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gregthepeg Sun 11-Nov-12 12:20:33

My ds has the original Skylanders for the Wii and would like to get the new Giants that have been released. I have had a look and am unsure wheather I need to buy a new starter pack or just the booster pack. He already has the portal.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as am looking to get it quite soon.

jojane Sun 11-Nov-12 12:21:41

Will just need the booster pack as starter pack comes with another portal which you don't need.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 11-Nov-12 12:23:48

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ChippyMinton Sun 11-Nov-12 12:24:37

Booster pack.

Although the new portals have a lead to plug into the console so they don't need batteries - hurrah!

ChippyMinton Sun 11-Nov-12 12:25:09

Matilda - get the Giants starter pack with portal.

gregthepeg Sun 11-Nov-12 12:25:57

Thank you, was hoping that was the answer cause its cheaper although to be fair he loves it so not really grudge it.

MaryBS Sun 11-Nov-12 12:31:56

The portal that comes with the Giants starter pack will plug into the wii and not need batteries. I presume your original is like mine and is wireless and eats batteries? In which case, get the starter pack definitely.

gregthepeg Sun 11-Nov-12 12:45:35

Just seen the comments about the starter pack having the wire to connect to the wii. Think I will just get the starter pack as the extra money it costs will stilll be cheaper than having to buy and hunt out all that batteries.

Thanks

myBOYSareBONKERS Sun 11-Nov-12 18:58:16

can buy a charger for the portal from amazon

www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_26?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=skylanders+portal+of+power+battery+pack&sprefix=skylanders+portal+of+power%2Caps%2C151

mumnosbest Sun 11-Nov-12 22:20:51

We just use rechargeable batteries. About £8 for batteries and charger.

WeAllHaveWings Sun 11-Nov-12 22:28:16

We use rechargables too. Prefer it wireless as ds sits quite far back from the Wii and dont like the trailing wire across the floor as he jumps about a lot!

MaryBS Mon 12-Nov-12 08:09:14

I couldn't get rechargeable batteries to work in the portal, it kept telling me it needed new batteries.

mumnosbest Mon 12-Nov-12 09:27:51

We've only got cheap/no brand ones. We do have 2 sets so 1s always charged.

WeAllHaveWings Mon 12-Nov-12 15:40:38

rechargables work in ours too, we've got this charger and extra batteries of same make and type

ProphetOfDoom Mon 12-Nov-12 18:13:23

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MaryBS Mon 12-Nov-12 19:18:31

You can play the game without all the characters, but its useful to have different characters with different "elements", as these will unlock different regions. We borrowed a friends skylanders characters to complete some of the levels.

There is another discussion somewhere on MN about whether to buy original or Giants. But I guess at some point you'll end up with both!

mintchocchick Mon 12-Nov-12 19:28:16

This is new to us too but DS2 who is 7 is desperate for it this Christmas.

If you buy the Giants starter park to begin with, can you then add in the other characters later or as an extra present to play with the giants ( thinking a single character would be ideal for big brother to give)? So do non-giant characters play on the same game/ at same time as the giants? or are they totally different games sets.

Sorry bit clueless!

vodkaanddietirnbru Mon 12-Nov-12 19:36:40

you can buy single giants characters to play on the giants game and there are individual original skylanders characters for use on the original game. I dont know if they are compatible across the games e.g. dont know if giants characters would work on the original game and vice versa

vodkaanddietirnbru Mon 12-Nov-12 19:42:41

from googling it looks like the old spyros adventure stuff will work on the giants game but not the other way round

mintchocchick Mon 12-Nov-12 20:44:36

Thanks! That sounds a bit complicated. So maybe better to get the Giants starter kit and add non-giant characters rather than get the spyros starter set as then the giants can't be added?

vodkaanddietirnbru Mon 12-Nov-12 20:50:55

yes I'd go for the giants kit and then you can add extra giants and/or the spyros characters afterwards.

vodkaanddietirnbru Mon 12-Nov-12 20:52:58

more info here

lazydays2 Mon 12-Nov-12 21:10:02

There seem to be a lot of characters around this year unlike last! We went for another starter pack to get the powered portal, no more tears when we've no batteries charged! Giants is a shorter game than the original, my boy finished it in a weekend! The official guide has proved a massive hit, he reads it most days.

MaryBS Tue 13-Nov-12 09:05:30

OFFER

Just seen on HOTUKdeals, that Morrisons are selling off Skylanders Starter packs (the original) for £20, if they have any in stock.... worth a look if you are near a Morrisons!

mintchocchick Tue 13-Nov-12 20:49:59

In terms of the individual characters, are there any which stand out as being favourites? I'm thinking of getting the Giants starter pack for me and DH to give DS2 and then suggesting DS1 and maybe my brother gives him an individual character or two. But can't decide which to choose.

So any favourites and how many, if any, extras do you need to make it a good game to play straight off?

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