LEGO Dimensions Coming to an End?

LEGO Dimensions Year 2

Here’s an very interesting rumor involving the future of LEGO Dimensions and it’s not looking too good for the popular toys-to-life game. Bricks to Life has put out a report that LEGO Dimensions may be coming to an end sooner than we thought. We already knew that TT Games had promised three years of content but that looks like that may be cut short. I’ve seen various reports on it but I’ve held off until there were more information about it.

Bricks to Life was given this information from their sources and it also corresponds to what Just2Good stated last month which he took a lot of flak for. There’s also in-game content that may also suggest the same thing where some content were removed in the latest update. Furthermore, it was also stated that the company held a meeting to review their upcoming games and LEGO Dimensions went from top of the list to the bottom. Coupled that with the very deep discounts of the expansion packs recently, everything seems to be correlate that the game will be coming to an end.

Of course there’s still more LEGO Dimensions expansion packs that will be coming out in the near future including The Goonies Level Pack (71267), Hermione Fun Pack (71348), and the LEGO City Fun Pack (71266) which are all coming out in May. There’s also some unannounced expansion packs from various themes including The Powerpuff Girls, Beetlejuice, and Teen Titan’s Go! which we haven’t officially seen yet. Then there’s that Lord Vortech rumor as well.

There are a lot of hardcore fans of the the game and some may be disappointed to read about it. Head on over to Bricks to Life to see their in-depth analysis on the fate of LEGO Dimensions in the link above. If you can’t get to it because of site issues, check out the cached version of it.

  • Scarilian

    Lego have cut short things before, and Vortech does seem like an end-game release (presumably explaining his origin’s/identity and resolving his story and revealing the ‘true evil’ from the game which was whatever controlled him. Most the figures being released via the packs were not particularly interesting or well developed – so it’s not too suprising if it was not selling well. The recent price hikes in several locations also probably contributed, i know they are shelfwarming in the UK for example. I think the death of the theme primarily occured due to too much of an expansion into random uninteresting licenses or simply the flood of Batman related Dimension packs.

    It also did not help that Lego Worlds was around at the same time, along with no PC release for Lego Dimensions. (I did speak with someone once who mentioned that they were hoping to do something PC related but were told that ‘consoles were where it was at’) – which to me shows a lack of knowing your audience given Lego World’s is much more popular with a PC release.I have’nt met or talked to anyone who collects the packs, people just seem to buy occasional one’s that interest them and have little interest in buying them solely for the levels. Personally i’ve only brough the Doctor Who Dimension packs, and that was for the figures.

    Just seems poorly handled overall. Should have been a PC release with a release on one or two consoles, and they should have had more varied ways of collecting the figures, perhaps a CMF Lego Dimensions series with alternative figures (that do not have levels)

    • Purple Dave

      They’ve gone on record as saying the older IP (in particular anything from the 80’s) has proven to be vastly more popular than they expected. Between the fact that most of them had but a single release (meaning any interest has to be funneled through a single set number), and most of them have unique minifigs that we’re unlikely to ever see outside of Dimensions, I find it odd that their increased popularity came as a surprise. Especially surprising is when you compare it against stuff like Chima where any fans undoubtedly already have multiple copies of the three characters, you only _need_ one of the three characters (typically Cragger, since Underwater continues to be the most common half of any two-part combo), and the IP was already on a downhill slide before Dimensions was announced.

      The problem with doing a PC release is that they always felt like a garbage afterbirth compared to the console versions. I speak to you as someone who pointedly avoided buying consoles and played all of the LEGO Games strictly on PC up until LEGO Batman forced my hand. I was able to get through the two LSW games with only minor issues (Santa pops up as a playable character on Christmas Day, but mine was always dressed in blue). On LIJ1, I had one minikit that I was physically unable to collect due to framerate stuttering caused by TT Games total inability to code for multi-core processors. On LEGO Batman, though, I ended up grinding to a dead halt on one of the Villain missions where you’re supposed to use mind control to get through an arboretum, and I never got the prompt that would allow me to use that ability (and I tried replaying that mission at least a few different times with the same stalled results). After that, I finally called it quits, bought a Wii, rebought the entire back-catalog of LEGO Games, and came to the conclusion that TT Games has about as much business coding games for the PC platform as their old GBA partner had coding for the NDS.

      As for Vortech, short of releasing him as a Story Pack, there’s really not much more they can tell of his story. You get Vortech’s story as the core game from the very start, and it draws to a logical conclusion. Fun Packs and Team Packs add zero story content to the game itself. Level Packs do add a bit, but they tend to be hit and miss. Some are over before you feel you got started, while others take forever to complete. Doctor Who was one of the latter, which was compounded by some bad coding that would cause the game to hang when you were using the Tardis.

      And, actually, that’s one of the other issues that rarely gets brought up. I’ve had more bugs in Dimensions than I have in every other LEGO game I’ve played across Wii and Wii U combined. Heck, even if you add in those early PC games, and LSW2 for NDS, I think Dimensions has still had more. Many of them have been fixed, but it gets real tiresome when every time you report a bug you get a reply back stating that you must have gotten a corrupted download.

      • The Anonymous Hutt

        On your last, point, I just want to point out that bugs are much more understandable in Dimensions than in other Lego games. With Dimensions, they are constantly adding new updates to the game when new figures are released. some bugs are bound to pop up. And even when they do, Lego is sure to fix them, unlike what they do with other Lego games.

        And uh, by the way, LSW2 on NDS had way more bugs than Dimensions. Look it up. It’s a fact. 😛

        • Purple Dave

          You don’t know all the bugs I’ve found. I have one Year 2 World that still won’t show that I’ve completed Rulebreaker status from the Hub, but behaves like I have from the Adventure World so I can’t re-earn it. I’ve had at least a dozen instances of the Gold Brick detector pointing me off the map in at least half a dozen different Adventure Worlds. The Portal 2 minikit events still don’t show up on my map as of my last visit, and neither does the one by the drawbridge in Chima World (the blue hint brick never triggered next to that one, either). I have a Gold Brick detected on top of the Gala building in TLBM, but it’s not tied to the Race (which I’ve completed and collected the Gold Brick for), and _nothing_ shows up there to indicate what I need to do to collect it. I’ve got a Year 2 World where I’ve collected all the Gold Bricks that show up on the map (including any tied to Repair Events, Quests, Races, and doorways) but my count is still short by one (that might actually be tied to the wonky Rulebreaker counter).

          This is in addition to the game-crippling bug from the Doctor Who level, the clock bug from Girlbusters, an actual corrupted download bug that caused a non-descript warning message to repeatedly trigger when loading up the game, etc. Someone was doing a walkthrough video for one of the missions on Wii U and had so many stupid bugs hinder his gameplay that he finally just decided to leave them all in the video instead of trying to edit around them.

          So, are you still 100% certain that I have not run into more bugs in Dimensions than have been documented in LSW2 for NDS? There’s a ridiculous number of them, and they’ve only gotten worse during Year 2 content. The vast majority of them are nuisances at worst, so they don’t get a lot of chatter like having the Doctor Who level hang at the same point every time you try to play it. The really bad ones have all been fixed, so if you didn’t play that content when it first came out you wouldn’t even know they ever happened. They’re not universal across all platforms, so some people might get lucky and not realize how bad it can actually get.

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            Why does nobody realize that the Wii U is complete trash? 😛

            I play on Xbox One, not Wii U. The Wii U is obviously very buggy, but what do you expect? The game’s prime copy wasn’t created for the Wii U. In fact, I’m sure Lego only put it on the Wii U to keep Nintendo fans happy, IMHO.

          • Gomek

            I have the x-box 360 version and i can confirm the game is extremely buggy. My kids often get stopped mid level. I have one world (sonic) that won’t load at all. And early on my son’s game save got corrupted and he cried for an entire night because he lost everything. if I didn’t love lego I would have Ebayed it.

            That being said, I have also played with my kids, and it is fun to be able to mix and match IPs. I really think it would be short sighted to cancel.

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            All I know, is that the Xbox One isn’t very buggy. I can’t vouch for the other consoles.

          • Purple Dave

            Why does nobody realize the Xbox and PS controllers are complete garbage that are unfit for adult-sized hands?

            I mean, seriously, back before I got the Wii, I shopped around for a gamepad that I could use on PC. I almost threw the PSwhatever controller it was so uncomfortable to hold, and the Xbox 360 controller felt like it needed to be twice as big if I was going to play for more than ten minutes at a time without my hands cramping up. The Wii solved _ALL_ of that problem by splitting the controller into two halves, and the Wii U I’ve been treating as just a giant GBA (which is why I haven’t actually cracked the seal on LEGO City: Undercover). I’m not planning to buy the Switch right away, but one of the problems I always had with the Wii U was that I couldn’t take it upstairs because it had to maintain proximity to the base console. The Switch will solve even that problem because it literally will _be_ a giant GBA, with basically the whole console in your hands. Comfortably, in your adult-sized hands.

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            All I can say is that…most people are just fine with the controllers? 😛

            Sorry mate, but I think you might just have big hands. 😛

          • Purple Dave

            I’ve got a handspan of about 8-3/4″ if I need to hold it for a while, or 8-7/8″ if I strain as much as possible.

            The thing is, I used to play video games as a kid, on the family console, but until I bought a Wii I did all my gaming during adulthood on PC. Until my favorite joystick went out of production, I never in all that time used a gamepad. If you start out with them as a kid, and you stick with them into adulthood, it’s probably a lot easier to trick yourself into thinking they’re comfortable for an adult to use. Or, if you’re one of those emaciated high school kids that look like they were bred for budding bullies to cut their teeth on, maybe tiny little controllers actually are comfortable.

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            My goodness, I wasn’t trying to be rude!

            My point was that you have a very odd problem. Never have I heard anyone talk about an Xbox or Playstation controller being too small for their hands.

          • Buffy Summers

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          • biggs33

            The gold brick detector arrows pointing to impossible locations is not really a bug. Many quests involve going inside buildings etc. that are not really map locations (like the always-in-motion truck in Knight Rider you need to drive into); it has to be programmed somewhere in the game space, but can’t be traveled to directly. It is misleading for sure, but not really a bug. Same with bricks that are not available until certain points in the story (like the gala rooftop in TLBM), it is more of a placeholder.

            But for sure there are no shortage of other bugs, and TT/Warner are terrible about communicating or apologizing for them, even when they wipe out many hours of gameplay achievements. That’s the real customer service crime.

  • Reaven Veaceslav

    Considering it’s a total of like 800 dollars worth of content, I never felt like getting into it due to being completely overwhelmed with random packs. I honestly would have preferred just having the figures themselves through some mechanism that was cheaper.

  • The Anonymous Hutt

    Nah, Lego wouldn’t do this. If they dd, they would lose my trust forever! Then again, I haven’t trusted Lego for the last year or so. Never mind.

    • Troy

      What do you mean?

  • Purple Dave

    I’ve got mixed feelings about this. I’ve really (mostly) enjoyed what we’ve gotten so far, but I also miss the regular games. It’s expensive to go 100% on Dimensions, and you don’t get a ton of characters for your trouble. Imagine if The LEGO Batman Movie had been released as a stand-alone game and you got _all_ of the crazy villains (and alternate Batsuits) as playable characters. Instead, all you get is the three basic heroes and one alternate Batsuit. On the other hand, the sheer variety of minifigs that never would have seen release outside of Dimensions is staggering. Some of the DC characters have had their secondary prices driven down in part due to being available in Fun Packs, and some of the Year 2 80’s pop culture characters have proven to be very popular on our club layouts. What I really won’t mind is freeing up the money it would take to buy a third year of packs so I can use it for other stuff.

  • Kitty

    To be honest, they probably should kill it.

    Lego games have always been pretty repetitive but what made it fun was the humor and stories. Lego Dimensions may have all the different franchises but they feel very stale and not on par with he standalone games. And when you count up how much you invest in figures (and those $50 game expansions) then this is a bad deal and not the “bargain” of cheap figure based DLC that it could’ve been.

    Killing it now may shift focus back to standalone games.

    • The Anonymous Hutt

      Lego Dimensions has plenty of humor. In fact, it has more humor than most of the stand alone Lego games. I don’t know what you mean when you say they feel “stale”. All of the level packs have their own unique feel, especially Midway Arcade and Sonic.

      The whole point of toys-to-life is a scam. However, with Dimensions, you seem to be getting your money’s worth, as you get actual Lego that you can assemble and use in your own creations, plus at least one minifigure which may or may not be exclusive. The price of Dimensions seems ot be worth it, especially when you can get discounted packs at Gamestop, Amazon, or Lego themselves.

    • Purple Dave

      TAH is correct. There are _so_many_ character interactions that have been programmed into the game, and they have added more as they came up with new ideas. If you ever looked up all of the known flavor text for a single character, and then realized how many characters are in the game with a similar amount of flavor text (except Chell), it’s mind-boggling. A lot of it is keyed to the presence of a specific character (Emmet and Owen because they have the same voice actor, Finn and Batman because they both wear animal hats, etc.).

      If you compare Dimensions to the other TTL games, all of the biggest complaints against the others have been answered in Dimensions. The toys aren’t just statues that make you spend money, they’re compatible with the LEGO System outside of the game _and_ the vehicle/gadget models are incorporated into the gameplay experience. You get a wide array of IPs, and they’re available at all times (not just in the Sandbox settings). You don’t have to keep rebuying the entire game every year to access one new pack.

      Where it does feel like it falls short is merely as a result of conditioning. When you’re used to being able to unlock hundreds of characters in each standalone game, it feels restrictive when you only get a dozen DC Superheroes characters, half a dozen LEGO Movie characters, or a couple Harry Potter characters. It feels even worse when you realize that the character(s) you most want to play aren’t even in the game as background flavor (can you imagine playing as TLBM Clayface?).

      Focus was always going to shift back to standalone games. The series is simply too popular to just abandon altogether, and they were always very open about the idea that they only wanted to run Dimensions for three years. But just for the fact that I got Stay-Puft, a better Doc Brown, a freaking hoverboard, E.T., Gizmo and Stripe, another TLBM Batsuit, and expect to see three of the Teen Titans Go! characters coming down the pipe, I don’t regret for a moment the fact that they decided to divert their energies into Dimensions for a couple years.

  • Guyon van Oers

    I like Dimensions, but the stand alone games are better (also the pricing). And I think its good that Dimensions may be stopping, stores will sell the packs for less and i can get some exclusive figs without spending a crap ton of money

  • Agent 86

    I can’t say I’m surprised. The game doesn’t represent value for money. The recent “Story Packs” come with build for the game pad which are useless. Who will really bother mucking around with the game pad adding and removing different builds just to play the game? The various “Fun Packs” consistently bundle mini figures with useless builds. I have an entire box full of assorted vehicles and other mini builds which I never need to use in the game. I only regularly use a few mini builds (e.g. Batmobile, Invisible Jet and TARDIS) and that’s sufficient to access the vast majority of the content / solve the vast majority of puzzles.
    And making highly desirable characters like Supergirl exclusive to the Starter Packs is very poor form for fans who have supported Lego Dimensions from the very beginning and have no need to buy another Starter Pack.

    • Purple Dave

      The mini models aren’t so useless when you consider the majority of players aren’t attempting to go 100% in the game. If you try to buy as few packs as possible (and in particular if you try to avoid buying any pack that isn’t 100% necessary), you get very few flying characters. Speaking strictly Year 1, I think you’d only end up getting the Wicked Witch and Slimer (neither Wonder Woman nor Superman get you access to new content, and Cragger is the most important Chima character). Picking up a set with a flying vehicle (of which there are quite a few) gets you access to lots of places that you’d otherwise be unable to reach, not to mention being able to fly allows you to quickly move around any of the Adventure Worlds. Besides all that, the Delorean and Tardis give you access to different settings, the Midway arcade unlocks all those old video games, you absolutely need to pick up both a boat and a submarine to complete all of the races, and the Portal 2 Sentry and Companion Cube are necessary for many puzzles. If you don’t have a specific character (especially before that character was even released), stuff like the Mystery Machine, the Gyrosphere, Bane’s Drill Machine, and a few other vehicles can get you access to a special ability in a pinch. The Scooby Snack can turn a couple of single-character solves into ones than a wide array of characters can complete. Having access to a wide array of vehicles means you can tweak a few of them for very specific purposes if you don’t feel like constantly resetting the handful you really like using.

      And none of this is even taking kids into account. I was reading comments on Dimensions gameplay somewhere recently, and the same basic complaint came up. Yeah, after collecting _EVERYTHING_, you end up with a bucket of redundant vehicles and gadgets. But if you’re playing with kids (and as much as we AFOLs might like to pretend otherwise, that is a core part of their design philosophy) it could be the vehicles that they like playing with the most. If you’ve got a wide array of kids who regularly end up playing on your system, you could even offer to let them each pick one of those “useless” vehicles and customize it the way they like it, so you know they’ll have a “favorite” vehicle that’ll keep them occupied without having to worry about them wanting to mess with the handful of “essential” vehicles that you’ve already customized to your liking (or at least having a carrot that you can use to lure them away if they do).

      • Agent 86

        Fair points. I just collect the mini figures that I like and, for me, it’s resulted in a bunch of redundant vehicles and mini builds. I’m not a completest, but I’d imagine that someone with a “complete” collection has even more unnecessary vehicles and mini builds.

        • Purple Dave

          Yeah. I mean, I’m not gonna lie about it. As I’ve said already in another reply, when I was picking up all of the discounted Fun Packs that I hadn’t ever intended to buy, I had a whole bunch of them where I loaded up the character, maxed out and customized the vehicle, and then they both went into a box. I basically keep out the two Batvehicles, the flying Delorean, and the Harry Potter car (being the only vehicle that can instantly switch from driving on the surface to flying above it makes it pretty useful, since flying vehicles don’t actually hug the contours like a ground vehicle does). Beyond that, I keep critical items handy, like the Tardis, BMO, the Midway arcade cabinet, the two Portal 2 items, and Cragger’s vehicle I think built to the second stage (I learned early on that submarines straight up suck for trying to complete surface races on water, so…). Everything else I keep out is just for sentimental reasons, like the Ecto-1, the Terror-Dog, the BttF train, the hoverboard, and Harley Quinn’s car. I don’t actually put them into play, but I like having them around when I do play. Benny’s Spaceship used to be in that group, but I ran out of room and I got sick of having pieces fall off of it. I kinda made up for that by buying three more copies of Benny so I could build all three versions and display them with three different Benny minifigs.

      • This. I’ve got a substantial number of the sets and I’m *still* not close to being able to complete large chunks of the game because of some highly specialized sets: Midway, Jurassic World, a few others.

        I’m not in a position to spend $30 a pop on some of these. A lot of my Dimensions purchases have been through sales and clearances, and in fact, I’m not sure I’ve bought any of them full price except for maybe on a gift card. I realize this is contrary to the product–a toy line like this needs a substantial number of people paying full price to make it cost effective. Clearances are just a bonus to those of us willing to wait for excess stock to be moved.

        • Purple Dave

          I…can’t say that. Not even a little bit. I mean, yeah, it seriously hurts the pocket, and I’ve cut back quite a bit on building MOCs as a result of trying to keep up with Dimensions on top of my other set purchases, but I’ve actually bought quite a few duplicate packs just for the minifigs, especially in Year 2. Sure, at the start, I was all about buying all the DC Superheroes, BttF, and Ghostbusters, and the rest I was going to try to limit to critical purchases. Stuff like Level Packs, anything where only one pack was being released for a specific Adventure World, and characters that had unique abilities or necessary combos. The problem is, I kept finding _new_ “essential” characters every time I picked up the game. By the time I got all of that done for Year 1, the sales started hitting for the Fun Packs, and pretty soon the only thing I was actually missing was the Ninjago Team Pack (hard to pass on when it’s the only thing keeping you from being complete). Between that, the fact that Year 2 leaned more heavily on single-pack IPs, and the two characters that were hardest to acquire being DC Superheroes, it was even harder to pick out anything from Year 2 that I’d be willing to skip. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little apprehensive about what Year 3 might have in store. And I’d be lying even harder if I said there weren’t over half a dozen characters who got loaded long enough to max out and customize their vehicle, and then got shoved into a box _with_ the vehicle.

          And trying to stick to the essentials got a lot harder when Year 2 threw all of the calculations into disarray. If it had been possible to wait until all three years worth of content had been released and _then_ go back and pick and choose the critical stuff, you could probably drop quite a few characters from the lineup. Of course, doing so would have practically guaranteed the game didn’t even make it to Year 2.

    • The Anonymous Hutt

      I think one thing you have to keep in mind is that Dimensions is designed for people who enjoy actual Lego bricks as well, not just video games. The bricks are just as important to Dimensions as the game itself.

  • Chris

    Sometimes I feel like LEGO over produces by producing so many options all at once. Instead of just a few here and there. LEGO is expensive and getting them all for those who want them all gets pricey. Just like I always see in stores, so many sets and categories and options, of LEGO sets, just sitting on the shelves.

    • Purple Dave

      They do make something like five times as many sets (at least) as they used to 20 years ago, and the piece count for those sets is significantly higher beyond that. However, they have customers who could still buy everything they sell and not bat an eye. They have customers who used to be able to buy everything, but didn’t. Now those same customers may buy a lot more than they used to because there’s more of what they actually want available to buy. They had customers who didn’t buy much of anything because there wasn’t anything that really attracted them, but now they can easily find something every year. As long as they diversify, the more they offer up each year, the more likely their customers will find something they’re eager to buy. And without that, they never would have hit the point where they were bigger than Hasbro and Mattel (even if Mattel bought their way back into the title of Biggest Toy Company).

      • Chris

        You’re right. But didn’t thee numbers LEGO released for last years sales reveals that the American market didn’t really see an increase of LEGO purchases?

        • Gomek

          If I read correctly, that was no increase from last year, when they were also putting out an insane amount items. If you compare sales to the years where they put out a fraction of those catalog items, I think you would find the sales then to be less than a fraction of what they have been the last couple of years.

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            There was no increase in US sales. There was an increase globally.

          • Gomek

            Yes, no increase but no decrease. Sales were high the year before when they had a ton of product, and they were again high. But compared to 10 years ago, night and day.

  • Has there been consideration to the odd choice of franchises in the Year 2 expansions? The primary market for this game is kids, and yet Lego/TT went with some franchises that kids are decidedly NOT familiar with. The A-Team, Gremlins, Goonies–these are known to players over age 35 or so, but to the 12 and under crowd, not so much.

    Harry Potter was a choice that made sense. Teen Titans Go made sense, or at least it will if they get around to it. Adventure Time made sense. I’d have loved to have seen Ninja Turtles, but obviously, that franchise has moved on from Lego.

    • Purple Dave

      They went on record saying that the older IPs, and in particular the ones that are tied to the 80’s, have proven to be massively more popular than they ever expected. But I think there are some fairly obvious reasons that they’re overlooking. Wizard of Oz and Portal 2 were two of only five Year 1 Adventure Worlds that could only be accessed with a single pack, so anyone who wanted to get all of the game content was forced to buy them, in addition to any sales they got just based on having unique minifigs. With Year 2, you’ve got E.T., Gremlins, The A-Team, Mission: Impossible, Knight Rider, Sonic, and the upcoming Goonies and Beetlejuice Adventure Worlds that are currently or expected to be only accessible through a single pack, and again all also have unique minifigs that will help drive sales. There is one other Y2 Adventure World that is known to have access limited to a single pack, and the minifig may be unique to the game, but Chase McCain is available through three other sources so the character is not.

      Compare that to the “current” IPs, where Ninjago, Chima, The LEGO Movie, LotR, Simpsons, DC Superheroes, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Harry Potter have all had plenty of other options for collecting their related minifigs, and it’s not at all suprising that they shifted more towards vintage IPs in the second year.

      • One paradox to note on the Y1 figures–they’ve all been previously available. The only thing unique about them is some different printing and the minibuilds. I’m sure some cost-saving went into that–easier to produce some Simpsons figures than to make some weird new headsculpts not already in the molds.

        We certainly have gotten some unique characters in Y2 with Lego saying the heck with it and making some headsculpts we just can’t get anywhere else. Not my first pick of characters in many of the IPs, but here we are.

        Who knows. Maybe Y3 would have had ALF.

        • Purple Dave

          Chell, the Wicked Witch, the Cyberman, the Midway Gamer, and Stay-Puft are all 100% unique to Dimensions, with only one of them ever announced to be available in a forthcoming non-Dimensions set (and the jury is still out on whether that minifig stays completely unchanged during the transition). The Doctor and Slimer are very obviously different from their non-Dimensions counterparts. Doc Brown and Peter Venkman are both fairly unique variants of those characters. Beyond all that, if you actually start looking at head deco, there are quite a few other Year 1 minifigs that are not available through any other source, which is the only reason I’ve actually bought three copies of the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack (because Robin and Batgirl have unique heads and Robin has a unique pair of goggles).

          And funny you should mention ALF. Back in October they had a giant Millennium Falcon build (the third ever, I believe) at the mall where the local LEGO Store is located. I happened to mention to the Assistant Store Manager that ALF was an untapped 80’s IP that they could potentially pull in for Year 3, because it certainly felt like Year 2 had covered anything that Year 1 hadn’t touched and that Disney hadn’t sunk their hooks into. Another possibility would be more typical WB fare, like Looney Tunes (wouldn’t you just kill for a Marvin the Martian minifig?), Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Duck Dodgers (did I mention Marvin the Martian?), Pinky & The Brain, etc.

          • I wonder what kind of clashing licenses keep decent IPs from being added to the game. Lego and TT both have licenses to Marvel and Star Wars, but I suspect we’d never see either in Dimensions.

          • zachary adams

            Power Girl… You are correct. Disney would never allow Lego to use any Star Wars or Marvel characters in Dimensions due to the fact they had they had their own “Toys to Life” game Disney Infinity. I wonder now since Disney Infinity is also dead if they could revisit those licenses with Disney and if that would be enough to save Dimensions.

          • Gomek

            I keep hearing Disney would never do this, but it seems short sighted and silly. I don’t believe anyone would choose Infinity over Dimensions simply because Disney was not in Dimensions. BUT Disney misses out on a ton of sales from Dimensions owners who would love any of the countless Disney IPs which could be in Dimensions.

          • Purple Dave

            Disney never would have allowed it while Infinity was still a viable game system. Now that it’s gone, it’s actually possible that they would have been okay with it (Disney is, after all, The LEGO Company’s biggest all-time partner for licensed IP with something like at least ten themes total).

            However, Year 2 was too soon, since they had to have all that stuff lined up in advance of when Infinity’s cancellation was announced, so the past few months is when any negotications would have taken place to roll any Disney content into Dimensions.

            The bigger roadblock would have been WB. They were very resistant to allowing TT Games (which they own) to publish any Marvel games until it was pointed out to them that they’d still make a lot money off of those games through TTG. Oddly, I don’t remember hearing about any issues with PotC when that game came out (and of course, all of the SW and IJ games were published under Lucas-owned Lucasfilm, so those were never an issue). But Marvel was a huge sticking point because it was in direct competition with DC.

  • badbob001

    I think basically the Nintendo Switch is the current buzz, the TT/WB execs are panicking that Dimensions won’t sell well on that console, and want to redirect resources to ride that gravy train while it’s still hot.

    • The Anonymous Hutt

      Good point. I’m sure Dimension will be released for the Switch, along with na exclusive Mario figure or something.

      • Gomek

        If they were smart, at least.

        • The Anonymous Hutt

          If they were smart, there wouldn’t be any exclusive figures.

          • Gomek

            OK, let me rephrase. I HATE exclusives. HATE, HATE, HATE. I was more thinking that they could work out a deal where they could get a Mario level pack. And to your point, if I had to buy a whole bundle to get it, I would NOT be happy. Or if somehow they figured out a way for Mario to not work on other systems, also NOT happy. So yes, I was only agreeing to half that statement.

          • The Anonymous Hutt

            Oh, I get it now! xD

            Although, I hope you didn’t expect me to realize what you meant from the way you worded your previous comment. 😉

          • Gomek

            not at all. I realized when I re-read my post I needed to clarify.

    • NRD1138

      Nintendo Switch? You mean the console that people are saying is already obsolete compared to other consoles and a novelty like the WII was? Doubtful that LEGO would ditch an entire system because of Switch.

      • RectorSix

        Yep, *everyone* is saying the Switch is obsolete and a novelty, so much so that they doubled up production on them…please, that console prints money and will keep Nintendo gold for the next 5 years.

        • NRD1138

          Yeah, The same thing occurred with the WII.. could not keep them in stock.Then about 1-2 years later it was nothing more than a novelty because they could not sell to the core gaming crowd, but to senior citizens.

          Also never said ‘everyone’ either. ‘Everyone’ are typically sheep and buy the hot thing out there then tire of it quickly (which occurred with the WII and the WII U).
          So is Nintendo making money on it now? Sure, are they going to in your 5 year estimate? Doubtful. By then the next gen of gaming systems will come out, and once again people will be talking about Nintendo’s future being in doubt.

          In any case, the statement I made holds: Companies are not going to ditch an entire gaming system for one console. It just will not happen.

          • Purple Dave

            Remember the Gamecube? Remember how much everyone hated the Gamecube? Do you remember how the Gamecube was dead last in sales for its generation? Do you know what the most profitable console of that generation was? I’ll give you a hint: it was the Gamecube. The thing many people seem to forget is that Nintendo has always made money on their consoles from launch to retirement. Sony and Microsoft heavily subsidize their consoles out of the gate, and only start making money on the hardware when it’s getting a bit long in the tooth.

            So, the important takeaway is that even if the Wii U wasn’t successful by any other measure, they’re not losing money on it. They raked money in with the Wii. They also don’t really need to sell to hardcore gamers because there are enough loyal Nintendo gamers and enough 1st Party titles that even if the Switch is a “flop”, they’ll still make money off it. When they reach a point where people decide they don’t want to play Mario and Zelda games, _then_ Nintendo has a problem on their hands. Until then, it’s just a matter of whether they make money, or they make crazy buttloads of money.

      • badbob001

        Maybe Lego games sell better on Nintendo systems. Back in 2015, Lego City Undercover was only available for the WiiU. Nintendo consoles typically are geared toward younger players, similar to Lego products and games. So I think Lego really does care about the next Nintendo console.

  • jermain burnett

    What mean do they dimensions coming to an End they mean are discontinuing the Lego dimensions I hope not.

  • The Anonymous Hutt

    Well guys, this has been debunked, as Lego just sent out a Tweet that Dimensions is not being cancelled. 😉

    • Gomek

      That’s good news. However Lego says says a lot of things.Just because the are not planing on canceling doesn’t mean they are planning on continuing.

      • The Anonymous Hutt

        shhhh…don’t be negative. Octan is always watching. 😉