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Lego Dimensions is new rival to Skylanders and Disney Infinity – first trailer online now

Lego Dimensions - the ultimate crossover

Lego Dimensions – the ultimate crossover

Update 2:

Amazon.co.uk has started listing the game and the expansions, and to get everything would cost a whopping £350.44 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. And bear in mind that Amazon prices are likely to be a bit cheaper than on the high street.

The starter pack costs £99.99 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and £89.99 on Wii U (and probably Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, although they’re not listed yet).

Level Packs (one minifigure, two vehicles, one new level) cost £28.56 each, Team Packs (two minifigures and two vehicles) cost £29.99, and Fun Packs (one minifigure and one vehicle) cost £14.99.

As expensive as Lego usually is that still seems an awful lot, especially given most of the minifgures have already appeared in ordinary sets and you can buy blind bag ones for just £2.49. Although obviously you’re also paying for the in-game content as well.

Lego Dimensions - that's a lot of money for not a lot of Lego

Lego Dimensions – that’s a lot of money for not a lot of Lego

 

Update:

Lego Dimensions has now been officially announced, although the initial trailer doesn’t really give much away about the gameplay – other than The Wizard of Oz will also be featured.

What has been revealed though is that Lego Dimensions will be released on September 29, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Lego Dimensions - that is quite the mix of characters

Lego Dimensions – that is quite the mix of characters

There’s also a lot of talk about ‘additional expansion packs’, including level packs, team packs, and fun packs that ‘provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as compelling game content with new mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities’.

The press release promises that all the content can be used anywhere in the game, which seems to be a dig at Disney Infinity’s infamous limitations.

This is where they really make their money

This is where they really make their money

Additional packs available in 2015 include (deep breath) a Back to the Future Level Pack with a Marty McFly minifigure, a Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures, three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya and Zane minifigures, two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures, three The Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with Gollum, Gimli and Legolas minifigures, four The Lego Movie Fun Packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters, and a Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a Wicked Witch of the West minifigure.

 

Original story:

The first details of Lego’s new toys-to-life game have leaked out ahead of the official announcement, so parent’s wallets beware!

Warner Bros. have been teasing a reveal for later today, but info on Lego Dimensions has already leaked out via Reddit – suggesting a concept very similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

The idea is to use physical toys to add new characters and vehicles to the game, with the starter pack pictured here including mini-figures for Batman, Gandalf, and The Lego Movie’s Wyldstyle.

Also in the pack is a mini-Lego Batmobile and a Stargate style portal, which presumably uses NFC style technology to scan the toys for use in the game. We also assume that existing Lego figures will not be compatible, although maybe not considering how rare some sets are already.

Although the Wii U pack shot was the only one to leak on Reddit the American Toys ‘R Us website is also listing the game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

The blurb for the game has also leaked, and describes the starter park thusly:

When a mysterious and powerful vortex suddenly appears in various Lego worlds, different characters from DC Comics, Lord of the Rings and the Lego Movie are swept away. To save their friends, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle bravely jump into the vortex to rescue their friends and fight to save all of Lego humanity.

Let your creativity be your guide as you build the Lego Gateway to adventure, journeying through unexpected worlds and teaming-up with unlikely allies on the quest to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. Play with characters you never thought you could see in a Lego game together, using vehicles and weapons you never thought possible. Lego Bad Cop driving the DeLorean Time Machine? Why not?! The Ninjago Masters of Spinjitsu fighting alongside Wonder Woman…yes, please! Get ready to break the rules, because the only rule with Lego Dimensions is that there are no rules.

The Lego Dimensions Starter Pack is all you need to begin – build your base and embark on a fantastic quest. Included in the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack.

The Lego Movie tie-in game from last year already featured a mixture of characters, but only from existing Warner properties such as DC Comics and Lord Of The Rings. Other characters that were in the movie, such as Dumbledore from Harry Potter and Star Wars characters, were excluded from the game for licensing reasons.

How much that will be a problem for Lego Dimensions is unclear but it’s certainly hard to imagine DC and Marvel comics mixing it up – despite there already being Lego toys based on both.

The reference to the Back to the Future DeLorean is based on a toy from the Lego Ideas line, which sees fan made creations turned into actual products. This line also includes the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and in the future sets based on The Big Bang Theory and Doctor Who.

Whether all of these will make it into the game is unknown, but we’ve been told unofficially that Doctor Who will definitely be a part of Lego Dimensions.

Could Doctor Who finally be starring in a decent video game?

Could Doctor Who finally be starring in a decent video game?

The bigger question though is what sort of game this will actually be, and whether or not it’ll feature the same gameplay as previous titles.

Whatever the case it does seem a no-brainer for Lego and publisher Warner Bros., given the success of Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo’s amiibos.

Skylanders started the trend of ‘toys-to-life’ games in 2011 and has made more than $3 billion for Activision since then, with more than 240 million toys sold worldwide.

New versions of both Skylanders and Disney Infinity are expected this autumn, while Nintendo recently announced a number of new amiibos in its most recent Nintendo Direct.

We’ll update this story with more information when the official announcement is made.

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