Ever since Skylanders Giants (the second game), Skylanders Figure Compatibility has been a big issue.
The good news is, they have made Skylanders extremely compatible. The bad news is, this topic still confuses a lot of people.
Skylanders figures are not console-specific.
This means that the figures you got in your Xbox 360 Starter Pack, can be used on the PS4 (or any other console). The console or platform you are playing on is not a limiting factor.
Skylanders figures are not region-specific.
Around the world, many of you have to worry about region specific DVDs and video games. However, this only applies to disc-based media and therefore does not include Skylanders figures themselves.
This means that you can purchase a Skylander from the US and use it in a game you bought in Australia (or any other country). The region you purchase your Skylanders figures from is not a limiting factor.
This is the only limiting factor you have to worry about.
Over the years Activision has put out charts trying to explain Figure Compatibility. The simple fact of the matter is though that Figure Compatibility can no longer be explained through a simple chart.
With that being said, do not despair. There is just one simple rule you have to learn to solve the mystery of Figure Compatibility. You just have to answer one simple question and you will be able to figure it all out on your own.
Then you know that the Skylander figure in question is compatible with that game and every game after.
Let's take a look at a few quick examples:
Figure: Tidal Wave Gill Grunt (Series 4)
Question: In what game did Gill Grunt have his Series 1 figure?
Answer: Spyro's Adventure
Compatible With: Spyro's Adventure, Giants, SWAP Force, Trap Team
Figure: LightCore Warnado
Question: In what game did Warnado have his Series 1 figure?
Answer: Spyro's Adventure
Compatible With: Spyro's Adventure*, Giants*, SWAP Force, Trap Team
* Just one caveat here. Although LightCore Warnado will function in earlier games, the LightCore abilities will only be available in SWAP Force and Trap Team.
Figure: Sure Shot Shroomboom (Series 2)
Question: In what game did Shroomboom have his Series 1 figure?
Compatible With: Giants, SWAP Force, Trap Team
Figure: Wash Buckler
Question: In what game did Wash Buckler have his Series 1 figure?
Answer: SWAP Force
Compatible With: SWAP Force, Trap Team
Figure: Deja Vu
Question: In what game did Deja Vu have her Series 1 figure?
Answer: Trap Team
Compatible With: Trap Team
If you're still confused, don't worry. I still have another solution for you.
All you have to do is find the individual character page here on SCL for the Skylander you have a question about.
Then scroll down, click on the Compatibility tab, and I will have the compatibility for each and every Skylander spelled out for you.