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.
- 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
- 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.