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SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS Reveal Kaos Sensei, Dr. Neo Cortex and Crash Bandicoot Level

skylanders imaginators logoPortal Masters be on the lookout this October! Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) is bringing more content and characters to Skylanders® Imaginators– the game lets fans unleash their imaginations like never before in a Skylanders game. Starting today, the villains of Skylands are taking over Gamescom and revealing an all-new dedicated Crash Bandicoot® level, Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands, to fans. Leading the charge is Skylands’ most notorious villain Kaos, who along with the help of new guest star Skylander, Dr. Neo Cortex are sure to add more fun to players’ imagination-to-life gameplay experience. Both supervillains are joining the lineup of Skylanders Sensei characters as fully-playable toys in Skylanders Imaginators, and Kaos will available for free to fans who pre-order and purchase a Skylanders Imaginators starter pack.

“From the moment we received the first fan art, we knew Skylanders was unique in its ability to fuel kids’ imaginations. With Skylanders Imaginators’ powerful character creation tools, we can’t wait to see what amazing Skylanders our fans will bring to life,” said Paul Reiche, president and co-founder, Toys For Bob. “Now fans can create more characters than there are stars in the known universe. These Imaginators join a strong lineup of Sensei characters which include fan-favorite villains, now reformed and fighting for good!”

In North America, fans who pre-order and purchase the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack will receive a playable Kaos Sensei toy for free while supplies last between October 16 – 22, 2016.

With Kaos having discovered the power of Mind Magic to create Doomlanders, one of his first creations was none other than a clone of himself! Figuring that no one in the universe, including the Skylanders, could ever stand up to more than one Kaos, he unleashed his clone in his quest to take over Skylands. But to Kaos’ surprise, the clone – also being Kaos – wanted victory for himself! As a result, he fights against his creator, in turn helping the Skylanders in their endeavor to defeat the real Kaos!

At Gamescom, Skylanders Imaginators will introduce fans to the return of Dr. Neo Cortex as a Sensei Skylander and reveal an all-new level, Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands, that’s steeped in nostalgic Crash Bandicoot®gameplay. The level includes special Crash Zones that bring back the classic massive boulder chases from the original games. And, as with any Skylanders level, there are secrets and hidden areas all along the way. In paying homage to this iconic character on his 20th anniversary, the level is packed with TNT boxes, crabs, hazards, temple ruins, Wumpa Fruit, exploding crates and many more elements from the originalCrash. But it all takes place in the Skylands – which means a new twist of Skylanders combat and action brought into the world of the Wumpa Islands.

“You can’t have Crash Bandicoot as a guest star Skylander without his arch-nemesis, Dr. Neo Cortex,” said Jen Oneal, studio head, Vicarious Visions. “We approached the level as a way for us to bring the best parts of Skylanders and the best parts of Crash together into one epic adventure. Players are going to enjoy how we’ve honored the heritage of traditional Crash games in the musically-themed, TNT crate-filled level. For fans of Crash this is going to feel like going back to the old world of Crash Bandicoot — but in gorgeous 1080p.”

In the game, a “Synchronization Celebration” has aligned the world of Skylands with the Wumpa Islands. Upon arriving, Spyro and Mags discover that Dr. Neo Cortex (voiced by Lex Lang) has created a terrible machine to harness the rhythmic power of the island’s celebration for his newest evil scheme! When the machine goes awry, something occurs that throws the whole party out of sync. Crash (voiced by Jess Harnell) must team up with the Skylanders and his old enemy Neo Cortex to restore the celebration before the Wumpa Islands are syncopated right out of existence!

The Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands level will be available to players who purchase the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack featuring Crash Bandicoot for PlayStation consoles at launch. The level will also be available to all platforms via purchase of the Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands Adventure Pack this holiday for the suggested retail price of $29.99. The Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands Adventure pack also will include Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex as fully playable toys.

Last but not least, Portal Masters will soon be able to collect Imaginite Mystery Chests. These chests will unlock new creation pieces, such as gear, weapons, and parts for players’ Imaginator characters.

Skylanders Imaginators immense possibilities empowers players to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander. Portal Masters will enjoy the available in the game — including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more — to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable. Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games and will launch on October 16, 2016 in North America. The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack will be available for the suggested retail price of $74.99.

Call of Duty Returns to SDCC With Panel and Mondo Poster Giveaway

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Call of Duty® is returning to Comic-Con! On July 21st, Activision and Infinity Ward, along with Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller will take fans behind-the scenes of the rich narrative in Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare.  The 60-minute panel will debut never-before-seen footage from the game’s all-new story and unpack the creative process of crafting the campaign.  Members of the studio and cast will share new details and provide a glimpse into the ‘making-of’ the unforgettable journey players will undertake when Infinite Warfare launches worldwide this November 4th.
The panel will take place on Thursday, July 21st at 1:00pm in room 6BCF.  Panelists include:
  • Taylor Kurosaki, Narrative Director at Infinity Ward
  • Jeff Negus, Director of Photography at Infinity Ward
  • Brian Bloom (The A-Team, Once Upon a Time in America)
  • Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood, Graceland)
  • David Harewood (Supergirl, Blood Diamond)
  • Jeffrey Nordling (Sully, Big Little Lies)
Additionally, panel attendees will receive a limited edition, hand-numbered Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare lithograph poster with special finishing treatments. The poster was created in partnership with Mondo (www.mondotees.com) and drawn by artist Matt Taylor (www.matttaylor.co.uk).
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UDON Reveals San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

SDCC 2016 logoUDON has revealed their San Diego Comic-con exclusives and pre-orders have opened for attendees of the show. You can find all the below items at www.udonexclusives.com now.

STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS: CAMMY #1 – CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE ARTIST JAM EDITION ($20)
Street Fighter Legends: Cammy #1 – Convention Exclusive Artist Jam Edition features a brand new wrap around cover not available anywhere else, with art by the 4 main UDON artists Long Vo, Joe Ng, Jeffrey Chamba Cruz, and Edwin Huang. All 4 artists will be available at the show to sign these free of charge!
Limited to 300 copies.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER TURBO CHARACTER SELECT MYSTERY PIN COLLECTION ($20 FOR 2 PINS)
Available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, these limited edition collector’s cloisonné pins are made of high quality hard enamel and are sure to please discerning pin collectors everywhere. The set includes 16 regular pins, limited to 375 each, based on the portraits of everyone’s favorite World Warriors as seen on the character selection screen in the Super Street Fighter II Turbo game. The pins come in blind boxes with two random pins per package, and each pin is 1.5” X 1.5” in size. Make sure to be on the lookout for special alternate color chaser variants of each character (limited to only 150 each; incredibly rare!) as well as the SUPER SPECIAL secret character hidden in the mix (1:17 chance)! Collect the whole set and become the ultimate champion!
PRE-ORDER BONUS: Buy 10 packs and receive a full set of the Street Fighter Metal Cards Series 2 (4 card set). Limited 20 packs per person.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO CHARACTER SELECT PIN FRAMED SET ($399.99)
Not to worry, collectors! If sifting through each package isn’t your cup of tea but you still want to own the full 16-character set of the Super Street Fighter II Turbo character select pins, we have another option just for you – but you’ll have to act fast! Strictly limited to 125 units, this handsome framed set features the complete set of mystery pins mounted on a background resembling the character select screen from Super Street Fighter II Turbo. Even better, this framed set also comes with a 3D sculpted logo pin and an airplane pin – both of which are exclusive to this special set! Each framed set comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity signed by both Erik Ko and Long Vo. Finally, this set also comes with a gold Akuma metal card that will not be available anywhere else! One of these elegant framed sets can be yours for $399.99. Don’t miss your chance to be one of the few hard core collectors who owns this super rare item!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $50 when you pre-order! Limited 2 framed set per person.

Pre-order now at www.udonexclusives.com before they are gone!
*Must be attendee to Comic-Con 2016 to pick up. See website for details.

UDON Offers Premium Layered Print Sets with Ono-san Signing Session at SDCC!

Legendary Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono will be signing at the UDON booth #4529 on Saturday, July 23rd from 5-6 pm, at San Diego Comic-Con. And UDON has made a very limited edition set of Premium Layered Print to celebrate this event!

These multi-layered print sets are unlike any other art prints you have seen! Using a top notch multi-pass printing technology on crystal clear 20 pts acrylic sheets, each character is featured on a separate layer allowing you to swap out with characters from different sets. The 4 character layers will be backed by a handsome Street Fighter V logo backdrop that is printed on 10 pts damage resistant synthetic paper!

Each set of the 5-layered print measures at 18 X 24 inch size, and comes in a protective top-loader. Two different sets are offered:

STREET FIGHTER V STANDARD COSTUME VERSION SET
Featuring Ryu (by Long Vo), Ken (by Joe Ng), Chun Li (by Edwin Huang) and Cammy (by Jeffrey “the Chamba” Cruz). Limited to only 50 sets!

STREET FIGHTER V ALTERNATE COSTUME VERSION SET
Featuring the 4 characters in their alternate costumes! Limited to only 25 sets!!

If you purchase a SFV Premium Layered Print Set from the UDON booth, you can get it signed by the 4 artists, plus Ono-san himself. Not only that – Ono-san will also give you an ULTRA RARE Ono-san gold metal card!

SFV PREMIUM LAYERED PRINT WITH ONO-SAN SIGNING AND ONO-SAN GOLD CARD ($100)

Purchasing this Premium Print gets you a spot in line to get your Print signed by Ono-San himself. And as a special bonus, ONO-San will also give you a free ultra rare Gold Metal Ono-san card!

 

League of Legends Pop!s Coming to GameStop from Funko and Riot Games

funko logoRiot Games and Funko team up to bring the League of Legends POP! Vinyl figure collection to GameStop stores this summer, including the GameStop exclusive League of Legends Collector’s Box. Beginning July 1st, League fans can pre-order the Collector’s Box for $24.99 exclusively at GameStop stores and online at www.GameStop.com to receive:

  • Limited edition Amumu POP! Vinyl figure
  • Mini Lucian figureThresh Pocket POP! keychain
  • One of two Mystery Mini Poro three pack

Additionally, GameStop customers can also pre-order the upcoming line of League of Legends POP! vinyl figures, featuring six champions: Ashe, Lee Sin, Thresh, Braum, Jinx, and Vi. Will you choose Vi the Piltover Enforcer, Braum the Heart of the Freljord, Jinx the Loose Cannon, Lee Sin the Blind Monk, Ashe the Frost Archer, or Thresh the Chain Warden?

For more information about the League of Legends POP! Vinyl Collector’s Box and League of Legends POP! Vinyl figures visit http://www.gamestop.com/lolcollectibles

Activision brings Skylanders Academy to Netflix – Fall 2016

skylanders contestActivision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced that “Skylanders Academy,” the first production by Activision Blizzard Studios—its newly-created television and film studio—will premiere in Fall 2016 on Netflix, the world’s leading internet television network.

“Over the last five years, millions of families around the world have welcomed Skylanders® characters into their homes. Now, they’ll be able to watch their favorite characters come to life on Netflix,” said Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard. “We couldn’t have found a better home for ‘Skylanders Academy’ and look forward to sharing our extraordinary characters with Netflix audiences around the world.”

The series follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a group of heroes with unique elemental skills and personalities who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers and showing the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the “Skylander way.” Created by Toys For Bob, the $3 billion Skylanders franchise has sold through more than 250 million toys since pioneering the toys-to-life category in 2011, and earlier this month Activision revealed Skylanders Imaginators,™ the latest innovation in the franchise.

“‘Skylanders Academy’ gives us the opportunity to approach narrative storytelling with the same level of quality and excellence that millions of Skylanders fans have come to expect from the game,” said Activision Blizzard Studios Co-President Stacey Sher. “We’re inspired by our fans’ excitement for these characters and have worked hard to bring these characters to life with stories our fans will love.”

Activision Blizzard launched its studio last year to create original content based on the company’s intellectual property, and “Skylanders Academy” is the first production by Sher and studio Co-President Nick van Dyk. The two-season Netflix partnership is another important step in Activision Blizzard’s strategy of enhancing its franchises and broadening their appeal.

Produced under the supervision of showrunner Eric Rogers (“Futurama”), “Skylanders Academy” features the voices of Justin Long (“Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Ask Me Anything”) as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale (“Phineas and Ferb,” “High School Musical”) as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”) as Eruptor and Norm MacDonald (“Saturday Night Live”) as Glumshanks. Additional voice talent includes The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O’Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz.

Sher and van Dyk are joined by Sander Schwartz, the Emmy award-winning producer of animated hits including “The Batman,” “The Aquabats! Super Show!” and “Justice League: The New Frontier,” as the show’s executive producers. “Skylanders Academy” is animated by the internationally acclaimed TeamTO studio in France.

“Activision Blizzard Studios’ enviable mission is to work with our extraordinary portfolio of franchise intellectual property and bring it to broader audiences on new platforms,” said van Dyk. “We’re excited to reach this strategic partnership and for the future of ‘Skylanders Academy.’”

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Monogram Announces Kingdom Hearts SDCC Exclusive

SDCC 2016 logoAs a popular fan favorite game, Kingdom Hearts brings to life animated characters featuring Final Fantasy and your classic Disney characters. Monogram offers anther San Diego Comic Con Exclusive set featuring our 3D Foam Key Ring Figure of Sora and the Kingdom Hearts Sword Pewter Lapel Pin in Gold. This set is limited to 500 sets and is priced at $15. You’ll be able to pick it up at the show at booth #3645.

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Skylanders SuperChargers Featured in McDonald’s Happy Meals Through July 5th

skylanders superchargers logoActivision Publishing, Inc. and McDonald’s have teamed up to infuse the magic of Skylands into Happy Meals across the country. Starting today, super cool and unique Skylanders® SuperChargers toys (no interaction with the game) will be landing at participating McDonald’s restaurants across North America. Featuring a lineup of six different characters equipped in sky, sea and land vehicles, fans will enjoy a fun new SuperCharged experience in every Happy Meal.

These toys will be available exclusively at participating McDonald’s restaurants through Tuesday, July 5 or while supplies last!

Skylanders SuperChargers ushered in a trailblazing innovation — vehicles-to-life – that put kids in the driver seat of a high octane action-adventure using powerful, tricked-out land, sea and sky vehicle toys playable in both the physical and digital worlds. In addition to a rich story-driven gameplay experience, an all-new online Racing Mode let Portal Masters play together like never before.

McDonald’s Happy Meal program includes toys inspired by fan-favorite SuperCharged pairings from the game such as Gill Grunt in Reef Ripper, Spit Fire in Hot Streak, Jet-Vac in Jet-Stream and Nightfall in Sea Shadow, all of which are based on the award-winning video game that pioneered the toys-to-life genre.

For more information about Skylanders SuperChargers, please visit http://www.skylanders.com  or follow us on Instagram @SkylanderstheGame, Twitter @SkylandersGame and Facebook.com/SkylandersGame.

Crash Bandicoot Is Back In Skylanders Imaginators And In Remastered Classics

Activision LogoCelebrating his 20-year anniversary, Crash Bandicoot returns in 2016 as Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), features the pop-culture videogame icon as a guest star in Skylanders® Imaginators. Revealed during the Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC., (SIEA) E3 Press Conference, Crash Bandicoot maintains his unique and quirky personality both as a fully playable Skylander Sensei character and brand new toy in Skylanders Imaginators.

At the press conference, it was also announced that Activision is bringing back Crash Bandicoot in fully remastered versions of the first three Crash games — Crash Bandicoot®; Crash Bandicoot® 2: Cortex Strikes Back; and Crash Bandicoot®: Warped for PlayStation®4 — planned for a 2017 release.

“For years, we’ve been asked when is Crash returning, and today that question has been answered. Activision is proud to celebrate the iconic character’s 20-year anniversary by bringing him back in ways that will appeal to hardcore fans as well as introduce him to a new generation of gamers,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “We can’t wait for gamers to see Crash bring his unique style and quirky personality to the epic battle against Kaos in Skylanders Imaginators. And next year, we’ll expand on the Crash experience for players with remastered versions of three classic games.”

Activision is paying homage to the beloved ’90s videogame star in fun new ways with Skylanders Imaginators. No Crash game would be complete without the ability to jump on TNT Crates to blow them up or collect the Bazooka Crate to get a rocket launcher. From his edginess to his trademark wackiness, Crash is featured with a full move set and upgrade path based around his signature spin attack, as well as callbacks to his beloved past, including moves that incorporate exploding crates with 3-2-1 countdowns, wumpa fruit, jetpack attack from high in the air and more.

Crash in Skylanders Imaginators will merge elements fans have come to know and love with Skylanders Imaginators’ newest class of characters: Senseis. In Skylanders Imaginators, every Sensei has a devastating Sky-Chi attack — their most powerful move. Crash’s Sky-Chi attack is the ability to use a yo-yo to yank his enemies into a spin attack!

Famed voice actor Jess Harnell reprises his role as Crash, further ensuring Skylanders Imaginators stays true to the Crash Bandicoot that fans have come to know and love. And that’s just beginning of the attention to detail in Skylanders Imaginators!

Skylanders® Imaginators empowers fans to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander. Portal Masters will enjoy the immense possibilities  available in the game — including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more — to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable.

With the evil Kaos on a quest to take over Skylands using an unstoppable army of Doomlanders, it’s up to Portal Masters everywhere to use the power of imagination to create their own Skylanders – known as Imaginators – in order to defeat Kaos.  Fighting alongside the Imaginators are the Senseis, powerful mystic warriors who are masters of ancient battle techniques.

In Skylanders Imaginators, a wormhole has opened in Skylands and the great Aku Aku appears!  He comes to announce the once in two decades Synchronization Celebration. It is the time when all of the worlds align perfectly.  They are having a huge celebration event in the Wumpa Islands and want to invite the Skylanders.  But with Kaos on a quest to take over Skylands using his army of Doomlanders, the Skylanders must focus on stopping his evil plans.  Never one to shy away from danger, the legendary marsupial Crash Bandicoot travels through the wormhole to join the Skylanders in the ultimate battle against Kaos!

Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games and will launch on October 16, 2016 in North America. The Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Featuring Crash Bandicoot will be available exclusively for PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation® 3 at launch. The Crash toy will be playable across platforms.

Fans can pre-order Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Featuring Crash Bandicoot now at select retail destinations for the suggested retail price of $99.99 in North America. The
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Crash edition includes Crash Bandicoot as a playable toy, standard Starter Pack characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power®, the full AAA game and more.

Activision Highlights Top Gaming Franchises at E3 2016

Activision LogoActivision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), will showcase the newest innovations from the industry’s leading franchises: Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare, Destiny: Rise of Iron and Skylanders® Imaginators at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) beginning Tuesday, June 14 at the LA Convention Center.
Activision will unveil brand new gameplay from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfareand Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare RemasteredCall of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered contains 10 MP maps from the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfaregame. Modern Warfare Remastered is a full game download.  Internet connection required.  For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/MWR_FAQ.  Redefining the franchise with a new setting and immersive storytelling, InfiniteWarfare takes players on an epic journey through a classic, large-scale war that extends beyond the reaches of Earth for the first time in the series.  The game also will be on display on the show floor in the PlayStation booth #4522.
Activision and Bungie will also introduce the next chapter to the Destiny universe, Destiny: Rise of Iron, featuring a story of adventure, bravery and honor.  In addition, beginning June 9th, players who pre-order will receive the limited-edition, black and silver Iron Gjallarhorn weapon.*
The pioneers of the Toys-to-Life category are back to reimagine the Skylander’s experience with the launch of Skylanders Imaginators, which empowers fans to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylanders for the first time.
“E3 gives us a great opportunity to share what our talented teams have been working so hard to build for our players and we are delivering innovation and pushing the creative boundaries in every one of our franchises this year,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “From taking combat to whole new heights in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, to a new adventure in Destiny: Rise of Iron, and unleashing kids’ imaginations to create their own Skylanders in Skylanders Imaginators, we’re offering fans incredible new ways to play.”
Activision’s E3 Slate Includes:
 
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Award-winning studio Infinity Ward breaks new ground in storytelling, by exploring the weight of leadership and the responsibilities that come with it in an emotional, character-driven narrative.  Players are thrust into wartime leadership as Captain Reyes, a Tier 1 Special Operations soldier, who takes the helm of the Retribution, one of Earth’s last remaining warships. In a time of unthinkable hardships, Reyes must lead the remnants of coalition forces against a relentless enemy in a war that stretches to new terrains beyond Earth.
Infinite Warfare introduces new weaponry, new player abilities and stunning new settings to the Call of Duty franchise.  In addition to a riveting single player campaign, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will also deliver a robust multiplayer mode, and a unique cooperative zombies experience.  More details will be released at the upcoming Call of Duty fan celebration, Call of Duty® XP, in September.  Visitwww.callofduty.com for the latest news. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.  Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit:  www.callofduty.com,  www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Destiny – From Activision and Bungie comes Destiny: Rise of Iron, the next highly- anticipated large expansion in the Destiny universe. Guardians must rise to the challenge, take their place as the next generation of Iron Lords and join forces with a legend from humanity’s Golden Age to defeat a plague of unstoppable evil once and for all.  The game will feature a collection of fresh content including an all-new setting on Earth called The Plaguelands, a brand-new six-player Raid, a new cooperative three-player Strike, more quests, weapons, gear, competitive multiplayer maps, a Light level increase, a new mutated enemy faction of the Fallen, and more.  The expansion launches on September 20, 2016 and will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold, required for some features) and requires Destiny game and The Taken King (includes Expansions I & II), sold separately. For more information, visitwww.DestinyTheGame.com. For exclusive updates, follow the official Destinysocial channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter, and interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net.
Skylanders Imaginators – This fall, Activision and Toys For Bob are giving kids the power to create their own Skylanders! With the launch of Skylanders Imaginators, players will be able to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable — including their appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more. Now it’s up to Portal Masters everywhere to use their own Skylanders – known as Imaginators – with the new Creation Crystals to defeat Kaos.
Skylanders Imaginators also introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger and Brawler to help kids save Skylands. The newest game in the award-wining franchise is available now for pre-order and supports all 300+ Skylanders from previous games. Skylanders Imaginators will be available on October 16 in North America; October 14 in Europe; and October 13 in Australia/New Zealand. For more information, visit www.Skylanders.com or follow Skylanders official social channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,YouTube and the newly launched  Snapchat channel: Skylanders.

Funko Pop! Games: Mega Man and Fallout 4 Mystery Minis Coming

funko logoFunko announced a upcoming pair of gaming releases releasing later this year earlier today – a Pop! series based on Mega Man and a Mystery Mini series based on Fallout 4.

The Mega Man Pop! series includes Mega Man, Rush, Proto Man and Dr. Wily. These will be available in August. And while not announced, I bet a metallic variant Mega Man would be one impressive SDCC exclusive.

A series of Fallout 4 Mystery Minis will be released in October. A total of 14 designs will be available, there are no details on the case packing for this assortment.

Check both sets of these new releases out below and look for them at your favorite retailers later this year.

Transformers: Earth Wars Now Available on iOS and Android

transformers earth warsHasbro Inc., Backflip Studios and Space Ape Games today released TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, a new real-time combat strategy mobile game featuring the most iconic characters in the Transformers universe. Published by Backflip Studios (DragonVale, SpellFall, Paper Toss) and developed by Space Ape Games (Rival Kingdoms, Samurai Siege), TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS breaks new ground for the genre, pairing authentic Transformers storytelling with fast-paced gameplay, beautiful 3D animation and hundreds of characters with diverse strengths and abilities. The game is available now for free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on Google Play for Android devices.

“The Transformers franchise is one of the most iconic in the world, so it is exciting to include these characters in such a compelling mobile gaming experience,” said Julian Farrior, CEO of Backflip Studios. “We are thrilled to partner with Hasbro and Space Ape Games to launch TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS and think that Transformers fans are going to love teaming up with their favorite Autobots or Decepticons in these highly engaging mobile battles.”

Inspired by Hasbro’s “Transformers Generations Prime Wars Trilogy,” TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS players must choose to fight with Optimus Prime and the Autobots or Megatron and the Decepticons in a battle to decide the fate of planet Earth. Once allegiance has been sworn, gamers assemble a powerful team of playable characters, raid enemy bases for Energon stockpiles, and construct the Space Bridge to add reinforcements from Cybertron, all while playing in real-time against other players around the globe.

The game also features notable storytellers and voice actors from the Transformers franchise, including dialogue written by comic legend Simon Furman and voice acting from Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, and Frank Welker, the original voice of Megatron.

“TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS offers players an engaging storyline and incredible gameplay experience,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming and Corporate Development at Hasbro.  “The game harnesses the unique strengths and abilities of hundreds of characters from Transformers lore, which really helps it to stand above existing real-time combat strategy games and delivers on the Transformers promise of More than Meets the Eye.”

“With TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS, our team was dedicated to making a high quality, hand crafted experience that fans of both mobile games and Transformers will enjoy,” said John Earner, CEO of Space Ape Games. “We’re really excited about the finished product and can’t wait to help grow and support the community around this game. 

TRANSFORMERS: EARTH WARS is FREE to download and features in-game purchases, and is available worldwide excluding Japan and China on Android and iOS. Please note that a WiFi connection is required to play. Enjoy several screenshots from the game below!

Newest Entry In Skylanders Franchise Give Kids The Power To Create Their Own Skylanders

skylanders imaginators logoSince the launch of Skylanders®, kids around the world have sent Toys For Bob, the pioneers of the toys-to-life category, hand-drawn Skylanders with one special request – please bring my Skylander to life.This October, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) will make that wish a reality. For the first time,Skylanders® Imaginators will empower Portal Masters to unleash their imaginations by giving them the freedom to create their own Skylander.
“Since we launched the very first Skylanders game, we have received countless letters and drawings from kids all over the world sharing their vision for their own Skylanders. No matter how in touch with our ‘inner kids’ we might think we are as adults, nothing comes close to the endless creativity that springs from the mind of an inspired kid,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “We’ve turned this year’s game into the ultimate blank canvas for kids’ imaginations so they can create and play their own Skylanders.”
Skylanders Imaginators gives players immense possibilities — including appearance, powers, abilities, names, catchphrases, musical themes and much more — to create the wildest Skylanders imaginable. The amazing depth of the creation system could allow for more than a googol distinctive characters.
With the evil Kaos on a new quest to take over Skylands, it’s up to Portal Masters everywhere to create their own Skylanders – known as Imaginators – using the new elementally-aligned toy type called the Creation Crystal. Creation Crystals allow players to transport their Imaginators to consoles at anytime, anywhere!
Skylanders Imaginators introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger, Brawler and more. Skylanders Senseis help train created Imaginators by offering a range of benefits including unlocking super-cool Imaginator weapons, providing access to special areas in the game, as well as bestowing Secret Techniques across the Battle Classes. Senseis also have their own unique benefits including the extraordinary ability to unleash Sky-Chi – the ultimate Battle Class super move. There are a total of 31 Senseis, which include some fan-favorite villains who have been reformed and now fight for good!
“Skylanders consistently delivers on innovative gameplay experiences. With customization a dominant trend in the consumer market, the fact that Skylanders Imaginators will allow kids to bring their own creations to life is a game changer and one our customers will enjoy,” said Richard Barry, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “We are proud to continue to serve as a marquee Skylanders destination, and look forward to fans’ excitement when the new Skylanders Imaginators game arrives this holiday season.”
To celebrate imaginations coming to life, Activision is kicking off the
“Skylanders Art-to-Life Contest.” Starting today, Portal Masters are invited to submit drawings of their own created Skylanders for a chance to have their characters represented in the Skylanders Imaginators game at launch! To participate, fans simply draw their imagined Skylander and submit it via Instagram or Twitter with the dedicated hashtag#SkylandersArtContest, or to us directly at SkylandersCommunity@Activision.com.
The judging panel will include Toys For Bob who will determine a grand prize winner. For more information, including rules, visit: Skylanders.com/SkylanderArtContest.
Starting today, fans can pre-order Skylanders Imaginators Starter Packs which include two new Skylanders characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power®and the full AAA game. Skylanders Imaginators will be available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems and Nintendo’s Wii U™ system.
Developed by Toys For Bob, Skylanders Imaginators supports all 300+ Skylanders toys from previous games. The game will be available on October 16 in North America for the suggested retail price of $74.99. For more information, fans can check out the debut of the Skylanders Snapchat channel or watch the story unfold here and here.

McFarlane Toys Releasing EA Sports Madden Ultimate Team Action Figure Series

Mcfarlane-Logo_1224982167In conjunction with EA SPORTS, McFarlane Toys is excited to announce a new wave of collectible NFL action figures that will integrate with the Madden Ultimate Team mode in the immensely popular Madden NFL 17 videogame.

Each individual figure will come with a redemption code that players can use in-game giving them seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro-Packs (a $10.50 value), as well as the opportunity to unlock exclusive NFL stars. Each Pro Pack will contain 10 items consisting of six NFL stars and four non-player specialty items to help players ignite their squad.

For over two decades EA SPORTS Madden NFL has been one of the standard bearers for not only sports, but videogames in general. Madden Ultimate Team has become one of fastest growing modes in the game, allowing players to become the General Manager of their very own franchise, constructing a dream team comprised of current NFL stars and legends of the past, through earning and opening Pro Packs.

McFarlane Toys has produced figures of NFL stars for over a decade, and this collaboration with EA SPORTS will help fans get more involved in the Madden Ultimate Team process through the associated McFarlane Toys figure series.

Beginning this summer, fans can be on the lookout for the first of three Madden Ultimate Team action figure lines which will be composed of at least seven of the top NFL stars in the game today. The first series of Madden Ultimate Team figures will consist of reigning NFL MVP Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, NFL Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Specialty and hobby store cases will contain one of two exclusive alternate version figures with game specific commemorative bases.

The seven-inch figures will be extremely detailed and sculpted in an iconic game action pose as fans of the McFarlane brand are accustomed to seeing. These figures will also debut new window box collector packaging and will come with a detailed base.

“Because you get some of these unlockables, the fun part is that the toys are more than just display,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “With the videogame and now the figures, you’ve got that Madden style 24/7, even if your console switch is turned off.”

The McFarlane Madden Ultimate Team figures and EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17 will both be available at major retailers this August, with the figures having an MSRP: $24.99. For more information about the Madden Ultimate Team figures, fans are encouraged to check out www.mcfarlane.com as well as the McFarlane social media channels for updates and news. For more information about Madden NFL 17 fans can head over to www.easports.com.
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Dark Horse To Publish “The Art of Metal Gear Solid V”

Dark Horse LogoDark Horse proudly announces the newest video game art book in its long line of best-selling, award-winning titles with The Art of Metal Gear Solid V!

Witness the concept and design behind the genre-defining science-fiction military action and drama of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain!

Chronicling the development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain by Konami Digital Entertainment and featuring hundreds of pieces of never-before-seen art, this beautifully assembled volume is an essential addition to any gamer’s collection. Dark Horse is proud to offer a piece of gaming history with The Art of Metal Gear Solid V!

In addition to the standard release, The Art of Metal Gear Solid V will also receive a limited edition of four hundred copies packaged in a tactical slipcase featuring an exclusive fine art print by superstar illustrator Ashley Wood!

The Art of Metal Gear Solid V is in stores November 2, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic book store or favorite online retailer:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indiebound

Praise for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain:

“This is one of the most ingenious, lovingly crafted games of all time…Metal Gear Solid V is a masterpiece.”
—Games Radar

“The story and characters are captivating, making for an experience that’s unlike any other game I’ve played.”
—GameSpot

“The Phantom Pain closes the loop on the three decade-long Metal Gear saga and the result, warts and all, turns out to be one of the best entries in the series.”
—Polygon

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