When you combine a video game with toys that bring characters to life, you get monster profits. You also get plenty of promotions from one of the world's most recognisable toy store brands, and Toys "R" Us is continuing its record of promoting and gaining exclusives for the Skylanders series with some special characters for the upcoming SWAP Force, which will arrive on Wii U, 3DS and Wii on 13th October in North America and 19th October in Europe.
The flagship Toys "R" Us store in New York, meanwhile, will be hosting various events and activities over the launch weekend; many stores in the U.S. will also open an hour early on launch day for eager buyers to grab the new game, while some stores (check with your local outlets) will be open at midnight.
While that's all very nice, eager collectors of the figurines / characters may be interested to know that the retailer will have two exclusive characters available on launch day, with three more to follow later in Fall.
Legendary Grim Creeper (Lightcore)
Legendary Grim Creeper is an alternative version of the new SWAP Force character with unique, enhanced in-game powers. Grim Creeper is considered to be one of the best reapers ever to swing a scythe in his quest to defend the Skylands. Whether using his scythe to eliminate enemies the easy way, or employing his suit of armor to produce a mega hard attack to triumph over even the toughest adversaries, kids are sure to love this undead Lightcore character.
Legendary Free Ranger
Along with the same abilities as the new, original Free Ranger, this exclusive Legendary version features more lightning fast power. Fans will be taken on a high velocity adventure with Free Ranger as he battles with earth, wind and fire to protect the Skylands and reach his destiny as the greatest storm chaser in the land. Free Ranger is known for his ability to chase hurricanes, spin inside tornados and ride lightning, as well as for his catchphrase, “Whip Up a Storm!”
During the Fall season
Legendary Night Shift
The undefeated phantom-weight champion of Skylands, Night Shift stays true to his motto to “Roll with the Punches.” This boxer is well-equipped to help the Skylanders protect their world, no matter the challenge, making him a must-have character for Portal Masters determined to prevail against evil.
Legendary Zoo Lou
A descendant from a long line of shamans, Zoo Lou traveled the Skylands far and wide to become a master in the art of communicating with nature and summoning animals. Known for his catchphrase, “Nature Calls!” and single-handedly freeing his lands, Zoo Lou’s caught the eye of Master Eon who brought him to the Skylanders.
Dino-Rang (Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure)
No matter the battle, Dino-Rang has what it takes to win, whether it’s using his earthen boomerangs to attack his opponents or summoning pillars of earth in the form of fists to blast away his foes.
You can see some images of these below, and though this was a North America-focused press release, we'd be surprised if these figures aren't a worldwide promotion.