Skylanders Giants

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Skylanders is getting an animated series on Netflix

Starring Justin Long, Jonathan Banks and Norm MacDonald.

Last November Activision Blizzard announced that it would be launching a film studio. Today the publisher revealed that its first project will be a Skylanders animated series for Netflix entitled Skylanders Academy.

Activision Blizzard launches film and TV studio

Activision Blizzard launches film and TV studio

Skylanders animated series in development, Call of Duty movies and shows planned.

Activision Blizzard has launched a film and TV studio, entitled Activision Blizzard Studios, to make shows and movies based on its popular video game franchises.

The first of these will be an animated Skylanders show entitled Skylanders Academy. It will star Justin Long (Drag me to Hell) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (Phineas and Ferb) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad) as Eruptor and Norm Macdonald (Saturday Night Live) as Glumshanks. Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz will also play supporting roles.

Activision Blizzard Studios is also planning to make Call of Duty films and possibly a TV series. According to its announcement, the studio "envisions a series of Call of Duty feature films as well as the possibility of television adaptations."

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Inside the toy box

Rediscovering the joy of play on a father-and-son visit to the home of the Skylanders.

"I've got a confession..."

Skylanders Giants review

Skylanders Giants review

Size matters.

Released just before Christmas 2011, the original Skylanders was a big hit but a strangely small game. With linear levels and limited room to explore away from the prescribed path, it often felt that more time had been spent perfecting the admittedly remarkable toys that sprang to life on-screen than was spent designing a truly inspiring world for them to roam around in. It was charming and fun, but in gameplay terms it seemed like a rough draft and it chafed awkwardly against the restrictions of choosing the Wii as its lead platform.

This makes Skylanders Giants one of those rare occasions where the games industry's obsession with annual iterations pays off. With the contact-based technology powering its plastic playthings well established, developer Toys For Bob has been freed up to open the curtains a little wider on its curious little world.

There are fewer levels than in the last game - 16 compared to 22 originally - but it still feels much larger, thanks to design that is no longer so keen to herd you down simple pathways. These levels sprawl in multiple directions and are filled with secret routes, hidden doorways and bonus areas. Sometimes there are secret areas lurking inside secret areas, and when you take into account the freedom to enter and explore many of the buildings you encounter along the way, it's far more fun to wander and poke around than it was before.

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Skylanders Giants release date set for October

Skylanders Giants release date set for October

Introduces new giant bee character.

Skylanders Giants is now slated for release on 19th October in the UK and the 21st in the US on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, 3DS, PC and mobile, Activision has announced.

Additionally, the publisher has revealed the a new character/toy for the series, the giant bee Swarm.

Swarm is a prince who lived among his 9000 family members in a hive until he grew extraordinarily large and no longer fit, at which point he went off to explore the world and got caught up in the battle between the Giants and the Arkeyans.

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Activision announces Skylanders Giants

Activision announces Skylanders Giants

Over 20 new figures and light technology this autumn.

Activision has announced Skylanders Giants, the follow-up to toy/video game hybrid Skylanders Spyro's Adventure.

It introduces over 20 new figures, including super-sized giants and characters featuring light technology. There are also new challenges, a new story and better integration across console, handheld and mobile devices.

Included are eight new figures that are more than twice the size of the main skylanders cast in both physical and virtual form. These are the Giants.

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