One of my favorite booths at E3 2015 was the Disney Infinity booth, which had a major focus on the 3.0 line, but also featured art pieces and mock ups from the previous two lines that any fan, or collector for that matter, would appreciate. I’m a Disney Infinity noob, by choice that is, namely because I don’t need another line of collectibles to add to my ever growing inventory, but after the DI 3.0 announcement, I now find myself being unable to boycott this franchise any longer. What can I say? I’m a sucker for all things Star Wars, especially when the products have a very stylized look, as is the case with the line of Star Wars figures for DI 3.0, which have a nice animated look to them that is a mix between The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels cartoons, with a bit of Pixar flair.
It’s impossible to deny the charm that these figures exude, which I found out first hand while touring the Disney Infinity booth at E3, thanks to its massive collection of production art assets and figure mock ups that were used to design the final line of Star Wars figures for DI 3.0. The concept sketches themselves could be sold as works of art, at least to someone like me that loves stylized sketches of some of the galaxy’s most iconic sci-fi characters such as Darth Vader, Yoda, Han, Chewie, and the rest of the Star Wars gang.
The E3 booth was loaded with framed examples of these drool inducing art sketches, so I had to load up on pictures to share with other lovers of the Disney Infinity franchise, or those who just appreciate some kick ass geek art, while I was on my official press appointment. I managed to get some great shots of most of the Star Wars line, as well as a few shots from the Marvel themed 2.0 line, and both sets of pictures will make you wish you owned the art pieces contained within them. My favorite is the blue colored Vader sketch, which I’d cut off my left nut for to be able to hang in my man cave among my other stylized Star Wars art posters, but each piece I snapped would make more than worthy additions to my geeky art collection.
While the sketches were fantastic to behold, I was most impressed with the figure prototype mock ups, especially the oversized ones, which I’d sacrifice my other nut for to own. These bad boys, and one girl, stand close to 12 inches tall, and featured what looked like a wood grain finish. I had to restrain myself from lifting their glass cases up and shoving them into my backpack, and you can bet your ass I asked a PR rep if they would ever be for sale. Unfortunately, I received an emphatic NO, but a collector can still dream can’t he?
In addition to the concept sketches and mock up prototypes, I also took a picture of the massive power disc curtain, as well as a video of the booth’s entrance arch, which contained every Disney 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 character on display. You can check out the video and power disc shot after the break.
I did get to play DI 3.0 while I was at the booth, so it’s not like I just obsessed over the artwork and toys, so if you’re interested in finding out what it’s like to play as Darth Vader while taking down his on AT-ATs on Hoth, then head over to my official Disney Infinity 3.0 gameplay preview post.
Disney Infinity 3.0 ships this fall for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U.
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