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Cool Triple Pack of Skylanders Giants Figures, But Make Sure You Get a Good Price
on February 9, 2013
Note: This is currently listed at Amazon at two different pages, both the one you are reading now and this one: Skylanders Giants Battle Pack #2: Zap - Scorpion Striker - Hot Dog. Make sure you compare the prices at both pages!
This is a cool set of three figures to use with Skylanders Giants. It includes a fun magic item and two figures, which I'll describe below.
Before that, though, a few warnings. First, watch out for scalpers. The pack was exclusive at Gamestop at the beginning of the year, but started to appear at its list price of $24.99 or less pretty much everywhere by mid-February. Unless you absolutely have to have it right away, you can save some money by calling Gamestop until they get one, or by waiting a few weeks until you find one. Second, while these three toys are compatible with the Skylanders Giants game, it does not include any actual "Giant" figures, just the three figures listed below. Finally, unlike the Adventure Packs in the last game, this battle pack does not unlock a new playable level, just a new battle mode area for PVP fights.
1) Scorpion Catapult: This is a "magic item" that you can use in the game for approximately for approximately 45 seconds each time you play a level. (You will see a circle on screen winding down the time, and can remove and re-add the cannon until your time is up.) If you add it to the portal, a catapult will appear in game, follow your Skylanders around, and shoot spiked explosives at your enemies. It's helpful in the boss battles and is fun, but is definitely not dominant. Once you use the catapult for the first time, you also unlocks a new PVP battle area -- the "Metal Hive Battle Arena."
2) Hot Dog: This is a new fire skylander. He doesn't have a charge move, so he can't cover ground as fast as some skylanders, and his armor value is very low, but otherwise, he's a lot of fun and very cute. He spits fireballs and can create a wall of flame that rolls forward, devastating your enemies. (Once unlocked, the Z attack is a ground pound style explosion that damages nearby enemies). Base scores: Health 250, Speed 43, Armor 6, Critical Hit 60, Elemental Damage 32.
3) Series 2 Zap: This is the updated version of the water dragon from the original game. He spits lightning, and can really zip around the screen on a water slide, which he can electrify after upgrades. He's basically the same as Series 1, except that he has access to a "Wow Pow" - in his case, an extra attack that he can add to his existing wave rider attack.
Basically, none of these figures are going to dominate your strongest skylanders, but they're lots of fun and can expand how you play the game. Recommended for hardcore Skylanders fans, at least if you can find it for list price.