Review Excerpt: Big news for little kids. Sixteen new plastic Skylander figurines have been released for Fall 2012, and eight of them are Giant-sized, with “Giant” being about as big as a child’s hand. In case you’ve not yet heard of Skylanders, here’s how they work. The idea is to combine a set of collectable plastic figurines with a well-designed, easy to play video game adventure that has roots in the Spyro franchise. The starter pack (called the “Portal Pack”) costs $60 and includes one Skylander; the more expensive Starter Pack goes for $75 and includes four characters plus the portal. All of the Skylanders can work with the related Spyro video game and “Portal of Power” peripheral (a light-up stage that acts like an additional game controller). The Portal is required so that your players can interact with the game. Subscribers, please log into our database using your password to read the full review along with our rating, and see why this received our Editor’s Choice Award.