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This year, just in time for Easter, Skylanders has 3 new Senseis to offer. These not only offer a fun pop of color that will look fantastic in Easter Baskets, they also bring some fierceness and fun to the already awesome Skylanders Imaginators game!
We were lucky enough to receive a sneak peek at these brand new characters, and my kids were immediately thrilled by them. We received the mighty Grave Clobber, Egg Bomber Air Strike, and of course, the uber-colorful Pain-Yatta. I’d love to tell you more about each of these great new additions to the Skylanders Imaginators line-up!
Growing up, Pain-Yatta’s best friend was the legendary Unocorn, a unicorn with a churro-horn that sprinkles magical cinnamon from time to time. While the cinnamon donuts for breakfast were incredible, being so sweet and delicious made them both easy targets for those looking for yummy treats. But Pain-Yatta had no problem protecting the both of them with his giant sucker! One day, however, the Unocorn went missing, and Pain-Yatta was beside himself. He tried desperately to find his buddy, but to no avail. That’s when the Doom Raiders tricked him into thinking that the Skylanders were behind it all, and Pain-Yatta fell for it hook, line, and sinker. He joined up with the band of villains and ventured out to get revenge on the Skylanders, but was eventually captured by the Trap Masters. Master Eon explained that the Skylanders had nothing to do with the Unocorn’s disappearance and said he would help Pain-Yatta find his friend, if he became a Skylander Sensei and trained new Imaginators in the ways of smashing! Pain-Yatta agreed and the search for the missing Unocorn continues.
Each character has special abilities and a personality all their own. My kids’ favorite would have to be Pain-Yatta. Pain-Yatta is of the Magic Element, and looks like a very colorful pinata. I mean….What kid doesn’t love candy, after all? Pain-Yatta is gathers strength by eating candy, and protects the Skylanders as he searches for his best Unocorn friend.They love how colorful he is, and of course they love the fun he adds to their gaming experience.
Master Egg Bomber Air Strike is pretty fierce as well. This Air Element character can inflict a lot of damage to enemies, and uses a special bird that swoops out and boomerangs back, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. This character is a force to be reckoned with, and definitely adds quite a bit of power to the Skylanders Imaginators game.
Grave Clobber is a scary, mummy-like character that starts off clumsy and slow, but quickly builds power and speed as he grows and levels up.This Sensei is a Water Element, and uses water to attack his enemies. Pretty cool, don’t you agree?
Skylanders fans can unlock their imaginations in new ways with Skylanders® Imaginators now available on Nintendo Switch™. Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is bringing the fun-filled innovation of Skylanders Imaginators to the new Nintendo Switch platform for fans to enjoy starting today.
Skylanders Imaginators for the Nintendo Switch introduces a digital library that allows players to easily load and store their 300+ toys from the Skylanders® franchise* directly to the new home gaming system. No Portal of Power®? No problem — the arrival of the digital library empowers players to take their Skylanders Imaginatorsadventure on-the-go whenever and however they want.
This March also marks the debut of some of Skylanders’ most anticipated characters including Painyatta and Grave Clobber inSkylanders Imaginators, as well as a brand-new expansion pack for the game. Additionally, the Skylanders Imaginators Cursed Tiki Temple level pack is a first in franchise history, taking kids on an all-new adventure as they unlock more than 100 new offerings for their Skylanders Imaginators! The pack comes with Sensei character Wild Storm who will unleash a new level to players, a life Creation Crystal and an Imaginite Mystery Chest.
“We’re incredibly proud to bring the award-winning innovation of Skylanders Imaginators to Nintendo Switch as a launch title. The game has unlocked kids’ imaginations everywhere as they create and play their very own Skylander characters for the first time,” said Josh Taub, senior vice president of Skylanders Product Management, Activision. “With new toys and content also now available for Skylanders Imaginators, we’re excited to offer Nintendo fans a great experience on day one.”
Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators empowers players to unleash their imaginations and bring their creations to life in an adventure with puzzles, battles, a compelling storyline and a new line-up of heroes and villains.
Skylanders Imaginators also introduces two new guest star characters - Crash BandicootTM and his arch-nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex. They join the lineup of Skylanders Sensei characters as fully-playable toys. CrashTMfans will also get to play a level dedicated to the famous bandicoot, Thumpin Wumpa Islands, which pays homage to be beloved ‘90s videogame icon.
Skylanders Imaginators supports character toys from all previous Skylanders games – including Skylanders®SuperChargers, Skylanders® Trap Team, Skylanders® SWAP ForceTM, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure - that kids can enjoy in the real-world and in the virtual game. As players add new Skylanders to their collection, they expand their in-game experiences.
About the Skylanders® Franchise
The award-winning, $3.5 billion Skylanders® franchise has sold through more than 300 million toys1 since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011 with the debut of Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. The game originated a play pattern that seamlessly bridged physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms. In 2012, Skylanders® Giants further evolved the category and addedLightCore® characters to the collection of interaction figures. Skylanders® SWAP Force™, which launched in 2013, introduced an all new play pattern – swapability. In 2014, Skylanders® Trap Team reversed the magic of bringing toys to life by allowing players to pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world and became the number 1 kids’ console game globally1.Skylanders® SuperChargers launched in 2015 and expanded upon the franchise’s signature gameplay to introduce vehicles-to-life for the first time. In October 2016, Skylanders Imaginators captured kids’ imaginations like never before with the ability to create your own Skylanders. Fans can also enjoy their favorite characters in the Netflix original series “SkylandersTM Academy.”
About Activision Publishing
Headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world and is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website,www.activision.com or by following @Activision.