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Marvel Battlegrounds Is Where The Disney Infinity Magic Really Begins 😁

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I Love Marvel, Remember?!

Last year I wrote about my unwavering obsession with Marvel, as well as my appreciation for the Disney Infinity mini figures. I went on to say that I only wanted these, well-designed, pieces of plastic to add to my toy collection, and for showcasing. Their actual purpose: syncing them to another piece of flat plastic (the asymmetrical, hexagonal, Disney Infinity base), which connects via USB to my PS4 – so that I can play as that particular character in-game – was lost on me. As much as I love Marvel (and Disney) I had no intention of playing Disney Infinity. I had watched a few of the play set adventures on YouTube and I honestly wasn’t too impressed with what I saw.

Visually everything was great, but the gameplay just seemed lackluster. The environments were unpopulated, the stages and set pieces were bare, and the game mechanics were almost too simple. It looked like an entry level game for a novice – and if I was going to invest in this super hero game (version 2.0), then it would have to up the ante. So just having these tiny toys (for my toy shelf) was going to be good enough for me.

Michelle bought me a Marvel play set, and a bunch of figures, for my birthday last year to jump-start my collection. They remained in their packaging (up until last month) because the toy shelf that I speak of doesn’t actually exist yet.

It’s a plan that we have for our office on the top floor, but we’re still looking for the right pieces to furnish that space. So with our office space being a work in progress, it didn’t make sense rushing to EB Games to buy more Infinity. After all, these things weren’t cheap – especially if you wanted to collect them all – and I already received a small army of them for my birthday.

The Disney Infinity toys-to-life platform was very popular with gamers and toy collectors; new versions and play sets were being announced, which was proof enough that this thing was here to stay. There was no need to buy more in a hurry. I had time…well, I thought I had time.

Disney Infinity Shattered

As it turned out, back in May, Disney announced that they would be discontinuing their Infinity video game line, and shutting down their internal studio: Avalanche Software. The news took me completely by surprise. I believe my words were “What the f@#k?! How could this be? I thought that everything was fine. There must be – what the f@#k?!” But the toys-to-life genre had it’s winners: Amiibo, Skylanders and Lego Dimensions are still competing to be the number one, toy and video game platform of choice. Disney Infinity, on the other hand, is taking their bronze medal and going home…indefinitely.

It was a sad day…one that I didn’t see coming, but you know what? Someone had to lose. That’s just the reality of it, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. What’s even more saddening is knowing what Infinity had looming over the horizon: a new line of 12-inch figures, the launch of Disney Infinity 4.0, and more according to the incredible article that senior reporter, Patrick Klepek, wrote on Kotaku.

It appeared that Disney Infinity was planning to be a force to be reckoned with in the toys-to-life space, but the universe had a different design. I knew immediately what I had to do, because when a disaster like this strikes you have to act fast!

Preparing For My Very Own Civil War

My knee-jerk reaction was “Shit, now I have to buy all of the figures and play set before retailers run out of stock!” And that’s what I’ve done – well, I didn’t buy all of them. I’m only aiming to collect all of the Marvel figures so that I can play copious amounts of Marvel Smash…I mean Marvel Battlegrounds (more on that in a bit).

Now that time is of the essence, I can’t just sit idly by because I probably have one year (maybe two at the most) before I won’t be able to find any of these figures, let alone the one’s that I want. After a year (or two) my only option might be buying the nearly-extinct figures from online retailers, like Amazon, or resellers on eBay. By that time it won’t be worth it. Not with the huge mark-ups that will be added (due to rarity and demand), and the ridiculous shipping rates. So the time is now.

As if gaming isn’t expensive enough…now I have this bloody toys-to-life nonsense putting a dent in my wallet. I am a true victim of circumstance, but if there’s one thing that I’m pretty good at, it’s getting the games I want at a discount! I do this by a couple of ways: one, resisting temptation and not buying the game on launch day (like everyone else), and just waiting six to eight months; and two, redeeming my credit card points for Best Buy gift cards and using that to by my games. Simple and effective – both requires time and patience!

So I chose the latter: using my newly acquired gift cards, and ending up paying a total of $26.42 for the Disney Infinity 3.0 starter pack and the Marvel Battlegrounds play set. Without the gifts cards, those two items would have cost me $101.68, so I can honestly say that I made a good decision.

Almost immediately after that, the EB Games, close to my workplace, had a bunch of Infinity figures on sale! The stars were certainly aligning so I snatched up a bunch of those bad-boys for $9.99 each; they normally cost $16.99. Again, I made a good decision.

Now We Fight!

Um, yeah…

Living In A Marvelous Disney Universe And Loving Every Minute Of It

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🇺🇸 America’s 😍 Favourite 😈 Superheroes

Now you might argue that Justice League America would actually be America’s favourite superhero team. I mean they have the word “America” in their name. That’s patriotism right there. And I must admit that I’m currently getting a kick out of watching Justice League America Unlimited the animated series on Netflix. I had a conversation with wifey just the other night on why Wonder Woman would be interested in dating Batman. I am only a few episodes into the first season, but so far she’s making it blatantly obvious that she wants to date him. And just like the douche that Batman is he keeps stopping her dead in her tracks. He said it best in the fifth episode, and I quote “You’re a princess from a society of immortal warriors. I’m a rich kid with issues.” LMAO. It totally amuses me. He’s basically telling Diana to go bark up Superman’s tree. And maybe she does, which makes way more sense to me, but I’ve gone off on a tangent. Justice League is a fabulous team, but I’m here to show respect to another team. My favourite superhero team lead by non other than Captain America himself. Wait, I mean Iron Man. No, wait…is it Cap? Whoever the bloody leader is I am dedicating this post to Marvel’s Avengers. Or should I say Disney’s Avengers? Ok, Disney’s and Marvel’s Avengers! So there. Great. That should keep both conglomerates happy 😁

To Disney Infinity And Beyond

Fact. I’m just a tiny (tiny) bit obsessed with The Avengers. For my birthday, which happens to be today, my lovely wife Michelle bought me eight Disney Infinity figurines. Six of The Avengers from the 2.0 Edition and two Star Wars from the 3.0 Edition. It was a wonderful surprise. So wonderful in fact I almost made her return all of them because they’re not cheap. And what’s funny is I almost bought myself the Captain America figurine a few nights before my birthday, but I decided against it and opted to buy her the Merida figure from the Infinity 1.0 Edition. She likes the movie Brave, but let’s get back to my Avenger obsession because that’s what you’re dying to hear about.

So now I have these funky new toys to add to my geek collection. This is all well and good, but you should know that my evil plan is to only display them like trophies. This Toy-To-Life video game experience, which is the primary focus for these tiny heroes, actually doesn’t appeal to me all that much. I just love the super well crafted toys. Shout out to the talented art directors and designers at Avalanche Software who did an outstanding job creating these miniature masterpieces. Disney Infinity is a work of art, just like everything that Disney touches, and I am very happy that they have Marvel (and now Star Wars) in their roster. It makes for some interesting gaming mash ups, that’s for sure. Who knew that there would be an experience this crazy where you could play as Marvel, Star Wars and traditional Disney characters, all in one game? You know what? On second thought, maybe I will play this game after all 😃

Avengers Assemble

I finally finished watching Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Michelle and I went to the movies and finally saw Ant-Man! I wasn’t sure how it would “measure” up to the previous films from Phase 2, but I was pleasantly surprised. Earlier this summer I saw…no scratch that…I experienced Avengers: Age of Ultron! Twice! In two weeks I’ll be picking up the Blu-ray! Actually let me back things up a bit to truly make you understand. Prior to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron on opening weekend I had an Avengers party at my house! There was no cosplay, well, just an Iron Man mask, but that was it. That and all of the Avengers decorations that you could think of. Lol. I bought this decorative kit that came with Avenger swirly decals to hang from the ceiling, big and small pop-out center pieces for the table, and one inch round Avenger confetti to scatter all over! Are you still paying attention? Because it didn’t stop there! I created a tattoo station and had Avengers tattoos for all of my guests! And finally, if that wasn’t enough, I bought every flavour of Doritos that had an Avenger on the packaging! What did I tell you? Obsessed. With all of that in place the idea was to re-watch the first Avengers movie on the Saturday and continue this ultimate Avenger weekend by going to watch Age of Ultron the very next day. Talk about an amazing weekend! The cinematic adventures that is The Avengers are second to none and it’s all due to this ragtag Marvel team/amazing cast lead by the uber talented director Joss “Once More With Feeling” Whedon! Grr Argh! (For my Whedonites out there 😉)

Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I know what the people at Marvel Studios are drinking, but Jiminy Cricket, whatever is in the water over there is doing the trick. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, silver screen undertaking in Hollywood history. From now until 2019, if you’re a Marvel fan, all of your summers will consist of lining up at the box office, at one point or another, to see what Marvel has in store for Phase 3. And guess what? I’m all in! All of these movies are just damn good. Yes, there have been weaker films. I’m not a big fan of the first Thor and I had to watch Iron Man 2 a few times before it started to grow on me. But over all both Phase 1 and 2 were successes in my book. And the fact that all of these solo projects connect and bleed into one another just adds to the excitement of it all. When the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossed over into Marvel’s Agents of Shield TV series, I nearly lost my shit! Not only are these big budget movies connected to one another, but they’re trickling over into the small screen TV shows as well! Tell me, who do I send my MCU love letter to because they are hitting all the right notes for me. Don’t even get me started on the Daredevil Netflix series!

Now who knows how much longer these movies are going to be popular with the mainstream. But ten or twenty years from now we are going to look back at this time and say that this was the heyday of comic book movies. And rightfully so because when you look back to when these kinds of movies originated you can clearly see the progression that has been made. There’s no doubt that Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins/Dark Knight trilogy raised the bar very high, but let’s save the DC movie discussion for another post. Marvel wants the next five years of your life. Maybe ten if there is a Phase 4. Whatever their evil plan is Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has me by the gonads and I’m not even the slightest bit upset over it. If I could give them my movie ticket money for the next five years in advance I would because I know that I won’t be disappointed. Marvel’s track record so far has proven this to me. Are they capable of producing a weak film? Of course. But at most that is what it will be. Just a weaker film. Marvel will never bomb at the box office, but if it so happens that they do, I think I’ll allow it 😏

🎬 Marvel Phase 2 Recap (Spoilers)

Here’s a recap of what happened in all of the movies in Phase 2

📅 Marvel Phase 3 Calendar

Here’s the movie calendar for Phase 3, not including the Spider-Man reboot slated for 2017

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