Loki: Where Mischief Lies

Loki: Where Mischief Lies

Loki, as played by Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel films, was an unexpected hero, or even an anti-hero across the cinematic universe. The Trickster God has legions of fans and there is a lot of excitement for the Loki series debuting with the launch of the Disney+ streaming service. I have high hopes for the series and the continuation of Marvel on Disney+.

Disney sent me a review copy of Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzie Lee. The book takes us to Loki’s late teen and early adult years in Asgard and his exploits with Amora, a sorceress-in-training. Loki and Amora find themselves in trouble and Amora is banished to Midgard, a realm that is almost devoid of magic.

Later, Loki is dispatched to Midgard to investigate a series of murders. It is a request borne of a secret society of people who know about the Nine Realms and the Asgardians. They call upon Odin for his assistance and Loki travels the Bifrost to Earth. During his time investigating the murders with the secret society, Loki learns more about himself and his future. Or his past. Not really sure…

The book looks at identity, from the eyes of a person that we come to know years later. Loki struggles with who is is and who he wants to be, all while fending off the pressure of his brother Thor and his father Odin. The first section of the book shares a Loki who aspires to be king of Asgard, like his father; a Loki that competes with and loves his brother, who seems to have a natural ability to lead. The familiar theme of disappointment from Odin runs rampant through the book and drives Loki’s decisions. Mackenzie intersperses loads of humor, especially the interplay between Loki and Thor.

The Question Has Plagued Us for Centuries

Loki: Where Mischief Lies is going to resonate with anyone searching out their own identity and path through life. The intended audience of the book are teens; Mackenzie Lee shows a deft understanding of young adults and their internal issues. The Trickster God comes to a few realizations in the book, leading to self-doubt and eventually awareness and acceptance.

This title is the first of a three-book series by Mackenzie Lee about heroes of the Marvel Universe. I’m glad to know that Disney and Marvel are going to release more books and I hope they offer more titles, especially ones with a social conscious. I’m glad to see positive characters that readers can identify with.

Also, the title is very clever!

I enjoyed the book, specifically the interplay between Loki, Thor and Amora. Those moments made it feel like it was truly part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The book did get a bit clunky when Loki arrives on Midgard, but picks up pace again. The developments between Amora and Loki are quite telling, but there is also a surprise of a second love interest that sheds a different light onto Loki. Young adults will enjoy the themes running throughout the book and fans of Loki will like the dip into his past and origin. It’s not really an origin story as much as an evolution of the character.

Are You Going to Check out Loki: Where Mischief Lies?



Special thanks to Wes B.,  Aaron R. and Nicole S. for supporting me on Patreon.


FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Marvel Avengers Endgame

Marvel Avengers Endgame

There’s no need for me to tell you to run out and buy a copy of Marvel Avengers Endgame, right? I saw Endgame twice in the theater and it still rocked me emotionally when I streamed the review copy Disney sent me on Movies Anywhere. There’s not much to say about the film, but I can discuss the bonus features featured on the blu-ray and digital download. You’ll need something to watch once the film is over…

Avengers Endgame BONUS MATERIAL

Digital Exclusive:
  • Steve and Peggy: One Last Dance – Explore Captain America and Peggy Carter’s bond, forged in moments from previous films that lead to a momentous choice in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Blu-ray & Digital:
  • Remembering Stan Lee – Filmmakers and cast honor the great Stan Lee in a fond look back at his MCU movie cameos. It’s hard to think about Stan Lee passing, but this is a warm and very humorous tribute to the man. I forgot some of these cameos!
  • Setting The Tone: Casting Robert Downey Jr. – Hear the tale of how Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Tony Stark in the original “Iron Man” — and launched the MCU. Sometimes I gorget that the entire 22 movie franchise started with this one film and finding the perfect actor for Iron Man. This is a well done look at how Robert Downey, Jr. was iron man.
  • A Man Out of Time: Creating Captain America – Trace the evolution of Captain America with those who helped shape the look, feel and character of this compelling hero. I enjoyed this extra because Cap is the hero inside of all of us, or the hero that we all want to be. He’s out shadowed by Iron Man, but there is something heartfelt in everything he does.
  • Black Widow: Whatever It Takes – Follow Black Widow’s journey both within and outside the Avengers, including the challenges she faced and overcame along the way. I wish they had been able to explore Natasha’s story in a full-length film, but this is a good look back at her story.
  • The Russo Brothers: Journey to Endgame – See how Anthony and Joe Russo met the challenge of helming two of the biggest films in cinematic history … back-to-back! Watching how the Russo Brothers brought these films to life is almost as overwhelming as the final battle in Endgame.
  • The Women of the MCU – MCU women share what it was like to join forces for the first time in an epic battle scene — and be part of such a historic ensemble. Strong women have always been central to the Marvel films.
  • Bro Thor – His appearance has changed but his heroism remains! Go behind the scenes to see how Bro Thor was created. Bro Thor…say no more!
  • Six Deleted Scenes – “Goji Berries,” “Bombs on Board,” “Suckiest Army in the Galaxy,” “You Used to Frickin’ Live Here,” “Tony and Howard” and “Avengers Take a Knee.”
  • Gag Reel – Laugh along with the cast in this epic collection of flubs, goofs and gaffes from set.
  • Visionary Intro – Intro by directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The bonus features were solid, but they’re not the reason you’re going to buy Endgame. I enjoyed the extras, especially the ones about Stan Lee, Captain America and Black Widow; there was a lot of thought given to the characters and the actors chosen. The Gag Reel and Six Deleted Scenes were surprisingly disappointing. Overall, you’re going to want a copy on blu-ray or digital download so you can watch it over and over. Because you love the Avengers 3000!

Are You Going to Pick Up Avengers Endgame?



Special thanks to Wes B.,  Aaron R. and Nicole S. for supporting me on Patreon.
FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the company for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War

I’m sure you’ve seen Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, right? If you haven’t, there won’t be any spoilers, here, but you need to buy your copy, now.

It is a brilliant movie and a phenomenal piece of filmmaking. And look at all of the Marvel characters that they fit onto the artwork of the box!

But let’s take a look at the Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War special features

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray & Digital: 

  • Strange Alchemy (5:08)– Share the thrill of characters from across the MCU meeting for the first time—and discover why some were teamed up together.
  • The Mad Titan (6:34) – Explore the MCU’s biggest, baddest villain, his trail of influence through the stories, and the existential threat he represents.
  • Beyond the Battle: Titan (9:36) – Dive into the climactic struggle on Thanos’ ruined world, including the epic stunts and VFX, to uncover the source of its power.
  • Beyond the Battle: Wakanda (10:58) – Go behind the scenes to find out how the filmmakers pulled off the most massive and challenging battle Marvel had ever attempted.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (10:07)
    • Happy Knows Best (1:23) – Tony and Pepper spar over the details of their upcoming wedding—until a hassled Happy Hogan pulls up with an urgent request.
    • Hunt for the Mind Stone (1:24) – On a darkened street, Wanda Maximoff and the wounded Vision attempt to hide from Thanos’ brutal allies.
    • The Guardians Get Their Groove Back (3:20) – As Peter Quill and Drax quarrel over their failed mission to Knowhere, Mantis interrupts with news.
    • A Father’s Choice (4:00) – Thanos confronts Gamora with a vision from her past—and with lying to him about the Soul Stone.
    • Gag Reel (2:05)– Watch your favorite Super Heroes make super gaffes in this lighthearted collection of on-set antics.
    • Audio Commentary (approx. 149 min.) by Anthony and Joe Russo, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Digital Exclusive:

  • A Directors’ Roundtable (approx. 32 min.) – Eight amazing directors reflect on how their movies contribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s larger storytelling adventure.

In “Avengers: Infinity War,” members from every MCU franchise must sacrifice like never before in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Peter Dinklage as Eitri, Benedict Wong as Wong, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Dave Bautista as Drax, featuring Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, with Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, with Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord.

Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is directed by Emmy® Award–winning directors Anthony and Joe Russo from an original screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige produced the film, with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s creative team includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Elysium”), production designer Charles Wood (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “The Matrix”), editors Jeffrey Ford, ACE (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), and Matthew Schmidt (“Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Iron Man 3”), three-time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”), six-time Oscar®–nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Black Panther”), and stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave (“Captain America: Civil War,” “Atomic Blonde”).

Based on the Marvel comic franchise first published in 1963, “Avengers: Infinity War” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,”  “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Ant-Man,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” and “Black Panther.”

 

Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..L to R: Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

So, I had to put at least one photo of Scarlett Johansen in the review.

Are you going to add Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War to your collection?


FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited-Edition Gift Box Unboxing!

Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited-Edition Gift Box

My son and I unbox the Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited-Edition Gift Box set that is available exclusively through Wal-Mart. I was sent a review copy of the box to help promote the online giveaway that’s taking place until January  2, 2018.

Spider-Man:  Homecoming Limited-Edition Gift Box Unboxing Video!


Join Spider-Man This Holiday and Share in the Gift of Giving!

Official Spider-Man: Homecoming Suit Hits the Auction Block Today to Benefit the Marine Toys For Tots Program

Spider-Man:  Homecoming Limited-Edition Gift Box Available Today Exclusively at Walmart

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CULVER CITY, Calif. (December 5, 2017) – This holiday, fans can join Spider-Man in sharing the gift of giving to children everywhere.  An official Spider-Man suit worn by Tom Holland  in Spider-Man: Homecoming will be auctioned to benefit Toys for Tots.  Fans can celebrate with  Spider-Man: Homecoming by participating in the auction to win the suit or by entering a sweepstakes through the Official Spider-Man Facebook Page to win a second official suit.  Fans can also swing into Walmart for an exclusive Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited-Edition Gift Box in stores today,  the perfect gift for Spidey fans this holiday.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is providing the first official Spider-Man: Homecoming suit to the ScreenBid online auction site to auction for the benefit of underprivileged kids through the Toys for Tots Foundation.  Fans can bid on the online auction starting today by registering at https://spiderman.screenbid.com.  Bidding will close on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 9 am EST / 6 am PST.  In addition, SPHE will donate Spider-Man: Homecoming DVDs to bring Spider-Man home to fans through Toys for Tots.

“Finding a present under the tree on Christmas morning is an experience every child deserves,” said retired Marine Colonel Ted Silvester, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  “With this generous support, we will be able to fulfill the Christmas holiday dreams of less fortunate children who otherwise might be forgotten.”

For those who don’t win the suit at auction, a second official Spider-Man: Homecoming suit is up for grabs through the official Spider-Man: Homecoming Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter.  To enter the sweepstakes, fans can simply take a picture of themselves showing a photo of their purchase of the new Walmart-exclusive Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited Edition Gift Box or any Blu-ray, DVD or Digital purchase of Spider-Man: Homecoming at retail.  Fans can then post to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #SpidermanHomecomingSweepstakes for their chance to win.

Launching today, the official sweepstakes will remain open throughout the holidays, closing on January 2, 2018 giving fans one more opportunity to bring an official Spidey suit home.  For official rules and more details on how to enter, visit www.spidermanhomecoming.com/WinTheSuit.

A perfect gift for any superhero fan, the new Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited Edition Gift Box is available beginning today exclusively at Walmart and comes loaded with an exclusive Funko Pop! “upside-down” Vinyl bobble-head figure, only available through this limited retail offer.  Also exclusive to this limited edition gift box is a Spider-Man Comic Covers Book called “Through the Years” featuring popular Spider-Man comic book cover art, as well as Spider-Man athletic socks, a collectible Spider-Man enamel pin, and the Spider-Man: Homecoming Blu-ray, DVD and digital combo pack.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, blu-ray review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, blu-ray review

You’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, right? And you don’t need me to tell you how fantastic the film is. But, should you buy a copy of the blu-ray release of the second installment of the Guardians franchise?

Of course, if you’ve seen the movie and you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you need to buy it. The film is gorgeous and sounds amazing, especially with the music.

But what about the bonus features?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Bonus Features

The blu-ray release has more than 80 minutes of bonus features and I watched them all with my thirteen year-old son. I was surprised, because he rarely wants to watch the extra features, but, he loved them! He thought they were funny and added a lot to the overall viewing experience.

Here’s  list of the bonus features:

The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.

I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes features, especially the ones that showed the actors outisde of their costumes. Sometimes the differences were stunning.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

The digital version contains the following extras:

Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.

I haven’t watched the digital extra features, but I will Sometimes, I run out of time to watch everything before the review is due.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Voiced by Vin Diesel) and Rocket (Voiced by Bradley Cooper)..Ph: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 may not have resonated as well as the first film, but it’s every bit as funny and charming; mores since we’re very familiar with the characters at this point.

I can’t wait to see how the Guardians are pulled into the Civil War films.

Are you going to pick up Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on blu-ray or digital download?


FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Get The Yondu Look Tribute Event – Guardians of the Galaxy VOl. 2

Get The Yondu Look Tribute Event – Guardians of the Galaxy VOl. 2

LONG LIVE YONDU!

In loving memory of everyone’s favorite Ravager, come celebrate the Blu-ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with Yondu himself – Michael Rooker!

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..L to R: Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord) on set BTS..Ph: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2017

On Tuesday, August 22nd from 9:00am-12:00pm, fans around Los Angeles will be able to come pay tribute to the beloved Ravager, Yondu, with a morning of prizes and activities at Shorty’s Barber Shop in West Hollywood!

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2..Yondu (Michael Rooker)..Ph: Chuck Zlotnick..©Marvel Studios 2017

Michael Rooker (‘Yondu’ in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) will be on location to commemorate his character and interact with fans!

Activities Include:

  • The first 50 fans will receive a $50 gift certificate to Shorty’s Barber Shop to come back and Get the Yondu Look
  • Additional giveaways will include Blu-ray Combo Packs and Digital Copies of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, posters signed by Michael Rooker and other Guardians themed items
  • Themed photo opportunity
  • Get the Yondu Look by getting your hair styled into a faux hawk and hair sprayed red

For those of you hardcore enough to go FULL YONDU*, there will be room for ten lucky Ravagers to get a full hair dye and shave. Those that pledge their loyalty to the captain will not only meet Rooker himself, but will head out with various Guardians loot!

But wait! There’s more, y’all! Two lucky fans will also walk out of Shorty’s with an awesome custom-made Yondu umbrella to keep that new ‘do safe from the LA sun!

* If you volunteer to be one of the 10 fans to get the Full Yondu you will need to be over 18 years of age, be available to get your hair dyed on Monday, August 21st, and shaved or styled from 9:00AM-12:00PM on Tuesday, August 22nd.

To schedule for the Full Yondu, please e-mail your name and mobile number to gettheyondulook@gmail.com.

All colors and cuts will take place at Shorty’s Barber Shop.

Shorty’s Barber Shop
755 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood, CA
90046


Night Night, Groot Picture Book, a review!

Night Night, Groot Picture Book, a review!

It’s baby Groot!

Check out this cute picture book from Marvel featuring baby Groot, Rocket Raccoon and so many more of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers. Night Night, Groot was written by Brendan Deneen and illustrated by Cale Atkinson.

The book is really cute and is perfect for the Groot and Marvel fan in your house, no matter their age.

From the blurb:

It’s been a long day for baby Groot and he’s ready to be tucked in for bed. Just as his eyes start to close, Rocket Raccoon bursts onto the scene! Groot can’t go to sleep yet, there’s a whole galaxy that needs to be defended and they must work together to save the day! Then maybe, just maybe, Groot will finally get the rest he deserves!

The art style was charming and features many of the Marvel heroes and villains. It’s geared towards the under-five set, as a lap story time or bedtime story. Kindergartners and children just starting to read on their own will find it a satisfying story. The rhyming is fun, as well. Cale Atkinson does a great job of translating the Marvel action to the page without feeling violent or sacrificing the art. I read it to a friend’s child (four year-old) and he loved it. I think we read the book five or six times. As a grown-up, there were more than enough details and Easter eggs that kept the book entertaining. Of course, we had to talk about what the heroes were doing throughout the book.

Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy are going to love the book, especially families.


FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

Art of Big Hero 6 Review

The Art of Big Hero 6 Book Review

The Art of Big Hero 6 is a large-format Chronicle Book written by Jessica Julius. It was released a few weeks before the film but I didn’t pick up my copy until recently (because I really hate spoilers of any kind). With the release of Big Hero 6 on blu-ray (and its Oscar win), it’s a great time to look at the book.

Big Hero 6 quickly became one of my favorite animated films, if not one of my favorite Disney films. My other favorites have always been Lilo & Stitch and The Incredibles, which both share themes of family. When we got our download code for the film, we easily watched it five or six times before we got our blu-ray copy.

Even just watching the trailers before Big Hero 6’s release, it was obvious that Baymax was going to be an amazing character and this book does go into some great detail about the creation and evolution of everyone’s favorite healthcare robot.

The Art of Big Hero 6

The Art of Big Hero 6 is a quick read compared to some of the other Chronicle Art of… titles, but it still offers the beauty and insight of the other books. Big Hero 6 was one of the more gorgeous films, not only because of the increases in technology, but because of the care that was taken in crafting the world. They took the best of Tokyo and the best of San Francisco to make San Fransokyo.

Almost 50% of the book was dedicated to the creation of San Fransokyo, which does show how important the backgrounds are for the entire film. There are some jaw-droppingly gorgeous paintings and computer illustrations that show the evolution of the city in the project. Even though many of the paintings are fully digital, they still look like watercolors and ink drawings. Also included are photos that the filmmakers took of San Francisco and Tokyo to use as reference footage. One more interesting section was how they made San Fransisco look like it slowly evolved with larger stylings of Tokyo culture and iconic buildings. Time is spent on individual pieces of furniture and room layouts, as well, further adding to the depth of the environment and the book.

The character development for BH6 was a large part of the title, as expected and took up the rest of the book. Since there were some changes made from the comic series, the artists showed the progression that was made to get the characters we see in the film.

Each character gets about three to four pages to themselves as well as parts that focus on how the characters work together, visually. One of the original designs for Hiro’s hero suit was red, but they changed it to purple to contrast with Baymax’s red hero suit.

Quote from John Lasseter about designing Hiro:
Hiro was a challenge because he’s a gangly, fourteen-year-old-boy genius. He needs to be appealing but not a cutesy kid. We found his design by studying young teenagers who are really brilliant in science or the arts, who are so utterly focused on their particular interests that dressing and combing their hair is an afterthought.

The section on Baymax is the largest and focuses on how long it took them to narrow down his shape and overall look. There are different illustrations for a few different Baymaxs. They all look similar but not as good as the one in the film. We also see a lot of the different suits they designed for Hiro and the design of Baymax’s robotic parts which helped to base the movements in reality. There’s even a page about Honey Lemon’s purse and how it works with exploded drawings.

The last few pages of the Art of Big Hero 6  book look at some things that didn’t quite make it: the Vanished Villains! A girl gang called the Fujitas, a tv host called Mr. Sparkles and the Bonsai Bombers!

Fans of Big Hero 6 are going to love this book. Animation historians will love it, especially since it’s a Marvel property done by Disney and very much acts like a Pixar film. Not quite an enigma, but close. The Art of Big Hero 6 is visually stunning and does offer insight into the filmmaker’s decisions about the movie making process. When you see how the characters diverged, it’s interesting to think of how different the movie would be.

I think you’re going to like this one; trust me, I’m a librarian.

Are you going to add the Art of Big Hero 6 to your collection?


Disney Interactive Announces North American Release Date for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition, Offers Toy Box Takeover Expansion Game as Pre-Order Incentive

I’ve been surprised at how much my 11 year-old has really enjoyed both iterations of Disney Infinity on his Xbox 360. He’s really looking forward to the Disney Infinity 3.0 release, especially the Toy Box Speedway!


Disney Interactive Announces North American Release Date for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition,

Offers Toy Box Takeover Expansion Game as Pre-Order Incentive

 New Information and Assets Released for Toy Box Expansion Games

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – (July 8, 2015) Disney Interactive today announced that the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack, featuring the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set, will be available in North America on August 30, 2015. The following will also be available at launch:

  • Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set (Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano figures included) for players who choose to digitally download the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Software; additional standalone figures (Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Power Disc Pack
  • Star Wars Rebels figures (Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, and Zeb Orrelios)
  • Star Wars Saga Starter Pack
  • Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Play Set (Joy and Anger figures included) and additional standalone figures (Sadness, Disgust and Fear)
  • Disney figures (Mickey, Minnie, Mulan, Olaf, Sam Flynn and Quorra)
  • Tomorrowland Power Disc Pack

Additional Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Play Sets and figures will be available throughout the fall.

Fans who pre-order a Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack at participating retail stores will receive an early copy of the Toy Box Expansion Game, Toy Box Takeover, an action-adventure valued at $19.99, featuring multiplayer gameplay allowing players to use all of their favorite Disney Infinity characters across Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Disney•Pixar.

Toy Box Takeover is one of two new Toy Box Expansion Games available to play in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition.  The second will be Toy Box Speedway, a kart-racing game, also set for release this fall. Toy Box Expansion Games unlock additional hours of gameplay inside Toy Box 3.0.  Players place a Toy Box Expansion Game Piece on the Disney Infinity Base to unlock pre-built games that instantly take them into the action, mixing and matching characters from across The Walt Disney Company and using unlocked toys and gadgets to complete missions.

Toy Box Expansion Game Overviews:

Toy Box Takeover

When Syndrome gets his hands on Merlin’s magic wand, it’s up to the player to stop him.  Using their favorite characters in Disney Infinity, they must battle across multiple worlds, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Marvel’s Upper Manhattan, The Old West, or The Incredibles Volcano Lair to defeat the bad guys before they ruin the Toy Box forever. Players can complete missions with family and friends via two-player local co-op or four-player online.

Toy Box Speedway

Players can join their favorite Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel’s and Star Wars characters and vehicles in an action-packed kart-racer.  With nine franchise-themed tracks to choose from – Sugar Rush, Frozen, Tatooine, a classic Star Wars location, San Fransokyo, Agrabah, Monsters Inc., Halloween Town, Gravity Falls or Marvel’s Knowhere – they can choose from three different game modes including Time Trial mode, Race mode and Combat mode.   Players put their driving skills to the test as they attack opponents with gadgets and weapons and earn trophies across three challenge cups.

Rated E10+ by the ESRB, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Starter Pack available in North America on August 30, 2015 for $64.99, includes the Star Wars Twilight of the Republic Play Set, the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Base, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Video Game and Base are required to play the Toy Box Expansion Games.  Toy Box Takeover and Toy Box Speedway will be sold separately at the suggested retail price of $19.99 each later this fall.

All figures and Power Discs from the 1.0 and 2.0 editions of Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition in the enhanced Toy Box 3.0.


Hulkbuster, Ultron and Other Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Fan Favorite Figures Head to San Diego During Comic-Con Week

And yet another reason that I wish that I was going to Comic-Con in Sand Diego!

Are you going to be there?

Hulkbuster, Ultron and Other Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Fan Favorite Figures Head to San Diego During Comic-Con Week

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition is heading to San Diego Comic-Con this week, giving fans the first hands-on opportunity to experience the latest installment of the best-selling “hybrid toy / video game” of 2014, which brings together Disney, Disney•Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters like never before. Marvel’s Hulkbuster and Ultron characters will be playable for the first time in the game’s fully enhanced Toy Box mode, joining Marvel’s Spider-Man, Yoda, Darth Vader, Elsa, Jack Sparrow and many more characters from across The Walt Disney Company inside Disney Infinity.

The game will be playable at the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, where fans will be able to participate in game tournaments, scavenger hunts, and a mediated reality experience, and explore a unique Disney Infinity art exhibit. In addition, the Pop-Up Shop will host a special “Toy Box TV Live Edition” segment featuring the game creators. More details about the week’s activities are below.

Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop

The Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at 815 J St. (near 8th St.), will be the official headquarters of Disney Infinity at Comic-Con. Open to the public July 8-11, fans will have their first hands-on experience with the game where they can play in both the Play Set mode, as well as the fully enhanced Toy Box mode. Fans will be treated to special guest appearances, giveaways and other surprises.

  • Pop-Up Shop Public Hours:

o   Wednesday, July 8: 3PM-10PM

o   Thursday, July 9: 3PM-7PM

o   Friday, July 10: 3PM-10PM

o   Saturday, July 11: 3PM-10PM

  • Toy Box TV Live: SDCC 2015: Taking place on Thursday, July 9, the show will be held in front of a live audience and livestreamed from 6:00PM – 7:00PM, and will featureDisney Infinity team members including VP of Production John Vignocchi, Community Manager Allison Petrek and other surprise guests. A VIP cocktail party will take place following the livestream event. Viewers at home can tune in live at twitch.tv/Disney.
  • Game Tournament: This bracket-style competition will be hosted daily at the Pop-Up Shop. Players will be able to compete against family and friends in the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode and winners will be determined daily. A leaderboard will showcase high scores throughout the duration of the tournament.
  • “Only in the Toy Box” Mediated Reality Experience: This one-of-a-kind experience allows fans to virtually enter a scene from the Disney Infinity Toy Box mode.  Using mediated reality, fans can choose to interact with one of 15 Disney Infinity characters and engage with them in various activities, such as, wielding a lightsaber alongside Darth Vader or Yoda, dancing with Stitch or throwing a snowball with Elsa.
  • Art Exhibit: Disney Interactive will also be showcasing an exhibition of concept art featuring environments and characters from all three editions of Disney Infinity,along with community submitted creations.
  • Scavenger Hunt: One scavenger hunt per day will be hosted by the Disney Infinity community team. Details will be posted on the Disney Infinity social media channels and prizes will be rewarded to winners.