A Chinese retailer has posted images allegedly depicting the lineup of figurines that will be launching alongside the currently unannounced but realistically inevitable Disney Infinity 3.0.
The shots, first posted by a storefront on Chinese marketplace Taobao, were spotted by a number of Infinity fan sites, but they’ve been pulled down pretty much everywhere, including their original source, following requests from Disney.
Though the actual product images only featured two characters?Mulan and a new Mickey Mouse variant?the back of the packaging included a full lineup of characters that would be arriving. That group consisted of Minnie Mouse, Frozen‘s Olaf, Tron‘s Quorra and Sam, and the lineup of all five emotions from the June Pixar film Inside Out.
Here’s the image in question (blown-up and slightly blurry), at least until the Magic Kingdom’s lawyers come a-knockin’:
Noticeably absent from the lineup are any Star Wars characters, long rumored to be the focus of the next version of the game. In fact, Disney Interactive was booked to have a booth at last week’s Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim but didn’t have any visible presence at the show, leading to speculation that the game was going to be announced then before a last-minute change of plans.
Still, there are a few clues in this leak that Disney Infinity is indeed headed for a galaxy far, far away. Unsubtly, the package features a purple background with lighter points, making it look suspiciously like a starfield. The other prominent color on the box is a near-perfect match for the official shade of yellow used in the Star Wars logo. It’s entirely plausible that the figures shown here are just the “Originals” lineup with the Star Wars characters in their own separate group, similar to how Marvel’s heroes were splintered off in last year’s 2.0 release.
Of course, there’s every chance that the leak is a fake. Though my mastery of Chinese is non-existent, the source appears to be an independently run storefront, not the retailer’s primary product catalog. (An unrelated but amusing warning from the Google translation of the site: “on individual baby package is not perfect.” Words to live by.) And it’s not like any of these figurines wouldn’t be easy to predict. The Star Wars motif would be a given. Olaf is a popular character from a still insanely popular movie. Inside Out is a big upcoming release, and its ensemble of characters slot right in nicely. The Tron duo is already playable in the iOS and PC versions, just without matching figurines. Mulan is a bit out of left field, but according to one fan’s account, voice actress Ming-na Wen told a Kansas City comic convention in March that the character was coming to Infinity.
Still, the general quality of the images, coupled with Disney’s takedown rampage, lends credence to the fact that there’s some grain of truth underneath all this. Knowing Disney’s history of unveiling Infinity releases in May, odds are good we’ll find out for sure sooner rather than later.