In retrospect, Lego joining in on the toys-to-life genre of gaming seems obvious. This year, Warner Bros. will release Lego Dimensions for Xbox One and 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Wii U, an action game that blends Lego versions of characters from many different franchises into one—and requires interactive minifigs to play, of course.
The $99.99 starter pack, pictured above, will include the game, the Lego Toy Pad that lets the figures interact with the game, and minifigs of Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle (the latter being a character from The Lego Movie) when it releases on September 27.
But you’re not done spending money yet, parents! The world of Lego Dimensions will be expandable with $29.99 Level Packs, $24.99 Team Packs, and $14.99 Fun Packs, each of which has some assortment of characters, levels, vehicles, or “gadgets” that can be scanned into the game and used in the digital world.
Here’s an interesting twist: WB promises that the game in the Starter Pack will be compatible with toys, levels, vehicles, et cetera that it will release “for years to come.” So you won’t have to buy another game every year a la Skylanders or Disney Infinity to keep playing with the new toys.
So far, the franchises that will be rolled into Lego Dimensions include The Lego Movie, The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, The Wizard of Oz, Back to the Future, and Lego’s “Ninjago” line of toys.
No word yet on whether a special “No Fun Pack” will include a tube of Krazy Glue, but here’s hoping.