Lego Dimensions Announced, Uses Actual Lego Toys

Lego Dimensions Announced, Uses Actual Lego Toys

A new Lego collectible-toy game combining characters and worlds from DC Comics, Lords of the Rings, The Wizard of Oz and Back to The Future will arrive in late 2015. You might need to free up some space.

The Lego Dimensions reveal is the culmination of a teaser campaign from earlier this week, which had images of Batman, Gandalf and The Lego Movie's Wyldstyle tagged with "#BreaktheRules". An apparent leak this morning showed that the teasers are all about an upcoming collectible toy-based video game called Lego Dimensions.

Lego Dimensions Announced, Uses Actual Lego Toys

Lego Dimensions will be coming out on September 29 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U. Word of the game hit ahead of schedule when a user on the Lego sub-Reddit shared an image and description for the game, which looks like it will follow the same collectible-toy model set up by Skylanders and Disney Infinity. If this winds up being legit, it looks like Lego Dimensions will be mashing up game characters from DC Comics, Lord of the Rings and other properties that have gotten the Lego game treatment.

The portal-like toy piece in the leaked image matches the shape of the recurring element in teasers that have gone out this week:

Lego Dimensions Announced, Uses Actual Lego Toys
Lego Dimensions Announced, Uses Actual Lego Toys
Lego Dimensions Announced, Uses Actual Lego Toys

And here's the official trailer, which has hit now that the broken embargo is up:

Here's a few more details from the official press release:

For the first time in any LEGO video game, characters from iconic entertainment franchises join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. In addition to the game, the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack will include the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and other LEGO objects into the game, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, including LEGO BatmanTM from DC Comics, LEGO Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie, plus the LEGO BatmobileTM.

In addition to the three minifigure heroes used to start the experience, LEGO Dimensions will allow gamers to customise their experience with additional expansion packs. Highly collectible Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs will provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as compelling game content with new mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities. All expansion packs will feature well-known properties and provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game — with no limitations.

A small sample of packs available in 2015 include the Back to the Future Level Pack with a LEGO Marty McFly minifigure, a LEGO 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 LEGO Gollum, LEGO Gimli and LEGO Legolas minifigures, four The LEGO Movie Fun packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters, and a The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a LEGO Wicked Witch of the West minifigure. Additional packs to round out the 2015 assortment will be announced in the months leading to launch. Further waves of expansion packs will be released regularly following the launch of the game and into 2016.


    Oooh... This could get me on the collectible bandwagon...

      Steady on mate, just think how many of these suckers there are going to be. The number of LEGO cross-over licences is enormous (although Disney might nix some due to contamination of its Infinity collection): Star Wars, Indiana Jones, DC Super Heroes (incl. Batman), Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings (incl. Hobbit), Marvel Super Heroes (incl. Avengers), Jurassic World. That's leaving aside all of LEGO's own properties like Ninjago, Chima, LEGO Friends, City, Medieval ... this could end up costing a fortune!

        Yeah, reckon Disney will put a stop to any Star Wars, Marvel and Indiana Jones sets, especially seeing that Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars is expected to be out at some point this year.

        Everything else should be a go though, and they've already said there'll be more sets next year.

          Disney owns Indiana Jones? Well I'll be buggered. All we need now is for Disney to buy LEGO and we are all doomed.

            They own LucasArts which owns Indiana Jones, it is all very convoluted :P

          Not to mention I would be amazed if Marvel and DC allowed their properties in the same game.

          Surprised by Back to the Future being in it though.

            Hopefully they'll have Ghostbusters and The Simpsons sets down the track too.

    No PC version!!?! This might be the thing that makes me finally buy a console, might.

    Of course it's already available for pre-order at EB. Did a rough calculation and to buy everything on release day will cost around $500.


    Goodbye money, it was nice knowing you.

      Holy shit! Being a crack addict would probably be cheaper!

      EDIT: Just checked EB Games - $170 for the starter set, which includes three figurines, a (tiny) batmobile, and a portal. This is crazy - the LEGO itself would probably retail for $30 or so, and the portal tech (NFC reader) would cost about $20-$30, so it is a money grab, pure and simple. $25 for a 'fun pack' including a couple of LEGO figs. This is worse than Skylanders!

      EDIT 2: For the cost of producing the physical LEGO figs, and the retail prices of them, the software content better be fucking fantastic, otherwise this could go down in history as the biggest toy rip-off ever seen.

      Last edited 10/04/15 9:47 am

        I'd almost say that lego itself, or more importantly the price tag attached to it is a bit of a rip off, but I can overlook it because of the awesomeness/fun factor.
        What would be interesting is for a company to take the approach of those collectible magazines with the build stuff that newsagents get, flog off the very first issue and give us the "things" that make it go then overprice your addons a little.

          That would be interesting. I think they are just taking the Skylanders model and dialling it up to 11 though. The 'fun packs' ($25), if they are following the Skylanders model, will be little more than digital representations in-game, meaning that you can just use them as new 'characters' in the existing game levels. The 'level packs' ($50!!!) will include a new level that will be short and fairly bland, using the existing game mechanics. This is because all new levels have to be backwards compatible with the previously released LEGO figs. Sure, you'll get Wonderwoman walking along the Yellow Brick Road, but it will be very superficial. There won't be any significant interactions between the player and the new level, such as character-specific dialogue etc.

            You're probably right, but I'm trying to be a bit more optimistic about it until we find out more info. Would be so awesome if the Back To The Future Level Pack let you free roam around hill valley, and play through the storylines of all 3 movies.

    I hope when they say "buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets" they mean that you can build what you want and it gets translated into the game as that's something I've been hoping for ever since Skylanders was first announced. Otherwise it's a bit of a "meh" from me.

      I doubt it, because that kind of setup would likely require a 3D scanner. It is more likely to have specific LEGO characters and builds ported into the game via a Skylanders-style portal and then you can manipulate said characters and builds in-game in a limited fashion.

        They could maybe use the tech that Skylanders Swap Force used. Where if you switched top and bottom it would switch them in the game too. Not sure how that works though, or whether they could fit it in a Lego mini-fig.

          Good call. I think that SWAP Force could do it more easily because of the size of the figures, having an NFC chip in each half, and because of the limited combinations possible. It would be awesome if each LEGO piece had a mini NFC chip in it and could also be accurately detected in a grid of NFC readers for X/Y axis positioning, plus strength of signal for Z axis, but I think it would be cost prohibitive at this point. I also imagine you'd end up with a game more like Minecraft than Skylanders.

    Bums me out that it's a collectable toy game. I'm so going to buy it though.

    I was really excited for Lego Marvel until I realised that Disney Infinity are probably going to stop it in some way.

      That ain't gonna happen, Disney acquired Marvel around 6 years ago, so the deal to make Lego Marvel's Avengers would've been done after the fact. I think they'll put a stop to any Star Wars/Indiana Jones/Marvel stuff for Lego: Dimensions because of Disney Infinity, but I think the Lego games that don't use portals and figures will keep getting made as Disney doesn't make their own version.

      Last edited 10/04/15 10:48 am

    That portal looks kind of like the stargate from the stargate series *starts making the stargate noises*

    I saw Marty & Doc and immediately lost my shit... I wish there was a way to play it without collecting the toys though. That'll consume me!

    Could this be the end product of what was Lego universe? Will there be dlc that lets you create YOUR OWN MINIFIGURE!?

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