Activision is taking the Spyro franchise to another level, this time you will purchase your character in the game via a physical figurine. This toy can be mounted onto a dock named “The Portal of Power”. The game itself plays like a normal, fun adventure game in the classic style of franchise, but the incorporation of physical objects is innovative even by the standards of the kids it seeks to target, and for Activision, an effective driver of staggered sales.
Each figurine will maintain the unique characteristics of the character youve leveled up in your game at home, but when you take your figurine to your friends house you can just stick your toy onto the Portal of Power and continue your quest there. Your character is playable across any platform – Xbox, PS3, Wii, PC, iPhone, or iPad, making it a truly cross-platform experience (one that becomes far more relevant when you try to take your toy to your friends place for a sleep over).
There are 32 playable characters, meaning 32 purchasable figurines in total at roughly 8 bucks a pop, and expansion levels cost a few dollars. This stuff adds up so parents, get your wallets ready. For Activision, innovation comes with a price.