TOYS-TO-LIFE is a video game feature using physical figurines or
action figures to interact within the game. These toys use a near
field communication (NFC), radio frequency identification (RFID), or
image recognition data protocol to determine the individual figurine's
proximity, and save a player's progress data to a storage medium
located within that piece. It is one of the most lucrative branches
of the video game industry, with the
Skylanders franchise alone
selling more than $3 billion worth over the course of four years.
Toys-to-life games generally use a third-person camera view, and have
in-game power-up figurines.
Toys-to-life games generally have an
accompanying portal device that is used to "transport" the figurine's
character and associated player data into the game. The figurines can
be transferred from each game in the franchise, possibly resetting
with every different installment.
* 1 On-going
Lego Dimensions (2015-present)
* 1.4 Lightseekers Awakening (2017-present)
* 2 Discontinued
U.B. Funkeys (2007-2010)
Disney Infinity (2013-2016)
* 2.3 Disney
* 2.4 "Hero Plug And Play" (2015-2016)
Sick Bricks (2015)
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Skylanders (2011) is one of the most successful early games of this
genre. Since its first release, each year has seen a new installment
in the series, totaling six as of 2016 . Each game has its own portal
device and a different take on the premise than past games. They star
the Skylander heroes and the evil antagonist Kaos. All current
figurines are compatible with its most recent installment, Skylanders:
Imaginators (2016). There will be no
Skylanders game in 2017.
Amiibo (2014) is a toys-to-life platform primarily based on Nintendo
properties and characters, as well some third-party non-Nintendo
characters like Pac-Man , Mega Man ,
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog , Ryu and
Cloud Strife that have appeared in
Nintendo games. Launching in 2014
Nintendo has since also deployed Amiibo-compatible
playing cards, with plans for other media in the future. Unlike most
other toys-to-life series,
Amiibo does not have games dedicated
exclusively to the use of the toys, but the characters are used
Amiibo toys can save players'
progress data and information per game. They have even released plush
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* ^ Blackburn, John (2016-05-10). "An Update on Disney Infinity"
The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company . Retrieved 2016-05-10.