As I have discussed before, I don’t try to cover every piece of Amiibo news that comes out, but since this news item took me by surprise and poses an interesting question for Amiibo collectors, I thought it was worth discussing.
The Donkey Kong and Bowser Skylanders that were released a few months ago as Skylanders Starter Packs (which comes with everything you need to play the game and are more expensive than just standalone figures) are being re-released as solo figures for considerably cheaper than the Starter Packs. Each pack comes with the character and their vehicle and they retail for $25 each. This is quite expensive still, but since you’re getting two figures essentially for that price, it seems fair. If you don’t already have these figures and you don’t buy them as part of a Starter Pack, their usefulness is pretty limited and that leads me to think Nintendo and Activision are releasing these in the hopes that Amiibo collectors will pick them up at the lower price point just to have them in their collection.
I was skeptical of these crossover figures for a couple of reasons. The first is that I cannot afford and do not want to get into another “Toys to Life” video game and if I did, it would not be Skylanders, and instead would probably be Lego Dimensions or Disney Infinity. So that made buying a Starter Pack not appealing to me. The other issue is that these figures are meant to fit into Skylanders and do not have a Nintendo feel. I think the figure quality is at least different, if not inferior to Amiibo too. With that said, the Skylanders definitely offer something completely different than Amiibo which is great and I could see many collectors picking up the standalone sets, especially if they really like Bowser or Donkey Kong.
What do you think of the Skylanders Amiibo? Do they already have a place in your collection? Are they worth the price to you? Let us know in the comments section!