Ninjini Arrives Tomorrow as a Toys R’ Us Exclusive

Toys ‘R Us has announced that Ninjini will hit store shelves tomorrow morning, at the beginning of store hours. Here’s a preview video of Ninjini. Who’s you’re favorite Skylanders Giant? Subscribe and comment below! Keep it locked for everything Skylanders!

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PS4 Complete Wrap Up

Sony completely dominated Wednesday night with the announcement of the Playstation 4. I was completely impressed with the presentation, and while some elements were missing, I don’t feel that decision was in in bad taste. I’ve summarized they key elements of the PS4 presentation, as well as what I felt was missing.

The PS4 Console | System Specs
– X86 CPU
– Greatly Enhanced GPU
– Local HDD
– 8G RAM Operating at High-Speed

Functionality | What PS4 Can Do
– Stream Games From Playstation Store Before Purchase
– Share Live Gameplay
– Provides Multicasting Through UStream
– Suspend/Resume Functions
– Playstation Plus Highly Integrated
– Other Applications Such as Netflix, Facebook, Amazon Instant
– Digital Titles Playable As You Download
– Remote Play With The PS Vita
– Higher PS Move Integration
– You Can Sign Into Multiple Accounts On One Console

The Dualshock 4 | What Does It Change
– Touchpad
– New Share and Options Button
– Shape Alteration, and Trigger Button Size Increase
– Joysticks Altered For Comfortability

GaiKai | What It Means For The Player
– Bringing The Vision “Everything, Everywhere”
– Guiness Record Speed Cloud Streaming
– Working Towards Integrating Past, Present and Future Titles to the Playstation Cloud
– GaiKai is a “Feature in Progress” and Will Roll Out in Multiple Phases

The Games | Announced and Featured
– Knack
– Killzone: Shadow Fall
– DriveClub by Evolution
– Infamous: Second Son by Sucker Punch
– The Witness
– Deep Down (Working Title) by Capcom
– Watch Dogs by Ubisoft
– Destiny by Bungie and Activision
– Diablo III by Blizzard

Missing Elements | What’s It Look Like!?
– The Hardware
– PS Vita Games
– No Price

What elements and games were you looking forward to?
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– Caleb Stiles

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Toys ‘R Us CEO Hints at Disney Infinity Exclusivity

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In an interview with Family Gamer TV, Toys R’ Us CEO and Chairman, Jerry Storch, had some interesting things to say, and even hinted at the possibility of exclusive figures arriving at Toys R’ Us, just as they had done with the Skylanders Franchise. Andy Robertson with Family Gamer TV posed the question to Storch on how Toys R’ Us would handle the Infinity Franchise, and this was his response:

“Well it’s different and we are the toys authority at Toys R Us so anything big you know you are going to find, and in an oversize special way with plenty of exclusives and excitement.”

Storch seems to be implying that some exclusive Disney Infinity figures/starter packs will be headed to Toys R’ Us shelves with the launch. What do you think? Subscribe and leave a comment below!

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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.

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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.

Blast Buckler

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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Molten Hot Dog Skylanders Variant Coming This March

News has just surfaced about the long anticipated variant to the popular Skylander, Hot Dog. For those living in the U.S., Molten Hot Dog will be a Wal-Mart exclusive, and hits store shelves March 15th. Molten Hot Dog will be released in a single character pack, and does not seem to require any type of bundle purchase, so a huge relief is definitely shown there! Leave a comment with your thoughts on Molten Hot Dog, and stay tuned for an in-depth look at Skylanders Swap Force gameplay and story!

– 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.

Blast-Zone on Portal of Power

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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New Domains Give Insight to the Next Skylanders Game

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Recently Fusible.com discovered four Skylanders Domains registered by Skylanders Partner, MarkMoniter. These domains were registered January 30th, 2013 and are as follows:

SkylandersKaosAlliance.com

SkylandersNanoForce.com

SkylandersSuperForce.com

SkylandersSwapForce.com

Nothing else has been said about these very exciting domains, but I’d like to hear what you think! Leave a comment below explaining what you think the next Skylanders game will be about!

– Caleb Stiles

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Gamestop Lengthens Skylanders Sidekicks Promotion Period

If you haven’t had a chance to get a Skylanders Sidekick from Gamestop just yet, they lengthened the promotion period to 02/28/2013, so don’t miss out!

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Welcome to Toy Chaser

Interested in rare Skylanders, or the upcoming figure-to-game title, Disney Infinity? Toy Chaser is your guide to finding the rarest of Skylanders and Infinity Figures. This blog will not only bring you constant news of the games and figures, but as reader satisfaction is so important to us, we will be featuring a weekly blog known as Mash-Up, not to mention the prizes to be won for our loyal readers! These prizes will consist of figures, collectibles, and much more! So welcome us to the web with that enticing subscribe button, and stay tuned! 🙂

– Caleb Stiles

 

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