6 New Lego Dimensions Expansion Packs Are Here!!

Earlier this summer I told you guys about how excited my kids and I are to check out the next chapter of LEGO DIMENSIONS which was coming in the form of all new expansion packs and the time has officially arrived!! Releasing today are 6 brand new expansions for the game which all work with your current LEGO DIMENSIONS game.

I had the chance to play the new expansions at this year’s Sweet Suite and I loved what I saw. You can check out all of the details below and grab one or all of the new expansions right now at your local retailer. We will hopefully have our first impressions up soon with pics and video as well!

LEGO Dimensions Gets Even Bigger with New Expansion Packs Based on Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and The A-Team

All-New Battle Arenas and Story Pack Offer Gamers New Ways to Play

PS4TM Starter Packs Now Include Exclusive Supergirl LEGO Minifigure

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today the release of six new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs based on the blockbuster franchises: Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and The A-Team. This newest wave of expansion packs introduces Battle Arenas, a first for LEGO videogames, and Story Packs which provide a complete movie-based gameplay experience with a fresh LEGO brick building experience.

The new Battle Arenas offer competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in expansion packs come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a Battle Arena within the free play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand.  Each Battle Arena has four exciting gameplay modes: Capture the Flag, Objective, Base Bash, and Tick, Tag, Boom!, and comes with its own traps, defenses, and special powers that make every Battle Arena unique. Battles can be played competitively or cooperatively in multiple player configurations including 2 vs 2, 3 vs 1, and individually against the system AI to create fun for the whole family.

For a limited time, LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs for Sony PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system will include an exclusive, bonus DC Comics Supergirl LEGO minifigure. The highly collectable Supergirl minifigure has many extraordinary in-game abilities to help solve puzzles and battle enemies and can also transform into Supergirl Girl Red Lantern with additional powers.

Ghostbusters fans who want to make their LEGO Dimensions experience spookier can add the Ghostbusters Story Pack. Players can relive the film and help Abby Yates and her team of Ghostbusters save the world from the mysterious and evil ghost, Rowen, across six action-packed levels of gameplay. They can equip Abby with her Proton Blaster to activate her Charge Transfer ability to move electricity between conduits, and use her Intelligence Access ability for puzzle-solving.  The Story Pack unlocks “Rip,” a new Toy Pad mode allowing players to tear open an alternate universe. In this mirror world, players have the ability to solve puzzles and affect objects and other items in the primary universe. The pack also includes a 3-in-1 buildable Ecto-1 which can be rebuilt into the Ectozer and The PerfEcto, plus the Zhu’s Chinese Restaurant gateway build to customize the LEGO Toy Pad.  Abby Yates provides access to a new Ghostbusters Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena.

In the Adventure Time Level Pack, based on Cartoon Network’s animated series, players can help Finn the Human on his mission to find the Enchidrion and prove to Princess Bubblegum that he’s a hero.  Players can use one of Finn’s many special swords to cut vines, grapple, and even deflect lasers as they battle foes and travel through the Forest of Mount Cragdor, the Dark Magician’s Brain World and more in this exclusive game level. The pack also comes with a 3-in-1 buildable Jakemobile which can be rebuilt into Snail Dude Jake and Hover Jake. The 3-in-1 buildable Ancient War Elephant can be rebuilt into the Cosmic Squid and Psychic Submarine to blast through enemies and tackle trickier puzzles. Players can unlock the Adventure Time Adventure World and challenge friends in the Pillow World Battle Arena.

Fans of “Land of Ooo” can also add the Adventure Time Team Pack with Lumpy Space Princess and Jake the Dog.  When players need to take off in a hurry, they can jump into Lumpy Car or have BMO give them a lift.  Lumpy Car can be rebuilt into Lumpy Truck and Lumpy Land Whale, and BMO can be rebuilt into DOGMO and SNAKEMO. The Adventure Time Battle Arena offers extra-awesome abilities like Slurp Access, Grapple Swing and Shape Shift.

In the Mission Impossible Level Pack, secret agent Ethan Hunt is being framed for the theft of highly classified materials from IMF and needs help to find the true villain.  Players must infiltrate their way through the American Embassy, CIA Headquarters and more in this thrilling game level. Players can use Ethan’s Camera Spectacles for the perfect disguise and wear the Magno Gloves to sneak up walls.  For a quick escape, players can hop onto the IMF Scrambler or IMF Sport Car, and then rebuild the 3-in-1 vehicles into the ShockCycle and IMF Covert Jet, and the IMF Tank and The IMF-Splorer to access a host of new super-spy abilities.  Ethan provides access to a Mission Impossible Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena.

Harry Potter fans can bring the wizarding world to life in LEGO Dimensions with the Harry Potter Team Pack featuring the iconic duo of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.  Players can use Harry to cast magical spells such as Wingardium Leviosa, Stupefy, and Expelliarmus to solve puzzles and fight off Death Eaters, or play as Lord Voldemort for access to Dark magic. When travelling across the Adventure World, players can jump onto the Hogwarts Express or Enchanted Car, and then rebuild the 3-in-1 vehicles into the Steam Warrior and Soaring Steam Plane, and the Shark Sub and Monstrous Mouth for special attacks and super weapons.  Players can unlock the Harry Potter Adventure World and bring the fight between good and evil into the Battle Arena.

With The A-Team Fun Pack, players can smash their way through the LEGO multiverse with the classic action hero, B.A. Baracus.  Players can add the mohawk-sporting mechanical genius to their mash-up adventure and use his Super Strength and Fix-It abilities, or activate his special A-Team Master Build and Laser Redirect skills for those harder-to-solve puzzles. B.A.’s Van can quickly get him where he’s needed most, then be rebuilt it into the Fool Smasher and, if B.A. can overcome his fear of flying, rebuilt again into The Pain Plane for upgraded powers in the game. B.A. provides access to The A-Team Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO DIMENSIONS is now available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U™ system.

The Case For Chuck E Cheese’s

As a dad of 4 (whose oldest is now 17) I’ve been through more than my fair share of Birthday parties and despite the hectic cleaning, organizing, decorating and overall party prep schedule that presents itself, theres nothing quite like watching your child have a great time celebrating their birthday. Over the years my family has often gone out of our way to have parties at home because it was “more intimate”. We love having tons of family and friends over and being able to welcome them into our home. My wife always felt having a typical “kids party” at standard birthday party places was just not worth it but as every day gets busier we finally started to realize sometimes it just pays to “leave it to the professionals”.

A few years ago we finally caved in and allowed my daughter to have her birthday party at Chuck E Cheese’s and realized how much simpler our life was because of it. In a span of 2-3 hours our party happened and was all cleaned up with very little effort on our part other than organizing it all. When all the dust was settled, we realized we spent less than we would have buying food and decorating our own home and that our daughter still had the best day celebrating with her friends.

As our boys were born (now 2&4) we went back to the traditional parties at home but this year something (our time and budget) told us for Little Larry’s 4th birthday we should just cave in and head back to chuck E cheeses. After some deliberation we decided to go for it and set everything up online and even got to choose a superhero theme for his party and have digital invites included instead of wasting time and money on paper ones.

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A few days removed from the big event and we couldn’t be happier to report that once again we were reminded just how convenient and fun “taking the party out of the house” can be and although we still love a good, old fashioned, house party with family and friends, our stress levels are in such a better place because of Chuck E Cheese.

That being said this isn’t an advertisement for Chuck E Cheese’s….we just happened to visit there more than any other places. Honestly, we have been to plenty of other fun party places as well (Bounce U, Jeepers, Movie Theaters, etc come to mind).

Most importantly I just wanted to share with other parents one way we’ve found to celebrate our kids’ birthdays while not breaking the bank. While prices can often seem a little high when initially reserving parties at places like these I’ve come to realize that for all it encompasses, you are usually spending the same or less than a party at home would be as well, so its nice to have the option there if you need it.

Does having a giant party or going out mean anything important? Absolutely not. As long as you are there for your child and love them then however you choose to celebrate that is just as important as how we choose to do ours. With that said I want to thank the staff at our local Chuck E Cheese in Jersey City NJ for the peace of mind and professionalism and know that you gave this dad and his wife a great time and stress relief so we could all enjoy celebrating our little guys big day.

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Fun At The NJ Shore

One thing that I absolutely love about living in NJ is the beaches shores and boardwalks that this great state has to offer. My entire life has been filled with memories of rides and games and the amazing food that you can truly only experience at the NJ shore. This weekend the family and I had a nice getaway to Point Pleasant Beach and Jenkinsons Boardwalk. By far it’s our favorite NJ shore destination and I highly recommend it for families with young children. Theres an aquarium, beautiful beaches and restaurants and tons of family friendly games and rides for all ages.

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We stayed at a cost friendly room at the Atlantic Inn Suites in Neighboring Wall Township and were about 15 minutes away from the action at all times. Some of the highlights were a delicious meal at Jersey Shore BBQ which honestly had some of the best BBQ in the state and a gorgeous free fireworks show on Friday night at Jenkinsons Boardwalk.

We even go to quench our current Pokemon Go obsession as the little guy and I wandered the beach and boardwalk finding all types of Pokemon including tons of Magikarp and our first Jigglypuff. Little Larry even “caught” a pikachu in real life as many of the Jenkinsons games are stocked with Pokemon goodies to help fuel the current craze the game has spawned.

Just a great time all around and something I wanted to share with you all as a fair priced fun one to spend with your little ones on the NJ shore. Have any other favorite places you think we should visit? Let me know in the comments or reach out on Twitter @DadWorldOrder

Sweet Suite 2016

Summer in the NYC area is always an adventure and our friends over at The Toy Insider put on one of the most exciting events every year with Sweet Suite, which is part of Blogger Bash NYC. Sweet Suite is a night where toy companies and bloggers/press have fun and get to be big kids while checking out some of the coolest toys for the upcoming Holiday Season.

This year was no exception and was arguably the best yet as we jumped aboard the Majesty Yacht to take in all the sights and sounds of this years Sweet Suite event. There was so much great stuff to see and we will be breaking down some of our favorites in future posts but for now enjoy the pics from this years amazing event!!!

 

Back to the Grind

Hey everyone! I know, I know….Its been forever since we updated the site but we’ve been trying to figure out how exactly we’ll be covering news and life overall and we finally think we’ve got it figured out. Going forward well be bringing you daily updates on parenting life, Dad struggles and the fun toys, games and events that help us make it through everyday. Thanks so much for being here and I cant wait to interact with you all!!!!

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is Coming Home!

Oh man, we knew it was coming but I can’t believe it’s almost here. Just yesterday Disney announced that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will officially hit Digital HD on 4/1 and Blu Ray on 4/5. Knowing how much I’ll want to watch it the weekend of 4/1 with the family means I’ll be buying myself a digital copy and then probably heading out to pick up a Steelbook disc version from Best Buy on Tuesday (because there is never enough STAR WARS!!!).

While that makes me a big nerd it also will benefit those of you who choose to follow us on twitter @DadWorldOrder as I plan to give away a free copy of the Force Awakens to one lucky follower. Just give us an add and I’ll have details up soon.

You can check out the release info below as well as the cool covers for the 3 different store exclusive versions.

From StarWars.com :

Packaged with the film is a galaxy of bonus content that will take fans inside the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including an in-depth documentary, featurettes, and more. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script
  • Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life
  • Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren
  • John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens
  • ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
  • Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Wars fans all over the globe to help others
  • Plus Deleted Scenes

Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

Note: The 3D version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available later this year.

RETAILER EXCLUSIVES

To celebrate the in-home release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are each offering fans a retailer-exclusive, uniquely packaged, collectible version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack. These limited edition releases, seen below, will be packaged as follows:

  • TARGET – The Target Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive packaging and an added 20 minutes of bonus content, including never-before-seen interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and a deeper look at the movie’s costumes and weaponry

  • WALMART – The Walmart Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive BB-8 packaging and an exclusive Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc

  • BEST BUY – The Best Buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack features exclusive SteelBook Packaging

Best Of Toy Fair 2016

So last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2016 in the heart of New York City and I got to see some of the most awesome new toys us Dads will be spending our money on in 2016. I know my kids were going crazy for some of the pictures and samples I brought home and I wanted to share with all of you some of my personal favorites from this years show.

FYI DC characters are killing it across all companies toys

Some Dad Life Encouragement

It’s pretty crazy how fast time flies as a parent. Theres always a sick kid, a forgotten lunch….just something that pops up and gets in the way of the everyday grind. As someone who attempts to work mostly online and through writing gigs and podcasting (here and there) it is almost impossible to get through a day without some type of interruption.

All I can say is keep pushing ahead. I’m not even saying this as some wise old sage but as words of encouragement for myself as well because it really can get overwhelming at times. Stay strong fellow dads and lets remember, the time we have with our families will always be 100x more important than anything else you can do.

Welcome To The Dad World Order

When you’re a dad, you’re a dad “4 Life” and that’s the idea behind the Dad World Order. What I hope to do with this site is give dads a place to just go and celebrate everything good about being a father. At times life can get stressful and often overwhelming but spending time with your kids is always something you can rely on to bring a smile to your face as you know it’s always the most important thing you can be doing with your time.

As a dad of 4 kids myself ranging from ages 1-16 I have definitely experienced all types of chaos over the years but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’m hoping a lot of you out there feel the same way and I look forward to getting to know many of you as the site grows alongside our kids.

Lets have some fun on here.

Feel free to reach out anytime at DadWorldOrder@Gmail.com with your photos, stories etc or hit us on on Twitter @DadWorldOrder and we’ll keep the conversation going.