Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure was a good game. Now, it's one of those kid manias that boggles the mind.

If you're unfamiliar, the core gimmick to the game is that you take a physical figurine of a particular character, place it on a platform, and the game reads the figure and drops that character into the game. It's basically just selecting a new character to run around with, only instead of doing it on the screen, you do it in the…well, the physical plane.

It's a great idea because of course, instead of just including all these characters in the game, the publisher (Activision, duh) can charge money for each new creature, 'cuz they're physical items. So, they can be purchased in packs of three or singly and unsurprisingly, they're pumping out more. The only problem is they didn't really make enough, and the craze is starting to get out of control. As spotted by Game Informer , rare Skylanders figurines are going for astronomical amounts at eBay.

In some cases, bidders are offering upwards of $1000 for these little plastic monsters. For instance, a collection of six rare gold and silver-hued toys flirted with that number, and most parents complain of being unable to find new characters in stores. Activision claims to have shipped 20 million toys in total to support the title but if you check retailers, they're usually out of the figurines. And this fall, get ready for Skylanders Giants , so the mania can continue.

Pokemon, eat your heart out.

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TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

See folks, Activision *can* innovate…

::barfs::

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

I read an article in GI I think it was that they said they will be reissuing a lot of the harder to find figures later for people.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

This was one of the bigger suprises for Activision it sounds like….hence the low supply of action figures. I'm sure they'll take advantage of this high demand come this holiday season, though.

Xombito
Xombito
9 years ago

"Son, can I see those Skylander figures you got for Christmas? Yes the gold and silver ones. I'm just going to hold in to these for a moment. Your not playing with them anymore right? I'll buy you new ones."

Zen_Zarab
Zen_Zarab
9 years ago

Skylanders figures are cool. But it ain't no Heroscape. 😛

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
9 years ago

I have plenty of these things around me. Time to make a store run.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

Not that bad of a game for children. I guess activision is really striking the entire market.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Damn, as much as a $1000????

As a serious gaming collector, I guess I'll also be needing these to fill in my collections too.

Please, please, Powerball & Megamillions lottery gods, hear my plea!

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9 years ago

actually does remind me of the pokemon trading cards fad.
i remember a friend of mine paying like 800 bucks for a really rare card, then we went to Terrigal for a holiday and he lost it.
i was pissing myself laughing, but surface to say he was pretty pissed!
all ill say is it never ceases to amaze me how much people are willing to pay for things!
i popped my ipad 2 on ebay, bought it last april for 500 bucks.
already the bidding is at 468 and its got 6 days to go!
WTF would you buy a Ipad on ebay + 40 bucks shipping, when you could spend the same amount walk into a apple store and buy it brand new?
510 at the least for a used ipad on ebay, or 500 for a brand new one from apple.
hmmmmm, i know which one id go for!
still remember the day i sold my 60GB for 1200 bucks!