John Vignocchi took some time out of his day today to talk to the media some regarding the Disney Infinity: Force Awakens Play Set. But obviously everyone had to ask some questions regarding the future of Disney Infinity as well.
Here is a quick recap of what was said. (NOTE: I’m paraphrasing what was said).
How true to form is the Play Set to the Movie?
The Play Set replays key moments from the film.
How did the process go with making the play set alongside the film?
John Vignocchi said he (and others) read the script in August of 2014. Then during the production of the play set, they had daily calls with the people at Lucas, who were in turn were getting daily calls from the production studio. That way they kept everything on par with the movie as much as possible.
What is JV’s favorite figure from The Force Awakens Play Set?
He loves the mold of the Kylo Ren figure. Gave high praise to his team for being able to replicate the Kylo Ren from the movies into the Disney Infinity art form.
In addition, he said how he really just loves all the figures. Each have their own unique skill set.
Hardest figure or gameplay to program for The Force Awakens?
Poe Dameron is obviously shown most of the time flying as a pilot, so to transfer him to a walking/ground character required a lot of discussions with the team at Lucas.
Is Kylo Ren getting a Light FX figure?
Officially: No comment.
John Vignocchi was able to clarify saying, “There might have been a miscommunication regarding the amount of character pedestals that should have been released when the light switch turned on for TFA content.”
So either a.) they aren’t ready to announce yet. b.) it was a technical error that may be due to some cancelled plans and he is not coming.
What is the latest on Peter Pan?
Avalanche Studios believe they have the final design ready, but want to reveal it to the Toy Box Master Artists first to make sure they are happy with the design. They will then reveal it to the community.
Still committed to the August / September timeframe.
Update on Captain EO and Darkwing Duck
No word on Captain EO.
Darkwing Duck: no official update, but John Vignocchi did offer this story
“I was having an argument with John Blackburn about a character for an upcoming project that we are supporting inside of Disney Infinity 3.0. And John and said to me, ‘I would rather do Darkwing Duck than the character you are proposing’. (JV then chuckles). All of the sudden, he really put me back on my heels because in the midst of a heated argument about a character, he dangles one that is so close and personal to me as one that we could officially bring”
The latest on Boba Fett single figure release
Boba Fett is no longer releasing in January.
John Vignocchi will have an update and will deliver it to the community as far as what the new time frame will be.
Any other hints?
John Vignocchi started talking about the upcoming slate of releases. Saying in addition to Boba Fett, Nick and Judy, and the Marvel Battlegrounds figures…
“perhaps another special character that we have not yet announced or (has been) leaked that you guys are really going to be, and I hope you will be, really excited about in the first quarter of the year.”
Are there more Play Sets to come in 2015?
I asked John Vignocchi point blank, is the wording of “more Play Sets” intentional when speaking about future content for Disney Infinity 3.0 in 2016. He said,
“Play Sets with an S on there on purpose, correct”.
So yes, there will be at least another play set in addition to Marvel Battlegrounds coming to Disney Infinity 3.0 in 2016.