Skylanders kicked off the Toys-To-Life games market, and has since made Activision over $3 billion in revenue. It’s a huge bit of pie that other contenders want a slice of. Though it’s failed to best Skylanders, Disney’s Infinity has done rather impressive numbers, and though they’re close to useless, Nintendo’s Amiibo are selling like proverbial hotcakes. Here comes a new challenger! And it’s an obvious one. As we suspected, LEGO is now bringing its toys to life, with a new product called LEGO Dimensions which has been outed before its official reveal.
LEGO. It’s freakin’ everywhere these days. Thanks to savvy licensing, you can’t step outside without getting a four-stud block buried deep in your ankle, as the square toys have invaded TV, movies and games. Speaking of games, there are plenty of licensed LEGO games available right now. From LEGO Star Wars to LEGO Batman, they’re more commonplace than seagulls with a bad attitude at the beach. LEGO makes money, period. So imagine how much money the franchise could make, if it embraced the toys to life genre.
I am a massive sucker for Lego games. Every single one of them is exactly the same year after year after year. Which is great for kids, as the core formula of exploration, deconstruction and rebuilding makes for a suitable game for any age. But one thing that the various games do have besides a copy and paste ability that would make Call Of Duty jealous, is an amazing reverence for the source material for whichever licensed game is being produced. We’ve seen it before in the Hobbit and Batman games from Lego. And I’m seeing plenty of it in their Jurassic Park game.
The Lego games are a fantastic set of titles that capture all the charm of the universes they're adapted from. There’re two very different ones coming out this year, with the first returning us to a land that time forget. LEGO Jurassic Park won’t only be retelling the mildly horrifying tales of surviving the prehistoric park, but will also allow you to roam around as a blocky T-Rex.
There’s nothing that I love more in life, than Lego. Unfortunately, Lego doesn’t love me nearly as much, as buying a small Star Wars starfighter kit that consists of around a mere ten blocks is usually something that costs somewhere in the ballpark of buying your first car and bankrolling a coup de tat of Zimbabwe. That being said, I’d give Sandy’s left testicle for some of the stuff that the Danish ankle-destroying company releases these days, and I might just do that for the upcoming Lego SHIELD Helicarrier.
The Lego games have always been filled to the brim with charm, even if their actual mechanics aren't always as deep as a puddle. They offer a more light-hearted, humorous take on various different universes, and I personally loved the Marvel Super Heroes entry. So it's quite a big deal that we're getting not one, but two brand new Lego games this year - and they're based on two of this year's biggest films.
In brightest day, in blackest night, no four-stud brick shall escape my sight. Let those who worship Mega Blocks, beware my power, Green Lantern Lego’s might!
Whether we like it or not, Jurassic Park is getting a second shot next year with the launch of Jurassic World. I recently re-watched the previous three films, and I really wish I hadn't. They were great childhood movie memories, but time has not been kind to them [Ed's Note. The First movie still rocks]. Thankfully, I don't think combining that with another great piece of my childhood can do any harm.
Batman! Superman! Wonder Woman! The mighty trinity of the DC Comics Universe may have vanquished gigantic robot apes, super geniuses and universal death gods, but they may have met their greatest foe in the upcoming Lego Batman game. And that’s the dreaded fiend who leaves a four-stud Lego block on the floor, waiting for it to dig into your heel. The maniac!
I’ve got to hand it to Lego. For a company that specialises in creating bricks that know just where to penetrate your heel, they’ve done a good job adapting and rolling with the times. Lego has licensed a ton of different properties over the last couple of years. But they may have just hit the right button with me, with the upcoming Ghostbusters set.
If there’s one franchise that has managed to churn out more games than Call of Duty and The Sims on a regular basis, it has to be Lego. The Danish blocks are a constant presence on store shelves, giving players a chance to build anything from the world of Batman through to an unexpected journey in The Lord of the Rings.
If you’re an avid Adventure Time watcher like I am, chances are that you have to scrub your brain whenever the Earl of Lemongrab appears. But more importantly, you’re probably in love with BMO, who happens to be a dozen gaming consoles all wrapped up into one nostalgic character. Don’t you wish that you could have one for yourself?
True story: I have a jar full of Lego. That I regularly still play with. Dammit, stop judging people. Thing is though, Lego is pretty freakin’ expensive these days. Which I’ve come to expect, judging by the amount of movie licenses that the Danish blocks have in their catalogue. But they don’t have this retro slice of awesome.
We’ve featured quite a number of things crafted from LEGO here, but this easily has to be my favourite. It’s a to-scale Nintendo Entertainment System, complete with working cartridge doors and all the embellishments you’d expect from the real thing.
I don’t care what your age bracket is, you’re never too old for Lego. Unless you step on a four-pin block edge in the middle of the night. Lego can be used to build anything given enough time and blocks, and right now, that’s just what one group of fans has accomplished with their combined love for the Danish blocks and Star Wars.