Who knew that Activision’s “toys-to-life” initiative with Skylanders would lead to multiple franchises and multiple toy lines that meld little figurines and video games? In the immortal (and paraphrased) words of Chief Brody… we’re going to need a bigger toy aisle.
That’s because WB Games and The Lego Group have announced Lego Dimensions, a game that brings specially-designed Lego sets into a game that mashes together different Lego universes such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, and Back to the Future. As expected, TT Games will develop the dimension-hopping game, which will be released on September 27 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U. The Starter Pack will include three minifigs (Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle), a Lego Toy Pad to bring the figures into the game, and 269 Legos for fans to customize their own Lego Gateway.
A variety of expansion packs will also be available this Fall that will add “new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as compelling game content with new mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities” to Lego Dimensions. The first wave of expansions (though more will be announced and even more are coming in 2016) include:
- Back to the Future Level Pack with Lego Marty McFly
- Lego Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole
- Lego Ninjago Fun Pack #1 with Jay
- Lego Ninjago Fun Pack #2 with Nya
- Lego Ninjago Fun Pack #3 with Zane
- DC Comics Fun Pack #1 with Wonder Woman
- DC Comics Fun Pack #2 with Cyborg
- The Lord of the Rings Fun Pack #1 with Lego Gollum
- The Lord of the Rings Fun Pack #2 with Lego Gimli
- The Lord of the Rings Fun Pack #3 with Lego Legolas
- The Lego Movie Fun Pack #1 with Emmet
- The Lego Movie Fun Pack #2 with Bad Cop
- The Lego Movie Fun Pack #3 with Benny
- The Lego Movie Fun Pack #4 with Unikitty
- The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with Lego Wicked Witch of the West
“When kids play with Lego bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favorite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games,” said Jon Burton, the Founder and Creative Director of TT Games. “Now for the first time in a videogame, Lego fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. Imagine putting Lego Gollum from The Lord of the Rings behind the wheel of the Lego DeLorean Time Machine in New Ninjago City – the creative play is endless.”
If Lego Dimensions has piqued your interest, be prepared to open your wallet real wide, the Starter Pack has been priced at $99.99.