Christmas Giveaway 2013: Skylanders SWAP Force Wii U Start Up Kit

by Michelle M

Michelle of Honest & Truly!, a 5 Minutes for Mom contributor, shares her thoughts on Skylanders SWAP Force in this sponsored post.  She was compensated for this article.

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My first video game system was an Atari. The one with a single joystick and just one red button. I am continually amazed at how far video gaming has come – and how fast.  Don’t get me wrong, we loved our Atari and playing it, but the new systems and games like Skylanders SWAP Force takes it to a whole new level of fun and interactivity.

As video games began growing in complexity, our house had a dilemma. We loved playing the game and playing with our friends, but as we beat levels, we were reluctant to start a new game with our friends and preferred to simply keep playing where we’d left off trying to beat a new level, which wasn’t always fun for our friends. When Skylanders was first introduced, one of my favorite parts about it was how it was set up to be played across multiple platforms.  Each character could be taken from the Xbox Kinect at my house and played on the Wii at my friend’s house, and nothing would be lost and it didn’t matter if we had different gaming systems. The game characters were fun with unique personalities, and the wee ones enjoyed playing with them outside the video game, as well.  Skylanders was cemented as a must-have in my mind at that point.

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Now Skylanders has one upped themselves, and the Skylands world is even more amazing.  The 16 new Lightcore™ characters have interchangeable top and bottom halves.  Each character has its own personality and skills, and swapping a top for a bottom creates a whole new character with different abilities.  It opens up all new worlds of creativity and geometrically increases the characters available. The 16 Lightcore™ characters become more than 250 characters through the swapping.  Even better?  If you have previous characters from Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® or Skylanders Giants™, those still work to play Skylanders SWAP Force, so they haven’t become obsolete.

The new characters have new abilities, which means you can explore even more of Skylands than you could before.  The new characters can fly, climb, dig, bounce, and teleport, which takes you places you could never visit before.  In SWAP Force, a group of Skylanders were caught in a volcano eruption on the Cloudbreak Islands.  They were split in half (which is why you can now swap bottom and top halves) and sent to Earth.  While the Skylanders are out of action, Kaos has returned with a new evil plot, and the Skylanders must get back to Cloudbreak to stop him before all of Skylands is destroyed.

Just like in other Skylanders games, there are various play modes that offer different types of gaming depending on who you’re playing with and how you want to play.  In Skylanders SWAP Force, there’s both solo and team survival mode, a rival mode, a battle arena mode, and a ring out mode.  With the game rated E10+ for cartoon violence, it’s a game that just about everyone will enjoy playing.

Skylanders SWAP Force is available on Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS, as well as Xbox and Xbox One, and Playstation 3 and 4.  The starter pack for SWAP Force is just $299.99 and includes a Wii U system, new portal, the video game, 3 Skylanders figures, a character collector poster, 3 sticker sheets with secret codes, and 3 trading cards.  You can also buy individual SWAP Force action figures ($14.99) as well as the core Skylanders action figures ($9.99) that will play on any portal.

Enter to win

One winner will win this amazing prize pack. Use the Giveaway tools form below to enter.

For more giveaways like this one, be sure to click over to the main Christmas Giveaway 2013 post.

Michelle may never stop running around Chicagoland, but she always makes time for the important things in her life – her wee ones, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends – and of course, writing. You can see what she’s up to on her blog Honest & Truly! or on Twitter where she tweets as @HonestAndTruly.



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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1 Sonya Morris November 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

This would make an amazing gift!

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2 Mariaelena Dominguez November 27, 2013 at 9:13 am

My son would be so happy to get this for Christmas!

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3 anne November 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

Wonderful gift. Thanks for this chance.

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4 Theresa J November 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

This is on my sons wishlist

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5 amyc November 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Wow! This is a cool gift idea.

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6 staceyk November 27, 2013 at 6:26 pm

this would be a great gift

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7 Jodi November 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

This would be fun to win!
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8 Lachelle B November 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm

My husband would love to play this WITH the kids!

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9 Jenn M November 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Would be a major gift here with these 2 boys. Sounds like a fun game to play

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10 latanya November 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I would love to play with the Wii U

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11 Michelle November 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

I would love to win this for my son!

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12 Natalie S November 28, 2013 at 1:02 am

This is great! We currently don’t have any type of gaming systems so this would be awesome!

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13 steve weber November 28, 2013 at 1:11 am

my nephew loves Skylanders.. would love to win!

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14 Romario white November 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I would like to win this so I can give it to my brother as a Christmas present

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15 shelly November 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

My son would go nuts over this! Skylanders is on our wish list.
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16 Cassandra Coleman November 28, 2013 at 8:08 pm

would love this for my little cousin.. she is such a great student and really deserves it

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17 KATHY November 29, 2013 at 12:52 am

There are two little boys in my life who would go ballistic were they to get this!

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18 Terra Heck November 29, 2013 at 4:32 am

This would make a great Christmas present for my son. Thanks.
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19 Melissa P. November 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

Skylanders is such a fun game to play. Love it! Thanks!

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20 vickie couturier November 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm

my grandsons love skylanders

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21 Patricia Wojnar Crowley November 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

My nephew loves Skylanders!

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22 Kenia November 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Thanks for the opportunity =]

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23 joey fain November 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm

My girl friends son would love this

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24 Beth W November 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

This is on my oldest son’s wishlist! Thank you :)

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25 Ruth Hill November 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

If I won this, my daughter would go crazy!
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26 richelle bowers November 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

happy holidays! thank you for this giveaway

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27 Ann Barham November 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I would love to win this for my niece.

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28 Lynn Frye November 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Awesome gift for my age boy. Love this! Love the web site too!

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29 Tabathia B November 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm

My daughter would love this

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30 Ashleigh November 30, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Wow this is fantastic!

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31 Meghan Finley December 1, 2013 at 12:29 am

This looks really amazing

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32 Sindy Murray December 1, 2013 at 2:35 am

Good luck to everyone and thank you for this awesome giveaway!

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33 Thomas Murphy December 1, 2013 at 3:08 am

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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34 Jennifer December 1, 2013 at 3:26 am

Thanks for the chance!

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35 Urailak (Fruit Bearer on FB) December 1, 2013 at 5:35 am

I’d love to win this for my boys.
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36 Amanda Sakovitz December 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

thank you for the giveaway!

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37 Debbie Lyon December 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

I think I know several people in my house that would love this!

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38 Dawn Monroe December 1, 2013 at 10:47 am

My kids would flip out if they found this under the tree!

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39 Karen December 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

Great prize pack, thanks.

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40 nicole heinen December 1, 2013 at 12:21 pm

my kids would be bouncing off the walls for this loveeeeeeeeeeeeee

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41 ACMommy3 December 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Now THIS would make someone in my house veryveryveryveryveryvery happy at Christmas! :-D So fun!

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42 LaVonne
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An awesome holiday gift idea!
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43 Emelie Cheramie December 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm

i’d love to win this for my son

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44 Helen December 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

my nephew loves Skylander

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45 Heather Baribeau December 1, 2013 at 2:07 pm

thanks for the chance :)

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46 MommyJenna December 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm

My brothers love Skylanders. What a gift this would be.
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47 Steph December 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

My kids love Skylanders. This new game looks really cool.

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48 meme December 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Me kids wouldn’t know how to act if they got an expensive gift like this for Christmas and with Skylanders too

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49 Jenny December 1, 2013 at 3:42 pm

My daughter and son would both like this. Looks like a fun game!!

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50 Rea Liz December 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My son would love this! Looks fun.

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51 Steve Singer December 1, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I’ve never heard of a Wii U.

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52 Debra Hall December 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

i would love to win this for my grandson

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53 melissa allen December 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

My 11 year old no longer has any game systems and would absolutely love this

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54 Robby Rob December 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

my son keeps asking for this. Great giveaway!

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55 Jessica December 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

My family love the Wii. Thanks for the giveaway!

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56 Jenny December 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm

This would make an amazing gift for my family!

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57 Samantha F December 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Our Wii just quit working. This would be awesome to be able to put under the tree.

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58 Lori Walker December 1, 2013 at 5:31 pm

love skylanders – would love it for my nephew.

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59 Tonya H December 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Looks like fun!
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60 Sarah Burger December 1, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Wow, amazing prize! Our family would love to play together!
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61 Jammie December 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm

My daughter would be tickled if I won!

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62 Jennifer Speed December 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for the awesome giveaway

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63 Carissa December 1, 2013 at 5:56 pm

OMG my son asked for this exactly!!!!

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64 Carissa December 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Oh my son wants one sooooooooo bad (the swap force AND the wii U since our wii broke)

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65 melissaandkeith miller December 1, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Skylanders are great for boys~

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66 barb gary December 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

This looks like a set that would make any child happy.
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67 Daniel M December 1, 2013 at 6:22 pm

my nephew would love it!

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68 karen medlin December 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

This will make a great gift for the family to share. The boys are big fans of the Skylanders and are hoping for a Wii U system for christmas

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69 Michelle C December 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

My kids would be thrilled to find this under the Christmas tree! Thanks for the chance to win!
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70 Nicole Brady December 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm

We don’t have a WiiU but we’ve been talking about whether or not we need to get one. Maybe we’ll win one!
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71 jackie December 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm

My son really wants this!!!

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72 Mary Hampton December 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

My boys would be thrilled to get a set that includes WiiU. It would really make their Christmas.

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73 clarissa December 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

my boys would be ecstatic

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74 Amy Tolley December 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm

OMG!!! wow what a wonderful prize to win thanks for this chance

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75 kathy balman December 1, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for an awesome giveaway! my kids would love this!
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76 June S. December 1, 2013 at 7:16 pm

This would make a very nice Christmas present!

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77 Christina December 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

My nephews would love this!

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78 Cassandra December 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Skylanders is a hit here-this is at the top of the list

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79 Kelly B December 1, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Fabulous set. My kids would love this!

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80 katie k December 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

ooh what a great prize! would love to share with my niece and nephew!

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81 Samantha Place December 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

My son has been begging for a Wii U!

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82 sarahmarie jerome December 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

this make a nice gift for either a boy or girl.. would donate it to toys for tots program here in central vermont

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83 Velvet Hubler December 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Kids would love this

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84 Allison December 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I know a little boy who loves skylanders so much!

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85 Ashley Fryer December 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Thanks for the giveaway!

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86 carol lewis December 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

how fun for son!

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87 destiny December 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

This is awesome! You have no idea how over the moon my son would be for this for xmas! Thanks for the chance it would be amazing to win :)

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88 megan h December 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Would be an awesome gift!!

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89 Jennifer Dunaway December 1, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I would love to win this for my kids. Thanks so much.

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90 Daiva December 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

My son would love it!

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91 chrisgharmon December 1, 2013 at 9:23 pm

This is at the top of my son’s Christmas list!

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92 Sarah December 1, 2013 at 9:25 pm

A whole new system? The kids would love that!
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93 Ashley M December 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Amazing giveaway!! Thank you for a chance to win!!!

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94 Renee G December 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm

This would be a fantastic present for my son.

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95 polly December 1, 2013 at 10:01 pm

you have amazing giveaways…thanks for the chance!

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96 Angela Ash December 1, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Very cool. I’m sure this would many many kids…and adults happy.

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97 Deidre Adams December 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm

U guys ROCK! I Would love to win this for my baby girl.
We THANK YOU so much for this AWESOME OPPORTUNITY.

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98 Sarah Simpson December 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

I love all your awesome giveaways, thank you for the chance!

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99 stephanie December 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm

My husband would love to play this with the kids!

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100 Laura Unger December 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm

My boys would love this! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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101 Sharon O. December 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

My brothers had that original Atari too! Thought it was the greatest thing ever, although they’d never let me play it. Thank you!

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102 Pauline M December 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

This is definitely a game I’ve wanted to try out with my kids!

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103 shirley December 1, 2013 at 10:24 pm

This is on one of the kids, wish list, for when we can spare this much money.

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104 Adele Jones December 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Something my grandson and husband could do together.

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105 esmeralda martinez December 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Love this place

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106 Gina P December 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm

wow, another amazing giveaway!

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107 Rebecca Orr December 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

This would be a lot of fun for my son. Thanks!

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108 Michelle Tucker December 2, 2013 at 12:18 am

Dream win right here. I think I’d be best loved forever. :)

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109 Idaho Jill December 2, 2013 at 12:21 am

this sounds like something my nephews would love!
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110 Melanie K. December 2, 2013 at 12:28 am

We love skylanders. This would make a great Christmas gift for my son.
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111 ashley December 2, 2013 at 12:39 am

This is awesome!!! :)

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112 Tom Lester December 2, 2013 at 12:42 am

Wow what an awesome giveaway!

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113 Leslie L Stanziani December 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

We just got a regular wii (upgraded from a ps2).My 4 kids have been asking to try the skylanders games and asking for a wii u.This would be amazing and something I would not be able to give them.Thank you so much for the chance!

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114 Cristi December 2, 2013 at 1:00 am

My kids have been talking about this! Thanks for the chance!

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115 Buddy Garrett December 2, 2013 at 1:30 am

Our family has always wanted a Wii. Thanks.

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116 paul k December 2, 2013 at 1:32 am

My Nephew would love this game.

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117 Ashley December 2, 2013 at 1:38 am

My son would love this!!! This is pretty awesome!!!! :)

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118 Kathy Pease December 2, 2013 at 2:17 am

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)

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119 michelle b. December 2, 2013 at 2:32 am

this would be an awesome gift
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120 Carol December 2, 2013 at 2:46 am

My grandson would like it.

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121 Christian Alejandro December 2, 2013 at 3:04 am

It’s really cool!

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122 jose benavides December 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

awesome giveaway .. would love to win this

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123 charity dwight December 2, 2013 at 5:10 am

My son would love this

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