Shortly after Lego officially announced their entry into the toys-to-life genre, pre-orders were made available on Amazon. Upon discovering the pre-orders some folks simply went ahead and pre-ordered everything they could find. Others, however, were simply shocked by the price of the Starter Pack.
The Status Quo
By this point many of us had grown accustomed to the $74.99 Starter Packs offered by Skylanders and Disney Infinity. Even then, some still refused to pay full price and waited until Black Friday or even the next year when the price starts to drop.
So naturally when a price of $99.99 pops up, some level of mass hysteria will ensue.
But before you rush home and nail your wallet shut, let’s explore this Starter Pack a little.
What Does the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack Include?
Let’s just keep it simple for now. Here’s a list of what’s included in the Starter Pack:
- 1 Lego Dimensions Game
- 1 Lego Toy Pad
- (Bricks to Build) 1 Lego Gateway
- 1 Batman Minifigure
- 1 Gandalf Minifigure
- 1 Wyldstyle Minifigure
- 1 Lego Batmobile Vehicle
While we’re not quite comparing apples to apples, let’s briefly compare it to the Skylanders Starter Pack.
Both packs include 1 video game.
Both packs include 1 Toy Pad/Portal.
Both packs include 3 figures.
All in all, the basics are the same. You could make the same comparison to the Disney Infinity Starter Pack as well.
Why is the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack a Good Value?
Now let’s break down the Dimensions Starter Pack a little more. Let’s see if we can justify the price tag they’ve given it.
1 LEGO Video Game
While the LEGO video games can drop dramatically in price after a relatively short period of time, their list price is $59.99.
1 269 Piece LEGO set
I really like how they decided to treat every pack as a standard Lego set, giving it a number and piece count. In this case, the total piece count for the Gateway, vehicle, and minifigures comes to 269.
In the past, Lego sets featuring 269 pieces had a retail price of $29.99.
Already you can see that we’re close to $90 worth of product. Add in the necessary Toy Pad and I think you can safely say we’re at $99.99.
Still Don’t Like the Price?
If the straight numbers aren’t working for you, consider this:
Right off the bat in the official press release, Lego has given us a breath of fresh air.
One LEGO Toy Pad, LEGO Gateway and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer endless opportunities to customize a player’s experience for years to come. Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the Starter Pack, even in the fall of next year. No compatibility chart necessary.
Backing up their #BreakTheRules hashtag, Lego vows that equipment you buy in the Starter Pack now will be compatible for years to come.
It looks like Lego has done their homework and it ready take the competition head on.
So when considering the cost of the Starter Pack, I definitely think that you have to keep in mind that it will last you more than one year.
Are you ready to pre-order yet?