Update 9 June 2016: Lego Dimensions has been around for a little while but there's a bit update coming as shown off in a new E3 2016 trailer (watch it above). We'll find out more next week but for now it's clear that there will be new characters including Voldemort, Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, E.T, Mr.T and Sonic The Hedgehog. New franchises include Adventure Time, The Goonies, Gremlins and Harry Potter. Get saving as it looks like there are plenty of new level- and character packs coming plus new modes.
"With more characters joining in on the fun, get ready for the wildest mash-ups this side of the Multiverse. Play through full-movie experiences of the year’s biggest blockbusters with immersive 6-level Story Packs, and prepare for battle in all-new Adventure World Battle Arenas where you can challenge friends in 4-player competitive split-screen. So grab your favorite characters and make room for the new ones to continue the LEGO Dimensions adventure. You’re gonna need a bigger imagination!," says the Sonic The Hedgehog YouTube channel.
What is Lego Dimensions?
Lego Dimensions is Lego's answer to the popularity of games such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity, combining physical and virtual games for the ultimate mixture of fun. We're particularly excited about Lego Dimensions, more so than Skylanders and Disney Infinity, because the additional process of building the vehicles and objects that will find their way into the game is so appealing, as is the ability to modify them and see that modification reflected on screen.
Lego Dimensions UK release date: 29 September 2015
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released Lego Dimensions in Europe on 29 September 2015.
Lego Dimensions UK price: How much is Lego Dimensions?
Prices are around the £80 - £100 mark depending on which console you want to order the game for, but for that you get the following:
Lego Dimensions video game
Lego Toy Pad
Bricks to build the Lego Gateway
3 Lego minifigures (Batman, Gandalf, Wyldstyle)
Lego Batmobile vehicle
The cheapest prices we found were on Amazon, which charges £68 on Wii U, £69.99 on PS3 and Xbox 3, and £79.99 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Lego Dimensions features: Gameplay
During E3 2015, Lego revealed more about how exactly the game will work with the Lego Toy Pad, and how you'll be able to add, customise and control characters as you play.
The Toy Pad has various different areas, each of which lights up with multiple coloured LEDs. GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) is Lego Dimension's artificially intelligent computer system that you'll find in the Portal games, and is a main character in Lego Dimensions that gives characters difficult puzzles to solve using the Toy Pad itself.
Placing characters on different coloured portions of the Toy Pad will allow them to zap to otherwise inaccessible places within the game or scale the characters to make them bigger or smaller, for example.
Find out more by watching the video below.
Also exciting is the ability to build and rebuild every vehicle and gadget, and have those changes reflected within the game on-screen. Each vehicle or gadget has three different build options.
Lego Dimensions Expansion Packs: What Packs are available for Lego Dimensions & when are they coming out?
You'll be able to expand the game and add more levels and gameplay by purchasing additional level packs for Lego Dimensions. Below, we've listed the Level packs that have been confirmed so far, and we'll update this article as more are announced and solid release dates are revealed.
Lego has already revealed that there are "no compatibility charts necessary" in a big, obvious dig at Skylanders and Disney Infinity, meaning that future packs will work with the Lego Dimensions Starter Pack.
Lego Dimensions Level Packs
Lego Dimensions Level Packs each contain a character as well as a vehicle and or gadget, as well as a new associated level.
Back to the Future: available now
Marty McFly minifigure
DeLorean Time Machine
Hill Valley Time Travel Adventure level
Buy from Amazon for £27.72
Doctor Who: available on 6 November
Twelfth Doctor minifigure
Victorian London Adventure level
Pre-order from Amazon for £26.99
The Simpsons: available now
Springfield Adventure level
Buy from Amazon for £28
Portal: available now
Aperture Science Facility Adventure level
Buy from Amazon for £29.99
Lego Dimensions Team Packs
Lego Dimensions Team Packs have more characters than Level Packs, and don't include a new level. Instead, the characters and vehicles have special abilities.
The launch day Team Pack is Lego Ninjago, which includes Kai and Cole minifigures, the Blade Bike and the Boulder Bomber ability. It will be available on Amazon on 6 November, and you can pre-order it now for £28.99 from Amazon.
DC Comics: Release date 22 January 2016
The Joker minifigure
Harley Quinn minifigure
The Joker's Copter
Quinn's Hammer 4x4
Pre-order from Amazon
Jurassic World: available now
Owen Grady minifigure
Buy from Amazon for £29.99
Scooby-Doo: available now
Scooby Doo minifigure
Shaggy Rogers minifigure
Mystery MachineSuper Shaggy Sandwhich ability
Buy from Amazon for £26.75
Lego Dimensions Fun Packs
These are the smaller and therefore cheaper packs for Lego Dimensions, and there are LOTS of them already. They each contain one character and a vehicle or gadget and cost around £14.99.
Fun Packs coming out on launch day, 29 September:
Lego Ninjago Zane (includes Zane minifigure and Ninjacopter)
Lego Ninjago Nya (includes Nya minifigure and Samurai Mech)
Lego Ninjago Jay (includes Jay minifigure and Stormfighter) - available now from Amazon
Lego Chima Cragger (includes Cragger minifigure and Cragger's Speedor) - available now from Amazon
Lego Movie Emmet (includes Emmet minifigure and Emmet's Excavator)
Lego Movie Unikitty (includes Unikitty minifigure and Cloud Cuckoo Car)
Lego Movie Benny (includes Benny minifigure and Benny's Spaceship)
Lego Movie Bad Cop (includes Bad Cop minifigure and Police Car) - available now from Amazon
The Lord of the Rings Legolas (includes Legolas minifigure and Arrow Launcher)
The Lord of the Rings Gollum (includes Gollum minifigure and Shelob the Great)
The Lord of the Rings Gimili (includes Gimli minifigure and Axe Chariot) - available now from Amazon
DC Comics Wonder Woman (includes Wonder Woman minifigure and Invisible Jet)
DC Comics Cyborg (includes Cyborg minifigure and Cyber-Guard)
Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch (includes Wicked Witch minifigure and Winged Monkey) - available now from Amazon
Fun Packs coming out in January 2016:
Lego Ninjago Sensei Wu (includes Sensei Wu minifigure and Flying White Dragon), pre-order here.
Back to the Future Doc Brown (includes Doc Brown minifigure and Travelling Time Train). Pre-order from Amazon
Fun Packs coming out in March 2016:
DC Comics Aquaman (includes Aquaman minifigure and Aqua Submarine), pre-order here.
DC Comics Superman (includes Superman minifigure and Hover Pod), pre-order here.
Fun Packs coming out in May 2016:
Lego Ninjago Lloyd (includes Lloyd and Lloyd's Golden Dragon), pre-order here.
DC Comics Bane (includes Bane minifigure and Drill Tank), pre-order here.
Fun Packs with unannounced release dates:
Lego Chima Fun Packs:
Laval (includes Laval minifigure and Laval's Speedor)
Eris (includes Eris minifigure and Eris' Speedor)
The Simpsons Fun Packs:
Bart Simpson (includes Bart minifigure and Gravity Sprinter) - available 6 November
Krusty the Clown (includes Krusty minifigure and Clown Bike)
We also know that Ghostbusters will be coming to the game at some point, but we know that Star Wars and Marvel are extremely unlikely as Disney will want to keep them for its rival Disney Infinity game.