Disney Infinity 2.0: More Marvel Figures, Part 2!

I gotta be honest here, with the extra content I did this weekend and with the pressures of Christmas Week upon me, Monday kind of snuck up on me and kicked me in the nuts. As a result, I’ll be staying true to Marvel Monday, but I won’t be opening another Legends figure today, because I just don’t have time. Instead, I’m going to take a quick look at the remaining Marvel figures in my Disney Infinity 2.0 collection, something I was intending to do over the weekend before I went all Star Wars crazy.

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I have packaged shots this time, because I found all of these swinging on the pegs in one shot at Target and they were only $5.50 each. The only figure I didn’t buy was Green Goblin, because I just don’t like the look of him. He’s not the Gobby I know and love so I didn’t feel I needed him. At least not until my OCD kicks in and the agony of realizing that there’s JUST ONE FIGURE IN THIS SERIES THAT I DON’T HAVE becomes unbearable. Anyway, the packages are attractive, but simple. Each figure also comes with a character card, which I believe can be used in the PC version.

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Oh yeah, they also had the Power Disc blind bags for $1.50 each, so I bought a heaping handful of them. It was only after I had opened a bunch that I realized none of them were Marvel 2.0 discs. They were all 1.0 discs. Meh, you can still use them in the 2.0 and 3.0 Toy Boxes. I did get one RAREZ in there, but also a bunch of doubles. F’ck these things. OK, let’s start off with the two figures from Guardians of the Galaxy….

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It’s Yondu, and ain’t he just adorable? This figure draws pretty heavily from the movie and I can even see a little bit of Michael Rooker in there. This figure ranks pretty high on my list and I think they did a beautiful job on him. I particularly love all the details in his outfit. His boots look great, he’s got a little dagger on his sleeve and he’s got his flying arrow poised and ready to be unleashed. The blue paint used for his skin is mighty pretty too.

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Next up is Ronan. It’s a crying shame we didn’t get a movie version of Ronan from either Hasbro’s Marvel Legends or Hot Toys. I can’t really say this one invokes a lot of sentiment from the movie design either, but maybe a little. Either way, it’s another of my favorites. He’s a beefier figure than most and I love the stance. He’s standing defiant with his hammer and ready to judge me with that adorable little Disney-fied face of his. Awwww. The paint on this guy is great too!

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Moving away from Guardians and into the Ultimate Spider-Man Playset comes Iron Fist. He’s cool. I dig him. But I just don’t feel like he’s anything special. The pose is decent, his iconic costume is conveyed in the sculpt and paint, but he just feels a wee bit bland. Still, I bet he’s fun to play in the game.

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Finally, the last figure that I needed in The Avengers series: Falcon! This guy is obviously more comic based than movie, although his movie costume can be unlocked in the game. I was a little cool on this one until I got him out of the package and saw his gorgeous translucent red wings. Very snazzy. I also dig his pose a lot. He just looks a tad out of place with the other Avengers, which do feel more influenced by the Cinematic Universe.

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Alas, I haven’t had a chance to play as any of these characters yet. But with how much time I’m spending in the 3.0 Toy Box, I’ll definitely be swapping these guys onto my Infinity Platform to take them for a spin. I do still have a little bit of unfinished business with my Infinity 1.0 and 2.0 Collections and I’ll try to swing back next weekend with a look at the rest of the collection, so I can finally get into checking out the 3.0 Star Wars stuff. Of course, 3.0 also has some new Marvel figures as well as a brand new Marvel Playset coming too!

And yeah… next Monday I’ll pick up where I left off with the Hulkbuster Wave of Marvel Legends.

Disney Infinity 2.0: More Marvel Figures, Part 1!

The Evil money-grabbing entity known as Disney has already unleashed Infinity 3.0 on us and I begrudgingly took the plunge, even though I felt as though I wasn’t fully finished with 2.0. Nonetheless, before I get into checking out the new stuff, I thought I’d deal with some of the unfinished business with 2.0, as I’ve got these things everywhere. I’ve already looked at The Avengers and The Guardians of the Galaxy, so today I’ll start checking out the some of the other Marvel figures on my shelf. I’m not going to bother with in-package shots today, as I’ve had most of these opened for a while now. I’m looking at them on a Saturday because I don’t like to take up a normal weekday slot with this sort of thing. I’m behind enough on my regular Features as it is. Let’s kick it off with Loki…

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Loki is the last figure I needed from The Avengers assortment and while I never actually used him with my 2.0 set, I have been messing around with him in the 3.0 Toy Box and he’s a surprisingly fun character to play. I also really love everything about the figure. Loki’s got a treacherous, lurking pose going on and a devilish grin on his mug. His trademark horns are present and he’s even clutching the Chitauri Sceptre in his left hand. There’s some nice sculpted detail on his outfit too and the paint on mine is pretty clean. He’s a great way to finish off what was a solid line of little figures for The Avengers. And that brings me to the Spider-Man figures…

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The Spider-Man Playset came with Spider-Man and Nova, and I think this set was actually directly linked to the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, rather than just Infinity’s own thing. I was surprised to find the Spider-Man Playset to be my least favorite of the three, but that wasn’t the fault of the characters. Spider-Man is lots of fun to play and his figure is pretty damn great too. He’s crouched and looking like he’s ready for action. The web pattern is sculpted into his suit and the paint is very bright and clean.

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I’ve never seen the show, but I understand Nova was a pretty big supporting character, so he was a good choice for the second figure bundled with the Playset. I can’t say as I’ve ever been a huge fan of the character and I’ll confess, this figure has yet to even sit upon my Infinity Platform so I can’t comment on how he plays. The figure itself is not bad. They did a nice job capturing the stylized version of his costume and he strikes a nice, heroic pose. Next up is Nick Fury…

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I thought Fury was an odd fit for the Spider-Man set, but seeing as how he’s an NPC in the Avengers set, he wouldn’t have fit in there as a playable character. I haven’t actually used him in the Spider-Man Playset, but he’s been  a “go-to” character for me when playing around in the Toy Box, especially when I’m building mindless shooty levels. They did a really nice job on the figure. I love his cross-armed stance and the way his trench coat bellows off to the side. I’d say the portrait is also one of the best. And that brings me to the last figure for today… Venom!

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Like Nova, Venom hasn’t actually been on my Infinity Platform yet. In fact, he’s the only figure in today’s Feature that I actually had to open just to photograph. If his play style is anywhere near as annoying as fighting the Symbiots in the game, then he’s probably a force to be reckoned with. Anyway, I really love the look of the figure and he’s about on par with The Hulk’s size. There are some uneven spots on the paint, and a glossy patch on his right shoulder, but nothing too bad.

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All in all, this is a great set of figures and thanks to the staying power of the Toy Box, I’m still getting a lot of play time out of them, although with 3.0 out now, there’s a lot more little guys competing for time on the Infinity Platform. You’ll note that I dubbed this Feature, Part 1. Part 2 will probably be coming next weekend as I have at least another four Marvel figures kicking around to look at. In that case, though, none of them have actually been opened yet so I may try to spend some time with them in the Toy Box beforehand.

Disney Infinitey 2.0: Guardians of the Galaxy

Yeah, it’s a little Sunday bonus feature this week as I’ve been on a bit of a Infinity 2.0 kick lately. With 3.0 Star Wars announced and on its way (I’m so excited!!!), I thought I better throw things into high gear and start opening and playing with the crapload of 2.0 figures that I’ve got around here. I’ve already looked at all The Avengers figures and I’ve played that Playset through at least once with each character. Now it’s time for The Guardians of the Galaxy!

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I don’t have in-package shots of everything, but there’s the Playset 2-pack that comes with Star-Lord and Gamora. The Playset piece is a clear plastic Milano and it unlocks the new game to play with any of the Guardians pieces. As always, playing through the game with different characters will unlock all sorts of new toys for the Toy Box and awards plenty of opportunities to earn heaps of blue sparkles so you can buy those toys. I can’t stress enough how much fun I’m having screwing around with the Toy Box.

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There’s the entire team… what a bunch of A-Holes! Rocket, Groot, and Drax are each sold individually and they are all playable in the game. The game itself takes place in Knowhere with missions being doled out by Cosmo and The Collector with Yondu as a supporting non-playable character and Ronan as the Boss. Knowhere is full of all sorts of classic video game tropes like moving platforms, rails, gun turrets and the like. It makes for a bit more interesting environment than The Avengers NY stage, but I did find the level design a bit confusing. There’s a little more 3D platformer-style puzzle solving in this Playset and this time around you’re fighting Sakaaran instead of Frost Giants and I found the diversity of enemies in this game a lot better than in The Avengers Playset. I got burned out on fighting Frost Giants a lot quicker than I did the baddies in this game. Eventually you do get to travel to The Dark Astor and fight your way to Ronan for the final battle. You can also collect Crossover Coins in the game to unlock Iron Man and Nova as crossover characters, providing you own the figures. Since none of the Guardians can fly, playing through this Playset as Iron Man or Nova gives you a brand new perspective and allows you to reach areas that were otherwise closed off to you.

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I’ve grown really fond of the style and execution of these little statues. I love my little set of Avengers and now I’m equally smitten with my cute little stylized Guardians. They’re plenty cute and yet still manage to convey all there is about the characters themselves. For stylized statues of this size some of them have some pretty great attention to detail. Star-Lord’s mask and guns, for example, are particularly well done. I also think Gamora is just adorable in this re-imagined Disney Princess look. I’ve seen some criticisms of the paint quality on the Infinity statues, but honestly, I haven’t had many issues and most of these I purchased online, sight unseen. Sure, some of the lines aren’t as sharp as they could be, but these are small inexpensive game pieces, not high grade collector items.

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The in-game versions of the characters all have their own thing going on. Naturally, Star-Lord is very shooty and he can hover a bit with his ankle jets. Gamora has both a sword and gun attack. Rocket is even more shooty then Star-Lord. Groot can punch into the ground and have his branches surface right under a distant enemy. And Drax is all a spinning deathtrap of deadly knives. They all have their little catch phrases appropriate to the characters to give them an extra dash of personality.

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I bought these back when one of the Big Box retailers was having a huge sale on them. The Playset pack was only $20 and the single pack figures were $9 each. There are two more Guardians figures available, Yondu and Ronan, and I’ll definitely be picking them up and featuring them here at some point. Neither are playable in the Guardians Playset, but as always, they can be used in the Toy Box. In the meantime, I’ve got to try to rip myself away from tinkering in the Toy Box so I can get started on playing the Spider-Man set through with all of those figures.

Disney Infinity 2.0: Captain America, Hawkeye, and Hulk

I’m a little pressed for time today, so I thought it would be a good day to try to get caught up on looking at my Disney Infinity figures by finishing off The Avengers. I’ve had Cap and Hawkeye since the line first launched and Hulk was a delayed release, as prior to that he was an exclusive included with one of the limited pack releases. Disney’s been pumping out a lot of new Marvel figures for the Infinity 2.0 software lately, so I’m starting to get the bug and get back into collecting these.

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I don’t have much to say about the packaging. The figures come on a simple carded blister pack with their character art dominating the card and a symbol showing which Playset they are designed to work with. It’s important to keep in mind that any 2.0 figure can be used in the Toybox Mode, but you can only use specific figures in specific Playsets. If you care about the packages, I’d avoid getting them at places like Gamestop. That’s where my Cap came from and you can see what they did to his card. In addition to the figure, each package contains a collectible art card that doubles as a web code to unlock the character in the PC version of the game.

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Captain America sports a pretty classic pose with his shield out in front of him and his other hand balled into a fist. Cap is also the only figure in the line where I have some paint issues. There’s some overspray between the blue and gray on his right bicep and a little bit of rubbing on the white star on his chest. It’s nothing terrible, but worth pointing out because the paint on the rest of my Infinity figures has been absolutely solid work. At least the paint on his shield is immaculate.

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Cap also happens to be my favorite of these characters to play in the game, and overall second only to Iron Man. They really nailed the play mechanics of his shield beautifully. I love whacking Frost Giants with it by doing combos and it’s a very satisfying to hurl it, strike an enemy, and watch it arc back to me. Pure arcadey goodness!

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Next up we have Hawkeye, who is styled very much like a cross between the Marvel NOW! look and his Marvel Movieverse appearances. Hawkeye is relatively simple looking, but it’s the pose on this figure that really does it for me. He’s reaching for an arrow from his quiver and has his bow held out in front of him. The position of the legs is very dynamic and he looks absolutely fantastic when displayed beside Black Widow. I didn’t expect much from playing the game as Hawkeye, but it was a surprisingly fun experience, particularly after unlocking some of his advanced bow skills.

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Lastly, we have The Hulk. He was the one Avengers character that was delayed from launch to entice early adopters to buy the super expensive complete set. I thought he was going to be tough to find, but I was able to pre-order him as a single-pack through Amazon with no fuss or muss. He’s pretty much a perfect little stylized and cartoony Hulk. I love his angry little face and those big honkin’ nipples. He’s also sporting a fantastic “come at me bro!” pose. The green they used is a tad washed out, but otherwise the paint is neat and clean. He probably needed to be a little bigger, but I’m sure they were under constraints to keep him within the price point and to work with the Infinity Portal.

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Hulk is the only one of the Avengers characters that I haven’t beaten the game with. In fact, I haven’t actually played him in the game at all. It’s nothing against Hulk, but after going through The Avenger’s Playset five times with the rest of the gang, I needed a break. If Hulk had been available at launch, I’m sure I would have played him by now, but either way, I’ll get back to him sooner or later.

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And that (finally!) wraps up The Avengers from Infinity 2.0. I like these little figures a lot and they look great all lined up at the top of my entertainment center. The next set I’ll be working on will be The Guardians of the Galaxy. I already have Rocket Raccoon, as he is the only Guardian that can be unlocked for use in The Avengers Playset. I’ll probably wait until I have a complete set and have played the Guardians Playset through a bunch of times before I feature them here on FFZ. The new figures that have been hitting the shelves this past month look great, but I only wish they could interact with the Playsets and not just the Toybox.

Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack

It’s one of the most devious marketing concoctions that I’ve ever seen: The combining of two of the three things I spend most of my money on… collectible figures and video games. Of course, Skylanders did it first and while I admired the concept, I was able to keep otherwise disinterested. Then Disney got into it with Infinity 1.0, and while I was surely tempted by getting a set of The Incredibles and playing their adventures, it wasn’t enough to get me to buy the whole setup. But that third thing I mentioned spending money on? Comic books. And with Marvel now brought into the fold of Disney’s figure based gaming system, Infinity 2.0, I could no longer sit by on the sidelines. In fact, I barely lasted longer than a couple of weeks from the launch.

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Obviously, video games aren’t something that I review here, but I’m making an exception because these are also figures based on one of my favorite properties. I’ll give some impressions of the game at the end, but for the uninitiated let me at least try to explain what this whole Infinity 2.0 thing is all about. The Starter Kit comes with the game disc, the portal, the three figures (Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow), the Avengers Play Set piece, and two Power Discs. The portal is the interface you use to unlock the content tied to the pieces and it lights up when you put the pieces into place. There’s one hexagonal space and two circular. The hex space is for either the Play Set piece, which is basically the main game you’re going to play, or Power Discs that are tied to the Toy Box, which is sandbox type area where you can play other games or make your own with a comprehensive editor. It’s kind of like a cross between Animal Crossing and Minecraft with mini-games and the ability to create and script your own mini-games. Everything you do in the Play Set game unlocks stuff or gives you currency that you can use in the Toy Box. Sound complicated? It really is until you’ve spent some time sussing it out.

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Right now there are three Play Sets available: This Avengers (included with the Starter Set), Ultimate Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The later two each come with two figures. Individual figures are also sold and each one is tied to a specific Play Set. The game limits what figures you can use with which Play Sets although with Crossover Coins you can make a couple exceptions. For example in The Avengers Play Set, there are 10 coins for Rocket Raccoon and 10 for Nova and if you collect them all you can import those figures into The Avengers Play Set, but that’s the limitation of the crossover. On the other hand, any 2.0 figures, and 1.0 figures, for that matter can be used in Toy Box. So, if you have a Marvel related Toy Box game, you can still buy yourself an Elsa from Frozen or a Lightning McQueen from Cars and use them in it. The figures are actually just stylized statues, roughly four inches tall, but they are much better quality then I was expecting. I heard some early reports about really bad paint, but I went with the first set I picked off the shelf and they are absolutely fine in hand. The same goes for the one individual figure I bought. Let’s take a look at the three…

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Iron Man is pretty cool, but he’s definitely my least favorite figure of the three. I don’t think the style works for him quite as well as the others and the coloring on him seems a little dull. Still, there’s some good detail on him and it’s a classic pose. Just because he comes up bottom of this batch doesn’t mean that I don’t still dig him a lot. The base portrays a broken piece of concrete with the interace disc on the bottom so he can sit on the portal.

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Of the three characters, I’ve spent the most time playing as Iron Man in the game, and he is tons of fun. He flies, hovers, and has some vicious combos that change it up between melee and close range. The animations for his attacks are really fluid and look great. I love the way he’ll punch one guy, blast another with his repulsor and smack another one without missing a beat. Once I got him leveled up and followed a very offensive path on his skill tree, he was a veritable killing machine.  Also, his special move, an area-clearing missile barrage, is so damn satisfying and hasn’t gotten old yet.

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Thor is a particularly nice piece quite chunky too. I really dig his pose a lot, as he stands drawing Mjolnir back a little and has his cape swishing all about him. He has the same shattered concrete style base, but it’s angled upward a bit to help the composition of his heroic pose. The paint on this figure is the weakest of the three, but that’s only because there are a few black smudges on his cape, otherwise it’s still pretty good.

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Of the three characters, I’ve played as Thor the least, but I’m going to remedy that this weekend by starting a new game and spending some quality time with this Asgardian. I’ve got nothing against Thor, it’s just that I happened to start with Iron Man and Black Widow and they just happened to monopolize my time. Like, Iron Man, Thor can fly and his ranged attack, while slower because he has to wait for Mjolnir to return to him, is still pretty powerful. He also has some pretty lightning attacks and some great quips.

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Black Widow may be my favorite figure of the bunch, partly because I love her kinetic pose and partly because I think she just looks adorable as a Disney-fied character. Hey, Black Widow is a Disney Princess now! She’s got her iconic stinger bracelets and even a gun holstered on her hip. Yes, folks, this is a Disney statue packing an automatic pistol! The paintwork on this one is really exceptional too. Yeah, she’s mostly black, but it’s impressive how they were able to get to those hard to reach bits, like the hourglass emblem on her belt buckle.

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As a playable character, she’s easily the most limited since she can’t fly, but I find that makes her interesting in her own right. She needs to rely on summoning motorcycles to get around fast and can utilize strategically placed trampoline pads to get to the tops of buildings. Of course, you could just wait until you’ve unlocked one of SHIELD’s flying motorcycles to help her get around too. Her combat is fast and fun, although you actually have to unlock her ability to dual wield pistols. Special moves include a cloaking skill, called “The Widow’s Veil,” and her “Widow Sting,” which unleashes a satisfying chained electrical attack!

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I haven’t messed around with Toy Box yet, but I’ve played through The Avengers game once and have started a new one with different characters. The gameplay is very reminiscent of a LEGO game, and that isn’t a bad thing. You basically roam an open city and take on missions, nearly all of which are just excuses to make you fight lots and lots of Frost Giants. The story progresses a bit with some boss encounters and as you fight your character levels up and you can spent points on unlocking new skills or improving existing ones. You also collect currency to spend on stuff in the Toy Box. The main game is not very deep, it’s a tad buggy, and the occasional herky-jerky frame rate is inexcusable for how simple the graphic style is, but man is it fun. Each character is distinct enough to make it worth playing through separately, although you can swap out figures to change characters at any time. While most of the time death isn’t really punished, there are some fights where if you die you’ll have to swap out your dead figure for another one. I really dig that.

At $75, I don’t think the price here is unreasonable, considering a lot of new games are starting at $59.99 and this one comes with the figures and the USB portal. On the other hand, if you’re already an adopter of Infinity 1.0, I imagine it would be irksome to have to pony up for another Starter Kit. Consolation may come in the fact that Disney made some vast improvments to the Toy Box and in the end, that’s probably where most of the time will be spent long after the three Play Sets have been beaten to death. I really dig the figures as collectibles, and I can see myself going all out with buying them. At about $15 each they aren’t such a great value solely as collectibles, but when you add in the unlockable content I think it more or less costs out. I didn’t really get into the Power Discs at all, but I’ll save that for next weekend when I check out another one of the figures.