Disney Infinity Hits the Road for Summer of Endless Fun Tour

infinityDisney Infinity, Disney Interactive’s biggest and most ambitious video game to date, is embarking on a multi-city Summer of Endless Fun tour to showcase the most anticipated game of the year. The cross country road trip, which is free to the public, kicked off on July 7 in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, Calif. Players will get an exclusive sneak peek at the game before it hits store shelves on August 18.

Zigzagging across the country, fans will get the chance to play Disney Infinity—featuring the innovative Toy Box mode that truly brings every kids’ imagination to life. The Summer of Endless Fun Tour will make stops in Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Detroit, and Richmond, Va., culminating with a weekend of launch activities in New York City from August 17 to 18. Activities at each tour stop include game demos, surprise guests, photo opportunities, giveaways, contests, entertainment provided by Radio Disney, and more.

Disney Infinity is an all-new video game that gives players the freedom to create stories and play experiences featuring characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. Players can place real-world toy versions of beloved Disney characters onto a device called the Disney Infinity Base and transport them into the virtual game worlds of Monsters University, The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars, and The Lone Ranger, as well as into a giant Toy Box.

Disney Infinity Summer of Endless Fun Tour Schedule and Locations

July 13-14: Taste of Chicago in Chicago
July 18-20: Gaslamp Quarter during San Diego Comic-Con in San Diego
July 19-21: Revere Beach National Festival in Boston
July 26-28: Coast Guard Festival in Detroit
August 10-11: Prince William County Fair in Richmond, Va.
August 17: Nintendo World Store in New York City
August 18: Times Square in New York City

 

Outfit7′s Talking Friends Apps Hit One Billion Downloads

Talking Tom and Talking Friends reached the 1 billion downloaded apps mark. Talking Tom and the Talking Friends characters are known for their humorous talk back ability and reaction to touch.

Since the original Talking Tom debuted in July 2010, the Talking Friends family of characters has grown to 14 animal friends. With more than two dozen apps in the franchise, Talking Friends apps are played in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide by more than 170 million users each month. Play both on iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android systems, the download rate of Talking Friends apps is approximately 50 million per month. [Read more...]

Disney Interactive Launches New Lone Ranger Play Set for Disney Infinity

Lone Ranger_1b-LDisney Interactive announced the newest play set for Disney Infinity, The Lone Ranger. Please see below links for character images, action screenshots, and a gameplay trailer showcasing both Play Set and Toy Box modes. The Lone Ranger play set pack will be available when Disney Infinity launches on August 18. Within the Lone Ranger play set, players can take on the role of the Lone Ranger or Tonto as they set out to bring Butch Cavendish and his gang of outlaws to justice.

View the gameplay trailer that showcases both Play Set and Toy Box modes below:

Key gameplay highlights include:

  • Ricochet Combat: The outlaws in the play set are clever and will seek to hide behind cover or ambush the player whenever they can. Fortunately, a unique ricochet mechanic allows both Lone Ranger and Tonto to hit the bad guys indirectly and around corners by lining up shots that bounce off of pots, pans, bells, posts, or other metal objects. 
  • Mounts: Players will find traversing the Wild West and the areas surrounding the town of Colby to be much quicker on the Lone Ranger and Tonto’s iconic steeds of Silver and Scout or any one of the other many horses that can be found throughout the play set.
  • Train Defense and Customization: He who controls the railroad, controls the West. In the Lone Ranger play set, players can build and customize their own train from the trim on the wheels to the painting on the cars. A key part of the gameplay revolves around building up the train and getting the right resources to the right locations. 
  • Toy Box: In addition to these game mechanics, the Lone Ranger play set also allows players to bring in all the buildings, mounts, weapons and other surprises into the Toy Box so that players can include their own wild west gameplay into their imaginative scenarios.

 

New Disney Infinity Creating Infinity Video Demonstrates ‘Toy Box’ Mode

536459_525225537528173_1277236125_nDisney Interactive released the second video in its behind-the-scenes Creating Infinity series. The new video focuses on the inspiration behind Disney Infinity‘s “Toy Box” mode, and includes interviews with Pixar and Avalanche Software creative visionaries, as well as commentary from Disney storytellers. In the interviews, leaders such as John Lasseter and John Blackburn discuss how creative play shaped their lives and inspired Disney Infinity.

When Disney Infinity hits store shelves in August, the game will usher in a new era in creative play by introducing a virtual Toy Box that allows players to combine Disney and Pixar’s most popular characters, worlds, gadgets, vehicles, and locations to create one-of-a-kind Disney-themed action and adventure games, sports and racing competitions, team-based and head-to-head challenges, and more.

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Disney Infinity Debuts Cars Playset

Disney Interactive has unveiled Cars as the fourth playset in Disney Infinity with a new set of images, screenshots, and a gameplay trailer from the playset. The Cars-inspired playset adds to the previously-announced playsets based on The Incredibles, Monsters University, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Cars playset allows gamers to take on the role of Lightning McQueen, Mater, Holley Shiftwell. and Francesco Bernoulli and enter the virtual world of Radiator Springs, where they will prepare the town for a big international racing event.

The Wait Is Almost Over: Nintendo to Release Wii U, 23 New Games November 18

Nintendo is unleashing the largest launch-day video game lineup in its history for its new Wii U home console. When Wii U launches in the Americas on Nov. 18, 23 games from Nintendo and its third-party publishing partners will be ready to play as well. These include Nintendo-published games like Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Sing Party, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, as well as third-party powerhouses like ZombiU from Ubisoft, Call of Duty: Black Ops II from Activision Publishing, Inc., Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive, FIFA Soccer 13 from Electronic Arts, and Scribblenauts Unlimited from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Can’t wait until November 18? Check out the trailer!

The high-definition Wii U system is available in two versions, and each comes with a touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller. The Basic Set will be offered in white at a suggested retail price of $299.99 in the U.S., while the Deluxe Set, which includes higher storage capacity, additional accessories, and Nintendo Land, will be offered in black at a suggested retail price of $349.99 in the U.S. [Read more...]

Go on a Royal Journey with Disney Princess Video Game

Disney Interactive will release Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure on September 25. The new video game will be available for Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Windows PC/Mac.

In the game, players will find that a spell has been cast over the Princess worlds, and they will need to use their magic wand to help Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Tiana restore peace and bring “happily ever after” back to each kingdom. As the Fairy Godmother’s apprentice, players must pursue the imps into each kingdom to prevent them from causing any harm and change them back into friendly sprites. Each Princess world allows players to explore and interact with familiar Disney characters who guide them through missions. Players can also customize their avatar—changing the avatar’s skin tone, hair texture, eye color, etc.—and room in the Fairy Godmother’s castle,  as well as utilize gems that are earned throughout the game to trade for items in the in-game “Wishing Well” store.

This post was originally written by Ali Mierzejewski and published by ToyBook.com. For more news, visit www.toybook.com, follow The Toy Book on Twitter, and like The Toy Book on Facebook. The Toy Book is a bimonthly trade magazine covering the toy industry, published by Adventure Publishing Group.

Disney Announces 4Q Results, Executive Switch

The Walt Disney Co. has announced its financial results for the fourth quarter. Disney reported net income of $895 million, or 47 cents per share, a gain of 18 percent, compared with $760 million, or 40 cents per share, in the same period in 2008. Revenue rose to almost $9.9 billion, up 4 percent from $9.4 billion in the same period last year.

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The Toy Book Toy Report-9/14/09

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