Thumpling was one of the four special "sidekick" characters released by Activision through their second promotion with Frito-Lay. He is the miniature of Thumpback. Fans who collected UPC symbols from specially marked bags of Frito-Lay 20-count variety packs, could send away for these side kicks for just a few dollars shipping. The character is NOT a controllable Skylander in game, but will show up in the "Giants" and "Swap Force" games to fight next to one of the main characters when placed on the portal. He is treated more like a magic item where he supports any other character that the player is using. Unlike magic items, a sidekick does not expire after a time limit.
The orange base Thumpling can now only be obtained used or through a reseller, however a red base Thumpling will be re-released for Skylanders Trap Team.
Thumpling and 15 other minis will become playable in Trap Team. Thumpling will be packaged with Gill Runt but no release date has been given.
Meet Thumpling w/ Brawl and Chain (Trap Team)
|Anchor Assault||Press Attack 1 to swing Thumpling's anchor at enemies. Press Attack 1, Attack 1, HOLD Attack 1 for a special combo!||Free|
|Belly Flop||Press Attack 2 to dive into a belly flop, damaging enemies.||Free|
|A Whale of a Chomp||Press Attack 3 for a big, whalesized chomp.||500 Gold|
|Slippery Belly||Slide longer after a belly flow and do increased damage.||700 Gold|
|The Whalest Chomp||Bigger, most powerful Whale Chomp attack.||900 Gold|
|Now There's an Anchor!||Increases Anchor Assault's damage.||1200 Gold|
|Anchor's A-Yay! Path|
|Thumpling Combos||Press Attack 1, Attack 1, and HOLD Attack 2 for Power Swing. Press Attack 1, Attack 1 and HOLD Attack 3 for Whirlpool Ripper.||1700 Gold|
|Bermuda Triangle||Increase the power of the Whirlpool Ripper combo attack. Prerequisite: Thumpling Combos.||2200 Gold|
|Ultimate Anchor||Best anchor you can find! Does maximum damage.||3000 Gold|
|Up Close and Personal Path|
|Breakfast in Bed||While Belly sliding, press Attack 3 to chomp enemies.||1700 Gold|
|Armor of the Sea||Seashells make for better armor.||2200 Gold|
|Bad Sushi||Hold the Attack 3 button to release a stream of projectile water vomit, damaging enemies.||3000 Gold|
|Soul Gem Ability|
|Blowhard||While belly sliding, press Attack 1 to spray water and starfish.||4000 Gold|