YMMV / Disney Infinity

  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • After the infamous PC-exclusive debacle, the leak of Sam and Quorra finally getting figures in the 3.0 edition of the game has pleased the fans.
    • The introduction of pre-CGI Disney Animated Canon characters (such as Stitch, Aladdin and Jasmine, Mulan, etc.) could be seen as acknowledgement of complaints about the lack of such characters.
    • With the fandom still reeling from the news that the PC, mobile, and Apple TV versions of 3.0 had been dropped, it was a pleasant surprise to find that Nick, Judy, and Baloo would still be added to the mobile version as part of an update. (You do have to pay for the pack, but hey, it's something.) Then the franchise was cancelled.
  • Awesome Moments: In one trailer, anyone who'd always wanted to see Randall vs. Violet finally got their wish.
  • Awesome Music: The music that plays in trailers for the game.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Captain America's new 3.0 figurine has gotten this reception since its announcement. Some people are happy to see the Captain get upgraded for the new edition, while others would have rather had another Marvel character who isn't already in the game.
    • Another debate has also sprung up: should characters from the 1.0 and 2.0 versions of Disney Infinity be upgraded for 3.0, or should that effort be focused on bringing in new characters instead?
    • Figures based on movie remakes rather than their original movies in general. While some folks don't really care, others would rather have the original versions of the characters because in most cases they're much more popular, recognizable, and timeless rather than designs that they feel will be forgotten in about a year. Maleficent (whose design was based on Angelina Jolie's Maleficent rather than the one in the original Disney film) and the Alice in Wonderland characters (based on the Tim Burton films instead of the 1951 Disney film) were hit with this when their designs were revealed, and fans expecting the Beast and Elliot to appear in the game were concerned that this would happen to them, too. (On the other hand, Baloo's figure (which was based on the 1967 film instead of the 2016 remake) was a resounding success, so there was hope...) In the end, these fears were rendered moot with the cancellation of the game in May 2016, which meant the Beast and Elliot never appeared at all.
  • Broken Base:
    • There are a few people disappointed at the lack of characters from Disney's renaissance era, with most of the playable characters coming from most of Disney's post-2000 work, like Wreck-It Ralph and Pirates of the Caribbean.
    • Some are disappointed at there are hardly any characters from the Disney Animated Canon at all. The few that are there are only from post-2010 CG films. There wouldn't be any 2D animated characters (outside of Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse) until Stitch, Aladdin and Jasmine were introduced in 2.0.
    • Many Pixar detractors and "classic" Disney fans were upset that the first game's roster was roughly half Pixar characters and half "actual" Disney characters. The fact that more than half of the game's playsets were based on Pixar movies while fan-favorites like Jack Skellington and even Mickey Mouse were toybox exclusives didn't help.
    • Cars characters being in the games. They're, well, cars so they really stand out. Not helping matters is Cars 2's rather spotty reception compared to other Pixar films.
    • Phineas and Perry are in despite being from animated series rather than movies. Ideally this could make way for even more potential characters and playsets, such as an often requested Kim Possible figure, or a Recess play set. However, some fans are under the impression that it's a one time deal due to their popularity.
    • The Marvel universe being the main focus of the second game broke the base even further.
      • There's a further split with people upset that the X-Men & Fantastic Four aren't included, seemingly because of Disney's dispute with Fox over the movie rights to characters. The potential of having the Richards family encountering the Parr family is certainly enticing...
      • While many were happy to see Black Panther, The Vision, and Ant-Man revealed in the leaks, many were annoyed that Scarlet Witch wasn't present as well. Especially since so far, there have only been two women released among the Marvel characters.
    • The fact that the Alice in Wonderland characters are based on how they are portrayed in the Tim Burton-directed Alice in Wonderland live-action films. Some like the idea of these versions of the characters being in Disney Infinity, but others say they would rather have the versions of the characters from the 1951 animated film instead. One thing both sides can (mostly) agree on, however, is that the live-action movie's version of the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp) is a welcome addition to the game's roster. With the renders of the three characters having been officially released, the characters are shown to be based first and foremost on the live-action movies, but include some details referencing the 1951 film. (such as the Hatter's now oversized hat) While some find this to be a happy medium, others still feel that they should have gone specifically with the 1951 designs. (There are also other that feel that at least Alice should have been given her "classic" design, but are fine with Burton!Hatter, as he tends to be far more popular of a character than the classic Hatter.)
  • Creepy Cute: The Symbiote Spawns and Swarming Symbiotes have huge teeth, attack and overtake any living creature that gets too close... And look like adorable little goop puppies!
  • Designated Villain:
    • Randy is lumped in with Davy Jones and Syndrome in the villains pack even though he does nothing to warrant it in the main MU gameplay.
    • Parodied in the Toy Box Takeover where Syndrome complains about Wreck-It Ralph, Randy, Hector Barbossa, and Maleficent representing villains when they're more "grey area" characters.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • There's a bit of an in-fandom "pick-me-no-pick-me" rivalry between those who want Dipper and Mabel as playable characters in the game and those who want Darkwing Duck in the game, with folks on either side insisting that their character(s) be added instead of the other(s). Once again, the series's cancellation likely means neither one of them will get in the game outside of some miracle.
    • It took long enough, but Disney Infinity fans are now starting to clash with those of Skylanders. While the Infinity fandom was still reeling from the sudden cancellation of Infinity, Activision announced the next installment of Skylanders: Skylanders: Imaginators. The Infiniteers were already understandably miffed, seeing as how soon it had been since the announcement of Infinity's end...but then the official trailer chose to use the term "Infinite Possibilities" (one of Infinity's own Tag Lines) to describe their gameplay. You can probably guess how well THAT went over with the Infiniteers...
  • First Installment Wins:
    • Averted. The majority of the roster is comprised of characters from source material originating from the 2000s. The exceptions are Mickey Mouse (of course), Jack Skellington and Maleficent, and that's not counting the Marvel heroes: the oldest character amongst the latter group is Captain America, who made his debut in 1941. This makes him the second oldest character in the entire game behind Mickey. In a notable exception, the game uses Sam Alexander, the second Nova, rather than Richard Rider, the original Nova. It also features Carol Danvers in her Captain Marvel persona rather than as Ms. Marvel.
    • In general, most of the Marvel characters more closely resemble their Marvel Cinematic Universe or recent animated counterparts, rather than their classic comic incarnations.
    • Fan requests for Disney Animated Canon characters with existing or impending remakes of their original movies usually are asking for the characters as they appeared in their original movies rather than those of the remakes. As a result of this, figures that do end upon being based on their animated versions tend to be better received than those that are based on remakes. One can see this with the praise heaped upon Baloo when his design was shown to be based on the 1967 animated movie instead of the 2016 remake compared to the mixed reception that the Alice in Wonderland figures have received thus far.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
  • Harsher in Hindsight: This comic was made to show that Skylanders would be heavily overshadowed by Disney Infinity, especially with the latter selling recognizable characters ranging from Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars. This is much harsher realizing that Disney Infinity announced it's throwing in the towel in May 2016, as they feel like their figures are selling poorly. However, said comic was made before amiibo and Lego Dimensions, two other competitors, came in the scene.
    • The title itself is this considering its cancellation. See Memetic Mutation below.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Back in 2003, Disney had just taken control of Power Rangers from Saban (who they sold it back to in 2010), and the first series under Disney's tenure, Ninja Storm, utilized "Power Discs" (either from the Rangers' Morphers or teleported into their cockpits) to unlock new weaponry and gadgets for their Megazords. Come 2013, Disney applies the same concept for their video game.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The announcement that Sam Flynn and Quorra are mobile and PC exclusive rather than being actual figures didn't sit well with... anyone. At all. Rubbing salt in the wound in Toy Box TV episode 55 just made things worse.
    • The announcement that a power disc that gives Mickey his Kingdom Hearts outfit will be exclusive only to D23 convention-goers attracted a rather massive backlash.
    • The "Squid Wars" Toy Box level has gotten a lot of ire from Splatoon fans for what appears to be a shameless ripoff of the game taking place on a map very similar to Arowana Mall... despite the fact that there was a Toy Box level based on Colombia from BioShock Infinite built with no such outrage from its fans long before this.
    • The decision to release the PC version of 3.0 on Steam as a free client that you purchase DLC to play in place of the peripherals of the physical versions, namely because the combined price of the DLC totaled almost $900, including three $40 starter packs, a $100 pack of characters from 1.0, and full access to the Toy Box. This was rectified a day after release and the total DLC cost was reduced to a more reasonable $130 with the only starter pack now being Twilight of the Republic.
    • Support for the PC, mobile, and Apple TV versions of 3.0 were suddenly dropped without warning, leaving any content and figures released after Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (such as Marvel Battlegrounds) unusable on them. Combined with the facts that for some players, these versions were the only ones they had access to and thus were locked out of using any new figures, as well as the developers being unusually tight-lipped over the reasoning behind pulling support for these platforms, the result was that of disappointment, frustration, anger, and grumbling customers returning their new Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Vision figures, with a few angry players declaring that they were quitting Infinity all together and selling all their figures. The fact that this happened so suddenlynote  and (outside of Nick, Judy, and Baloo being made available for the mobile version of the game) upgrading them for those platforms ultimately never occurred before the series came to a close made matters worse.
    • The final blow was the announcement of the series's cancellation, completely blind-siding not only the player base but even the developers as well. Disappointed fans took to the web to express their shock at the announcement (while there were subtle clues that the franchise's days were numberednote , no one saw this coming this soon), and lamenting the fact that the teased Play Sets would no longer happen, the Player's Pick poll would likely be for naught (meaning Dipper, Mabel, Darkwing Duck, and more are now unlikely to get figures), the fate of the specially chosen Peter Pan figure is unclear (leading to fans campaigning for Pan to be released as a farewell figure), or any Kingdom Hearts stuff beyond the D23 Power Disc or the Keyblade unlock, and that many good people were now unemployed. In the wake of this, petitions and all-around rallying to either un-cancel the series or hand off development to another company have cropped up.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Despite a few shortcomings, the series' reception has been mostly positive. 2.0, however, was met with more mixed reception. Praise was given towards the vastly improved Toy Box mode, but the Play Sets fell under a lot of criticism due to having extremely repetitive missions and not being anywhere near as unique and varied as the 1.0 Play Sets were.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Referring to the game as "Depp Infinity" has become a popular in-fandom joke as there are currently three Johnny Depp-portrayed characters (Jack Sparrow, Tonto, and the Mad Hatter) playable in the game.
    • "Pay without Limit", used in a number of Steam reviews to criticize the microtransactions for 3.0.
    • With the sudden announcement of Disney Infinity's cancellation, it became a recurring joke to refer to the game as "Disney Finite".
    • The "#SaveDisneyInfinity" hashtag and "I'm IN", the rallying cries of those trying to revive the series have gathered some steam on social media websites such as Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube.
  • MST3K Mantra: Definitely in full effect when trying to wrap your head around Disney idols, Marvel heroes, Jedi knights and a pre-teen girl's emotions all being able to interact with each other. Justified in that-as stressed before-everything in the game is a toy, including all the characters.
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • A report shows that the average age of players for Disney Infinity is thirteen, with a good percent of them over twenty. Arguably, Disney not exploiting the periphery demographic enough (for one thing, by using many more pre-Revival Disney Original characters than just the handful that were released) probably played a small role (among many other reasons) as to why the series ended up not doing well enough for Disney.
    • Thanks to demographic stats from the Skylanders games, the people behind Disney Infinity expected a 70/30 male to female split and marketed it as such. Instead, they were pleasantly surprised to find a nearly even 55/45 gender split by the time all of the figures of the first game were released.
  • Porting Disaster:
    • It's long since been patched, but the PS3 version had a save corruption bug for a while.
    • The Wii version doesn't have the online functions the HD consoles do. That means you can't upload or download levels created in the Toy Box by other users. There have also been reports of lack of multiplayer in the Play Sets.
    • The Wii U version of 2.0 added online functionality, but still has frequent frame rate drops.
    • The mobile versions of the Toy Box has lots of problems, such as severe frame rate issues and impractical touch-controls.
    • The PC versions have some bad screen tearing,note  lacks multiplayer, and the free-to-play system on them is a serious point of contention for users. 2.0 for PC also caps the frame rate at thirty frames per second. 3.0 for PC currently lacks support for any new content and figures beyond those of Zootopia, and with the announcement of the series' cancellation, it's likely that it never will.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The in-game announcer, who never seems to shut up. See Stop Helping Me! below.
    • Yondu was mostly seen as a pointless addition to the roster by the fanbase (considering that he is vastly overshadowed by Star-Lord and company as well as Ronan) and as a result, was one of the poorest-selling characters in the game according to this article.
    • Kanan Jarrus was also a relatively unpopular character. Even well before the series's end, his figure had already been knocked down to as low as five bucks and still filled shelves in many stores.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • Leveling up a character after it grows past level five is difficult enough, but try doing it with a Toy Box-exclusive character, and then try it after you've completed all the feats! Unless (in 2.0 and 3.0) you make a spark farm or generator that automatically kills enemies for you.
    • 2.0 makes things quite a bit easier with the addition of "Survival Challenges", which involve an endless series of randomly-generated dungeon crawler-esque and tower defense levels, giving you plenty of mooks for you to beat up for XP.
    • If you have Toy Box Challenge for your 3DS, good luck adding your characters to it. Every time you sync a figure to the game, it resets their level,note  meaning if you want to go back and use them on the console game, you have to do that grinding all over again.
  • Ship Tease: Upon meeting each other, Ralph and Elsa will compliment each other, referencing a tweet that Jennifer Lee made about them as a couple.
  • Sophomore Slump: 2.0, despite the Toy Box box mode being improved and introducing Marvel, caught flack for having some of the most disappointing Play Sets in the series. (Repetitiveness was the most common complaint.) The Play Sets in 3.0 would see a vast improvement over those in 2.0, along with other improvements to the other game modes.
  • Stop Helping Me!: The announcer can really grate on one's nerves after the umpteenth time he walks you through the "Packs and Tools" and "Mission Log" tutorials. He'll even talk over character dialogue.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The cancellation of the series has had several levels of this being tossed at the higher-ups at Disney, since the series as a whole was still doing well and outselling Skylanders in spite of the 2.0 Inventory Write Up Of Doom, leading to many to feel like Disney cared more about making money in the long run than actually listening to the fanbase which was continuing to enjoy the game and asking what was next. Additionally, the fact that Disney chose to unceremoniously drop the series without any proper send-off or closure, while also screwing over the developers (who were just as blindsided by the cancellation as the fans), the fanbase itself (whose many requests fell on deaf ears in favor of characters no many people cared for; while seemingly ignoring the winner of the Player's Pick poll, namely Mabel Pines), and even the Disney Artists who chose to give Peter Pan a figure (which may sadly never happen) accounts for much of the Internet Backdraft mentioned above and the movement to revive the game.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Some feel this way about Arlo, who was relegated to being a mountable character via a Power Disc rather than getting a figure. One can infer that the reason Arlo is simply a mount is because quadrupedal characters (such as those from The Lion King) have yet to be implemented, and that, with deuteragonist Spot already being playable in the game, Arlo would have to become much closer to his size and this would look and seem awkward. Despite this, some feel that he really deserved better, considering that he's the eponymous character of his own movie, and that the "everyone is toys" motif the game has would have justified Arlo's change in size anyway.
    • While the fanbase is undeniably happy with how Baloo turned out, some express disappointment that he didn't receive a Power Disc that put him in his outfit from TaleSpin.
    • Ferb. Something that aggravates the fanbase terribly was that Ferb was not only planned to be in 1.0 alongside Phineas, but was even seen in gameplay footage pre-release. (Proof) Theories that they would save Ferb for the next game were dashed when the Phineas and Ferb figures wound up being among the worst-selling figures in the game, thus eliminating any hopes that Ferb would be considered for inclusion again. Even now, a lot of the fanbase calls for him to gain a figure, if only so that it would be Phineas and Ferb and not Phineas without Ferb. (As well as the fact that he is one of the show's most popular characters.)
    • In light of the series's cancellation, many highly requested (if not outright upcoming) characters got hit with this as there's a good chance that they'll never get their figures. This includes the likes of the Pines twins, Darkwing Duck, Goofy, Hera, Moana, Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger, the aforementioned Ferb, and numerous others.
    • The fact that the shelved 12 inch "giant" figures would have started out with super-sized re-issues of previous figures (like Buzz, Elsa, the Hulk, etc.) had some players wondering what was keeping them from using this idea for large Disney characters who didn't already have figures (Such as Elliot, Gantu, Arlo or other dinosaur characters from The Good Dinosaur, or characters from Gigantic2018) and felt that they were wasting a perfectly fine idea on characters many people already had, making it seem more Awesome, but Impractical than anything else.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: All of Disney in one video game? That's awesome! We could have Jack Skellington teaching scaring in Monsters U, or Elsa can freeze the ocean in the pirates playset! The possibilities truly are infinite... Oh, they're all designated to their own play set? And some of them can only be used in the Toy Box? Well, I guess that can be fun, too.
    • Fixed by 3.0 with the near-play set level experience Toy Box Takeover and Toy Box Speedway, which allow you to use every character in specialized gameplay worlds.note 
    • Had the series not been cancelled, 4.0 would have finally included a story mode which allowed you to use any of the figures.
    • As mentioned before, many feel that the series had a ton of untapped potential as a whole when it came to the characters and Play Sets that got in the game, as Disney Interactive seemed to prioritize marketing new movies over actually giving what the fans (both young and old) wanted and requested. Part of the reason many Infinity players are pushing for the series to be uncancelled in some way is so all that potential from focusing on the fans along with promoting recent movies can be realized instead of the former taking a backseat to the latter.
  • Too Good to Last: Despite being a resounding success and dethroning Skylanders as the Toys-To-Life game, the series wound up costing so much (the primary factor being a large inventory write-up involving the 2.0 figures) that Disney Interactive couldn't afford to keep it going and ceased production.
  • Uncanny Valley: Phineas is pretty strange looking in three dimensions.
  • Worth It: Is it really worth buying all twenty-nine figures of Infinity 1.0 just to have your favorite Disney characters wield a Lightsaber? IT'S WORTH EVERY PENNY!
    • Many will argue that the Keyblade is just as cool.
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