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.

MARVEL INTRODUCES U.S.AVENGERS #1 STATE VARIANTS

Say what you will about different comic book variant covers, but I kind of love the idea of every state having their own Avenger! I just need to know who is NJ going to get?!!!! Im pulling for Ms.Marvel but I’m biased because she attends my daughters High School.

New York, NY—September 21, 2016 — The security of the Marvel Universe is fractured. The world’s first line of defense, S.H.I.E.L.D., can no longer be trusted. The United States no longer has a super-spy agency with its best interests at heart – until now. Prepare for the U.S.AVENGERS! 

They’re the team you can trust!

For the launch of this all-new series, U.S.AVENGERS #1 will feature over 50 unique variants assigning one Avengers to that state! Sam Wilson soars high over Maryland, Iron Man rockets across the Golden State of California, Black Widow defends the Constitution State of Connecticut, and Spectrum shines a light on evil in Louisiana. With more state variants to be revealed in the upcoming days, which Avenger will be protecting you?

“Marvel’s U.S.AVENGERS State Variants are a chance for our fans and retailers to show their home town patriotism paired with some of the biggest Avengers from the Marvel Universe,” says SVP Sales & Marketing for Marvel, David Gabriel. “We knew that a series with the name U.S.AVENGERS would evoke a sense of honor with all of our fans and we really wanted to go that extra step and offer a variant campaign that would allow our readers to show their hometown pride across this great nation – even our neighbors Canada and Puerto Rico! Expect their own variants as well.”

Action, adventure and intrigue draped in the red, white and blue! The U.S.AVENGERS are here and bringing along Avengers for every state.  And eagle-eye readers may notice that all 50 variants will connect to form Old Glory herself, the flag of the United States of America.

Show you pride by tracking down the variants that speak the most you. Which of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do you want protecting your home state? #USAvengers

U.S.AVENGERS #1
Written by AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA
State Variant Cover Art by ROD REIS

BATMAN: The Telltale Series Is Here!

As a dad and lifelong gamer I share that passion with my kids and while Telltale games are usually a little too mature for the younger ones, their releases are fantastic pieces of art for older teens and adults who want to kick back and enjoy episodic versions of some of their favorite franchises (including Walking Dead and Game of Thrones). Yesterday though, they topped all of that with the release of BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows.  I can not wait to play this game. It is BATMAN arguably my favorite superhero present in an awesome comic art style and served in tasty individual episodes that completely work with my hectic schedule. I will definitely be talking more about the game in the future as I get to play and you can check out all of the official details below from Telltale.
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San Rafael, Calif. & Burbank, Calif., August 2nd, 2016 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today released the season premiere episode of the highly anticipated BATMAN – The Telltale Series,now available for download.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows makes its worldwide debut digitally today on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services; on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4; and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One®. The premiere episode will also be available later this week on Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services; later this month on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360®; and the week of Sept. 13 for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
The series will also be available to purchase at retailers for a MSRP of $29.99 USD or equivalent starting Sept. 13 in North America as a special “Season Pass Disc,” which will include the first of five episodes in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. The series will then be available to purchase at retailers across Europe beginning Sept. 16.
“Creating an entirely original story surrounding the man behind the mask and challenging players to take on the role of Bruce Wayne just as much as the mythic Batman has resulted in one of our most sophisticated Telltale series yet,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO, Co-Founder of Telltale Games. “Our game will explore all aspects of Bruce’s life, from his tense encounters in public with Gotham City’s most notorious criminals by day, to his thrilling chases across the rooftops at night, players will think twice about their choices and consequences in a city that’s always watching the actions of its most famous billionaire.”
“Telltale Games is renowned for its unique style of interactive storytelling, which is a great match for the incredibly iconic character of Batman,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are excited to further expand our partnership with Telltale to bring fans an entirely new way to experience the many layers of Bruce Wayne’s story.”
The series also marks the first ever unique, local multiplayer options for a Telltale game with the all-new Crowd Play feature. Revealed at the game’s sneak preview during San Diego Comic-Con, Crowd Play allows game owners to invite a group of players to vote on story decisions and give feedback from their mobile devices using any web browser connected online when following along with the lead player on a main screen. The feature is designed to allow 2-24 or more players to enjoy episodes together in their living rooms, and will also accommodate much larger crowds and audiences of over 1,000 at special upcoming live events in theaters organized by Telltale. Crowd Play will allow for a new and instantly accessible way for players to enjoy Telltale entertainment together as a group, creating an experience that continues to break new ground in the space between games and interactive cinematic storytelling. Visit telltale.com/crowdplay/support for more information on the feature.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series is an episodic game series licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne,Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows is rated M (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Language, and Violence by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated by the ESRB. The series is published by Telltale Games in partnership with Warner Bros.
For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official website, like Telltale Games and BATMAN – The Telltale Series on Facebook, and follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter.

Hands On With Lego Dimensions Sweet Suite

One of the most exciting things about Sweet Suite and BBNYC is getting our hands on some of the newest and most exciting toys of the year before they release. Without question the new expansions for LEGO DIMENSIONS are some that got us the most excited and we had to take some pics to share.

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It was so awesome seeing Gizmo from Gremlins, Lord Voldemort and characters from Adventure Time, The A-Team, Mission Impossible and more go wild inside of a Harry Potter Quidditch stadium. The new figures look great just like the first sets and the Ghostbusters’ Chinese restaurant headquarters from the new film looked fantastic as the new base.

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What I think will excite parents the most about the expansions for LEGO DIMENSIONS is that YOU DONT HAVE TO BUY A NEW STARTER SET TO PLAY. These new expansions work just like the old ones with the existing base and figures, so it just helps open up you and your children’s world of play without breaking the bank. I cant recommend the new sets highly enough and you can grab yours starting this September at all major retailers!

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!!!

 

Star Wars Han Solo #1 Hits Stores This June

From Marvel:

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1 Punches it Into Hyperspace This June!

 

New York, NY – March 7th, 2016 – Everyone’s favorite scoundrel – now starring in his very own series! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1 – the newest Star Wars™ limited series coming to a galaxy far, far away and your local comic shops this June! A-list creators Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks hop in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon to bring you a swashbuckling tale of high adventure in deep space!

 

Han Solo has finally entered his ship into the Dragon Void Run – an infamous high-stakes race across the stars. You know, the race Han has dreamt of winning. Only there’s a catch – his entry into this legendary race is a top-secret undercover mission for Princess Leia and the Rebellion! Will he keep his mind on the mission? More importantly – can he manage to pull it off while still maintaining his lead in the race?!

 

The race is on as Han, Chewie and the Falcon blast off this June for the highly anticipated STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices!

 

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1 (of 5)

Written by MARJORIE LIU

Art by MARK BROOKS
Cover by LEE BERMEJO
On Sale in June!

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