LEGO DIMENSIONS is Going to Completely Redefine the “Toys to Life” Genre

Today Warner Brothers and LEGO and TT Games unveiled their next big thing–LEGO Dimensions, a “toys to life” game like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, where players will be able to play through all of the different licensed LEGO worlds using a portal, toys and figures they assemble themselves. Here’s the reveal trailer:

Now you might be thinking that since the addition of Nintendo’s Amiibo, the toys to life genre is a bit over-saturated right now. And that might be true, but LEGO is about to completely transform this genre, because they are adding an element that the other have not and cannot (at least to the same degree).


As you see in the trailer, Joel McHale actually builds the portal that is then used to activate figures and vehicles. He also uses pieces of the Batmobile to create an entirely new type of vehicle. And while we really don’t see much in the way of gameplay in this trailer, I believe those things are shown for a reason. With that in mind, imagine an expansion set for the game where you’re building the vehicles, weapons and structures yourself, and then porting them into the game. I’m sure there will be limitations as to what you can actually do, but even just building the Batmobile and porting it in is pretty darn sweet.

I have an eight year old son, and I can tell you he is going to lose his mind over this. We already have Skylanders and Disney Infinity, which we both play together. He is also a huge LEGO fan, as evidenced by the thousands of LEGOs we have and his LEGO Club membership. This game will be a day one purchase for us.

The potential of LEGO Dimensions is endless. And I’m sure everyone has their ideas of what sets they want to see in the future, so allow me to make a suggestion. If Microsoft is smart, they will find a way to make a LEGO Minecraft XBox exclusive set happen. Not only would it make the Xbox One the lead platform for LEGO Dimensions, it would sell gangbusters. I cannot wait to get my hands on this game.


Check Out Our Newest Series–Co-Op Infinity: Family Edition

If you’ve checked our Co-Op Craft: Family Edition series, then you already know that I love gaming with my son Parker. We are both huge comic fans as well (I’ve hosted the comic podcast Secret Identity since 2006), and we’d been talking about doing something with Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes. We had the original Infinity game for Xbox 360, but it had taken a back seat to Skylanders with my son and his friends.

But after having a ton of fun playing Minecraft together, we decided to get Disney Infinity 2.0 for the Xbox One, and start playing through the Marvel Super Heroes stuff. And just like that, a new series for Co-Op Critics was born–Co-Op Infinity: Family Edition.
In the first episode below, Parker and I get our feet wet and play through the opening mission of the game. We start with Hulk and Thor, but then I switch over to Black Widow.

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