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Hands-on With Disney Playmation: Can it Really Reinvent Imagination?

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It's not often that I set my alarm on a Sunday, but when there is an opportunity to check out some new toys before they arrive on the market, I have been known to be motivated enough to drag myself out of bed. I've been eager to see Disney Playmation in action ever since it was announced, and even though I'm not the target demographic, I happened to know a would-be Avenger that was more than willing to try out the new toys, too. What kid doesn't want the opportunity to be Iron Man for a day?

There hasn't been much news about Playmation since its big reveal in June, but the Disney Store just started hosting public preview events earlier this month. Disney Playmation came about in response to a Disney-funded study that revealed parents wished their kids spent more time being active, but didn't want them to have to give up newfangled technological advances. Created by some of Disney's best and brightest Imagineers and developers to nail the intersection of that big Venn diagram, and with a little help from Hasbro, Playmation was born. Thirty minutes after arriving at "Avengers Labs," I had a much clearer idea of what Playmation was and what to expect. Even though I now have a better notion of how Disney Playmation works, I have concerns about whether or not it can accomplish the lofty goals set for it.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Blows Stuff Up Real Good in First Animated Promo

Guardians of the Galaxy Animated Trailer
Marvel / Disney XD

We were on hand at Comic-Con 2015 for an advance look at Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, but don’t feel bad for missing out. Well, don’t feel good either, but feel a little bit of both with our first look at a new trailer promo for Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot and all the rest’s continued adventures.

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Marvel Animation Previews ‘Guardians,’ ‘Ultron Revolution,’ ‘Sinister 6’ and More

Comic Con 2015 Marvel Animation Panel
Marvel / Disney XD

If yesterday’s Marvel TV panel closed the gap on Comic-Con 2015’s lack of movies, Marvel’s upcoming animation slate might well pave over it. Preview the animated Guardians of the Galaxy, along with Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister 6 by our full panel coverage!

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A Masterpiece Of Duck-Based Adventure: Why Don Rosa Is One Of Comics’ Greatest Living Creators

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On the short list of comic book creators responsible for genuine masterpieces of the medium, Don Rosa's name is pretty darn close to the top.

Born this day in 1951, Rosa is best known as the most popular writer and artist of Disney's Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge for thirty years, including the Eisner Award-winning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, an adventure story that spans seventy years in the life of the Richest Duck in the World, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. In his time on the Ducks, Rosa was responsible for over 80 stories that include some of the best comics of all time, as well as an ongoing fight for creator recognition and control over his own work.

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Marvel’s ‘Avengers Assemble’ and ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ Get New Names and Seasons

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Marvel / Disney XD

Marvel and Disney have an understandable habit of tailoring the animated series to match the films (just look at Guardians of the Galaxy), and both Avengers Assemble and Ultimate:Spider-Man are in line for makeovers. Not only will they each get new seasons, but they’ll do so as Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6.

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Disney Planning TV Channels Centered Around Marvel and ‘Star Wars’

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Lucasfilm

Acquiring Lucasfilm and Marvel were just two minor steps in Disney’s grand plan to eventually own everything you love and control your life as Entertainment Overlord Supreme of the Planet Earth. But to be fair, they are a benevolent god. A caring god. A god that wants to make its riches available to you, should you want to indulge yourself. So prepare thyself: TV channels based entire on Marvel and Star Wars content may be coming.

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‘The Incredibles 2’ Confirmed as Brad Bird’s Next Film

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Disney/Pixar

Just last month, Brad Bird revealed that he is finally (finally!) working on a screenplay for a sequel to Pixar’s The Incredibles — of all the Pixar properties, fans have wanted a sequel to this one the most. And now we’re finally getting one. It may still be a while, given Pixar’s production time, but Bird has confirmed that the sequel to his animated superhero hit is very likely his next project.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 to Bring ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avengers’ Together

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Avalanche Software / Game Informer

The House of Mouse has finally done it: Disney Infinity 3.0 will unite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters under one roof for some massive adventures.

Disney has confirmed with Game Informer that Star Wars is coming to Disney Infinity 3.0, adding our favorite faces from a galaxy far, far away to the series. Avalanche Software will be making figures and in-game adventures spanning both the original and prequel trilogies. The studio will also be signing on other developers to work on Disney Infinity 3.0's various toy packs and multi-console releases. For example, the DmC: Devil May Cry team at Ninja Theory will be making the Twilight of the Republic playset, which will star Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka in a story set between Episodes II and III. Able to interact with this set will be the Darth Maul, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi figures (each sold separately).

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Toy Review: Sideshow Collectibles Hoth Luke Skywalker and Han Solo

Sideshow Collectibles Hoth Luke Skywalker Hoth Han Solo

Living in the Northeast can sometimes make you feel like you're stuck on the planet Hoth for months at a time. It's probably appropriate then that during this particularly frigid winter Sideshow Collectibles released new Star Wars sixth-scale figures for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo based on their appearances in the early moments of Empire Strikes Back.

Bundled up and ready to hunker down for the deep freeze, Han and Luke aren't just the latest characters to join Sideshow's continually expanding Star Wars line, they just might be the best the company's produced yet.

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10 ‘Big Hero 6’ Facts About Your Favorite Disney Super Friends

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If you saw Big Hero 6, you fell in love with Baymax, there's just no way around it. He doesn't just save the day, he’s also lovable and sweet and cuddly. And, that's no accident. Disney animators based a lot of Baymax’s look on a young child. His walk was specifically modeled after a toddler with a full diaper. These are just some of the super duper facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which returns to Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6!

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