LEGO Dimensions goes undercover with LEGO City's finest, 71266 Chase McCain.
Having already starred in his two of his own LEGO games, Chase seems an obvious choice to represent LEGO City in the Dimensions world.
However as the only representation of an in house LEGO theme for LEGO Dimensions' year two line up, is Chase the man for the job?
This is the fourth explicit appearance of Chase McCain in a physical set, however in all cases he is made up of relatively generic City police parts. Even his face print has been used in several other sets which makes the figure somewhat disappointing. There is an argument to be made for a generic looking character representing a theme like City which, unlike Ninjago or Nexo Knights, is not focused on specific named characters, but in a case like this a character is being clearly defined and a more unique character would definitely be more welcome.
While it might not have fit the rest of the set quite as well, I'd have preferred Chase in a more unique disguise. This even seems like the weakest of Chase's physical appearances as all the others have featured printing on the legs, which has been omitted on this version.
Build 1: Police Helicopter
Given how frequently helicopters feature in LEGO City sets it seems very appropriate that this is the main build for the set. It's a perfectly acceptable representation of a helicopter at this scale, however LEGO Dimensions has already had a helicopter in 71229: DC Comics Team Pack. In all honesty I prefer the Joker's helicopter from the team pack as it features more interesting part use.
It would have probably been better to have tried to use a different style of helicopter for this set instead, but I do appreciate that the scale makes this more difficult than minifigure scale sets.
Build 2: Police Hovercraft
I generally try to look for the good parts of design first but in all honesty this one has left me stumped. Just from pictures of the build I couldn't guess at what it was supposed to be at all. With the title I can see a passing resemblance to a hovercraft, but you really have to want to see it. The in game model is so different to this minibuild that I get the feeling the designers couldn't do much else with the parts and just combined them in the best way they possibly could.
I'd like to make very clear that this isn't really meant as a criticism of the designers, but instead a highlight of one of the biggest problems I've found with Dimensions in general. Some of the minibuilds are fantastic, but the need to use all the same parts in all three builds often leads to weaker designs. Even the Creator 3-in-1 sets don't have this issue as they have the option to omit parts between builds which the Dimensions designers have not been able to do. This blocky, best attempt at a hovercraft is the result of the underlying issue.
Build 3: Police Plane
The third build of this set does at least redeem itself against the disappointment of the hovercraft. The plane does a good job of representing a single propeller plane, although like all the Dimensions vehicles it's a slightly cartoony looking representation of one. The front of the plane is perhaps a little too square looking but given the availability of parts in the set it's a minor issue in the design.
The digital content is probably the biggest thing that this set has going for it. As the only LEGO City Dimensions set it is the only way to gain access to the LEGO City open world. Anyone who has played LEGO City Undercover is likely to find quite a few nice references to the game, the open world is basically a very scaled down version of LEGO City. From a bit of time playing around in the open world my favourite element was probably discovering the LEGO store included as part of the mall, unfortunately the inside of the shop just uses the same generic display stands as the other shops in the mall, I has hoped to see some microscale LEGO sets on display.
Chase has the disguise ability that is a key mechanic in LEGO City Undercover, which allows him to change his basic skill sets by changing costume. All of these disguises have to be unlocked from the open world, generally to unlock each costume requires a skill from another one of Chase's disguises. However all of the skills can be used by other Dimensions characters, so assuming you have a decent sized roster you can easily unlock them in any order you prefer.
The vehicles have no unique abilities so I found them largely useless, although I generally prefer using character skills to vehicle abilities in game. One nice little easter egg does allow the changing of the vehicles livery into City fire fighter colours and emblems.
This set also gives you access to a new multi-player battle arena. Personally I don't enjoy the gameplay of the battle arenas so this does little for me, but I'm aware it's a good addition for some people.
For the physical LEGO included, this set is very poor value, one somewhat generic minifigure, no particularly unusual parts, and builds that are at best acceptable. However, for fans of the game there is a decent amount of digital content added from this set. I'd definitely recommend 71266 Chase McCain more to those who enjoy exploring the open worlds of LEGO Dimensions that to collectors in general.