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Ace Kim | June 15th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Battle Arenas Is The Best Thing To Happen To A LEGO Video Game Ever

LEGO artist Brandon Griffith and I spent the day at E3 trying out some Battle Arenas at the LEGO Dimensions booth. We spent some time playing the Capture The Flag and I honestly think it’s the best thing to happen to a LEGO video game ever. Before I get into why it’s the best thing ever, here are some details about the Capture The Flag mode:

  • It’s a four-player game with any number of real players and CPU-controlled players.
  • You start the level by free-falling into your base. Once you land you make your way to your opponents’ bases and try and capture their flag.
  • You gain a point for every second you are holding the flag, three points per second if you hold two flags, and five points for three flags.
  • You can return your opponents’ flags to your base for 50 points or just hang onto them for as long as possible to let the points rack up.
  • If you are using a flying character, you cannot fly while holding a flag.
  • You can bring vehicles into the field, but cannot get in one while holding the flag.
  • You run slower while holding a flag.
  • If you die while holding a flag, the flags will drop allowing your opponent to come pick them up. They will automatically return to their respective bases after some time. If you recover your flag in this way, it will go back to your base.
  • The matches are timed at five minutes.

They’ve covered pretty much every concern I had about the mode since the video surfaced the other day.

Sounds pretty basic but that’s precisely why I think it’s going to be great. LEGO games aren’t known to be complicated and they’re so easy to play that anyone can just pick up a controller and go. The ease in which one can start playing is its greatest strength. You ever go to your friend’s house back in the day to play a game that he owns and you just get your butt kicked because he owned the game and you didn’t and he put in hours and hours of game time compared to the mere two minutes you just put in since you got to his house? That situation probably happens less and less these days since most games nowadays are all online-enabled for competitive or co-op play and if you and your friend wanted play something, you’d both have to have copies of the game anyway. TT Games’ choice in only having local co-op play may seem a bit odd and some may call it a bad and/or questionable choice, but it hearkens back to the days of Goldeneye and Perfect Dark where you get together with some friends and talk smack while trying to outdo each other in four-player split-screen mode. Whether TT Games intended it or not, these Battle Arenas will be great party games because anyone can just pick up a controller and give it a go. All it takes is one five-minute match to get acclimated to the environment, the controls, and after that, let the games begin.

There are a total of four different Battle Arena game types, and each pack in Year 2 will have it’s own map that any of the arena games can be played on. We saw two maps today: Adventure Time and LEGO Harry Potter. The two maps weren’t simply reskins of one another as the castle which holds your flag was very different between the two maps. Only Capture The Flag and Objectives were playable at E3. I didn’t get a chance to play the Objectives one but basically you’re placed on the same four-player map and have to complete a series of objectives such as collect the studs or break three crystals to get points. If I have time, I’ll try and go back play a round or two.

I wouldn’t be surprised if battle arenas made its way out of Dimensions and in to future standalone LEGO games. And I’ll tell you what. It’s invigorated my interest in playing LEGO games like nothing has before.

Ace Kim | June 15th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Gizmo and Stripe Dimensions Figures Revealed At E3

FamilyGamerTV on YouTube put up the above video from E3 showcasing some of the new, upcoming figures for LEGO Dimensions. Of note, Gizmo and Stripe from the Gremlins franchise are revealed. These figures, and I’m guessing a few others, were behind closed doors and not on the main floor. Gizmo uses the short legs yet Stripe uses the full sized legs making him freakishly large compared to the other minifigures. The only way I can think of that they could have pulled off a proper sized Gizmo and Stripe was to use the new baby figures. Despite his size, Stripe looks very detailed and should end up being quite a nice looking figure.

Thanks to ninnymuggins for the tip. via FamilyGamerTV on YouTUbe

Ace Kim | June 15th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Pictures Of The New Dimensions Sets


They didn’t have all of the figures out on the game kiosks, ’cause boy how I would have loved to play as B.A. Baracus. Alas, I could only admire him from behind the glass case. They did have a a few out that you could play: Mission Impossible’s Ethan Hunt, Adventure Time’s Jake and Finn, and Harry Potter and others. I snapped a few pics of the figs and sets that were out. I also took some video showing Finn’s weapons swapping ability. That video’s on the bottom.

The Ghostbusters Story Pack comes with a new portal build that you can use with the toy pad and in place of the original portal gateway.

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Don | June 14th, 2016 | Contests

Themed Speeder Bike Contest Winners

It’s been a long weeks wait for the poll to close but the results are in and we now have our winners. Up first is first place with 26 votes – Captain America vs Hydra, by tankm:

Those two earned you the 75094 Tydirium Shuttle and a Force Awakens polybag C3PO. Congrats!

Second and third place actually wound up as a tie, with 20 votes each. The first to reach that many was
Master Beef’s BC-Barracuda and Caribbean CLPR:

And closing the narrow gap in the final day, ted @ndes’ Snow Fox & Caribou:

Both of them will also receive polybag 3POs. Solid builds all around, an a nice spread among the winners with old themes and new without being entirely dominated by licensed properties.

I also want to take this chance to give a shout out to Trooper10 and his Lord of the Rings: Saruman and Galadriel speeders – which won the vote among the bikes present at Star Wars Days down at LEGOLand the weekend before last and just happened to land in fourth place here with 18 votes:

 All in all this contest was really fun and as always we want to thank the builders who contributed and forum members for sorting them out.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

Green Arrow Is The E3 Exclusive


Update: Green Arrow is not an E3 exclusive. It is a “fan event exclusive”, meaning he will be given away at other events. You are encouraged to follow LEGO Dimensions on social media to find other ways to obtain him. You can find LEGO Dimensions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Green Arrow is this year’s LEGO Dimensions E3 exclusive. He comes with a gold disc, which all promo/limited edition characters will come with. He loads up as a character in the game but will not come with any battle arena maps or other goodies like the other year 2 assortments will.

There were rumors that a Supergirl figure would also be given away here but so far she is a no show. She may be given away at this year’s San Diego Comic Con as there is usually a large video game presence there and it is the next major pop culture event on the calendar. Of course once we have confirmation we’ll post it here.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO, News

LEGO Worlds Display At E3

It wouldn’t be E3 without a large LEGO display. This model was built by LCP Nathan Sawaya to promote LEGO Worlds, an open world build anything game that apparently is not a Minecraft clone even though it looks and smells like one. The game is now available through Steam Early Access for $14.99. I was told that if you play now you can use the same save file for when the game gets officially released. It’s only available for Mac Windows PC at the moment but they are working on making it available on other platforms. The full game will be released early next year.

More pictures of the model are below.

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Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO Dimensions, News

YouTube Live Previews LEGO Dimensions Battle Arenas

E3 is happening this week and starts today as a matter of fact. This video above is a recording of the YouTube live stream. There’s a segment right at the beginning covering one of the new features that’s coming out in LEGO Dimensions with the new wave: Battle Arenas. They demo the Capture the Flag game in a 4-player split screen mode. Some things I’ve been able to glean from the demo:

  • Every single new pack will have content for Battle Arenas .
  • There are power ups that you can use in the arena.
  • You can use flying characters (which seems rather unfair when playing against characters that can’t fly but maybe the arena power ups will account for that)
  • You can use the first year’s characters in the battle arenas.
  • You can play by yourself against CPU characters.
  • The release schedule for future sets will follow the same schedule as last year: September, November, January, and March.

The demo only lasts a few minutes and shows some disruption-type effects you can lay on your opponents.

Ace Kim | June 14th, 2016 | LEGO Volkswagen, News

LEGO Announces 10252 Volkswagen Beetle


Look at all that azure blue. This sexy little ’60s-style Volkswagen Beetle takes after the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van in both style, details, and price! While the Camper Van’s price strangely sits at $119.99, the Beetle is only $99.99. It’s a surfer themed car and as such comes with a surfboard and a cooler filled various beverages. They look to be built around the same scale making it a better match for the Camper Van than the 10187 model ever could be. 10252 Volkswagen Beetle will be available for sale on August 1, 2016. There may or may not be early bird VIP access for this set in July. Headed to Comic Con though? If I were a betting man, I’d be a whole dollar that this set will be there available for purchase at the retail section of LEGO’s booth. Otherwise, August 1 will be here soon enough.

See more pictures, watch the designer video, and read the official press release for 10252 Volkswagen Beetle

Ace Kim | June 13th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, News

LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens Demo Now Available for Playstation 4

Playstation 4 owners: if you were on the fence about picking up LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game you can now try out a free demo of the game. Simply visit the game’s page on the Official US Playstation Store and click on the “Try Free Demo” button. You’ll need to sign in if you’re not already. Or search for the game from within the store interface on your PS4 console. The demo is also available on the Europe Playstation Store, and the Australia Playstation Store. I couldn’t find it on Japan’s store site, but then again I don’t speak the language.

The game comes out on June 28, 2016. You can pre-order the deluxe edition and get a free Finn as First Order Stormtrooper with dirty sand stains on his Stormtrooper armor because he just woke up on Jakku after crashlanding there polybag. And yes, that is the official title of the polybag. If you’re a Prime member, pre-order from Amazon to get 20% off the list price and free release day delivery. The deluxe edition will also net you fancy 3D packaging, season pass which will include all three level packs and five character packs, and immediate access to the Empire Strikes Back character pack. PS4 editions will also immediately get The Phantom Limb Level Pack and Droid Character Pack, something Xbox One owners do not get.

Nick Martin | June 13th, 2016 | LEGO Star Wars, Reviews

Review: 75074 Snowspeeder Microfighters

75074 - Snowspeeder Microfighter

Ah, Microfighters… I feel sorry for you. You’re like a rebound relationship, unfortunately, and so many of us aren’t over the sting of losing the Planets series for you. It’s not really your fault, it’s just that everything you do is always going to be compared to those glorious little orbs of swirly colors. It’s kind of a shame, really. If we weren’t so stung by the fact that we miss planets, we could look back and see that they weren’t really the right series for us. Sure, the minifigs were cool, but there weren’t hardly any cool parts and most of those spheres now sit in a bin that we totally swear we are going to use someday.

Okay, in truth, I wasn’t shocked at all to see Planets go. They languished on shelves, distribution was sketchy at best, and LEGO was hampered by poor distribution and marketing choices for it. Microfighters, as a line, makes a whole lot more sense. It capitalizes on the chibi look that the kids seem to love, it gives a better variety of parts, and there’s a lot more options for what these can do. With Dimensions showing up soon, I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest to see these things suddenly morph into a Star Wars version of the game (and triple in price). There seems to be a tabletop game just screaming to get made with the existing line.

I reviewed a couple of these sets in the first wave, the Clone Turbo Tank and the X-Wing, while Ken handled the Falcon and the AAT, and the reviews basically ran the spectrum. Or, rather, droid sets bad, unique figures good, which I guess really isn’t a spectrum. The second wave was a similarly interesting mix, but didn’t have any unique characters in it like Han, making all of these sets potential army builders. In reviewing 75074 Snowspeeder, I was struck by the absurdity that the $10 microfighter snowspeeder was probably a more accurate, and better value, than the minifigure scale version of the set that’s also out.

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