Coming this September, Lego Dimensions will line up alongside Skylanders, Disney Infinity and amiibo as the next game in the Toys To Life category, allowing Lego fans to use special minifigures and playsets inside a Lego game directly, for the first time.
Lego have experimented with this form of play before with Lego Minifigures Online, but the inclusion of the Toy Pad bundled with every Lego Dimensions starter pack connects the physical and virtual in a new way for Lego. Add in the ability to reuse and rebuild everything you buy and the opportunities for physical play present much more variety than the competition.
To get started you need to buy a starter pack for Dimensions costing around £99. This is available for most platforms although not for the original Wii. The starter pack is scheduled for September 27th and includes the game, a Lego Toy Pad reader and minifigures for Batman (with Batmobile), Gandalf and Wyldstyle. This suggests that it will provide the Batman, Lord of the Rings and Lego Movie areas of the game from the off.
As with other toys to life games, the experience is then expanded by a variety of different packs:
- Level Packs contain new mission-based game levels unlocked by placing their minifigure, vehicle and gadget toys on the Lego Pad.
- Fun Packs extend the line up of character but add no levels. Each one contains one minifigure and a related vehicle or gadget.
- Team Packs are for those after an expanded collection but again doesn’t expand the levels. They offer both a pair of minifigures and a vehicle or gadget for each with unique in-game abilities.
More information on the Lego Dimensions website.