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I should probably start by explaining I am Disney obsessed! And Disney INFINITY obsessed! Normally I stick to my beauty reviews, but recently I have been toying with the idea of Disney - so here I am!
Disney Infinity discs come in blind bags - meaning your discs come in a foil packet, and you don't know which 2 discs you will get (unless they are exclusive golden coloured packs, in which case you may know one of the discs you are getting...more on that later...).
The foil packets are colour coded per series/wave. Grey is series one, blue is series two, and purple for the upcoming series three (rumoured to be released April 2014).
The discs themselves are of 3 types; power/ability, texture/skydome, and toy/mount. Hexagonal toy/mount and texture/skydome discs can only be used in the Toy Box mode (this is the free play area where you are encouraged to create, as opposed to the pre created toy set story modes). Circular power/ability discs can be used in both the Toy Box and Story (Toy Set) modes.
Examples of Texture/Skydome discs are the Frozen Film's themed 'Chill in the Air' skydome, and its counterpart 'Frozen Flourish' texture disc. The texture disc makes all the ground and tree's snow and ice, while the skydome changes the sky around you to resemble the snow-capped mountains seen in the film.
Examples of toy discs are; Stitch's Blaster which is a gun you can use to attack enemies in the toy box; and Dumbo which allows the player to ride a Dumbo themed mount in the toy box.
Examples of the power/ability discs are; Bolt's Super Strength which grants the player extra damage when attacking, and Scrooge McDuck's Lucky Dime which grants the player bonus economy.
Series 1 and 2 have 20 discs per set (3 of which are rare discs which are harder to find. These have a lenticular picture and are made of orange plastic instead of clear). At the time of writing this review, I am unsure as to how many discs are in series 3, but it is rumored to be less than the previous 20.
As well as the standard blue or grey packs there are the elusive gold bags! As hinted at above, you do know what one of the discs in the bag is (though being in the UK ensures this. The US bags you do not know what is inside, they are blind as with standard bags).
These gold packs have one exclusive disc in. This disc is only available at a certain retailer, meaning that they are not only rare but also can be hard to acquire! Some retailers, such as Amazon, keep their exclusive discs stocked. Other retailers, such as Smyths toys, do not. This obviously makes some discs much rarer and harder to acquire than others. Often the exclusive disc will be released in a later disc series; however, the common disc will be a clear plastic one and not be the coloured and lenticular disc of the retailer exclusive version. Ability discs are red, texture/skydome discs are purple, and toys/mounts are orange. The rare discs names and the applicable retailers are as follows:
1) Captain Hook's Ship (Argos)
2) CHROME Damage Increaser red (Asda)
3) Emperor Zurg's Wrath (Smyths Toys)
4) Mike's New Car (Toys R Us)
5) Scrooge McDuck's Lucky Dime (Tesco)
6) Stitch's Surfboard (Amazon UK)
7) Tron User Control (Game)
This list is not conclusive. As of 28/02/2014 there are still 3 discs to be released in the UK.
I think the discs really add to the experience of Disney Infinity. At around £2.99 - £3.99 per pack of two, I think they are good value. Unfortunately, as they are blind bags (for the most part) the cost can add up. This can be a big downside to collectors, and also to parents who may struggle to keep up with the collection and afford to buy the discs until their child has a complete set. From this view, they can fast become bad value.
The discs themselves are very easy to use. All you have to do is place the discs on the Disney Infinity playing pad and the item or ability appears instantly on screen. You can stack up to 2 hexagonal discs on top of each other, or 2 circular discs under each player's character piece. This can sometimes limit the play as you can only have, for example, 1 gun and 1 mount. If you have placed texture discs on the pad however, you can take them off the pad and the themes will remain allowing you to then add other discs into your game.
To truly get the most from your Disney Infinity experience I would highly recommend getting these discs. You can even get an album for each series to keep them safe! If the cost is too high for you, then you can easily buy the discs 1 by 1 from EBay and pay approx. 99p each. This is a very cost effective way to complete you set if you do not want to 'blind bag' your way through!
I have deducted one star because of the overall blind bag cost. It hurts me though, as Infinity is 10 star to me :D