THE most anticipated collectible figure so far for Disney Infinity -- Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse -- finally is going to hit shelves at most gaming retailers on Sunday. However, one retailer already is magically selling it this week. Through Feb. 8, the game piece is being sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.
The demand for this figure began last summer when it was introduced at the D23 Expo, which is a bi-annual convention for Disney enthusiasts held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Attendees at the Disney Interactive panel were surprised to receive the game piece after it was unveiled to the audience at the conclusion of the presentation.
Only 5,000 were created for D23 and distributed before the game even launched. Many of those pieces quickly made their way to eBay, where they were listed for more than $100 each. The only other way fans could get their hands on the hot Sorcerer's Apprentice figure was to purchase the Infinite Bundle, which was a holiday item that included 13 Disney Infinity characters (including Mickey Mouse), two play sets, and one toy box pack for $199.99 plus tax.
Now, however, Disney Infinity players in North America can bring the Mickey Mouse figure home for the much more reasonable $12.99 plus tax. Mickey Mouse is a universal character, meaning it can be used on any of the various console platforms -- Wii, Wii-U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo 3DS.
For those not familiar with Disney Infinity, here is a simple explanation of how the game works and what the pieces do. Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse is a single character, meaning it works only with other toys in the Toy Box. (There is no "world" for Mickey yet, because he is not part of a play set. Instead, you create your own world with what you have collected in your toy box.)
"Mickey's Magical Escape" is a Toy Box adventure that the character unlocks. Each player helps Mickey escape from the castle while it is surrounded by the iconic brooms. Mickey can use either of his tools to accomplish this objective. The Magic Burst gives Mickey a surge of energy to confuse and escape his enemies, and the Magic Sweep allows Mickey to jump over the broomsticks. This adventure is a timed one, and the quicker you help Mickey escape, the greater your reward. Players who make like Houdini in less than 1:45 minutes earn a gold medal. If Mickey makes it out in less than 2:30 minus, the silver medal is yours. Take up to 7 minutes and you'll take home the bronze.
It is rumored that Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse will become part of the Infinite Crystal series that is sold only at Toys R Us. The Crystal figures look different in the game, have the ability to earn bonus health and experiences, and have their own statues in the Hall of Heroes.
Mickey Mouse also is represented in Disney Infinity with his car on one of the Series 1 Power Discs. When placed on the game base, this disc allows the player to drive Mickey's red jalopy in the Toy Box mode. Doing so changes the music of the game to the familiar "Mickey Mouse March."
As you would expect with the most famous mouse in the world, this game piece lives up the expectation that only Mickey Mouse can deliver. My elementary-age son enjoyed playing with the character and, of course, gave it a centerpiece display among all his other Disney Characters whenever he stored the pieces near his gaming console.
You can read more about Disney Infinity here.
DISCLAIMER: I received a review copy of Disney Infinity's Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse. My opinions are my own.
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