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Stop in at GameStop for all the gaming gifts

gamestoplogo_blackredWe love GameStop… We shop there pretty regularly, well till the point where the staff knows our name. When GameStop asked to sponsor a post about holiday gifts from GameStop – I was like absolutely.

Lets start with the items that Marc found while shopping at GameStop.

img_0958First stop was Pokemon – while the card game is awesome and really started Marc on his path to Pokemon fandom, the newest videos game Pokemon Moon and Pokemon Sun both made his list.  Then he ran over to the Pokemon Z-Ring set by TOMY and asked for an additional pack of crystals for it too.

img_0938My Daughter Harper – Loves the princess gear at GameStop so while she doesnt play the video games she does love their toys.  She picked up a Princess Peach amiibo figure and it’ll just be good for her imagination play.  She found a Funko Pop from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast Belle and quickly added that to her cart. She also picked up a new cup with Belle the Princess on it as well.

img_0925My youngest Daughter Harlow – is only 1 and a half, so she heads to the stuffed animals and finds the largest pikachu stuffed animal she can hold. She nuzzles with that for a minute walks it over to Harper’s cart and drops it in before making seeing the Princess Zelda plush and doesnt let that go… not even to head to the check out.

While that kids had fun – I still shopped for myself – looking at the Xbox One S – which are $50 now till chrismas.  I picked out the new Gears of War 4 Xbox One S because its the limited edition Deep Blue only at GameStop.

img_0944Here are some of the amazing video games – I picked up for Marc for his Nintendo 3DS…

Marc is a superfan of Skylanders Imaginators, but didnt have the Dark starter pack so we got that for him.  Now go brings his skylanders where ever he goes…

Marc is also getting into Yo-Kai Watch so picking up the new Yo-Kai Watch 2 game was pretty easy.

Then of course being a big Nintendo fan we got the newest Super Mario game… Super Mario Maker.

I also highly recommend Just Dance 2017 – its a game the whole family can play!

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img_0956Finally our friends at GameStop are offering a lucky reader a $50 GameStop gift card.

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Skylanders SuperChargers Coming This Fall

Skylanders SuperChargers Key ArtThere’s always something new around the corner with Skylanders, and this year is no exception! Buckle your seatbelts, because the new Skylanders SuperChargers (available 9/20) puts vehicles front and center– a mechanic never before offered by the Skylanders franchise.

Skylanders SuperChargers is set to feature twenty vehicles total across three categories (land, sea, and air), as well as twenty new SuperChargers, Skylanders who can interact with the vehicles in a special way. While any Skylanders character can drive the new vehicles, each SuperCharger pairs with a specific vehicle, and when both are on the portal together it triggers special bonuses, giving the character and the vehicle extra power.

The Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack will come in two forms: the Standard Starter Pack and the Portal Owner’s Pack. The game’s standard edition will feature the game, portal, and three characters– vehicle Hot Streak, SuperCharger Spitfire, and SuperCharger Stealth Elf– while the Portal Owner’s Pack will bring a new digital option to the table. Allowing you to use your portal from Skylanders Trap Team, this edition will come with digital versions of all three characters included in the standard edition, as well as a digital copy of the game itself, allowing console gamers to download Skylanders  digitally for the first time ever!

Skylanders SuperChargers will be available on September 20, 2015 for the following platforms: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and iOS (with a different version of Skylanders SuperChargers also coming to the Wii and 3DS.) For a special advance look at some of the new characters, vehicles, and more that will be featured in Skylanders SuperChargers, check out the gallery below!


Skylanders Trap Team is nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award get voting!

1910263_889542541091053_3718018797731549801_nSkylanders Trap Team is nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award in the ‘Most Addicting Game‘ category! Villains and Skylanders alike have come together to encourage our most supportive Portal Masters to vote!

The awards air March 28th at 8PM

If you havent picked up a starter set by now – if you check out DaDa Rocks on Facebook now for your chance to win one!

The Best Video Game Gifts for Kids

Video games are always going to be a popular choice with kids. So if you’re still searching for the perfect gift this holiday season, check out our top picks for video games, head down to your local GameStop, and pick one out– we guarantee yours will be the favorite present!


71sBGniBgVL._SL1253_Skylanders Trap Team, $49.99, iOS and Android

For the first time ever, the full Skylanders console video gameplay experience is available on your tablet device! Now kids can bring the Skylanders to life, defeat villains and trap them wherever you go using the ALL NEW Wireless Traptanium Portal and Wireless Game Controller that comes with the Tablet Starter Pack. In Skylanders: Trap Team, Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison, freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It’s up to the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, your kids have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight on the good side! As always with Skylanders, it’s a fantastic game and a holiday favorite with kids!

Also available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, and PS4.


240274bSuper Smash Bros., $59.99, WiiU

Mario! Link! Samus! Pikachu! Six years after the series’ last installment (Super Smash Bros. Brawl), all of your favorite Nintendo characters are back, along with plenty of new faces. This is Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the next entry in the beloved Super Smash Bros. series! Up to four players can battle each other locally or online across beautifully designed stages inspired by classic Nintendo home console games. With a variety of control options and the ability to use Nintendo’s new amiibo figures, the timeless Super Smash Bros. battles come alive like never before!

Also available on Nintendo 3DS.



101553bLego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, $59.99, Xbox One

The best-selling LEGO Batman videogame franchise returns in an out-of-this-world, action-packed adventure! In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to collect the Lantern Rings and stop Brainiac before it’s too late. Travel across the galaxy with Batman in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham!

Also Available on iOS, Apple OS X, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, WiiU, PS3, PS4, and PSVita.


101257bPokemon Alpha Sapphire, $39.99, Nintendo 3DS

The brand new remastered (and 3D!) version of the classic Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games, now dubbed Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, bring players back to the Hoenn region for an adventure like no other! Collect, trade, and battle Pokemon as you try to stop a shadowy group with plans to alter the Hoenn region forever– and experience the awe of Primal Reversion, a new, extremely powerful transformation undergone by Legendary Pokémon Groudon and Kyogre.

Only Available on Nintendo 3DS.


102290bSonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, $49.99, WiiU

Serving as a prequel to the stories revealed in the TV series, Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric delivers a new Sonic experience with collaborative gameplay at its core. Sonic and friends — Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and the newest member of the team, Sticks — work together as they face their most powerful enemy yet: Lyric, a giant and monstrous snake-like creature from an ancient race. Together, they must prevent Lyric from powering his army of robots and carrying out his plan to destroy the world. Rise of Lyric’s detailed levels and emphasis on each character’s unique abilities give players more choice in exploration as they work as a team to stop the villainous Lyric before he can power up his army. Players will be challenged by over-the-top speed runs, but the heart of the game is focused on intense combat and brand-new abilities including the Enerbeam, which allows characters to navigate the world like never before.

Only available on WiiU.


102272bSonic Boom: Shattered Crystal, $39.99, Nintendo 3DS

A companion to the WiiU’s Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric, Shattered Crystal allows players to explore Sonic’s world in a different way than Rise of Lyric, with a specific focus on platforming and puzzles. This on-the-go Sonic the Hedgehog title follows along with Rise of Lyric, but is a standalone adventure that shares key characters, events and lore of the Sonic Boom universe with exclusive environments and characters. Additionally, unique collectibles featured in the Nintendo 3DS version will unlock special content on Wii U via Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can use the two games together for extra fun!

Only available on Nintendo 3DS.


101991bJust Dance 2015, $29.99, Xbox 360

Dance along with all your favorite songs in Just Dance 2015– the latest, most awesome-filled version of the world’s #1 dance game! Bringing new moves and game modes to over 40 top tracks, Just Dance 2015 features hit songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Burn”” by Ellie Goulding, and legendary favorites like “Walk This Way” by Run DMC & Aerosmith, with more tracks to be announced very soon. There are a million reasons to play and a million stories to be created with Just Dance 2015!

Also available on Xbox One, Wii, WiiU, PS3, and PS4.


104175b1Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, $39.99, Xbox One

Excellent for Disney fans and music buffs alike, “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” is a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film “Fantasia.” In the game, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic. Players will control music spanning all genres and eras, including classics from the original film such as “Night on Bald Mountain” to over 30 hit artist selections ranging from chart-topper Bruno Mars to rock royalty Queen and electronic DJ and producer AVICII. Using Kinect motion control technology and natural, controller-free gameplay, players will control the musical flow of these hits, unlocking the power to transform the music and living world.

Also Available on Xbox 360. Requires Kinect.



WWE 2K15, $49.99, PS4

The next generation of WWE video games has arrived– WWE 2K15 will usher in a new era of WWE video games and deliver the gaming experience that fans have sought for generations! Featuring an all-new MyCAREER mode (Xbox One and PS4 only) that lets you take your custom Superstar through an unprecedented and authentic WWE career spanning countless hours of gameplay, WWE 2K15 delivers a unique and new WWE video game experience unlike anything ever before.

Also available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS3.


101130bNBA 2K15, $49.99, PS4

Nominated for 70 ‘Game of the Year’ Awards, the NBA 2K franchise returns with NBA 2K15, the most true-to-life NBA experience yet. Featuring NBA MVP Kevin Durant on the cover and an eclectic soundtrack curated by internationally-renowned artist and producer Pharrell Williams, NBA 2K15 hits the court with unprecedented life-like graphics, ultra-realistic NBA gameplay, and more. It’s up to you to claim your destiny.

Also available on iOS, Android, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS3.


150048bMadden NFL 15, $39.99, PS4

Madden NFL 15 transforms you into your rival’s worst nightmare with a new breed of defense built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. A new arsenal of pass rush moves, an intuitive tackling system, improved coverage logic, and immersive new camera angles make defense exciting and fun to play. Call plays with confidence thanks to an all-new crowd-sourced recommendation engine built from millions of online games played by the Madden community. Add in all-new NFL Films inspired presentation and it’s not just football, it’s Madden Season!

Also available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS3.



Fifa 15, $39.99, PS4

FIFA 15 brings soccer to life in stunning detail so fans can experience the emotion of the sport like never before. Witness the intensity of crowds and listen to commentators guide fans through the story of the game with Dynamic Match Presentation. New emotional intelligence allows players to react to opponents and teammates within context, and relative to the narrative of the match. Next-generation visuals put fans on living pitches with grass that wears as the match progresses. Authentic player visuals give players true to life appearance. Player control heightens the responsiveness of player movement and makes Man-to-Man Battles more rewarding than ever before.

Also available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Wii, Nintendo 3DS,  Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PSVita.



Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes (2.0 Edition), $54.99, Xbox 360

With the addition of the new Marvel Super Heroes (like The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man) as well as tons of Disney classics, there’s plenty of fun for everyone to enjoy in the new Disney Infinity 2.0! Featuring new characters like princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, Aladdin and Jasmine, and more, Disney Infinity 2.0 is a great choice for all the kids on your list this year! Kids will love the game’s myriad opportunities to explore and build worlds based on their favorite Disney and Marvel movies and tv shows! Also available on iOS, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, WiiU, PS3, PS4, and PSVita.





Holiday Kids Gift Guide 2014: Everyone!

The holiday season’s upon us, and with all the toys and games out there, it can certainly be tricky to sort through all the products and pick out a good present. Let us help you figure it all out– check out our top picks for kids’ gifts in 2014 (and be sure to check out our gift guides for boys and girls as well!)

blue-ket-slate-01-sm._V334782830_Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet, $119.00

Looking for a durable and dependable tablet for your kids this holiday season? Check out the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet! It’s got the technical specs covered– featuring a quad-core processor for great performance, a vivid HD display, front and rear-facing cameras, and Dolby Audio– and it also comes with an unprecedented 2-year worry-free guarantee from Amazon, as well as a year of Amazon FreeTime! The Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet includes a sturdy, lightweight “kid-proof” case so you don’t have to worry about your little ones breaking it… and with a free year of Amazon FreeTime, they’ll have tons of fun with unlimited access to 5,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—at no additional cost! The Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet is a great tablet for you to give your kids without having to worry about damage, add-ons, or accessories.


71sBGniBgVL._SL1253_Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack, $54.99 

For the first time ever, the full Skylanders console video gameplay experience is available on your tablet device! Now kids can bring the Skylanders to life, defeat villains and trap them wherever you go using the ALL NEW Wireless Traptanium Portal and Wireless Game Controller that comes with the Tablet Starter Pack. In Skylanders: Trap Team, Kaos has blown up the walls of the feared Cloudcracker Prison, freeing the most notorious villains in Skylands. It’s up to the Skylanders to find and capture them. Using Traptanium, a magic material that can harness the power of the Elements, your kids have the amazing ability to trap the villains and return them to Skylands to fight on the good side! As always with Skylanders, it’s a fantastic game and a holiday favorite with kids!


pTRU1-16177804dtMinecraft– Core Player Survival Pack, $16.99

Everybody loves Minecraft, and with Jazwares’ new toys based on the game, your kids can bring their favorite elements of Minecraft into the real world! The Core Player Survival Pack includes Steve (the game’s main character) in his basic leather armor, as well as the game’s iconic Pick axe, Sword, Workbench, Bed, Chest (that opens to hold items!), and Torch. It’s got everything a Minecraft player could want to start their real-life Minecraft play!


91-PuN8LrGL._SL1500_Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Starter Pack, $59.96

Though its big draw is the addition of the new Marvel Super Heroes (like The AvengersGuardians of the Galaxyand Spider-Man) there’s plenty of Disney fun for everyone to enjoy in the new Disney Infinity 2.0! Featuring new characters like princess Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, Aladdin and Jasmine, and more, Disney Infinity 2.0 is a great choice for all the kids on your list this year! Kids will love the game’s myriad opportunities to explore and build worlds based on their favorite Disney and Marvel movies and tv shows!


81FzDq36oRL._SL1500_Boom Boom Balloon Board Game, $15.26

What’s the hottest board game this holiday season? It’s SpinMaster’s Boom Boom Balloon, the crazy game where you take turns keeping the balloon from popping! Roll the die, and carefully push in a stick until it clicks. Watch as the balloon changes shape – will the next click make it pop? It’s the ultimate game of anticipation where you never know when the balloon will go BOOM! Pick one up and share some fun with your family by playing it after your holiday dinner– what a treat!



Disney-Frozen-Snow-Cone-Maker--pTRU1-19228710dtDisney Frozen Snow Cone Maker Olaf, $26.99

This holiday season, your little one can enjoy the magic of transforming ice cubes into tasty treats with the Disney Frozen Snow Cone Maker based on the loveable snowman Olaf. First, simply add the flavor powder and water to the flavor bottle to make a delicious, sugar-free syrup. Add ice cubes to the snow cone maker and crank the handle to make “snow,” to which your child can then add as much flavor as he or she wants. Ideal for making Frozen treats in summer or any time of the year, the snow cone maker is styled to look like Olaf from the hit Disney film for a toy that will melt hearts. It’ll surely become a year-round staple in your house if you’ve got kids who love Frozen (and who doesn’t?)


Razor-PowerRider-360--pTRU1-17640924dtRazor PowerRider 360, $159.99

Your young rider will love the 360° electrical ride of the Razor PowerRider 360 Electric Three-Wheeler, which features dual inclined rear caster wheels for great drifting and 360° spinning action. The hand-operated front brake provides sure stopping, and the high-impact front wheel gives stability and power. Your young one can ride for up to 30 minutes per charge at speeds of up to 9 mph for three-wheeling fun– if you pick one of these up this holiday season, your child will be itching for the second the warmer weather hits so they can test it out!



Fisher-Price-Power-Wheels-Teenage-Mutant--pTRU1-18183745dtFisher-Price Power Wheels Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dune Racer, $249.99

Another great ride-on to check out this holiday season, the Fisher-Price Power Wheels Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dune Racer is designed for up to two riders and designed with two forward speeds and a reverse speed. This battery-powered ride-on is built with safety concerns in mind, and features a Power-Lock brake system and metal sidebars for your child to hold onto for support. The racer’s Monster Traction system allows the car to safely travel across wet and rough terrain, providing for an excellent and fun ride no matter where your child is driving it. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphics and colors, along with the faux chrome wheels and grille, help your little one drive in style!


Crayola-Light-Designers---See--pTRU1-16740156dtCrayola Light Designers– See-Thru Light Designer, $14.98

This holiday season, splurge on your child’s creativity– with the Crayola See-Thru Light Designer! The Light Designer provides a fun, interactive creative experience that lets children add real-life objects to their art! The two reusable transparent panels provide plenty of space to draw and doodle light-up art. To take the fun to the next level, your child can place objects, pictures, or even family and friends behind the panels to combine their art with real life. A great choice for ages six and up, the See-Thru Light Designer takes three AA batteries (sold separately) and comes with four markers.


bemo-phoneBemo, $129

Ever wanted a good quality camera that’s easy for kids to control and can withstand the treatment they’d give it? Bemo to the rescue! This camera is designed to fit in the palm of your hand and shoot with a single touch.
Each camera is rugged, water-resistant, wonderfully portable and comes in three fun-loving colors: Moroccan Red, Manhattan Black, and Mykonos Blue. Whether you clip it on, keep it close with the lanyard, or slip it easily into your pocket, Bemo lets you capture the everyday, the epic, and everything in between. Get one for your kids this holiday season (or buy one for yourself too– we won’t judge!)



MiP RC Robot, $89.99

Any kid would love a robot as a present, and this holiday season, WowWee’s RC Robot MiP is just the robot for the job! MiP has an inquisitive and responsive personality communicated through motion, sounds, and RGB LED eyes. With his unique dual wheel balancing, MiP is able to navigate his surroundings, follow hand gestures, and even follow objects around! Unique dual-wheel balancing, fast speeds, on the dime turning, and hand gesture command recognition makes MiP a fantastic robotic friend for all!  Also included is a tray accessory that can be plugged in so you can watch MiP balance multiple objects while moving or standing still.  MiP has multiple robotic modes including Roam, Stacking, Dance, and Programming.




Skylanders Trap Team — Coming to Tablets & Consoles This Sunday!

STT_Tablet_Starter Pack ContentsThis Sunday, October 5, the wait is over! Skylanders Trap Team will be available on a multitude of familiar platforms– consoles like the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Wii U. But this iteration of the popular franchise also marks an important distinction for the series: it’s the first time that the full Skylanders console experience will also be available on iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android tablets.

The new Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack (shown at left) includes a new Bluetooth Traptanium Portal that doubles as a docking stand for the tablet of your choice, as well as two traps, two Skylanders, and a Bluetooth wireless controller to play the game with. While the controller is included with the set, if your child is more comfortable using the tablet’s touch controls, don’t worry– touch controls will still be available in this version as an alternative to using the controller!

Skylanders Trap Team allows players to utilize Trap Crystals to capture and play as Skylands’ most dangerous villains, as the Trap Masters and other Skylanders work together to thwart the latest scheme of the evil Kaos. The game will be released on Sunday October 5 on Android, Fire OS, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, WiiU, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Portal Masters everywhere can get into the Skylanders Trap Team spirit by taking advantage of exclusive Skylanders products at retailers nationwide:

  • Get Legendary at Toys”R”Us – Toys”R”Us stores in North America and online at Toysrus.com will be the only places fans will find the limited edition Legendary Series of Skylanders toys at launch. The Legendary Series features alternative versions of new Trap Master characters and packs, such as Jawbreaker, Déjà Vu and the Nightmare Express Adventure Pack, all of which feature in-game stat boosts.
  • Meet the Minis at WalmartSkylanders fans can visit participating Walmart stores or go to Walmart.com to participate in the ‘Meet the Minis’ program to unlock special content featuring the fully playable and upgradeable Minis, including Gill Runt, Stealth Elf, Weeruptor, Pet Vac and Small Fry via the official Skylanders Collection Vault™ app.  Walmart will also be the only place fans can find the Skylanders Minis Buddy Pack, featuring Tidal Wave Gill Grunt and Gill Runt.
  • NITRO Trap Masters at Target – U.S. Target stores nationwide and Target.com will once again be the only place where fans can get their hands on the Skylanders NITRO series of toys, which features the powerful Trap Master NITRO Krypt King.
  • Portals for Punch Pop Fizz at GameStop – During the first week of launch, fans that bring in a Portal of Power® from any Skylanders game can trade it in to receive a free Punch Pop Fizz character, a bright red version of the fan-favorite Skylander.
  • Three Skylanders for Two at Best Buy – Players that purchase any twoSkylanders Trap Team game products at Best Buy will receive a free Volcanic Eruptor character, who’s unique appearance is visible in-game. This promotion is available only at Best Buy.

Sweet Suite by The Big Toy Book at Blogger Bash 2014

SSLetterheadLONGBANNERBlogger Bash 2014 kicked off with Sweet Suite by the Big Toy Book, a look at the hottest toys and games hitting shelves soon, from classic toy staples like Lego to dolls, board games, and more! The standout hits of the evening, though, were definitely the two video games that were showcased: Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition).

Skylanders Trap Team is the latest in the franchise that began with 2011’s Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. In the footsteps of its ever-inventive predecessors (Skylanders Giants in 2012 and Skylanders Swap Force in 2013), Trap Team changes the game, so to speak, with the introduction of a new mechanic sure to thrill players of all ages. That new mechanic is the addition of Trap Crystals, which allow the player to capture and play as certain enemies. Skylanders Trap Team is set to release this October on all major consoles.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.o Edition) boasts vast improvements over its already-great precursor, last summer’s Disney Infinity. This installment, due out in September, will feature superheroes from the Marvel lineup (like the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more) alongside such Disney favorites as Stitch, Tinker Bell, Merida, and Maleficent. In addition to a slew of new figures, 2.0 will also include enhanced in-game features, such as the ability to procedurally generate environments, a better level-up system with unlockable skill trees, and new mini-quests that fit perfectly in between the toy box mode and full story playsets. Look for Disney Infinity 2.0 this September on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, WiiU, and iOS.

Stay tuned for more on Blogger Bash 2014 in the next few days, as we bring you up to speed on the conference’s most exciting moments!

New Skylanders Game Announced: Skylanders Trap Team!

IMG_4734Last night, at an event spearheaded by Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, the gaming company announced the next game in the popular Skylanders series. Titled Skylanders: Trap Team, the game allows players to utilize a new class of Skylanders called Trap Masters to thwart Kaos’s latest plan to take over the Skylands.

Central to the new game is a fresh mechanic that lets players “trap” certain enemies with the aid of the redesigned portal and another new addition to the series, trap crystals. Created from the “traptanium” that flew to earth when Kaos blew up Skylands’ most infamous prison, the trap crystals can be inserted into a specific groove on the portal; doing so enables players to capture specific enemy characters once they have been defeated. Using the trap crystals, players can access the villains caught within them, turn these enemies to their side, and then play as such favorites as the Chompy Mage (who first appeared in Skylanders: Giants), Chill Bill, and yes, even archvillain Kaos himself.

IMG_4811Discussing the development of this new feature, Hirshberg stated that the idea came about as an extension of the groundbreaking and innovative design that has been a hallmark of the Skylanders license since the brand’s inception in 2011. “Previously we’d brought toys to life by letting what happened in the physical world impact the digital world,” he said, “and now we get to bring life into the toys by letting what happens in the digital world affect the physical world.”

Also on scene at the event was Richard Barry, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer of Toys “R” Us, who confirmed that the retail chain would be continuing its partnership with Skylanders. Barry announced that we will be seeing new Legendary figures at Toys “R” Us in conjunction with Trap Team, as well as other new exclusive Skylanders merchandise. He concluded by stating that the game, which hits shelves on October 5th, is now available for pre-order at Toys “R” Us, both in stores and online at ToysRUs.com.

IMG_4765As a final note, Eric Hirshberg said that working with Skylanders has given his team the opportunity to “make kids say ‘wow!’ for a living,” and I can certainly say that Skylanders: Trap Team is sure to make kids of all ages (including some adults!) say “wow!” when it releases this October.

Skylanders: Trap Team is now available for pre-order on all major video game consoles.