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With Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) two weeks away for us here in the US, people are itching for the game. Today on Twitter, John Vignocchi, Executive Producer of Disney Infinity, confirmed that Once Upon a Toy in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World will be getting limited amounts of the game in on Saturday, September 20th, to sell. This will give people the game three days before anyone else here in the states.

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Will any of you be going to get Disney Infinity 2.0 at WDW on the 20th? Let us know.

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Update: The contest has ended. The winners of the contest are:

Grand Prize: Amie Ford

Runners Up: Dave Rigley and Krystal Fujii

Congrats to the winner and thank you to all who entered over at Infinity and Beyond

 

One of the best things I find with Disney Infinity is the amazing group of members we have over at our Facebook group Infinity and Beyond. This past week, we have surpassed the 2,000 member mark. Although we aren’t the biggest Disney Infinity group out there, I feel like we are one of the best. Therefore, to celebrate our members, we are going to be giving away a few things, including a Crystal Perry figure signed by John Vignocchi, Executive Producer of Disney Infinity.

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So, what are the prizes exactly? The Grand Prize is a pretty sweet prize pack, which includes:

Crystal Perry DI figure signed by John Vignocchi.

Crystal Perry DI figure signed by John Vignocchi.

Set of Stickers and Wallet (exclusive to the first issue of the UK DI magazine).

Set of Stickers and Wallet (exclusive to the first issue of the UK DI magazine).

Toys 'R' Us DI Treat Bag.

Toys ‘R’ Us DI Treat Bag.

 

Also, two runners up will each receive a code for a free Crystal Sulley online figure.

Winners will just get code. Cards will not be mailed.

Winners will just get code. Cards will not be mailed.

 

Pretty cool, right? So… how do you win? Follow these easy steps:

1. Go to our Facebook Group Infinity and Beyond and become a member (if you are not already).

2. Find the post to win the Crystal Perry figure, like the post, and comment that you would like to win.

3. Tell your friends (if you so choose).

 

This Friday night, at 6pm EDT, I will choose the winners from all of the people who enter and will contact them via Facebook.

As always, thank you to all of our members for making this past year with Infinity and Beyond an awesome one, and we are gearing up for a wonderful year to come with Disney Infinity 2.0.

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Hello everyone! The new information buzz has died down a bit since E3, but we hope to get more information in the days to come! Today I report to you all regarding a little easter egg that Disney left all of us fans at E3. Remember my first update from the event, there was a few little hints of things to come inside the toy box demo area. There was a picture of Mr. Toad hanging on the wall inside this room. Heres a little reminder?

Mr. Toads Wild Ride! I'm still afraid of this ride in Disneyland! I don't want to go to hell...  :(

Mr. Toads Wild Ride! I’m still afraid of this ride in Disneyland! I don’t want to go to hell… :(

So before I get into this even further, who is Mr. Toad? All the die hard Disney fans will know this, but the following is for those who don’t know…

Mr. Toad actually comes from “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad,” Disney’s 11th classic animated film that released in theaters on October 5th, 1949. It is an animated musical feature composed of two segments based on the stories “The Wind in the Willows,” by Kenneth Grahame, and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving.

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Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad is also known for his Disney Park Presence! “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” is one of the original Fantasyland rides that debuted when Disneyland first opened it’s gates, back in 1955. It also was one of the original rides when Disney World’s Magic Kingdom first opened its gates back in 1971. Disneyland’s version is still in operation today, but sadly is no longer opened in the Magic Kingdom. A chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff took over his Floridian home. “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride” is a classic and still popular to this day in Disneyland. Its the only ride that has a “hell” of an ending!

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Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland!

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland!

So enough history lessons, whats all this have to do with Disney Infinity? Well it so happens that while reviewing some B-roll footage, Buzz Lightyear was racing Merida in an interesting set of wheels! Does this car look familiar to anyone?

Racing "Wild Ride" style!

Racing “Wild Ride” style!

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To infinity and beyond!

Please note, this isn’t confirmed yet! But seeing this in action only gives us positive hopes of taking a “wild ride” in Infinity soon!

Well aside from total excitement, how else do you guys feel about more Disney goodness joining the Infinity Platform!? Hope you guys enjoyed this mini update. Please stay tune for more info. We only report it as it comes! Thanks for your patience!

Let us know what you think about Disney Infinity! Join us at the Infinity and Beyond Facebook page.

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After three amazing days of video game overdosage, E3 finally came to a close yesterday. It was a thrilling, action packed expo full of great gaming for all major consoles. Although many games were competing to be the best in show at the expo, they also fight to see who gives the best swag. I’m happy to report that Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes was the hot ticket item! These figures not only caused early morning stampedes to get to the line, but they also averaged two hour lines! The popularity of these guys were unprecedented! A great sign that these figures will fly off the shelfs!

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Hulk  and Spider Man from E3 giveaways!

On my final day at E3 I was given the opportunity to take a tour of the booth and to have a private demo from some of the game producers. While on this tour I was able to obtain more information that we haven’t heard before. I also took advantage and got some video footage of gameplay that I will be showing you guys in following updates. So for now, enjoy all this great new information below.

– LIFE MATTERS: Your figures health matters this time around! Your life doesn’t just regenerate anymore. You will now have to pick up sparks to refill your life bar. If your figure runs out of life, the toy breaks, and you have two options. You can either restart from your last check point or you can place a different figure on the portal. I am assuming this is specific to just the playsets and possibly in toy box challenges.

– DIFFERENT SPARKS: Ok guys! This one is pretty cool! You now have four different sparks to collect to help your figures progression. You can differentiate the sparks by color. Here is what they are and what they do…

  • GREEN SPARKS: They regenerate your health bar.
  • BLUE SPARKS: These sparks are your new economy.
  • PURPLE SPARKS: These regenerate your special ability bar.
  • ORANGE SPARKS: They build experience to level your character.
Cap picking up green sparks to regenerate health. Notice the green health bar on the bottom of the screen.

Cap picking up green sparks to regenerate health. Notice the green health bar on the bottom of the screen.

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Cap picking up purple sparks to regenerate his special ability bar. Notice the purple bar on the top left.

– BASE COMPATIBILITY: Now this one might be a little let down for some. I’m not sure if this is even a DI issue but more so a device issue. This is regarding upgrading consoles.

  • PS3 => PS4 – NO NEW BASE REQUIRED
  • XBOX 360 => XBOX ONE – NEW BASE REQUIRED
  • XBOX 360 => PS4 or PS3 => XBOX ONE – NEW BASE REQUIRED (this ones obvious)

– TOY BOXES ACROSS PLATFORMS: Also having to do with upgrading or using different devices in general, all your toy box saves will be available across platforms. The reason why you can do this is because your toy box saves are attached to your Disney ID. Its basically the same reason why you can pull up your toy box on an iPad and then pull it up on your console.

– SPIDER MAN PLAYSET IS BIG: Just like the Avengers playset, the Spider Man playset will be four times larger then the Incredibles playset, which was the largest playset in the first Disney Infinity game. I really like how are new playsets will be bigger on this round! Can’t wait!

– HULK’S LATE ENTRY: For those who don’t own the Sony consoles, Hulk will make his way to your home 30 days after launch. Just incase anyone still is confused, Hulk is a time exclusive for the Playstation, not a console exclusive. That would cause a lot of people to turn into a raging green monster!

Sorry Sony! I got my own time exclusive from Disney!

Sorry Sony! I got my own time exclusive from Disney!

– RESPECCING YOUR FIGURES: Respeccing your figures will be available, however what the process will be is still to be determined. The talent trees even have a button for it already in the build, but they are still tinkering with what will enable the respec. From analyzing this picture below, notice there are two circles on the bottom corners. One says 1 and the other says 2. Maybe you will only be limited to doing it twice? Then your figure would have to be releveled if you really wanted to respec badly enough. Still to be determined.

These talent trees are going to make this game so interesting!

– NEW DISC CATEGORY: We already know about the costume discs and team up discs, but with the reveal of the new Disney Power discs, there has been new lingo thrown around about a certain power disc type. Event discs is a new category. It is similar to the team up discs where they have to regenerate via timer and you have to summon them, but instead of it being another character fighting with you, you summon an event. One that was revealed a while back was the Hellicarrier Missile Strike and the new one revealed recently was Zeus’ Thunderbolt.

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Zeus’ Thunderbolt

– DUPLICATE DISC BONUS: Now any discs that you own that are duplicate, will give you an added bonus. It isn’t specific whether it will be a one time bonus or random bonus. Its also unknown whether it will be just experience. If anything, it may be several things like all four of the spark categories.

– COSTUME DISC BUFF: Costume discs allow you to change the appearance of a specific figure with in game. However, you will not be able to change all the characters into this costume. Instead if you play this disc with another figure, they will get an added attribute or buff.

– TOY BOX INTERIORS: When you build in your toy box, you are able to place a door on walls or buildings to allow building an interior. You will be allowed to build 10 levels deep. So basically 10 rooms within the interior. Thats pretty big! How about building inside the UP house??

– LEADER BOARDS: They are adding leader boards to the game. Now you can share and compete with your friends for ultimate bragging rights. Any challenges found inside playsets or the toy box, you will be able to share your results with your friends. There will also be top scorer leader boards.

– CHARACTER CROSS OVER BETWEEN PLAYSETS: Through out the playsets you will find tokens that indicate a connection with another character from a different playset. When you find all these tokens, you unlock a special mission. Once this mission is completed, you unlock that character’s cross over into that playset. Side note… NOT ALL CHARACTERS WILL CROSS OVER! Still can’t wait to see Spider Man swinging with the Avengers!

– SPECIAL CHARACTER BUILDERS: Aside from the normal builders inside the toy box, there are special Disney characters that have building attributes. For example, remember the Eve I showed you on another update? Well it turns out she is one of those characters. Because Eve harnesses life, when you drop her in an area, she will build a small forest! Another example is Captain Jack Sparrow’s first mate will build you a pirate themed town or the Sultan will build Agrabah. Pretty cool no?

Eve was placed in this area. Look at that little forest she has built!

Eve was placed in this area. Look at that little forest she has built!

Look at all the builders!

Look at all the builders!

– TOY BOX GAME TEMPLATES: I’m really excited for these! They have prebuilt template games ready to play when you build them in your toy box. To give you a couple examples, one is literally like Smash Brothers. You can invite up to three other friends to play with you and it will keep score. It has weapons and toys scattered around, just like in Smash Bros. Its pretty cool. The other example is probably my favorite. Its called Red Light-Green Light. You race over blocks that are colored green, and if you don’t pass them before they turn red, your character breaks, and you start from the check point. It was pretty fun!

Smash Brothers Infinity!

Smash Brothers Infinity!

Red Light! Green Light!

Red Light! Green Light!

Thats all the new info I got from my booth tour. A lot to take in! Oh and before I forget, a couple of other things I also saw inside the game. One is an update about Sven from Frozen. He is not a power disc. He is actually a toy you can unlock inside the game! We initially thought he would be a power disc, but its great that he isn’t. It means we get one more cool thing from the power discs instead! :)

SVEN!!!!!

SVEN!!!!!

Also, more Gravity Falls discovered! Guess who I found running around? Its the Gnome! Theres actually a toy tree trunk that when you are close enough, they pop right out! I saw three of these little buggers running around at one time! Awesome!

GNOME PUNTING IS ALLOWED!

GNOME PUNTING IS ALLOWED!

 

Guys, it was loads of fun covering E3 this year! Lots of exciting news for all of us fans of the Disney Infinity Platform. The whole event was fun, but Disney really put on a great show. I want you guys to know that everyone I spoke to and interacted with working the Disney booth was professional, very accommodating, and overall, great company. They answered all my questions and had lots of patience with me and the tons of media running around. Not to mention, they were always happy and smiling.

I want to say, on behalf of myself and the fans here at Infinity and Beyond VK, we thank you Disney! All of you did a remarkable job! I want to also say that everyone from Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software, you guys have created a masterpiece! We thank you times “infinity!” The fact that you guys are still working hard for us today is mind blowing. The demos themselves were incredible, yet the game isn’t even finished! Well done! And finally, a big thank you to John Vignocchi! His energy and enthusiasm makes him the perfect representative for Disney Infinity. I saw him at least seven times running around the convention center. You guys have no idea how busy he was.  I was fortunate enough to finally get to meet him briefly. What a true gentleman!

The true gem at E3 this year!

The true gem at E3 this year!

I hope you all enjoyed my three day coverage of Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes at E3 2014. Please know that there are more updates to come. Stay tuned!

Please join us on our Infinity and Beyond Facebook page and tells us what you think about DI 2.0!

 

 

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With lots a released information yesterday, the new info buzz wasn’t as loud today at the Expo. However, I say this with plenty of confidence, the creative geniuses at Avalanche Software and Disney Interactive have so much more in store for us with Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes and “Beyond!”. Because the flow of new info was limited to what was announced already and what I can discover while playing, I want to touch on a few things: New pieces of relevant info, some toy box builder in action images, brief descriptions of what the Spider Man heroes do, and talk about my experience with the controls. Again, all this was obtained and observed while taking pictures of the demos and playing the game. So enjoy this quick update!

The Spidey Gang!

The Spidey Gang!

First, lets talk about a couple new pieces of information I picked up while I was playing the game.

-Everyone remember the toy vault spins you needed to earn in order to take a crack at unlocking a toy you wanted? Well say good bye to it! Speaking to one of the producers, he mentioned that it is now gone. Instead, we will have a new way to earn our toys, and it will be quite fun. He had to be “hush hush” about it so he didn’t say what the new way would be. So no more random toy spins (I’m pretty happy about this).

-Everyone wanted to know if team up disks work with any figure? You bet they do! Heres one of the new team up discs, a rare, named Yondu. He’s pretty fast and attacks in a cool way. Below you will see that Merida decided to team up with him in this toy box! :) Also, will there be any new Disney property team up disks? Yup! Guess we will find out later this year!

Yondu, one of the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Yondu, one of the original members of the Guardians of the Galaxy!

Yondu and Merida taking a stroll!

Yondu and Merida taking a stroll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-We all know the answer to this one, but many of you have been wanting to see what a Disney character looks like on one of the new Marvel power discs that were handed out on Monday. Well since I was having fun with Merida, I decided to use her again, but this time on Jack O’Lantern’s hover board. Check her out!

Jack O'lantern's hover board!

Jack O’Lantern’s hover board!

Merida hoverin' around!

Merida hoverin’ around!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Tell me more about the skill trees! Well if I understood this correctly from one of the demo guys, you will earn one spec point for your skill tree every time you level up. So every level, you have a new decision to make on how you will spec your figure. Whether you want to work on Thor’s Lightning abilities or his melee attacking, you choose your path. “The possibilities are Infinite!” (Well not really, but you have many options).

What about our level 15 Elsa? Will she already be spec’d for me or will she have a 5 point talent tree?Well, you will have 15 points already available to you when you first drop her in the 2.0 toy box, so you can spec her talents to your choosing. The additional 5 points will be earned as you level her up to 20.

Another cool thing I learned is that these talent trees and specs will also be affected by new and old power discs. For those of you who thought some of your old power discs were a bit repetitive and useless, well now they have more purpose then you know. Some of the talent specs will be improved or even buffed with the old and new power discs! Pretty cool, no?

Maleficent! Its up to you how wicked you want her to be!!!

Maleficent! Its up to you how wicked you want her to be!!!

 

-One last thing that some of you have been wondering and I personally have been dying to know. Maleficent! I wasn’t too happy that the king cut her wings off. Will I be able to give her her wings back?!?!? Although I didn’t ask anyone or get any confirmation, I think if you carefully look at her talent tree above, you may get your answer! :) :) :)

 

I wanted to quickly touch on one thing about the new toy box builder feature. Its amazing! One of the developers demoed putting a piece of a tree down. Then the builders took off! I have a few snap shots that show you the tree being built over time. I only stuck around for the beginning, but eventually this tree would be massive and automatically stop, since the builders don’t max your toy box out. After that, you can edit and customize it. Pretty cool!

Looking for where to place your tree.

Looking for where to place your tree.

The building begins!

The building begins!

Branches begin to grow.

Branches begin to grow.

and grow some more!

and grow some more!

 

Ok, on to our newly revealed spider man heroes. Heres some basic info I overheard during a demo.

Lets start with Nova. Nova is a flying type character. He will be your Iron Man equivalent if you will, except have his own talents and attacks catered to him. He’s a cool looking figure.

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Nova

 

Nick Fury is awesome! He is considered a Melee figure and is fast at attacking! He is your equivalent to Black Widow, except again has his own abilities and talents. I love how he fires his hand guns! totally cool! Oh, and a cool surprise, he’s actually voiced by Nick Fury himself, Samuel L Jackson.  Love this figure!

No snakes on a plane here!

No snakes on a plane here!

 

Iron Fist! Also a melee fighter. His attacks will be unique and talents will be his own. He is a fun one to watch in game. No specific equivalent mentioned, but we can sort of figure that ourselves. Keep an eye on this one!

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Iron Fist

 

Both Spider Man and Venom have new features not seen in Avengers…They can swing! They both strike me like the flying hovering attackers, so Spidey would have a Thor equivalence and Venom a cross between Thor and Hulk. Their wall crawls are also pretty amazing! Check these bad boys out!

Spidey sense kicking in!

Spidey sense kicking in!

One of the coolest figures ever!

One of the coolest figures ever!

 

I didn’t want to show any game play pics as I’m working on that for another segment. I will show you some Spidey pics for the purpose of talking to you about my experience with the controls!

Ok, let me warn you! Although some of the game play will feel familiar, the controls are going to take some getting use to. You see the hovering-flying-attacking moves are new to 2.0, so it took me a few tries to get the right moves going. It will be easy over time, but these guys have different attacks and moves so each character will have different button configurations. I will say that this may seem to complicate things for some people, but honestly, I saw a five year old web swing flawlessly with Spidey in a matter of a minute. So get ready to learn a few new button configurations.

Hit X once!

Hit X once!

Hit X twice!

Hit X twice!

Hit X a third time and....

Hit X a third time and….

...hold it down! Now your web swinging like a pro!

…hold it down! Now your web swinging like a pro!

 

Ok folks, thats all for now! I am literally just walking out the door in a few minutes for our last and final day covering the E3 event! I should be getting some more info this time around so stay tuned! Talk to you guys soon!

 

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John Vignocchi revealed new Disney themed power discs on the SPIKE TV E3 Live stream. He mentioned that there will be 40 new Disney themed power discs. Check out the pictures from the live stream below on this brief update!

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Now the two pics below show a couple of other cool things that are not mentioned as power discs, but are cool little reveals. Check them out!

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Sven from Frozen and a cool Spider Man Billboard.

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The MYSTER SHACK and billboard from Gravity Falls!

More information to come on our coverage at E3 tomorrow! So what discs are you most excited for? Tell us below or on our Facebook page! Click Crystal Perry below to go there!

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It was a beautiful sunny day in down town Los Angeles today. The weather was great, there was hardly any traffic, and it was fairly quiet. Its funny to think that just last night the streets were going crazy here after the Los Angeles Kings won game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in a double overtime.

Staples Center, where the LA Kings, Lakers, and Clippers play. Literally right next to the LA Convention Center.

Staples Center, where the LA Kings, Lakers, and Clippers play. Literally right next to the LA Convention Center.

 

Well, it was quiet…until I made it into the E3 expo inside the Los Angeles Convention Center for my media registration. It was crazy busy inside, with many expo employees putting the final touches to this massive event. Large posters up here, roll carpet out there, wood work hammering for booths; It was madness!

E3 at the LA Convention Center.

E3 at the LA Convention Center.

 

I went inside to finalize my media credentials and give myself time to run around and take some pictures for all of you. After some technical difficulties with the badge printer, I was in!

I added the Infinity button of course! Gotta represent!

I added the Infinity button of course! Gotta represent!

 

Before I left to check out the expo area, I decided to go to the media rooms to see where I would be posting my next article during the event. While in there, I ran into this “furry” reporter named Ray. Ray is actually a service dog for a fellow gaming reporter. This is his third E3 event and he’s actually featured on the E3 website right now. Hope to see him wagging his tail around the gaming booths in the next couple days!

Check out Ray sporting his Pac-Man leash. Sweetest dog ever!

Check out Ray sporting his Pac-Man leash. Sweetest dog ever!

 

And so off I went! Although we weren’t allowed into the expo areas just yet, the lobbies were pretty decked out in gaming ads. My plan was to get tons of pictures, but I couldn’t. Expo reps came to stop a lot of us from doing just that. So I went outside to get exterior shots and to take a look at this awesome Titan Fall display. Heres the one shot I managed to get inside and all the exterior shots.

If you squint hard enough, on the left hand side, up the red staircase, you will see those infinity posters with Spidey! NO..Your not squinting hard enough!!

If you squint hard enough, on the left hand side, up the red staircase, you will see those Infinity posters with Spidey on them! NO..Your not squinting hard enough!!

West Hall where all the bigs boys like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will be.

West Hall where all the bigs boys like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will be.

South Hall where I will be most of the time...Disney Interactive of course!

South Hall where I will be most of the time…Disney Interactive of course!

The Concourse level. It will connect both halls and have other hidden goodies.

The Concourse level. It will connect both halls and have other hidden goodies.

Across the street, Nvidia has this awesome life-size Titian Fall statue.

Across the street, Nvidia has this awesome life-size Titian Fall statue.

You can see the size to scale with people next to it! Its pretty awesome!

You can see the size to scale with people next to it! Its pretty awesome!

 

Thats all for now! Stay tuned this Tuesday for the first installment of our three day Disney Infinity E3 coverage!

See you Tuesday!

See you Tuesday!

 

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Last month we brought you information regarding rumored Marvel figures being brought to the new Disney Infinity Marvel Super Heroes platform. We had information from a reliable source reflecting the Toys R’ Us database of SKUs. Well yesterday a future Best Buy store ad was leaked. The Infinity information on the store ad coincides with the information we reported. We did not post until we could verify if the ad was legitimate. Although we believe this ad to be real, please note that it is still not official. This is what the entire page looks like in that section of the ad…

Lower right corner you see Disney Infinity info

Lower right corner you see Disney Infinity info

 

If you look closer below, on the right hand side it states, “Also available for pre-order: Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) figures including Captain America, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Iron Fist, Venom, Marvel Power Discs and Ultimate Spider-Man Play Set.”

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They also are giving away an additional figure if you preorder the game with them.

 

We also have seen that Venom appears on the Target Pre-order Card as well as the Release date which is listed as September 23rd, 2014.

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All this information coincides with our earlier reports regarding the Toys R’ Us SKU database so this is looking very promising. I do want to reiterate the fact that although this may look like credible information, nothing is yet confirmed. We will give the confirmation honor to the wizards at Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software. Until then, enjoy the nice leaks of information until next week when we shed more light for you at E3.

If you wish to catch up and read the previous articles regarding the Toys R’ Us SKU database, please follow the follow four links, as they all point to different bits of information.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Packs

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The “Disney” in Disney Infinity

 

E3 is a few days away so stay tuned for up to the minute coverage by yours truly! See you all then!

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Special Event Swag!

Hello everyone! I’m happy to report my review of my recent trip to San Francisco for the D23 Disney Interactive Maleficent early screening event! (sheesh! try saying that five times really fast!) It was a last minute trip, but a fun one! You probably already know all the details, but this is a quick recap/review of the event.

D23, the official Disney Fan Club, had an event being put on by Disney Interactive. In this event they would be revealing two new figures for the new Disney Infinity 2.0, as well as screen the all new Maleficent movie two days before its release date.

Well on May 28th, at 7:00PM, the event took place at the AMC Metreon 16. It was a really nice theater. Felt a bit upper class, but I think it had to do with its cleanliness and location.

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There was a long line of patrons waiting to go inside. They had us check in at a small table to prove we were D23 member ticket holders for the event. Once checked in, we would have to wear our infinity buttons as proof that we had tickets to be allowed into the main theater. They took all our cameras and laptops away before entering, however we would be allowed to take pictures of the event with our phones up until the movie started. Thats when cell phones had to be turned off or it was no movie for you. We were also given complementary popcorn and a soda for us to enjoy during the movie.

I will be sporting this button at E3!

I will be sporting this button at E3!

 

Once inside, at approximately 7:12, Johnny V came to the front of the theater and began his presentation. A few attempts on the overly loud microphone, and finally we were off. He began the presentation talking about what Infinity is and what it has become. Similar opening to the one at the Marvel event, but a lot shorter with no sales numbers. He finally began leading up to the new figures by saying, “Well we are all excited about the Marvel Super Heroes, but many people have been asking, ‘Wheres my Disney figures?’ Well, heres our answer!” And he begins revealing our Maleficent! I took many pictures and sent them via text to our very own Travis Denman so you could get the info as soon as possible. Well, I won’t repost too many pics, but here are a couple!

 

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And these are the official figure pictures released by Disney a few days later…

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Johnny V revealed the pictures, figures, and the nice little video trailer which was really cool and funny with Mike at the end. I was going to post that as well, but Johnny V wanted us to not post the video since they would release it to the public the following Friday. So we respected his wishes! The video has now been out for a bit, and just incase you haven’t seen it, here it is again.

Johnny V thanks us, tells us to enjoy the film, and leaves the front of the theater. He was classy, very excited, and a fun host for the event. It was great seeing him make a trip just to give us a brief 15 minute presentation. Very nice of him indeed!

Well, one last security/Disney-exec looking person tells us to please turn off our phones or we would not be allowed to view the film. We all comply, and the movie begins. Less then a minute into the movie, once we pass the windmill in the opening scene, the sound goes silent. We begin to watch a silent film from the days of our past, except this time in color. After all the patrons are vocal in the theater, they stop the projector and ask us to be patient as they are having technical difficulties.

We all wait in hopes that the movie will begin soon. Few people behind us get a little restless but nothing too serious. About five minutes later they begin the movie again. The movie looks and “sounds” great. Once we pass the windmill part, the theater cheers and claps as they finally fixed the problem. Few minutes later, Maleficent and the little boy are now silent. Their lips move, but nothing comes out. The musical score and sounds effects can all be heard, but the main dialogue was not working properly as they were all silent. Patrons begin to complain, but the movie plays on. Guest start to yell jokes out loud and it amuses the entire crowd. “Talk louder!” “I can’t hear you!” Still, we continue to watch this for about 5-6 minutes until they finally stop the film and tell us they are having technical difficulties. We all wait for another 15 minutes while they try to fix the issue. People get up to get their popcorn and use the restroom. Others complain to staff as they find out its an AMC issue and not Disney. They begin doing tests by running trailers on the screen. Jamie Fox appears on screen as they show one of his new movie trailers. The sound works, but Jaime Fox’s lines don’t come out. He also is silent. Looks like the problem is still not working. A couple minutes later we hear a bang in the projector room. It seems banging the projector with a hammer may be the solution. Lol! After a long 30 minutes, the movie begins again and plays perfectly, this time all the way through!

We all get up, leave the theater, and are greeted by the Disney and AMC staff. Disney gives us our special edition posters and AMC gives us complementary movie passes for another future movie. I jump in the car, drive home for 6 hours, and during the trip my girl friend and I discuss what we thought of the film.

What I think of the film? I enjoyed it! I will not give you any spoilers, but its not your traditional take on the Sleeping Beauty story. I almost prefer it over the classic. Its worth seeing. Go check it out!

In conclusion, despite the projector issues, the event was well organized and professionally done. I loved the fact that Johnny V came out to San Francisco to personally give the presentation for the event. It was a nice touch! I will definitely give him my personal thanks when I see him at E3! Hope you all enjoyed the recap. Please stay tuned for up to the minute updates next week when E3 comes to LA!

See you all then!

Special Event Swag!

Special Event Swag!

 

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On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Disney Infinity and Marvel will be holding an exclusive media event where they will be unveiling “the latest chapter” of Disney Infinity. The event will be held in Hollywood, CA. On hand will be the President of Disney Interactive, Joe Pitaro, and the Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada. Here is a part of the invite sent to Infinity and Beyond earlier this afternoon.

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Last week, Marvel released a teaser for Disney Infinity showing Captain America’s shield, as well as labeling the project “2.0 Edition”.

Will this be additional content for the current Disney Infinity game, or something totally new? Stay tuned to Infinity and Beyond as we bring you more updates as we find out.

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This past week has been a crazy one for Disney Infinity release dates. Wave 2 characters we thought would be released in December to the masses became 2013 exclusive to big box retailers. A 2014 release was announced to be 2013 online exclusive. Other releases with potential release dates were put into question. All of that being said, let’s run down what we now know.

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Rapunzel

11/22/13   US & Canada Release- Walmart 2013 Exclusive

11/28/13  Australia Release- EB Games

 

Wreck-It Ralph

11/22/13  US Release- Best Buy 2013 Exclusive

11/26/13  Canada Release- Best Buy 2013 Exclusive

11/28/13  Australia Release- EB Games

11/29/13  UK Release- Smyths/ GAME

 

Vanellope

11/24/13  US Release- Target 2013 Exclusive

11/26/13  Canada Release- Target 2013 Exclusive

11/28/13  Australia Release- EB Games

11/29/13  UK Release- Smyths/ GAME

Both Ralph and Vanellope were believed to be widespread released in December. Due to these announcements, you will have to wait until 2014 to get them outside of the exclusive stores, at least here in North America. 

 

Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey

11/25/13  UK Release- GAME

12/05/13  Denmark Release- Amazon

12/12/13  US Release- Amazon

As of right now, the only way you can get Mickey in the US on 12/12/13 is through Amazon’s holiday bundle, which is priced at $199.99 and includes almost all of the single characters and Play Sets currently released.

 

Anna & Elsa from FROZEN

11/28/13  Australia Release- EB Games

11/29/13  UK Release- GAME

Reports are that DisneyQuest down in WDW (in the Downtown Disney area) already has the FROZEN Toy Box pack, which also includes the FROZEN terrain and skydome Power Discs, out on the shelves and for sale.

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Infinite Crystal Series

11/15/13  UK Release- Amazon     Jack Sparrow

11/15/13  UK Release- GAME        Lone Ranger

11/15/13  UK Release- Tesco        Sulley

11/28/13  France Release- Amazon  Buzz Lightyear

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There are no new Infinite Crystal Series releases scheduled for North America, and Australia has gotten almost all, if not all, of them.

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Power Discs

11/10/13  US Release- TRU           Captain’s Hook Ship (#5 in series)

11/17/13  US Release- TRU           Tron Interface (#6 in series)

11/19/13  US Release- Target        Power Disc Series 2- Complete Set w/ Album

11/26/13  Power Disc Series 2

Like the Infinite Crystal Series, most of the 10 gold pack exclusive Power Discs have already been released outside of North America.

NOTE: Anything with a date in Bold will be releasing this coming week (11/10-11/16).

As new announcements are made, we will work to update this Release Rundown weekly.

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Have a great rest of the weekend.