Lego Dimensions: Fun With Fun Packs – Aquaman and Bane
To date, most of my Lego Dimensions coverage has focused on the big, expensive level packs. There’s still plenty more Level Packs to talk about, but they are going to have to wait until after the holidays. Until then, I’m going to look at the modest and inexpensive Fun Packs. Today, we’re having fun in the DC Comics Universe with the heroic Aquaman and the villainous Bane.
There are three reasons to buy a Fun Pack. The first would be as an inexpensive way to unlock an adventure world without having to buy a pricier product. But the Starter Set comes with Batman, so the DC Comics adventure world is already accessible to all players. Versatile characters with unique skills are another consideration which will come in to play here. But primarily, the reason to buy these Fun Packs is a fondness for the characters. If you don’t love Aquaman or Bane, there are probably better sets for you to invest in.
I’m an Aquaman fan from way back. I grew up on The Superfriends, a show which argued less than effectively that Aquaman and Superman were peers. Since then, Aquaman has been the butt of many a joke. During my time as an amateur stand-up comic, I had a whole routine about his less than impressive powers. But secretly, I have always liked the guy.
While not quite as powerful as the Man of Steel, Aquaman is surprisingly useful in Lego Dimensions. He is one of only two characters with the Water Spray ability which can be used to grow plants or clear toxic waste. There’s a lot of both in the game. Also, Aquaman can dive underwater to access sections not available to most characters. And he has a unique “Atlantis Pools” ability which makes him essential to anyone who wants to complete everything.
The Aquaman Fun Pack also comes with the Aqua Watercraft, a submarine which Aquaman himself doesn’t really need. But it’s useful if you need to destroy some silver bricks under water or you want to explore the ocean with one of your other characters. Not Superman, of course. Superman can dive as well as fly. He’s always showing everyone up.
While Aquaman isn’t the most essential character in the game, he is a lot of fun. The Lego version of the character is modeled after the jovial take on the character from Batman: Brave and the Bold. He announces his arrival with declarations like “Make way for Aquaman: King of Atlantis!” or “By the beard of Poseidon!” Some of his dialogue pokes fun at the character’s limiting powerset as when he announces “I must protect my world! Even the parts that aren’t underwater.”
The Travelers Tales team have even seen fit to recreate the city of Atlantis under the seas of the DC Comics adventure world. It won’t take you long to explore, but it’s probably the most extensive treatment the character has ever received in video game form.
Our next character is one of Batman’s more recent arch enemies. Back in the 1990’s, Bane established himself as the man who broke Batman’s back. (He got better.) Bane has since appeared in two very different movies; Batman and Robin in which he was Poison Ivy’s mute henchman and The Dark Knight Rises in which he was eventually revealed to be a very talkative henchman. In the comics, Bane is Batman’s equal, but he relies on a highly addictive drug called Venom to give him an edge.
The Lego Dimensions version of the character plays up Bane’s history as a juicer. His primary ability in the game is to activate his Venom and grow into a super strong giant. Other characters including Mr Stay Puft, Cyborg and Homer Simpson (?) also have this ability. And lots of other characters can provide super strength without the growth effect, so in terms of game powers Bane’s not brining much to the table. But if you are a Batman fan, it’s fun to play one of his rogues and go on a Venom-fueled rampage through a Lego city.
Usually the vehicles in Lego packs are pretty redundant. There just isn’t a great variety in abilities among the vehicles and gadgets in the game. But Bane’s Drill Driver is an exception. (Why does Bane have a drill vehicle? It seems random but it dates back to the very first Lego Batman game.) Not surprisingly, the Drill Diver provides the abilities to dig and drill. Digging is a somewhat common skill, but drilling is still pretty rare. Outside of Bane’s vehicle, only Emmet (from The Lego Movie) and Jake (from Adventure Time) can drill.
You can get through the game without drilling or by using the hire-a-hero function when the skill is called for. But if you want your own driller, you only have three options. Jake comes in the Adventure Time Team Pack. He comes loaded with abilities and opens up the Adventure Time adventure world (which is redundant, but that’s what it’s called). So he’s currently the best buy of the three.
Emmet and Bane are both included in relatively affordable Fun Packs. The Starter Set already opened up their respective adventure worlds, so there’s no net gain there. The real selling point for these characters is to add flavor to your game.