I just wanted to quickly share something that’s got me all excited, for reasons that can only be understood if you (like me) were born in the 80’s.
Lego Dimensions is about to unleash it’s second ‘season’, a new wave of figures and levels based on numerous IP’s for its successful toys-to-life series. Unlike the competition (which is largely just Skylanders after Disney Infinity was shut down earlier this year), you don’t need to purchase a whole new base game in order to enjoy the new content, just the existing portal. That in itself is a welcome change to the norm, but let’s be honest here, it’s the chance to play Lego variations of some classic characters you never thought would ever get a Lego figurine of … which leads me to a dream come true.
The 80’s were an amazing time for TV and animation lovers. Sure, it’s easy to look back at much of the content made back in that era and laugh aloud at the silly hair and even sillier visual effects, but there were a ton of great and unforgettable shows that really changed the landscape for the better. For me, I grew up with the likes of He-Man, Transformers, Thundercats … and two action heavy TV shows called The A-Team and Knight Rider.
Low and behold, Lego added both such IP’s to its latest lineup of characters. Mixed in with the likes of E.T., Adventure Time, the new look Ghostbusters and Mission: Impossible sits the A-Team van and K.I.T.T. himself, all in lego form and all strangely fitting in rather well with their new surroundings. The key selling point behind Lego Dimensions is the ability to mix everything up, much like Lego itself. So you can have Homer Simpsons driving the A-Team van through the streets of Gotham, while your fellow player might decide to play as Doctor Who and jump aboard Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. That’s not to mention the inclusion of Sonic the Hedgehog, Gremlins and the Goonies.
But for me, it’s the ability to have Lego creations of these now iconic 80’s heroes (side note, the A-Team also has a line of Pop Vinyls now too). It brings me back to my childhood, hearing all the silly one-liners, the theme music and, most important of all, the unique sound of K.I.T.T.’s scanner, all in a place where there’s so much more content already and probably a lot more to come.
Looking back, I can easily understand why the young kids of today might be put off by these classics, but certainly not me, and that’s the kind of logic Lego has put behind its Dimensions line. The kids might not know who Face, B. A. Baracus or Michael Knight are, but the older generation (largely their parents) will, and just like me, they’ll be the ones that will eat this new content up. I just hope beyond hope that both the Thundercats and He-Man make the cut in season 3…
Mark Isaacson is the editor of PN2. Go say hi @Mark_D_Isaacson