Video game stores everywhere are forced to carry action figures this Sunday, when Activision releases the toy-powered Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. In the meantime, check out what Activision unleashed all over my computer desk today.

What you see here is a dozen carded Skylanders action figures, starter packs for the Wii and Xbox 360 (to test cross-platform functionality), and a starter kit for the 3DS, which includes the exclusive Dark Spyro figure and an entirely different adventure from its console and PC cousins. The starter kits run $69.99 for consoles and 3DS and $59.99 for PC. The figures retail for $7.99 ($19.99 for three-packs), and there are adventure kits that contain a figure and additional game content for $19.99 a piece.

The action figure collector in me is wincing at the prospect of having to open all of these. The kid in me is just a little bit overjoyed.

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