The Top 4 Skylanders Characters

Wired’s GEEK DAD has done his research! And with everything he’s done, he’s managed to take the 30+ Skylanders, rank them and find the Top 4– and the reasons they’re the ultimate characters.

Now that Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure is out the big debate is which characters are the best to collect. My family each has a different approach to this. The kids want the ones that have the best weapons, I’m after a collection that grants access to all areas in the game and my wife seems to be drawn to the characters that look the best.

While you can complete the game with the three you get in the starter box, there are another 29 to choose from that not only unlock new areas but offer unique attacks and power ups. I’ve been trawling through the various stat lists with a fellow blogger (Steph Flemming) and have put together this Skylanders Character List. It gives a breakdown of the different characters benefits and shortcomings.

If you are looking for the highest ranking characters in terms of stats, here are the top four:

Ignitor (max strength)
Stealth Elf (max agility)
Chop-Chop (max armor)
Trigger Happy (max luck)

Grab ’em NOW!

NECA Cult Classics: The ICONIC Series

For a film to go from mere cult hit to a true cult classic, it doesn’t have to win any popularity contests, nor does it have to creep its way into the mainstream. Rather, the test that will determine the films that can call themselves true “cult classics” is the test of time. In ten years, will its fans still embrace it with the same fervour? Twenty years? Thirty? Films like Evil Dead, Gremlins, Flash Gordon and a host of others seemed to already have cemented their place in the annals of cult film history, but we can look forward to a future of many more fringe movies kept alive by fans.

And of course, when fans want to keep something alive, it isn’t only the production and distribution companies that respond: the toy-makers get involved, too! Which means that action figure lines like NECA’s Cult Classic collection probably won’t be slowing down anytime soon!

So far, they’ve already released more than eight sets of toys, ranging from characters like American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman and Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter to Die Hard’s John McClane and the eponymous Shaun of the Dead. But now, over at, you can find the latest sets of toys, plus a brand new series available for pre-order!

The new group of figures is known as “The Iconic Series” and for good reason: here are five characters who have not only withstood the test of time, but have become a part of a lexicon beyond that of film students or superfans. Even those less than crazy about non-mainstream film will definitely be familiar with these five: a Gremlin (Brain), Hellraiser’s Pinhead, Halloween’s Michael Myers, Beetlejuice and The Crow’s Eric Draven. For those merely seeking their favourite, these 6-inch figures can be purchased individually, but collectors can also pick ’em up as a set. Just click the link below to take a look!