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What is Skylanders?

Skylanders is one of the largest game franchises around right now and it has got millions of fans across the globe. With the recent launch of Skylanders SWAP Force, the third in the series behind Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure and Skylanders: Giants, the franchise is more popular than ever before.

This page will help to give parents an understanding of what their children need to get started with Skylanders: SWAP Force, plus cover some frequently asked questions.

How does it work?

The Skylanders games are all multi-platform (Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox 360, XBox One, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) video games. To play, you need the game, character figures and the Portal of Power. You then place your charcters on to the Portal of Power and this connects to the game, via near communication technology, so that it can read character stats into the game.

How's best to get started?

Getting into Skylanders SWAP Force is easy. All you need is a Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack, which includes:

  • The video game, available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii,Wii U or Nintendo 3DS.
  • The Portal of Power, which allows kids to 'Bring Toys to Life' by teleporting real-world toys directly into the game for players to control when placed upon it.
  • Two SWAP Force Skylanders - mix and match tops and bottoms for new in-game powers and abilities - plus one new Series 3 Skylander figure.
  • Three secret codes, to unlock Skylanders characters in the Skylanders mobile games.
  • Three collectible trading cards.
  • One collector's poster, with stickers for each character included.

What else is there?

There are all kinds of extras that you can get for all of the Skylanders games, and now more than ever with SWAP Force. Browse through the franchise pages in our store to see what's available for the various games - we've grouped everything together by game to make it easier for you, and don't forget to check out the exciting new battle packs for Skylanders: SWAP Force.


Skylanders SWAP Force is fully compatible with virtually all the figures - so all the experiences invested in the first game will continue in the new one! Here's a snapshot of all the compatible figures in the game.