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Disney Infinity's First Wave of Power Disc "Blind Packs" Is Revealed

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

The wails of parents reverberate around the world

The upcoming Disney Infinity — which will arrive on Wii U, Wii and 3DS — is undoubtedly Disney's pitch at the lucrative toy / collectible market that Activision has so effectively exploited with its Skylanders franchise. If you can sell a game and then earn money through on-disc DLC with collectible — and desirable to the audience — figurines, dollar signs sparkle.

Disney Infinity has certainly shown an enthusiasm for testing how far this model can pushed, with a starter pack and additional Play Sets set to drain bank accounts in order to open up not only characters within the game, but large environments based on franchises, containing a mixture of missions and the freedom to explore. In addition, buffs and special items will be available to fire up on the game's custom portal via Power Discs, and Disney has confirmed details of the first wave, below.

Circular Discs

  • Bolt’s Super Strength – Character that you’re playing with does 10% more damage
  • Fix It Felix’s Repair Power – Character you’re playing with has 20% more health
  • C.H.R.O.M.E’s Armor Shield – In-game character receives -10% less damage
  • Pieces of Eight – In-game character gains 10% more loot

Hexagonal Discs

  • Mickey’s Car – Drive Mickey’s Jalopy in the Toy Box
  • Cinderella’s Coach – Drive Cinderella’s Carriage in the Toy Box
  • Kahn– Ride Kahn the Horse from “Mulan” in the Toy Box
  • Stitch’s Blaster – In-game character gets Stitch’s blaster from “Lilo and Stitch”
  • Carl Fredericksen’s Cane – In-game character gets Carl’s cane from “Up”
  • Sugar Rush
  • King Candy’s Dessert Toppings Texture Set– Adds a “Sugar Rush” theme from “Wreck-it-Ralph” to Toy Box terrain objects
  • Sugar Rush Sky Skydome – Adds a “Sugar Rush” theme from “Wreck-it-Ralph” to the Toy Box sky
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice’s Wonderland Texture Set – Adds an “Alice in Wonderland” (animated film) theme to Toy Box terrain objects
  • Tulgey Wood Skydome – Adds an “Alice in Wonderland” (animated film) theme to Toy Box sky
  • Finding Nemo
  • Marlin’s Reef Texture Set– Adds a “Finding Nemo” theme to the Toy Box terrain objects
  • Nemo’s Seascape Skydome – Adds a “Finding Nemo” theme to the Toy Box sky
  • Tangled Lantern
  • Rapunzel’s Kingdom Texture Set – Adds a “Tangled” theme to Toy Box terrain objects
  • Rapunzel’s Birthday Sky Skydome – Adds a “Tangled” theme to the Toy Box sky

Rare Hexagonal Discs

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Adds the Dumbo ride from the Parks in the Toy Box
  • Abu the Elephant – Adds the elephant version of Abu in the Toy Box
  • Astro Blasters Space Cruiser – Adds the Astro Blaster vehicle from the Buzz Lightyear attraction in the Toy Box

These will be collectible through blind packs of two, which will have a cost of £3.99 / $4.99. As anyone who's collected stickers or similar blind collectibles in the past, this makes the whole affair a lottery, with the constant danger of paying money for duplicates; at that point it's off to the playground or a friend's house to try and trade. In the current day, we guess it's off to eBay.

At a fairly meaty price for just two discs, it seems a little cynical to release these as blind packs. Let us know what you think of this in the comments below.

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Katzii

#1

Katzii said:

Wow, this is actually pretty bad. I can understand the discs for power-ups and such, but not being able to unlock the content for the toybox mode without them? People rag on Skylanders but at least with Skylanders, you know what you're getting. That being said, if Skylanders did a thing like this, I would also rag on them, too.

MaximusMansteel

#3

MaximusMansteel said:

I have a question about this game. As I understand it, you buy figurines to unlock characters to play in the game. But seeing some of the previews has me wondering: do you have to buy every single character in the game, or are minor or secondary characters unlocked with the purchase of a major character from their film. Example: would Fix-It-Felix be unlocked by buying a Wreck-It Ralph, or are they separate purchases?

Because if you have to buy every single character, minor as well as major, that could be VERY expensive.

Windy

#5

Windy said:

@WingedFish Hey dont forget Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life is also Coming out which just looks to be a pretty good Animal Crossing Clone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmAMOsm1qIE

I wish Disney would make a game where you could visit one of their theme parks and add in quests and various other things to do including going on their rides while your there. I think that would make for absolutely awesome game!

Ronoh

#6

Ronoh said:

My enthusiasm for this game just went right off the cliff. No thank you.

Subie98

#8

Subie98 said:

Wasnt interested in this game to begin with, still not interested. If I was this would have ruined it.

BakaKnight

#9

BakaKnight said:

I can't believe that you have to pay real money even for get the "+10% of damage" bonus and "scary" that such discs are in blind packs O_O;

It's kinda dissapointing, I saw today a video of this game and I have to admit, it looks great and super fun to play, but I will have to pass, sorry Disney!

Joshers744

#10

Joshers744 said:

Ya know, even though I'm 24, it sounds pretty cool. That being said, I just can't get it for myself for that kind of money. Maybe if i was like 10, that's a different story. :p

DestinyMan

#11

DestinyMan said:

This all sounds really cool except for the blind part. What if I wanted to get a landscape from Sugar Rush, but kept getting a simple character power-up? I'd have to pay off a Lincoln each time. Seems a hair too much for going the collectible card route.

Believe me, I really am interested in Disney Infinity, but all of these pricey items on top of the already expensive starter pack make me feel uneasy.

Gioku

#12

Gioku said:

Just by the pictures on the disks... they look like they're for little kids! They just look so... kiddie...

...and they're approximately $2.50 each? 0_o

JayceJa

#13

JayceJa said:

As a yugioh player I'm used to blind packs, and I still hate them, no doubt it will earn them more money though, there's a reason blind packets are done in the first place.

Windy

#14

Windy said:

Haha After watching the Video this looks pretty interesting. It would just be hard for me to justify spending say 300.00 dollars on a game to collect peices to keep the magic going. Looks very cool though. I bet you could spend over 300.00 bucks easily on this. the disks that are listed up top would cost 100.00 dollars to have them all. I'm sure they would have more to collect which could run it up even more. looks neat though

unrandomsam

#16

unrandomsam said:

Why do these pieces not include any calculations of what they think it is likely to cost to get the game with all the bits. (Even for Skylanders you cannot find out what they RRP is for the game with all the characters).

Those type of things are the few where a Hong Kong ebay sellers selling a complete counterfeit set dirt cheap wouldn't annoy me.

ikki5

#17

ikki5 said:

well, I now know that I will not be getting this. I really liked the look of it and the idea but... I know with skylanders, i paid a lot for them, though I liked the game and I say it would be worth it, with this, The fact that I can buy a pack and get the exact same tiles that I already own which give me nothing of value to the game. No thanks Disney, you lost a buyer for your game.

mystman12

#18

mystman12 said:

You know, when I first heard that the disks would be in blind bags, I thought it might be fun. Being able to go to the store, buy one or two, then, if I get duplicates, I could trade with friends, that would be fine. But paying $5 for 2 disks? That's paying $2.50 for one car or a power up, which I never would pay for. Make it $1 per bag, and I might reconsider buying a few.

unrandomsam

#19

unrandomsam said:

@BakaKnight Seems fairly standard for other consoles to pay for an XP bonus. (Not that I would ever even consider a game like that. There is one that is basically the same thing for Fire Emblem 3DS which is why I won't be buying it unless I see it dirt cheap one day used).

WingedSnagret

#20

WingedSnagret said:

I was only moderately interested in this game anyway and wasn't even planning on getting it, but now I'm completely turned off. :p

Windy

#21

Windy said:

@ikki5 They seem to think that there is going to be this huge user base to trade tiles with but I don't think that will be the case. You just know these Ebay people will Jack up the prices as "RARE". Baseball cards are one thing but this is going to get spendy

ikki5

#22

ikki5 said:

@JayceJa

at least if you get duplicates of Yugioh cards, they are still useful when you play but....these.... not even close

Farmboy74

#23

Farmboy74 said:

Talk about milking the customer!! . Skylanders for the kids I can just about stomach but Disney seem intent on taking things to a whole new level!!

ikki5

#24

ikki5 said:

@Windy
yeah, I can easily see trading cards in blind packs not being a problem because well, that is the entire intent of them. they are meant to be collected and essentially displayed. but these... you buy the pack so you can play the content, not collect 30 of them so that only one will be useful to your game.

SetupDisk

#25

SetupDisk said:

If I posted what I truly think of this it would have to be modded right away as to not permanently scar the minds of some readers.

Zaphod_Beeblebrox

#28

Zaphod_Beeblebrox said:

I'm going to "blindly" ignore Disney Infinity (just as I have Skylanders). The potential cost of these games is astronomical. No thanks.

Charley_U

#29

Charley_U said:

Disney universe on Wii was such a disapiintment, I don't think I could bring myself to buy this one. Wish kingdoms of hearts three was going to be Wii u, they did that series right

daveh30

#32

daveh30 said:

Blind packs might be fun if I was still in grade school and had access to the playground "trade market", but i doubt too many of my friends will be playing this, and school admin types tend to get weirded out when 30 year old men are hanging around the school yard with stacks of Disney cards trying to talk to kids....

Tobias95

#34

Tobias95 said:

If they releas a Duckburg related world, Im sold.
I have no intention to buy somthing related to Tangled (it was a bad movie and should be named Rapunzel!)

AlexSora89

#35

AlexSora89 said:

"The wails of parents reverberate around the world"

You've just won the Internet. Several of them, in fact.

[EDIT: @ Tobias95 Here in Italy, the movie's title is Rapunzel. Make of that what you will.]

sinalefa

#40

sinalefa said:

Good thing I don't have kids.

And good thing that the kid in me is not that gullible. A copy of Ducktales Remastered is all it is gonna take to keep his Disney craving satisfied.

Gioku

#41

Gioku said:

Also, why do they still look like toys in the game? They can (and inevitably do) look like toys in real life, but why do they have to be toys in the game, too?

WaxxyOne

#42

WaxxyOne said:

What do I think? I think I'm not an idiot, and therefore not one of their potential customers. Moving along.

kereke12

#44

kereke12 said:

This game looks, very interesting. Sad thing is that I don't have money for the game...one can only dream.

MadAdam81

#46

MadAdam81 said:

@Dev I am sure you could tell the difference between a circle and hexagonal disc, depending on how they package it of course.

ferthepoet

#47

ferthepoet said:

I would buy this game for the price of regular game if it offered full content, but having to pay more than regular price only to have to pay extra to get toys to unlock content already on disc is quite ridiculous

DeltaPeng

#48

DeltaPeng said:

This is old news and this info was released when the pricing for the game and starter packs was released. Maybe no one understood what it entailed? I'm just a bit surprised this is getting such a strong negative shock from so many people

DESS-M-8

#49

DESS-M-8 said:

Rip-off and no thank you. £4 for 2 discs that could be 10% performance increase and you will end up with worthless duplicates that cost a fortune?
Utter garbage business model in attracting gamers and a massive turnoff.
Was a hugely appealing game Disney but you got greedy.
Never mind

ThomasBW84Admin

#50

ThomasBW84 said:

RE "this is old" - I think the pricing is new, but even if its old, we found out today so posted it. If you knew the pricing etc a while ago, good for you!

Funbunz

#51

Funbunz said:

@unrandomsam Fire Emblem is a pretty good game, don't miss out just because you don't like the DLC. Just don't get the extra stuff. I played through it the first time without buying any, and really enjoyed it. I bought the EXP map for my second playthrough to cut down on time spent grinding, and I don't regret it.

Dpullam

#53

Dpullam said:

I'm a pretty big fan of Disney so I could easily find some enjoyment in this game. I just wonder how much money I'd have to spend to experience a majority of the content in this game.

Stuffgamer1

#54

Stuffgamer1 said:

I DESPISE blind packs. Way to go, Disney, you just destroyed a LOT of my interest in this game.

DefHalan

#55

DefHalan said:

I wonder if Disney wants there to become a underground trading phenomenon like the Pins?

GamerZack7

#56

GamerZack7 said:

On-disc DLC? I thought that most of the add-on content wasn't actually on the disc itself, since the plan is to release new Playset Packs for a game series which will only ever have a single title. It ain't called Disney INFINITY for nothin', ya know! ;)

KilluaZoldyck

#57

KilluaZoldyck said:

......No disney. Just no. Maybe if you made your power disks more like power figurines then I could see people trying to collect them but DISKS? Disks just seem lazy and I couldn't care less about your powerups. I bet you expect people to pay for the ability to see their health bar too.

BakaKnight

#58

BakaKnight said:

@unrandomsam The Fire Emblem map is totally a different world from the disc of infinity. For get fast to a straight comparison in Fire Emblem you get extra cool strong weapons (comparable and even better than the "+10% of damage" disc of disney infinity) for free with the spotpass feature.
I also suggest you as Funbunz did to not avoid FE cause of DLC. I personally played the game without them and had over 80 hours of pure fun ^^

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