Skylanders Imaginators wish Happy 20th Anniversary to Crash Bandicoot

Happy 20th Crash

Today was a big celebration of the 20th anniversary of Crash Bandicoot. The Skylanders are celebrating because he will be a guest star in the upcoming Skylanders Imaginators. Skylanders Imaginators launches on October 16 in the US and in addition to Crash Bandicoot the game will also have his arch-nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex. There will even be a very special Crash themed level called Thumpin’ Wampa Islands, which pays homage to the original Crash and includes the classic TNT boxes, crabs, hazards, temple ruins, Wumpa Fruit, exploding fruit and more. You can see Crash racing around that level in this video.

The Thumpin’ Wampa Islands level will be available on the PS3 and PS4 starter packs at launch and will be released in a special Adventure Pack for all platforms later this year.

As you know, Skylanders Imaginators offers two fun ways to play:
• Create your own Imaginators with inifinte options using Creation Crystals
• Collect Sensei characters to level up your Imaginators and blow enemies away with powerful Sky Chi attacks

More information about Skylanders Imaginators below.

Skylanders Imaginators Fact Sheet

Portal Masters can unleash their imaginations like never before when Skylanders® Imaginators launches on October 16 in North America! Skylanders Imaginators gives kids the power to create Skylanders and bring them to life for the first time in an all-new adventure with a compelling storyline, puzzles, battles, and a new lineup of heroes and villains.

Since the inception of Skylanders®, kids around the world have imagined their own Skylanders characters. Toys for Bob, the originators of Skylanders and pioneers of Toys-to-Life, is back as the lead development team. Skylanders Imaginators will offer fans more choices than ever before with infinite possibilities to create! Now fans can create their own Skylanders with endless combinations of powers, abilities, catchphrases and much more that deliver hours of replayable fun.

Leading efforts to defeat the Skylanders is Skylands’ most notorious villain Kaos, who is now joining the lineup of Skylanders Sensei characters as a fully-playable toy in Skylanders Imaginators. With Kaos having discovered the power of Mind Magic to create Doomlanders, one of his first creations was none other than a clone of himself! Figuring that no one in the universe, including the Skylanders, could ever stand up to more than one Kaos, he unleashed his clone in his quest to take over Skylands. But to Kaos’ surprise, the clone – also being Kaos – wanted victory for himself! As a result, he fights against his creator, in turn helping the Skylanders in their endeavor to defeat the real Kaos!

Adding to the fun is the return of videogame icons, Crash Bandicoot® and his archnemesis Dr. Neo Cortex – who appear as Senseis guest stars in Skylanders Imaginators! Activision and Vicarious Visions, in collaboration with Toys for Bob is honoring the 20th anniversary of Crash with an all-new Crash Bandicoot inspired level, Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands, that’s steeped in nostalgic Crash gameplay. In Skylanders Imaginators, both Crash Bandicoot (voiced by Jess Harnell) and Dr. Neo Cortex (voiced by Lex Lang) maintain their unique and quirky personalities, as fully playable toys.

In Skylanders Imaginators, a wormhole has opened in Skylands and the great Aku Aku appears! He comes to announce the once in two decades Synchronization Celebration. It is the time when all of the worlds align perfectly. They are having a huge celebration event in the Wumpa Islands and want to invite the Skylanders. Upon arriving, Spyro and Mags discover that Dr. Neo Cortex has created a terrible machine to harness the rhythmic power of the island’s celebration for his newest evil scheme! When the machine goes awry, something occurs that throws the whole party out of sync. Crash must team up with the Skylanders and his old enemy Neo Cortex to restore the celebration before the Wumpa Islands are syncopated right out of existence!

Skylanders Imaginators supports the 300+ character toys from all previous Skylanders games — including Skylanders® SuperChargers, Skylanders® Trap Team, Skylanders® SWAP ForceTM, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure — that kids can enjoy in the real-world and in the virtual game world. As players add new Skylanders to their collection, they expand their in-game experiences.


Create your own Skylander – For the first time, fans can bring their imaginations to life and create their own Skylanders called Skylanders Imaginators. With endless creation options of powers, abilities, catchphrases, appearance and much more, kids can build their very own creations from their imaginations, or use the randomize feature to allow the game to choose parts for them.

Creation CrystalSkylanders Imaginators introduces a new toy type — a Creation Crystal. This vessel allows players to create and transport their unique Skylanders to consoles at anytime, anywhere! Creation Crystals are elementally aligned. Portal Masters can create one character per Creation Crystal.

Meet the Senseis – The Skylanders franchise continues to offer engaging characters that kids love to discover as they play the game. Skylanders Imaginators introduces new guest stars to Skylanders called Senseis. Skylanders Senseis include 20 new characters and 11 former villains, including Kaos and the return of Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex.

Each Sensei is a master of one of 10 powerful Battle Classes (e.g., Knight, Sorcerer, Brawler and more). Being the master of these Battle Classes, only Senseis have the ability to unleash Sky-Chi – the ultimate Battle Class super move. Skylanders Senseis have a master-to-apprentice relationship with newly created Imaginator Skylanders. This is supported in-game through the Sensei unlocking of unique Imaginator weapons, the increase of Imaginator level caps, providing access to special areas in the game, as well as the unlocking of new Secret Techniques for Imaginators of the same class.

New Storyline and Gameplay – Skylanders Imaginators features an all-new adventure-filled, comedic and charming story with fun new characters, as well as returning franchise favorites. The game delivers a diverse and dynamic story-driven gameplay experience, focused on the magic of sparking imagination, inspiration and excitement of kids as they create their own superheroes – all set within a variety of compelling new environments.

Additionally, Skylanders Imaginators will support local co-op multiplayer. Players can place two Creation Crystals or two toys or a combination of the Crystals and toys on the Portal of Power to maximize the fun!

Crash Bandicoot – An all-new Crash Bandicoot-inspired level — Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands — is steeped in nostalgic Crash gameplay. Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands is packed with TNT boxes, crabs, hazards, temple ruins, Wumpa Fruit, exploding crates and more. It also includes special Crash Zones that bring back the classic massive boulder chases from the original Crash games.

The Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands level will be available to players who purchase the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack featuring Crash Bandicoot for PlayStation consoles at launch. The level will then become available to all platforms via purchase of the Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands Adventure pack this holiday.

Returning Core Characters – Skylanders Imaginators also will feature fan-favorite characters, such as Spyro, Stealth Elf, Jet-Vac and Eruptor who make an appearance in the storyline of the game.

Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.

Lead Developer: Toys For Bob

Skylanders Imaginators

Launch Platforms: PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system

Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft

Nintendo Wii U™

Skylanders Imaginators – Featuring Crash Bandicoot

Launch Platforms: Exclusively on PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment

system at launch. The Crash toy will be playable across platforms. This starter Pack includes the Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands level for PlayStation consoles at launch.

Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands

Adventure Pack: Includes Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex as fully playable toys. Available on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as Nintendo Wii U this holiday.

Release Dates: October 16, 2016 (North America), October 14, 2016 (Europe), October 13, 2016 (Australia/New Zealand)

MSRP: $9.99 – Individual Creation Crystals

$14.99 – Individual Sensei toys

$29.99 – Skylanders Imaginators Thumpin’ Wumpa Islands Adventure pack (holiday 2016)

$74.99 – Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack

(includes two Senseis, one Creation Crystal, Portal of Power and the full AAA game and more)

$99.99 – Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack Featuring Crash Bandicoot (includes Crash Bandicoot and Dr. Neo Cortex as playable toys – plus Starter Pack characters, a Creation Crystal, Portal of Power® and the full AAA game)

$99.99 – Dark Edition Starter Pack

ESRB Rating: E10+