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Of all the good fortune I've been afforded in my life, little compares with the joy of becoming a parent. That probably goes without saying. However, being able to justify the ludicrous cash outlay that comes in the pursuit of a hobby was, for me at least, an unexpected side benefit of having a son. Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Activision and developer Toys for Bob...

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Toys For Bob turns 25, giving away 25 rare Skylanders figures

Toys For Bob, the company behind the Skylanders series of video games, has marked its 25th anniversary, and to celebrate, the company announced via Twitter that it is giving away 25 rare Skylanders figures. To enter the sweepstakes, participants need to first follow the Skylanders Twitter account, ...

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Activision: Skylanders Giants remains No. 1 in US and Europe [Update]

In dollars, Skylanders Giants is still the No. 1 selling console and handheld game in the US and Europe – including its toys and accessories, Activision reports. Activision notes that Giants sold more than 500,000 Starter Packs globally in its first two weeks last year, and the Skylanders ...

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Activision reports $1.05 billion net revenue in Q2, $4.6 billion in cash

Activision Blizzard reported net revenue of $1.05 billion for the second quarter of 2013, down from $1.08 billion in 2012's quarter. The company has no debt and $4.6 billion in cash and assets, and raised $466 million in cashflow so far this year, it said during its financial call. Activision at...

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Skylanders Giants starter kit stomps on Amazon Gold Box

If, like some of us, you've been peering over the windowsill, staring sadly at all the happy, smiling faces playing with their Skylanders Giants, wishing you had the excuse to say what-the-hey and jump in to some toy-portal-fun-stuffs, then today's Amazon Gold Box might be for you. The online retai...

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Skylanders Giants toys in Happy Meals this month

Starting this Friday, when you feed your little giants at McDonalds (or find a friend's kid to help you have an excuse to buy a Happy Meal), they'll get some Skylanders Giants toys. Each of the nine Giants toys includes a "play feature" – think "shoots a missile" rather than "connects to the ...

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Four new Skylanders domains: Kaos Alliance, Nano, Super, Swap Force

The Skylanders franchise has become a beast of its own, bringing Activision $500 million in US retail sales since its launch, and there's more still to come. At least, that's according to four domains registered by MarkMonitor's DNStination, all to do with the Skylanders brand. MarkMonitor handles ...

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Skylanders: Giants adds Thumpback, Eye-Brawl to its lineup

Enjoy the brief rush of giddy, childlike glee you feel upon hearing that Skylanders: Giants has two new characters to show off. The world is dark enough on its own, and that goes double for the internet, so cherish these moments of unadulterated joy. This is now a safe space for love and happines...

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New Skylanders: Giants bundle demands your money a month early at GameStop

What is there to compare to the thrill of opening brand new Skylanders? Opening brand new Skylanders a month early, of course. The Skylanders: Giants Scorpion Striker Battle Pack is now available at GameStop, a month earlier than competing retailers. The pack includes a series 2 Zap, Hot Dog, an in...

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n-Space co-founder: Heroes of Ruin sales disappoint

Developer n-Space was hoping to bring a dungeon-crawling audience to the 3DS with its ambitious Heroes of Ruin, released earlier this year on June 26. But that audience never showed up, according to co-founder Dan O'Leary. "We're not satisfied with the sales," he says in a recent interview. "The 3D...

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Just Dance 4, Skylanders Giants Wii bundles available in November

If you're buying a Wii this November, what are you doing? But if, for some reason, you do end up buying the last-generation console as the new one arrives, you could do worse than the two new bundles revealed today, which will be in North American stores on Nov. 4. A $129.99 bundle replaces the Wii...

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