In Skylanders, why did the last three pack released contain Camo, Ignitor, and Warnado instead of Camo, Wham Shell, and Warnado? Ignitor already comes with the 3DS version and by himself for those who don't want the 3DS version. Wham Shell is now the hardest to find ordinary non variant skylander due to only being availible by himself.
Why does Wal-Mart say Hot Dog is a Wal-Mart exclusive? When I went to look for Skylanders figures, Target was overloaded with Hot Dog figures, meanwhile Best Buy had quite a lot. Is it only one specific figure of Hot Dog that's Wal-Mart exclusive?
Molten Hot Dog, which is a yellow recolor of Hot Dog, is the Wal-Mart exclusive. The standard Eruptor style colorscheme is available everywhere else.
The signs are rather deceptive sometimes.
I wonder, do they intentionally hold back certain Skylanders figures from initial releases, so they can release them later? I've never seen some of the SWAP force Skylanders (Doom Stone most notably) at all.
Always — the figures are released in waves. So they release one group, then later release another, then later release the last one. This does mean that certain features of the game are completely unavailable at launch because they're locked behind a gate that no release Skylander is able to open.
Another question about the figures... so who (or what) determines which figures get a rerelease in a future series? I haven't heard whether or not Dino Rang, Voodood, or Camo will receive another release via Series 2 or 3 figures (which sucks for people who want them but can't find them outside of the internet, where they go for inflated prices.) Meanwhile Series 3 includes another Trigger Happy figure and another Hex figure.
This is a theory, but it's probably for balancing. Like in the first series, the Earth skylanders had two ranged (Dinorang, Prism Break) and two melee (Bash, Terrafin) skylanders. In Giants, they added a new ranged (flashwing) and they were debating over which one to replace her with (most lieky they replaced Dino Rang because it'd be four animal-like skylanders). and then in Swap Force,t hey add a new ranged (Scorp) and melee (Slobbertooth) so they had to balance those as well (Scorp replaces Flashwing, who gets a lightcore version; Slobbertooth replaces Bash because of both of them being quadrupeds). It makes sense when you compare the Skylanders of the previous versions to current.
Am I the only one who thinks Jet-Vac and Hoot Loop might be the same race somehow? The only diference is species - so are they like a different race?
How exactly does Rattle Shake fit into the "Undead" Element? The other Undead Skylanders are at least skeletons, necromancers, or vampires, but Rattle Shake just looks out of place.
I was curious about that, too, until I noticed some of his attacks have an "undead" element to them: depending on your path on his bottom half, you can spring forward like a snake and summon tombstones upon landing, or summon skeletal snake pillars from the ground. Also, he's a rattlesnake, representing the "dead"ness of the desert regions that they normally inhabit.
Judging by his attacks he's a necromancer, but it's never explicitly stated.
Why doesn't Kaos use the Evilizer on the Skylanders themselves? He would be able to turn very powerful characters (and the same people that could stop him) to his side...
As much of an evil genius that he is, he most likely didn't take that into account. Not to mention, as you saw in the cases with two of the guardians, it takes time for more powerful characters to fall under the Evilizer, so the Skylanders most likely would be able to destroy the crystals before they even work.
Apparently, the Dark Skylanders are Skylanders who absorbed the Petrified Darkness. Spyro tamed that darkness within him and helped the Dark Skylanders to control it and use it for good. So using the Evilizer on Skylanders would only turn them into Dark Skylanders, who would use their dark power against Kaos.
Also, Kaos is a Portal Master. He probably knows that if he turned one of your (the player's) Skylanders evil, you would just take them off the portal and put on another one. Not ultimately all that much effective than a good trap or a bunch of high-level minions, and way more trouble to arrange.