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Articulated Skylanders Mod Gives More Action to the Figures


If you’re looking for a gift for a young gamer, you could do a lot worse than Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. But what if they already have the game and all 32 collectible figurines? Then get them these modified Skylanders figurines. OMG look kids! It’s Prism Break teaba- sitting on Chop-Chop!

articulated skylanders spyros adventure figurines by jin saotome

In case you’re not familiar with the game, Skylanders is a hack-and-slash game with a Pókemon twist – to play the game, you need at least one figurine. Aside from looking great, a figurine stores the data for its virtual counterpart. Each copy of Skylanders comes with a complementary “portal” accessory that connects to consoles via USB. Place a figurine on the portal to make the character appear in the game. Did I mention there are 32 figurines to collect? I can hear your wallet weeping, Mom and Dad.

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Kids can exercise their imagination even further by playing with the figurines themselves. The thing is, the vanilla figurines are statues – highly detailed but static. But by adding parts from other action figures, master toy modder Jin Saotome was able to make three Skylander figures moveable. Their neck, shoulders, waist, elbows, hips, and knees are fully articulated, plus they can be taken out of their base.

Jin already put the modded Chop-Chop figurine up for sale on eBay; Prism Brake and Drobot will probably be there soon as well. As of this writing the highest bid for Chop-Chop is $32.60 (USD); that’s four times the price of the stock figurine, but I think it’s worth it. I’m not sure if Jin will mod more Skylanders figurines, but you can drop him a message for more info or custom orders.

[Jin’s Dangerous Toys via Destructoid]

Comments (4):

  1. pip says:

    Its one thing to pirate software/hacks and distribute it gratis – quite another to profit from a hack – sort of goes against the “rules”

  2. Lord B0unty says:

    This isn’t a software hack, it’s a hardware one. The RFID token is untouched, but the plastic housing around it has been ‘upgraded’. Kinda like buying a $5 USB flash drive, and installing it into a transformer. The Drive is still just a drive, but it’s so much cooler to play with now.

  3. ETmaster says:

    I would love to have movable Skylanders. Unfortunately, I don’t the think I can afford a $32 character. I might be more willing to buy one if I could get it at a lower price and I could get a custom paint job. That would be extremely cool, and I would definitely get one.

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