Our friends over at GeekDad just keep writing great stuff about Skylanders:

The article I linked above has one passage that made me stop and marvel.

They don’t actually use the Skylanders DS styluses to play on the DS at all. Firstly they used them to create their own plays in a make shift cardboard theater. By poking the stylus up from behind they could get the miniature Skylanders figures to act out different chapters from their adventures.

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Really cool youtube “Lets Play” of Skylanders

Youtube user tealgamemaster has put up a really cool full playthrough of Skylanders. If you’re not worried about spoilers, certainly check it out.

My favorite thing is how he starts off and it seems like he is prepared to hate the game. His impression slowly grows more and more positive as he plays until he gets to the end and he LOVES it. BEST game EVAR! I spent the weekend watching all 12-14 hours of the series and it really made me feel great. I’m glad he liked it so much.

He even made up a song about it:

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Hey guys,

Sorry for the lack of activity here. I’ve been sick for a while, and I’m starting to get better.

In good news, though, Skylanders reviews are coming in and the first few are good! WOO!

Wii Sku Review – 90%

360/PS3 Sku review – 85%

Pro tip – Get the Wii version if you can. It’s the lead SKU, so it’s a bit better than the others.

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E3 2011: Skylanders!

So far this is my favorite E3 hands-on preview:”

And this is my favorite part:

Until today, the phrase “game with toy tie-in” would have sent me running in the other direction. Especially if a publisher as avaricious as Activision were involved. Having played Skylanders, however, its clear that they’ve come up with a product that would have thrown eight-year-old me into paroxysms of joy. Discussing the game’s potential with my colleagues, I decided that I learned a valuable lesson today: Things that appear evil aren’t always actually evil.

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The Great Wet North

As you may (or may not) know, I’m in Canada this week (Quebec, specifically), for work. It’s raining (not snowing) — about 37 degrees farenheight during the night and 42-ish during the day. All in all not as cold as I expected, but fairly wet.

It’s been an interesting trip so far. The flights were fairly tame, especially given my recent experiences. I did get on a tiny midget plane to get from Detroit to Canada, though, and that was interesting.

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A neat Skylanders fan page

There’s a bunch of fan art and various other artistic contributions, plus some speculation. Good stuff!

I’ve linked a few of my favorite pieces of fan art below (hopefully the artists who made them won’t mind too much) but there’s some other good stuff on the site.

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Gamepro seems to really like Skylanders

If I could show my ten-year-old self the “magic moment” of putting a Skylanders figurine on the portal and watching it come to life on the screen, I think mini-me would be floored. Toys for Bob are truly doing some incredible things with the tech behind Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, and it’s a pretty clear indication of what the future holds for toy/game hybrids. Even beyond the fact that the game is aimed at a younger demographic, I can’t imagine gamers of all ages being unimpressed with the cool hybrid tech the Skylanders devs have created here.

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What I’ve been working on for the past year and a half!

As the article mentions, there will be more info coming tomorrow, but I just couldn’t wait:

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.

When the game is running, players can put an action figure on a plastic “portal” or stand and watch the toys appear on their TV, and the toy becomes a moving character in the game for the player to control…

… Once a character’s toy is put on the portal and enters the game, as a player collects gold or levels-up his character or upgrades a weapon, that character’s improved abilities are saved in the toy’s memory. Players can … Continue reading