Variants are special versions of figures. Usually, the only thing that changes is what the character looks like. But some times, especially in the skylanders series, variants have new powers.
Why get variants?Edit
Chances are you're looking for a good reason to buy variants instead of the original figures. We've got you covered.
1.They tend to look different from their originals. Nitro Magna Charge is a good example. He's yellow instead of red, so it all comes down to which version's color you like better. In other words, buy what you want.
2.In order to have the rights to say you have every figure for a game, you'll need these guys. Sure, it'll cost more money, but it's the only way.
3.Sometimes, more than their appearance changes. Variants like Sure Shot Shroomboom get new exclusive powers!