Pokémon has always been popular, but in the past year or so, it’s had a resurgence in popularity thanks to the mobile game Pokémon GO, and successful new titles in the franchise like Pokémon Sun and Moon. So because of that, here I present to you, the Pokémon Easter Egg Decorating Kit! I saw it at the store and just had to write about it. I could’ve sworn I wrote about the same thing a long time ago, but I couldn’t find an article about it so I either must’ve imagined it or it was such a long time ago that it’s not on the Internet anymore.
So the last in the batch of dollar store LEGO Dimension sets that an online friend in California sent me is the Doctor Who Level Pack. I didn’t have to pay my friend back, he just wanted me to review them. The Doctor Who set is the one I actually wanted the most. “Oh wow, Cary, you’re a Doctor Who fan?” you may be thinking. Nope, absolutely not. I know next to nothing about the franchise. But my brother Jeff’s girlfriend loves Doctor Who, so when this set came out, my original plan was to buy it so they could come over and have fun building and playing the level. But around that time, I lost my last job, so I went into “money saving mode” and didn’t buy it. So I’m glad I was able to get it after all so they could enjoy it. Anyway, two warnings before I start the review. Like I said earlier, I know next to nothing about Doctor Who, so if I seem uninformed in my review, that’s why. But not knowing about something has never stopped me from writing about it before. And the other warning is that there may be an accidental spoiler alert here and there, so please go easy on me, Doctor Who fans. LEGO Dimensions is available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
So the next in line to review in the batch of dollar store LEGO Dimensions sets is the Scooby Doo Team Pack. This is another franchise that I’m not a big fan of, but I still have respect for it. Scooby Doo has been popular since before I was born, and it continued its popularity when I was a kid, and even today! I watched it a lot as a kid, simply because kids will watch anything. I will say there is one cartoon Scooby Doo movie that I really do like, and that’s Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. Seriously, it’s awesome. I’m also glad I got to meet the original voice of Scooby Doo, before he passed away (Don Messick). He also did the voices for Scrappy Doo, Boo Boo, Muttley, Papa Smurf, and many more! Anyway, so even though I’m not as much of a fan, I was mildly curious about the LEGO Dimensions set, so I’m glad I got it! It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
So apparently a lot of the older LEGO Dimensions sets are being sold at dollar stores and other discount places now. I’ve even seen a few sets at my local Five and Below, but nothing I had to buy. However, an online friend of mine from California found some sets at his nearby dollar store, and he offered to send me one set that I wanted to try. But not only that, he surprised me by sending me a few more LEGO Dimensions sets in the mail as well! He didn’t want me to send him any money, all he asked was that I reviewed them here at GamerDad! That was REALLY nice of him to send me all these sets, so reviewing them is the least I can do. So all this week I’ll be reviewing the ones he sent me. Except for the Portal 2 set since I already talked about that one in a previous article. Anyway, the first set we’ll go over today is The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack.
Recently, The LEGO Batman Movie came out in theaters, and it’s a blast! Not quite as good as the original LEGO Movie that it spun off from, but still a hoot and a half in its own right. Now you can relive the action and fun of that new flick with The LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions. It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
Star Wars: Rogue One was one of last year’s hit movies, and the first side story film set in the famed universe. It’s all about the events that happened right before A New Hope, where a team of rebels tries to steal the Death Star plans to discover its weakness. And now you can relive the action in pinball form with Star Wars Pinball: Rogue One for play on Zen Studios’ pinball platforms: Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2. They’re available on nearly all current game consoles and computers, but reviewed on PS4 here. Also maybe a slight spoiler warning or two for those who haven’t seen the movie yet.
This past Fall, one of the big hit movies was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is based in the Harry Potter universe. I actually saw it with my brother and his girlfriend in the theater, mainly so I could review this game better. My brother and his girlfriend are big Harry Potter fans, so they really enjoyed the movie. I’m not as big of a fan of Harry Potter, so I didn’t like it as much as they did. However, I did enjoy playing out parts from the movie in LEGO form with the Fantastic Beasts Story Pack for LEGO Dimensions way more than watching the movie. It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here. This review covers both the Story Pack and Fun Pack.
When I was a kid, I loved the Gremlins movie. Way more than other popular movies at the time like E.T. I don’t know if that made me a messed-up kid or not, but I do find it strange since Gremlins really isn’t THAT great of a movie (but I still like it). But as a kid I was pretty into it for a while. I had a couple of Gremlins action figures, a coloring book, t-shirt, and a Gizmo plush. So I was thrilled when LEGO Dimensions added Gremlins characters to their lineup, and even more excited to have the opportunity to review them! LEGO Dimensions is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.
When I was young, E.T. was a super popular movie. Every kid in my first-grade class HAD to wear E.T. sweatshirts to school, and “Turn on your Heartlight” blared on the radio nonstop. But you know what’s strange is that I really didn’t like the movie that much. I preferred flicks like Gremlins and Ghostbusters, so I don’t know if that makes me a messed up kid or not. I just felt the E.T. movie was too long and slow-paced, and E.T. himself was so ugly. He looked like a Rotisserie chicken. And the movie played up Reese’s Pieces way too much. Once I FINALLY got to try them, I was severely disappointed. But even I can’t deny that E.T. is an iconic and influential movie and the E.T. ride at Universal Studios is pretty fun. So it’s no surprise that E.T. would show up in LEGO Dimensions. The game is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here. I have to say that the makers of the game were pretty brave to put E.T. in here, as the last time E.T. was in a game was on the Atari 2600, and that particular title helped start the video game crash in the early 80’s! But I don’t think that’ll happen here!
The first Mission Impossible movie came out way back in 1996. I remember watching it, and it was a decent action flick, but it didn’t compel me to watch any of the sequels. Plus, even though the TV show it was based on was a little before my time, I seem to remember it focusing more on teamwork between the agents, while the movie was just “Tom Cruise Does Everything.” But the movie was certainly popular enough to spawn sequels. And now, your mission, if you choose to build it, is to check out the Mission Impossible Level Pack for LEGO Dimensions. The game is available for nearly all current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.