Swap Force's marquee feature is that it uses characters with two parts that can be mixed and matched, but these specially branded trading cards will work as well.
There's also an ongoing deal (at all retailers) that grants a free "Lightcore Hex" Skylanders Giants character when you pre-order a starter pack. This Giants character, like all of the other characters in the series so far, can also be used to play through Swap Force content. If you're a parent of younger children, it's also something else for you to trip over.
Also, those who reserve a Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack at participating retailers will receive a free LightCore Hex Skylanders Giants character.
Skylanders is "mixing it up" with the newest game in the award-winning, top-selling franchise. Skylanders SWAP Force builds upon the success of the franchise's signature gameplay and collectible toy experience, adding an all-new dimension to the "toys to life" innovation. The game introduces a compelling play pattern -- dynamic swapability -- that lets gamers transform 16 SWAP Force inter-action figures into more than 250 unique characters by swapping the top and bottom halves of the toys. Now, Portal Masters can mix and match characters' powers and moves and experience an unprecedented level of choice than ever before seen in a Skylanders game. Fans also can play Skylanders SWAP Force with their entire collection of 100+ characters from Skylanders Spyro's Adventure® and Skylanders Giants.