Skylanders, Disney Infinity and amiibo-supported games will face stiff competition this fall when WB Games releases Lego Dimensions for multiple consoles. The game works similarly to those aforementioned products, with Lego fans placing figures and vehicles onto a special portal that transports these items into the game.
What makes Dimensions so intriguing is Hollywood star power. The option to play as characters from The Lego Movie and Ninjago sounds fun, but we’re all about The Lord of the Rings, Back to the Future and DC Comics heroes, with a roster that includes Wonder Woman, Marty McFly and The Cowardly Lion. The Back to the Future pack alone has us excited, with Lego versions of both the DeLorean Time Machine and Hoverboard, along with a special Hill Valley environment to explore.
Your first purchase should be the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack that WB Games will release for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U on September 27. The bundle will sell for $99.99, is appropriate for ages 7-14 (and kids at heart, obviously) and come with 269 pieces to assemble.
With that in mind, here’s what you’ll find inside the box.
First and most importantly is the game. Based on the early photo it will be a physical copy and not a download code. In it, you’ll play alongside a plethora of characters from multiple universes to stop the evil Lord Vortech and restore order to the Lego Multiverse. In addition to single-player there’s drop in/drop out co-op, as well as the option to bring up to seven vehicles and/or gadgets into the experience at one time.
Next is the Lego Toy Pad and Gateway. Think of the former as the Dimensions equivalent of the Skylanders Portal of Power that allows you to insert those vehicles and characters into the game.
As for the Gateway, you will first assemble and then attach this object to the Toy Pad. For now the Gateway appears cosmetic, and it’s unclear whether the Toy Pad works without it.
The Lego Dimensions Starter Pack also comes with three minifigures: Batman, Gandalf (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) and Wyldstyle (The Lego Movie). We expect these heroes to come with unique abilities.
Finally there’s the Batmobile, which you must also put together. Most if not all characters in the game will be able to ride in it, so if you want to see Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz take it for a spin, this is presumably an option, so go for it!
Despite costing $100, the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack provides everything you’ll need to kick off the experience. However, WB will also release a variety of supplementary packs that include new vehicles and characters, such as Emmett, Unikitty, Legolas and Gimli.
Now watch the Lego Dimensions trailer.