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.
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.