Toy Fair 2012: What’s Shiny and Purple and Possibly Yours? (Hint: Skylanders)

by Amy Kraft on February 15, 2012

As with last year’s Toy Fair, one of the things I’m most excited about is Activision’s Skylanders. Of course, last year I was just getting my first look. This year Olive and I have been playing and loving it, and are clamoring to hear what’s new. If you haven’t heard, the news is Skylanders: Giants. These new figures are twice the size of regular Skylanders, they glow when placed on the portal, and they add a whole new dimension to gameplay. (Check out my post on GeekMom for more detail on the gameplay.)

One of the things I’ve been hearing about is supply not meeting demand when it comes to the toys. Sounds like Activision has been ramping up production, and some of the stores that carry them have begun to set limits. Activision has been falling short on my household’s demand for girl Skylanders, so it was with great delight that we received the Toy-Fair-only limited edition Cynder. I took her home and Olive and I had to immediately start playing with her and her awesome and deadly lightning bolts.

If you’re thinking “Aw, man, I want one, too!” Don’t worry! Activision gave me another one and I’d like to give her to you!

You can enter to win her by doing one or more of the following (with up to three chances to win):

  1. Leave a comment on this post. I’d really like Cynder to go to a good home, so let me know why you feel up to the task of taking her on.
  2. Tweet this: “I really want the limited edition Cynder Skylander from @mediamacaroni”
  3. Like Media Macaroni on Facebook and leave a comment there about Cynder and Skylanders.

I’ll pick a winner at noon on Sunday, 2/26.

I have lots more Toy Fair recapping to do, but in the meantime you can pop over to Facebook and see my ongoing photo album of the show.

Homa February 15, 2012 at 1:30 am

My daughter would love this! She is into dragons & dinosaurs so though the theme would be new to her I think Cynder would be well loved just the same. :)

Calie Romero February 15, 2012 at 1:33 am

What an awesome giveaway! My 8 year old is nuts over Skylanders! We are definately up to the task! My son has determined Cynder is my best chance for playing a level without dying. We would love to have another girl for the game!

margo May 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Cynder has been one Of her favorites too.I have too say.

Dave Gilbert February 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

My kids would love this. We were lucky enough to start collecting them back in October before the Christmas frenzy, but we’ve been unable to find any Wave 3 characters anywhere.

Lee Stafford February 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

Great job on your giveaway, glad you are not scalping this on evilbay. As for why my home would be the best, I have a 12 year old son who is bonkers over Skylanders and Cynder is one of his favorite characters. We have been desperate to find one in the stores and it just not been in the cards so far. :-( I would really love to surprise him with something as special as this TFNY one. That would really make his month! I appreciate your consideration for me in this contest. Thanks. -LS

Travis Craig February 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

My son told me about Skylanders before Christmas and that was all he wanted. I wasn’t sure about it at 1st then talked to a person at Gamestop and i was hooked too. Probably one of the greatest games out now. It was taken Pokemon to the next step. Now for my son and I we go on Skylander hunts. I enjoy looking for them and he enjoys playing them. To have such a rare one would make him just go crazy. I told him about the silver and gold ones but also told him we probably won’t have them for his collection unless we fond them in stores because of prices. It would make him so happy to win this. Plus what kid doesn’t love getting mail. Thanks for giveaway.

margo May 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

My 9 year old daughter is also really crazy about skylanders!We would be so happy to have it!after all she has two thumbs up for it and she loves cynder!

vittorio paul February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

what can i say, cynder has been my daughters favorite. but trying to find one is pretty much impossible. she watches the trailer all the time on the skylanders game and I feel bad that I cannot find her one. All stores are sold out in my area and the prices are out of my range online. I would like to get her one soon, though that is not looking too good as of late.

Charles February 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

My five year old and I have a great time playing Skylanders together, as well as hunting for the elusive creatures in the stores.

chuck February 15, 2012 at 10:07 am

My sons goal is to get as many different skylanders as he can ( which isn’t easy). Cynder is his favorite and purple is my wife’s favorite color – she would fit in just right.

debbie February 15, 2012 at 10:10 am

We would love for her to make her home with us. She is our favorite skylander

chuck February 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

We would love for her to come join my son’s collection. My son’s favorite skylander and my wifes favorite color- a great combination.

Brittany February 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship, and neither of us have any Skylanders in stock at our surrounding suppliers; plus Amazon and eBay have been marking the prices higher and higher, especially for Cynder! We have been on the hunt for her, and if there’s anyone who can take on owning this fierce femme, it’s me! I’ve already established that she’ll be kept in her packaging, since the portal can read the figurines without them being opened, so she’ll be in mint condition in case I decide to give her away someday! I’d love to have the opportunity of owning this shiny-scaled dragoness (so much so that I also liked your FaceBook page and tweeted about the giveaway, too!)

Cassie February 15, 2012 at 11:21 am

We are so excited to even get a chance to win this amazing cynder. My son earns a new skylander about every 4 days or so for doing a great job. These are a great motivator for him :) He saw this one and was like “wow, mommy is that a cynder!” If we win her she will definitely be used and played, not only right now but in the future when my twin boys get older. Thats why I am willing to invest so much time and money into finding these guys, because I know they will get their use in this household.

Well I tweeted, liked the page and left a comment. Thank you so much for giving people an opportunity to win this and own this that never could have had a chace :) Someone is going to be soooo lucky!

Raven February 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I have the skylanders game and I have a cynder, my little 9 year old niece’s birthday is in March, and I asked her what she wants, she wanted Cynder, I have cynder in my team and havent been able to track one down for her, everywhere is always sold out, so I offered to reset my cynder and give it to her, but amazingly being the little angel she is she said no, that it would feel wrong taking mine.

Such a little angel I’d love to get her a special Cynder for her birthday and see the smile on her face.

Lisa February 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I found your website on twitter when hunting for tweets related to Skylander as I’m on a crazed-mission to find a box of any of the characters for my son’s Valentine’s Day Wii game. Who would’ve known it would be so hard to find Skylander characters in retail locations!? Cynder would be a fabulous addition to our limited selection of the three characters that were included in the starter pack. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Jesus February 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I would enjoy to receive this extremely rare Skylander. This may sound a bit insane yay I have not experienced a spyro game. Yeah I know real disappointing I just wish for the opportunity to try thug game out with a bit more insentive to buy it. That and I would enjoy keeping they toy in its great design. It will probably stay in mint condition to and un-opened. I tweeted about this give away and liked you on Facebook.

David Veldhuizen February 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I would love to give this skylander a good home. Skylanders was our favorite game of last year and we still play ever couple of days.

Jon February 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

After picking up the Skylanders games, I’ve been playing it a lot and collecting my favorite figures. One of my favorite Skylanders is Cynder, which I have been unable to locate in-store OR online. This special metallic one would be great to have! I could use it in-game, but also keep her in the packaging to proudly display on one of my shelves, alongside my other Skylanders.

Nikita Hetherington February 15, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I’d love to give this Skylander a good home, bearing in mind that it is one of the characters I need for my collection (I only have around 10 so far, and nowhere in the 12 mile radius I live in doesnt have any, and dont even stock them anymore). Cynder is a fantastic character, I loved the LOS series due to the fact that there was Cynder and Spyro (and both playable) them being playable is this game is great. Skylanders was my favourite game of 2011, I play it with my 3 year old nephew and my 8 year old nephew and they both love it too. Would be fantastic to win one πŸ˜€

Jered M February 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I am a huge video game collector and Skylanders lover, so I would give Cynder a very nice home. :)

Sherri Burnett February 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I Would really LOVE to adopt Cynder. I am a mom of 3 boys that play this game. Along with me. I dont have any skylanders but my boys have them all that I can get. If I get the chance to have her in my home I will take GREAT care of her(as she will be mine to Ill make my boys share her) . Thank you for giving us a chance to have her.

Nikki February 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My sons favorite skylander is cynder!!! he is 5 and loves this game! I showed him the picture of the cynder you are giving away and he went crazy!!! He said that is the most awesome skylander in the whole wide world!!!!! He would really like to win this cynder.

Joshua February 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

OH MY OH MY!!! My boys wanted this so much. I told them no all ready because I though there would be no way. I would love to have this to give them for Easter, You would make the the coolest dad ever. I would for sure make this her perfect home. YOU ROCK!!!

Heidi Vetter February 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

My sons are in love with Skylanders! The figures are sooo difficult to find, Cynder really add to their playing enjoyment. We’d love to win!

Maggie February 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh please please can we give Cynder a good home! My three boys loooove Skylanders and finding any guys where we live is dang near impossible. I’ve been told that there are actually people following the trucks to sell on ebay. Gah! Bonus, my boys just promised that if we win, they’ll actually let ME play! :)

Maggie February 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I tweeted and then I liked too!

Haley February 15, 2012 at 8:16 pm

My 6 year old loves Skylanders! His 7th birthday is coming up and I’d love to be able to give him a rare Skylander. Our money is really tight these days so he hasn’t been able to get any new figures for a while. He is an amazing boy and is very grateful for what he has. It would mean so much to be able to give him something so amazing.

connor February 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

i would lovee to have this cynder, i am definetely up to the task. Not only because cynders my absolute favorite character, but because i had a regular cynder, then lost her right before i was going to go on and get her the soul gem. Also, i am not one of those people who would put it on ebay for a ridiculous price. I dont have high expectations of winning this, but i really hope you consider me. Thanks!

connor February 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm

i tweeted about it

drew February 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

So my son would love this and I think it would be awesome to reward him for doing so well in school. Plus he only has like 6 skylanders now and keeps dying lol.

Grady Hooker February 16, 2012 at 12:10 am

I would love this figure as I can’t afford anything more than the starter pack and want to play more of the game.

Jesse Rench February 16, 2012 at 1:30 am

My son, who is 11, bought Skylanders using his Christmas and birthday money. His birthday is December 27th and we’ve been on the hunt for new Skylanders since then. The great thing about this game is that his two little sisters have gotten very interested as well and they really want to find some of the girl characters so they don’t always have to play with a boy character. Our kids have been playing so well with each other and the Skylanders and I know that they would do a great job taking care of Cynder! My girls would love to have a sparkly, metallic Cynder.

Michael G February 16, 2012 at 2:48 am

Hi! My family and I really enjoy the Skylanders game and cannot wait for the Giants to come out this fall. Living in Canada, the odds of ever seeing this Toy Fair exclusive is about 1 in 35 million (the population of Canada). If this Cynder were to travel here (and we would help with shipping if need be), she would be travelling to the wonderful Okanagan Valley – nestled in a beautiful community with mountains and lakes to roam around in.
Good luck to all!

Miribobs February 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

My two little boys would be sooooo happy, we bought the game for Christmas with pack a and they never turn it off. So through January they played and when I asked my 3 year old what he wanted for his fourth birthday he immediately said skylanders, we talked about it and he said he wanted Cynder and stump smash. We tried everywhere to no avail, my parents tried everywhere to the same end. Eventually his birthday came and went with no skylander present, my mum has ordered some others from amazon but they are still not here, please make a little boy very, very happy xx

Carlos H February 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

It would be great to see Cynder have home with my other 3 Spryo’s that I have from the game. Epecially with the history Cynder has with the Spyro game franchise in the past. My wife loves her and Spyro.

John Kraus February 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

My girls love skylanders and cynder is the only one we can’t find in the stores. I live in the NYC area and it is sold out every where. I know she would be loved and played with every day.

Noah February 16, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Hi I am 9 and my mom said I can try and win the purple cynder on here. i really want her so bad. i dont have a cynder yet and i have all the others i promose to take care of her i will even send you pictures as i level her up. please pick me for her home. thank you so muxh xoxo noah

Steve Huang February 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

First, I think its wonderful that your doing a giveaway on a limited edition Cynder! Cynder has always been my favorite character. I will be very happy if I win. I’m going to give it to my little brother if I win. We’ve been searching for Cynder for about a month now, but no luck. :( He has been saying “Where is Cynder?” I always hit up my local retail stores everyday. I truly do hope I win, so I can give it to my little brother.

Steve Huang February 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I tweeted about the giveaway and like your page on facebook! :) Good luck everyone.

connor February 16, 2012 at 9:15 pm

i just tried looking for a cynder on ebay and the cheapest i can find was 30 dollars, so if i dont win this, im gonna have to order one so i really hope you consider me

Kelley O February 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

My nephew is 8 years old and was watching ebay for this one. Everytime his $12.00 doesn’t make the cut. I can’t believe that this is so expensive and making it so hard to get for the kids that love this game. He has few of the characters and has been trying to save his money to buy this one. This is a single mom home and was lucky enough to at least get the game for christmas. I am still unemployed and really can’t afford to help him out on this. So if you want to give it to a really good grade kid. This is the one. So please please consider him for this one. Thanks his Aunt

Warren February 17, 2012 at 2:01 am

First of thank you for the chance, second please pick my little Warren. He is 7 and thinks skylanders are real lol. He says mom they are frozen in time I have to bring them to life. He even came home from school all upset that his friend said they were just plastic. He would take great care of her and love her for a long time. He is Autistic and collects things. This is he new thing. I dont know how else I will get him one. ( He collected Lighting McQueen for 4 years I am glad we moved onto this now) I am sure whoever wins this will love her but I swear our home would be no different. Good Luck everyone and Congrats to whoever wins!!!

Josh February 17, 2012 at 2:03 am

PLEASE OH PLEASE PICK MY KIDS!!! I will tell you that we will give her a WONDERFUL home.

Grandma Judy February 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

Will you pick me and make me the best grandma in the world for my grandbabies.

Tim Teall February 17, 2012 at 2:56 am

My 9 year old nephew is to little to fly to New York so maybe Cynder can fly to his house to play with him instead.

Jessica Clayton February 17, 2012 at 3:01 am

I am a huge fan of Skylanders. I have been trying to cover every inch of ground in the game. All the dragons are my favorite especially the girls. I love whirlwind, I bought her even before I got the game because I saw she was limited and was afraid that I might miss out but I have not been able to get a Cynder yet. On top of that, Purple is my absolute favorite color. I have some purple highlights in my hair and I even named my bichon-poo Violet. It would really be amazing to win this metallic Cynder.

Tom February 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

My son’s 10th birthday is in March. Please choose us to win Cynder!

Drew Fletcher February 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

My grandkids would love to have this thing. I dont know anytihng about them but they told me they have to have it.

Duke Maddox February 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I would love this! I have been looking for for a cinder like this for a long time. I can give it a great home With all my outer skylanders.

Duke Maddox February 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I have been working very hard to get this. If I don’t win I will be crushed.

connor February 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

i really hope i win. i still havent found my cynder, and i cant pay theese ebay prices. Ill give her a wonderful home. Please consider me, although i dont think i will win :/

connor February 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

i liked media macaroni on facebook, really hope you give me a chance.

Abayomi February 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I really want the limited edition Cynder Skylander for my daughter she has Stealth Elf and Whirlwind, I’m looking for hex for her without any luck. Her and my son have battles and Cynder may help her win a few times against him

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Kim February 18, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’d really love to have Cynder to add to our family Easter basket!

Paul cooper February 18, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I really want the limited edition cinder figure for my son who is 5. We were a bit late on the skylanders craze and have really struggled to find any figures apart from the ones in the starter pack and a few others. He really loves the game and it all he talks about.

Lynn February 19, 2012 at 2:05 am

I would love to be able to see the smile on my kids face when I give this to them. Please pick us for her home. I would love to have her to give to my kids for Easter. I thank you for the opportunity.

Matthew February 19, 2012 at 2:51 am

I have been looking for cynder forever, but could never find one, i would do my best to keep it in Mint condition. Dragons are my favorite mythical Creature. … i can go on and on about it… I would do almost anything.

connor February 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

tweeted about again! Hope i win, really really really want and needd to

Selena February 20, 2012 at 3:27 am

Hi i really love cynder an i really hope i win her because my sis would love it she is like obsessed with cynder i hope win her plzs and if i dont win i gald for who ever got it

LYNN PLEASE READ February 20, 2012 at 5:02 am

I just have a question as I dont know if you read this but there is one of these on ebay with your daughters picture. Either someone stole your picture or are you actually selling one? Was just wondering because I don’t think its right to steal other peoples photos as I was told it was illegal. I am betting that’s what happened. And maybe you can contact ebay and tell them that’s your picture and we can get a scalpers list pulled. I hope I win this I just hate seeing them on ebay when ALOT of children like mine would love it and I was lucky to afford the game in the first place so there is no way I could pay that for one figure.

Amy February 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

Lynn, thank you so much for alerting me to this. I am definitely NOT selling one on eBay, and they did indeed take my photo.

LYNN PLEASE READ February 20, 2012 at 5:02 am
connor February 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

my mom wont let me get another cynder after i lost mine, so really, your my last hope. please conisder me

connor February 20, 2012 at 11:41 pm

i would really hope you consider me for this, i really want a cynder again

Mommy whose kids really want this :) February 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Wow this is so neat looking. I would love for my kids to win this. I have never seen one like it before this post. I hope you pick us we would be a loving home.

Rich February 21, 2012 at 11:48 am

Lynn, I have a little girl in my house that would love to have more female characters to use while playing with her brother. We went to 5 different stores last week looking for characters and each one was sold out of individual characters. I don’t remember it being this tough to find Star Wars figures when I was little. — Rich

Patti Hedrick February 21, 2012 at 3:20 pm

It is with a heavy heart these last few years that I realized that my little girl would not be the hardcore gamer that her momma has always been. I had immediately launched into a great gaming relationship with her older brother and thought she would progress the same. It was not to be. Now I can rejoice! She has been totally enthralled with the Skylanders game we got her brother for the holidays and even says “Hey you wanna go play some more video games!” To get her a girl friendly Skylander of her own would just put it over the top! It would help this poor gamer mom who wandered what she did wrong for so long! :)

Raul February 21, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I really would like to get that Cynder because I wanted to go to the ToyFair for one but couldnt for my birthday because my parents didnt have the money. I also only got 4 skylander, and I would love to have it as part of my family. I would be honored if you would have picked me! :)

connor February 22, 2012 at 12:42 pm

i miss having my cynder and your my only hope of getting one so i hope you consider me

Mermaid February 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Cynder would be so happy with me and my other Skylanders! I have been collecting them from the start, but have not been able to find a Cynder anywhere! If she comes to my house, she will be played with and have a wonderful life!

connor February 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

if i won her she would have a wonderful home and i would always play with her whenever i can, hope ya consider me

Zap February 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

I know I said we got the game for the kids… but after the kids go to bed and the house is nice and quiet we break out the portal and play a little ourselves. There is nothing like playing some fun co-op with your wife. :) She enjoys the dragons so Cynder would be right at home with the rest of the brood.

Zap February 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

Woot!!!! I didn’t know you had a Facebook page, but now I do and now you are liked!!

Ken Proboski February 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Not one, but two, children obsessed with Skylanders. Endlessly trying to upgrade each of the figures. Cynder would be going to a great home. My younger boy asks me everyday if I ordered Cynder online. I keep trying to tell him that there are not too many available. Only the shiny new dragon figure will end his questions. Great game, even for adults. The guidebook not only helps with the game, it is fun to read the backstories of all the characters and how the next cool upgrade will change the figures.

Bob February 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I would love to have this skylander. My favorite one is camo because he uses plants and fruits to destroy enemies. (A great eco-friendly way to kill enemeis while saving the earth) πŸ˜›

Jose February 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I would love to have this, if I knew or lived close to NY it would be mine but I live in the West Coast. Rest assured it would stay in my collection and not on fleabay!!!

Julie February 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm

oh goodness… our boys are both huge skylander fans and with their little sister fast on their heels, a special “girl” skylander would be just the best addition ever for our little skylander crew. Thanks so much for the opportunity!! Good luck to everyone πŸ˜€

Cassie hendricks February 24, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Can’t wait to see what lucky person wins this amazing cynder :)

Sherri February 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Counting down the hours. My boys have a alarm set they are super excited. No matter who wins Thank you so very much for the chance. Her place here is being kept warm πŸ˜›

This Cynders new mom February 26, 2012 at 6:58 am

I would love to adopt this little girl. We would make a amazing home for her. She would be well take care of and shown lots of love. She will get time on the portal everyday. She will be put away when tired and shared evenly between me and my kids. Thank you for the opportunity to take care of this little one.

Cerberus February 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

This special edition Cynder with its metallic purple skin would have a place of honor in my personal collection, sitting between my two gold skylanders. The regal purple and gold color scheme would certainly set my collection apart.

connor February 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

i am sitting on this chair until noon, i really cant wait! hope its me, its my only chance of getting one

Theo May 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hi im Theo I am obsessed with Skylanders I never put them on anything without cleaning the surface of where they are I place all my skylanders on the table and could never leave one behind I dont let anyone touch them and keep them in a clean anti-dust place and they are in perfect shape I would do anything to get that cynder it will be safe for a VERY LONG TIME as well as it not being touched by any child and would only let them if they wash there hands and keep there hands clean I have a little sister who would love to have that cynder so please please please give me the cynder!!

Theo May 31, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I dont wont it anyway theres more people that need it than a nerdy collector πŸ˜€

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