Cathedral Embraces PlayStation, Wins Converts, Ignites Conversations

When you hear about an institution, not least an ancient religious one, embracing new technology all sorts of alarm bells start to ring. Similarly when a community you are part of decides to experiment with new ways of doing things … Continue reading

Family Fun Playing the Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle

On February 29, Microsoft began shipping out their limited edition Xbox 360 bundle. This package of joy includes an Xbox 360 4GB console that is glossy white in color, a Kinect sensor of matching color, a white Xbox 360 wireless … Continue reading

Mom Tests Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure

As the new Skylanders characters start to hit retail, and the mysterious limited edition silver Skylanders start cropping up, Family Gamer TV takes some time to see what makes this game different and how well that works for one of our gaming moms.

A big question for Vanessa on the show is whether you need a lot of the figures to enjoy playing the game. While it’s worth remembering that you can complete the game with just three characters, to get the most out of the experience you really need to wade into the wonderful world of figure collecting.

The most recent additions to the range have been a second wave of figures, including Dino-rang, Hex and Wrecking Ball. My daughter was particularly excited to be able to team up two girl Skylanders: Stealth Elf and Hex are now her girl characters of choice.

This still leaves Sun Burn, Warnado, Slam Bam, Wham Shell, Double Trouble, Zook, Camo and Cynder to come in subsequent release and with one in each Element it means you can’t gain the extra stat boost from owning a complete set just yet.

In addition to the standard figures there are also a set of special editions. Legendary Skylanders are a different color and offer increase stats. Legendary Skylander figures currently include Legendary Bash, Legendary Spyro and Legendary Chop Chop although I suspect more will be added.

Most sought after of all are the limited edition Silver Skylanders. They are unlike the Legendary figures in that they have the same stats as their non-silver counterparts. They also look the same as standard figures when used in the game.

The novelty, especially for collectors, is in their different physical appearance, packaging and rarity — only being sent out randomly to retailers in limited numbers and found on shelves alongside standard Skylanders. Currently, silver Skylanders include Silver Dino-rang, Silver Boomer and Silver Eruptor.

Here’s my updated availability list with the new second wave figures added:
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Skylanders Legendary Characters Have Clear Advantage

Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure figure statistics and availability are perfectly poised to create the collectors dream: the “must have” and “hard to find” status that creates the thrill of the hunt. In an effort to get the jump on the holiday … Continue reading

FGTV Tests Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

Family Gamer TV talks Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster with Tim, before getting stuck into Forza 4 head tracking. I round this off with my videogame advice for infant games (3-5yrs). If you’ve missed our previous FGTV shows you … Continue reading