Over the past seven months, Activision and Toys from Bob have released a steady stream of Skylanders. The final Skylander for Swapforce is Doom Stone; it has been nearly two months since the last Skylander was released (Sheep Wreck Island / Scratch / Fryno). The question now is: was Doom Stone worth the wait?
From a design stand point, Doom Stone is cool. The character designs in Skylanders tend to be a little bit odd, but it's rare to see a design that is clever. Doom Stone is one of those rare individuals who bridges rar is a clear reference to Greek Mythology. At first, he appears to be a soldier made out of stone, but when you look at his shield, it's clear he was attacked by a gorgon (Medusa). He is covered in stone, and his shield is the head of Medusa with green snakes coming out of it.
As a warrior, he wields a giant club with slices of jade in it, and as a spin Skylander, like Free Ranger, he stands on a tornado. He is, admittedly, a cool looking dude. If you need a rock skylander, but only can choose one, Doom Stone is a far better choice than the underpowered and terrible looking Rubble Rouser.
When swapped, in game, he looks cool enough. But the actual figurine when swapped looks less cool. His top is too small to fit on most of the other Skylanders comfortably. So he sits, looking too small, yet still oddly top heavy because of his weapon. I love the reference to mythology, but I'm not sure the more rugged aesthetic looks right in the Skylanders universe.
A gorgeous figure in his own right
The figure is, as all Skylanders are, well made. The design is pretty impeccable, and he has a considerable weight to him, especially when compared to Hoot Loop or Fire Kraken. The paint job looks great, and his eyes look good. In fact, the eyes is what allows him to fit so comfortably into the Skylanders universe. It gives him a more cartoonish appeal. The most impressive part of the figurine is his club. Because Doom Stone is a warrior, it's amazing to see that the same amount of attention that was put into the figure was put into his weapon.
How does he play?
I was really excited to get Doom Stone, and to no one's surprise, he hits like a truck (Rock Skylanders always do). His club hits hard. More impressible is his bottom, which is actually a stone wheel with jade spikes. On your first button press it spins a little bit. With each additional press (up to four), it becomes more vicious. Upon the fourth press, it spins wildly and extends pretty far.
Doom Stone, despite being a warrior, is a defensive character. His bottom attack allows him to create distance between him and his enemies, and upon upgrading him he can use his shield. The shield is impressive because it reflects projectiles and can turn enemies into jade. Doom Stone is one of two characters in the entire series who has this amazing defense ability (the other is Crusher). Potentially, his defense makes him one of the more unique characters in Swapforce.
That said, he is a lumbering character. He moves slowly and he is susceptible to attacks. While eventually I got better with moving him, he just isn't agile enough. Learning how to balance his slow movement with his shield and spin attack is necessary. He is one of the more difficult Skylanders to master. For PVP, Doom Stone may have some longevity because of his ability to reflect projectiles, but his movement is a major hindrance.
One of the two upgrade paths is pretty standard fare. His club hits harder. It's not the most interesting, but it seems necessary. The other path causes enemies, who are turned into jade, to burst causing small jade shards to blast out. It's admittedly fun, but I'm not sure of its value over the club. If you go the second path, he will be one of the better arena characters.
A Fine Purchase
Doom Stone is average for a Skylanders: Swapforce characters. He isn't overtly weak, but his slow movement speed means he is less valuable and he is completely useless in Time Attack. His inability to escape hasty situations means he is difficult to use in Score Attack. If you're playing through the game on Nightmare mode, Doomstone is a fun and worthy addition, and he has a lot of potential in PVP.
For the final Skylander, I'm not too impressed. He's good, but he is not great. The last Skylander really needed wow factor, and Doom Stone isn't that character. I'm happy to own him, but outside of his ability to turn enemies into jade, he just doesn't measure up to cooler like characters like Spy Rise or Wind-Up.