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Apologies for this being delayed. Between our schedules and me being away on vacation, things have been crazy. However, today I am proud to present our Infinity and Beyond SDCC Review for Disney Infinity. We had one of our Infinity and Beyond group members Sarah Mennuto on hand for the festivities on Thursday and Friday, where she got to experience the new Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set and the Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box first hand. Here’s Sarah with her report.

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I attended this years Comic Con in San Diego and had the opportunity to get an exclusive look at Disney Infinity 2.0 while speaking with two of the senior producers. Let me be the first to say that Disney Infinity has really stepped up their game. It’s visually stunning, the controls are smooth, and overall the game became more of a challenge compared to 1.0.
My first play of the game was at the Disney Infinity booth in the Exhibit Hall. I played the Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set while talking to a very informative senior producer by the name of Christian Arretche. He did a little bit of explaining of what was new and gave me a feel of how the game worked.
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In the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, I had an exclusive interview with Michael Schneider, another senior producer. From my interview, I learned quite a bit. Some simple (but oh-so necessary) things that were added to the game, including a mini map at the bottom of the screen which tells you the location of other players, other missions, enemies, and the next checkpoint for current missions. Along with that, on your screen, a yellow/gold box appears with a number showing you how far away you are from your next mission point. This is something I think is simple but completely helpful. Compared to 1.0 where you have a green arrow by your feet pointing you in the direction. This gives you a better idea of your distance.
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Something I noticed that DI did was take popular elements of other games and added them to this game. For example, a huge addition to 2.0 is something called a skill tree. If you are familiar with games such as Borderlands, Watchdogs, Diablo, and so on, you’ll know exactly what a skill tree is and how it works. For those who are unfamiliar, a skill tree is basically a branching system. If you are playing as Groot and collected enough skill points to unlock a new skill, you go over to the skill tree, click the one you want and that opens a new path to a new skill you couldn’t get before. It’s an exciting new concept that keeps players scavenging for skill points so they can clear their skill tree open. Each character has their own set of different skills special to them. For example, Groot can strength his branches into a strong armor or use a brutal root attack. The good news is that 1.0 characters transition into 2.0 and gain their own skill tree as well. Another new element added to 2.0 is that when playing two players and one player is down, the other player can go rescue them by reviving them. Such techniques we have seen before in other video games such as Left 4 Dead. The skill tree has a specific option that upgrades that power by making it faster to revive a player. 2.0 also has a new skill point system. Instead of collecting the same blue skill points, there are now three different colors of skill points: purple, red, and blue.
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Power discs. You know ’em, you love ’em, you struggle to get them all. Well 2.0 came out with an astounding amount of new and exciting power discs. Discs include costume discs, special attacks, and special additions. I had the pleasure of seeing examples of each. The first was a Nick Fury missile attack. While playing as Gamora, you put down the special attack disc and wait a few minutes while your disc charges up. Once the attack is charged up, you aim and click. In seconds, missiles come flying down on the foes. The next disc was a AI character (similar to the ghost warrior in the Lone Ranger set). The AI disc took much longer to charge up than the special attack but it is well worth the wait. When used, a side kick appears and starts to beat up the enemies by your side. Lastly was the costume disc. Some characters have skins that you can add. Gamora has one that strengths her and changes her costume. Other characters can use it for the benefits but don’t gain the skin (which makes sense…you don’t expect to see Hulk in a skin tight suit).
Some of the new Marvel Skydome and Texture Power Discs.

Some of the new Marvel Skydome and Texture Power Discs.

There’s been rumors about having crossover characters. For example, Nova from the Spider-man playset can cross over into the Guardians of the Galaxy set. The catch is that in order to get the ability to have Nova in Guardians, you must collect 10 of the Nova chips in the Guardians playset to gain access. When I asked producer, Michael Schneider, which characters crossover, he only told me that characters that make sense with other characters crossover.
Not only did I get a chance to play the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I got to mess around in the Toy Box with some of the new characters. I learned that each new character has a special attack which takes time to charge up after use. Stitch has a ray gun that traps someone and they explode, Maleficent waves her staff and calls crows to attack, Tinkerbell flys circles around the player and attacks, and  there’s so many more to discover. In the Toy Box are lots of cool new features. An important one is something called Builders. Which basically means a template. The example I saw was a treehouse. It looks like a stump but when it is set down, it builds up to a giant tree house. This also works with things like race tracks. Instead of building a track piece by piece, it is as simple as placing down a track, driving your car up to the starting line, and starting your race with a click of a button. This feature is fun for people who aren’t master builders but like to have their own fun in their own toy box. Now for those who are master builders, there is a very useful feature when trying to build and use the same pieces you’ve been using. You now have the option to favorite pieces and filter out others. So if you are building a strictly Cars themed box, you can filter out irrelevant pieces for the time being to make it easier to navigate while building. Disney Infinity 2.0 starter pack also comes with two power discs that contain two Toy Box games: Fight for Asgard and Escape from the Kyln.
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Overall, I had a fantastic experience meeting new people and getting to see firsthand Disney Infinity 2.0. From new playsets to being 4x larger than the largest of 1.0 to playing as Rocket jumping on Groot’s back shooting enemies, this game has it all. I’m beyond excited to start playing this game and finding out even more.
-Sarah Mennuto
Thanks Sarah! I, for one, am also very excited about all that has been announced recently, both during SDCC and since. Disney is really amping up their game for 2.0, and it shows.
Were you at SDCC and had the chance to play with Disney Infinity 2.0? What did you think? Let us know over at our Facebook group Infinity and Beyond.

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UPDATE: The winner has been chosen. Congrats to Christopher Michael from our Facebook group. Hope you enjoy! Thanks to all who entered.


Last week, Vinylmation Kingdom and five other Vinylmation/ Disney news outlets participated in a week long puzzle promo with the Disney Store, where we pieced together puzzles that revealed these: the SDCC Exclusive Pixar Villains Vinylmations.

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These awesome guys have been sold at the Funko Booth at SDCC and are limited to 480 each. They will NOT be released in Disney Stores or online. Their allotment has been sold out every day so far, and that trend is expected to continue today and tomorrow.

As crazy as this week has been, I came in to work yesterday to find another box from the Disney Store, this time containing one of the Hopper figures, which matched my puzzle. With it came a note from the Disney Store asking me to share it with our readers, giving one of them an exclusive chance to win a Comic-Con collectible.

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Hopper with the puzzle (puzzle not in giveaway).

Hopper with the puzzle (puzzle not in giveaway).

So, how can you win Hopper? Starting at midnight tonight, we will hold a raffle through Raffle Copter (posted below). There are many ways to enter to win, including a daily tweet. Contest ends midnight on August 3rd, and I will draw the winner when I get home from vacation on August 6th, if not before.

Thanks again to the Disney Store for allowing us to give our readers this great chance to own an awesome custom.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and Conditions:
Contest ends Sunday, August 3rd. Winner will be chosen and announced on Wednesday, August 6th (Travis, who is running the raffle, will be on vacation through the 5th).
Winner will be chosen from all valid entries. Vinylmation Kingdom reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who is caught cheating. Entries WILL be checked.
Open to all. US Winner will have item shipped via USPS First Class mail w/ tracking. International winners agree to pay shipping to their location.
Vinylmation Kingdom, the Disney Store, and any of their staff are not responsible if item is lost or damaged in transit.

 

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Hi everyone. Its been an exciting weekend for fans of all sorts with Comic Con coming to a close. Lots of madness in down town San Diego, with over 100,000 people flooding the streets of a city that is built to accommodate 46,000. On Saturday, Disney Infinity was hosting a private D23 event at their outside pop-up shop location. They had quite a set up for the D23 members. They were showing live demos, hands on gameplay, sketch artists drawing anything you requested, nice little give aways, servers walking around with hor d’oeuvres, free booze, and they had a nice poster signing event with the creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch. I even got to watch a live filming of toy box TV and had the pleasure of chatting with the very sweet Allison! Aside from playing the game, she was the highlight of the whole trip! :) It was a nice calm event compared to when it was open to the general public, so if you are not a D23 member yet, consider joining!

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Allison interviewing Alex Hirsch for Toy Box TV

Allison interviewing Alex Hirsch for Toy Box TV

Creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch

Creator of Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch

While waiting in line for the sketch artists, they had a big glass case showing us the amazing display base that comes with the PS3 and PS4 collectors editions of the game. Because they had officially announced the Marvel villains, Loki was sitting in his rightful place next to the big frost giant. Enjoy some great pics of this beauty!

Isn't this thing gorgeous?

Isn’t this thing gorgeous?

LOKI!!! Cant wait to see what his figure will do!

LOKI!!! Cant wait to see what his figure will do!

Epic battle, frozen in time, to be right in your very home!

Epic battle, frozen in time, to be right in your very own home!

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Close up on Loki.

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Another angle.

People who got a sketch made were not only treated to any character they wanted drawn, but they were also given the power disc given away at the Gravity Falls signing, Mabel’s Kitten Fists! Very cool! I got this drawn in honor of the newest rumored character to join infinity.

KITTEN FISTS!!!!

KITTEN FISTS!!!!

Wish they were both rumored...as a playset! Only time will tell!

Wish they were both rumored…as a playset! Only time will tell!

It was time to play the Guardians of the Galaxy Playset. I lined up and got to play it on the Wii-U. It was loads of fun, but I wanted to try it again, this time with the PS4! I just love this playset! This is by far my favorite playset I’ve played out of the three. It just feels different, but familiar at the same time. It also kind of gives you a feel of what Star Wars could feel like when it comes to Infinity one day. I loved playing with these figures! Groot has this wicked ranged attack that travels underground and completely destroys the enemies. It makes me want to get him immediately at launch. As most of you know, I love Rocket! He is by far my favorite of the 6 GOTG figures. But don’t worry, all 5 are just amazing. Rocket has this epic special ability where he shoots his huge guns in berserk mode! Like he literally is like a rabid, rabies infested raccoon, wrecking havoc everywhere with massive machine guns! Totally awesome! For all of you asking for unique attacks in infinity 1.0 between all the figures, 2.0 is the answer you’ve been waiting for. These figures totally embody unique attacks between the characters. Not to mention the talent trees are going to help even more. I just hope they can figure out away to make all the cars figures unique themselves.

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I AM GROOT!

My favorite playset so far!

My favorite playset so far!

Ok, now I need to point something out. I think these are the most unique figures designed so far. They have something that stands out from all the figures…their base! Thats right, the metal looking platform base they all are standing on is cool, but not for the reasons you would think. Everyone of these charters have a base below that have these thematic holes designed into them. So whats the big deal? Well, when you set them on the Infinity Platform, preferably with no power discs below them, the light from the platform shines up through the holes and adds some kind of glow to them. Now they may not be lightcore like skylanders, but it definitely makes the figures look cooler with a light glow shining up at the figure. Just a nice touch!

Star Lord is fun to blast off with, Drax has sick spin moves, and Gamora is wicked fast!

Star Lord is fun to blast off with, Drax has sick spin moves, and Gamora is wicked fast!

Not the best picture to show the light coming through, but I will have that on another update!

Not the best picture to show the light coming through, but I will have that on another update!

So after playing as Rocket for a while and enjoying how incredible the collectors edition display base looked, I decided it was time to preorder and get my very own Rocket and limited edition poster! You only got Rocket and the poster if you preordered the game there. If you preordered inside the convention, you got a Groot figure. They had these amazing staff members helping you preorder via iPad. Was quick and easy! Thanks for my Rocket guys!

Props to Disney for having such fun and helpful staff!

Props to Disney for having such fun and helpful staff!

My very own Rocket Raccoon! :) :) :)

My very own Rocket Raccoon! :) :) :)

It was right in front of me! All I had to do was grab it and run! Oh well....guess I will wait until September!

It was right in front of me! All I had to do was grab it and run! Oh well….guess I will wait until September!

Disney put on a spectacular event! The staff was friendly, the pop up shop was filled with amazing little surprises, and the D23 event made it more intimate. Can’t wait for news from the next event at the summit in Salt Lake city. Wish I can go! Enjoy a few more pics to get a feel for how great this event was.

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Did you enjoy this update? Join us on our Facebook page, Infinity and Beyond, and stay current with up to the minute details on more infinity news!

My final haul!

My final haul!

CLICK ROCKET! CLICK HIM!

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For a while now, we have been wondering what the second Toy Box Game Disc was coming out with the Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack. Since the announcement back in April, we have been well aware of the “Tower Defense” game disc, which is officially called Attack on Asgard. However, the other disc was just known as a “Dungeon Crawler” game. Being that it looked like Ronan was on the face of the disc, we had a pretty good feeling that once the Guardians of the Galaxy information was released, we might see this disc. Today at SDCC, the disc has been revealed.

In this picture from our friends over at Stitch Kingdom, we see the disc with Ronan, the villain from Guardians of the Galaxy. With that comes a title: Escape From the Kyln.

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Now, in the Marvel Universe, the Kyln is a maximum security prison, and I am assuming the prison that appears in the upcoming movie, seeing as Star-Lord is one of the more famous residents there.

Pretty cool, huh?

Stayed tuned all week as we bring you more information from SDCC.

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Seems like this year, Disney Infinity will be EVERYWHERE at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). In addition to having their Pop-Up Arcade offsite open to the public (as in: you do not need to have a SDCC badge to enter), they will also be inside the convention, as well as other places around San Diego. Here is where you can find the Disney Infinity team.

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Here is a bit more information on each of the spaces and events. Thank you to Stitch Kingdom for this rundown:

  • Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop: From July 23-26, the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at 343 4th Ave. (between J & K streets), will be the official headquarters of Disney Infinity. Open to the public from 5PM-10PM each day, fans will have their first hands-on experience with the game where they can play in both the Play Set mode as well as the newly updated Toy Box mode. Fans will be able to pre-order Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and be treated to special guests, giveaways and other surprises.
  • Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Event: On July 24 from 3PM-5PM, Marvel Unlimited Plus Members can access the Pop-Up Shop for a special Open House event. There will be special giveaways and other surprises.
  • D23 Member Event: On July 26 from 2PM-4PM, D23 Members can access the Pop-Up Shop for a special Disney-themed event. Alex Hirsch, creator of Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls,” will be on site for an autograph session. There will be special giveaways and other surprises.
  • Marvel Games Panel (Room #6A): On July 26 from 12:30PM -1:30PM, Disney Infinity Executive Producer John Vignocchi will participate in the Marvel Games Panel to talk about Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and reveal big news. Marvel will also be making a series of announcements for upcoming games. Be sure to check it out for more surprises and limited edition giveaways.
  • Marvel Booth (#2329): The Marvel booth will host Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game demos and attendees will have a chance to play and pre-order the game. John Vignocchi will host daily on-stage presentations. There will also be limited edition giveaways and autograph sessions with special guests.
  • Microsoft Game Lounge (San Diego Hyatt): Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be showcased and fans will have the opportunity to get hands-on time with the game.

Looking forward to SDCC? I know I am. Unfortunately, I will not be there, but i am happy to announce that one of our friends, Sarah M., will be reporting for Infinity and Beyond from a special Media Tour of the Pop Up Arcade (and possibly even an interview), throughout the weekend from the floor of SDCC, and hopefully from the Marvel Games Panel on Saturday. Also, Abraham, who reported to us from E3 and the Maleficent event, will be on hand at the D23 Members Event on Saturday.

Are you going to SDCC… and perchance the Marvel Unlimited Plus Event? Want to send us news and pics? We are always looking for fun Disney Infinity stuff from the convention. Email any pics or information to travis@vinylmationkingdom.com throughout SDCC, and I will update everyone on the site and Facebook page.

To everyone that is going, have a blast!

 

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The Disney Store has released on their Facebook page official images of the upcoming SDCC Pixar Villains Vinylmations.

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The Disney Store also released this little blurb:

Introducing our special set of Pixar Villains Vinylmation figures premiering at San Diego Comic-Con!

We’ll reveal even more Vinylmation news this Wednesday, including a chance to win this entire set!

Stay tuned on Wednesday as we reveal more information once released!

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This weekend, our friends over at The Nerdist reported that 21 custom X-Box One consoles will be given away during SDCC this year. Here is what you need to do in order to win one:

In order to win, simply head over the Xbox Gaming Lounge (located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport Ballroom) and start ogling the custom Xbox One consoles. Once you’ve picked your jaw up off of the floor, snap a photograph of your favorite one, add a sweet filter if that’s your thing, then tweet it for your chance to take home the ultimate con exclusive: a custom Xbox One. Make sure that you follow @Xbox, tweet the photo of your favorite console in the Xbox Gaming Lounge, and include the hashtags #XboxOne and  #XboxSweeps or your entry will be like so many tears in the rain: lost.

In addition to the Disney Infinity one seen above, other designs include Fantasia: Music Evolved, Titanfall, and Lego Batman 3. Here is a look at all 21.

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For those of you that are Nerdists like myself, take note: their special Burrito custom console has its’ own set of rules:

That’s right — you can unlock the “Enjoy Your Burrito” life achievement at this year’s SDCC. Be sure to keep an eye tuned to @Xbox on Twitter and watch for a very special tweet with more info. When the time is right, all you’ll have to do to win is retweet it and sacrifice a cattle to the Elder Gods. Okay, maybe just retweeting it will suffice, but you get the picture.

For those of you attending SDCC, good luck and let us know if you win a custom console!

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It’s been a “fun” week, getting puzzle pieces in from Disney and scrambling trying to figure out what they all mean. The final box came today and with it, pieces to complete the puzzle. Here’s my puzzle, Hopper from A Bug’s Life.

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No other information came with the final set of pieces, but this is what we can gather: San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) will be where they will be released exclusively as open window boxes. As of this post, I only know of six different figures, each from a puzzle another media outfit has received:

~ Hopper (A Bug’s Life)- Vinylmation Kingdom

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~ Zurg (Toy Story)- Stitch Kingdom

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~ Stinky Pete (Toy Story 2)- Vinylmation World

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~ Chef Skinner (Ratatouille)- Inside the Magic

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~ Randall (Monsters Inc.)- Chip and Company

~ Incrediboy (The Incredibles)- Destination Vinylmation

Exact location and selling policy is not known, but there is rumor that they will be sold at the Funko booth inside SDCC.

Stay tuned for updates later today as we find out more complete puzzles.

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We have had a few sneak peeks at the up and coming Pixar Villains series which will be available at the San Diego Comic Con including Hopper & Chef Skinner. Now thanks to our friends over at Stitch Kingdom, we now have another sneak peek via a press kit jigsaw which looks to be Zurg from Toy Story.

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BsNvWIhIYAA3BpgFor those Disney Infinity fans who are are in the San Diego area on July 26th and are D23 members (Gold/Silver), Disney are putting on a preview event where fans can try out 2.0 before the release in the Fall.

Here are the details on the event.

Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) Preview at San Diego Comic-Con
Event Date: Saturday, July 26 Location: 343 4th Avenue, San Diego, Calif. 92101

Overview –  Be among the first to experience the Marvel Super Heroes Play Sets, plus special surprises and giveaways!

Tickets – No tickets or reservations required, please present your D23 Membership Card for entry.

Details –  D23 Member event is 2–4 p.m. One (1) guest allowed per D23 Member.

D23 Members are invited to join Disney Interactive for an exclusive Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) preview event at San Diego Comic-Con! From 2–4 p.m. on July 26, D23 Members are taking over and getting exclusive time to preview this hotly anticipated game.

Swing by the Disney Infinity pop-up shop for a special hands-on experience with Disney Infinity (2.0 Edition) including the Marvel Super Heroes Play Sets and the enhanced Toy Box that includes all-new Disney characters. Plus, there are plenty of special surprises and giveaways in store for D23 Members and their guests!

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s initial launch, Disney Interactive announced that Disney Infinity’snext chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, will hit stores this fall. In the all-new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode. For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

NOTE: Available only to D23 Gold and Silver Members in good standing. Each D23 Member may bring up to one (1) guest. Space is limited. This event is not at the San Diego Convention Center, and Comic-Con admission is not required. D23 Members must bring their D23 Membership Card and a valid photo ID. D23 Members who do not bring their membership card will not be admitted to the event. All D23 Special Events are subject to change without notice.