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Updated 10/30/2017: Disney Store TOYBOX Action Figures are a new line of toys that include characters from STAR WARS, MARVEL and PIXAR. Each figure features 14-points of articulation, with the launch coming on November 3. The figures will retail for $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN. More updates follow the original article below!

Earlier this morning, visitors to the ShopDisney website (an affiliate) started seeing an advertisement for something interesting on the "New" page. Disney Store's TOYBOX action figures are touted as making their debut in-store and online on Friday, November 3, 2017. "Get ready to interact with PIXAR, Star Wars and Marvel characters like never before," it says. With no formal announcement yet, what's particularly notable is that the two figures featured are of Rey and a First Order Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Last Jedi... but that they're styled almost exactly like their video game counterparts where in the long-shuttered Disney Infinity. Here at our house, the figures from that game are still in-use, and just yesterday our youngest daughter was playing with the Star Wars ones. There's a huge appeal in those designs.

It's a bummer that seemingly came out of nowhere this afternoon, the news that Disney is exiting the video games publishing business and shutting down Disney Infinity following the upcoming release of figures from ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS and FINDING DORY. Shocking as it may seem, I can't say I'm terribly surprised, as the hints of a crash have been coming - the "toys-to-life" gaming category having already peaked, its shelf life already dwindling. We've seen this before, with trends like music gaming dominating retail aisles with massive interactive displays and an ever-growing array of hardware, games and accessories. Eventually, consumer overload takes place, retailers get tired, and interest eventually plummets no matter how good the latest game in the series is. The biggest problem with games and toys and merchandising in general is pretty simple: there's just too much stuff available. We'll swing back to that in a minute, though...

On the first-ever episode of Disney Infinity NEXT, the makers of Disney Infinity 3.0 made a promise that the lifecycle of the 3.0 Starter Packs would be extended, and that there will be more content than ever coming to Disney Infinity this year. Just-announced is the MARVEL Battlegrounds Play Set (out March 15), which brings the brawling genre into Disney Infinity for the very first time. All that and more can be seen in the Spring 2016 edition of Disney Infinity NEXT...

If you listen very closely in the distance, you just might be able to hear the faint sound of sleigh bells headed in your direction. As the Holiday season moves toward it's thrilling conclusion with the arrival of Christmas on December 25th, millions of gift-givers are still seeking that perfect item for that special someone - and there's still plenty of time to get something cool, and at a cool price, too. My friends at GameStop are blazing toward Christmas with new markdowns and specials on some of the hottest games of the season, and they're also are great stop for some fun stocking stuffers - like Funko Pop! Vinyls, a few of which I picked up at our local GameStop just the other night. With last-minute convenience in mind, I'm giving you a few picks that are available now at GameStop - but that's not all! You could win a $50 GameStop Gift Card good for a little after-Christmas shopping! Ready to be a Holiday Hero?

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is one of the best games of the year, and one that readers will find in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide when it launches here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine next week. Today, the adventure gets bigger, as Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm have launched the latest Play Set, Star Wars Rise Against the Empire. Developed by Studio Gobo, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the Play Set takes players through the iconic moments and adventures from Episodes IV-VI, including the characters, vehicles and locations.

Fans attending the D23 Expo in Anaheim next month have a new reason to get excited: Disney Interactive is breaking out the big blasters... the kind from a galaxy far, far away, and also from the world of MARVEL. From August 14-16, guests can visit the Disney Interactive Pavilion on the show floor to experience hands-on demos with the much-anticipated Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition (along with some rockin' giveaways, check out Electronic Arts' STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT, Namco's STAR WARS: BATTLE POD (which is absolutely fantastic, and has cost me money) and the latest mobile apps. But that's not all, a Sunday panel will also drop the curtain on some new info from Square Enix pertaining to KINGDOM HEARTS III. Want to know more?

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