get one 50% off sale. The scan shows the new swappable characters Freeze Blade and Trap Shadow, though it’s unclear if the sale is just for swappable characters or any character in the Swap Force game. Also the starter packs for all systems will be on sale for $54.99.Share this article!
As you know, I recently ran into the two new swapable Skylanders: Freeze Blade, and Trap Shadow at a local Toys R Us. After this I searched the web a little bit and caught wind of a bunch of new possible wave 4 Skylander sitings. Most of these centered around Walmarts in different states. So I took to the stores today to do a little reconnaissance and…no luck. No characters, no information. None of the employees had any idea when new Skylanders would arrive. However, judging by the number of sitings from people on reddit, in other parts of the country, it’s obvious that we are just weeks, if not days from a wide spread roll out of wave 4 characters. So here are the Swap Force characters that seem to be headed for Wave 4.
- Freeze Blade (Possibly to show first at Toys R Us)
- Trap Shadow (Possibly to show first at Toys R Us)
- Nitro Freeze Blade (Target Exclusive, Rumored to show 3/23)
New Series 3
- Enchanted Lightcore Star Strike (Walmart Exclusive)
Springtime Chars (rumored 4/6 release date)
Keep in mind that this is still just speculation. More characters could be added should they start showing up on store shelves, in the next couple of weeks. If anything changes, I will update this article.Share this article!
Freeze Blade Unboxing! He is another early Wave 4 character to hit store shelves at Toys R Us. He is the second swappable character with the Speed Movement ability to be released. Watch as Conner consistently thinks that he is a girl and….did he break him? Watch to find out!
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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!