What, you thought Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn’t see more Iron Man merchandise released? Well you’re wrong! Dead wrong! Because not only is Tony Stark coming back with a bang to your shelf, but he’s bringing an Iron Legion with him.
Toys to life is the big money-maker genre these days. The market is still relatively small, with few real competitors willing to sink the time and money needed to invest in the potentially lucrative field of making parents bankrupt thanks to purchases of the various figures needed to complete a collection. For Disney Infinity, it’s been a massive win so far. While the console version costs a few beans, the PC toybox version is completely free. The catch here of course, being that you still need to buy the figures necessary to populate that version? Or do you?
Parents, I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry. It’s not enough that Skylanders happens to be an annual franchise. It’s bad timing that Lego is now getting in on the toys to life genre. Hell, Nintendo has a license to print money with their Amiibos and I don’t even know who half of those characters are. And then you’ve got Disney Infinity, which combines all of that expensive figure collecting and gameplay, with recognisable properties. And I hope you’ve got UNLIMITED SPENDING POWER for Disney’s latest Infinity launch, which features more elegant toys from a more civilised age.
Way back in the 1990s, the greatest event of all time took place: Marvel vs DC Comics. This was the comic book series that fans had been waiting for. Superman vs the Incredible Hulk! Batman vs Captain America! The really annoying punk version of Superboy taking on the clone version of Spider-Man! Robin hooking up with Jubilee from the X-Men! Okay, maybe some of those matches weren’t so awesome. But they also weren’t nearly as bloody as this brawl.
Fair warning: I’m going to talk and reveal plenty of spoilers. So really, if you want to go into Marvel’s massive event completely blind and without any knowledge of what to expect, stop reading right now. Go play with this Cosmic Cube instead, and put down the Infinity Gauntlet. there’s a good lad! Now for the rest of you who are still here, lets talk Secret Wars!
Back in Iron Man 3, the Mandarin boasted how Tony Stark would never be prepared for him. How the armoured Avenger would never see him coming. Well invisibility is a two-way street! And if Tony Stark had worn this armour instead, his third movie would have been a helluva lot shorter. Prepare for the Jaime Foxx Iron Man armour!
Look, I understand that you want some protection. The kind of protection that a bulletproof vest or an army of bodyguards can’t provide. You want something that can stop a Brakpan bouncer in its tracks, armour that will allow you to fire repulsor P-klaps. Well I’ve got some good news for you. Because such armour does exist! And there are no catches whatsoever to owning your own Hulkbuster armour!
If there’s something hulking in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? If there’s something green and it looks like it may be filled with rage so catastrophically monstrous that it can f***ing brain-punch a gigantic Chitauri Sky war-worm to death with a single blow, who ya gonna call! Someone else! Or maybe, the Hulkbuster!
If you're anything like me, then you most likely have a "House Party" protocol that instantly summons a horde of remote-AI-piloted Iron Man armours to your side, comprised of suits that are perfect for any occasion. You're most likely also highly delusional, and wondering why your cardboard armour doesn't hold in the rainy weather if you;re having such thoughts, but at least you aren't alone. Iron Man is a character that is made to sell action figures. And this latest variant has me sold, and then some.
When it first launched, Disney Infinity was the first real rival to Activision’s Skylander franchise in the toys to life market.Combining a simple single-player mode with a comprehensive toybox mode, the game wasn’t perfect but the foundation was solid. This year sees the Marvel universe of heroes and villains invade that toybox, bringing amazing, avenging and galactic guardians to the mix. And it’s a move that has resulted in a far better game.
If you’re reading this, then the embargo for Disney Infinity 2.0 has most likely lifted, and reviews are pouring in for the Marvel-centric upgrade to that game. Last year saw the debut of Disney Infinity, and while it wasn’t perfect, the potential to grow was most certainly there. And all I can say is, make mine Marvel.
Massive open worlds, new-gen visuals and players gate-crashing your session? Bah! Who needs those kinds of games? For me, it’s Disney Infinity or bust, as this comic book nerd is going to be in collector’s heaven when that game arrives. A game, that is going to be all about being cool? Because even superheroes don’t look at explosions.
Shark Week? Please, who needs a tacky themed week of dubious science centred around a primal carnivore of the seas, when there happens to be some sexy Iron Man armour on display? Right here, it’s Stark Week, so sit back and admire some of the best prosthetic armour to fly off of shelves.
Collector’s editions. The scourge of my bank account. I am this close to going two years now without having succumbed to the urge to buy a more expensive version of a game. But dammit, my Avengers initiative might have just been activated, with this particular collection of plastic that is more attractive than the chest implant section at a Beverly Hills clinic.