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What do you get when you combine a classic toy, well known characters, and video gaming with favorite movies and cartoons? LEGO Dimensions is a fun family game that brings toys to life as miniaturized LEGO versions of their character selves who use their powers to move through different video game levels that are really scenes and worlds from various movies and cartoons known as dimensions.
If I’ve lost you with my explanation, simply imagine a video game that involves Batman riding in his Batmobile down the Yellow Brick Road with The Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City in the background, Wyldstyle going Back to the Future to meet Doc and Marty McFly, or Lord of the Ring’s Gandalf teaming up with the Ghostbusters. This crazy mashup all comes together in LEGO Dimensions as minifigures (aka minifigs) try to defeat the Evil Lord Vortech in his attempt to take over all the LEGO Dimensions.
About LEGO Dimensions
For kids who love to build with LEGOs, this new video game is a dream come true. The first steps involve unpacking the Starter Pack and building The LEGO Gateway that rests on the Toy Pad that serves as the home base for Batman, Gandalf, Wyldstyle who are included in the box. After the minifigs are built, the game play adventure begins with each character lending their skills, gadgets, and vehicles to the greater effort of defeating Evil Lord Vortech. Along the way, there are in-game instructions to assemble additional pieces that come in the Starter Pack as well as the desire to add on to your collection of minifigs. Level Packs ($29.99) unlock the worlds of the characters in the pack, Team Packs ($24.99) add two characters and two vehicles to game play, and Fun Packs ($14.99) that contain a character plus gadget or vehicle to play are available as add-ons that add even more possibilities for additional game play and access to more worlds/dimensions within the game.
LEGO Dimensions Character, Vehicle & World Mashups
Since the game is all about mashups, we love dreaming up how we’d mix and match the characters from the different franchises for the ultimate game. As we look to expand our game play experience by adding Level Packs, Team Packs, and Fun Packs to our collection, here are some difference scenarios that the kids and I have been thinking about for future game play:
- What would happen if Doc Brown took the Mystery Machine or Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet back to the future?
- Can the Ghostbusters crew de-haunt Scooby Doo’s world that includes the famed haunted mansion with their proton packs?
- Imagine the possibilities if future traveling Doc Brown teamed up with The Doctor as he attempts to rewrite the future and save the day! Doc Brown was never one for changing the course of history so how might this affect the game if the two work together against Evil Lord Vortech?
- What new powers might Bart Simpson gain if he swapped his skateboard for Marty McFly’s hoverboard? Or what if the Wicked Witch of the West swaps her broom for Bart’s skateboard?
- Would Scooby beg for Homer Simpson’s pink sprinkle donut? Would Homer find that Scooby Snacks pair well with his cola in the LEGO Dimensions worlds?
- What character from a different dimension has the best tool to take out the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man? Bart’s slingshot seems to be no match for Stay Puft but perhaps Dorothy could melt him into a pile of marshmallow fluff alongside the Wicked Witch! Or will Krusty the Clown‘s creme filled pies have magical powers against Stay Puft?
- Will LEGO Dimensions add a Lisa Simpson Fun Pack? We think that uber-smart Lisa would be a great addition to Scooby and the gang because she could lend her brain power to their crime solving adventures. Chances are she’d join them as one of the meddling kids that the perpetrators are always left shaking their fists at during the conclusion of each cartoon episode.
LEGO Dimensions has been our first foray into gaming with physical pieces even though other video games featuring character pieces have been around for years. I have always felt that video games that have included collectible character game pieces have been a way to bleed parents of money as kids want more and more characters until LEGO Dimensions. Just this week we added the Back to the Future and Simpsons Level Packs to our Starter Pack recently and the kids loved how more characters plus their vehicles added to their game play. Finally there’s a video game that harnesses the power of a child’s imagination for open ended game play using favorite toys where the possibilities are endless!
As a longtime LEGO fan, I love how this game features real life toys that can be played with as part of the video game or in physical worlds built with the bricks you have at home. It’s just as much fun for kids of all ages and parents thanks to the LEGO minifigs and familiar dimensions that appeal to both. The LEGO Movie characters and dimensions will appeal to the youngest ages who might be most familiar with the movie but the Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, and the Simpsons characters and dimensions will provide a fun twist on nostalgic favorites for parents while older siblings probably won’t be able to resist dropping Lord of the Rings, Jurassic World, and Dr. Who characters in dimensions that differ from where they belong.
If you’re a family of LEGO lovers who happens to enjoy video games, you’ll love the newest family friendly game that brings toys to live. I predict this will be a hot item on holiday wish lists this year and with endless add-ons to buy, gift-giving friends and relatives will always be able to add to your family’s collection through a new pack that your child (or you!) will love!
LEGO Dimensions is available for $99.99 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo WiiU. For a limited time, Amazon is selling it for $84.99 for ALL platforms and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can take an extra $15 off (making it a steal at $69.99!) with the code LEGOMOMS.
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- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LEGODimensions
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LEGODimensions (@LEGODimensions)
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/LEGODimensions (@LEGODimensions)
- Tumblr: http://LEGODimensions.tumblr.com
- The weekly YouTube series: http://www.youtube.com/LEGODimensions
I received the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack for the purposes of this review and was compensated but all opinions are my own. Additional Level Packs, Team Packs, and Fun Packs were personally purchased. Amazon Affiliate links included in this post.