Update (6/7/2015): The entire set of Skylanders: Trap Team figures is now available. Once you're caught up, be sure to check out our extensive preview of this year's game, Skylanders Superchargers.
Update (3/18/2015): Another wave of figures will be arriving to retail soon. This batch includes three Springtime variants, including two minis (Power Punch Jet Vac and Eggselent Weeruptor) and a special Easter-themed Earth Trap.
Update (12/18/2014): Wave 3 figures will be arriving at retail soon. These will make available the remaining closed elemental gates, including the two "unknown" elemental areas. Those have recently been confirmed as Light and Dark, with an expansion pack available at retail for each starting on December 22.
Update (10/17/2014): Wave 2 figures are now available at many retailers. These include three Trap Masters (Headrush, Bushwhack, and Lob-Star), two new core characters (Tread Head and Fist Bump) and a second Adventure Pack (Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items.)
We've put images of the new characters as they appear in-game in the gallery below. If you're waiting for a specific character, sit tight. Activision releases them in waves through the winter and into the next year. Some figures will not be out in time for the holidays.
Fall is here, the leaves are turning, and the air has a chill in it. That can mean one thing: everything now has a pumpkin spice flavor. OK, fine. It also means that a new Skylanders game is out and I’m running down the list of characters available now and coming later in the season for Skylanders: Trap Team.
As you might recall from our review, there are three different types of characters this year (and you may already have some of the “new” ones thanks to an older Frito-Lay promotion). In addition to the large Trap Masters and new and returning core characters, the Skylanders Sidekicks are now fully playable. Of course, all your existing core, giant, swap force, and lightcore characters work in Trap Team. You can also use the items you've collected from adventure and battle packs.
This are sold in two-packs representing each in-game element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Magic, Tech, Life, and Undead). If you have some of them from their promotional releases, you’re ready to play.
Here’s what you can find in stores now:
- Standard – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
- Dark Edition – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Wildfire (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), three traps (water, life, Kaos)
- Legendary (Toys R Us) – Legendary Snap Shot (Trap Master), Legendary Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
- 3DS – Gusto (Trap Master), Barkley (Mini)
- Snap Shot (Water – included with all starters)
- Wildfire (Fire – included with Dark Edition starter)
- Gusto (Air)
- Jawbreaker (Tech)
- Legendary Jawbreaker (Tech – Toys R Us only)
- Gearshift (Tech)
- Wallop (Earth)
- Krypt King (Undead)
- Nitro Krypt King (Undead – Target only)
- Lob-Star (Water)
- Bushwhack (Life)
- Headrush (Earth)
- Blastermind (Magic)
- Ka-boom (Fire)
- Tuff Luck (Life)
- Winterfest Lob-Star (Water)
- Thunderbolt (Air)
- Short Cut (Undead)
- Enigma (Magic)
New Core characters
- Déjà Vu (Magic – Mirror of Mystery Adventure Pack)
- Legendary Déjà Vu (Magic – Toys R Us only)
- Torch (Fire)
- Food Fight (Life – included with all starters)
- Blades (Air – In three-pack or with Nightmare Express Adventure Pack)
- Tread Head (Tech)
- Chopper (Tech)
- Fist Bump (Earth)
- Funny Bone (Undead)
- Cobra Cadabra (Magic)
- Trail Blazer (Fire)
- Echo (Water)
- High Five (Life)
- Rocky Roll (Earth)
- Bat Spin (Undead)
- Flip Wreck (Water)
- Fling Kong (Air)
- Blackout (Dark)
- Spotlight (Light)
Returning Core characters – Compatibility: Spyro’s Adventure (SA), Giants (G), Trap Team (TT)
- Fizzy Frenzy Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)
- Tidal Wave Gill Grunt (Water – SA, G, TT)
- Tidal Wave Gill Grunt with Gill Runt Mini (Water – Walmart Only)
- Hog Wild Fryno (Fire – TT)
- Sure Shot Shroomboom (Life – TT)
- Full Blast Jet-Vac (Air – G, TT)
- Hog Wild Fryno with Small Fry (Fire – Walmart only)
- Love Potion Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)
- Spry and Mini Jini (Magic two-pack)
- Trigger Snappy and Drobit (Tech two-pack)
- Bop and Terrabite (Earth two-pack)
- Hijinx and Eye Small (Undead two-pack)
- Gill Runt and Thumpling (Water two-pack)
- Weeruptor and Small Fry (Fire two-pack)
- Nightmare Express with Blades and two items (Piggy Bank and Hand of Fate)
- Legendary version available at Toys R Us with Legendary Blades and gold items
- Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items (Rocket Ram and Tiki Speaky)
- Light Element Expansion Pack with Knight Light, light trap, and level piece
- Dark Element Expansion Pack with Knight Mare, dark trap, and level piece
Eon's Elite – Available at GameStop (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company.)
- Elite Spyro (Magic)
- Elite Chop Chop (Undead)
- Elite Trigger Happy (Tech)
- Elite Whirlwind (Air)
- Elite Terrafin (Earth)
- Elite Stealth Elf (Life)
- Elite Eruptor (Fire)
- Elite Gill Grunt (Water)
This year, there are some unrevealed characters on the poster that comes with each starter pack. These have since been revealed as one Trap Master and regular Skylander in each of two new elements: light and dark.
You can also purchase collector-style Eon’s Elite figures (pictured at the top, listed above). These are re-releases of original Spyro’s Adventure characters with a special metallic finish, extremely power stats, and a display case.
Finally, you’ll likely want to have at least nine traps. These are available in each element plus one styled after series villain Kaos himself. There are multiple designs and you can store one of the forty villains in each trap. Don’t worry though, these can be swapped out so you can make due with just one in each element.
Note that the 3DS version doesn’t use the trap crystal accessories. Capture and use is handled directly on the 3DS handheld.
Check back throughout the year as more characters are released. Still catching up on Skylanders: Swap Force? Visit our checklist from last year.