I’m sure most of you are as anxious to hear about the next installment in the Skylanders series as I am. Currently there is nothing to report on as Activision hasn’t even confirmed that there is an announcement on it’s way. But we can make a few guesses based on how SWAP Force was revealed last year. Here’s a brief timeline of how SWAP Force info was rolled out in 2013:
Now that we’ve taken a look at the past let’s use that and predict how and when the next game will be announced. Please note that other than the date for New York Toy Fair 2014 the following timeline is based solely on my predictions. Grain of salt not included.
- February 5th, 2014: Activision registers domain names related to Skylanders 4 in anticipation of an announcement the following week.
- February 11th, 2014: Activision to release press release and related materials confirming the title and setting of Skylanders 4. A teaser trailer will come along with this.
- February 16th, 2014: New York Toy Fair 2014 kicks off. Activision is confirmed to have a presence there according to the Exhibitor Floor Plan.
As you can see I used the date for this year’s Toy Fair and worked backwards from there based on the timing of last year’s events. Will my predictions prove bucket-like and hold water or am I just another Skylanders fan making wild guesses? The next few weeks will hold the answer to that but we’ll continue to keep our ears to the ground. As soon as we know more so will you!
For the past several weeks Lost Island players have been suffering from the Element of the Day bonus not working resulting in lost Gold, Energy, and Wishin’ Stones. However, it looks like The Fix Is In!
Players today have noticed that a patch has been applied forcing Lost Islands to restart. Normally restarting the app like this would result in the elemental bonus disappearing again but in all cases the bonus has stayed in effect! Please note that if your elemental bonus was already broken for today that it will not reset until tomorrow or if you change your device’s clock (not recommended).
While we haven’t received confirmation from @ATVIAssist that this issue has been corrected so we’ll let you know if we hear otherwise.
It should come as no surprise to anyone but Skylanders SWAP Force has been nominated in the Family Game of the Year category for the 17th annual D.I.C.E. awards! Other nominees from the category include Rayman Legends and Disney whatzitsbucket but SWAP Force has the home field advantage. In 2012, Spyro’s Adventure won Outstanding Innovation In Gaming while also being nominated in 2 other categories. Giants continued the trend in 2013 taking home the award for Family Game of the Year.
Will SWAP Force go for the threepeat and win an award again this year? That’s up to the academy to decide but regardless it’s a feather in the cap of all the hardworking guys & gals who helped make the third entry in the Skylanders franchise happen.
Congratulations and best of luck to everyone at Toys For Bob, Vicarious Visions, and Activision!
…as soon as this coming Sunday, that is.
It’s been a while but Best Buy is getting their first exclusive Skylanders toy since Volcanic Vault. Starting on 1/12 Best Buy stores across the country will be stocking a brand new Heavy Duty Sprocket variant for collectors to purchase (or to preorder now through BestBuy.com). While the product doesn’t mention this Goldling-turned-Silverling’s exclusivity, several have already popped up on eBay and the package sports the “Only At Best Buy” logo.
This variant and Pumpkin Eye-Brawl both came as surprises to portalmasters everywhere so who knows what other tricks that Activision has up its sleeve?
It looks like retailers are no longer holding back when it comes to releasing Wave 3. Gamestop.com has joined in and now has most of Wave 3 available for preorder. Interestingly, the anticipated release day is 1/11/14 which is the same day as their Skylanders Day event. So will they have Wave 3 Skylanders available to go along with their sidekick promotion or is this just a coincidence? Do check with your local store for more details but in the meantime here’s all their Wave 3 preorder links:
Thanks to Chris for the tip!
Update: Went back to my local TRU as it seems most stores are stocking their Wave 3 shipment in the middle of the day. Sure enough the entirety of Wave 3 was there including the 2 Lightcore figures I needed. Updated the gallery with a couple pics from my store showing their display.
I didn’t expect more Wave 3 news today but portalmasters across the country are starting to find all of Wave 3 at their local stores. Yes, even Sheep Wreck Island and Lightcore Wham Shell! Thanks to Redditors /u/fraghead5 and /u/Ditcka for posting these images:
While not every Toys R Us store across the country is currently stocked with these it will definitely be worth checking out your local stores over the next few days in case you can’t order Wave 3 off of Amazon. I personally struck out at my local TRU as I’m still looking for Lightcore Countdown & Wham Shell but I believe a shipment should arrive tonight. At least I’m hoping that’s the case.