Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure impressed many gamers upon its release.  Though it hardly put the purple dragon in the spotlight, it began a franchise that appealed to both young and seasoned audiences, and made for a perfect family title with plenty of depth.  The developer, Toys for Bob, is hoping to turn that game into a fully fledged series with the upcoming Skylanders: Giants.  And as the title suggests, there is quite a massive addition making its debut this time around.

The Giants are a new breed of Skylander introduced in the upcoming sequel.  Much larger than their comrades, this elite class of characters, made up of one from each element in the game, will have powers their smaller counterparts do not.  Able to manipulate the environment in different ways, they will surely shake up gameplay and keep things fresh for the sequel.  Activision has already revealed a couple of Giants including Bouncer and Tree Rex, and they have just announced the latest to join the behemoth set, Swarm.  Here is the character’s official bio:

Swarm was once a prince from a proud race of mysterious insect warriors that had built their entire civilization inside a giant honeycombed pyramid. Growing up as one of the 9,000 members of the royal family, he was never permitted to leave the hive. But unlike his brethren, there was a magical quality to Swarm that caused him to grow much larger than the rest of his kind. No longer able to fit amongst the rest of his colony, the young prince broke the long standing tradition and stepped out into the open world – where his size and strength would be put to good use in the legendary battle between the Giants and the Arkeyans.

He sounds like a worthy addition to the announced Giants, and thankfully Toys for Bob seems to be creating a new and diverse cast of characters without feeling repetitive in the character design.  Check below for a few screenshots of the latest Giant and don’t forget to read our E3 preview as you wait for Skylanders: Giants to be released in October for the 3DS, DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360.