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Reader Discussion: How Do You Feel About The Action Figure Trend?

Disney Infinity releases today (a Sunday release), a video game that requires the purchase of physical action figures to extend content. How do you feel about that?

It’s a trend that Skylanders started, but Disney’s not the only one who took notice. The Wii U has built-in near field technology that Nintendo is putting to use with Pokémon Rumble U.  The upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars II also has an action figure component.

Are action figure add-ons the future of video games? I haven’t taken the dive into Skylanders myself, nor do I have plans to tackle Disney Infinity today, but I haven’t written them off. I like collectibles and I suppose I would rather have a physical figure than digital DLC.

But how do you feel about it? Is it an exploitative business model? Or just a well-executed idea?

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