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Did you watch TV in the 80’s? If so, you’re old like me. And odds are, you probably tuned in to the action shows that serve as the basis for the Fun Packs covered in today’s article. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at Lego Dimensions expansions aimed at the Cartoon Network crowd. But today’s offerings were made with these kids’ dads in mind because every kid I knew growing up watched The A-Team and Knight Rider. Get ready to kick it old school.
Last week, we reviewed the Adventure Time Level Pack for Lego Dimensions. I’m assuming that was most readers’ introduction to the quirky Cartoon Network show. I have only seen a dozen or so episodes myself due to my children’s fickle TV-watching habits. But that was enough for me to observe that the show had a lot of imagination and a colorful cast of characters many of whom were included in Lego Dimensions’ second year expansion. Today, we’re looking at two of the show’s more popular characters who are featured in the Adventure Time Team Pack.
C’mon grab your friends,
We’re going to very distant lands.
If you know the words to this song, then you or someone else in your house probably watches the Cartoon Network series, Adventure Time. This weird and imaginative cartoon is about Finn the Human, a boy with a sword and a funny hat, and his best friend, a talking dog with shape-shifting powers named (what else?) Jake the Dog. It’s one of those shows that can be enjoyed equally by kids and adults which makes it a perfect fit for Lego Dimensions.
Today’s Lego Dimensions write-up is a little different. The figures we are looking at today are promotional items which are not sold in stores. If you must have them, you can buy them online for a price. Either that or you will need to find a way to meet the terms of the promotion for the character you want. I was lucky enough to pick up both of these figures in time for them to be used as stocking stuffers. But if you aren’t able to locate Green Arrow or Supergirl, don’t worry. They are hardly essential.
Late last summer, I picked up the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack on a whim. It was on sale and I was going to spend a week at home with the girls just before the new school year. Turns out it was a rainy week and we got a lot of use out of the new toy/game. When I made that purchase, I had not anticipated it turning into such an investment either financially or in terms of time. Today’s article is the fourteenth weekly write-up covering expansions for the game and it is also the last one dealing with the game’s first year offerings. As a result, the two Fun Packs I’m reviewing may seem a bit random.
Lego Dimensions is a deceptive product line. On the surface, a toys-to-life video game is aimed at kids. But if you look at the intellectual properties included in the game’s expansions, it’s pretty obvious the game is intended to appeal to their parents as well. Ideally, the game serves as a way for adults to introduce their kids to nostalgic properties they remember fondly. Or, in the case of Scooby Doo, to serve up a character familiar to both generations.
One of the major selling points of Lego Dimensions is the inclusion of several diverse and popular intellectual properties. My family was initially drawn to the game because of the ability to play characters from The Simpsons among others. When we first started playing the game, I let the kids pick a pack to buy and the one they wanted was Bart Simpson. So what I am saying is, we’re fans. How does the game’s Simpsons content stack up? I’m sorry to say it’s kind of a mixed bag.
Last week, we tried out the Ghostbusters Level Pack. Today, we’re going to have some fun with the other side of the ghostbusting equation with two spectral Fun Packs. Lego Dimensions lets players experience what it’s like to be a flying sack of ectoplasm or a largish marshmallow sailor laying waste to New York City with the addition of the Slimer and Stay-Puft Fun Packs.
There’s something strange in the Lego neighborhood. So of course we’re going to call the Ghostbusters. The question is, which group to call? The classic all-guy squad or the new and not-necessarily team of women? With Lego Dimensions, both teams are available. But since I am focusing on the sets from the game’s first year, we’re going to stick with the Lego Dimensions Level Pack which covers the 1984 original. Don’t worry, we’ll get to the Story Pack for the 2016 remake eventually.
Two years ago, The Lego Movie got snubbed by Oscar voters. Birdman may have won Best Picture that year, but does it have a series of toys-to-life figures included in a popular video game? I don’t think so. At least not yet. Given some of the oddball inclusions in Lego Dimensions, we probably shouldn’t rule anything out. Among the many licensed properties in Lego Dimensions, the least surprising inclusion would have to be characters form The Lego Movie. Today, we’re going to look at a couple of the year one Fun Packs.
Today’s fun packs include some heavy hitters from the DC Universe. All three of these characters come equipped with some pretty useful skills. What do you expect from a bunch of superheroes? They aren’t necessarily going to open up any new gameplay since everyone has access to the DC Comics adventure world through the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack, but you’ll probably find yourself reaching for these guys as one-stop shopping for a lot of skills. Plus, who doesn’t want the Justice League as part of their collection?
A big part of the appeal of Lego Dimensions is the use of familiar properties. What initially attracted me to the game was the inclusion of characters from The Simpsons and Ghostbusters, pop culture touchstones that appealed to me and my kids. But the developers at Travelers Tales have cast a very wide net that included some lesser-known licenses as well. Perhaps the most offbeat choice of all was to devote an entire level pack as well as part of the game’s main storyline to a cult video game like Portal 2.
Last time I looked at a pair of Lego Dimension Fun Packs, they were characters from DC Comics which I love. Today, I’m dealing with two kid-friendly franchises I know nothing about. So I’m going to kick off this article with a little Lego history. In the late 20th century, the Lego brand had fallen on hard times. In a bid to revitalize sales, the company made a deal to make Star Wars toys. This lead to other profitable licensing arrangements like Batman and Harry Potter. These days, Lego has an intricate web of licensing deals.
Flush with success, Lego has made a few attempts at creating their own intellectual properties. Two of those are the Ninjago and Chima lines. Both of these toy lines are supported with cartoon series that I have never had to watch.