Parents! Disney Infinity is coming to plunder your wallets!

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When we first heard of Disney and Avalanche and Disney’s Infinity, we thought it was going to be a cheap cash in, going after Skylanders’ established Toys and videogames market. It uses a similar formula; vinyl character figurines placed on a portal that brings them to life within a digital, videogame world – but where Infinity has Skylander beat is in ambition, and recognisable characters kids already love. It’s also going to be a liiiitle bit pricy. Here’s how much parents can expect to shell out when Disney Infinity hits local retail stores next month.

The Disney Infinity Starter Pack, which includes the portal, the base game, 3 characters (Sully from Monsters Inc, Mr Incredible from The Incredibles and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow) and access to three  games based on their universes, plus a power disk, you can expect to pay R799 on any of the platforms the game will be available on.

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In addition to that, you can purchase extra playsets; which add whole new game modes and characters. The first two that’ll be available are based around Cars 2, and the recently released Lone Ranger reboot which will cost you an extra R349 each. Individual characters will cost you R149 a piece – which is slightly higher than the current cost of standalone Skylanders. As with that game, you can buy characters in bundles of three for a discount, available at R349.

Power discs, which can be placed under characters on the portals to give them unique powers and abilities, can be purchased blind, sort of like lucky packets – in sets of two. Those are a bit steep, at R69 for a pack – but they’re the sort of things kids will happily trade with one another at school, like new-age bottlecaps, Garbage Pail Kids or Tazos.

Of course, that’s all just the recommended retail pricing, and will likely be found for quite a bit cheaper.

The full Disney Infinity experience is going to be an expensive one – but it’s just another videogame, right? Why should parents shell out all this money? Well, the Toybox section of the game is quite frankly brilliant; allowing children (and yes, adults too!) to unleash their imaginations and create entire Disney-themed experiences and entire games with a bizarre and wonderful mix-and-match approach; a bit like a juvenile Minecraft with a dash of LittleBigPlanet. Here’s the Toybox in action:

Disney infinity will be hitting local stores on August 23, and will be available for Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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Author:Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • RinceDAmasterdebata

    All I can say is thank goodness I don’t have kids. They would be the ultimate excuse for me to buy this game, and then banish them to their rooms where they will spend all their time doing their homework… This actually looks awesome. The level creator would keep me happy for ages alone! I wonder if the trading of this sort of thing happens in SA though, we are after all not 1st worlders like those okies up in the EU or US of A.

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      Well, sklyanders has done really, really, really well locally and I suspect this might too.

  • ElNicko

    all I can say is TTAAAZZZOOOOoSSSS !!!

  • http://www.stribe.co.za/ Johann Smith

    I have kids. My son (5) is saving his bud off to make the August deadline. I dared not to introduce Skylanders to him. So DI will ruin my wallet for the first couple of months :-) And I will be playing along as well…

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  • cluelessdad

    I know the game is not out yet but I am confused by the base. I understand I put the figure on the base and the bas can handle three figures. But does that mean only three figures can play at a time? Or are figures in the based assigned to specific players?

    • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      yeah, the figures get assigned to particular players – and as far as i know it supports 2 concurrent characters, plus a level (and 2 boosters per character)

      • cluelessdad

        I get it now, thanks for the quick response.

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