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'Lego Dimensions' game features 'Lord of the Rings,' 'Batman'

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Lego video games have been adapting everything from Batman to The Lord of the Rings to Jurassic Park in their own unique games for years. Last year’s The Lego Movie became a surprise hit when it creatively brought several major franchises together, and Lego’s new game promises more cross-pollination.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that Lego Dimensions will be released on Sept. 27, bringing together many recognizable brands under the Lego and Warner Bros. banner. Familiar franchises that have been announced include The Lord of the Rings, DC Comics characters, The Lego Movie characters, Lego’s Ninjago series, Back to the Future, and many more yet to be announced.

The reveal trailer, which includes a live-action Joel McHale interacting with a few Lego minifigurines, also reveals that The Wizard of Oz characters will appear in the game.

Dimensions will act similarly to Disney Infinity or Skylanders, using real-life Lego figures—which will be made specially for the game—in conjunction with a real Lego set that will activate characters and objects to use in the game.

Dimensions will release in a starter pack that will include the Lego Toy Pad on which players can integrate their Lego figurines, as well as Batman, Gandalf, and Wydlstyle minifigs, and a Lego Batmobile. 

More expansion packs will be released, called Level, Team, or Fun Packs, which will include new characters, vehicles, and other items to be built and used in the game, as well as content expansions that offer new levels and abilities. These expansion packs will be based on Warner’s catalogue. 

Among those that will be available in 2015 are a Back to the Future pack, several Ninjago packs, multiple Lord of the RingsLego Movie, and DC Comics packs, and a Wizard of Oz pack that will include a Wicked Witch of the West minifig.

The “toys-to-life” category has expanded with several new options over the last few years after Skylanders, with Disney Infinity combining a host of beloved Disney and Marvel franchises, while Nintendo’s Amiibo figures highlight that company’s most beloved characters in toy form.

Warner has a wealth of franchises to pull from, encompassing film, television, and game properties. Expect more blockbuster names to be involved in the game as more details are announced.

Lego Dimensions will arrive Sept. 27 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Wii U.

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