Back in the Reigns!

Finally!! After almost a year I’m back in the game, and ready to help you all with your Skylanders adventure and collection! Not only this but I’ll also be following Disney infinity, Disney’s newest game announcement, that works just like Skylanders does! Head to my new blog, and let the news, blogs and contests commence! See you there and tell all fellow portal masters 🙂


Air Skylander Contest: We Have A Winner!

The contest is finally over, and I’m ecstatic to finally announce the winner!! This month’s contest winner is…. Elimeenah! The cartoony feel of “Beaks” fits right into the style of Skylanders, and while it may not be his name, it’s a great suggestion, and ultimately made me laugh! I enjoyed all the other entries, suggestions and comments, so do not be dismayed! This wasn’t our first contest, and naturally, it wont be our last! If you did not win, stay tuned for next time, and good luck! If you were the winner, you will be contacted shortly and I’ll get you your Lightning Rod to you as fast as I can! 🙂

Stay tuned for tomorrow, and be on the lookout for the next Skylanders Contest!

From The Skylands To The Skyworld

With Skylanders releases slimming down, it’s time to take a quick trip away from Skylanders news, and see what else is happening in the gaming industry. Over the next couple of months, I will be extensively covering some new games, and I’m starting this journey with Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS. I will spend a few days on each game, and around E3 Convention time, we’ll land back at the Skylands ready for any and all Skylanders News!

Skylands to the Skyworld: Pit, the main protagonist in Kid Icarus: Uprising, is a flightless angel from the Skyworld, who is led by the Goddess of Light, Lady Palutena. Uprising was headed and developed by Smash Bros. Creator, Masahiro Sakuri, and he did one incredible job. Uprising is my favorite game of 2011-2012, if not of all time. I honestly can’t seem to put this game down! Over the next few days, I will be giving extensive coverage over this game, form details and tactics, to unlockables and gear. Uprising features a massive weapons system with tons of weapons, each of which can fuse together to create new weapons. With nine weapon categories, and a huge selection of each, it’s hard to keep up with which weapon combinations are the best, which effect modifications to look for, and how to know what to fuse to get your desired weapon. At the end of my Uprising coverage, I will release a massive chart with all of the weapons, fuse options, and even plausible effect modifications! If you have not looked into this game yet, I highly recommend you do, especially if you already have a Nintendo 3DS.

Lastly, don’t forget to check back Friday for the announcement of the Air Skylander Contest winner, who will be receiving a single pack Lightning Rod!

Spread the word, check back tonight, and feel free to comment!

– Caleb Stiles

Skylanders Release Information Update


Portal Masters! The last couple of weeks have been entirely unpredictable and hectic as far as finding Skylanders, so I’m going to sum up what I’ve seen and found, and give everyone an update on the Air Skylander Contest!

First, Lightning Rod, Sunburn, and Zook have all made it to stores a little early, which was quite a blessing! I’ve been able to stay up with my collection so far, but it has taken some serious dedication and tough time management! Along with these three Skylanders, I came across a single pack Ignitor in my local Wal-Mart today, which was an absolute surprise to me! The painting on this Ignitor is more delicate than my 3DS Pack figure, and has some minor color tone and detail altercations. With Wave 4 out, the next wave is not expected until June, and then Wham Shell is to be in September (to the best of my knowledge). With so little Skylanders information left to talk about between now and the Fall, my site is going to take a turn towards a different software, but any and all Skylander information I come across will be posted here you can be sure of that! 🙂

As soon as information becomes relatively constant for Skylanders Giants, my blog will head back to the Skylands, to keep you in the know, and on top of finding these elusive figures.

By now you’ve noticed the picture above, so let me fill you in on this incredible figure. Flameslinger has always been my favorite, and so I was ecstatic to come across this custom articulated Flameslinger. His arms and legs have movable joints, he has add-on flame accessories, his bow can now be removed from his hands and placed on his back, and you can even remove him from his element piece, making him a legitimate action figure. I dropped almost fifty dollars on this little guy, but I certainly don’t regret it. He still works in the game and everything, so I couldn’t be more pleased.

The Air Skylander Contest is going great, so spread the word, and keep those comments coming! At the end of next week, I will announce the victor, and reward him/her a new Skylander. In light of this contest being over the Air element, I will be giving away a Lightning Rod, so make sure you give your best ideas! Check back soon for more information on my new site update, the contest, and so much more!


KId Icarus: Uprising Takes The Nintendo 3DS By Storm

Amidst all of the Skylander madness, plenty of other games have been receiving incredible recognition, especially the long anticipated Kid Icarus: Uprising for the Nintendo 3DS. Here at the Skylands, we’ve broken down exactly what features make this title stand out from the rest! 🙂

– A massive array of weapons at Pit’s disposal. Pit can wield weapons from nine separate categories, including blades, claws, staffs, palms, clubs, cannons, orbitars and arms! These weapons each bring their own stats to the battlefield, and can be fused together in any which mixture, immensely multiplying the amount of weapons at Pit’s disposal.

– AR Cards, Lots of AR Cards. Uprising will feature over one hundred different collectible AR cards, that serve as unlockables in the game known as “idols”. The collectibility of AR Cards is a fresh taste to mobile gamers, and definitely adds to the amount of time that can be spent on this packed title.

– Old Meets New; The creators behind Uprising have done an incredible job fusing the classic style of Kid Icarus with the new and improved title for the 3DS, coming together for a deep but satisfying experience. For example, the currency system is built around expendable “hearts”, just like the Classic Kid Icarus.

– Online Multiplayer is well thought out! It’s very rare to find a handheld game with a great online multiplayer mode, but Uprising has captured the true essence of mobile online, and features absolutely non-stop explosive battle shaking the 3DS right out of your hands! You can either play a six player free-for-all mode, which obviously, is every fighter for his/herself, duking it out on a gorgeous battlefield, using weapons, items and strategy in balanced methods. The other mode is Light vs Dark, a 3V3 battle mode, where you duke it out against the opposing team, and then proceed to defeat the opposing team’s “angel”.

Overall Kid Icarus: Uprising is the title 3DS has been looking for, and justly has reached much hype, so pre-order while you can, and check back soon for more Skylanders info!

– Caleb Stiles

New Air Skylander Name Contest

With the Skylanders Giants coming this Fall, an entire group of brand new regular sized Skylanders will be released as well, and details have been nothing short of scarce. The Air Skylander above was first officially revealed at the NY Toy Fair 2012, but mysteriously enough, his name was never mentioned! There’ve been some rumors over what his name could be, and I would like to see what you guys think! Head to the comments below and tell us what you think! When the contest ends, I’ll choose my favorite submission, and reward the victor with a new Skylander! I’ll include more information as the contest progresses, so check back, good luck, and spread the word!

– Caleb Stiles

Skylanders Battle Mode Tips

If you’ve had the chance to face off against a friend in Battle Mode, then you know that some Skylanders definitely have higher advantages over other Skylanders, so I’ve composed this list to help you master the Battle Mode, beat the odds, and take advantage of your Skylanders strengths.

– Learn the Battle Fields. Health and perks are your biggest advantage in Battle Mode. Know where the items pop up next, and be the first one there!

– Keep your distance when facing a short range opponent. Many Skylanders have powers that can cause damage to the opponent while on the move. Cast sharks with Terrafin, birds with Sonic Boom, leave behind a fiery path with Flameslinger, or even cast clones with Double Trouble.

– Use elements to your advantage. Learn the counter types, because you can deal greater damage if you have the superior type, like fire against life for example.

– Use range attacks accordingly. Most range attacks have you standing still, so only use when you have a safe distance, and try to keep them away from the perks.

– Recognize the chance to counter. Keeping a distance until you have a chance to deal the damage is a great technique, and also gives you a chance to beat the opponent to the perks. If you can learn to counter accurately, you can get close, deal damage, and gain your distance back before they have a chance to retaliate.

Hope everyone enjoys this, feel free to comment, and keep collecting those Skylanders!

– Caleb Stiles

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