Review: Classic characters come to Disney Infinity 2.0, bringing a whole new world to Toy Box mode

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When Disney Infinity 2.0 launched a couple months ago, Marvel fans had a blast playing with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers. But Disney Interactive hasn’t left the classic characters behind, adding them to the mix this month.

The latest line of collectible figurines / video game accessories, called Disney Originals, include characters from the past and present – an even assortment that includes at least one favorite for everyone.

“Big Hero 6” is the newest Disney rage and the introduction of Hiro and Baymax to the Disney Infinity world is most welcome, especially with them dressed in their superhero attire. They come equipped with some of the game’s coolest moves, including Hiro commanding his microbots with style and Baymax taking flight while firing his rocket fist. It’s really too bad they don’t have a play set of their own, as San Fransokyo would be a blast to explore.

Likewise for the rest of the newly released classic characters, many of which deserve play sets too. Each character in the original Disney Infinity came with their own “adventure,” a small level inspired by that character or the world from which they came. Disney Infinity 2.0 does away with these bonuses, leaving the new Disney Originals simply as Toy Box toys, meaning they can be enjoyed in customized worlds but aren’t pre-loaded with any additional bonuses.

While there is no Agrabah play set, Aladdin and Jasmine figures do unlock the ability to create such a world in the Toy Box, with the help of the new Sands of Agrabah power disc. Aladdin is a particular effective combatant, suddenly quite skillful with a sword.

Merida and Tinker Bell bring some more girl power to the mix while Angelina Jolie-style Maleficent offers some pretty spectacular spells.

But it’s the silliness of Stitch and Donald Duck that bring the most hilarity to the game, as Stitch can climb walls while Donald throws an unintelligible tantrum – along with vases and other random breakables.

Among the best new power disc vehicles are that of Disneyland’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Alice in Wonderland dark ride. Nothing is funnier than seeing armored-up Baymax squeeze into Mr. Toad’s tiny jalopy.

Those really into building Toy Boxes will get a kick out of playing with these new Disney Originals characters. But those wanting to get more out of them will have to hunt down a pair of new game discs, Stitch’s Tropical Rescue and Brave Forest Siege, in order to add more gameplay to Disney Infinity 2.0.

Collectors can easily justify buying each of these new Disney Infinity figurine releases, as their style is fun, the toy quality is high, and their bright colors look great when displayed. But when combined with the actual video game, the amount of fun these characters add is rather fleeting, as all the new moves start to feel familiar far too quickly.

It seems each of these characters should automatically come with a customized Toy Box world themed to the franchise from which they came – or at least unlock a special download for such a world. That simple addition would truly make each of these purchases a must-own.

Disney Infinity also recently became available for the PC. It’s free to play, but you’ll need to buy add-ons to get the most out of it. Today we’re offering a chance to win a Groot character download for the PC version. Simply comment below with your favorite Groot quote from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and you’ll have a chance to be randomly selected to win!

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