So, while I was on holiday in Cheshire (it’s a Northern part of the UK) I came across a Disney store, which is a rarity seeing as the majority of the Disney stores have been closed down in England. I had also forgotten that Disney Infinity 3.0 had been released the day I set foot inside the store, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the latest character figurines that had been released.
At first, all I could see was Star Wars figures (not that I’m complaining) that adorned around 3 shelves. The rest were characters that had been released in the past.
Apart from Mulan.
I hadn’t even realized Mulan was going to be a playable character at this point. I’ll admit that I feel Disney seem to forget about her, despite that she is one of the first Disney princesses that didn’t act as the typical ‘damsel-in-distress’ protagonist (I’m looking at you, Snow White!). I mean, take Disney Land for example – she’s only at the park once a month during the whole year because she’s a ‘visiting’ character or whatever.
Can you tell that Mulan is my favourite Disney princess?
Anyway, let’s talk about the actual game instead. Basically, if you don’t know what Disney Infinity is, it’s a crossover between Activision’s Skylanders and Mojang’s Minecraft – it’s a sandbox game that allows you to create your own levels, play other created by other players and it includes story modes. To choose a character, all you have to do is place your character figurine on the touch pad and they’ll appear on the screen. Not only can you build around you, you can also fight enemies.
So, how does Mulan fair in all this? Well, she has a few abilities. She can attack with a staff and use a four-hit combo along with ranged attacks. She also uses her staff and fan to block and can lunge to evade (lotus blossoms appear when she uses the staff). She can high jump (apparently it is a higher jump compared to other characters) that finishes with a Catwoman-like landing. Her Special Move is the Fire Power where she uses the Dragon Firework Cannon (the same one she used in the movie) that can explode enemies with one hit. And with the skill tree, can have up to three cannons. So, all in all, I think it’s fair to say that Mulan is one of the stronger characters for Disney Infinity.
But what about the figurine? As a Mulan fan, I’m pretty happy with it – she’s wearing the same dress that she wore when she fought with Shun-Yu (a blue and black hanfu with a red cloth tied around her waist) with her hair short, the dragon medallion that was given to her my the Emperor around her neck, a fan in her right hand and poised with a fighting stance.
Of course, like the previous Disney Infinity 2.0 , Disney Infinity 3.0 focuses on certain characters and playsets. Instead of Marvel superheroes, this time it’s Star Wars. 3.0 includes six different story modes:
- Twilight of the Republic – this is set after Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones that focuses on Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano after they hunt for the creator of a reactivated Droid factory.
- Rise Against the Empire – this is set with the more classic side of the Star Wars trilogy. Leia and Luke find themselves battling Darth Vader across the galaxy. (No doubt Han Solo and Chewie are in there somewhere as well).
- The Force Awakens – like the upcoming installment, this set features Finn and Rey. Not much has been said about this set, probably due to spoilers (the release date for this story mode is unknown).
- Inside Out – also based on the latest Pixar-Disney collaboration, the five emotions must find the lost memories of Riley after she falls asleep watching a horror movie.
- Marvel Battlegrounds – this story mode has the ability to have four players locally playing together (something that Disney Infinity hasn’t exceeded before) as they make their way through levels and defeat enemies.
- Toy Box Takeover – Syndrome (from The Incredibles) manages to gain power and teams up with other villains to destroy the toy box. It is up to the player to assemble the other Disney characters to stop them.
Don’t worry – Star Wars aren’t the only new figurines available. Here a list of the new characters playable so far:
- Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars)
- Aksoka Tano (Star Wars)
- Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
- Leia Organa (Star Wars)
- Boba Fett (Star Wars) (PS3 and PS4 exclusive)
- Yoda (Star Wars)
- Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
- Ezra Bridger (Star Wars)
- Kana Jarrus (Star Wars)
- Sabine Wren (Star Wars)
- Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars)
- Joy (Inside Out)
- Anger (Inside Out)
- Sadness (Inside Out)
- Disgust (Inside Out)
- Fear (Inside Out)
- Mickey Mouse
- Minnie Mouse
- Sam Flynn (Tron: Legacy)
- Quorra (Tron: Legacy)
- Mulan (Mulan)
- Olaf (Frozen)
There are also other characters to look forward to be released later this year and next year:
- Finn (Star Wars)
- Rey (Star Wars)
- Han Solo (Star Wars)
- Chewbacca (Star Wars)
- Darth Vader (Star Wars)
- Darth Maul (Star Wars)
- Hulkbuster Iron Man (Marvel)
- Ultron (Marvel)
- Peter Pan (Peter Pan)
- Spot (The Good Dinosaur)
- Judy Hopps (Zootopia)
- Nick Wilde (Zootopia)
Overall, I’m happy that Mulan has (finally) been include in Disney Infinity (it’s only taken about two years) and I’m happy with the way she plays in the game. But I do feel that Disney need to include her more – whatever I see Disney princess products and the like, Mulan is very rarely included. Which is a shame, considering that Mulan pretty much saved the whole of China.
But I am considering buying it now, especially with characters now from Big Hero 6, Marvel, Tron and other Disney films. Now all we need is a Mulan-inspired Story Mode, and I’m golden.
Disney Infinity 3.0 is currently available on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, iOS and Android.
- For an unboxing video of the Mulan figurine, click here.
- For a gameplay video of Mulan in Disney Infinity 3.0, click here (warning: there is commentary).
- Check out the official Disney Infinity YouTube channel here for more unboxing videos and similar videos.
Thank-you as always for reading. Hope you enjoyed!