Donald Duck Quacks the Line-Up for Disney Infinity 2.0

donald duckDonald Duck will join the cast of characters set to appear in Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition, from Disney Interactive, alongside Merida, Maleficent, Stitch, Tinker Bell, Aladdin, and Jasmine.

Donald will deliver his signature catch-phrases, fiery temper, and special abilities like tossing objects, sweeping up enemies with a broom, and becoming a feathered fury to the new Toy Box mode, where families will be able to use hundreds of Disney- and Marvel-themed items, locations, props, vehicles and characters.

A new Donald Duck themed Power Disc will also be available for players to use in the Toy Box mode, which allows players to change the characters’ outfits, among other features.

Donald Duck and the All for One Power Disc will be available in retail stores this fall.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Release Date Set, Pre-Order Program Launches

Marvel.jngDisney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition will be available for retail on September 23. The game will introduce new Marvel play sets and characters that players can experience exclusively inside of the new version of the game. In addition, the popular Toy Box mode will return with enhanced features, where users can create their own adventures and share them online with friends.

Disney Interactive has also launched a pre-order program for the game. Through September 22, fans will receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure as a bonus for pre-ordering the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack. The game is available for pre-order at retailers nationwide.

Stitch and Tinker Bell Join Disney Infinity 2.0

TinkstitchStitch and Tinker Bell will join all of the characters from Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes in Toy Box 2.0 this fall. The characters were two of the most requested characters by the Disney Infinity fan community and will deliver their unique brand of magical, mischievous fun to the game.

Stitch, the lovable “Experiment 626″ from Lilo & Stitch will have his trusty cosmic blaster and the ability to super jump to galactic new heights, while Tinker Bell, one of Disney‘s most iconic characters, will join the Disney Infinity world with her magical healing Pixie Dust and the ability to glide to the stratosphere for fast-flying action.

Disney Tsum Tsum Soft Toy Line and Mobile Game Launch Globally

Disney Interactive Line Tsum Tsum AppCoinciding with the global launch of the puzzle game app, LINE: Disney Tsum Tsum from Japan, the Disney Store is introducing more than 30 different stackable Tsum Tsum soft toys. They are available on DisneyStore.com, in select store locations in North America, and at Disney parks. Characters such as Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh are available now, and additional characters will roll out this fall.

The stackable Tsum Tsum toys have a screen cleaner material on their stomachs and come in three different sizes: large, medium, and mini.

Snap Creative Launches Collectible Toys for Five Summer Blockbusters

SnapCreative.TransformersSnap Creative will release five collectible and promotional toy programs at movie theaters worldwide for the summer’s top blockbusters. The launch is rolling out throughout the summer, coinciding with the releases of DreamWorksHow to Train Your Dragon 2, Paramount and Hasbro’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Movie-going fans can collect two or three different highly detailed figures or key chains from each feature, along with reusable cups and popcorn packs. These collectible packages will be available in theater chains worldwide in the U.S., China, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, and more.

Pillow Pets to Offer Olaf Folding Plush

OlafCJ Products LLC is introducing Olaf from Disney’s Frozen to its line of Pillow Pets. The 18-inch folding plush brings the snowman to life and converts to a pillow by undoing the Velcro strap on his belly. The plush will be available for delivery in October.

Marvel’s Spider-Man Play Set to Join Disney Infinity

INF2_Marvel_SPDLineupV2-XLDisney has introduced the Marvel Spider-Man Play Set, the latest chapter of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition).

The game will feature a storyline that follows the Green Goblin as he tries to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all. He has captured Venom to extract clone symbiotes and hired Mysterio to wreck havoc on the Marvel Universe with him. Players will fight the symbiotes and face off against the villains.

The play set will include playable characters such as Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Iron Fists, and Venom with additional appearances by White Tiger, Black Cat, and Luke Cage. Spider-Man, Nick Fury, Iron Fist, Nova, and Venom will be playable in the new Toy Box 2.0 mode of the game. When players complete the play set, items will unlock to be used along with hundreds of other Marvel and Disney-themed items.

The Spider-Man Play Set will be available in retail stores this fall.

Beauty and the Beast Series 2 Comes to Funko Pop! Disney Line

MrsPotts&ChipFunko has added additional characters to its Pop! Disney line. The Beauty and the Beast Series 2 is now available, and includes Peasant Belle, Cogsworth, Lumiere, and Mrs. Potts with a special addition Chip. 

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Will Feature New Music and The Hollow

DisneyFantasiaThe Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved video game by Disney Interactive and Harmonix Music Systems will include multi-player gameplay, an all-new realm, and new songs from award-winning artists, including Lorde and David Bowie. The two-player game is played in cooperation through friendly competition. Players can collaborate and choose unique remix paths to discover new melodies and beats in the songs.

Disney and Harmonix have also revealed “The Hollow,” an all-new interactive discovery realm. When users perform songs, they will interact with the world to add light, color, and characters to the forest environment.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a musical motion video game and will be available for the Xbox One and Kinect this year.

COMMENTARY: Animation Has Long Been a Promotional Vehicle for Toys

BrandonEngel1by Brandon Engel

You’ve likely heard about the massive success of The Lego Movie, and maybe you were even one of the millions worldwide who have gone to see it. Despite its financial success, some have blasted the film for essentially being a glorified, expensive commercial for Legos. I don’t think that anyone can deny that The Lego Movie is obviously commercially motivated, but does that make it wrong? Is it all that different from children’s movies selling toys based on the film?

BrandonEngel2Last Christmas, the Frozen Castle Playset and matching Barbie dolls from the Disney film Frozen were at the top of many children’s lists for Santa. Every time a commercial appeared for the movie or the toy, they advertised each other. Is The Lego Movie any different just because the toy existed before the movie? Here is the bigger question: In an age where almost no image is spared licensing of some form, where does the line get drawn between entertainment and commercial? [Read more...]