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Skylanders Swap Force Launch Day Tips

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Skylanders Swap Force hits store shelves in just a few days, so here are some tips on obtaining the Skylanders Figures you want on day one.

While Skylanders Swap Force releases Sunday, October 13th, its important to note that some stores will start their release at Midnight the 12th.  Different retailers will open at different times Sunday morning, so its best to plan your trip to hit each store as early as possible.

Wal-Mart will start its Skylanders Swap Force distribution Saturday at midnight, so it’s best to start there. Wal-Mart has an exclusive Hoot Loop variant named Enchanted Hoot Loop, an interesting variant that changes color in light! If you want to pre-order this figure or learn more, check out my last article here. Wal-Mart also has an exclusive Magic Triple Pack which contains Mega Ram Spyro, Super Gulp Pop Fizz, and Star Strike. Lastly, Wal-Mart has several major bundle packs, which is a big money and time saver, if you are looking to collect all the characters.

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Okay that’s a start, now it’s time for Sunday morning, where things will really get crazy. I’m going to discuss several retailers and their variants available at launch.

Target has two options for a double pack, both options contain Nitro Magna Charge, and either Rattle Shake or Free Ranger. Be sure to contact your local Target and see exactly when they open, so you don’t miss out on this crazy cool variant of Magna Charge.

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Lastly, there is a Dark Edition Starter Pack available for pre order at your local GameStop, EB Games, or Game, so be sure to bag that Sunday as well!

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There is going to undoubtedly be several unannounced variants bouncing around store shelves on Launch Day, so always keep your eyes peeled when your looking for Skylanders! Good luck snagging all of the available variants on launch day, share this guide with a friend, and for everything Skylanders Swap Force, keep it here at ToyChaser!

– Caleb Stiles

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Enchanted HootLoop Available for Pre-Order

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Getting an early start hunting for the multitude of Skylanders SwapForce variant figures? Wal-Mart has one available for pre-order titled Enchanted Hoot Loop and is pictured above. Head to your local Wal-Mart or click this link and pre-order online right now!

Keep it locked at ToyChaser for everything SwapForce

– Caleb Stiles

Pre-Order The Skylanders SwapForce: Dark Edition Starter Pack

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Pre-Orders have gone up for the Skylanders Swap Force: Dark Edition exclusively at GameStop. This monster of a starter pack comes with five variant Skylanders, known as Dark Skylanders, a portal of power, the Skylanders SwapForce disc, and a mega poster that pictures the characters from all three Skylanders titles! The dark variants are as listed from the left; Dark Slobber Tooth, Dark Wash Buckler, Dark Blast Zone, Dark Ninja Stealth Elf, and Dark Spyro (Series 3).

Head over to GameStop and Pre-Order your Dark Edition Starter Pack today! be sure to comment below and tell us which Dark Skylander is your favorite, and for everything Skylanders SwapForce, keep it locked at ToyChaser!

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Toychaser is Back and Just in Time!

I’ve unfortunately been away from my blog for the last two semesters due to demanding studies, but things have subsided, and I am back just in time! With SwapForce just around the corner, It’s time to get things up and running again. A welcome hand goes out to my returning readers, as well as new readers and visitors!

Look for major site updates throughout the week, check back each day to keep up with my blog, and never forget to keep an eye out for my Skylanders contests, where you can win rare and elusive figures!

Comment below what you are most excited about for Skylanders SwapForce, and happy reading!

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Skylanders Swap Force: Gameplay and Story

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Wash Zone in Action

Skylanders Swap Force is showing a huge upgrade in graphics and gameplay mechanics from the previous titles, and with developer Vicarious Visions in the saddle, I can’t wait to hear more about their influence on the Skylanders series. I’ve put together a great deal on current gameplay and story information, so buckle up!

Story

Skylanders Swap Force takes place in an all new location within Skylands known as The Cloudbreak Islands, where Kaos is working on his next plot to take over  the Skylands. In order to defeat Kaos (and his mother) this time around, a new line of toys, Skylanders Swap Force is introduced! Swap Force Skylanders are Skylanders that were blasted to earth and split in two by a magical volcanic eruption. These Swap Force Skylanders are very happy and eager to be put back together, and sent back to The Cloudbreak Islands by you, the Portal Masters! I’m very interested to see how they will use this Swap Force element as part of the story, and how well it will work in the cutscene videos. The cutscene videos look amazing and crisp under the development of Vicarious Visions, and that was an upgrade I was very much looking forward too. There will be some returning faces as well, including the fan-favorite Captain Flynn, and yes, Patrick Waburton has returned to voice this loud and opinionated character.

Blast Bomb and Blast Freeze

Blast Bomb and Blast Blade

Gameplay

Before anything else is said about the gameplay changes and improvements, I see it as pure justification to start off by telling you that finally, you can jump with your Skylanders. This is a long aniticipated mechanic that I’ve been seeing as a necessity since Spyro’s Adventure. Not only will this directly affect mobility and maneuverability, but levels and puzzles will also see a great robust change, in order to implement jumping. Skylanders Swap Force characters are really offering a new experience of gameplay in The CloudBreak Islands, and in many different ways. Each Skylanders Swap Force Character has two parts, the top half is focused on character and attack, while the bottom half is focused on mobility. Each Swap Force character can mix and match their parts with ANY of the 16 Swap Force Skylanders, creating 256 unique “Swapabilities”! It’s very exciting to see Vicarious implement this type of creativity, because it creates more customization with less Skylanders, and that is a financial sigh of relief.

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Blast Buckler

Each Swap Force character has a hexagonal shape at the base of their element piece, and this depicts a specific mobility, which will open up new zones in the levels. There are eight unique abilities, such as climbing (depicted above), speed, flying, teleporting, climbing, digging, etc. This not only creates more unlockable zones within a level, but it also creates more robust play styles through those areas. Along with the traditional Elemental Areas there are new Elemental Areas that depict two elements, and again your Swap Force Skylanders come into play. You need to create a mix and match Swap Force Skylander that contains both elements shown in order to get maximum benefit from that area. The swapping of Skylanders and and mixing of characters should not halter the gameplay, because the top and bottom pieces are held together by a magnet, creating simple and quick character swapping. Check out this Gameplay Video to see for yourself!

That wraps up the story and gameplay of Skylanders Swap Force, if you are more interested in each of the Characters, then check them out right here. Stay tuned for more exciting Skylanders Swap Force news, and look out for a chance to win a free Skylander, coming soon, from right here at Toy Chaser! Leave a comment with your thoughts, and please subscribe!

– Caleb Stiles

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Skylanders Swap Force: A Deeper Look into the Characters

skylanders-swap-forceWith the announcement of Skylanders SwapForce, the first thing everybody wants to know about is the new Skylanders characters. Here you will find a short summary and description of each known-to-date Swap Skylander, as well as their known characteristics.

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Blast Zone is Fire Skylander, attributed with accurate firing and speed. He zooms and flies around the map with rocket boots, while targeting the enemies with a “more accurate than not” rocket attack. He resembles a medieval knight, much like Ignitor, but bulkier and more mobile. He carries around two-bombs that operate as his aforementioned rocket attack, and has a very lava-like flow between his joints. This lava-like embodiment gives him a noticeable glow in-game.

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Blast-Zone on Portal of Power

Wash Buckler is an octupus/pirate hybrid water skylander that comes together for a very attack savy yet sluggish character. In his left arm he holds a bubble-gun, and in his right he holds a cutlass. The bubble-gun traps enemies with a powerful bubble, while his cutlass then takes sharp advantage. This seems to be a great combo, but may not oversway his slow mobility. Wash Buckler slowly oozes across the ground with his tentacles in a very sluggish manner, but his tentacles provide for a mid-ranged attack, as well as the ability to climb.

Swash Buckler on Portal of Power

Wash Buckler on Portal of Power

Magna Charge is a polarized tech skylander, and brings speed and magneitcs together in a an agile manner. He sports a speed wheel that provides for quick movement accross the terrain, as well as an effective charge attack. His left arm functions as a rail gun zapping away enemies, while his magnetized head gives him the ability to pick up in-game objects and send them hurling towards enemies.

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Freeze Blade is the second water Skylander announced for the SwapForce, and made his debut in Skylanders’ official teaser trailer, earlier today. Freeze blade seems to be a very icy feline with the ability to skate accross the ground. Freeze Blade sports a spiked circuar boomerang, that may work as a ranged attack.

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Night Shift is the first mentioned undead SwapForce Skylander, and also made his debut in the teaser trailer. He is a hovering Skylander with only mist making up his lower half. Night Shift also likes to punch things, as hinted by his skull crested boxing gloves.

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Stink Bomb is the first Life SwapForce Skylander to be announced, and made his appearance alongside Night Shift and Freeze Blade in the teaser trailer. Stink Bomb is a martial arts practiced creature, with a malodorous stink bomb attack coming from nowhere else than under his tail.

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Core Skylanders

Core Skylanders are one of four groups of figures being released with Skylanders SwapForce. There are 16 Swapforce characters, 16 core skylanders (skylanders that are not interchangeable or lightcore). 16 repose skylanders featuring series 1 and 2 characters, and 8 new lightcore figures.

Countdown is one of the debut core skylanders, and he represents the Tech Skylanders. Countdown is all about the bang and boom, featuring a time bomb for a head, and two fireable rockets as hands. His head happens to be removable, and can be thrown at enemies to make quite the explosion, Countdown will simply sprout a new head upon impact.

Rollerbrawl is the other debut core skylander, and she is an undead roller-skating skylander. This will more than likely give her great maneuverability, and her two-clawed wrist guards should complement her speed nicely. Rollerbrawl also has a very tough looking head-butt attack, that should work great with speed.

From the Left, Countdown and Rollerbrawl

From the Left, Countdown and Rollerbrawl

No lightcore Skylanders have been announced yet, but of the 16 repose Skylanders, both Stealth Elf and Eruptor have been confirmed.

That wraps up the character summary, so be sure to leave a comment with your opinion on the currently known Swap Force Skylanders, and how you think they will upgrade and behave in the game, due to release this Fall season, and check out the slideshow below!

– Caleb Stiles

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Skylanders Swap Force Revealed

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Skylanders has just announced Skylanders SwapForce, and it is going to be an absolute gamechanger for Skylanders. Vicarious Visions takes the developing reigns in this title and it sounds like they have done a great job with the series. Swap Force focuses on 16 new Skylanders that are interchangeable at the hip, which creates a total of 256 combinations. All together, there are 16 new mix and match Swap Force Skylanders, 16 new series 3 reposed Skylanders (These are reposed figures from the first two games, so therefore being referred to as Series 3 figures), 16 new core Skylanders, and 8 new lightcore toys, bringing the total to 56 new toys. All Series 3 Figures will have a blue base, denoting their series. SwapForce is going to have updated visual quality, as well as new gameplay mechanics. You can now jump with each of the Skylanders, and some even provide flying and climbing capabilites, giving fresh taste to the series. The Starter pack will come with a new and required Portal of Power, two Swap Force Skylanders, and a series 3 repose figure.

Here are some pictures to help you grasp the concept, leave your comments below, and stay tuned for my character feature later this evening!

– Caleb Stiles

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