'Skylanders' Injecting Vehicles in Next Installment


LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Skylanders" is pushing the pedal to the metal.

The popular Activision video game franchise that jumpstarted the toys-to-life genre four years ago is souping up its latest edition with air, land and sea vehicles.

"Skylanders SuperChargers" will feature a parade of 20 vehicular toys that can be mimicked on screen similar to how the series' character figurines came alive in the past four installments.

"It's a natural addition to the universe," said Eric Hirshberg , CEO of Activision Publishing. "We've had what we think is a special innovation for each year of 'Skylanders,' from 'Giants' to 'Swap Force' to 'Trap Team' and now 'SuperChargers.' It's been a request for a while, and we think it's the right time to bring a new kind of toy to life."

"SuperChargers," which is set to rev up Sept. 20, will feature such vehicles as race car Hot Streak, jet Sky Slicer and submarine Dive Bomber. Other modes of transportation will include motorcycles, boats, tanks and helicopters. On screen, the interactive action will alternate between "Skylanders"

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