With the release of Disney Infinity 2.0 this past September, Disney Interactive alienated its core Disney fans by focusing the entire launch package, figures, Play Sets and Power Discs within the Marvel universe. Comic book and Marvel Cinematic Universe fans ate it up, but anyone seeking Disney proper toys to add to their collection alongside Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Mouse were left empty handed.
Now six weeks removed from the original Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes release date, Disney Interactive has in essence launched a new flavor, if you will, of the core Disney Infinity 2.0 game centered around Toy Box 2.0. This Toy Box Starter Pack game with Stitch, Meridia, and two mini-game Discs, and its accompanying and sold separately Disney Originals figures and Disney Originals Power Discs, are part of a new Disney Infinity Originals sub-line that allows Disney Interactive to launch new iterations of the main came in whatever the current hot theme is (rumor has it 3.0 is Star Wars and 4.0 includes Finding Dory) while continuing to add classic Disney product that scores of fans are clamoring for.
A total of eight figures are available in the first wave that include Stitch, Maleficent, Tinkerbell, Meridia, Aladdin, Donald Duck, Hiro and Baymax. A ninth figure, Jasmine, will be available in January or February of 2015, and be accompanied by two other figures; a male and a female (unconfirmed rumors suggest Belle and The Beast).
Hiro and Baymax follow in the tradition of last November’s Anna and Elsa from Disney Animation’s Frozen in that their Disney Originals release coincides with the theatrical debut of Big Hero 6, also from Disney Animation. Baymax in particular is an adorable over-sized figure and character, much like The Hulk, and I suspect he’ll be difficult to track down once the masses watch the film and fall in love with the big guy. Hiro is destined to play second fiddle.
Meridia is frankly an odd choice for this wave considering we just got a female archer in the form of Black Widow as part of The Avengers Play Set. They both even sport red hair! All things considered she’s a great looking figure with intricately sculpted hair from all angles, and more than fitting for the lineup.
Maleficent arrives on the same day as the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital release of her film of the same name. She’s a striking figure with slender lines and a spot-on representation of the character. I hesitate to call her a pure villain given her character’s arc in the film, but her figure is definitely inspired by the darker times of her life.
Stitch will be fan favorite as he borrows the climbing and super jumping abilities from The Hulk and always has been a sought-after character. He’s a spunky addition and proof that Disney Interactive is listening to fan requests.
Fans of flying characters like Iron Man and Nova will dig Tinkerbell since she shares the same flying mechanics. She also walks with a bouncy skip, and her figure is modeled after her multiple appearances in the Disney Fairies films. She’s the most visually striking character in the wave with intricately sculpted little fingers and a very cool curved leaf base. Can Peter Pan be far behind?
Poor Aladdin feels like the extra wheel without main squeeze Jasmine to keep him company. I suspect he’s got the highest chance of earning peg warming status first, unfortunately, despite him wielding a really cool sword.
Last but not least is the character most befitting the Disney Originals moniker, Donald Duck. Donald joins Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Mouse as a true “classic” character, though it feels like it will take 10 years before we get the whole cast of Mickey’s friends in figure form. We still need Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
The only negative to the Disney Originals line is the figures can only play in the Toy Box 2.0 or the two new mini-game Discs included exclusively with the 2.0 Starter Pack. A Play Set adventure is sorely missed.
Otherwise the entire Disney Infinity Originals 2.0 line is full of great looking toy figures that fit in seamlessly with the other previously released Disney Infinity figures.