I’m actually quite excited by the Disney Skylanders knockoff. This is mostly because I have a nearly three-year old nephew who loves everything Disney at the moment. At least that’s what I’m telling myself, in reality, I have a hankering to battle Zerg with the Dread Pirate Barbossa on the Death Star.
The basic premise is that you buy a base set which consists of the Infinity Toy Box software, a connecting base set and three toys: Sully from Monsters Inc., Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and Mr Incredible from The Incredibles. The Infinity Toy Box, much like Skylanders, allows you to take the physical toy and play with in game versions when you slot them into the base set. Each toy also gives you access to the area in game they come from, so Jack Sparrow has a Pirate themed area and Sully allows you to explore Monsters University.
There are no classical Disney characters, which is a shame, and the sets lean heavily towards Pixar and Pirates of the Caribbean. There are some surprising faces, however, as Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas will be available to purchase when this is released later on this year. So far there is no news on whether other Disney is going to exploit other IP in their quest for world domination, but surely it can only be a matter of time before we see Star Wars and Marvel Infinity sets?
The cost looks to be astronomical, if you want a complete set of figures, some sources are suggesting £300 for the lot. If you want to buy them piecemeal, as most people will, the Infinity starter set is £55-£65 and the expansions are priced at £12-15. If Skylanders is anything to go by, this is a license to print money. The Activision game has raked in over $500 million since it launched in 2011.