Activision’s Skylanders franchise just topped $1 billion in worldwide retail sales, the company announced, inclusive of its toys and accessories, and hit that milestone in only 15 months. Last week, we reported over 100 million Skylanders toys have been sold in the U.S. alone, and that Skylanders Giants, released last fall, generated more than $195 million in U.S. sales during the holiday season.
USAopoly has a lineup of new board games for the American International Toy Fair in New York City on February 10, including the following ones based on video game franchsies: Monopoly: Skylanders , Risk: Mass Effect Galaxy at War Edition , Risk: Plants vs. Zombies , Yahtzee: Pac-Man Collector’s Edition , Jenga: Space Invaders Collector’s Edition , Trivial Pursuit: World of Warcraft and Clue: Dungeons and Dragons . Risk: Mass Effect tops the price points at $50, with Trivial Pursuit: WoW and Yahtzee: Pac-Man the cheapest at $25 each
Square Enix released yet another Tomb Raider video centered around features players can look forward to in the upcoming reboot of the franchise. Here you’ll learn about the “Base Camp” system, special locations where Lara can use salvage to upgrade her equipment, and functioning as locations for fast travel through the game’s open island environment.
Skylanders proprietors Toys for Bob will step aside for the latest franchise installment, Skylanders Swap Force . Vicarious Visions is handling development this time, which Activision says will allow Toys for Bob the space and freedom to come up with their next thing. The main toy gimmick of Skylanders Swap Force is simple: 16 new special figures have inter-connecting torsos and bottom halves
The next Skylanders is the last thing fans were probably expecting as there’s three major changes going on with Swap Force , the new entry in the series. For starters, it’s not developer Toys for Bob making this one. Vicarious Visions, the team responsible for the 3DS version of Skylanders Adventure , and the Wii U version of Skylanders Giants , is in charge of making the core versions this time around (With N-Space doing the 3DS version and Beenox handling the Wii version)
If you’re at all familiar with the success of Skylanders , you won’t be too surprised by Disney’s latest gaming initiative.
Who knew actual physical toys would propel a videogame to become the number one selling Activision title (so far) this year and generating over $200 million in sales? Developer Toys for Bob struck gold with its ingenious idea of merging the world of real toys and videogames together with the Skylanders series, and the momentum is still going strong leading up to the release of Skylanders Giants , the first sequel to last year’s Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure