Disclosure: I have received sample Skylanders characters from Activision in order to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed within are my own.
My middle son has a real, true love for Skylanders. He obviously loves to play the video game, with Trap Team being his favorite version, but he also likes to read each night about the characters, interact with the characters in pretend play (off the screen), and sort and organize the cards that come with the characters.
So, when a box arrived from Activision with some new characters, he and his older brother went nuts (as if they won the preschool/elementary school version of the lottery).
We had the opportunity to try out Enigma, Flip Wreck, and Fling Kong, and we were not disappointed. Little Guy (pictured above) loved playing with Enigma best. He likes the power of the Magic Element, and was psyched that he could become invisible with Enigma, only knowing where he was with the footprints that would show. Bud, my 6-year-old was into Flip Wreck because he liked his “moves”. And I gravitated immediately toward Fling Kong (don’t judge, yes, I enjoy playing the game, too) because I could do all kinds of sick moves as a monkey on a magic carpet.
I’d recommend all of these characters – while Enigma was of course super powerful as a Trap Master, I thought both Flip Wreck and Fling Kong has a whole lot of spunk and were fun to play.
We added the cards that came with the characters to our growing collection. The boys keep all of their cards in a tin and play a version of “War” we made up! The rules of our game are simple.
1. Divide the Cards You Have into Equal Piles.
2. Choose which one of the stats you will use as the rules for this card game (attack, defense, agility, or luck).
3. Have each player flip a card from their deck.
4. The player with the higher stat takes the card.
If you are playing the defense stat, for instance, in the game below, Bouncer’s 110 would have beat Fling Kong’s 30.
5. In the case where both characters have the same stat, each player flips another card.
Like in War, winner takes all.
6. The player with the most cards at the end wins.
The game is different each time depending on which stat you use to play. If this sounds too complicated for your Skylanders fan, a easier version of Skylanders Giants WAR is available!
What does your family use their Skylanders Trading Cards for?