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SCL News – April 3, 2017

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The official release is coming this week.

Cursed Tiki Temple Level Pack

The Cursed Tiki Temple Level Pack is officially in the US.

It has been spotted at multiple TRU and Target stores across the nation. However, both retailers have the pack register-locked for April 7th.

So by this Friday, I expect that the vast majority of retailers should have their hands on this pack and hopefully you'll all be able to find it.

To aid you in that search here are a few numbers:

UPC (Universal): 047875880689
“R”Web# (TRU): 279141
DPCI (Target): 207-03-0284
GameStop Item #: 146107

As of today the pack was added to the TRU website. It doesn't always show up in the search, but you can find the listing here.

UPDATE: If you don't feel like heading out to the stores, you can always place an order on Amazon.

Dark Creation Crystals

Previously we have found Dark Creation Crystal Single Packs at Target and Walmart.

This week they started showing up at TRU as well. These are not register-locked. So if you find them, you should be able to buy them immediately.

Earlier this week they were listed on the Best Buy website. They currently seem to be out of stock, but it's another place to keep an eye on.

Potential For A New Adventure Pack

There was a new article on Business Insider this week highlighting some of Activision's recent and upcoming work.

This article didn't specifically say anything about Skylanders, but tucked away in the middle of the post there was an interesting chart.

Skylanders Future

Could this mean new content is coming? Possibly, but I'm not convinced.

You can listen to my current thoughts on the matter around the three minute mark (3:00) in the video above.

That's all the news for this week. I hope you'll all support the Skylanders franchise we know and love this Friday when the Cursed Tiki Temple officially releases.


  • DeeBee

    Matt, I’m confused about your video in that you say Activision hasn’t announced anything? What about your post from February 9th that says “In 2017…multiple Adventure Packs, new characters and new in-game content” from Thomas Tippl? The Q4 timing would be right on time for that still.

    • Enigma

      Activision hasn’t OFFICIALLY announced anything. Speculation is just speculation… multiple could mean 100, but it could also mean 2…only time will tell.

    • Commander BB Shockwave

      I wonder if by New Characters, they meant apart from those on the poster of the game? I mean, would not be the first time – Trap Team did not show the Light/Dark element characters on the poster after all. And one thing I noticed that unless you count the Creation Crystals, each element now only has 3 Skylanders – Swap Force and Trap Team had 4 brand new Skylanders per element, not to mention the returning older characters.

  • AkkoChan

    hopefuly we dont have to wait untuil end of year for the last aventure pack and senseis

  • Imani Richards

    Check out my haul ya’ll. Got CTT from TRU anmd 2 dark reactor crystals and 1 dark pyramid crystal from Best Buy! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16f76ae58bb05640fe1c45d5ebef1874c04bf360bbaf33194aebdbb9b590648a.jpg

    • Erich

      Toys r us sold it to you? No register lock?

      • Zym

        Of course there was a register lock. My guess is the TRU put it out on accident (so many did), Imani got her hands on one and wasn’t letting go. Probably rang up as misc. electronics or something.

        • Erich

          As a previous manager of a TRU I can say, the only way they could get around it is to have the GM type in a code. With an item clearly street dated, you should never ask them to do this. People can lose bonuses or even jobs.

          We refused to override street dates. This is why I am asking if she had any issues at the register.

          • mindee

            That is all true, but it really creates a problem when they put items out early instead of reading the street date and following it. My opinion is that if they screw that up, the item should be fair game because management didn’t do their job to make sure their employees didn’t put it out on the shelf early. I understand the whole getting in trouble thing and that people make mistakes, but at the same time actions should have consequences. This is a bad situation because there was already a release date of March 12th, it creates a gray area for those of us who have been waiting on the item to show up when it was supposed to whether we should try explaining that to get it now or wait. I’ve already waited this long, I may as well wait until Friday to go looking for mine so I don’t get anyone in trouble. I’m disappointed in Activision for putting everyone in this situation.

          • Erich

            Unfortunately managing people is like herding cats. You can say the same thing 1000 times to every single person personally and they will still do simple things like open the box and not look for a street date. But then again, not to make excuses, when I open 1000 boxes and only one has a street Date, it’s easy to overlook.

            Also, the street date was an activision issue. Not a retailer. They didn’t know a date until we did. I know it’s their job to catch these mistakes, and as a consumer it’s not our fault that they make mistakes. But as people, we should be empathetic to human error.

            Plus, finding good help is hard these days…

          • JimyMahr

            So. I think the bigger question to this is why is there even a street date on this? Jade Flashwing was held until March 17th, because, you know, green. Is there some Voodoo holiday on April 7th they are holding this for to help in celebrations? It’s even more ridiculous as it seems most retailers are going to have it all at the same time, but maybe as Imani has been saying, this is a botched TRU early exclusive which is why TRU isn’t having the register lock problems and everyone else has to wait.

          • mindee

            April 7th is the new April fools day! They’re not really going to let us have it then, either. Hahaha 😂🤣😂

          • JimyMahr

            That was so clever, it was scary because If it wasn’t for people already having purchased it, I would not have put this past Activision.

          • mindee

            Seriously! Could have been like the Thrillapede tease at a few Target stores in the US. At least I know my stores here have it in stock, I’m just biding my time until Friday so I can hopefully use a coupon, a gift card, and a rewards certificate to pay less than $2 out of pocket for it. (Blobbers voice)Hooray for cheap Skylanders!(/Blobbers voice)

          • JimyMahr

            That is impressive. 🤑 Reminds me of the time I got 10 boxes of Hamburger Helper for a buck. 😎 On a more Skylandery note, I think the best I’ve done is Wii U Dark Edition SuperChargers for 40 bucks, then immediately traded the game, portal and extra Dark Figures to Gamestop for 30 (kept Dark DK and Barrrel Blaster) then bought Smash Hit and Thump Truck with that credit. Not quite as good, and now looking at the math, I suppose if I had traded the two dark figures I kept, I might have MADE money. 🤔😏

          • Zym

            April 7th is Earth and Jupiter planetary alignment. So you can say we just had to wait for the planets to align for the release.

          • mindee

            I hear ya. I have been a manager in retail as well as office situations. Being the front office manager in human resources at a large college was worse than my retail experience… Wanna talk about herding cats? Imagine managing a group of super rich, entitled students who constantly threaten you with, “Do you know who my father is?” on a daily basis because they think they don’t have to listen to you and don’t take the job seriously. After a year, I switched to being a 911 dispatcher for the same school because I was also an EMT. The police officers also got the same threat when the students were caught doing something stupid, but were lucky enough to be able to say they don’t care without getting fired. I’m lucky to not be bald!!!! Lol.

            I am empathetic to human error in most circumstances, but when the box is clearly marked on the outside there is really no excuse other than laziness. This is one of those situations where there shouldn’t even be a hold due to a previous release date and the fact that it’s not even an exclusive product. All in all, I hold Activision responsible above anyone else involved. I hate that they continue to let their loyal customers down.

          • JimyMahr

            Amen. My dealings with the Target has netted a few early street dates with no luck “persuading” management to sell. That’s fine and I don’t throw a hissy fit over it. Previous times the early release was a day or two and I found management would just hold the item for me. For CTT on Sunday though, the manager said items couldn’t be held for 5 days, which is company policy but utter rubbish in such cases since, as you said, it is their fault. I didn’t slip the electronics worker a Benjamin for him to sneak it to me from the stock room, they put it on the shelf for anyone to purchase. I found it, I want it, I should have some way to get first dibs on it come Friday.

            Rules and regulations are a funny thing in retail and I definitely don’t want anyone losing money/job cause Joe High Schooler didn’t read the whole box before actually doing his job, but some lee way should be given, especially since an item held until Friday still isn’t going to be sold until Friday.

          • Imani Richards

            Nope I had no issue at the register. I figured that if it’s already on sale online then no register locks needed.

      • Imani Richards

        Yes! That’s right, no register lock when I bought them yesterday at TRU. this was at a TRU store in the San Francisco/Bay Area, California.

    • Jacky

      Amazing!!! I thought it was register-locked until Friday 🙂

      • Imani Richards

        Nope, not where I live in the San Francisco/Bay Area, California. They were already on store shelves yesterday.

    • Froyop 12

      How’d you get that it is registerlocked where I live

      • Imani Richards

        It’s not register locked were I live in San Francisco/Bay Area, California.

        • Froyop 12

          Oh cool

    • Jeremy Cline

      its register locked but you can purchase it online and pick up in store.

      • Imani Richards

        The CTT packs were not register locked when I bought them at TRU. They were already on store shelves ready for purchase.

        • Jeremy Cline

          I end up getting mine and the tru near me was register locked.

          • Imani Richards

            Oh wow! Well not anymore.

  • Imani Richards
    • Froyop 12

      Nice!!

      • Imani Richards

        Thanks!!!!

  • bryan wildman

    Just picked up CTT at ebgames in Ontario Canada. I was surprised that had it for sale. We usually don’t see stock for weeks after release dates

  • Patrick

    I bought CTT at TRU.com and chose store pickup. Went in and they gave it to me with no issues.

  • Megan Crawford

    I ordered my Cursed Tiki Temple pack from TRU today. I usually wait until I can find it on sale, but if it helps show Activision their is still a market I’M IN!

  • Leah

    Picked up the CTT at TRU this morning. All I did was follow Matt’s link to TRU online, check to see if my nearest store had availability, chose store pick up and added to cart and paid. Received email with one 1 hour it was ready to pick up. So this works for the Tukwila, WA store. Thanks Matt!

  • Zook 1975

    I personally do believe that there will definitely need to be additional Adventure Packs released beyond Wave 5. There are three reasons I believe this is so: #1) After completing the main game 100% ( three stars on all levels) and all of the released Adventure Packs (including the Cursed Tiki Temple) my game still shows 13 Imaginite part sets that have yet to be unlocked. 2) The Cursed Tiki Temple only unlocks four Imaginite sets (Flower Power, Chameleon, Plane & Train). I HIGHLY doubt that the upcoming Lost Imaginite Mines adventure pack will unlock more than that, yet alone ALL the remaining sets. 3) When you highlight any of the uncollected parts the game stays, ” Found in level pack.” So, if the Imaginite Mines does indeed unlock another four Imaginite sets, that would still leave nine sets yet to be collected. (Which would still be enough content for at least two additional adventure packs.) This theory also raises the question of what characters might be released with these packs. While there are many different possibilities, I would venture to guess that the most feasible choices would Chef Pepper Jack and Dreamcatcher ( the only two original members of the Doom Raiders who have yet to see a figure release). Of course, for now, all of this is just my own speculation. However, it all does fit and make sense. Personally, if additional adventure packs are announced, I would be very happy to see Pepper Jack and Dreamcatcher released as actual Skylanders figures. I’m just wondering which characters everyone else would like to see?

    • Joshua G.

      Definitely Mesmeralda. If anyone before Trap Team could have been a Magic-elemental Doom Raider, it had to have been her. I’d love to see her again.

      • Commander BB Shockwave

        Oh yeah, definitely. She was the best villain in Swap Force. Unfortunately, I notice that Vicarious Visions and Toys For Bob like to ignore the characters introduced in the games not made by them – hence the total lack of Cali or Hugo, even Persephone in Swap Force, and Trap Team only keeping the Chompy Mage and adding brand new villains. So it is rather chancey whether Imaginators, which used only TRap Team villains so far, would use her. Was Baron Sheelshock in the Superchargers arena fights only, right and not in Imaginators?

        • Enigma

          Shellshock was just a Skystones opponent in Imaginators.

          As for figures, definitely Chef PJ, but I also think Cross Crow, Eye Five, and Fisticuffs would be cool.

          • Joshua G.

            Personally, Luminius, Dreamcatcher, Nightshade, Mesmeralda, and Chef Pepper Jack would be nice to see again.

          • Commander BB Shockwave

            I doubt they would release another crow Skylander after Tae Kwon Crow. And yeah Eye Five would be cool, but how could he hold weapons? I think every new Skylander will be more or less humanoid to be able to wield weapons… hence my doubts about Dreamcatcher.

      • JimyMahr

        How could they consider the Gulper a Doom Raider and not even have a Magic Doom Raider? That’s just lazy hiring practices really.

      • Froyop 12

        Yesss or kaos’ mom

    • mindee

      I’d love for them to make a Kaossandra (Kaos’ mom) figure/playable character from Skylanders Academy. I think she would be hilariously awesome! She could summon Glumshanks to fight and have a special skill to use against
      Kaos, which would just humiliate him more. I’d totally buy that!

      Pepper Jack and Dreamcatcher would be cool, too. Oh, and Eye Five would be another good one!

      • Enigma

        Yes! Eye Five was my favorite in Trap Team!

    • JimyMahr

      Dreamcatcher doesn’t have appendages, thus no weapons, thus will not be released for Imaginators ever. Not being mean. Being real, because adding her and Pepper Jack (and Luminous) would be, what do the kids say “mad dope as foshizzles”?

      As for who I would like to see, I’ll suggest Sharpfin first as he is probably my favorite non-Skylander in the series. In a more larger scope, I would actually like some more crossovers like Crash with a level based on their game. For such, I nominate Rachet and Clank. They look like Skylanders and their level would be amazing.

      • ToyZebra

        As much as they altered some of the other former villians, Dreamcatcher shouldn’t have been a problem. They could give her a mentally controlled weapon or air fists. Surely they haven’t burnt out that much on creativity.

      • Erich

        I would cry. Ratchet and clank forever!!!

      • Joshua G.

        Dreamcatcher doesn’t necessarily need weapons. She can be a Sorcerer and use psychokinesis powers or something. And because Boom Bloom used a whip, rather ninja stars, the Leaf Stars (not a whip) were granted by the Sensei Shrine.

        And in case of an Xbox exclusive, Rare is one of their subsidiaries, so if Conker were rebooted as a kid-friendly series, he’d be a good candidate. I’m not sure about Banjo-Kazooie, because that franchise was pretty much ruined by Nuts and Bolts, according to fans. And who’d make a bear the star of a video game? Bears, in my opinion, wouldn’t appeal to kids more than a cute squirrel. Yet they had to make Conker an adult-oriented character right after one kid-friendly game (Conker’s Pocket Tales).

        • Zym

          XBox doesn’t really have their own characters, Conker and BK were initially made for the Nintendo platform so that’s where their best history is. True they are Rare products and not Nintendo, so XBox can claim them. Either would be as okay as having Bowser and DK, but if I had to choose it would definitely be BK over Conkers since they have a huge list of known moves that Activision can work with. To be pure XBox exclusive, maybe they can make the Microsoft office paperclip as a TTL…watch out Kaos, her comes Clippit. I’m going with Jimy and voting PS4 dish out some cash to put out another level…R&C of course. Maybe StarFox for Nintendo would have been a good fit.

          • Jeff

            Conker, in his “Bad Fur Day” style, as a Bazooker (with the “Bad Fur Day” bazooka). That would be epic. Earthworm Jim would work good as a Quickshot.

      • Stayforeverskylanders

        I just beat Rachet and Clank and am now playing it on hard mode. The game is almost a twin of Skylanders and definitely just as fun.

    • Zym

      Mesmeralda is super cool, but is forever stuck in a mirror so having her would break the story line. Plus, being stuck in the mirror kinda makes her proud of her son for only thinking of himself. Not a doom raider, but there is always Sheep Mage. Now for a super cool villain we may be forgetting is Vathek, remember that undead evil dragon from the first game. I would like to see a dragon again, but doesn’t fit with the whole battle class thing. Sorcerer maybe…

      • Joshua G.

        There might be a way she could break out…
        If it was done in a way that makes sense…
        Or maybe not. The Ultimate Weapon from Trap Team was powered by CHEESE, for crying out loud.

        • Zym

          Maybe Jet-Vac accidently vacuums her out?

          • mindee

            Is that your way of saying Jet-Vac sucks? Lol. If so, I agree. 😉 I don’t know what it is about him, but I just don’t enjoy playing as him. Trigger Happy is another I’m not a huge fan of playing as.

          • Zym

            I definitely like Trigger Happy over Jet-Vac. I think Swap Force did really good at creating some new characters: Roller Brawl, Scratch, Smolderdash, Grim Creeper, and I even liked Pop Thorn (guided missile thorns made getting the no damage star easy).

          • mindee

            Yes! I loooooooooove Scratch and Fire Bone Hot Dog!! I loved Trap Shadow and Fire Kraken for the swappable guys.

      • Commander BB Shockwave

        Umm, dude, you are confusing Kaos’ mom and Mesmeralda… Mesmeralda was NOT stuck in a magic mirror, she was just defeated. I do agree that Vathek would be nice to see again as a Villain Sensei, considering his brother left him around in statue form in case he can be turned around someday to become a hero. But given how the Dragon’s Peak or its characters was totally not referenced since Spyro’s Adventure – and how Sunburn remains oddly the only Skylander who never got an Elite toy – there is a good chance they simply forgot about that expansion pack. Odd, considering that originally, Vathek was supposed to be the Undead element dragon Skylander, not Cynder.

  • Commander BB Shockwave

    I was on the fence about buying them now or wait for a price drop, but a local seller of Skylanders (and similar games) who has Activision contacts told me that Activision is manufacturing far less of the expansion pack sets than in previous games… so they are bound to get only more expensive with time, same as the Light/Dark expansion sets in Trap Team.

  • CHRiS
  • CHRiS

    Not register locked yesterday at TRU in MI

    • Louis

      What is the third Crystal? Dark reactor and dark pyramid and . . .?

      • Kaos Theory

        I believe he is talking about Dark Rune, which has previously only been available in the dark edition starter packs. That would be great!

        • VideoGamer1212

          The dark edition is exclusive to GameStop this year. I think he was just talking about the reactor and pyramid.

          • Kaos Theory

            Yeah, I wondered if that’s what he meant. You never know with Activision though; releasing a single Dark Rune would be nice for those collectors that didn’t get the dark edition. But from a marketing standpoint, not doing so keeps the dark edition even more collectible and appeases those who spent the extra bucks.

  • mindee

    I called and had my TRU check to see if we were register locked here in San Antonio and found out it is. The guy wasn’t sure why some other stores are showing up as not locked. Interesting enough, he told me to do the store pick up option and it wouldn’t be a problem to get it today since it bypasses the register there in the store.

    Sad that I still have to wait until Friday if I want to use the 20% off a regular-priced item coupon I have that is only good in store. It says it excludes video game hardware and video games, but I’m assuming they’re not grouped into that?

    Anyone had issues using this type of coupon on Skylanders items? If it doesn’t work, I’ll go ahead and do the store pick up option.

    • Erich

      It should work. Toys to life are not video games or hardware.

      • mindee

        I didn’t think so, either, but you never know. Now I just have to hope it isn’t on sale when I walk in the store. Thanks!

    • Imani Richards

      Thank you for reminding me about the 20% Off TRU coupon.

      • mindee

        No problem. It definitely worked! Saved me $6. 😀

        • Imani Richards

          Cool!

  • Chew37

    Hi Matt. Score another one for the order online with store pick-up idea. We got our CTT that way after an hour wait. Even so, we checked out the shelf at the store afterwards and they didn’t have any of them out (they have them holed up in the back storage area). Well, glad we finally have it now. Too bad Activision was not more forthcoming with a true explanation for the delay, and the added frustration that that “forward looking statement” caused. As always, thank “you” for keeping us informed.

  • Kaos Theory

    Let’s not forget the potential for some of the remaining creation crystals to show up on April 7th!

  • JimyMahr

    It is sort of a moot point now that it is “release” day, but according to the guy at Gamestop, where I bought CTT, their register lock on CTT was lifted on the 30th.

    • mindee

      I was told the 30th when I called my Gamestop a while back, but nobody within 100 miles of me had it. Heading to TRU in a bit, hoping they still actually have it in stock.

      • Zym

        Haha! Got mine too, but our TRU never really runs out. It’s an Easter item so I’ll be holding for a week.

        • mindee

          Mine is usually pretty slow about putting stuff out, but there were a total of 4 on the shelf. I was surprised to see them instead of having to ask for it from the back. I wanted mine early with store pick up, but the $6 the coupon saved me made me wait. Played through the level, got him up to level 12, and bought all his skills… I think he’s a keeper!

      • Jeff

        I went to Gamestop this morning and it wasn’t there yet. The manager said that all the Gamestop stores were scheduled to get them today, but the catch was each store was only allotted one per store. Lucky for me I’m mainly get my Skylanders at my local Gamestop and the manager sees me in there enough and told me to leave my number and he’d grab and hold it for me, so I got it this afternoon. You’d think with how long people were waiting for CTT that they would have stocked more, I’m just glad I found it.

        • Erich

          Yep. My GameStop got one. My closest toys r us got 6

  • Imani Richards

    All Skylanders Imaginators are Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off at TRU this week.

    • Stayforeverskylanders

      Thanks for the info. I went there today to get some of the sensei characters I needed to unlock all the element levels.

      • Imani Richards

        Glad to be of help.

  • JadeWind

    My TRU never had CTT, still doesn’t. I called on Friday and then went to double check after work anyway. So I had to order it online.

  • Erich

    Got the ONE copy of CTT from my GameStop. Phew!

    Also snagged the new LEGO dimensions pack for half price! Excalibur Batman! Woot! Between my GameStop points and bing rewards cashed in, I got $52+tax in stuff for $12!!