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Activision have today announced Skylanders Giants, set to build upon the success of Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.

Set to debut at the North American International Toy Fair in New York City from February 12th-15th, the sequel will introduce a range of new characters, including eight that are twice the size of the main Skylanders cast and some that feature new light technology integrated into the toys that will allow them to light up when near the Portal of Power – also providing in-game benefits.

Activision also confirmed that all characters from the original game will be compatible, including leveled-up stats and customisation options.

Skylanders Giants will provide new arenas and gameplay options, such as Battle Mode for head-to-head play, enhanced Elemental Zones, new Hero Challenges, and additional features.

“Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure’s success in 2011 validated an exciting idea—that with the right technology, and the creative minds to support it with engaging characters and story, we could define a new model for children’s play” commented Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Skylanders Giants marks the evolution of this core concept. We’ve got super-sized figures, remarkably cool new characters that light up, as if by magic, and more ways to play and explore Skylands than ever before. We’re delighted to announce the title at Toy Fair 2012 and can’t wait for fans to go hands-on this fall”.

Toys ‘R’ Us remain committed to the franchise, with Chairman and CEO Jerry Storch adding that the game “was an enormous success last holiday shopping season, and the toys seem to evaporate as soon as they arrive on our store shelves”.

You can view the Skylanders Giants announcement trailer below:

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.