Not tried out the newest members of the Skylanders team on PS3 yet? Here's what you're missing.
What's his story? Smashing rocks, pulverising stones, disintegrating minerals. As long as Crusher has his giant, home-made hammer in his hands and a boulder in his sights, he's happy. However, discovering that the Arkeyan king was melting down rocks to forge weapons of war made him unhappy. Furious, in fact. So, he decided to take his hammer to the Arkeyan robot army instead.
Killer move: The Hammer Daddy attack makes Crusher's hammer morph into the face of his father for increased damage.
What's his story? A star Roboto Ball player in his day, Bouncer got bashed on the head one too many times and had to retire. Working as a security bot in the crystal mines, he encountered a group of his biggest fans enslaved by the evil Arkeyans – and so, not wanting to let his supporters down, he joined the Skylanders and turned his lasers towards the Arkeyan king.
Killer move: Bouncer's Fists of Destruction skill launches rocket-powered punches at enemies.
What's his story? Growing up as a member of an insect royal family some 9,000 bees strong, Swarm was never allowed outside of his teeming hive. But when he grew far bigger than his siblings, he had no choice but to leave his colony for the world beyond – where his strength would cause a real buzz among the Giants.
Killer move: In his powerful special form, the Bee Cleaver lets Swarm brandish a giant axe.
What's his story? Once living in a peaceful, majestic forest, Tree Rex became a fearsome warrior after his soil was poisoned by a nearby Arkeyan war factory. Determined to protect Skylands against anything that threatens nature, Tree Rex's bark is definitely stronger than his bite.
Killer move: Tree Rex's Sun Skewer is a powerful photosynthesis cannon that vaporises enemies.
What's his story? When this short-tempered fire giant accidentally discovered some magical oil, the results were explosive – so much so that a small island was obliterated as Hot Head tried to cool off in the ocean. Now, with an endless supply of fuel, he's ready to torch anything that gets in his way.
Killer move: Hot With a Chance of Meteors, a deadly shower of huge space rocks.
What's his story? A former sailor aboard the most feared pirate ship in Skylands, Thumpback actually preferred fishing to raiding. But the catch that got away – the Leviathan Cloud Crab – ended up taking him with it, although it would help Thumpback become a mighty Giant.
Killer move: Thumpback's Ultimate Anchor is a heavy-hitting iron weight.
What's his story? After a staring contest between a headless giant (with no eyes) and a flying eyeball (with no eyelid) lasted a hundred years, the two decided to join forces and become one of the most formidable warriors in Skylands.
Killer move: The Bouncy Bouncy ability, which launches an explosive eyeball at enemies.
What's her story? Trapped in a bottle by a jealous sorceress, Ninjini somehow managed to perfect her dual sword technique within the confines of her tiny prison. Her strength continued to grow until she was finally able to break free and join the Giants, helping those in need and carrying a shard of the bottle with her as a symbol of resilience.
Killer move: Ultimate Wishblade, a whirling attack which deals critical damage.
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