Skyanders tour kicks-off in Birmingham
FANS in Birmingham were the first in Europe to get a glimpse of the latest version of smash hit video game Skylanders at the weekend.
The Skylanders Arena tour kicked off at the city's Bullring centre on Saturday, with the highlight for many being the chance to get some hands-on game time with the eagerly anticipated Skylanders Giants.
Due for release in October, Giants is the second installment of the Skylanders game saga, following hot on the heels Spyro's Adventure - which has been one of the gaming sensations of the last year for youngsters.
The title character and his quirky sidekicks, including Eruptor, Trigger Happy and Gill Grunt, leap into the onscreen game from the Portal of Power on a mission to save their mystical world.
As well as the chance to play the new game on a giant screen and go head-to-head with other gamers, visitors at the Birmingham event had the chance to play the original game on Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo Wii consoles, be photographed with their favourite characters thanks to the magic of movie-style 'green screen' technology and win prizes in a variety of Skylanders-themed games.
There was also free body art and goody bags at the free-to-enter event.
After kicking off at the Bullring the tour will head to London before heading out all over Europe throughout September.
Skylanders fan Rory Gibson, aged seven, from Halesowen, said: "Getting to have a go on Skylanders Giants on the big screen was wicked!"
Eight-year-old sister Millie added: "It was fun having my picture taken in front of a blank background and then choosing a Skylander to appear in the photo with me."