Activision has released new details on the set of new characters planned for Skylanders: Giants.

The set includes Giants' brand-new giant-sized characters which light up when placed on the Portal of Power, and a range of new character types.

According to Activision, each character will also be compatible with the original Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure.

Skylanders: Giants is due for release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and iOS later this year.

Tree Rex

Element: Life

Character Type: Giant

Long before the Giants protected Skylands, Tree Rex was a majestic tree living peacefully in the ancient woods. But this tranquil existence came to an end when the Arkeyans built a nearby factory to produce war machines. After years of his soil being poisoned by the magic and tech waste from the factory, he mutated into who he is now - a powerful Giant who will crush anything that threatens the natural order of things.


Element: Air

Character Type: New Skylander

Jet-Vac was the greatest, most daring flying ace in all of Windham. He was given his magical wings when he was young, as was the tradition for all Sky Barons. But when his homeland was raided, he chose to sacrifice his wings to a young mother so she could fly her children to safety. This act of nobility caught the attention of Master Eon, who sought out the young Sky Baron and presented him with a gift - a powerful vacuum device that would allow him to soar through the skies once again. Jet-Vac accepted the gift with gratitude, and now daringly fights evil alongside the other Skylanders.


Element: Undead

Character Type: Series 2

While just an egg, Cynder was stolen by the henchmen of an evil dragon named Malefor and trained to do his bidding. For years, she spread fear throughout the land until she was freed from the grip of the evil dragon. Having shown a desire to fight for good, Master Eon made Cynder a Skylander. But dark powers still flow through her, and despite her commitment to make amends for the past, most Skylanders try to keep a safe distance... just in case.

Prism Break

Element: Earth

Character Type: LightCore Skylander

Prism Break was once a fearsome rock golem who didn't like to be disturbed. Then, an accidental cave-in left him buried underground. One hundred years later, a mining expedition digging for valuable jewels discovered him by chance with a well-placed blow from a pick axe - something Prism Break doesn't talk about. After 100 years of solitude, he found that the pressure of the earth had transformed him emotionally as well as physically, turning his crude rocky arms into incredible gems with powerful energy. Grateful for being free of his earthly prison, Prism Break decided to put his new abilities to good use and dedicated himself to protecting Skylands.


Element: Tech

Character Type: Giant

Long ago, Bouncer was an All-Star Roboto Ball player. His big, lively personality helped popularize the sport, but after taking too many hits to the head, he retired and the sport faded away. Bouncer then became a security-bot in the Crystal Mines. It was there he encountered dozens of Mabu from his Roboto Ball fan club that had been enslaved by the Arkeyans. Not wanting to let his fans down, Bouncer came out of retirement and began shooting at a new goal - defeating the Arkeyan King. Soon after he teamed up with other Giants, and together they became the first Skylanders.

Pop Fizz

Element: Magic

Character Type: New Skylander

Nobody is quite sure who Pop Fizz was before he became an alchemist, least of all Pop Fizz himself. After many years of experimenting with magical potions, his appearance has changed quite significantly. In fact, no one even knows his original color. But it's widely known that he is a little crazy, his experiments are reckless, and the accidents they cause are too numerous to measure. Understandably, he has had a difficult time finding lab partners, or anyone that even wants to be near him. In hopes of making himself more appealing to others, he attempted to create the most effective charm potion ever - but that just turned him into a big, wild, berserker. Or maybe that's just how he saw the potion working in the first place...

Trigger Happy

Element: Tech

Character Type: Series 2

Trigger Happy is more than his name - it's his solution to every problem. Nobody knows from where he came. He just showed up one day in a small village, saving it from a group of terrorizing bandits by blasting gold coins everywhere with his custom-crafted shooters. Similar tales were soon heard from other villages, and his legend quickly grew. Now everyone in all of Skylands knows of the crazy goldslinger that will take down any bad guy... usually without bothering to aim.