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James is a life-long comics and Star Wars fan, and a huge fan of the Toy Box in Disney Infinity. He will soon be featuring great Toy Box creations on IHeartInfinity’s youtube channel.

DISNEY INFINITY ALICE IN WONDERLAND CRYING

Update: obviously there are only pieces of news surrounding this announcement so far, we’ll be adding more snippets when they are released so we can try and establish a clearer picture.

Walt Disney Co. is taking a $147 million charge as it cancels its “Infinity” videogame line and stops making games for consoles like Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation.

Infiniteers, we have just received word that Disney will cease production of Disney Infinity toys and play sets following the release of the Finding Dory set later this year. The specific details are still trickling in, but for now we know that the Alice: Through the Looking Glass characters will be released, as will the Finding Dory characters and play set.  After that, though, there will be no new physical content.  This does mean that the previously announced Peter Pan figure will not be coming out, and there will be no content for Rogue One: A Star Wars Tale or Dr. Strange later this year.

We will keep you updated as we learn more.  In the mean time, our thoughts and heartfelt well wishes go out to the members of Avalanche Studios and any other production company who were on the Infinity team.  To each and every one of you we wish you the best and know that you will use your immense talent to land on your feet.  We look forward to seeing what you will produce next.

The official press release is copied below.


By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.

Bob Iger, CEO of Disney added the following statement via Game Informer:

On Disney’s earnings call this afternoon, chairman and CEO Bob Iger explained more about the company’s decision to close down Infinity production. “We thought we had a really good opportunity to launch our own product in that space, “Iger said. “I realize it was console space, but it was also essentially– a large component of it was the toys-to-life, they call it toys-to-life business. In fact we did quite well with the first iteration of it, and we did okay with the second iteration. But that business is a changing business and we did not have enough confidence in the business in terms of it being stable enough to stay in it from a self-publishing perspective.

Iger reinforced the financial earnings report that attributed much of the write-down to lingering Infinity inventory. “You know that you take on substantially more risk, particularly when it comes to manufacturing and managing the inventory, the toy inventory, of that business,” he said. “In fact, as Christine noted, a good part of the write-off that we just announced comes from having to write off that inventory that we took responsibility for when we went into the publishing business. We just feel that it’s a changing space and that we’re just better off at managing the risk that that business delivers by licensing instead of publishing. It’s just that simple. We actually made a good product. I give the developer a lot of credit for the product that they made. It was extremely well-received. But we knew going in that there would be a lot of risk with this product and the fact that we did so well initially gave us the confidence to continue with it. The truth of the matter is that the risks that we saw at the beginning when we started this caught up with us.”

Whilst this is massively saddening for Disney Infinity fans and the entire community, we’re starting to discuss what this means for the future of Disney and all of it’s IPs in regards to gaming. James and myself (this is Will speaking now) are thinking that Disney may be more open about partnerships with companies such as LEGO for additional Marvel & Star Wars games, perhaps more LEGO Dimension Disney related sets.

James Pitaro, Walt Disney’s chairman added the following statement when speaking with Wired.com:

“After a thorough evaluation, we have modified our approach to console gaming and will transition exclusively to a licensing model. This shift in strategy means we will cease production of Disney Infinity, where the lack of growth in the toys-to-life market, coupled with high development costs, has created a challenging business model,” Pitaro said.

We’ll be adding more as the story develops, please standby :/

Ant-Man Video Review

The new Battlegrounds figures are out and we finally are able to play with our new Marvel heroes.  If you are on the fence about which character you want to pick-up this week (or when they go on sale) we have put together some video reviews together to help you decide.  The short answer, though, is they are all a lot of fun to play with and if you are worried that your favorite character(s) won’t measure up then you should put your fears at ease.  We also published a Boba Fett review a while back, and he was finally released as a single figure on the 15th as well, so I’m including his review here.

I am still playing around with Black Suit Spider-Man to see how differently he plays from regular Spider-Man since the update (originally they were the same, but they updated Black Suit Spidey with new powers in the March 15th patch).  We will have a review for him up soon.

Also, in case you are interested we have a playlist of our play through of the Marvel Battlegrounds storymode.  The first three videos are up now, and the last two will be up by tomorrow afternoon (March 18th).  If you are worried about the length of the story mode, well, you should be.  None of the videos are longer than 8 minutes, and we have only five of them so I’ll let you do the math.  That said, there are several additional things to do on the playset beyond the story mode which we will have videos up for in the near future.

So what do you guys think, who did you pick up or plan to pick up from these new figures?

Ant-Man

Black Panther

Captain America v2 (Maskless)

Vision

Boba Fett

Marvel Battlegrounds Playlist

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Technically the Zootopia figures and power discs have been out in the States since the first, but with Zootopia hitting theaters in wide release today the interest in the figures should shift into high gear this weekend.  You can find them at every major retailer, although this week you will probably want to check at Best Buy since they have a promotion to get $5 off when buying two figures (which stacks on top of their Gamer’s Club discount if you have that).  The retailers in my area, at least, seem to have a healthy supply of both characters, so you should be able to get either character at your favorite outlet.

Zootopia is already shaping up to be a hit with a solid meta-score on Rotten Tomatoes and, having seen it last night, I can vouch for its quality.  It is a safe bet that kids are going to be excited for these characters, especially Judy Hopps.  They might not reach Frozen levels of excitement, but you shouldn’t be surprised if your kids ask about them if you pass the Infinity isle at your local store.

disney infinity judy hopps zootopia characterThe question is of course whether or not you want to get these figures with Battlegrounds, Baloo and Boba Fett releases less than two weeks away.  That is not a question I can answer for you, but if you are on the fence about the figures we have some video reviews of Nick and Judy below for you to check out. A video preview of the power discs will be up tomorrow, as well.  Either way, this is going to be an expensive month for Infinity fans.

Judy Hopps Review

Purchase Judy Hopps right here from Amazon.

Nick Wilde Review

Purchase Nick Wilde right here from Amazon.

So how about it?  Are you picking up Judy and/or Nick this weekend?  How about going to see the movie?

After weeks of rumors, leaks and all sorts of chaos the team had Disney has finally released information about upcoming Disney Infinity 3.0.  In addition to new content they basically confirmed that you should not expect 4.0 this year, and that content will be patched into 3.0 for the foreseeable future.  What kind of content you ask?  Well, let’s take a look.

First up the team announced that there are at least four new playsets coming to the game, with one from each of the core brands: Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel.  The only possible sticking point here is that we don’t know if the upcoming Marvel Battlegrounds counts as the Marvel playset, or if there is another one past that (edit: from the twitch stream follow-up JV confirmed that Battlegrounds is the Marvel playset that this refers to).   Fortunately, we do get more details about that particular playset, which they are describing as a “brawler”.  The big news is the confirmation of Vision, Ant-Man and Black Panther coming as individual figures, but we also learn that the core story of the playset will revolve around heroes being replaced by robotic duplicates (“Life Model Decoys” or “LMDs” to use the comics’ terminology) and all out war breaking out as a result.  Brief glimpses of gameplay were shown, and early comparisons to the classic Playstation and Dreamcast game “Powerstone” seem to be apt.  The game seems to be using an overhead isometric view like we have already seen in Toy Box Takeover, which makes sense for this style of gameplay.

Black Panther in Marvel Battlegrounds

The arenas were teased and we saw locations in Asgard, the New York sewers (presumably Green Goblin’s lair), the space station Knowhere, an Avengers training facility, a destroyed train yard in New York, a moving train in Wakandan mines (the home country of Black Panther), and a SHIELD lunar base.  On top of that gameplay for the new characters was shown.  There are no real surprises here, but we have confirmation that Black Panther will be an agile melee fighter, Ant-Man will be more defense in style, Vision can use his phasing powers as well as some ranged attacks, and the new version of Captain America is designed for close to mid-range fighting.   They also confirmed more Marvel figures are on the way after the Battlegrounds release, but declined to say who we can expect (maybe Dr. Strange?)

They went on to talk about “The Jungle Book” and adding Baloo to the game.  We got some brief glimpses of gameplay for the new figure and it certainly looks like they’re going for a lot of physical comedy with the character, as well as lots of throwbacks to the original animated feature.  Between Baloo and Peter Pan coming later this year fans of the older Disney classics may be able to hold out hope for some more characters from the archive.

Baloo in Disney Infinity 3.0The Battlegrounds and Baloo announcements were the major highlights of the show, but they couldn’t help throwing out some hints at the end.  In future episodes it would seem that we will be getting an update on our “favorite fish” and going “through the looking glass”, which are most likely references to figures for “Finding Dory” and “Alice in Wonderland” (and this may be a reference to the Pixar and Disney playsets that were mentioned at the beginning of the video).  We have already heard rumors about both movies getting Infinified, so it looks like we have some details about those titles to look forward to.

You can check out the video for yourself at infinity.disney.com/next, and they have also released the Marvel Battlegrounds trailer separately on their youtube channel.

Disney Infinity March 1st Announcement Incoming

Disney Interactive and Avalanche have posted a teaser image announcing an upcoming broadcast from their Youtube page on March 1st at 6 PM GMT (1 PM EST / 10 AM PST).  They’ll follow that up with an interactive Twitch broadcast 2 hours later at 8 PM GMT.  And on top of all of that there will be special Infinity fan viewings of Zootopia later that evening in five US cities (Orlando, Anaheim, New York, Chicago and San Francisco).

At this point we don’t know any more than that, but this could be anything.  Obviously the Zootopia figures and power discs will be coming out at this point, but they could also be announcing those Marvel figures that still aren’t official (for some reason).  Maybe even throw in some Jungle Book or Alice in Wonderland announcements?  The possibilities are endless, and we’ll have to wait until the first to find out.

If you want some more details on this, plus a way to get tickets to some of those movie screenings if you will be in one of those cities, check out infinity.disney.com/next.  You can also check out the fan reactions, or make your own, with the #DisneyInfinityNext hashtag on twitter.

Infinifan Awards

One of the strengths of Disney Infinity is how well its community has bonded over the years since the release of 1.0. This year I Heart Infinity was honored to be included as one of the presenters in a fan-run awards program designed to showcase the best releases for Disney Infinity in 2015. Many prominent community members such as the Toy Box artist MightyGitis (who you can find in Disney Infinity 3.0 as a popcorn vendor at the movie theater), streamers like Bad Gamer and DITV, and a number of other youtube personalities like iStarly came together to give these awards out online through twitter and youtube earlier this evening.

You can see a complete listing of the awards at infinifanawards.com (a summary of the results will be posted on February 7th) and on their twitter feed at twitter.com/infinifanawards. Make sure to check it out and congratulate the winners and runners up. With any luck we hope to participate again next year in the 2016 awards, and we hope you will join us in the voting booth at that time.

Also make sure to give a shout out to Chris of Disneyholics.com for organizing the whole thing (and don’t tell Will that I mentioned that here!  *shhh*)

Until then you can check out the two videos that we produced for the categories we presented below. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on future community news, as well as information about the new sets coming in March!

Best Power Disc Winner

Best Figure Voice Actor

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Hello Infiniteers! I hope everyone has been having fun in the new Force Awakens playset and/or seen the movie.  And if you have not yet then I hope you are free from evil spoilers.  A lot of people have requested an update to the crossover coin videos so that they include the Force Awakens characters, and also that a guide be made for the Force Awakens playset crossover coins.  Well, your wish is granted!

If you haven’t yet shopped for ‘The Force Awakens’ Play Sets & goodies, check out this weeks Disney Infinity deals here.

We have three new videos up for you this weekend so that you can enjoy all your Star Wars figures in any playset you want.

First up is the crossover coin guide for the Force Awakens playset.  Please keep in mind that since this does involve in-game footage of the set there may be minor spoilers.

Next we have an update to our Twilight of the Republic crossover coin guide (the original can be found here).  This covers all four of the Force Awakens characters:

And lastly, we have the update to our Rise Against the Empire crossover coin guide (the original can be found here). All four characters are again covered:

We will have our holocron guides up soon (we just have to find them all first!) and character reviews for our new heroes (and villain).

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A Force Awakens Power Discs

Disney has revealed today the four power discs that will be released alongside The Force Awakens playset and figures.  We already knew what they were from previous leaks, but this is official confirmation of them at last.  Please note, that you could potentially construe these as potential (minor) spoilers for The Force Awakens, so it is up to you if you would like to proceed. Here, have a picture of Captain America until you’re ready to decide.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Marvel Captain America The First Avenger

Still here?  Alright, let’s move on then.

The power discs pack, as we have come to expect, has four discs in it: two costume change discs, one power disc and one vehicle disc.  The costume discs are for Poe Dameron and Finn, with the former putting our resistance pilot in his more roguish attire and the latter puts Finn in stormtrooper armor, like we’ve seen in the trailers.  The third disc is called “Resistance Tactical Strike”, which sounds like the SHIELD Helicarrier Strike from Infinity 2.0 to me.  And lastly is the Quad Jumper vehicle, which I know nothing about.  It’s a vehicle and it probably hovers.

The discs are available for pre-order at most major retailers for the price of $9.99, and will be out on December 18th, 2015 — the same day as the movie.  So what do you think?  Will this set be joining your power disc collection?

Preorder ‘The Force Awakens’ Play Set, Figures & Power Discs

You can check out what’s available to preorder right here.

Obi Wan Kenobi

The PC version of Disney Infinity 3.0 is now out.  You can get the Windows 10 version in the storefront.  The download comes in at 12.4GB in size, so you’ll want to set aside some time to get it fully loaded.   You can get the Windows 10 version here.  The icon lists it as an XBox Live title, which suggests that it has achievements attached to it, but we have not heard confirmation of this yet.

If you don’t have Windows 10 or don’t want to use the Windows Marketplace you can download it directly from the Disney Infinity website.  The Steam Store has been updated and the game is now available there, too.  You can see the web version of the page here.

All versions of the game are free this year, unlike last year’s version on Steam which was $50 but came with the Avengers playset and characters (the Windows and direct download versions were free).  The Disney team makes three characters available to play for free each week, and you can demo other characters and playsets for a small amount of time.  If you want to play the full playsets or use other characters you will need to either purchase them from the game’s store, or by entering character codes into the website here.  If you have purchased physical versions of the characters they come with cards that have these codes listed on them, and since some people don’t play the PC version you can also find them on eBay frequently for a few dollars each.  The good news is that these characters will work across all the digital platforms (Windows, Steam, Android and iOS), so you only need to get them once if you are going to use them on multiple devices.

At this time we do not expect a Mac or Linux version of the game to be available.

I will be trying the PC version out this evening, and we will post thoughts on its release later in the week.

The final October Toy Box Challenge, the Inside Out challenge, finished yesterday, which means we need to take a look at the upcoming November challenges.  Here is the quick list of the ones I was able to find:

SPACE BATTLE CHALLENGE
October 29 – November 4
Go lightspeed to the Toy Box and build a space battle! There are many Star Wars™-themed Toys to make your Toy Box out of this world. This is also a great opportunity to use the Path Creator Tool to send Spaceships flying. All Toy Boxes are due by Wednesday 11/4 at Noon PT. Be sure to include #SpaceBattle in the description in order to be considered!

JEDI TRAINING CHALLENGE
November 5 – November 11
Young Padawan, it’s time to learn to use the Force™ of the Toy Box! Build a Toy Box packed with missions for Padawan aspiring to become Jedi Masters. All Toy Boxes are due by Wednesday, 11/11 at Noon PT. Be sure to use #JediTrainingChallenge in the description of your Toy Box to be considered!

PARADE CHALLENGE
November 12 – November 18
Create a parade in the Toy Box! This is a perfect opportunity to use the Path Creator Tool to move floats, townspeople, and more to make your parade a spectacular one! All Toy Boxes are due by Wednesday, 11/18 at noon PT. Be sure to use #ParadeChallenge in the description of your Toy Box to be considered!

I was not able to find information on the one following the Parade Challenge, but I will update this as soon as we know more.

We did a Twitch stream of the character challenge winners, which you can see on Youtube here or below.

Starting next Tuesday we will be making a regular thing out of this, so be sure to check back for more Toy Box gameplay.  We will also be running a short stream tonight at 6:30 PM EST right here.

So, will you be taking part in any of these Toy Box Challenges, or are you just eager to play them (like me)?  Let us know in the comments!

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