Citing data from the NPD Group, Activision announced today that total sales of the Skylanders franchise — which includes the original Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, last year’s Skylanders Giants, and all their accessory packs and figures — have surpassed $500 million in retail sales in the U.S. alone. Additionally, between January and November 2012 Skylanders figures were the best-selling toy in the country and outperformed brands such as WWE and Star Wars.
$195 million of the total sales were credited to the Skylanders Giants game (ranked 8th on the December 2012 NPD top 10 chart) and its associated accessory packs and figures. Making that sales feat even more impressive is the fact that all of that merchandise hit retailers less than three months ago.
With two straight years of successful releases it will be interesting to see how Activision handles the future of the Skylanders brand. Developing an initial hit is one thing, keeping it alive and growing is often a whole other ballgame.
Full press release below:
Skylanders Franchise Reaches More Than $500 Million in U.S. Retail Sales
Skylanders Giants U.S. Sales Surpass Domestic Holiday Box Office for Top Kids’ Films
SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that, according to data from the NPD Group, the Skylanders franchise crossed $500 million in retail sales in the U.S., inclusive of accessory packs and figures, and reached this milestone faster than any other kids’ gaming property. Additionally, together Skylanders Giants™ and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® figures have outsold the top action figure lines in the toy category in the U.S., outselling such popular toy lines as Beyblades, WWE and Star Wars.1
Skylanders Giants, the sequel to Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure — the #1 best-selling kids’ game of 20112 — generated more than $195 million in U.S. sales, inclusive of accessory packs and figures, in 2012.3 Additionally, Skylanders Giants eclipsed domestic box office sales for each of the top holiday kids’ feature films including “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Rise of the Guardians” in 2012.4
“Just a year ago, the concept of bringing toys to life in a virtual world was an untested play pattern that Activision and Toys For Bob believed in. Now the category has been established in the market and embraced by parents and kids everywhere,” said Joshua Taub, Vice President, Product Management, Activision Publishing. “We’re humbled by the continued support and acclaim from parents, kids and critics alike, but more importantly, it’s gratifying to see kids excited about the adventures that await them both in the digital and physical worlds.”
In addition to achieving critical acclaim, Skylanders Giants was awarded the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, the National Parenting Publications Awards and the Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval, among others. The game was also featured in coveted “hot holiday gift” lists including the 2012 Toys”R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List, the Toy Insider’s “Hot 20 Toys for the Holidays,” and Time to Play’s “Holiday 2012 Most Wanted List.” Skylanders Giants is also nominated in four categories for the coveted Toy Industry Association “2013 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards” to be announced on February 9 in New York City, including “E-connected Toy of the Year,” “Boy Toy of the Year,” “Property of the Year,” and “Game of The Year.”
The franchise is supported by a robust licensing program that includes more than 120 licensees worldwide in categories including Plush, Apparel, Home Décor, Bed and Bath, Party Goods, Board Games and Back to School, among others.
“Even before the concept was fully formed, we were immediately taken with the charm and magic behind the Skylanders property and following the highly successful introduction of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures, we knew that Skylanders Giants would be a top-seller in 2012,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “We believe that Skylanders is one of the most innovative and exciting toy properties to hit the market and are thrilled to continue our strong support of the brand.”
Skylanders Giants is developed by Toys For Bob, an Activision studio located in Novato, California. Skylanders Giants is rated Everyone 10+ by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.skylanders.com.
1 According to The NPD Group Data from January through November 2012
2 According to The NPD Group, Gfk Charttrack, and internal estimates.
3 According to The NPD Group
4 According to boxofficemojo.com