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Awesome! ‘Lego Dimensions’ combining bricks and franchises

THE creators of the “Lego” video games are building their own rendition of a toys-to-life franchise.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games unveiled plans Thursday for “Lego Dimensions,” a game and toy line combining real-world Lego bricks and figures with virtual game worlds depicted on screen. It’s similar to the popular “Skylanders,” ‘’Disney Infinity” and “ambiio” series from Activision-Blizzard Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Nintendo Co.

THE interactive LEGO ToyPad for the “LEGO Dimensions” video game. (AP FOTO)
THE interactive LEGO ToyPad for the “LEGO Dimensions” video game. (AP FOTO)

“Lego Dimensions” will click together several Lego-ized versions of entertainment properties, including “The Lord of the Rings,” ‘’Back to the Future,” DC Comics, “The Wizard of Oz.” Over the next two years, publisher Warner Bros. Interactive and developer TT Games plan to stack more figures and content onto “Dimensions” culled from other well-known brands.

“I think ‘The Lego Movie’ helped open the door,” said TT Games managing director Jon Burton, who served as a producer on the film. “We’ve found that everyone from the intellectual properties we’ve partnered with were hugely open to this idea. It’s lent itself to creating this world where hopefully it’s only bounded by the imagination of the kids playing it.”

The series’ starter pack, which is scheduled for release Sept. 27 for all major consoles at $99.99, will include the game, a reader and pieces to construct a Lego portal on the device, as well as figures of Batman, the Batmobile, Gandalf and Wyldstyle from “The Lego Movie.” The trio is set to be voiced respectively by Troy Baker, Tom Kane and Elizabeth Banks.

“It’s not just about what’s on screen,” said Warner Bros. Interactive senior vice president Jeff Junge. “We wanted to capture play between physical and digital in a whole new way. Usually, when you get a typical Lego playset, the instructions are completely inside the box. Here, we’re giving you a start, but you’ll get the rest as you play through the game.”

The reader, which is divided into three sections and can detect up to seven Lego figures or vehicles at a time, doesn’t visually scan the bricks. Instead, the Lego figures and vehicles can be affixed to individually marked discs containing radio frequency identification technology that’s transmitted to the reader, just like the “Skylanders” and “Infinity” toys. (AP)

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