Disney Announces Skylanders Rival: "Disney Infinity"
Activision recently announced that their Skylanders figures and games was the top selling children's toy of 2012 amassing a whopping $500 million in sales and completely obliterating the likes of WWE, Beyblade, Star Wars and the children's movies Rise of the Guardians and Wreck-It Ralph.
Now, Disney appears to be wanting a piece of that pie as it's been announced that they will come out with their own similar line of figures and game with, "Disney Infinity."
The new game is said to be using plastic figures and a "Disney Infinity" reader (similar to the Skylanders portal of power) that enables players to use various Disney characters from across the board. Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean can be seen riding Bullseye from Toy Story with Mr. Incredible and others as well (via StitchKingdom).
It's said various expansion packs, including Cars, Lone Ranger, and Phineas In Ferb will be available with a system of coins/tokens used to give the characters upgrades.
"Disney Infinity" will be available for all major consoles with a June 2013 release.
We can only imagine the can of worms that Activision and Skylanders has opened up as most likely just about every kids line will develop similar products. Think of the possibilities: a WWE ring portal of power with accompanying figures, Marvel Comics (already owned by Disney) and DC Comics characters. It's going to be endless.
Update: Marvel characters and Star Wars are being discussed:
"As a developer, I so want that," Avalanche Software CEO John Blackburn told Polygon. "When Disney bought Lucasfilm, I was like, 'Holy crap! This is awesome!' But at this point in time, there's been some discussions about that, there's just been no decisions made."