LEGO Dimensions - more details revealed

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GET READY TO BREAK THE RULES ON SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

For the first time ever, characters from different universes join forces in worlds outside their own. A Dark Knight, a Wizard and a LEGO Master Builder travelling down the Yellow Brick Road is just the beginning.

Following on from the leaked images from earlier today, more details have been emerging throughout the evening concerning the new 'toy to life' theme from LEGO - LEGO Dimensions. Launching in September it follows the Life of George from the LEGO Future Lab, and is set to compete with Skylanders and Disney Infinity.

The official microsite at LEGO.com is now live with the promotional video below, and information on the product categories that will be available. Several online retailers have listed these for preorder now, giving some indication of future pricing.

The list below shows the initial release of character packs is designed to complement the starter pack, which includes Wyldstyle, Batman, Gandalf and the portal.

Level Packs - one minifig and two mini-builds, plus an in-game level (US price $24.99).

  • 71201 Marty MyFly, DeLorean, Hoverboard

Team Packs - 2 minifigures and 2 mini-builds (US price $29.99).

  • 71207 Cole, Kai, Boulder Bomber, Blade Bike

Fun Packs - 1 minifigure and 1 mini build (UK price £14.99, US price $14.99).

  • 71209 Wonder Woman and Invisible Jet
  • 71210 Cyborg and Cyber-Guard
  • 71212 Emmet and Emmet's Excavator
  • 71213 Bad Cop and Police Car
  • 71214 Benny and Benny's Spaceship
  • 71215 Jay and Storm Fighter
  • 71216 Nya and Samurai Mech
  • 71217 Zane and Ninjacopter
  • 71218 Gollum and Shelob the Great
  • 71219 Legolas and Arrow Launcher
  • 71220 Gimli and Axe Chariot
  • 71221 Wicked Witch and Winged Monkey
  • 71231 Unikitty and Cloud Cuckoo Car

While these product details cover a wide range of the existing licensed theme base, it is suggested that more themes will follow, which could include more characters from licenses that have already been used, or integration of other past, present or future LEGO licenses.

For more information and speculation there's a discussion in the Brickset Forum, and please remember to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

44 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

So excited for this! Looks like it'll be great fun! "The LEGO® Toy Pad and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer continued compatibility with future Expansion Packs for years to come." makes it sound like they're pretty committed to it continuing. I'd love to see it expanded with Star Wars and Castle and different themes. Speed Racers could bring in some cool vehicles.

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By in United States,

^Yeah, reading that bit made me quite happy too, because I know Skylanders has a nasty habit of coming out with a new game every year and having each year's figures require a new starter set. The fact that LEGO is going to keep future expansion packs compatible with this starter set makes the cost of the starter set a lot easier to swallow.

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By in United States,

And it's only in keeping with Lego's overriding ethos of creating a continuing system of play. Lego bricks from 50 years ago should fit together with ones produced yesterday; it follows that expansion packs released in 2020 should work with a starter from 2015.

I won't be playing this (I don't have a console to plug it into, for one thing) but it does seem like a logical extension of the Lego play experience into the 21st century, and I'm glad they seem to be doing it up right.

I was also pleased to see Joel McHale in the promo vid. Maybe with Alison Brie already in the cast and Rob Schrab (directed Community episode G.I. Jeff) at the helm, we'll see Joel as a voice in The Lego Movie 2?

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By in United States,

You know, for about $14.99, you can get Emmett, Benny, Unikitty AND a Double Decker Couch....

I don't have a game console. I wish there were some way I could get that portal without having to pay $99 for one.

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By in United States,

I would hope that Star Wars would be added in the future but seeing that Disney has Star Wars coming into Disney Infinity I have my doubts.

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By in United States,

Sick!

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By in United States,

Interesting to note that Wizard of Oz is the _only_ property in the game that doesn't have any sets already on the shelves. I wonder if there are plans to rectify that in the near future...

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By in Taiwan,

As mentioned before, the packs disappoint me alittle bit because it doesn’t covers more themes but give certain themes like Ninjago just too many packs. Considering that Castle, City and Friends all got their respective sets from Fusion and all the three are the actual top-selling themes of LEGO, I think each of them should also get a character pack here. The choices could be CMF King, Chase McCain and Olivia Smith.

We don’t know if all characters have to be unlocked by physical toys or some of them could be unlocked in game just like traditional LEGO PC games. Hope that it’s the latter because the first wave of these products don’t seem right and fair to me.

As for the Oz witch, the only exclusive figure so far, I can see one problem LEGO has is that the characters share similarity with some of the CMFs. It would be nice to see more exclusive characters and even regular sets physically from Oz and BTTF.

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By in United States,

@Dorayaki: Actually, the top three best-selling themes for LEGO right now are City, Star Wars, and Friends. I think fourth place is held by either Duplo or Creator. Castle is pretty far from the top, all things considered. There's a reason we get lots of new Ninjago sets pretty much every year and new Castle sets far less frequently.

I would love to see LEGO City characters like Chase McCain and maybe even Rex Fury in a future wave, as well as LEGO Friends characters like Olivia. Lots and lots of girls love LEGO Friends (pretty much every girl I asked about her favorite themes at BrickUniverse in Raleigh listed Friends first), and I think LEGO should be embracing that at every opportunity so that those girls don't feel like their interests are being marginalized.

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By in United States,

Too bad it looks like we won't get any new LotR or Middle-earth figures. Still, if it sells well there's always hope, or at least a fool's hope. ;-)

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By in Canada,

I kind of hope we get some more Harry Potter, provided LEGO can still make those characters. I mean WB owns the rights to that too, so why not? It'd make a nice addition and maybe we could get some new dialogue from the cast of the films. Plus new minifigures.

It'd be mighty impressive if the Doctor was in a pack too, though I'm not sure if we'll ever see him around.

I don't know what the Friends Dimension would even look like next to the traditional minifigure characters, however I'd be up for their inclusion as well as Chase McCain, perhaps in wave 2. And if we're going to include Friends or other mini-doll lines then there's no reason we can't also have Bionicle.

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By in United States,

I sincerely hope they release some new LOTR minifigs alongside this since they ridiculously abandoned the theme and left it absolutely incomplete. I would prefer future sets, but I could settle for some figs in this, like Sauron, Witch King, Faramir, Eowyn, and Gondorian Soldier. Those are the big ones we missed out on because Lego mishandled it so badly.

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By in United States,

If they don't include any new LOTR minifigs (not the hobbit because LOTR is obviously way better) then I have no interest in any of these

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By in United States,

Hopefully this will mean that Lego will bring out some bigger sets with the Dimensions theme. A LOTR Balrog with some Oz flying Monkeys or something like that would be awesome to get.
Would be great if they could make a game like Call of Duty where you can portal in your figure for a 12 vs 12 online Death Match.

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By in United States,

I think I'm going to buy the BTTF pack, then sell the stands and any other game related stuff. I have no interest in the game, but I really want that Mini-Delorean and hoverboard.

Any chance they might rez some old characters as well?

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By in Australia,

Along the same lines as Skylanders Giants - I wonder if down the track they'll release big figs as characters?

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By in United States,

A bit odd the US price is £14.99, isn't it?

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By in {Unknown country},

Lego should add Adventures characters or some minifigs of the classic theme's.

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By in Australia,

^ That would be good. I like that they use posable minifigs and minibulids.

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By in Netherlands,

All i want to know is; do the minifigs (and vehicles) attach to the base, or are they detachable and act like any other minifig...

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By in Australia,

Hopefully this means more Lego lotr! I'm also interested to see the micro "cloud cuckoo car"...

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the idea, but the price is putting me off. It's soon going to add up if you want every pack that comes out.

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By in United Kingdom,

Actually, LEGO's Micro-Site says the release date is 27th September, not 29th. :P

The trailer's quite good, but I won't be picking these up... Not unless they release a PC version, anyway...

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By in Australia,

The market is already over-saturated now that Disney and Nintendo both have products exactly like Skylanders. Minifigures Online was somewhat similar to this and I presume it was the reason why the latest series was more expensive than the others. Unfortunately I don't predict great success for LEGO Dimensions, especially since the characters are more expensive than all 3 of the competitors' products.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't wait to see what other fun packs and level packs will be shown to us in the next few months. Want a Lego Dorothy/Lion for my collection! Let's hope that they are removable from their bases. My only problem is that I don't have a compatible console to play it on!

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By in Germany,

now i understand how it's dongled. it's the same like the other games which use a toy as a dongle for DLC's. so no innovation here, just another TLC trip into the dimensions of planned obsolescence

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By in Germany,

I am carefully enthusiastic. I have played the other games (Skylanders all versions, Disney, Nintendo), and they are fun. But they are hellishly expensive compared to other video games. They are incredibly successful, nonetheless.
The Lego game might do well, if has additional value - i.e. if you can integrate non-RFID-chipped bricks in the play. It would be very annoying if the bricks are compatible only during analogue play - essentially creating a diverging Lego toy-line (especially if the minifigs are not removable from their base, which I doubt). I will probably buy the starter pack and refrain from buying add-ons, to see how it develops. For that kind of money, I can buy a lot of standard Lego, which is working perfectly fine for me.
If done right, this could be the next big thing, though.

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By in United Kingdom,

Warner Bros. Game and the themes seem to be Warner Bros. movies so unlikely there'll be Star Wars packs :-(

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By in United Kingdom,

people need to stop looking at it as lego and look at it as gaming pieces.

The characters for skylanders and disney infinity retail for £14.99 and for that with lego dimensions you get two game pieces (character & ship)

The level packs and team packs are again slightly better value against there competitors (as a parent that has both skylanders and Infinity trust me i know)

The biggest issue i have is the starter price for Xbox 360 £90 is about £30-£40 to expensive for me although you could argue i've paid that in total for 2 infinity games and over that for the 3 skylander games we have so if i never have to buy another game maybe its cheaper.

It looks good and a great concept if we stop thinking of it as lego and start thinking of it as gaming sets, People on here get so wound up wanting this and that and don't think about it logically, All the characters are connected to Warner Brothers (ninjargo is on CN which is WB tv station) so i don't think we'll see city, castle etc etc

This has been worked on for a couple of years now with the head of TT moving to the USA so it's been a labour of love for hem and a big investment.

I've not shown the kids yet but my wife (who's a big gamer) is really excited

at the end of the day if you want it buy it if not don't but don't moan because you don't agree with it

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By in France,

Well, I don't really care that much about the game itself but I'm curious to see the models ^^
(that mini deLorean looks really slick)
The scary question I have is whether they'll be glued like the magnet sets because if so, that's a definite pass for me....

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By in United States,

Looks like a neat way to get individual figures like: Gimli and Cyborg (wonder if we can make an Ideas proposal for this game).

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By in United States,

This is just as worthless as all the other 'figurine based' video games out there. It looks to be 2-player co-op max.

What happens if both parents want to play with their child? Someone has to sit out.

What happened to 4 play co-op on split screen? What if it's 2 parents and 2 kids?

I will be actively NOT buying this, and telling others the same. :(

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By in United States,

@Huey1: If the market were truly over-saturated then people wouldn't be having nearly so much trouble collecting Amiibos. For Nintendo, at least, there is far greater demand than they have been able to satisfy.

@mxtp: Just so we're clear, things like Skylanders and Amiibo are way more than just "a dongle for DLC". They are both readable AND writeable, so they are almost more like toy-shaped memory cards. For instance, if you "train" your character in Skylanders to improve their stats, that character data can be saved onto the figure so you can bring it to a friend's house and compete with the characters they have trained. It would not surprise me if LEGO Dimensions did something with this read/write capability like letting you "rebuild" the vehicles and then save the altered designs to the vehicle chips.

Also, this game has a lot less "planned obsolescence" than Skylanders and the like, because the press release actually states that the starter set will be compatible with future expansion sets for years to come — meaning you don't need a new starter set each year to use that year's new figures.

@NevynPA: To my knowledge, most of the LEGO video games have had two-player co-op, if they had co-op at all. This is the first time I've seen the lack of four-player co-op criticized. But having grown up in a household with two siblings, there have been lots of games that not all of us could play at once. There's actually an extremely simple, low-tech solution for that problem though: taking turns.

Don't get me wrong, you do raise a good point. Without four-player co-op, this game has room for improvement. That doesn't mean it's not a good game, though, and it surprises me that for you, the lack of four-player co-op is a "deal-breaker".

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By in Taiwan,

@Aanchir The other point is that whether the targeted girls and video game fans would get this game, but actually Disney Infinity already proves that ordinary heroines could make popular game characters and save the day, this make me doubt that LEGO and WB didn't follow the good examples. On the other hand, although we're not sure if Elves would get further advertisings, I believe that elves could be as competent as the ninjas in this game.

@Balrogofmorgoth I think introducing brandnew characters isn't what the game want to do, the witch could only be regarded as a special case for now . Based on the first wave of figure packs, otherwise, we shouldn't see all initial Ninjago gang in the pack. Obviously LEGO don't expect us to buy for the physical characters, but nonphysical ones. Suppose that the fanbase and consumers are still there, LEGO should give a rebooted wave of regular LotR sets instead.

I'd love to pay $30 to get Eowyn, though.

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By in Germany,

Did someone really comment about how they would have to wait and sit out because it is a two player game? Most games are only two player when on the same screen.... so sitting out should not be that big of a deal. I get that you want to include everyone all the time but that is not possible. I am pretty sure that every TT game that invovles Lego is two player.

Now for the cost, a few people have brought this up, the golden ratio should not even be thought of here. First off this is a video game, not a building set. This means that there should be a new golden ratio for this type of product. Second, I am almost positive that the game pieces are not going to be removable from the bases much like the magnets. Other wise they would have just used a two by four brick with someones name on it rather than putting the minifig on it.

I understand that this is going to upset people but the truth to the matter is that no one is holding a gun to your head. There are a lot of things that I personally think that Lego does that I would never buy, Ninjago being one of them, so you know what.... I just don't buy them. My nephew LOVES Ninjago on the other hand, so I have bought him a few sets over the years. I do not let me tastes skew the views of others.

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By in United States,

@jonmdudley: Actually, we KNOW the game pieces are removable from the bases. Otherwise why would the expansion packs all have 30 or more pieces? Also I believe there have been comments on the LEGO Dimensions Facebook page about the bricks and minifigures being fully compatible with other bricks and minifigures. That's why the minifigure bases are uniquely decorated — so you can keep track of which base contains which figure's data, even when you remove them. The Unikitty Fun Pack's (#71231) image shows that Unikitty is attached to the base by two normal studs. It stands to reason that the rest of the figures are attached the same way.

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By in France,

Mickitat : Also, the problem if non-chipped bricks don't work in the game, how do you recognize bricks that are chipped or not? you'd better not mix them with the rest of your bricks...

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By in United States,

I swear the people excited about this must not have been into skylanders, infinity and/or amiibo.

If this Lego attempt were the 1st toy-to-game Id ever heard of or played with, Id be excited too. But you guys, I played Skylanders. I sunk probably $200+ into buying little plastic characters to play in my game. Then Giants comes out and bam, you really have to buy a new game, and a bunch of new figures. The toys looking cool was the only good thing about skylanders. Hell Giants had mostly reskinned levels from the 1st edition of skylanders, and even the challenges were the freaking same. Game sucked, period. Then Swap Force comes out, and the 40 some odd Skylanders I have are now useless, again, I jumped off of that wagon thankfully before the 4th version, Trap team grabbed at even more money, new portals, new toys, non-backwards compatable. . .

Infinity comes out and I think OK, Maybe disney will do this right, except again, once you spend $200 on playsets, characters etc. . . they come out with 2.0 and make everything you just bought worthless. At least that game was fun! Even if you can only bring in characters from the playset world to play in that set.

I worry with this Lego thing, that they will follow suit, make new versions of the game, charge insane prices for everything, not have backwards compatability. Having been burned by Skylanders and Disney makes me very cautious about this Lego attempt and not as excited as some people who havnt played with these type of toys/games before.

TLDR: Warning, if this follows suit of the other toy-to-games, you will spend hundreds of dollars this year for a video game that will be outdated/obsoleted/replaced with a newer better version, and chances are, backwards compatability will not happen.

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By in United States,

@TheHastyTadpole: I agree, the way Skylanders makes you buy a whole new game and starter set to use each new year's figures is extremely crummy. But according to the Toys 'R' Us product description, "The Starter Pack Will Last. One LEGO Toy Pad and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer continued compatibility with future Expansion Packs for years to come. No compatibility chart necessary."

The people developing this game did their research. They KNOW that Skylanders and Disney Infinity are not perfect, and that gives them a perfect opportunity to try and offer buyers something THOSE franchises failed to deliver.

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By in Germany,

Please don't let these be glued.

I want that Back to the Future set!

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By in United States,

@ Aanchir: Gosh I hope thats true. I've still been burnt too bad to jump in on this with preorders. Ill give it some time and see how it evolves, but if, IF they get it right, it could be amazing with TLGs own product lines and their ability to grab outside licenses. All my hopes for Disney Infinity could still be realized with Lego! I just cant set myself up for a big letdown again ;)

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By in Netherlands,

This is going to be more successful because you can have batman and wizard of oz together. Or gandalf with Marty mcfly.

Disney infinity and skylanders don't have such a thing. While Disney infinity does have marvel and princesses together as an example it will never be really outside Disney.

I like the idea Lego revealed. It will be successful.
Something they should release is some older themes. I would love to the knights kingdom return even if its just for this game.

Can't wait to see gameplay and how this works. I'm not going to buy this because its pretty expensive and knowing that I play games and after a while I stop playing because its boring or because I completely forgot about it.

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By in United Kingdom,

They all look very nice, but just over priced. For about 50 pieces and that includes a CMF, for £14.99. No good if you plan to collect them all.

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