Chris Hughes

A time to smash: ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Hulk figure releasing Oct. 28

A time to smash: ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ Hulk figure releasing Oct. 28
Decrease Font Size Increase Font Size Text Size Print This Page

Bring on the superheroes, indeed.

It looks like the anticipated second edition of Disney Interactive’s popular “Disney Infinity” series will release its Hulk figurine for all systems on Oct. 28, according to listings on gamestop.com. The game will be released on Sept. 23 for Nintendo Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4.

Hulk, the giant green rage monster, is a timed exclusive that is available only with the PS3 and PS4 collector’s editions on launch. That edition comes with all six Avengers figures on a stand featuring a frost giant, two power discs, and a poster.

green rage monster

Of course, numbers on Hulk preorders aren’t available just yet, as the opportunity to sign up for the always-angry hero is a little more than a week old.

But in an interview with Variety published this week, Disney announced that the insane popularity of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film has already translated into sales for “Infinity.”

According to the report:

  • Sales for the Rocket Raccoon figure and the “Guardians” playset that comes with Star-Lord and Gamora figures “have put them in a position to beat out Captain American and Spider-Man to become the game’s top overall pre-selling figures and playsets.”
  • Groot is the No. 3 most wanted character as of Sept. 11, behind Venom.
  • Preorders for Rocket Raccoon are “nearly twice” that of the characters Mike Wazowski from “Monsters Inc.” and “Monsters University” and Elsa from “Frozen.”
  • Early sales figures for “Guardians” have also driven Disney Interactive to produce a Yondu figurine, whose whistling arrow attack seems to play into his moveset based on early screenshots.

  • The Falcon, Sam Wilson, will also be a playable character some time next year.

The Disney Interactive team is also doing a much better job of integrating their heroes into each others’ worlds this time around. Rocket crosses into the Avengers playset; Hulk barrels his way into Spider-Man’s NYC; and Nova, who comes with Spider-Man in his respective playset, and Iron Man, who comes in the starter pack, are both open to all three playsets.

There’s also a slew of new Toy Box-specific characters, representing Disney’s long history from Donald Duck to a live action representation of Maleficent. New characters Hiro and Baymax from the forthcoming “Big Hero 6” will be added Nov. 4, ahead of that film’s Nov. 7 U.S. release, but oddly enough, not with associated power discs in a combined package.

It appears Disney is banking on the creativity of its consumers and the open world Toy Box because the “Big Hero 6” team and other teams like Aladdin and Jasmine are being released without accompanying playsets.

The first edition of Disney Infinity, again according to the Variety report, generated more than “$500 million from the sale of more than 3 million starter packs” since it was released in 2013.

UPDATE, Sept. 15:

To promote the U.K. release of “Disney Infinity 2.0,” a giant hologram of the Hulk helped raise London’s Tower Bridge, and other Marvel Heroes like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America, in the form of life-size projections on buildings, followed the shipment of the game throughout the night to make sure it arrived safely. A video was posted on the Marvel UK YouTube channel: