Skylanders FRANCHISE REACHES MORE THAN $500 MILLION IN U.S. RETAIL SALES
January 11, 2013

Skylanders Giants U.S. Sales Surpass Domestic Holiday Box Office for Top Kids’ Films

 

Santa Monica, CA – January 11, 2013 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that, according to data from the NPD Group, the Skylanders franchise crossed $500 million in retail sales in the U.S., inclusive of accessory packs and figures, and reached this milestone faster than any other kids’ gaming property. Additionally, together Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure figures have outsold the top action figure lines in the toy category in the U.S., outselling such popular toy lines as Beyblades, WWE and Star Wars.¹

 

Skylanders Giants Wii U Starter Pack

Skylanders Giants, the sequel to Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure – the #1 best-selling kids’ game of 20112 – generated more than $195 million in U.S. sales, inclusive of accessory packs and figures, in 2012.3   Additionally, Skylanders Giants eclipsed domestic box office sales for each of the top holiday kids feature films including “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Rise of the Guardians” in 2012.4

“Just a year ago, the concept of bringing toys to life in a virtual world was an untested play pattern that Activision and Toys For Bob believed in.  Now the category has been established in the market and embraced by parents and kids everywhere,” said John Coyne, Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Activision Publishing.  “We’re humbled by the continued support and acclaim from parents, kids and critics alike, but more importantly, it’s gratifying to see kids excited about the adventures that await them both in the digital and physical worlds.”

In addition to achieving critical acclaim, Skylanders Giants was awarded the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, the National Parenting Publications Awards and the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval, among others.  The game was also featured in coveted “hot holiday gift” lists including the 2012 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List, the Toy Insider’s “Hot 20 Toys for the Holidays”, and Time to Play’s “Holiday 2012 Most Wanted List”. Skylanders Giants is also nominated in four categories for the coveted Toy Industry Association “2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards” to be announced on February 9 in New York City,  including “E-connected Toy of the Year”, “Boy Toy of the Year”, “Property of the Year”, “Game of The Year”.

The franchise is supported by a robust licensing program that includes more than 120 licensees worldwide in categories including Plush, Apparel, Home Décor, Bed and Bath, Party Goods, Board Games and Back to School, among others.

“Even before the concept was fully formed, we were immediately taken with the charm and magic behind the Skylanders property and following the highly successful introduction of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures, we knew that Skylanders Giants would be a top-seller in 2012,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We believe that Skylanders is one of the most innovative and exciting toy properties to hit the market and are thrilled to continue our strong support of the brand.”

Skylanders Giantsis developed by Toys For Bob, an Activision studio located in Novato, California. Skylanders Giantsis rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.skylanders.com

¹ According to The NPD Group Data from January through November 2012

² According to The NPD Group, Gfk Charttrack, and internal estimates.

3 According to The NPD Group

4 According to boxofficemojo.com

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.

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SKYLANDERS GIANTS is a trademark, and SKYLANDERS SPYRO’S ADVENTURE, and ACTIVISION are registered trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc.

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Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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