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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.
Lego Dimensions incorporates a wide variety of entertainment from cartoons to movies, TV and video games. But if you want to add some dinosaurs to your game, there is currently only one expansion that will do that for you. That’s the Jurassic World Team Pack. Obviously, this set is based on last summer’s hit sequel/reboot in which Chris Pratt starred as dino-handler Owen Grady who found himself in a situation very familiar to anyone who had ever watched Jurassic Park.
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.
This past summer, the girls and I took our first step into the “toys to life” video game series, Lego Dimensions. With Christmas around the corner, there are going to be lots of expansion packs under the tree this year. I may have gone a little overboard when I saw Lego Dimensions product on sale. With a closet full of Lego toys, I have dipped into the inventory and pulled out a couple of packs that don’t interest my daughters as much as they do me. Dr. Who matches that description.
Today’s Lego Dimensions write-up is kicking it old school. Not only was this level pack one of the game’s first year releases, the subject matter is so retro your kids won’t recognize it at all. That’s because the dirty little secret of Lego Dimensions is that it’s made for grown ups just as much as it is for their kids. The Midway Arcade Level Pack is basically a collection of ancient video games from the 80’s rolled into a Lego game. How much you enjoy this pack will largely be determined by how much you enjoy playing old coin-operated video games.
A couple of months back I dove into the world of Lego Dimensions with my kids. We all enjoyed the game itself and the element of building and collecting Lego figures appealed to us as well. Since then, I have been taking advantage of sales when I can find them and storing Lego packs away for Christmas presents for the kids.
But frankly, I like Lego Dimensions too and some of the packs don’t appeal to my kids at all. Case in point: The Mission Impossible Level Pack. While franchises like Harry Potter, The Simpsons and Ghostbusters are popular with my girls, they don’t know who the heck Ethan Hunt is nor do they have any interest in finding out. I picked up the new level pack anyway because Target had all their Lego Dimensions product on sale 40%. Since the kids aren’t interested, I figured I’d break this one out of the box and play it now rather than wrap it up and put it under the tree in December.