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Activision Blizzard’s popular Toys-to-Life game has reached millions of people across the globe and sold even more figures at that across multiple platforms, and now Skylanders is expanding even further with its own animated series which is currently in development. The name of the Skylanders TV show is Skylanders Academy, starring some big names such as Justin Long, Jonathan Banks, Norm Macdonald, and Ashley Tisdale.

Activision Blizzard announced today that through their new TV and film studios, aptly named Activision Blizzard Studios, they’ll be producing the series for Skylanders Academy as well as other TV shows and films based off of their IP, such as Call of Duty.

CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, had this to say about the new studio and future development:

“Activision Blizzard is home to some of the most successful entertainment franchises in history, across any medium. With the launch of Activision Blizzard Studios, our engaged fans can now watch the games they love come to life across film and television”

“Activision Blizzard Studios is yet another way we’re celebrating our players and fans, and we expect that our film and television productions will entertain and delight whole new audiences, as well.”


It looks like Activision Blizzard Studios is planning to take on TV and film in a big way. Are you looking forward to the upcoming Skylanders TV show? Let us know your thoughts below!



Skylanders has been a huge success for Activision since the franchise’s debut. GameSpot reports that 250 million toys have been sold to date, and the series has generated $3 billion for Activision.

The first Skylanders, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, launched in October 2011. Four games have been released, with Skylanders SuperChargers following later this year.


We’ve already reported on the news that the next Skylanders game will feature vehicles thanks to some leaks, and now we’ve got some more evidence backing that up.

A couple of weeks ago, American motorsports competitor Travis Pastrana reportedly wrote the following Instagram post: “Was filming some cool stuff for a new Activision game called Skylanders Superchargers this weekend”. The post has since been deleted. Makes sense that a motorsports star would be involved with a game featuring vehicles, right?

While it’s obviously not an official confirmation yet, it does seem pretty likely that the next Skylanders game will feature vehicles of some kind.

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A new Skylanders game is coming at some point this year. Much of the project has been shrouded in mystery, but the company did say back in February that it will be “innovative”. While Activision has been keeping quiet for the most part, we appear to have an important detail about what’s new in the latest Skylanders entry.

Liam Robertson, who tends to be in the know when it comes to cancelled games and titles that are in development, wrote on Twitter today that this year’s Sklanders will feature vehicles. Robertson also said that the game is planned for all major gaming platforms, which should (unsurprisingly) include Wii U.

Activision has typically announced its Skylanders games in the spring, but this one still hasn’t been officially revealed. Perhaps we’ll hear something at E3?


There has been one new Skylanders game each year since 2011. So naturally, a new entry in the franchise is due out sometime in 2015.

Activision announced during its latest financial results conference call yesterday that an “innovative” new Skylanders game is in development. It will launch later this year.


Skylanders has continued to perform well since the original game – Spyro’s Adventure – launched in 2011. Activision confirmed in its financial results today that more than 240 million toys have been sold.

It’s worth mentioning that sales have dipped slightly over the past few years. Activision sold only 20 million toys in 2011, but moved 80 million units in 2012. That number then decreased to 75 million in 2013, and 65 million in 2014.

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If there was any ever question as to whether or not the ‘smart toy’ industry enveloping games like Disney Infinity and Skylanders was representing a new trend in the industry, a recent GameByte study has shown that over 72 million children are interested in purchasing the toys. Here’s a summary of what they found:

  • 72 million chidren are interested in owning ‘Smart Toys’
  • The US has plenty of choice in the market already
  • Growth opportunities exist in emerging gamer markets – China, Brazil, Russia where 90%+ of gamers age 6-12 are interested in smart toys
  • GameByte thinks that LEGO Fusion and Amiibo will help the marker further

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Amazon Spain and other retailers recently listed the next Skylanders game on their websites. “Skylanders: Trap Team”, which may have been lost a bit in translation, will be available for Wii U, Wii, 3DS, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Retailers have been including an October 10 launch date, though that’s not confirmed at this time. Official details about the next Skylanders will be unveiled on April 23.


During the early stages of Skylanders’ development, Toys for Bob and Activision approached Nintendo in hopes of finding a partner for its new IP. Toys for Bob traveled to Nintendo of America’s offices and presented its idea, co-founder Fred Ford told Polygon.

He said:

“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo. I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals.”

“They spent a long time looking and looking. They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].”

Polygon adds that there there was a limited co-marketing deal, but Nintendo didn’t want to make a full commitment to Skylanders.

“We have no idea why. Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”


Activision will reveal the next entry in its incredibly successful Skylanders series next week. The company has started sending out invites for a media event being held on April 23 to debut “the latest innovation from the franchise that created the toys-to-life category.”


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