The Skylanders Imaginators Creation Crystal Life element, from Activision, is the toy Creation Crystal that allows players to create their own highly customizable Skylanders game characters. Those created characters are then saved to the Life Creation Crystal, which becomes the toy version of the character itself. Any character that a player creates and saves to a Crystal, can be leveled up by playing as the character in the Skylanders Imaginators video game.
In the game, the character's abilities can be upgraded using coins found throughout the game levels. All leveling up and upgrades are stored directly on the character's toy Creation Crystal. Each Crystal features a familiar Skylanders element, such as Life, and a character saved to the crystal will be assigned to that element, which affects what they can do in the game. Placing a Creation Crystal on the game's Portal of Power, opens the creator area, where players start by selecting a battle class for their character. From there, you move onto the customizing area, that offers countless options for creating truly customized Skylanders characters. The main menu includes Look, Powers, and Personality, and each has additional sub menus within them.
This will most likely appeal to those kids who are already fans of Skylanders and familiar with many of the established characters. The real fun comes from being able to become an "author" within the game and further control the world of Skylanders.
On it's own (without the game), the Life Crystal is just an interesting looking object, so you might want to get the game, which is sold in a starter pack with the portal of power, first.
Additional Creation Crystals, for other Skylanders Elements, including Earth element, Air element, and Water element, are also available. Additional Creation Crystals are sold separately.
The portal is backwards compatible with other Skylanders editions.