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‘Skylanders Giants’ announced

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Skylanders Giants (Activision)

Bad news for parents who are having trouble tracking down those suddenly elusive Skylanders toys: the problem is about to get a lot bigger.

Activision unveiled Skylanders Giants at the International Toy Fair in New York on Tuesday, bringing more figurines and a new video game adventure to fans of the franchise.

And those fans are legion. According to the NPD group, last year's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure -- with its associated action figures -- was the top new children's property of 2011. More telling? A glance at empty retail shelves, which have been picked clean of the collectible little devils since their arrival last holiday season.

Skylanders Giants features an entirely new in-game adventure while unleashing over 20 new collectible toys to drive your kids clinically insane.  Eight of those will be 'Giant' characters, which stand twice as tall as the standard figures and boast similarly beefed-up in-game skills and abilities. And don't worry -- all the toys you already bought will work just fine in the new game.

It's due out this fall. Check out the hefty trailer:

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