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LEGO Dimensions Dies – Toys-to-Life Dead Too?

This morning it was announced on Twitter that LEGO Dimensions, Warner Bros. toys-to-life game, would no longer be in development or producing any expansions. Looks like they’ll keep the servers up and running, though if I had to venture a guess it won’t be much past the new year.

LEGO Dimensions wasn’t a bad game. Graev owns probably 90% of all the characters and expansions (that’s a lot), and I own 3-4 expansions and the base game. There’s a lot of content to play through even in the base game, and I think any kids or adults who enjoy LEGO or the Warner Bros. properties have a lot there to enjoy.

The toys-to-life genre is taking quite a beating. First we saw Disney exit the genre. Then, despite a very popular Netflix series, the Skylanders franchise announced there would be no Skylanders game in 2017. I do think that Skylanders will see a resurgence because of the show, and the series desperately needed a break in order to re-imagine itself and wait for more kiddos who don’t know what Skylanders is yet to reach that 5-year-old’ish point.

Are toys-to-life dead? No, I think there’s more to come. Nintendo’s Amiibo are holding strong, and I don’t think it’s just because of the company’s brand. Nintendo is making a much bigger comeback than most of the analyst predicated. It’ll be a 100 million unit seller and see much greater console home penetration that they thought. That will do a lot for Amiibo, and who knows where that’ll take TTL.

And don’t forget about Lightseekers (which I haven’t tried yet) which looks pretty cool too.

If I had to make a super magic ball prediction, I’d say that toys-to-life will make a bigger comeback with AR. Imagine Skylanders with AR built into console gaming. Gets you thinkin’.

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Torn On Whether or Not to Get LEGO Dimensions

I’m torn. I really, really want everything. If I had all the money in the world then this wouldn’t even be a debate. I’d buy LEGO Dimensions, Skylanders Superchargers, and the rest of Disney Infinity 3.0 and be done with it all. But I don’t, and I can’t, etc. I want to be able to review it all for you guys, but unless the good people at Activision, Traveller’s Tales, and Disney decide to bestow review copies upon me then I’m stuck having to decide to space it out or forgo something.

LEGO Dimensions

Here’s where I’m at. I love Disney Infinity 3.0. Amazing game. Check out my review of the overall game as well as the TotR play set. That wasn’t cheap. I love Disney and their games. I’ve also been a long-time fan of the LEGO game series and what Jon Burton and team have come up with. We’ve played and reviewed them all here on our blog. But LEGO Dimensions isn’t cheap. It’s $100 for the starter set (LEGO markup is real) and about the same price as the other toys-to-life games out there when it comes to play sets and figures, etc.

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LEGO Doctor Who

Can I say no to LEGO Doctor Who?!

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When I think about it, LEGO Dimensions could technically just be another LEGO game. I’ve played LEGO LotR, LEGO Batman, LEGO et al. Do I need a LEGO game that would run me, bare minimum, $170’ish for what I want? Part of me says yes. Then I think to myself… okay, it’s LEGO. Does it have the building sandbox style of Disney Infinity 3.0 but with LEGOs? Sadly, it doesn’t, which is a huge missed opportunity.

Yet at the same time, Dimensions has a contiguous story across all of their universes which bridges the whole ‘it doesn’t make sense having characters in here that don’t belong’ because inter-dimensional travel is explaining it all. Disney Infinity sorta just throws it all in together and focuses on the characters rather than the ‘universe’ of their ‘infinite possibilities’.

Graev says I should wait for reviews. I want to be one of those reviews, dangit! I want to bring you guys information as soon as I can to help you make an informed decisions on whether or not you should go out there and buy these games. What do you think? Do I wait for reviews and see if LEGO Dimensions is worth it, or do I bite the bullet and pre-order the base game for $100? Your feedback is very, very appreciated. For now, LEGO Dimensions remains on my wishlist.

P.S. I feel like I could write a followup on Skylanders SuperChargers and hit the same chords… maybe I will.

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LEGO Dimensions – Skylanders & Disney Infinity Meet LEGO

Yep, this happened.

It was only a matter of time before one of the most expensive games mashed with one of the most expensive toys to create the most expensive thing EVER.

The reveal trailer actually doesn’t do a great job of explaining what the game is all about. Here’s the official press release copy, then we’ll dive into some real info for the parents who will be crying come Christmas time, and the man-children ::raises his hand:: who can’t afford it.

For the first time in any LEGO videogame, characters from iconic entertainment franchises join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. In addition to the game, the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack will include the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and other LEGO objects into the game, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, including LEGO BatmanTM from DC Comics, LEGO Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie, plus the LEGO BatmobileTM.

How many ™ can one possibly fit into a game?!

Have you ever played Skylanders or Disney Infinity? You essentially take a toy/figure and place it onto a platform which utilizes some kind of microchip thingy in the toy to scan your figure into the video game. That little chip holds data about your character so that you can pick up where you left off and continue to progress that toy’s abilities and strength regardless of where you use that toy (your house, a friend’s etc.) The videos themselves are typically platformers where you’re trying to beat a level by accomplishing some task.

LEGO games have long been a huge success in the Keen and Graev household. We’ve played every one of them from Star Wars to Indiana Jones to Avengers, Lord of the Rings, Batman, and LEGO Undercover. We love them. Now, take those crazy bit-collecting platformers and mashup the bazillion properties together into a Skylanders/Disney Infinity game? Brilliant, and not even a stretch from where the current LEGO games are at if you think about swapping characters as a feature which is already built into every LEGO game.

The cost of LEGO Dimensions will single-handedly keep me out for some time. The only reason we’ve been able to keep up with Skylanders is due to Activision hooking us up all the time. So let’s take a look at what we can look forward to never being able to afford:

LEGO Dimensions Starter Kit

LEGO Dimensions Starter Kit

LEGO Dimensions Back to the Future Level Pack

Back to the Future Level Pack

Coming in at $99.99 for the STARTER SET you’ll get:

  • LEGO Dimensions videogame
  • LEGO Toy Pad
  • LEGO Gateway building bricks
  • 3 LEGO minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle)
  • LEGO Batmobile vehicle

Additional purchases you’ll want need to make for characters, vehicles, gadgets, and content:

  • Level Packs – $29.99
  • Team Packs – $24.99
  • Fun Packs – $14.99

From the official press release:

A small sample of packs available in 2015 include the Back to the Future Level Pack with a LEGO Marty McFly minifigure, a LEGO Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures, three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya and Zane minifigures, two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures, three The Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with LEGO Gollum, LEGO Gimli and LEGO Legolas minifigures, four The LEGO Movie Fun packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters, and a The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a LEGO Wicked Witch of the West minifigure. Additional packs to round out the 2015 assortment will be announced in the months leading to launch. Further waves of expansion packs will be released regularly following the launch of the game and into 2016.

Have you been keeping score? If you want all of the LEGO Dimensions content and characters announced in the first wave it will cost you roughly $350 before taxes give or take $50 for Team Pack/Fun pack mixing and matching.

LEGO Dimensions will undoubtedly be a blast. I think I know what’s going on my Christmas list this year.

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