Skylanders: Swap Force toys will be launched in smaller batches throughout the year moving forward, Activision has said.
Activision’s Glenn Oliver told Polygon that about 20% of the total Swap Force roster remains to be released.
Rather than pump them out in large groups, the collectibles will be staggered in small waves – like the most recent group of five – every few months.
“This year we’ve expanded to a year-round franchise, meaning we’ve reserved more characters for 2014 than we normally would,” he said.
“We wanted to take advantage of the fact that we know there are still a lot of opportunities, like birthdays and Easter, for gift-giving, and we want you to be able to go a store and buy new Skylanders.”
Skylanders: Swap Force launched in October and November last year, for both current generations of consoles. It was developed by Vicarious Visions rather than Toys for Bob, which created the franchise – presumably to give Toys for Bob extra time to work on the first true next-gen Skylanders, which was revealed in Activision Blizzard’s recent financial briefing.