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If you follow me on Instagram (and I sure hope you do), you might've caught a glimpse of Flynn's Rescue Ship back on October 22 when we did our build. Part of MEGA Bloks' SKYLANDERS collection of building sets (recommended for kids 5+), Flynn and the gang come from Activision's recently-released video game SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE, which follows last year's SKYLANDERS GIANTS. While the game series has become a pop culture staple, the building category continues to grow alongside it, and the folks at MEGA Bloks have some incredible sets inspired by that world. Having already reviewed the SKYLANDERS GIANTS Arkeyan Robot King earlier this Fall, we were excited when MEGA Brands hit us with some fresh stock to review. After detailed evaluation here at Rock Father HQ, this collection lands firmly in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

The world of SKYLANDERS is massive... especially for those that are actively immersed in the popular games from Activision and their associated collectible figurines that have crossed over into the toy aisle. From a financial standpoint, I'm lucky that SKYLANDERS hasn't caught on here at Rock Father HQ, despite my reviewing SPYRO'S ADVENTURE, the first game in the series back in 2011. Aside from that game and a couple of Happy Meal Toys that infiltrated our home at some point, we'd been largely SKYLANDERS-free until the folks at MEGA Bloks sent over their new ARKEYAN ROBOT KING Building Set for review in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house and yard). A little preview of things to come since SKYLANDERS: SWAP FORCE is being released this Fall?

e3125The crew over at Activision Publishing hit The Rock Father with details on their E3 plans, which includes CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (a game I plan on playing this November), SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE (this holidays big hit?), and DESTINY (a game I need to look into further. Along with the announcement comes confirmation that these games will be available for the much-anticipated XBOX ONE from Microsoft (I need one of those) and the PLAYSTATION 4 from Sony. Check out the slate below.