71171: LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack Review

Due to the nature of LEGO Dimensions our review will be a little different from our normal LEGO Videogames reviews. We’ll be reviewing the actual digital content of the game at a later date, but for now we bring you our review of the physical elements of the Starter Pack. This is numbered as any other LEGO set, so that’s exactly how we will treat it. We may briefly touch upon elements of the game during this review but it’s sole purpose is to highlight the LEGO Toy Pad, Gateway, minifigures and vehicle which are all included in the game. So power up the portal and get ready to jump into a new generation of LEGO sets.

Official description

The LEGO® DIMENSIONS™ Starter Pack has everything you need to set out on epic mash-up adventures filled with iconic worlds and unlikely allies as you’ve never seen them before. Build the minifigure heroes and fire-up the game to start the experience, then follow the in-game build instructions to assemble the loose bricks into the LEGO® Gateway, and place the structure on the LEGO® Toy Pad. There’s a whole multiverse of puzzles to solve, and challenges and enemies to face, and when you’re ready for more, collect level, team & fun packs to expand your collection. Use whatever minifigure with whichever vehicle or gadget – go ahead… break the rules!

  • Characters from a mix of brands join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own
  • Bring up to seven minifigures, vehicles, and/or gadgets into the game all at once
  • Players can let imagination guide their solo journey or have a friend join for co-op play
  • The LEGO Toy Pad and game will offer continued compatibility with future expansions
  • Includes: game, Toy Pad, bricks to build Gateway, three minifigures, and Batmobile

The review

The Starter Pack contains Everything you need to begin your journey into the LEGO Multiverse, including a copy of the game, a Toy Pad, the bricks to build the LEGO Gateway Portal, a trio of minifigures and a Batmobile vehicle. Each of these also include a LEGO Toy Tag, this is what allows the physical elements of LEGO Dimensions to interact with the digital world of the game.


You begin the build by constructing the heroes of the game, namely Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle. These are exactly the same as minifigures from other sets. With Batman in his fully grey Batsuit, Wyldstyle with her hood down and Gandalf with his staff. Both caped minifigures have the old rougher materialized shoulder wear in place of the new softer style introduced this year. I personally like the new style better, but I have a feeling the production of Dimensions sets began many months ago, hence the original style. Wyldstyle also has a Artifact Detector as seen The LEGO Movie. The minifigures themselves are a pretty standard affair, but their bases are what make them truly unique. The LEGO Toy Tag is also a brand new element and takes the form of a round disc, the same width as a 2×4 brick and includes 2 studs on it top. Within the disc is wafer thin ‘chip’ this looks a little like a circuit board this is what communicates with the Toy Pad base. It’s made from trans blue plastic so you can see the inner workings, I quite like this as it shows these aren’t your average LEGO piece. The minifigure tags each feature printed detail, relevant to the character that stands atop them. This is helpful for when you remove the minifigures from the tags. Yes for those worried the minifigures are non-removable – fear not, they can be removed and used with other LEGO sets.


The Toy Pad is around the height of a two standard LEGO Brick and measures 19cm X 14cm. As you look down on the Toy Pad you’ll notice it has three separate sections nearer the front, with two 2×2 plates located either side of near the back. This is a brand new LEGO element and not surprisingly unique to this set. The Toy Pad connects to your console of choice via a connected USB cable, which has the LEGO logo printed into the connect end, this is a nice little touch and adds to the high quality feel of the product.


The main part of the set is the LEGO Gateway, which sets atop the Toy Pad. There are two ways of building it, the old fashioned way, by using the included instruction booklet or by following the digital instructions included at the start of the game. There is no benefits or disadvantages to using one over the other. The basis of the Gateway is constructed atop a large new base plate with is shaped like a chunky T and has circle directly in it’s middle. I quite enjoyed building the gateway, it uses some fun elements to create the circular portal and also has a nice colour scheme with lots of turquoise, silver and trans-turquoise elements. It also has a couple of rare elements including a mini robot arm, which I’ve been trying to identify for a few days and a purple Oval Shield seen in the Ultra Agents and Legends of CHIMA range. These all feature print detail and at first are connected to the rear of the build, the reason for this will become apparent as you play through the game.


Once complete the Gateway connects to the Toy Pad, sitting over the the raised circle section. Once complete it looks so cool, even more so when you start the game as the white sections of the Toy Pad contain colour changing LEDs. When lit the transparent sections of the Gateway appear to glow and the portal feels like it has come to life. It was to be seen to be believed. Only gripe is because the Gateway only connects tot he Toy Pad via to 2×2 plate point nearer the rear, the front of plate base of the Gateway, slightly lifts up.


After a little bit of gameplay you are then required to build the included Batmobile Vehicle. Instructions for this can only be found in the game. This has annoyed a fair few people, who wish to only buy the sets and not the game. But it’s a nice way to blend the physical elements with the game itself. However LEGO seemed to have caved and have recently confirmed every sets instructions will be made available online. The Vehicles Toy Tag is blank with no detail on it, this is because it’s actually a blank tag, which can have data written on it once you collect the instructions for them in game. Each Vehicle and Gadget in LEGO Dimensions has three alternate builds, all of which are discovered as you play through the main story.

Yes it’s an expansive set, with an RRP of £99.99 on newer consoles, but if you shop around it can be found for just £79.99. Minus the cost of the software which is around £40, meaning the Toy Pad, Gateway and minifigures/vehicles could be thought as a £40 set. Not bad going for a device which will be supported with content for at least three years.

LEGO Dimensions is available now, so what are you doing reading this get down the shop and start breaking the rules.


Hi I'm Adam, the gaming guru here at the good ship Brick Fanatics. I've been a fan of gaming and LEGO for many years. So you can imagine my delight when the two joined forces. First LEGO set I ever owned was the LEGO King's Castle. I'm also Games Expert and contributor for Bricks Magazine.


One thought on “71171: LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack Review

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    29/09/2015 at 09:27

    It looks stunning and cant wait to read your thoughts on the game. Must resist urge to buy…………..

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