Disney Wants to Bring Your Imagination to Life with Playmation

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Allright, that’s a vague title, and I apologize. It was the best way I could describe what I’m looking at. Disney announced a new line of products today, and they seem to be insanely, insanely cool. Basically, they’ve decided to take their action figure, roleplaying, and smart phone app toys and make them all work together seamlessly to make kids (and let’s be honest, us adults that will also be buying this) feel like they’re inside the world of The Avengers or Star Wars. It’s not a video game, not really. Right now, it’s in four parts: Continue reading

Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars

In what was probably the worst kept secret of all time, Disney Infinity has finally announced that their 3.0 edition will be Star Wars. Now, feel free to join me in looking at that beautiful picture up above and jumping for joy. Hit the jump for all the details and a kickass trailer!
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Tomorrowland Trailer 2!

A tiny, tiny bit of the veil has been raised, and we finally know a little bit more about Disney and Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. In this second trailer, see some crazy new effects, more of the story of why Britt Robertson’s character is hunting for the mysterious city, and perhaps most shocking of all, Hugh Laurie without stubble. It’s been so long, I thought I was watching Black Adder again. Check out the new trailer for Tomorrowland after the jump.


Let us know what you think in the comments!

Dan Stevens and Luke Evans join live action Beauty and the Beast

After the initial announcement that Emma Watson would be Belle in Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, the film briefly went dark again. Other than knowing it would contain the original Howard Ashman and Alan Menken songs, we still don’t know much about this film – but now we know a little more. It’s been reported that Dan Stevens and Luke Evans are both in talks to play The Beast and Gaston, respectively.

Stevens is a no brainer – the british actor has already basically played a prince on Downton Abbey, and we know from last year’s The Guest that he has the intensity to play The Beast at his worst. Evans is a little tougher of a sell – we’ve never seen him display the kind of comedic range necessary for Gaston. It’ll be interesting to see the final product when the film releases in the next few years.

UPDATE: Important question just occured to me! Does Luke Evans have enough hair and/or antlers for this part? Inquiring minds need to know!

DOUBLE UPDATE: It’s not been confirmed by Emma Watson’s twitter, both gentlemen are on board! Check out her adorable tweets below.

Bonjour Gaston! ❤️ Welcome! #BeautyAndTheBeast pic.twitter.com/oerhe1ilGs
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 5, 2015

 

Could not be more happy that this man will be Beast!!! Welcome aboard @thatdanstevens #beautyandthebeast pic.twitter.com/F1ghG3pvcU
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) March 5, 2015

 

New DuckTales Coming in 2017!

As posted by the Oh My Disney! blog, it’s time to get out your board shorts and dive into a pool full of gold, because DuckTales is coming back to television as an all-new series on Disney XD!

For those that have missed the adventurous tales of Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Scrooge McDuck (as well as Donald and many a faithful family member and companion) this news seems almost too good to be true, but there it is: the return of longtime favorites like Launchpad, Webbigail, and Duckworth, among many others.

2017 has never seemed so far away – if you need us, we’ll be spending the next two years humming the theme song under our breath.

Nintendo Wasn’t Ready to Be in the Toy Business

This past week, Nintendo held a call for their investors. This is standard practice for a public company, but as the contents of the call are public knowledge, it’s usually a great way for fans of a company to get access to new information. As Nintendo fans all over the world hunkered for new details on the upcoming Zelda game, or Nintendo’s efforts to bring their games to smartphone apps, one new detail made itself perfectly clear: Nintendo just isn’t ready to be a toy company.

It seemed like a no brainer. With both Activision’s Skylanders and Disney’s Infinity toys tearing up the sales charts, making a toy to tie in to Nintendo video games was a slam dunk idea. Many fans had been expecting it and clamoring for it, and when Nintendo announced their Amiibo line of toys, excitement was at an apex. These particular style of figurines – detailed and collectible, but with an RF chip to allow them to be characters in a virtual world – reach to many different demographics. Young children get a toy of their favorite characters, with a chance to be those characters in a new world. Meanwhile, collectors can have tiny, beautifully made statues to hang on their wall or use in a game.

In both Skylanders and Disney Infinity, this has worked beautifully. While there’s been a few characters that are hard to find, the majority are easily accessible and easy to collect for both types of people.

Figures are meant to sell for $15.

That’s a screenshot from this morning. As you may have guessed, it hasn’t gone as well for Nintendo.

Marth, the Wii Fit Trainer, and Animal Crossing’s Villager were the first – there was a major shortage of them at stores, and stock was gone incredibly quickly. It seemed like a temporary oversight, until the rumors started flying that no more of these figures would ever be produced. Nintendo didn’t respond to those rumors, and the fervour drove prices up even more. As the much desired Wave 2 of Amiibos approached, things changed. No one was casually walking to stores to check stocks anymore. Lines were forming. Figures were being snapped up. For a good example, let’s take a look at my buddy King Dedede.

Dedede is Kirby’s main villain. And while there’s a million Kirbys on the shelf, last Friday each store got a shipment of one or two Dededes at most. He wasn’t even offered in store at Target, and when h went for sale online he was sold through in around ten minutes. The demand and supply aren’t meeting at all.

During their investor call, Nintendo released the following information. In America, these are the top ten highest selling Amiibos:

  1. Link
  2. Mario
  3. Pikachu
  4. Kirby
  5. Samus
  6. Yoshi
  7. Princess Zelda
  8. Donkey Kong
  9. Peach
  10. Luigi

That all seems to make sense, it’s a pretty good cross-section of Nintendo’s most popular characters. Now, here’s the top ten “sell-through” Amiibos, meaning the top ten that have had the highest percentage of their stock sold:

  1. Marth
  2. Animal Crossing Villager
  3. Wii Fit Trainer
  4. Pit
  5. Captain Falcon
  6. Link
  7. Fox
  8. Rosalina
  9. Samus
  10. Yoshi

What do these two lists mean? The fact that there is almost no crossover between the most-popular list and the most-sold-through list means the Amiibos on the sell-through list have been produced in relatively tiny qualities. At first, it was believed that Nintendo was doing this on purpose – creating collectors items that would be highly desired. But after the incredibly-fast disappearing of most of Wave 2 (of all of the toys pictures at the top of the article, only three are not currently sold out everywhere), another theory comes to light.

Nintendo desperately wanted to get in on the Skylanders money. And it makes sense that they would. But they weren’t ready to try. In typical Nintendo fashion, they underestimated the demand and didn’t get ready to produce enough supply. Presumably, this problem is happening at the factory level – Nintendo has released several statements about retooling lines to reproduce Marth. It seems that Nintendo simply didn’t contract enough factory space to produce meaningful amounts of product for most of their lines.

Now when you want into a shop, there’s twenty Marios, Luigis, Peachs and Kirbys, and fifteen more empty pegs. It looks bad for the store, and when you look over to the incredibly well stocked Disney Infinity isle, it looks bad for Nintendo. Last week, during the mad rush for the new toys, one poster on a Facebook Amiibo collector group told a heartwarming story of handing the last Megaman toy to an eight year old instead of buying it himself. But the fact is, both of them should have walked away with the toy.

And they would have, if Nintendo had been ready to be a toy company.

Mike Fatum is the Editor in Chief of the Ace of Geeks, and a cohost on our weekly podcast. He belongs to way too many Amiibo collector groups now, and doesn’t have enough rares to trade for the new ones.

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Emma Watson to play Belle in Live Action Beauty and the Beast

The film world of the last ten years has been filled with reboots and reimaginings, and Disney has decided to get into that game full force. First, there was Maleficent. Then, there is the upcoming live action Cinderella, which seems to be a live-action remake rather than any kind of reimagining. And finally, Disney has now announced they’ll be doing a live action version of the Best Picture nominated Beauty and the Beast.

The good news? Belle will be played by Emma Watson, who is a talented actress and should be able to make the film something special. But it remains to be seen what, exactly, this film will be. We know that it’s being directed by Bill Condon, of Dreamgirls fame, and that it will include the Alan Menken and Howard Ashman score from the animated film. So is this just a live action remake, or will they be putting their own spin on it? Time will tell. Check out Emma’s post about the whole thing below: