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In a recent development, Lightseekers the role-playing game from Play Fusion and TOMY that seeks to bring video game action into the real world, has made the transition from Kickstarter to store shelves.
It is to be mentioned that the game has come a long way since Play Fusion first showed it to us in October. Back then, the action figures were so unfinished, they wouldn’t let us photograph them. Now, this video/real-world/augmented reality mashup looks ready for action
Combining video games and action figures that look like something out of a steroids version of Pokémon and augmented reality, Lightseekers features 7-inch-tall, fully articulated action figures. Each one accepts a tiny, plug-in computer, called the Fusion Core,that adds Bluetooth, intelligence, vibration motors and speakers.
If kids get bored with the video game, they can use the characters as controllers, using the physical characters like joysticks to control their avatars through a flying obstacle course. Play Fusion also showed us how buttons on the back of the action figures can be used to play an on-screen game of whack-a-mole.
When the sets go on sale in April, Lightseekers will list for $69.99 for the starter kit (one figure, one Fusion Core, a weapon and six trading cards) and accessories will start at $14.99.