Talk about your timing! Mere hours after we rant about amiibos, Lego jumps in the fray with a new launch trailer for Lego Dimensions, a cross-license game that involves buying collectible minifigs that come with DLC.
Starring Gandalf, Batman and Wyldstyle from The Lego Movie. And already including The Wizard of Oz, Ninjago and Back to the Future as additionally announced licenses – with a hint of Ghostbusters to come. I’m guessing you won’t see Marvel characters alongside DC, but other than that, presumably the possibilities are as open as in The Lego Movie itself.
You can bring up to seven characters into the game at once – for $99.99, the starter pack comes with dimensional portal, mini-Batmobile, and the three aforementioned lead characters (curiously, Gandalf and Wyldstyle sound like their respective normal voice actors, while Batman does not – you wouldn’t think Will Arnett would be the heard one to get). So yeah, this collectible figurine DLC trend is only going to get worse, y’all – it’s the ’90s collectible comic cover market all over again. At least Lego toys will always be compatible with one another, so you have something left at the end of all of it.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
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