Monday, 17 March 2014

Skylanders Swap Force - Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection and Frost Guard Battle Arcade



Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Abby has been a fan of Skylanders since she was first introduced to Skylanders Swap Force by her cousin. Ever since we got our own copy of the game, she'd play it whenever she can find the chance. I think if we don't set a time limit she can just sit there for the whole day and play (it is a very colourful and exciting game to be fair)!

About 2 weeks ago we were sent a couple of Skylanders related products to review, and Abby was over the moon! We were sent the Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection from Penguin Books, as well as the Frost Guard Battle Arcade from Mega Bloks.


Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

The Skylanders Universe: The Complete Collection (rrp £9.99) is truly complete! Every single Skylander, categorised according to their elements, is included in the book, including the 256 swapable characters. You can read everything about them, including their bios and battle cries.

The hardcover book is made of great quality paper, making it much easier to maintain and keep. The pictures are sharp and colourful, just like how they would look like in the game. When Abby discovered the book her face lit up and she quickly dived in to it. She refused to share it with Clay and protected it like it's her own little universe! Definitely a collectible for Skylanders fans!


Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

The Frost Guard Battle Arcade (rrp £34.99) is a battle play game for 5 years +, contains a base, 2 rip cords and 59 Mega Bloks pieces, including 2 Skylanders characters, 2 sheeps and 2 spinners. The aim is to use your Skylanders character to knock the other one out of the battle ground. You can use the flat end of the rip cord to control the spin, and launch your sheep from the sheep launcher to attack the opponent.


Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

Skylanders, Skylanders Universe The Complete Collection, Skylanders Frost Guard Battle Arcade

We were quite fascinated by the game, especially the spinning Skylanders and the sheeps! As we love construction toys, building the sheep launchers were really fun. We do think that it would be even better if there were more construction involved. The sheeps are really cute and do shoot quite far, so some control is needed to use them to attack the opponent while battling in the arena. 

The Skylanders spinners are really easy to use, and they spin for fairly long amount of time. Both Abby and Clay love to watch them spin! It does seem like the purple one (Hoot Loop, but you can place another body on it) lose the battle more often than the green one, which we think had to do with the piece of brick it spins on. The green one spins on a rounded flat disc, where as the purple one is a cone shape with a blunt end. Abby has no problem making them spin, though it's a bit harder for her to place the purple spinner on a flat surface properly to keep it standing.

Overall we think that the game is fun and it's easy for Skylanders fans to take a spinner with a rip cord on a day out too! Perfect for those waiting for food or travelling moments!

There are a lot of Skylanders merchandise out there for fans to collect on top of the video game and the characters, which you can find in all good toy stores and online.


Disclosure: We were sent the above to review; all opinions are honest and our own