Gift Tip: The Hottest Selling Accessories for Video Gamers are Toys-to-Life

Disney Infinity FigurinesAccording to data trackers, this year’s hottest video game accessories belong to the toys-to-life department, which has spawned favorites, such as Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity 2.0. Last year, Nintendo’s Amiibo line also demonstrated impressive sales and revenue. And, very soon, another heavy hitter in the video game world will join in the action. Interestingly, these accessories are not only a hit amongst the kids, but adults also like to collect them. Below you learn a little bit about toys-to-life, and the newest kid to hit the block:

What are Toys-to-Life?

If you have a youth who plays video games, you might already be familiar with Skylanders or Disney Infinity. They’re probably yearning to add new figurines to their collection, which include Disney, Pixar, DC Comics and Marvel Comic characters.

Skylanders FigurinesToys-to-life video games use specialized devices that attach to the gaming system, and transport the characteristics, special powers, and personalities synchronized with the character figurines when placed on the device, sometimes referred to as a ‘portal.’ These collectible figurines then become a playable character within their respective games.

The two most popular video game franchises utilizing the toy-to-life model are:

Skylanders: Debuting in 2011, the Skylanders franchise is an action-adventure, role-playing game with four installments altogether. The first, Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure, introduces players to the escapades of fantasy-like creatures with special powers. Skylanders Giants and Skylanders Swap Force, and Trap Team followed. In September 2015, we can expect the release of Skylanders: SuperChargers, which is sure to make the Christmas lists of fans.

Skylanders Video Game

Disney Infinity: The Starter Pack figurines for Disney Infinity (released in 2013) featured the likes of Captain Jack Sparrow, Mr. Incredible, and James P. Sullivan “Sulley”, which were compatible with various figures and playsets. Additional accessories are sold separately as single figurines or in special packs, such as Cars, the Lone Ranger, Tangled, Frozen, and Wreck-It-Ralph. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes was the second installment with a starter pack that contained figures of Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. Disney Infinity 3.0 is slated for a 2015 release, and will feature characters from the Star Wars universe and Iron Man Hulkbuster.

Disney Infinity Starter KitAnd now, another franchise is sure to make waves in the gaming industry…

LEGO Dimensions

Introducing LEGO Dimensions

Slated for release in September 2015, LEGO Dimensions is the first time gamers will be able to play with a variety of their favorite characters in the same adventure – all hailing from different ‘universes’. This active-adventure game will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Following in the footsteps of Skylanders and Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions will incorporate toy figurines that correlate to the actions of the game. Sure to be a hit with LEGO fans, this might turn into one of the hottest toys for this Christmas.

LEGO Dimensions has its own starter pack with additional add-on packs for fun, team, and level set to be released during the launch day, and throughout the rest of the year and into 2016.

The starter pack for LEGO Dimensions will include a:

  • Lego Dimensions Video Game
  • LEGO Toy Pad
  • Bricks to build the LEGO Gateway
  • Batmobile
  • Batman (from DC Comics)
  • Gandalf (from the Lord of the Rings)
  • Wyldstyle (from the Lego Movie)

You’ll get a chance to collect and/or gift characters that represent the likes of The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo, Jurassic World, DC Comics (like Harley Quinn and the Joker), Lord of the Rings, Lego Ninjago, and the Wizard of Oz.

LEGO Dimensions - DC Comics Harley Quinn and the Joker

Do you know any fans of Skylanders, Disney Infinity or LEGO?


About Yona Williams

In addition to being a freelance writer, foodie, art lover and book hoarder, Yona also enjoys researching and sharing the many different ways one can surprise or amaze loved ones with unique and unexpected gift ideas.

34 comments on “Gift Tip: The Hottest Selling Accessories for Video Gamers are Toys-to-Life

  1. We love playing games at our house. Dance party!!!

  2. Thanks for sharing these! I’m going to go ahead and add them to my holiday gifts or birthday Party gift ideas. They seem very cool.

  3. These are very popular at my friends house. Her son collects them all.

  4. I have heard of these before and my nephew collects them. My niece has two younger kids that would love the LEGO Dimensions. I think these are so neat for kids. Thanks for sharing.

  5. We have both Disney Infinity and Skylanders but I’ve never heard of the Lego kit. I’ll have to check it out.

  6. My sons love these games and we have pre-ordered all 3 of these.

  7. Yes one of my sons is really into Skylanders. Every holiday or birthday he asks for Skylanders toys.

  8. These look like some great gifts for kids who play video games. Kiddo isn’t much of a gamer. We’re a bit old fashioned with books, outside play and board games.

  9. My son would love anything to do with LEGO! :)

  10. I wish they had those when I was a kid. These look awesome.

  11. My son is still too young for this but I can only imagine when he starts to get more interested in these!

  12. My kiddo is all about LEGOS right now! We just got him his first set.

  13. we love skylanders and legos here. I’ll be looking for these as Christmas presents this year because I know they’d love them.

  14. Ooooo these toys look great!!! What kiddo wouldn’t totally love a sky lander toy for a birthday or Christmas present?!

  15. My son and daughter are big gamers and we got them the Skylanders and Disney packs. They got bored with them very quickly.

  16. My 7 yr old is a Skylanders fan. He loves most of what you have on the list, actually. :)

  17. I am so over these toys, my son has two kinds of Skylanders. There are a million and one of these little pieces all over the place. He loves them though and is always asking for more.

  18. My kids love toys like these. They make great gifts too.

  19. Christmas came early for boys! I can see myself giving my nephew a few of these toys!

  20. Interesting! Thanks for giving me a name for these — two of my piano students had some Lego ones here yesterday!

  21. Video games are all the rage now. They do make wonderful gifts.

  22. I have never heard of Toys-to-Life as I am not up on video games, but I would consider getting this for my nephew for Christmas.

  23. My brother is collecting these toys. His birthday is coming up, I’ll get him a set of Skylanders.

  24. I always love seeing what the hottest toys are! My nieces and nephews love that I always pick what they are excited about to give them as presents!

  25. this is a great gift for kids… christmas is coming up soon, it should be on my list

  26. My son used to play with LEGO but he missed the Skylanders phase since he was a little too old for it when it came out. These would be great for kids who are into these though!

  27. My son loves Skylanders and has the whole set. I’m going to have to look into more of these for him as he really seems to enjoy them.

  28. My nieces and nephews all play Skylanders and Disney Infinity. The new Lego game sound like it’s right up their alley!

  29. All of my grandkids are big fans of these games, so I’ll know they will love the accessories. I’m putting this on my gift giving list.

  30. My daughter loves her Disney Infinity characters. Every time a new one comes out she asks for it!

  31. I think these types of games are the coolest. Even though you have to pay for every character, it’s so worth it.

  32. Lego Dimensions looks great! My kids love these types of games, and they’re all about Legos.

  33. This is awesome to know. My oldest has recently become a HUGE gamer. So I know when his Birthday rolls around in September, I’ll be armed now to get him what he wants!

  34. This would be great to give as Christmas gifts for kids. My son already put Lego on the list,

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