Disney Infinity is not a Skylanders clone, but that doesn't mean the Disney title wasn't inspired by Activision's toy-meets-game success story. Heck, three Skylanders toys even showed up for this Disney Infinity "Designing the Figures" video. Update — The video has been removed from the Disney Infinity YouTube channel. We've swapped out the original link with a mirrored version.
Since the initial announcement of Disney Infinity, due to launch August 18 for just about everything, the Disney folks have downplayed the similarities between their game and one of Activision's biggest franchises. In an interview with GameIndustry.biz earlier this year, Disney Interactive VP Bill Roper said, "We've been working on this for about three years. I think the comparison is where you have a physical toy, you put it on a base and it goes into the game world - and in my mind, that's really where it ends."