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Analysis of the cheapest ways to enjoy all of LEGO Dimensions Game

The LEGO Dimensions game is The LEGO Group's first foray into the growing field of “Toys to Life”, where physical toys with RFID tags can be pulled into your gaming experience by placing the toy on a special portal.  The gameplay is based on the hugely successful LEGO Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and more, by video game developer TT.


LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

I purchased the Starter Pack on Black Friday, and wanted to better understand what I was getting myself into before I started purchasing any of the Level Packs, Team Packs, or Fun Packs.  At 30/25/15$ each (respectively) these little purchases will add up quickly.  This is why I wanted to understand how much I would need to pay to experience the whole game.  

What I've concluded is that the base game is a pretty decent value, especially if you consider that LEGO bricks are worth about 0.10$ each piece.  The value of the expansions seems to vary.

There are four levels of investment in LEGO Dimensions:

I prepared an in-depth analysis of exactly what sets you need to buy to save the most money at: http://brickarchitect.com/legodimensions/

Don't forget that the new content comes out every two months, so there are plenty of ways to spend even more in the future!

Sincerely,
Tom
snowhitie

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  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
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  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 231
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  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 231
    edited December 2015
    One thing I didn't cover in the article is the option of purchasing used LEGO Dimensions kits.  

    In practical terms, the LEGO minifigure or mini models aren't required to play the game - all that the portal sees is the RFID chip in the base.  As such, you can sell the minifigures and still play the game, or buy just the RFID disks.

    I do not believe any user data is stored in the RFID disk, but I'm not 100% sure.  I know, for example, that the vehicles in the game can earn upgrades.  That data about your vehicle upgrades might sit on a LEGO Dimensions server associated with your Gamer ID, or it might sit on the disk itself.

    Question: Does anyone have experience borrowing a friend's LEGO Dimensions kits, or buying used sets?

  • MattsWhatMattsWhat Studley, UKMember Posts: 1,643
    edited December 2015
    Yeah the information doesn't sit on the discs. It asks you to tie the vehicle in to the specific tag,  even the first time. The extra tech needed to do this would be a complete waste compared to doing it with software. And I have used bases, although I have no way of knowing if they were actually used (if you see what I mean).
    And Lego have undermined your calculations a bit by offering hire a hero (with in game currency). Meaning you can have access to all abilities (but not areas) effectively free. 
  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 231
    edited December 2015
    @MattsWhat, Great point on the "Hire a Hero" capability - I will update the article at some point to reflect the fact that you can skip some of the seldom-needed characters and use Hire A Hero instead.

    I have heard that Hire a Hero cost goes up every time you use it, though.  I'm sure that it becomes cost prohibitive eventually.
  • henrysunsethenrysunset Member Posts: 231
    I just purchased used LEGO Dimension disks for a good price (no minifigures or microscale models), and will let people know if I have any problems using them in the game.  

    If not, this is probably the most cost effective way to enjoy the entire Dimensions videogame world.
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,839
    edited December 2015
    Also, a little advice for any US residents living near the Canadian boarder, prices are quite lower in Canada for US residents because of the dollar conversion:

    Level packs: $30 CAD = $21.80 USD

    Team packs: $25 CAD = $18.17 USD

    Fun packs: $15 CAD = $10.90 USD

    Starter packs: $110 CAD = $79.95 USD

    Also as @henrysunset stated above, everything all together is $565 in USA. Everything in Canada would be $575 CAD which would be $417.95 USD.
    kiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,057
    I acquired most of the discs between 20% and 30% of the retail cost of the pack, w/o minifigures or mini-builds.

    $3.75 for the discs from the fun packs, etc.

    I think the acquisition cost for the discs would be around $120.00.  The Starter Pack was around $69.00 on Black Friday.

    I'm alright with the amount of content for around $200.00.  It's had the equivalent game play of three regular Lego games.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,439
    Dimension starters are now $59.99 at most large retailers.

    $99.99 was wayyyyyyy to high as a starting price point
    SumoLego
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