NFC-enabled action figures used in the Skylander game
NFC is adding a new dimension to video games. Activision was the first to benefit from a growing craze of “Skylanders” video games, which use an NFC reader/writer and game characters holding NFC tags.
An evil overlord named Kaos is invading the Skyland, turning the natives into toys and banishing them to Earth. But game players can bring the refugees home and help them defeat Kaos -- by purchasing the NFC tag-based characters and placing them on top of an NFC reader in a portal. The portal is essentially a USB-based NFC reader/writer.
An NFC tag in the action figure contains the strengths and attributes of each character, while the portal that reads the NFC tag can bring those characters back into the video game.