We're only a few short days away from the Sunday release of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, Activision's ambitious melding of video game and collectible action figures, two of my favorite things. Let's take a look at five of the 32 plastic heroes taking up arms this weekend.

Having collected action figures since I was old enough to make ridiculous purchases without anyone complaining and having some small connection to proud practice of video game playing, how can I not be at least a little excited about scanning my toys into a grand virtual adventure? Sure, most of the data is already on the disc, but my little plastic friends will remember my adventures no matter where they go, hopping effortlessly from Xbox 360 to Wii to 3DS. I could even take them over to my friends' houses and play, were I thirty years younger with friends that weren't mainly located on the internet.

These babies better hurry up and grow so I can start living vicariously through them.


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