I think people are overreacting on Toys for Bob. Was Skylanders really that bad? If it wouldn't have been for TLS I never would have been as open for new re-tellings of a character.
I have avoided Skylanders ever since its inception. Not because I think it's bad; I'm sure it's a really fun series and it probably does deserve most of the praise. My problem with it is that even though the first game was called "Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure", Spyro was apparently barely in it! Now I haven't played the game so maybe I was misinformed, but everyone I know who played it said that Spyro is not that important in the game. Then once it came out and attained such great success, any new "Spyro" game to be announced wasn't really a Spyro game at all, it was just more Skylanders with Spyro as a playable character. It just felt to me like they took such a beloved character, used him to make their game sell, and then tossed him aside.
This probably makes me sound petty, and I understand that. I haven't played Skylanders, so maybe I'm a hypocrite too. But I didn't like how they handled Spyro with Skylanders.