Skylanders coming to Kindle Fire with in-app purchases

Activision's $1 Cloud Patrol game set to arrive on original Kindle Fire and upcoming HD model; gamers can make one-click real-world toy purchases.

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Activision's Skylanders toy/game series is coming to Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet line with in-game purchases. The publisher announced today that Skylanders Cloud Patrol will be released on the just-revealed Kindle Fire HD, as well as the first-generation Kindle Fire, with users able to make a real-world Skylanders toy purchase without exiting the game.

More Skylanders, more problems? Activision doesn't think so.

Users who purchase physical Skylanders toys in-app will unlock the digital character immediately, with the physical toy arriving later through the mail. This feature is not available on the iOS version of Skylanders Cloud Patrol.

Activision did not say when Skylanders Cloud Patrol for the Kindle Fire will launch, but announced it will cost $1. As announced yesterday during Amazon's media event, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will launch September 14, with the 8.9-inch and 4G models shipping November 20.

Discussion

14 comments
IamTakkun
IamTakkun

Why would you want the toy? Just wondering if you got the character in-game, why would you need/want the figure?

 

starduke
starduke

Hmm, this is interesting. It's like instead of buying a toy and getting as a bonus a character to play as in the game, you're buy the character and getting the toy as a bonus. Either way, you're still getting a toy, as well as something for the game, so it's both a real world thing as well as a ingame thing, which is kinda cool.

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

Hey if my kid gets some enjoyment out of it, it's fine by me :D

mrcharrio
mrcharrio

I think Nintendo will follow this model, look at the Rayman game coming out for Nintendo's next console, almost same idea

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

While the original Skylanders has a unique conception, I do not like the idea of paying hundreds of dollars in buying figures just to play the characters.

SolidTy
SolidTy

Selling toys to gamers by the truckload, ACTIVISION you stink!

endorbr
endorbr

This kind of crap is money grubbing milking "gaming" at it's worst.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

 @IamTakkun I assume its the same toy as the ones you use for the Wii/360/PS3 version.

Evanrocknuma
Evanrocknuma

 @thom_maytees When you think of it though, it isn't much different than the collectible figures we had growing up (assuming your older).  I think we all need to look at Skylanders as collectible figurines with the bonus of a game to use them in.  Kids love that stuff.  It isn't  a new idea, IBfunkeys did the same thing and so did others I can't remember the names of growing up.  Except, Skylanders is actually a good game, which is more than can be said of other game add-ons to collectibles in the past.

Zepthire95
Zepthire95

 @thom_maytees I agree, this is turning out like those F2P mmo's only the items are a lot more expensive.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

 @endorbr 

Yeah, nothing worse than exploiting kids to get cash out of their parents..