Big news of the day is the Lego Dimensions game. This is going to be similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity games where you purchase a kit and the figs ‘come to life’ in the game. It’s a pretty savy marketing gimmick and this one is backed by several franchises under the ABS umbrella including: LOTR, Wizard of Oz, BTTF, DC Comics and possibly Ghostbusters & Simpsons as well, with the inevitable assumption there will be many more characters included. The game will be put out by Traveller’s Tales and on many platforms but not PC by the looks of it so far.
A couple of observations: animation style of this video is the more familiar flexible bodies as opposed to the Lego Movie’s stop animation. They are using the same voices for Wild Style ( Elizabeth Banks ) and Gandalf but I don’t think this is the TLM Batman, it seems more like the video game version. You can see the Ghostbuster’s PKE meter in Joel McHale’s hand which makes you wonder if there will be more one off sets in that line as well.
Wizard of Oz!
There’s a nice article over on polygon discussing the whole market of these types of games:
Lego did something interesting and released the first episode of their Elves cartoon on youtube.
It’s not… unbearable. The drawings are pretty good, the animation is quite halted and the story is somewhat formulaic but easy enough to follow. It’s sort of a cross between Mia and Me and The Last Airbender, which isn’t a bad thing.
Looking at the sets it was pretty apparent there was going to be some sort of story with the collectible keys, but it has a nice layer of depth with the elements. I’ve picked up a couple of the sets just for the parts, the show is not going to rope me in any further but I have a hunch my 4 yr old daughter is going to flip when I show this to her tonight.
I’ve been playing the Lego Minifigures game a bit and will do a more in depth review soon but it’s not horrible either. The social landing zone has a real Nimbus Plaza vibe and the game play is pretty satisfying. I found that the classes so far are kind of broken, I have no idea why you would want a primarily Defensive character or a Builder. I’m focusing on Strikers or Builders who have amazing attacks like Unicorn Girl. The cool down between special attacks, or the attack itself is a deciding factor in which character I’m running with as well.
Spooky Girl ftw.
Get ready to meet the Minifigures! Collect them all and bring them with you on grand adventures in LEGO Minifigures Online – an epic online adventure where you get to explore colorful locations such as Pirate World, Space World and Medieval World!
Play together with thousands of other players and battle your way through monstrous riff-raff as you develop your Minifigures’ unique and powerful abilities. Smash, build and collect – thousands of exciting adventures are just a brick away in LEGO Minifigures Online!
LEGO Minifigures Online will launch for PC, iOS and Android during the second half of 2014.
Also check out LEGO.com for more Minifigure fun!
Explore many wondrous worlds of LEGO each teeming with life, detail and awesome adventure! From lush islands held by swashbuckling pirates to alien worlds where the Galaxy Patrol must battle dangers such as the mind-controlling Pluuvian Brain-Beast!
Find, collect and play with almost one hundred different minifigures! The Ice Skater, the Chicken Suit Guy, the Roller Derby Girl, The Policeman and many, many more; millions of LEGO fans all over the world have held them in their hands and now they can step into their shoes as they explore the world of LEGO Minifigures Online!
Interact with the environment around you and use it to your advantage! Smash an enemy turret and re-build it to work for you, destroy a wall to discover a hidden passage and even build machines to help you take down the big bosses! Smashing stuff definitely feels good, but as all LEGO fans will know, building something feels even better!
Play together with thousands of other players from all over the world! Face the adventure together or engage in awesome player vs. player battles where you must build towers, traps, mines and turrets while taking on the enemy and smashing theirs!
Discover unique abilities with each minifigure! Take control of the rocked-out DJ and literally drop your beats on unsuspecting enemies, or assume the role of the Aztec Warrior and go to battle making sure no one is spared your mighty spear! Maybe the Plumber is your guy? Sure; unclog those baddies and make a mess of them!
Gather experience and level up minifigures by smashing your way through enemies, rocks and LEGO blocks! Customize your playstyle by collecting special bricks and put them together in unique shapes to upgrade abilities such as luck and creativity!
Since 1975, LEGO has made more than 3600 different minifigures available and Funcom will continuously keep adding more and more of these for players to collect in-game! Funcom and LEGO are working closely together to blend the physical world of LEGO with the digital one; for instance players who purchase bags containing real minifigure will immediately be able to jump into the game and play with their virtual counterparts!
Unravel what is surely an Academy Award Winning* story! Take on quests such as searching for buried treasure in the pirate world, rescuing the kingnapped king in the medieval world, and even helping Zeus himself in the mythology world!
There’s also a trailer and screenshots on the website. It also seems that they used LU music!
Another Funcom article:
FUNCOM REVEALS LEGO® MINIFIGURES ONLINE
Published on (2013-08-29)
– Funcom reveals ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’, an online world where peg-legged pirates, medieval knights and space explorers star in their own epic adventure! –
Oslo, Norway – August 29th, 2013 – Get ready! The minifigures are coming! Funcom is excited to finally unveil details, screenshots and the first ever trailer for its upcoming ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’ game to LEGO fans and gaming enthusiasts across the world. Based on the hugely successful LEGO Minifigures brand, ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’ brings the small, colorful characters to life in their own adventure-filled online world during the second half of 2014.
While primarily geared towards kids, ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’ will deliver both gameplay depth and loads of that crazy fun which makes everything LEGO such a universally enjoyable pastime among the young at heart everywhere — whether they are ten, thirty or fifty years old!
Just think about it: most of us have fond memories of LEGO bricks in all the colors of the rainbow strewn about our childhood bedroom floor. These plastic bricks were – and still are – the building blocks of the worlds that we created from our very own imagination. While these are but childhood memories for some, many of us still lose ourselves in imaginary worlds; some made up by LEGO bricks, others by bits and bytes.
In ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’ you once again get to visit Pirate World, Space World, Medieval World and many others, as you play together with thousands of other players while collecting minifigures and developing their unique and powerful abilities. Smash, build and collect — thousands of exciting adventures are just a brick away in ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’!
“We could not be more excited to be working with LEGO on such a great franchise. I think you could even say the team has been training to make this game since we were little kids,” says Lawrence Poe, Executive Producer on ‘LEGO Minifigures Online’. “That excitement carries over into everything we do, and we’re throwing every ounce of our passion and creativity into the game. We are one hundred percent focused on delivering the fun, safe, quality experience that people expect when they think of LEGO minifigures.”
‘LEGO Minifigures Online’ will launch on PC, iOS and Android during the second half of 2014. In addition to being available as a full-fledged, DirectX 11 PC client, the game will also be playable in a browser through new technology being developed by Funcom for its proprietary DreamWorld platform.
Download the official trailer in English, French or German from Funcom’s FTP, or embed it directly from Funcom’s YouTube channel.
Screenshots and high-resolution renders can be found on Funcom’s FTP.
More information about the game is available on both Funcom.com and LEGO.com.
Hi guys! You may have seen me post before, I’ve actually only posted once, but that’s not the point of this post. The point is that LUN Forums (LEGO Universe News Forums) is holding a Summer Contest! Yes, a contest! All you have to do is take a picture of a minifigure. But the minifigure has to be outside!
Once you have taken the picture, just create an account on LUNF and post your picture on the contest topic! (See the link below)
The GRAND PRIZE is a cutsom LEGO Universe Minifigure from Nealybealy! 😀
I can’t wait to see all of your awesome entries!