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Analysis of the cheapest ways to enjoy all of LEGO Dimensions Game

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The LEGO Dimensions game is The LEGO Group's first foray into the growing field of “Toys to Life”, where physical toys with RFID tags can be pulled into your gaming experience by placing the toy on a special portal.  The gameplay is based on the hugely successful LEGO Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and more, by video game developer TT.

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LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

I purchased the Starter Pack on Black Friday, and wanted to better understand what I was getting myself into before I started purchasing any of the Level Packs, Team Packs, or Fun Packs.  At 30/25/15$ each (respectively) these little purchases will add up quickly.  This is why I wanted to understand how much I would need to pay to experience the whole game.  

What I've concluded is that the base game is a pretty decent value, especially if you consider that LEGO bricks are worth about 0.10$ each piece.  The value of the expansions seems to vary.

There are four levels of investment in LEGO Dimensions:


I prepared an in-depth analysis of exactly what sets you need to buy to save the most money at: http://brickarchitect.com/legodimensions/

Don't forget that the new content comes out every two months, so there are plenty of ways to spend even more in the future!

Sincerely,
Tom

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I read your complete story by following the link.  Great info for someone who wants to understand what Dimensions is all about.  It looked interesting before... but now... I think I'll pass. I hate games that give me frequent "upsell" opportunities.  It ruins the whole game for me.

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I was wondering how much of an aftermarket there would be just for the chips. I can imagine that there are some people out there who buy these sets for the specific figures and/or minibuilds and could not care less about the game or the RFID chips. I mean, some gamers would only be interested in the game, not the building aspect. A quick search on ebay shows that people are buying them, and frankly I am surprised that they are paying up to $16.99 for a level pack without any of the pieces. This would probably illustrate another tier, those who want the game, but not the toys.

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The game does not know or care if the minifigure or vehicle is actually attached to the disk, that's why the game is playable using only the disks.  That said, you might be missing out on some of the fun of the game, since the game encourages you to rebuild the vehicles as you upgrade them

I do not believe any user data is stored in the RFID disk, but i'm not 100% sure.  I know, for example, that the vehicles in the game can earn upgrades.  That data about your vehicle upgrades might sit on a LEGO Dimensions server associated with your Gamer ID, or it might sit on the disk itself.

 

Anyone have experience purchasing used LEGO Dimensions packs?

---tom

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I just purchased used LEGO Dimension disks for a good price (no minifigures or microscale models), and will let people know if I have any problems using them in the game.  

If not, this is probably the most cost effective way to enjoy the entire Dimensions videogame world.

 

---tom

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I wonder how the system can tell one non character specific disk from another. I doubt that they are writable. So, unless there is an identifier in those plain looking disks that the system saves to id them in future, I wonder if you can just use the same one for every minibuild.

 

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Per this article, the NFC chips are writable, and they can store 137 bytes of data.  That's not a lot of text (137 characters if encoded in Extended ASCII) but it would be a lot of true/false data (1096 boolean facts).

Some info: https://www.reddit.com/r/LegoDimensionsHacks/comments/3nmn8r/lego_dimensions_nfc_information/

I believe that the non-character specific disks are all the same and arrive blank, and they are written with a specific vehicle ID once you use it in the game.

 

---tom

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