From our gaming guru Shawn Sines comes a bonus review just in time for any last-minute shoppers stuck in the games aisle!

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure (Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 or older, Xbox 360, Sony Ps3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, $60 core set,$8-20 for additional toys)

Once the video-game mascot during the Sony PlayStation era, Spyro returns in a new title that is part action game, part kid toy.

Featuring not just a video-game element, Skylanders encourages players to collect attractive plastic figures to complete the adventure. The core set includes three collectible figures, but additional characters or location play sets expand the game. Those looking to complete every level and every bit of content will need to buy additional figures to unlock the entire game experience.

--Shawn Sines