Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure gets augmented reality action figures

Activision is bringing dragons to life, partnering with toymaker Toys For Bob to launch a line of augmented reality action figures for Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.

The script is being penned by Toy Story‘s Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen, with a score composed by Inception‘s Hans Zimmer, but the real star is the planned “line of highly collectible characters.” Each possesses different element-based abilities, allowing access to hidden areas, optional puzzles and rare treasures in the gameworld. They’re like little plastic Pokemon. And you’re gonna want to catch ’em all.

Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure will include a “portal” mat upon which players can place one of 32 toys modeled after the game’s characters, including the titular purple dragon Spyro. The individual character’s internal memory will record all the skills, gold and experience earned in-game, allowing players to instantly import their leveled-up characters into their friend’s games for cooperative and competitive play across all platforms — Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Nintendo 3DS and PC.

It’s even making the jump to mobile phones and the interwebs, effectively cutting off all avenues of escape from the inevitable Skylander toy trading mania. I think Activision’s target market for this game skews a little younger than my 30+ years, but that’s not going to stop me from training the most fierce Flameslinger in the Skylands. Watch your backs fourth and fifth graders, ’cause Mr. Muy Caliente is going to wreck your world.