Skylanders: Swap Force has been a runaway success that attracts gamers from multiple genres to the world of Skylands. What started as a mere adventure for Spyro and company has become a phenomenon like no one could have predicted. Whether you’re gaming on the go with Nintendo 3DS or enjoying some co-op at home on the Nintendo Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii- it’s an experience that’s not to be missed. If you’re trying to make some decisions on who to invest in for your army of champions, then this is your big chance!
Now gamers have to make some tough decisions on just who is worth buying. You can pick up a Skylander for between $8-$10 and the starter packs are bundled with three already. Which figures are worth your cash? If you find yourself unsure of who to invest in, look no further. This time we’ll be taking a look at a Wind Skylander. Does Jet-Vac soar over the competition or crash and burn?
Light Core Jet-Vac
The Light Core variations are bittersweet for many Skylander fans. The light up figures are very impressive- both visually and in terms of efficiency. They light up beautifully and require no batteries- only a slight charge from the Portal of Power. So why are they bittersweet? Light Core versions of series 1 Skylanders feature none of the benefits of the series 2 reposes.
For those unfamiliar with S2 additions, that means no switching upgrade paths, no Wow Power, and no competitive advantages in PVP. The sole advantages to the Light Core figures are the eye-catching luminescence and an exclusive explosive attack upon being summoned- usable once per level. Fortunately these drawbacks don’t apply to Light Core Jet-Vac as he’s not from S1. Nonetheless, it is an important lesson for those interesting in dropping the extra $3 on Light Core variations.
Jet-Vac is certainly one of the less impressive additions to the Skylanders lineup. It’s no surprise that Activision was so willing to throw him into the Starter Pack on consoles. He looks like he belongs in a bird-driven mash-up of Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Star Fox. The figure itself, while nice when placed on the portal, looks fairly unimpressive in design. Jet-Vac just isn’t very imaginative. He’s simply a man-bird with a futuristic vacuum suit.
Gameplay-wise, there isn’t much to say. Jet-Vac can suck up enemies, hover temporarily, and shoot mediocre projectiles. Like all Skylanders, Jet-Vac improves with some upgrades, but he never really achieves much more than being filler. One of his main problems is just how briefly he can hover- compared to other flying Skylanders who have no limit to their flight.
If you’re buying Light Core Jet-Vac for use in the 3DS version alongside Punch Pop Fizz, you’ll probably be left unsatisfied. There are simply far better Wind Skylanders- Warnado and Sonic Boom to name a couple. If you’re a fan of Jet-Vac, make sure to put him in a Pilgrim Hat as it suits him perfectly. He works pretty well with heavy damage dealers like Hot-Head and Slam-Bam. If you’re unsure of which upgrade path to select, his Bird Blaster path is a bit more impressivel.