The toy Skylanders Figures are the key focal point in the , as they not only allow access to the but also are the means to carry that data around and be shared with others. They are what truly bridges the gap between the home consoles, handheld devices, and even PCs. All figures do have at least one thing in common. All Skylanders of a particular element have an identical base (e.g. all Tech Skylanders are on a pile of gears). Depending upon the kind of figure, the pedestal may be larger, but it is still basically identical. However, not all Skylander figures are the same. Different figures of the same Skylander can have different effects or abilities. As the series progressed, new kinds of figures were released with new abilities.
In the fall of 2011 Activision relased Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. With this release a craze started for gamers and toy collectors of all the Skylander figures. Whether to place in our toy collections or on our portals for gameplay, the quest has begun. Portal Characters is a database that has gathered all the toys to life gaming assets into one single place.
Skylander Figures can belong to multiple groups, though this is usually the case with Variants and Legendary Figures (see below). For example, a variant of that is solid red that was released is both a Variant and a Series 1.
Magic Item figures are the smaller figures that originally came in the Adventure Packs. They are mobile power ups, presumably able to cross over between games to give Skylanders a helping hand. They are smaller than normal Skylander Figures, so they can easily share the space on the portal.