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So this is it. As Christmas looms, I am taking my last look at Lego Dimensions. For the final two Fun Packs, I have chosen two characters who pack a nostalgic punch. In terms of game utility, neither Beetlejuice nor E.T. brings all that much to the table. But if you grew up on the movies of the 80’s, you’re going to want to add them to your collection anyway.
Today’s Lego Dimensions article examines two Fun Packs from the video game’s final wave of releases. Both are superheroines who appear on shows on Cartoon Network. Starfire rounds out the team from Teen Titans Go! and Buttercup is one of the Power Puff Girls. Should you add these packs to your Christmas list?
All good things must come to an end. After months of speculation, Traveler’s Tales recently confirmed that they were no longer developing new expansions for Lego Dimensions. Before we put down our controllers and move on with our lives, let’s take a look at the final wave of products for the toys-to-life game. Since this week has a DC Superheroes theme, I thought we would kick things off with the Teen Titans Go! team pack.
The second year of Lego Dimensions was anchored by Story Packs. These big-ticket expansions essentially took the place of the typical stand-alone Lego game. The pricing reflected that. Story Packs were add-ons that retailed for about the same price as a regular video game. If Lego Dimensions had continued past its second year, Travelers Tales would have concentrated their efforts on future Story Packs. Instead, the Lego Batman Movie turned out to be the third and final Story Pack. But hey, at least it’s a good one.
The Lego company is big. They don’t just make the little plastic bricks kids like to play with. Obviously, they also sell video games like Lego Dimensions. But Lego also operates a chain of retail stores and multiple theme parks. Lego have branched out into television and movies as well. In addition to the licensed properties that make up the majority of Lego Dimensions product, they have included a few of their own brands like Lego City and the Legend of Chima. Today, I will be looking at a couple of Fun Packs from these properties.
From the very beginning, Lego Dimensions has been aimed as much at parents as it has been at their kids. The product line has included several beloved properties from the 80’s including Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Gremlins. Today’s Level Pack will be similarly nostalgic for some, but I was a couple years too old to form an attachment to The Goonies.
The movie’s lasting appeal, as best as I can tell, stems from repeated viewings of VHS copies at a young age. Because the hard truth is, The Goonies isn’t a very good movie, but that hasn’t prevented it from developing a pretty big fanbase who will most likely enjoy the Lego Dimensions adaptation. But how does this Level Pack hold up to someone like me who hasn’t memorized the movie? I’ll tell you all about it after the jump.
I am wrapping up my coverage of Lego Dimension’s take on J.K. Rowling with a look at two Fun Packs featuring female supporting characters from Harry Potter lore; Hermione Granger and Tina Goldstein. These packs feature characters who have a lot of overlap with their male costars in terms of powers and abilities. So what do they bring to the table? Two things: gender equality and relatively low prices.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the second of three Story Packs released for Lego Dimensions. The expansion includes several new levels which recreate the story from last year’s spin-off movie. If you are a fan of all things J.K. Rowling and Lego games, there is lots of fun to be had here. But is it worth the steep sticker price?
Out of all the offerings in the second year of Lego Dimensions, the one my kids were most excited about was the Harry Potter Team Pack. Both of the girls are slowly working their way through J.K. Rowling’s series of books and have watched most of the movies. It would be accurate to describe my oldest as a Harry Potter fan. The youngest is getting there. They couldn’t wait to explore iconic locations like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley in Lego form. In that respect, this Team Pack did not disappoint.
In the summer of 1984, I was 13 years old. It was a great summer for movies, but one day in particular stood out. I pulled together all my friends and worked out a carpool to the local cineplex for a double feature of Ghostbusters and Gremlins. Over thirty years later, thanks to Lego Dimensions, I can relive those glory days with little plastic figurines and in video game pixels. Today we’re reviewing the Gremlins Team Pack for Lego Dimensions.
For the second year of Lego Dimensions, the development team rolled out a new type of product. A Story Pack contains six new levels adapting the full plot of a recent movie. You also get some combination of characters, vehicles and a new background to replace the portal from the Starter Pack. Each Story Pack also unlocks a new “keystone” which can be used to solve puzzles throughout the game. It’s a big expansion and it comes with a proportionally large price tag. At retail prices, a Story Pack will run you $50 which is almost twice as much as what used to be the game’s most expensive expansion. As it turns out, the movie that was chosen as the theme for the first Story Pack was a bit controversial.
Regular readers know that I am not much of a gamer. My video game coverage is limited to Lego games largely because their skill requirements closely align with my limited hand-eye coordination. But that was not true of the video games of my youth. When I was a kid, arcade games were unforgiving and most of the home console games weren’t much better. Even then, I gravitated towards games like Atari’s Adventure which didn’t require split-second timing. But those games were few and far between.
In the early 90’s, I had a Sega Genesis in my dorm room. Side-scrollers were the popular game style of the day. Sonic the Hedgehog innovated by making its spiky blue protagonist was really, really fast. Playing Sonic was frequently a dizzying, exhilarating blur. Even though I frequently ended up losing all of the rings I had collected, I couldn’t help getting caught up in the fun as Sonic rocketed from platform to platform spinning and bouncing like a hyper-kinetic pinball.
I didn’t stick with the Sonic series for very long. I think I may have owned the first couple of games. After that, my pathetic gameplay steered me to games that were more my speed. In other words, slower games. Thanks to Lego Dimensions Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack, I can revisit the old high speed side-scrolling gameplay married with the much less challenging Lego video game format.
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.