Skylanders heads to Comic Con
Activision Publising is bringing the world’s leading Toys-to-Life game franchise, Skylanders, to Comic Con International: San Diego. Starting on Thursday, July 24, fans attending the convention will be able to get the first look at the new toys, Skylanders Trap Team gameplay, and the new Dark Edition starter pack toys, which will be available to pre-order at the booth (#303).
The starter includes a special Ultimate Kaos Trap, which is a special, larger sized trap that can be utilized to capture (and then play as) the number one villain, Kaos. In addition, it will contain exclusive black and silver variants of the new characters Snap Shot, Wildfire, and Food Fight. A two-sided poster, sticker sheets, and trading cards will also be present in the starter.
Josh Taub, Activision’s senior vice president of product management, stated, “In just 33 months, the Skylanders franchise has grown into a pop-culture phenomenon. What better way to honor our fans, many of whom attend San Diego Comic Con, than to give them new ways to experience the game firsthand? With the new Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition, #0 issue of the official Skylanders comic, and additional surprises to come, we have more to offer fans than ever before.”
If you’re attending Comic Con, you can check out the following:
Skylanders Panel (Room 7AB): “Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life” panel on Thursday, July 24th from 6-7 p.m., moderated by Geoff Keighley, will offer insights into one of the world’s most beloved Toys-to-Life video game franchises, as well as a major announcement about new Skylanders characters. Speakers include: comic book writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, DC vs. Marvel), famed voice of Kaos Richard Horvitz (Billy and Mandy, Invader Zim), and Toys for Bob’s Director of Toy and Character Development, I-Wei Huang. New updatesto the Skylanders franchise will be revealed, and fans will leave with Skylanders giveaways, while supplies last.
Skylanders Costume Contest (Room 7AB): Activision will award more than $5,000 in cash prizes and rare toys to the best Skylanders costumes at the panel on Thursday.
Skylanders Show Floor (Booth #303): Fans can check out new Skylanders Trap Team toys, pose with Skylanders‘ #1 villain Kaos and costume characters,and receive giveaways while supplies last.
Skylanders Comic Book, IDW Publishing (Booth #2643): Leading comic book publisher IDW will debut the first-ever Skylanders comic-book series. Issue #0 – debuting at Comic-Con – will feature an introductory 16-page story that serves as a prequel to this year’s Skylanders Trap Team. Limited copies of a variant cover of the comic book will be available for purchase exclusively for attendees.
First Public Hands-on Opportunities (Various Locations): Fans can be the first consumers in the world to play the upcoming Skylanders Trap Team at several locations and receive special giveaways while supplies last: Skylanders Trap Team First-to-Play Tour kicking off in the Interactive Zone at Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Lot (no SDCC badge required); the Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom, Marriott Marquis & Marina (no SDCC badge required); and the Xbox Lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt at 1 Market Place (SDCC badge required). While at the Xbox Lounge, fans can win a collectible Skylanders-themed Xbox One.
Rubie’s Costumes (Booth #3649): Skylanders fans can get a sneak peek at the new Skylanders Halloween costumes available this fall at Rubie’s booth.
Mad Libs Pop-Up Shop (Booth #4612):Attendees can get their hands on the popular Skylanders Universe Mad Libs, featuring more than 20 original stories, available for purchase at the Mad Libs Pop-Up Shop.
Special Kids Day Activities – Sunday, July 27 (Various Locations): Kids who play the game at the Skylanders Trap Team First-to-Play Tour in the Interactive Zone will receive special giveaways, while supplies last. Fans can also stop by the Penguin Publishing booth to pick up their limited edition Skylanders activity poster, while supplies last. Kids will also get a peek into the Skylanders comic book at IDW’s Kids Comics Panel on Sunday at 10 a.m. (Room 4).