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Disney Infinity's Toy Box could feel like a virtual Disneyland

Disney fan Colette Barr on this week's big announcement

Stop everything! Did Disney really announce a proper character crossover video game this week?! Meaning characters from the different movies can actually interact with one another... You bet they did! And on top of that it comes with many more features all wrapped up in a fun looking new title known as Disney Infinity!

Being a hardcore Disney fanatic, I'd heard rumours ahead of the announcement about Disney Infinity. A new videogame that would be using the same "toys to life" idea as Skylanders. I'd not allowed myself to be drawn into the Skylanders franchise, mainly because I simply don't have the space for all the awesome figures. I'm very much a completist, which can be a dangerous thing and, as much as I love that little purple dragon, I simply made the decision that if I don't start I won't need to finish! With Disney Infinity, however, it's simply not an option for me and it doesn't take a genius to work out why Disney Infinity is such a great idea!

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When it comes to creating unforgettable well loved characters, Disney pulls it off perfectly and with a huge back catalogue already available, it's no wonder why this title was created. Disney will be able to utilise the very strong relationships it has built with children and adults everywhere and I think this makes the figure-collecting much more appealing.

Having a figurine that you can essentially bring to life and integrate into a videogame is already extremely cool but having a figurine that does all that as well as represent your favourite character that you perhaps grew up with is even cooler! But it's more then just owning and playing as your favourite character. The character's whole world comes with them in the form of their own Play Set and we've also been told that the Play Sets will all be different experiences that offer their very own storylines.

Obviously, the whole concept of Disney Infinity has got me excited, but the aspect I'm most excited about, is definitely the Toy Box mode. For what feels like forever, I have always wanted a Disney game where I can mix the characters up.

In Kingdom Hearts, the characters pretty much stayed in their own worlds - there are some small crossovers but only in cutscenes. Then there was Disney Universe, but that only allowed you to dress up in costumes. You weren't actually in control of a proper Disney character.

I love the idea of unlocking characters and toys in the different Play Sets and then being able to bring them into Toy Box mode and really mix things up! This will kind of feel like a virtual Disneyland theme park in the sense that everything magical can come together into one environment. I love that, in the trailer, we see a 21st century character like Mr Incredible holding onto a croquet flamingo from the classic 1951 Alice in Wonderland. In fact, every time I re-watch the trailer I am noticing something new. This is just more proof as to why Disney Infinity can succeed. Disney's stories are forever timeless and people of every age will continue to enjoy and connect with them for years to come.

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  1. Kirby8 Sunday 20th Jan 2013 at 13:23

    I'm a massive Disney fan and love the look of this game. But very much doubt I'll be buying it because, like Skylanders, of the figures. I, like you, would have to complete it (I think that's my Pokémon Nature of "Gotta Catch 'em all"), and for me the problem isn't so much space to store all the awesome figures (I'm sure I could find a place somewhere, although they probably wouldn't be able to be displayed in all their glory), but the lack of money to buy them all. It does look like a fantastic game though and would love to play it.
    The only thing I'm wondering is if they are including Disney Classics as characters. I'm sure they are, but I didn't really see any during the trailer (but might be mistaken).
    I saw a lot of Pixar (like Toy Story, Incredibles and Monsters), characters from Live action (like Pirates), cartoons (Perry from Phineas and Ferb), and things like Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas and love all of them. Also saw newer movies like Wreck it Ralph too, which I can't wait to watch.
    I think I saw Dumbo at one point (although not sure if he's in the game as a character that you can play separately or not as he's being ridden and dosn't really seem to be moving much, looks like an item or some sort to resemble Dumbo, but who knows), and there are other references to old Disney, including the flamingo from Alice in Wonderland, but wondering if we will get to play people like Aladdin, Pinocchio, Princesses, etc. That would make the mash up better.
    TBH, there were other reasons I didn't buy Skylanders, such as preferring older Spyro games and wishing they'd go back to it. So maybe when this game get's cheaper as well as the figures, I'll pick it up. But I can't afford to buy all of those figures, especially with all the other games and such I need to buy and all the things I have bought recently, my cash is a bit low.
    But I would like to play the game at some point, as it seems a lot of fun!

  2. KH81314 Sunday 20th Jan 2013 at 13:32

    I really want this game but I cant afford all of those mini's. hopefull it gets bad reviews otherwise i'll have to get :mrgreen:

  3. ThePokekid78 Sunday 20th Jan 2013 at 15:43

    As a massive Disney fan this looks great, but....that Sulley character model does look kinda horrible :L

  4. olrodlegacy Sunday 20th Jan 2013 at 16:10

    NOTHING can feel like Disneyland!

  5. dudettecolette Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 11:47

    I think I saw Dumbo at one point (although not sure if he's in the game as a character that you can play separately or not as he's being ridden and dosn't really seem to be moving much, looks like an item or some sort to resemble Dumbo, but who knows)

    It's based on the ride in Fantasyland :D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbo_the_Flying_Elephant

  6. Kirby8 Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 12:26

    I think I saw Dumbo at one point (although not sure if he's in the game as a character that you can play separately or not as he's being ridden and dosn't really seem to be moving much, looks like an item or some sort to resemble Dumbo, but who knows)

    It's based on the ride in Fantasyland :D http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbo_the_Flying_Elephant

    Haha, that's exactly what I thought it might be!! So I'm not mistaken. =D
    Thanks, but no need for the wikipedia link, hehe, I know what it is. Quite a famous ride. I saw it when I went to Fantasyland in Disneyland, CA. =D
    Just thought I might be mistaken and he might be an actual playable character. It's a shame. I do hope that older characters have more presence in the game too! Didn't see a lot of trace of them. Disney has an impressive catalogue of characters spanning over many many years. The perfect thing would be to bring all the characters, new and old, from Pixar to old classics. Hope they bring it all in. And hopefully the prices will fall at some point, cause I can't buy that many figures!

  7. TheSlenderman Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 17:26

    Disney Infinity's Toy Box could feel like a virtual Disneyland

    I doubt it.
    It would be nice if this turned out to be a decent game, but it is more likely that it will be just average.

  8. Dalekbuster523 Monday 21st Jan 2013 at 19:43

    It's nothing more than a con.

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