First there was Activision’s Skylanders. Then Disney came out with Infinity. Nintendo wanted in and came up with amiibo. And now, LEGO wants a piece of the action with LEGO Dimensions. Or maybe it was Warner Bros Interactive. They’ve partnered together and came up Dimensions as a way to enter the market. And they are entering it in a way similar to Disney Infinity where different themes and universes can be crossed over for a unique gaming experience. The initial starter pack consists of Gandalf, Wyldstyle, and Batman and comes with a mini Batmobile and the interactive base where you build a Stargate-looking portal. It will retail for $99 and will be released on September 29.
There will be, of course, expansion packs. Level packs will consist of one character, two vehicles, and one level and will retail for about $29.99. The first Level pack will be Back to the Future. Team packs will consist of two minifigures and two vehicles and will retail for $29.99. The first Team pack is Ninjago. And finally, Fun packs will have one character and one vehicle. The initial wave of Fun packs consists of:
- Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Lord of the Rings: Gimli
- Lord of the Rings: Legolas
- Ninjago: Nya
- Ninjago: Jay
- Ninjago: Zane
- Lego Movie: Emmet
- Lego Movie: Benny
- Lego Movie: Bad Cop
- Lego Movie: Unikitty
- DC: Wonder Woman
- DC: Cyborg
- Wizard of Oz: Wicked Witch of the West
Toys’R’Us has listed pre-orders for the starter packs already on their website. It appears that the game will be available for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and Nintendo Wii U. Sorry, gamers on the go, we’re out of luck.
If you watched the video above and read that list of Fun packs, you’ll notice that The Wizard of Oz is present in the game. This could of course be the main reason why the Wizard of Oz Ideas project never came to be. Another way to look at the Wizard of Oz is what it means in terms of possibilities of expansion packs. Back to the Future and Lord of the Rings are already licenses that LEGO has owned and possibily still own. And with Warner Bros. Interactive behind the game engine and having a sister company as a major Hollywood studio, it opens the door to more movie collaborations where a license doesn’t already exist. Possibilities abound.
The fine folks over at Hoth Bricks got a hold of official images and the press release of all of the initial wave of sets, including an oh-so-charming mini Delorean Time Machine. So go check them.
Thanks to Mos Eisley for the heads up.