April 16, 2014

New ‘Toy Story’ Themed Toy Boxes Hit Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity has proven to be incredibly popular, with sets and figures often selling out at retailers. Recently, it was announced that the gaming platform had sold through over 1 million units, effectively branding the venture a great success for Disney Interactive and developer Avalanche Software. With the holidays rapidly approaching, and the hunt for gifts beginning, sales are just ramping up, especially as Disney has continued to pledge updates and new content. Each week, new Toy Boxes are uploaded for gamers to download (for free!) and explore, providing significantly more replay value than we have come to expect from games in this age. Today, several Toy Story-themed Toy Boxes have been unleashed, and you can take a look at them after the break!

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‘Toy Story’ Play Set Heading To ‘Disney Infinity’

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Toy Story is easily one of the most popular franchises at Disney, so it is only fitting that the series would receive its very own play set for Disney Infinity. Plans to release a play set for the huge property were announced at the D23 Expo in August. Now, we have more details and many more images featuring Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the rest of the gang. After the break, take a look at a collection of new images from the play set, watch a video delving into the set, and find out when you can pick one up!

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Easter Egg: Pixar Ball Found In Mickey Mouse Short

Mickey Mouse Short - Pixar Ball

Mickey Mouse is one of the most recognizable characters in the world, having captivated generations for decades. Although his popularity has never faded, the Disney mascot has recently experienced a bit of a resurgence due to great new shorts starring the character. The artistic style of the shorts has been gorgeous, mixing classic character designs and humor with a modern setting. In the most recent short, while admiring the beautiful backgrounds, a familiar Pixar easter egg could be seen. Take a look at it after the break!

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D23 Expo: Pixar’s Connection To Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’

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Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) was on hand at the D23 Expo this past weekend as part of the Let The Adventures Begin: Live Action At The Walt Disney Studios presentation. Bird, along with co-writer Damon Lindelof (Lost), presented artifacts in their continued myth building for the 2014 Disney live-action film, Tomorrowland. The mysterious “1952″ box, which has been utilized for the last several months to tease the film, was brought out on stage and explored in front of the audience. A few enigmatic items from the Disney studios past were unveiled, a doctored picture of Walt Disney with Amelia Earhart was shown and a vintage copy of Amazing Stories was used as a key for some cryptic message decoding. But by far the most interesting and entertaining portion of the presentation – and the bit that had me most intrigued about the project – was a clip of animation that has ties to Pixar.

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Disney Infinity: Complete List Of Power Discs In Wave 1

Disney Infinity - Wave 1 Power Discs

The magic word in Disney Infinity is customizability, as the platform allows players to build their own worlds using a variety of Disney and Pixar franchises as inspiration. The ability to build comes in its Toy Box Mode, where characters from different worlds, such as Dash from The Incredibles and Mike from Monsters University can interact. While there will be a large number of options included in the game at start, power discs that unlock additional options will be sold at retailers. After the break, find a full gallery of the power discs that make up the first wave, along with descriptions of the power each of them will unlock!

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Watch: Build Your Own Racing Tracks In ‘Disney Infinity’

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Since the announcement of Disney Infinity, the new gaming platform that utilizes both Disney and Pixar franchises, much of the focus has been on the customizability of the initiative. The Toy Box mode allows gamers to mix characters from the distinct Disney/Pixar worlds and build a world for them to play in. Today, Disney Interactive has given us another idea of how huge the scope of the level of customization will be – you can build your own tracks for the characters to race on. After the break, you can check out video, photos, and more details of the track builder in Disney Infinity!

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Disney Infinity ‘Cars’ Playset Unveiled With New Trailer and 30+ Images

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Disney Infinity is an ambitious new gaming platform that will allow gamers to venture into the world of select Disney/Pixar properties, such as Monsters University, The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean. Additionally, the Toy Box mode within the game lets the various characters interact with one another, potentially making this the largest Disney crossover ever. While the the three aforementioned properties will be included in the Starter Pack, there will be three more playsets that can be purchased at launch. This morning, Disney Interactive has officially unveiled the Cars playset. Get a closer look with a new trailer and more than 30 images after the break!

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The Potential of Exclusive ‘Disney Infinity’ Figurines Is Enormous

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After walking out of the Disney Infinity announcement event in Hollywood last month, I found myself wondering where the boundaries of the game lay. Allowing gamers to collect and interact with dozens of character figurines that can then be plugged into the game, releasing power tokens (in blind packs) that can be used to provide the characters with abilities and vehicles, and including numerous nods to beloved Disney franchises such as Ducktales (Uncle Scrooge’s vault), are some of the factors that demonstrate the huge possibilities. Considering that trading will be expected with the power tokens, as players will have a disctint collection, there is further potential in adding limited-edition and exclusive figurines to the mix. It would be mind-blowing for the trading market.

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Ambitious ‘Disney Infinity’ Game Unveiled

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Video games on home consoles are facing a serious threat from the increasing popularity of the mobile platform, which has the ability to easily deliver new content to millions of gamers for a lower price than the next generation platforms such as the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii are used to. Disney Interactive has decided to get a bit creative and shake up the traditional disc-only model by adding collectible figurines and power discs that enhance the onscreen play. I was invited to Hollywood yesterday to see the game, Disney Infinity, up-close – find all the details I uncovered on this ambitious new gaming initiative after the break!

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‘Disney Infinity’ To Be First Game To Include Both Disney And Pixar Characters

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The memorable worlds that have been dreamed up by Disney and Pixar number in the dozens. Films and shorts have the ability to transport audiences into escapist fantasy, upon which games can add another level of interaction. Last year’s Disney Universe console game was the first console game to bring together the worlds of the two well-known studios, also allowing gamers to wear costumes inspired by the characters. Disney Infinity, which is set to be formally be announced next month, is set to take it one step further by bringing the actual characters from Pixar and Disney together. Find more details about the game after the break!

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Watch: Disney’s ‘Epic Mickey 2′ Characters Featurette

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The Epic Mickey video game series has become known for bringing back long-forgotten or underused Disney characters and attractions that were a great inspiration to artists at Disney, Pixar, and other animation studios. In Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit officially steps into the Disney spotlight once more. In a new featurette released by Disney Interactive, creator Warren Spector talks about Oswald and the various characters that appear in the game, including a strong female addition. After the break, check out the featurette and view some new concept art and images from the highly-anticipated sequel!

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Book Review: Poster Art of the Disney Parks

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Through Disneyland, Walt Disney wanted to transport park visitors to a different era filled with joy and free from the harsh realities that daily life brings. To set the tone, he found attraction posters to be a gateway for children and adults to connect with happy memories of the past and fun-filled potential for the future. Although the process of screen printing to bring these posters to life was not cheap, Walt felt it was essential to give guests the full experience – combine the posters with the attractions themselves and those of all ages would find themselves immersed in their surroundings at all times, with little opportunity for the mind to wander away from enjoying “the happiest place on Earth.” Disney Editions has released “Poster Art of the Disney Parks” to celebrate that aspect of visiting the parks and it is without a doubt a must-have.

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Awesome: New ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Concept Art Features Animated John Lasseter

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Wreck-It Ralph may not be a Pixar film, but the latest animated film from Disney has me extremely excited for its creative and original storyline – an arcade game character named Wreck-It Ralph is a villain who is tired of being the “bad guy” and tours various gaming worlds to determine where he would best fit. Disney is looking to give the film an authentic video game feel with cameos from such well-known characters such as Sonic, Bowser, Q*Bert, and Chun-Li (among many others). It was already one of my most anticipated films of the year and then I saw some new concept art which has me even more thrilled. One piece even features a cameo from a certain famous Pixar and Disney personality! [Read more...]

Watch: Opening Of ‘Epic Mickey 2′ Features Musical Number

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The highly-aniticipated follow-up to Disney’s hit Epic Mickey is set to arrive in the fall. Although the first game in the series was only available for the Nintendo Wii, Epic Mickey 2 is making a big splash by debuting on all major home consoles. What is special about the games is that they honor classic and long-forgotten Disney characters and locales that we have not seen for many years like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who Walt Disney created before Mickey Mouse. Epic Mickey 2 also features musical numbers, channeling classic Disney films. After the break, watch the first musical number from the game in HD! [Read more...]

Comic-Con 2012: Exclusive Pixar Collectibles

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Every year, huge crowds flock to San Diego Comic Con to preview upcoming films, shows…and, oh yeah, comic books. Many collectors also venture out to the massive event to add exclusive new items to their collection. Seeing the potential, many toy companies have started to release a limited run of some fantastic collectibles at the show. This year, Funko and Mattel are unleashing exclusive figures, which you can take a closer look at after the break! [Read more...]

Disney Holiday Gift Preview 2012: ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ Toys Reveal 10 New Characters

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Ever since the D23 Expo last summer, where Disney’s Wreck-It-Ralph was first previewed for the press and Disney fans, I have been eagerly anticipating the film. While it is not a Pixar film, it has many Pixar loyalists interested in its Toy Story-like storyline, which has various arcade and video game characters interacting when humans are not around. At today’s Disney Holiday Gifts Preview, many cool pieces of merchandise coming in the next few months were previewed. While we were shown some final designs, we were also provided with details and images for Wreck-It-Ralph merch, in which 10 new characters were revealed. Take a peek at the character designs after the break! [Read more...]

Watch: Go Behind-the-Scenes of ‘Epic Mickey 2′

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Mickey and some of the lesser-known Disney characters and attractions are returning this fall in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, the sequel to the Wii-exclusive video game. The sequel will be hitting all of the major consoles this time around and will try to keep the series fresh by making the game a musical. As a fan of Disney’s properties, I cannot wait to see the unique concepts of this game come to life. We have a great behind-the-scenes video for you, which you can check out after the break!
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Disney Announces ‘Epic Mickey 2′ For XBox 360, PS3, and Wii, Game To Be A Musical

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Those who had the chance to play though Epic Mickey for the Wii were met with an original and creative game starring Disney’s lovable mascot. Although it is not related to Pixar, Warren Specter, developer and chief designer of the game, worked with Disney as well as Pixar to ensure that the game would be an enjoyable and imaginative experience for gamers. Disney has just announced that the game is getting a sequel and it is coming to all major home consoles. Check out the trailer, box art, screenshots, and more details after the jump! [Read more...]