Skylanders is one of the fastest kids-focused properties to reach this level of financial success. Activision obviously found something big here with this title’s formula, which allows physical toys to communicate and interact with a virtual world. When gamers place a character’s action figure on a special device connected to a gaming console, the character becomes playable in the game.
That interconnection between the plastic and digital led to stunning toy sales. Skylanders was the top-selling line of action figures for 2012 through November. The game’s toys outsold both the Transformers and Star Wars lines of action figures.
“Even before the concept was fully formed, we were immediately taken with the charm and magic behind the Skylanders property, and following the highly successful introduction of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures, we knew that Skylanders Giants would be a top-seller in 2012,” said Toys ‘R’ Us chief merchandising officer Richard Barry. “We believe that Skylanders is one of the most innovative and exciting toy properties to hit the market and are thrilled to continue our strong support of the brand.”
Skylanders is definitely positioned as Activision’s next big annualized gaming franchise. The challenge, as always, is keeping the game fresh while pleasing the current (committed) fanbase.
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