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  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM IrelandMember Posts: 987
    ^ I mean being able to 100% complete the core game (all gold bricks, red bricks etc. in the levels available in the starter pack).  
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,013
    ^ I wouldn't expect it any other way.  I would assume you would need all of the characters to complete 100% of the game.

    (No optional figures!)
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM IrelandMember Posts: 987
    But I guess my point is that you'd still need to buy characters to complete the DLC elements - i.e. you'd still need The Wicked Witch to get everything in the world of Oz, you'd still need Marty or Doc Brown to unlock everything in the BTTF world etc., and that would be enough reason to buy expansions, but you could 'complete' the starter pack with what comes with the starter pack.

    I'm not complaining too much, mind; it's just that I've always loved hunting for gold bricks in the LEGO games and I can't do that without dropping a small fortune now. Still love the game, though.
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 15,013
    I look at in terms of total play time.  If Dimensions has the same amount of content as five or six 'regular' games - then the added cost is somewhat justified.

    I'd rather buy a bunch of fun, team and level packs at a discount if its the equivalent of having to buy yet another game.
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,979
    I'm not enough of a gamer to be able to offer any kind of insight into whether the game is a good value compared to other LEGO video games. I stopped buying video games for myself years ago because I didn't really get enough enjoyment out of any of them to really feel like I was getting my money's worth. I'd make it partway through a game and get frustrated or lose interest. So nowadays my exposure to video games consists mostly of watching my brother play video games (I have a lot more patience for them and get more enjoyment when I don't have to be a part of the decision-making) and also playing multiplayer games with him.

    However, from what I've seen, LEGO Dimensions does generally offer a good value compared to other toys-to-life products. Things like the vehicle upgrades and rebuilds, the Adventure Worlds, and the various powers the characters come pre-loaded with mean each fun pack and team pack really does have a lot of content for $15 or $25, whereas some other toys-to-life games might just give you a single character for a similar price. The Toy Pad functionality also does add a lot of value to the Starter Pack IMO, making it a real part of the gameplay. Not to mention that the packs being LEGO gives them more actual playability than a lot of other toys-to-life figurines.

    Also, in the United States at least, the fun packs are regularly marked down. From what I hear this is pretty normal for toys-to-life products especially when a new series of packs is on the horizon, because stores want to make room for the new products. So while other LEGO products rarely seem to get such substantial discounts, I think they are sort of built into the toys-to-life market strategy, and not an indication that the packs aren't selling.

    Store employees I've spoken to generally seem to agree that LEGO Dimensions is selling well, even though I know that's just anecdotal and could even be a part of their sales pitch (yes, of course people love LEGO Dimensions, and you will too!)

    My brother got his first two level packs yesterday, so we still have yet to see what kind of value they offer. They definitely don't have as much brick value as the team packs or fun packs, so whether they're worth the $30 price tag depends entirely on the quality and quantity of in-game material they contain. And from what I hear that varies from pack to pack, since some of the bonus levels are better than others.

    To be honest, I kind of wonder whether LEGO could have done a better job balancing the physical and digital contents of the level packs, because even if they do have a fair value, it's hard to tell that from looking at the boxes. And from my experience they don't tend to get as steep discounts as fun packs.

    There are also minor things that I think really enhance the value, although I don't know whether any of them apply to other Toys-to-Life games. For instance, the way many of the characters not only come with their own voice clips for general situations, but also voice clips for interacting with specific other characters, even ones from other franchises. So for instance, Gandalf has a specific quote for when you have both him and the Wicked Witch in play, Wyldstyle has a quote for when you have both her and Unikitty in play, Unikitty has a quote for when you have both her and Owen in play, etc.

    Overall, while the actual value of LEGO Dimensions will vary from person to person, I feel like LEGO and TT Games have made a lot of good calls on it from a strategic perspective.
    dannyrwwMattsWhatSumoLegokiki180703Amanda1983
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    "I'd never imagine myself aligning with an Easterling, but I welcome your assistance...."

    Ha!


  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    I sure hope Unikitty says something about marrying a marshmallow when Staypuft is on the pad too.
    AanchirLyichirkiki180703Amanda1983
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    I thought the Wicked Witch was the baddest lady in the game until I played as Nya. She's really F'ing fast and can double jump despite that heavy ass armor. I also seem to remember her to be a bit brainy on the show.  Guess Lego forgot that because Lucy does all the 'smart' stuff...
    dannyrwwkiki180703Amanda1983
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    (We don't call her Wildstyle at my house...)

    Edit function acting up
    dannyrwwkiki180703
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    (We don't call her Wildstyle at my house...)

    Edit function acting up
    Same here
  • LyichirLyichir United StatesMember Posts: 967
    edited February 2016
    I thought the Wicked Witch was the baddest lady in the game until I played as Nya. She's really F'ing fast and can double jump despite that heavy ass armor. I also seem to remember her to be a bit brainy on the show.  Guess Lego forgot that because Lucy does all the 'smart' stuff...
    Lego definitely didn't forget that Nya is a smart character—the mech she uses in Dimensions is one she invented herself, unlike the other Ninja's vehicles which have generally either been gotten through supernatural means or received as gifts. If anything, it's Jay whose inventive nature seems to have fallen by the wayside a bit in Ninjago, though it still gets a shout-out every now and again (including in some of his Dimensions dialogue, IIRC). Lucy/Wyldstyle's "brainier" skills have more to do with her specific origin as a "Lego Movie" character—she has the ability to detect things, extrapolated from her relic detector from the movie (and shared with Bad Cop, another character who was hunting for the Piece of Resistance in the movie), and she can do Master Builds because of her role as a Master Builder in that movie (again, shared with several other Lego Movie characters and no one else).

    Anyway, I haven't gotten Nya yet, but I REALLY like the Wicked Witch. I've found that she's actually quite useful even when you AREN'T playing as her, since as long as she's on the toy pad she'll provide support in combat, and her combined abilities to fly and use powerful ranged attacks means that she can make a heck of a difference when you're being mobbed by enemies. It helps that her dialogue is also pretty hilarious.
    Amanda1983
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    ^Brother.... When it comes to the Lego Movie, you ain't gotta explain sh*t.   :P ;)
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    edited February 2016
    ^er...because my daughter and I have watched it like a million times not because im a know-it-all. My apologies if that came off as >sharky <  :)
    dannyrwwkiki180703Amanda1983
  • LyichirLyichir United StatesMember Posts: 967
    ^er...because my daughter and I have watched it like a million times not because im a know-it-all. My apologies if that came off as >sharky <  :)
    Hey, no problem. I'm 24 and watched it six times while it was still in theaters!

    I was just trying to explain why Nya doesn't have powers like detecting hidden objects or master builds. It's not because Lego's selling her short in terms of her intelligence; it's just because she isn't a Lego Movie character. ;)
    Amanda1983
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    ^er...because my daughter and I have watched it like a million times not because im a know-it-all. My apologies if that came off as >sharky <  :)
    It would be better if it sounded laser-sharky.
    Amanda1983
  • TheUltimateTFOLTheUltimateTFOL Texas, USAMember Posts: 155
    Just an update, since this doesn't seem to be on the front page: the new wave of DLC is out. One more to go!
    Amanda1983
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    @TheUltimateTFOL Sorry, what new wave of DLC?

  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    I presume the next series of fun packs etc, such as the stay puft fun pack and Midway level pack, although the official date I believe is 15th March. 

    Getting fun packs from the US is still possible, but because of the change in exchange rates you can now only get 2 before import taxes kick in - they still work out at just over £8 each delivered. For example you can get two stay puft packs for £16.47 inc £5.51 postage. But if you change one for an Aquaman the postage goes up to £6.33 and 2 Aquaman is £7.16. So I guess it quite a bit heavier.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    Stay puft and Superman comes out at £16.43 from  Amazon US, with no import tax
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,290
     But if you change one for an Aquaman the postage goes up to £6.33 and 2 Aquaman is £7.16. So I guess it quite a bit heavier.
    Poor guy probably just has some water-weight.
    Roskoboykiki180703SumoLegoobi_gAmanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477
    Close to finshing what I think is the last story level and had a complete freeze up...ffs, it happened to me with every single LEGO game so far.
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,442
    Shib said:
    Close to finshing what I think is the last story level and had a complete freeze up...ffs, it happened to me with every single LEGO game so far.
    FFS has to be more of a Brit saying than an American one! lol

    Best Buy has their Dimensions sale on. Save more with GCU.
  • red237red237 Member Posts: 311
    edited March 2016
    Shib said:
    Close to finshing what I think is the last story level and had a complete freeze up...ffs, it happened to me with every single LEGO game so far.
    My son and I finished, we saw all the credits, and then it froze up! i had to actually unplug the wii u, couldn't even reset holding down the button.
  • PicopiratePicopirate Member Posts: 323
    Has there been any more info on the upcoming 2016 sets, now that the last wave of announced sets are almost here?

    My speculation is that LEGO did not negotiate licensing deals individually but likely bundled a few together from each studio.  If we see any new licenses it will likely be from the same studios that they already worked with.  Granted, the studios in the game so far combine to own most franchises available, so just about anything is possible.
    Amanda1983
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    I'm guessing the AT in the list that is out is for Adventure Time...I also think we will see things soon as April was when they released information last year. There is no new Skylanders of Infinity coming out this year either. While there is no new Dimensions game, new content and add ons (Hopefully a new story as part of this) will continue from what we have seen.
    Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477
    dannyrww said:
     (Hopefully a new story as part of this)
    I seem to remember that the list of abbreviations that leak also had a couple that were listed as something like connection packs, i wandered if they might be more mashup story content.
    Amanda1983
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    Shib said:
    dannyrww said:
     (Hopefully a new story as part of this)
    I seem to remember that the list of abbreviations that leak also had a couple that were listed as something like connection packs, i wandered if they might be more mashup story content.


    Something like Connectables I think. I was thinking those would be story expansions as well.
    Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477
    Midway arcade pack has dropped to $18.50 on amazon.com, meaning it's once again the cheapest option for UK too (that I've seen)
  • sonatine01sonatine01 Daventry, EnglandMember Posts: 775
    @Shib do you know what the rate is before import taxes come into play? Fancy ordering that pack but got stung last time. Guessing $18.50 is about £13 and with postage should be under £20 ? 

  • maniacmaniac Yorkshire, UKMember Posts: 857
    edited March 2016
    @Shib do you know what the rate is before import taxes come into play? Fancy ordering that pack but got stung last time. Guessing $18.50 is about £13 and with postage should be under £20 ? 

    Any goods that total to over £15 and you can expect a customs charge. Don't include postage.
    sonatine01kiki180703Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477

    If you go through amazon.com they will actually add it to your order so you see the total you'll pay.

    I've bought quite a few dimensions bits from them and had no problem.

    sonatine01kiki180703Amanda1983
  • sonatine01sonatine01 Daventry, EnglandMember Posts: 775
    ^^, ^ Thanks guys.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    As usual its worth working out the different options for shipping and customs before placing an order.
    e.g.
    you could buy Stay Puft + Superman + Midway for £37.84 delivered to UK (£6.94 postage and £6.31 import fees).

    but if you split it into 2 orders:
    - Stay Puft + Superman = £16.45 delivered
    - Midway = £18.74 delivered
    Only a saving of £2.65 but every little helps.
    Amanda1983
  • PicopiratePicopirate Member Posts: 323
    Unfortunately I cannot play the Midway arcade pack until the weekend at the earliest. What has me most excited is I read a review that confirmed that this pack also includes the original games as well (not just the legoized versions).
  • jhuntin1jhuntin1 Indiana, USAMember Posts: 52
    They are original games. Some of the console art at the sides is legoized (Gauntlet sticks out to me), but the games are all the original ones.
    Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477
    Finally got round to finishining the main story this afternoon, decided to let ot cool before posting final thoughts, but here they are. POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!

    Overall I love the game, the mash up storyline is exactly what I've always wanted in a LEGO game since LEGO Star Wars the Complete Saga had Indy as an unlockable bonus character. I'm sure a lot of people are probably disappointed by the lack of Disney properties featured (particularly Star Wars and Marvel) almost certainly as the result of competing with Disney Infinity, I actually liked that there wasn't a fall back to relying on Star Wars. That said, I certainly wouldn't have minded their inclusion if it was possible, but I don't think the game was lacking for their absence.

    The story was not massively strong, but it didn't really need to be. There are a lot of things left unanswered or unexplained, but I suspect that there will be future content to go along with that.

    I absolutely love that it has given us some physical content for themes that we otherwise wouldn't have got (Portal, Wizard of Oz) though it does feel that more could have been done with these licenses, of course there might be more to come but I'm running on the assumption of one and done to save disappointment. However, I'm still not a fan of the toy to life approach, it feels like strong arming customers out of more and more money for content that should be included, which the hire a hero function helps to deal with that a little, the skills that are unique to vehicles/gadgets often prevent gaining 100% on levels which is really frustrating as a player. For me this was really highlighted by the release of LEGO Marvel Avengers while I was still mid way through Dimensions - I found myself much more committed to playing Avengers (which I got after Dimensions but finished the main story waaaaaayyyy sooner) seeking the 100%s and replaying levels far more frequently to unlock red bricks and characters, not having characters to unlock by playing in Dimensions is a big negative. Also being toys to life made the game far harder to play for me personally, the faff of setting up the gateway and having all the character/vehicle discs kicking around made playing it feel a chore at times.

    The level packs don't add enough for me. I think that each one should have a several level story set in that universe for the money they cost. I'm not talking like full game length just say 3 levels, with a story that adds to the main storyline, the fact that for the most part they have nothing to do with the main story was disappointing to me.

    Things I'm hoping for with future content;

    -More in house LEGO themes - particularly I'd love to see City and Elves - I realise that the Minidolls might be a bit of an issue in integration, but if the Simpsons can stand alongside Ninjago figures in this kind of story I don't really see it as an issue.

    -A decent backstory on Vortec - definitely the really weak part of the story.

    -More surprises - the fight with GLADOS bought the biggest surprise for me, which I loved.

    -More work with the existing IP holders (not necessarily more content of the same franchises, but Hanna Barbara provide a great example - there's so many more IPs that could be used there)



    Final thoughts: Anyone paying RRPs on everything (particularly in the UK) has been ripped off in my opinion, £100 for the starter pack is at least £30 too much, but realistically should have been much lower to encourage buying into the franchise to sell more addition packs. It's a great game, let down by a marketing gimmick.

    Amanda1983
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    You know the Level packs were a mixed bag...I really liked the Doctor Who level, but Back to the future was a little too quick. The midway pack may be the best though. While I have not played through the level the 23 classic arcade games sure make it worth it.
    Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477
    See I actually really didn't think much of the Doctor Who level pack. I felt they went ott with the time travel mechanic on it and it got tedious going back and forth.
    i also felt a bit like the Doctor played such a big part in the main story he should have been one of the main characters.
    Amanda1983
  • JayoheazyJayoheazy SF Bay AreaMember Posts: 14
    I wanted to check out the Midway pack since it's only $18.99 on Amazon (US). Then I read the reviews and quite of few said it was terrible, particularly the controls. Anyone have any feedback?
    Amanda1983
  • PicopiratePicopirate Member Posts: 323
    Midway Arcade is hard to compare with other level packs.  The level does feel lacking, 6 small rooms with little replay value, but there is a large side area that is pretty good.  The adventure world is pretty good as well.  It is packed with lego versions of many of the games.  Obviously the main benefit is the collection of 80s arcade games.  Sure, some of the driving game have touchy controls I think that may be a good thing because they probably play great with a steering wheel.  With a controller though, super sprint is almost unplayable but spy hunter still plays pretty good (I found it pretty easy to set the top score).  Also, the builds are excellent.  The arcade cabinet and car both look fantastic.  Some complain that the cabinet is the wrong color, but a lot of detail would be lost if it were all black.  I think it is well worth the full retail price of $30 if you like 80s arcade games and easily worth $20 if you dont.
    Amanda1983jhuntin1
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    Super Sprint was always almost unplayable, it's what made it fun - watching cars go flying off in every direction when they lose control.

    I suspect a lot of the complaints about the old games are based on the fact that gamers are mollycoddled nowadays with things like infinite respawns, and auto-aim and so on and so forth. If you're used to that then old games that were typically indeed far more punishing may well seem awful because who wants to be challenged right?
    Amanda1983
  • jhuntin1jhuntin1 Indiana, USAMember Posts: 52
    There are definitely some issues with the controls. I have the Xbox One version and everything seems to be too fast. Playing Gauntlet it was difficult to line up my guy to attack the spawn points directly or shoot straight. If there were some way to slow down the emulation a little, I think things would be a little easier. The games are definitely as challenging as they were when I used to pump quarters into them.
    Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477
    My midway arcade pack arred today, if you have no interest in the classic games don't bother. There's virtually no story in the mission, and the level basically consists of playing some of the games to unlock them.

    jhuntin1 said:
    The games are definitely as challenging as they were when I used to pump quarters into them.
    I think a lot of people forget that this was (and still is) the whole purpose for arcade cabinet games, they are deliberately difficult to get oeople to keep putting in more coins to progress - and people think microtransactions in apps are a new thing. Often when games are ported for consoles things gets changed to allow players to progress in the game more naturally, but these games don't seem to have had that.

    compared to the other level packs the minifigure is poor, the digital content is poor (if you consider a lot of it has been released numerouse times in many formats) but the minibuilds are great. Poor value for money at rrp, but I'm relatively happy with what I paid.
    jhuntin1Amanda1983
  • Mister_BaristaMister_Barista Mesa AZMember Posts: 6

    What follows is an extensive I WANT for Lego Dimensions.
    While I have enjoyed the available offerings, there are so many more that could be shared.

    First off, Level Adventures where there currently aren't any.
    Not having a Ninjago level with so many Ninjago characters seems wasteful.
    Same with Chima, Scooby, Jurassic World, and DC World.

    I'd like to see new worlds based on other LEGO themes -- Monster Fighters, Nexo Knights, and Ultra Agents are ripe for adventuring.

    Finally, I would like to see the Collectible Mini figures represented somehow.
    They already have codes for game use in their own game, so why not just port them over?

    Sell them as Toy Tags only.
    When the tag is put on the pad, a screen appears asking for a code.
    Enter the code from a mini figure that you already have, and there you go.

    Alternately, one could have it set up like the Build a Mini figure in the stores, with a select-able Special Ability tied to the accessory (IE all silver fish act like Gollum's fish).

    Just my thoughts and hopes for future Adventure Worlds.

    Enjoy your game!





    Amanda1983
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,979

    What follows is an extensive I WANT for Lego Dimensions.
    While I have enjoyed the available offerings, there are so many more that could be shared.

    First off, Level Adventures where there currently aren't any.
    Not having a Ninjago level with so many Ninjago characters seems wasteful.
    Same with Chima, Scooby, Jurassic World, and DC World.

    Do you mean like the "bonus levels" that come with level packs? Interesting thought. Out of curiosity, though, what character would you put in a LEGO Ninjago level pack? Pretty much all the "main characters" have been done. And none of the level packs so far have really focused on secondary characters. I guess Sensei Wu or Lloyd could have perhaps been put in a level pack instead of a fun pack.

    On that note, it surprised me that the LEGO Ninjago Lloyd fun pack chose to use the "Golden Ninja" version of him. Not just because it probably required pulling three-year-old printed elements back into production, but also because it's a form he only had for like two and a half episodes, so you'd think they'd have gone for some version of his much more iconic "Green Ninja" persona. Golden Ninja Lloyd is the most valuable Lloyd fig in the aftermarket, but it'd be strange if that were their only justification.

    Maybe it was because his Golden Dragon (which he only had when he was the Golden Ninja) is more iconic than any of his other vehicles so far. #70593 is arguably even nicer, but might not have been developed in time to be featured in the game.

    Something else that might be worth pointing out about which franchises get fun packs and team packs versus level packs: so far, every level pack belongs to a franchise that has never had a LEGO video game of its own. There's a good chance that's why Ninjago, Chima, Jurassic World, and DC Comics didn't get their own level packs, although Scooby-Doo might still have qualified for one.
    Amanda1983
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,477

    Sell them as Toy Tags only.
    When the tag is put on the pad, a screen appears asking for a code.
    Enter the code from a mini figure that you already have, and there you go




    Except i imagine this would cause more annoyance than anything else, the vast magority of leaflet codes will have gone in the bin long ago, also i believe the minifigures online game was done by a different company, but haven't actaully checked that.
    Amanda1983
  • Mister_BaristaMister_Barista Mesa AZMember Posts: 6
    Since your game 'knows' which characters you own, why not make Ninjago downloadable if you own all of them as a reward for buying all of them?
    Amanda1983
  • Mister_BaristaMister_Barista Mesa AZMember Posts: 6
    Shib said:
     the vast magority of leaflet codes will have gone in the bin long ago

    Okay, well, who wouldn't want to give this guy a run through?



    Amanda1983
  • Legopassion8Legopassion8 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,181
    edited March 2016
    ^ meh. Child's Play. Want a challenge? Add her instead and protect da baby!



    Amanda1983
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149
    Finally got round to playing the Midway level for myself this weekend. No idea what the complaints are all about, the controls work exactly as they always did (yes, again, games were really that much harder back then).

    I think it's probably the best value pack so far, the level isn't any shorter than any of the others, and with all the old arcade games thrown in you're getting far more content than any of the other packs.

    I understand why it's not everybody's thing, but there's nothing inherently wrong with the pack, it's exactly what it should be, and far better than I was expecting.

    This was on the Xbox One for what it's worth, no idea if the controls are broken on other platforms perhaps.
    Amanda1983
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