Skylanders Thumpback is one of the new Giant characters from the hugely popular Skylanders Giants video game. Last year, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure became one of the most popular video games for kids, successfully combining a video game with real world toys. This year’s follow up,Skylanders Giants seems to have taken the Skylanders franchise to a new level!
Skylanders Giants introduced actual Giant Skylanders for the first time. These toys are about twice the size of regular figures. The Giants also feature LightCore technology, this causes them to light up when placed on or near the Portal of Power (the Portal of Power is the interface that links the toys with the video game). There are eight Giant Skylanders in all, one for each of the 8 Skylanders Elements. These elements are Air, Life, Undead, Magic, Earth, Water, Fire and Tech.
So far, only 5 of the Giants have been released. These are Tree Rex (a Life type), Swarm (an Air type), Hot Head (a Fire type), Bouncer (a Tech Type) and Crusher (an Earth type). The 3 remaining characters are Ninjini (a magic type), Eye-Brawl (an Undead type) and Thumpback (a Water Type).
Thumpback has featured in many of the Skylanders Giants commercials, and as a result is many fans are desperate to know when this figure will be released. Activision, typically release Skylanders figures in a number of waves. So far two waves of Skylanders have been released, but we have no idea when the next one will arrive in stores or online. Thumpback is a distinctive character, with a whale like appearance. He carries some sort of anchor on a chain, as his weapon. I would guess that when placed on the Portal of Power he will glow with a blue light. Belonging to the Water element, Thumpback will use the power of water to help defeat enemies. Watching videos of Thumpback game play, you can easily see how his Giant brute force would be useful in the game, as he is able to lift and throw rocks, as well as lashing out with his enormous anchor.
The back story to Thumpback is that he used to be a pirate on a ship called the Pirate Tide. However, his main love was fishing rather than pirating. Whilst trying to catch an elusive creature, the Leviathan Cloud Crab, he lost his balance and was lost overboard. Thumpback then gave up being a pirate, and joined the Skylanders.