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Toys for Bob donates sizable Skylanders collection to Strong Museum

Over 200 figurines, models and pre-production pieces and almost 1,000 records donated for historical preservation by game's developer

The Strong National Museum of Play announced today it has received a large donation of Skylanders artifacts from the game's developer, Toys for Bob, that will join the museum's video game collection for preservation and education.

The donation includes over 200 pre-production figures and portals, in-house tools, almost 1,000 pages of records such as concept art, retail figures still in their packaging, and recorded interviews with various staff members and both founders Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford.

"We are very proud to have The Strong museum preserve the many stories and artifacts that went into developing Skylanders," said Activision chief creative officer Paul Yan. "This collection exposes Toys for Bob's unique maker culture and the scrappy inventiveness that went into trail blazing this unconventional marriage of physical toys and video games. Our hope is that making this history publicly available will inspire radical new ways to experience fun and joy."

The Strong Museum includes as a part of the world's largest collection of play-related artifacts the International Center for Electronic Games and the World Video Game Hall of Fame.

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