**This review of the LEGO Dimensions Wave 6 packs will be updated as we work our way through each set**
We love LEGO Dimensions. From the virtual LEGO in the game itself, the real LEGO figures and mini kits, the way real and virtual worlds are combined, and the icing on the cake is the wonderful range of characters and pop culture icons that are released. It’s aimed at parents as much as the kids. I wonder perhaps if more so…
This sixth set of packs (LEGO Dimensions Wave 6) is no exception, with ones based on the latest Ghostbusters, Harry Potter, Adventure Time, The A-Team, and Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible series.
This release also introduces a few new elements to the game, such as battle arenas and a new way of accessing the new/different worlds. It also includes the very first additional story pack, including a new LEGO build portal to be used on your game pad. All new figures and mini kits now also have orange bases instead of the blue of previous waves, which makes the toy pad look a little more colourful.
Be warned: There a whole bunch of time consuming updates and downloads to install, so make sure all that happens before you have any disappointed kids (or adults) who will have to possibly wait hours before they can use the new and updated packs.
So, in no particular order, here are the packs and our reviews of them (updated as we work our way through them).
Adventure Time Team Pack with Jake and Lumpy Space Princess (71246)
My daughter was keen to use this one first. We have hardly seen the show (I know, I know – we need to rectify that…) but the engaging and outlandish designs of the characters instantly won her over – especially Lumpy Space Princess (one of only two female characters included in LEGO Dimensions wave 6).
In this pack you get buildable minifigures of Jake the Dog and Lumpy Space Princess, plus minikits of Lumpy Car and BMO.
The mini kits are fun – Lumpy’s pink car is cute, while the Gameboy-like BMO is very cleverly designed in LEGO.
The Adventure Time world is nicely realised, with all characters given a line drawn cartoon look. There are special ports where BMO can dock into and you can play some 8-bit style games.
My daughter is especially fond of Jake’s shapeshifting ability – especially his ability to turn into a working trampoline and have another character bounce on him.
The A-Team Fun Pack with B.A. Baracus (71251)
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that A-Team LEGO would ever exist.
My daughter misheard me when I told her what this set was called – instead of ‘The A-Team‘ she thought I said ‘The 80s’. I was going to correct her, but then I thought ‘No, that’s fair enough’.
This Dimensions set brought back many memories of the 1980s, and as such will likely prove to be a hit with adults of a certain age.
If you didn’t already know (because you’re not as old as I am) The A-Team was an immensely popular ultra-violent 1980s kids TV show. I’m pretty sure this was my favourite show growing up, but unlike many other childhood enthusiasms, it’s not been one I’ve been keen to rewatch – but this was a really fun way to relive this blast from the past.
Two of the most iconic elements were the A-Team’s van, and team member B.A. Baracus, aka Mr T – which make up this set.
The B.A. minifigure is great, with his trademark mohawk hair and dungarees. The van mini-kit is clearly recognisable as the famous van.
The game world is a lovingly recreated 1980’s LA, with downtown, the Hollywood hills, and the airport as key locations. There is also an iconic LA storm drain, the setting for the likes of the car race in Grease.
The level features the other members of the A-Team, who are also playable. Many familiar scenarios occur, such as dealing with a biker gang at a motel, all played out with the familiar soundtrack in the background.
This set is definitely pitched at grown-up fans – but kids will have fun playing with it too.
Adventure Time Level Pack with Finn (71245)
This level pack comes with a Finn minifigure, plus mini kits of Jakemobile and Ancient War Elephant.
As well as giving access to the Adventure Time level, this also includes a new mission-based game level, plus access to new areas and more abilities.
While the mini kits are fun, the Jake the Human minifigure is the star of this set, with his iconic look translating well to LEGO.
The new level is fun, and in keeping with the Adventure Time tone and aesthetic.
Mission: Impossible Level Pack with Ethan Hunt (71248)
This comes with an Ethan Hunt minifigure, and mini kits of his bike and car – plus a mission based new level to play.
I’m a fan of the Mission: Impossible film series, even though I’m slightly incredulous it has managed to last 20 years of only moderately entertaining movies.
The playable level is based on the first (and best) of the films, with action switching between international locales from Europe to Virginia. The are some simple puzzles to unlock, and a few gadgets to figure out – and was pretty good fun.
The minifigure and minikit are perfectly fine, but the M:I series doesn’t really have any iconic vehicles or character looks, so in its toy form this is really just a bloke with a bike and a car. The appeal of this set in particular is the gaming rather than the LEGO.
But they we’re fun little sets for my daughter to put together, and playing the game was a great way to get her interested in watching her first Brian DePalma movie. I’ll definitely take that as a win… 🙂
Ghostbusters 2016 Story Pack (71242)
Story Pack includes a buildable Abby Yates minifigure, an Ecto-1 minikit, plus a brand new Ghostbusters themed gateway build. It also unlocks six levels of Ghostbusters gameplay – of the entire film story!
**Review to follow**
Harry Potter Team Pack with Lord Voldemort (71247)
This team pack has Harry Potter and Voldemort minifigures, and minikits of the enchanted car and Hogwarts Express.
**Review to follow**
Disclaimer: We were sent these LEGO Dimensions packs by Warner Bros. Games UK for the purposes of this review.