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Lego Dimensions contains many nods to the participating franchises, and a few extra, too.

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     Main Story 
  • Opening prologue
    • The title cutscene on Foundation Prime has bricks combining to form, among other things, the number 42. One of the other things they form is the Tower Bridge LEGO set.
    • The Lord of the Rings portion of the opening cutscene is structured almost exactly as it was in its own LEGO Adaptation Game, with the only real difference being that Gandalf keeps his hat.
    • Wyldstyle recognizes both Batman and Gandalf when they drop into the LEGO Movie world, as both exist there as Master Builders.
  • Follow the LEGO Brick Road
    • A cart blocking the trio's path is mentioned to belong to the Horse of a Different Color, who is seen to the left of the road.
    • During the first battle with the Wicked Witch, Wyldstyle comments that her broomstick seems to be defying gravity somehow.
    • One of the obstacles on the way to the Witch's castle is a talking tree. He gets summoned again in the Portal level to deal with some turrets.
    • Connecting the Arcade Machine to an Arcade Dock in the hidden Munchkin Town area allows you to play Toobin'.
    • The minikits in this level are picnic baskets containing the objects that the Wizard gives Dorothy's friends at the end of the film: A diploma, a medal, and a heart-shaped clock.
  • Meltdown at Sector 7-G
    • The level title refers to where Homer Simpson works in the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant.
    • Springfield's Foundation Element is the Inanimate Carbon Rod, the same one seen in the show's opening and the one that Homer lost the title of Employee of the Month to.
    • After crash-landing in the Simpson house and interrupting a Couch Gag, Gandalf turns on The Krusty the Clown Show.
    • A Micro-Manager in the sky section of the level is destroyed by a roasted pig flying through the air.
    • As the Micro-Manager the trio is hijacking crashes into the power plant, Homer mutters in his sleep "It's not selling out, it's co-branding!"
    • Similarly, once he gets captured he mistakes Lord Business for a space alien.
    • In the power plant, Mr. Burns puts up a sign saying "323 days without otherworldly invasion" before changing it to 0 days. LEGO Dimensions was released on September 27, 2015; 322 days prior to the game's release, on November 9, 2014, was the airing of the Simpsons/Futurama crossover "Simpsorama", the most recent canon Simpsons crossover episode at the timenote .
    • Using the Chroma keystone, the Joker revives the large Joker-Bot from LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes.
    • Somehow, you can take the TARDIS from Burns Manor to Bedrock, of all places.
    • A minikit in the power plant can be obtained by breaking five barrels of Little Lisa Slurry.
    • The replacement music for the level seems deliberately composed to be more bouncy and Elfman-esque as a tribute to the man himself, who originally wrote the main titles.
  • Elements of Surprise
    • The Elemental Phase keystone introduced in this level utilizes three elements used by the Ninjago protagonists: Fire, Lightning, and Earth, with Water (confusingly) swapped in for Ice.
  • A Dalektable Adventure
    • Gandalf interacts with the TARDIS console and ends up electrocuting himself, turning into Gandalf the White before electrocuting himself again.
    • Some monitors throughout the level show a string of numbers (17:16 23.11.63) that represents the original airdate and time for "An Unearthly Child".
    • In the space station "Dave" there is a skeleton contained in some water. Opening it with a spinjitzu switch reveals a Cyberman.
    • After rescuing Clara, she asks you to "run you clever boy, and remember me," repeating the final words of her other temporal incarnations which served as Arc Words during Series 7.
    • A few walls on "Dave" have "BAD WOLF" scrawled on them, the Arc Words for the first new series of Doctor Who.
    • In the cemetery, there is a cracked wall that, when broken, reveals a crack in the universe that dispenses one of the level's minikits.
    • A computer in the Weeping Angel portion of the level requires you to type YANA.
    • Some screens in the Weeping Angel section play the security footage from the Byzantium.
    • The bonus area is the S.S. Madame de Pompadour. You get there by opening the Pandorica.
      • In the same area, there is another crack in the universe visible on one of the walls.
    • Surrounded by a group of Weeping Angels, Batman hits a lever with a batarang to drop the trio to safety, leaving the Angels staring at each other much like what happened in their first appearance.
    • During the battle against the Dalek Emperor, he may tell his underlings to " Secure the unlimited rice pudding!"
    • After bringing the main trio back to Vorton World, The Doctor scans the gateway and sees that it's being used like a Gallifreyan time scoop.
    • A Special Weapons Dalek is the last one the Dalek Emperor throws at you. It later reappears to try and send Vortech through a portal.
    • The minikits for the main level form the telescope from "Tooth and Claw".
    • An Arcade Dock in this level allows you to play Xybots.
  • Painting the Town Black
    • The minikits in this area are the same ones used in the LEGO Batman games, which are in turn recolors of the LEGO Star Wars minikits.
    • In the opening scene, the Lexcorp Building from Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is prominently visible.
    • An Arcade Dock near the gate to Barad-Dur allows you to play Paperboy.
  • Once Upon a Time Machine in the West
    • In the very first seconds of the level, you can very faintly hear the "old west" version of "Everything is Awesome" from The LEGO Movie that Vitruvius was playing on his piano.
    • One of the townsfolk you help in the first section is Seamus McFly, who's stuck in a pile of manure - a fate normally reserved for the Tannen family.
    • Confused by Doc Brown asking "When am I?", Batman asks if he hit his head. Doc Brown hitting his head is how he thought of the Flux Capacitor, the Back to the Future Foundation Element and the device that makes time travel possible.
    • In order to impede the trio's attempts to reach him, Lord Vortech summons The Valiant to crash and act as a wall.
    • A DeLorean Treadmill during the boss battle against Vortech takes you to Hill Valley 2015.
    • The MechDragon is summoned to deal with Vortech's eagle form.
    • An Arcade Dock in the beginning of the stage allows you to play Timber!
  • GLaD to See You
    • Prior to the level, X-PO describes the foundation element as a "delicious and moist" cake, directly quoting a line from "Still Alive", the game's theme song.
    • The doors and behind-the scenes areas are based on those of the original Portal, while everything else follows the Portal 2 aesthetics. The High Energy Pellets from the original Portal also appear in a few rooms.
    • Homer gets summoned to destroy some blockage, while stuck on a wrecking ball. The animation that plays is identical to the scene from the movie, down to the ball suddenly jerking to the left after appearing to have stopped moving.
    • In the first main backstage area, you can find the singing turrets from Portal 2.
    • To serve as a distraction during the boss fight, the player has to summon, of all things, HAL 9000.
    • Scattered around the level are radios that, if struck, play the Latin version of the "Still Alive" theme which was heard in the original game (the original version of the song, however, is not heard).
    • In certain test chambers, Doug Rattmann can briefly be seen behind cracks in the walls and ceiling.
  • Riddle-Earth
    • When Gandalf identifies that they are in Middle-Earth, Wyldstyle asks if he meant Middle-Zealand. Middle-Zealand is one of the realms in The LEGO Movie, as a joke on how Lord of the Rings was filmed in New Zealand.
    • The minikits are boxes with treasure sticking out, taken directly from LEGO Lord of the Rings.
    • To break apart the debris blocking the entrance to Minas Tirith, you have to summon the Animal King turret from the ending sequence of Portal 2.
    • One minikit in this level requires you to smash 5 Riddler Trophies.
    • GLaDOS outfits some orcs with personality core helmets, based on the simpler design from the first Portal game.
    • Before the Balrog appears, a small white rabbit hops in front of the door.
    • One of the items summoned to defeat the Balrog is the Fire Lion.
    • You can travel in the TARDIS from Minas Tirith to the Silurian spaceship.
    • An Arcade Dock in this level allows you to play Vindicators.
  • The Phantom Zone
    • The background music is a recurring piece from the first film.
    • While tangentially related to the amount of ghosts (i.e. "phantoms") that appear in the Ghostbusters world, the title refers to the prison dimension used on Krypton for criminals such as General Zod.
    • In the opening cutscene, some ghosts can be seen hijacking an ice cream van from The LEGO Movie and its accompanying toyline.
    • A movie theater in the level announces that it's showing Ghost Smashers, one of the working titles for Ghostbusters.
    • The bonus area for this level involves the RMS Titanic, as it appeared in Ghostbusters II.
    • A DeLorean Treadmill in the bonus area takes you between June 16, 1989 (Ghostbusters II's release date) and April 13, 1912 (One day before the Titanic sank)
    • Climbing to the bow of the Titanic reveals two skeletons in the famous pose of Jack and Rose.
    • You summon the Double Decker Couch to climb the broken staircase in Ghostbuster HQ.
    • An Arcade Dock in the Firehouse allows you to play RoadBlasters.
  • All Your Bricks Are Belong to Us
    • The title refers to "All your base are belong to us," a rather memetic quote from Zero Wing.note 
    • The first section of this level is based on Defender.
    • A hacking minigame in this section resembles a Pac-Man maze, complete with four viruses starting next to each other.
    • A DeLorean Treadmill in this section takes you between February 23, 1981 (Defender's release date) and September 27, 2015 (Lego Dimensions' release date).
    • The area the DeLorean Treadmill takes you to is the GSA Base from the 2002 reboot of Defender.
    • The second section is based on Gauntlet, containing the same Announcer Chatter and low-health sound as the original game.
    • If Gandalf or The Wicked Witch are low on health, the announcer may inform the player that "Wizard needs food badly," referring to one of the original game's playable classes.
    • The third section is based on Super Sprint.
    • The fourth and final section is based on Robotron 2084, with the characters moving parallel to the ground to mimic the original game's viewpoint.
  • Mystery Mansion Mash-up
    • The way Shaggy and Scooby leave in the Mystery Machine during the intro cutscene is reminiscent of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon, with the van only seen from the front, back, or profile.
    • One of the first minikits in the level requires you to dig up and rebuild Charlie the Funland Robot.
    • Inside the mansion is a portrait of the Explorer, from LEGO Minifigures Series 2.
    • The mooks that the mummy ( Lord Vortech) summons during the boss section come from Pharaoh's Quest, a discontinued 2011 LEGO theme.
    • Trap doors and moving walls inside the mansion are lighter than the rest of the background, referencing the original cartoon's frequent use of Conspicuously Light Patch.
  • Prime Time
  • The End is Tri
    • The Level starts on the side of The Octan Tower, then moves through Isengard and the rooftops of Gotham City. These three locations come from the homeworlds of the Starter Pack characters.
    • Besides the Octan Logo pasted on them, this level's minikits are the same ones from the first LEGO Adaptation Game, LEGO Star Wars.
    • The bonus area for this area takes place during a party celebrating Bilbo Baggins' birthday, as seen in The Fellowship of the Ring.
    • At Bilbo's party, the Locate keystone can be used to summon a jukebox that plays "The Power of Love" from Back to the Future.
    • During the fight against the Tri, one of the items that comes crashing down onto the arena is Wyldystle's Super Cycle. Ironically, it needs to be Master Rebuilt to progress in the fight.
    • An Arcade Dock at the start of the level allows you to play Blasteroids.
  • The Final Dimension
    • The minikits in this level have CHI symbols on them, indicating that they come from the Legends of Chima World.
    • A hidden area in this level is the Destiny's Bounty.
    • One of the objects you summon to destroy Vortech's "green square" is a Rocket Sentry from Portal, albeit a modified quad-rocket version.
    • Among the many people teaming up to stop Vortech is Mystery Inc. This means that they are taking part in defeating a cosmic being planning on bringing about the end of the universe. They actually went through something similar before.
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     Story Packs 
  • Ghostbusters 2016
    • Paranormal Beginnings
      • The first cutscene opens with The Joker driving past Aldridge Mansion in the DeLorean Time Machine, and Doc Brown chasing after it.
      • When Erin, Abby, and Holtzmann meet with the Aldridge personnel, Marty McFly Jr., Velma, and Chell all pass by. The DeLorean and the Mystery Machine also drive past.
    • Ghostbusting!
    • The Mercado Building
      • The receptionist who shares an actress with Janine exclaims, "We got one!", when asked to reserve a room with a view.
      • The boiler room has a secret area set in yet another part of Aperture Science, including the cake room seen in the ending of the first Portal.
      • In the cutscene when the level ends, Bad Cop / Good Cop is covering crowd control.
    • Breaking the Barrier
      • A movie theater marquee advertises Ghost Smashers III, a nod to a working title of the original Ghostbusters and the fact this is technically the third Ghostbusters movie, and Groomsmen, apparently a Gender Flip of one of Paul Feig's, Kristen Wiig's, and Melissa McCarthy's own movies, Bridesmaids.
      • The parade float scene is altered to include both an Ice King and a Dr. Eggman float. The arrival of the Eggman float causes the music to change to his theme from Sonic Adventure.
    • The Battle for Times Square
      • A poster advertising a "Musical on Ice" features the Ice Skater, from LEGO Minifigures Series 4.
      • Another poster beside it advertises a movie called "Really Tough Mission".
      • One minikit requires you to summon a smaller version of E.T's mothership.
      • One of the bonus side areas accessible using the Vine Cut ability is a florist's shop, referencing a scene cut from the final film.
    • The Final Showdown
      • During the ghost dimension part of the level, the player can earn a minikit by rescuing Dorothy.
      • During the post-credits cutscene in the Story Pack, Velma and Lord Garmadon can be seen behind Kevin during the news report.
      • Also during the post-credits scene, Emmet affixes the Ghostbusters sign to the firehouse when they move in.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    • Accruing Interest
      • Aquaman can be seen during the opening cutscene, briefly surfacing from the water as people get off the boat.
      • A secret area in the vault section is the Lovegood House, almost identical to its appearance in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7.
    • Grand Opening
    • A Walk in the Park
      • During the opening cutscene for this level, Scooby and Shaggy are disguised as jewelry store mannequins alongside the niffler.
      • When Newt Scamander attaches wings to a car to make it fly out of the way, he hopes the idea won't catch on. Of course, 70 years later Arthur Weasley has a flying Ford Anglia.
      • In addition, when Jacob says the word Abracadabra, Newt warns him to be careful how he says it, referencing the killing curse Avada Kedavra.
      • A secret TARDIS access point takes you to the halls of the Red Dwarf.
      • Thanks to the Locate keystone, Sloth gets to ride on a stampeding erumpent.
      • During the level's end cutscene, The Wicked Witch turns Langdon into a frog, with one of her flying monkeys close by. She's later seen in The Blind Pig during the opening cutscene for "Demiguise Double-Cross."
    • A Trial with Style
    • Demiguise Double-Cross
      • In the opening cutscene, Modesty Barebone is shown holding the Spooky Girl's teddy bear, from LEGO Minifigures Series 12.
      • Some of the patrons in The Blind Pig include Saruman the White and an oddly-animate Weeping Angel.
      • Greta Gremlin gets summoned using the Locate keystone to distract Gnarlack during his boss fight.
      • A hidden TARDIS pad takes the player to S.T.A.R. Labs from The Flash (2014), able to access both the main cortex and Reverse Flash's secret room. In place of the 2024 newspaper, the "Old Man Yells at Cloud" paper appears instead.
    • Obscurus For-Sure-Us
      • On a billboard near the start of the level is the Flamenco Dancer, from LEGO Minifigures Series 6.

  • The LEGO Batman Movie

     Level Packs 
  • Simpsons Level Pack
  • Back to the Future Level Pack
    • The Level Pack is a retelling of the first Back to the Future film, skipping over the subplot of making sure Marty's parents get married.
    • To get to the Enchantment Under the Sea bonus area in the Level Pack, you have to use the Locate keystone to summon Homer driving Mr. Plow.
    • An Arcade Dock inside the 1950's barn allows you to play 720°.
  • Portal 2 Level Pack
    • The final scene has Chell and Wheatley discovering a room full of boxes from Black Mesa, Aperture Science's main rival. Similarly, in the story level GLaDOS may ask HAL 9000 if Black Mesa sent him.
    • The character in peril is Cave Johnson, uploaded into a personality core. In an early draft of Portal 2's story, Cave Johnson was to appear in a similar form, and you would have to power him down to progress.
    • The Level Pack's minikits combine to create PotatOS, the form GLaDOS was in during Wheatley's control of the facility.
    • An Arcade Dock by the end of the first test chamber allows you to play Klax.
  • Doctor Who Level Pack
    • The opening cutscene for the Level Pack contains a LEGO-fied version of the current (2015) Doctor Who intro, with the addition of the Doctor's past regenerations being scattered among the various gears.
    • One minikit requires you to assist a Judoon in the Dalek-devastated future London.
    • In the Level Pack, you have to rescue Clara Oswald from a familiar giant robot.
    • Upon touching down in Victorian London, the Doctor mentions encountering the Gelth, Weng-Chiang, and a giant dinosaur in the Thames.
    • In one of the shops that the Autons burst out of in 2015 London, some televisions are showing picutres of the Scarecrow and Green Lantern, who are otherwise absent from LEGO Dimensions.
    • A minikit in Victorian London requires you to create a miniature replica of the Cyberking.
    • A puzzle to reach the last power generator takes you through I.M. Foreman's scrapyard.
    • Among the foes fought in Victorian London are the Great Intelligence's snowmen.
    • Upon arriving on Trenzalore, the Doctor will mutter "Silence will fall", the Arc Words of the Eleventh Doctor's run.
    • The bonus area for the Level Pack takes place in the U.N.I.T. Black Archive.
    • The Level Pack's minikit is the makeshift TARDIS console. However, due to an error, the game displays it as the standard level's telescope.
  • Ghostbusters Level Pack
    • The Level Pack is based on the plot of the original Ghostbusters movie.
  • Midway Arcade Level Pack
    • The level itself gives access to a large amount of arcade games, specifically:
    • Using the arcade machine in various other levels unlocks even more playable arcade games, specifically:
    • The bonus area in the Level Pack is based on Paperboy, with a similar isometric viewpoint.
    • When the Gamer Kid transforms back to normal during the Level Pack's end cutscene, he awkwardly sidles away in a similar manner to the characters of the Rampage arcade game.
  • Adventure Time Level Pack
  • Mission: Impossible Level Pack
    • The pack adapts the events of the original film.
    • Benji admits that getting Strapped to a Bomb isn't as scary as hanging off the side of an airplane.
    • In the opening cutscene of the level pack, the in-flight movie Jim Phelps watches is of Ethan playing volleyball with a literal goose.
    • Various cameos from other franchises appear:
      • The PerfEcto can be seen sailing down a canal.
      • Ethan encounters the TARDIS while trying to find a pay phone, much to his confusion. The Doctor actually peeks out after Ethan leaves.
      • When viewing the overhead shot of the CIA/IMF headquarters, you can briefly see the Ecto-1 and the Mystery Machine on the roads in the background.
      • Finn can be seen walking off the train carrying a drink.
    • Wave 7 introduced more cameos:
      • Gizmo can be seen in the Akvarium... RIGHT when Ethan blew up the fish tanks.
      • Elliot can be seen in the train tunnel in the cutscene showing Ethan discussing the CIA heist.
      • Newt Scamander is seen sitting right across where Luther Stickell is while trying to stop Max from downloading the real NOC list.
    • One minikit involves creating a giant replica of the infamous exploding sunglasses.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack
    • The Level Pack opens with the phrase "TT Games Sonic Team Presents" in the same neon blue writing seen in Sonic the Hedgehog.
      • This is followed by a Lego variation of the first Sonic title screen, but since Sonic doesn't have a finger, he wags a ring instead.
    • The first section of the Level Pack is, naturally, Green Hill Zone.
    • Between each level section is a special stage; Aesthetically, they resemble those from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, while the background has the alternating fish and birds from the original.
    • During the cutscene after the end of Green Hill Zone, Eggman briefly juggles the six Chaos Emeralds he has, just like he did in the Bad Ending of Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • The second section of is Emerald Coast, even starting with the killer whale chasing Sonic.
      • Sonic builds the Sonic Speedster out of a speedboat resembling its water transformation in Racing Transformed.
      • Dr. Eggman almost calls himself Dr. Robotnik, his original name in North America.
      • During the Emerald Coast boss fight, Sonic mentions that Eggman's plan is as fake as his mustache, referencing an unused Omochao line from Sonic Adventure 2.
      • Also during the boss fight, Eggman calls Sonic a "cocky needlemouse", referencing his original prototype name.
      • Sonic similarly refers to Eggman once as "Fatty Lobotnik", an early name for the character during the first game's development.
    • The third section of the level pack is the Death Egg, where Dr. Eggman summons Robo Sonic, Mecha Sonic, and Metal Sonic using the Locate keystone.
      • Upon arriving here, Sonic calls Dr. Eggman "Baldy McNosehair."
      • Prior to summoning Robo Sonic, Eggman says "Get a load of this!" He then says it again before summoning Mecha Sonic and points out that he already said that, referencing the tendency for him to repeat his boss lines in Sonic Adventure.
    • In the post-boss cutscene, one of the dimensional rifts contains a Sega Genesis and a taxi that nearly swerves into Sonic.
    • The fourth section is based off of Metropolis Zone. Sonic even points this out in-game.
      • The two robots Sonic has to destroy in this section are part of the E-100 series.
      • To provoke them, Sonic builds an Eggman Item Monitor. Breaking these in the original Genesis titles caused you to take damage.
    • The fifth section is based off of Marble Zone.
    • The sixth section is based off of Labyrinth Zone.
      • When Big mentions this is where a Chaos Emerald is in the preceding cutscene, Sonic flashes back to the drowning music, complete with a brickified version of his Sonic 1 sprite.
      • Also during this cutscene, Shadow is shown holding a gun. Knuckles knocks it out of his hand into the vortex, to Shadow's annoyance.
      • The Labyrinth Zone's design is heavily based on the Lost Labyrinth Zone. The music that plays in the area is also taken from that level.
      • A buildable portal within Labyrinth Zone takes you to the Breakfast Kingdom.
      • Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle make brief appearances in the post-section cutscene.
    • The final section of the Level Pack is a return to the Death Egg.
      • The first boss fight here is, of course, the Death Egg robot. Sonic isn't too amused by its presence, though, and mentions that this is the fourth time Eggman's used it.
      • When Sonic goes Super towards the end of the battle with Chaos, he shouts that he's taking him down "like it's 1999."
  • Goonies Level Pack
    • The Level Pack is based on the original film, starting from the point where Chunk is kidnapped and meets Sloth.
    • Some of the cars in the race seen in the main titles include BA Baracus' van, the Mystery Machine, the Ecto-1, K.I.T.T., and the DeLorean (with hover conversion).note 
    • Sloth accidentally activates a switch that brings down some Shower Gremlins.note 
    • The player saves Brand and Andy from the octopus by repairing a boom box and making the octopus dance, evoking a Deleted Scene in which Data uses a Walkman to save his friends from an octopus. (Some televisings of The Goonies put this scene back in.) As a Discontinuity Nod, the couple agrees that this is too stupid to ever speak of again — though Data declares that he'll still tell everyone, foreshadowing an Orphaned Reference that somehow didn't stay on the cutting room floor.
    • Francis Fratelli loosely quotes Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" ("I guess those Goonies *were* good enough...") after the player defeats him.
    • A trapped Mouth sarcastically claims to be "filming a music video with a bunch of pro wrestlers", in reference to several WWF Superstars appearing alongside most of the original Goonies in the music video for "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough".
    • Some of the Goonies' banter in the final sections of the level reference past events in the movie, such as Brand owing Data's sister a new bike, and Mikey recalling the money he took back from the wishing well.
    • A TARDIS station in the fourth section of the level takes you to the planet Vulcan. It also includes a LEGO-fied version of the First Doctor's regeneration on an In-Universe TV, and the original Dalek Emperor.
    • After the Goonies escape the cave, B.A. Baracus, Marty McFly, Michael Knight, Doc Brown, and some Gremlins join the welcoming party.

     Adventure Worlds 
  • DC Comics world
  • The LEGO Movie world
    • After completing Benny's mission, he mentions that the residents of Middle Zealand were threatening to "make him join a black metal band".
  • Legends of Chima world
  • Wizard of Oz world
    • The Kansas section of the adventure world is presented in sepia-tone, as it was in the original film.
  • Portal 2 world
    • The gateway to the Portal 2 world is based on an exit door seen in Aperture Science test chambers, with PotatOS peeking in from behind.
    • A DeLorean Treadmill takes you from "E 99 9999 99 99" (A reference to the opening of Portal 2) to April 19th, 2011 (The day Portal 2 was released)
    • As in Portal 2, there are monitors scattered around the adventure world that have Wheatley's face on them. Destroying all of them gives you a gold brick.
    • GLaDOS will comment about the various upgrades that can be paid for with studs, then suggest you may have thought that the facility was powered by wishes. Ellen McLain played a Fairy Godmother in charge of a facility that granted wishes in Wish It, Inc.
    • At one point when exploring Old Aperture, a recording of Cave Johnson saying he's not made of glass, and asking Caroline to commission a wing made entirely of glass, is played. Said wing was the broken one GLaDOS had to clean up herself MUCH later.note 
  • The Simpsons world
    • The gateway to the Simpsons world is based on the Simpsons family living room, with Lisa's saxophone at the base.
    • Elements of Krustyland, such as the entrance shaped like Krusty's head, the water show stage, and the roller coaster that goes through a giant rock shaped like Krusty's mouth, are all taken directly from The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios.
    • Flanders' backyard still has the bunker from "Bart's Comet".
    • The Kwik-E-Mart has an exotic garden on the roof, just as it did in "Lisa the Vegetarian".
    • Throughout the adventure world are newspaper stands with the infamous "Old Man Yells at Cloud" headline.
  • Doctor Who world
  • Midway Arcade world
    • After clearing George's mission, he mentions that the only way his rampage could be topped would be if somebody rampaged across the entire world, a sly reference to Rampage: World Tour.
  • Ghostbusters 2016 world
    • A passerby will wonder if there's a world where "we're the ghosts, and the ghosts bust us," similar to the premise of the episode "Flip Side" from The Real Ghostbusters.
      • One of Holtzmann's questsnote  takes players to a ghost-based New York featuring the Pulsebusters, which are identical in spirit to the Peoplebusters from the aforementioned episode. It also takes them to the world of the original Ghostbusters movies.
    • Similar to the Eggman and Ice King parade balloons from the story pack, Times Square has a parade balloon shaped like Sonic. Unlike the Eggman and Ice King balloons, however, Sonic parade balloons do exist and have been featured in the real Macy's Thanksgiving Day parades (which the parade in Ghostbusters is based on).
  • Adventure Time world
    • One hidden golden brick involves playing through the Guardians of Sunshine game. It even ends with Finn entering the combo move to defeat Silly Sam.
    • Using the hidden TARDIS station takes you to an area inspired by "Simon And Marcy". You find yourself 996 years in the past, where Simon sends you on a quest to find ingredients to make chicken soup for Marcy.
    • Another hidden area is Pillow World, found next to Beautopia.
    • Exploring the basement of the Ice King's mountain allows the player to find Fionna's Crystal Sword (Ice King being the one who created Fionna and Cake).
    • One of the gold bricks requires calming down the upset mountain from "Memories of Boom-Boom Mountain", by fighting the rough-housers.
  • Mission: Impossible world
  • Harry Potter world
    • The gateway to the Harry Potter world is modeled after the entrance to the Great Hall at Hogwarts, with the Quidditch pitch behind it. Fawkes and Hedwig are perched on the top and by one of the torches, respectively.
    • The memorial statue of Lily and James Potter can be visited; like in the books, it turns into an obelisk when in the presence of non-magical characters.
    • It's raining in the Ministry again, and Arthur Weasley mentions that Reg Cattermole "isn't himself lately".
    • You can reveal Number 12, Grimmauld Place, and it expands outward from the row of houses like the films.
    • Several brick-built objects in the Harry Potter world are modeled after the now-discontinued Harry Potter Lego sets, most notably Hagrid's Hut and the Hogwarts Express.
  • A-Team world:
    • The airport by the gateway has the series' theme music playing in it.
    • Passers-by will occasionally use a variant of Hannibal's catchphrase, "I love it when a plan comes together". Only in their cases, it's either a "ham" or a "jam".
    • One person on the street will mention seeing a bunch of guys bundling an unconscious man onto a plane, a reference to how the team had to drug B.A. just to get him on a plane.
    • Another person on the street will recite the opening narration of the series, only to forget the last line.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog world
  • Gremlins World
    • Certain civilians will mention their stock broker telling them to invest in "canned food and water guns", a Bowdlerised version of something the Brain Gremlin advised a stock broker to tell their clients in Gremlins 2: The New Batch.note  Other lines mention a man dressed as Santa getting stuck in the chimney and plants being unauthorized in the workplace.
    • One gold brick has you activating Mrs. Deagle's motorized chair escalator, sending her flying out of her bedroom window. This is how a Gremlin killed her in the original film, but this time she survives.
    • If you look at the clock tower, it's stopped at 10:04 PM, a reference to the fact that the set from Back To The Future was reused for Gremlins.
  • E.T. world
    • The gateway is based off the entrance to E.T.'s spaceship.
    • During a puzzle that re-enacts the frog rescue scene, you will turn on a projector screen that shows a film called "A Boy's Life". A Boy's Life was the codename of the E.T. film when it was in production.
    • A teacher worries how "Principal Ford" will react to the broken school sign, in reference to a Deleted Scene from the movie, in which Harrison Ford portrayed Elliot's principal.
    • For one gold brick, you have to break ten bowls filled with orange lego pieces. If you're a candy fan, you'll realise that they represent packets of Reese's Pieces, the candy that led E.T. to Elliot.
  • The LEGO Batman Movie World
    • While in this Adventure World, or in any of its Story Pack Levels, DC Comics Batman changes into the LEGO Movie version of the Caped Crusader. He can change into this everywhere else once you get the "Always Batman" Red Brick.
    • Once you've renovated Gotham's clock tower, a gold brick inside requires you to put together 3 computers with the Batgirl logo in the center of the room. These are pretty clearly meant to represent Oracle's command center.
    • After rebuilding the Batgirl computers, you can use a DeLorean treadmill to travel from February 16, 2017 (the day the LEGO Batman Movie Story Pack was released) to June 8, 2025, some time during the events of Batman Beyond. Going downstairs and unlocking a secret hatch will reveal Barbara's costume, which resembles that from Batman: Arkham Knight.
    • A comic book fan will complain about being unable to get into the store because it's been closed. Once you get it open, he thanks you and hopes they have all fifty-two new issues.
  • LEGO City World
    • One NPC remarks that she hasn't visited LEGO City in three or four years, the latter number a reference to Chase McCain joining LEGO Dimensions about four years after LEGO City Undercover came to the Wii U.
    • Races in this world use music from LEGO City Undercover, instead of the music that accompanies the other worlds' races.
    • Whenever Chase tries on a new disguise, the jazzy chords that accompanied the finding of new collectibles in Undercover play.
  • The Powerpuff Girls World
    • The gateway to the Powerpuff Girls world has a box of "everything nice" and a bottle of Chemical X next to it (as seen in the show's introduction), along with a miniature version of Professor Utonium's house.
    • Princess boasts that she has 480 Gold Bricks, the cumulative total for all Year One levels and Adventure Worlds.
  • Beetlejuice World
    • Some of the carnival games and decorations — including a high striker with a devil's face on top, and a head with bat wings and a merry-go-round hat — take inspiration from the scene where Betelgeuse saves the Maitlands from an exorcism. Lydia refers to the carnival as "Beej-themed", utilizing one of the animated Beetlejuice's nicknames.
    • The player can help Delia build a model of Betelgeuse's snake form's face.
    • The Fetch Quest for the pieces of Lydia's camera has the Sixth Sense-esque name, "I Shoot Dead People", which also recalls when she took a picture of the Maitlands dressed as Bedsheet Ghosts. She explains in the game that her camera broke after a dog tripped her at the bridge — possibly the same dog that caused the Maitlands to swerve into the river the last time they attempted to drive across the bridge.
    • The Quest for repairing the Waiting Room has the title, "Don't Cry For Miss Argentina". At the beginning, she complains of a 13% increase in sandworm attacks, quoting a newspaper headline Betelgeuse reads the first time he appears in the movie.
    • After Barbara notices Adam missing, she exclaims, "I hope another dog hasn't attacked him!"
    • The inside of the model of the Maitlands' house shows how their den looked before Delia redecorated it — albeit with some posters for Betelgeuse's "bio-exorcism" service, which the player can destroy.
    • The Restorations in the model town recreate the aftermath of the Maitlands' demise, with a bridge boasting a hole in its cover, the couple's car flipped upside-down in the rivernote , and a buildable funeral scene.
    • A fly trapped in some melted chocolate gives shrilly cries of, "Help me, help mee, help meeee!"
    • The model town's exit sign reads, "Home Home Home", which Barbara chanted in order to teleport herself and Adam out of the model graveyard, and back into their attic.

     Teen Titans Go! Episode 
  • The Titans' couch has a Darkseid beanbag doll leaning against it.
  • When the Titans find the Powerpuff Girls chasing Gremlins, Blossom asks, "You guys again?", referencing their crossover episode. Buttercup also admits to Bubbles that "their last team-up" has her doubting that the Titans would provide much help.
  • Raven summons Betelgeuse by saying his name three times.
  • Starfire visits Oz to the accompaniment of actual music from The Wizard of Oz, instead of the covers that LEGO Dimensions previously used. She also quotes/mimics the Wicked Witch of the West a few times.
  • Cyclops exclaims, "Hey, you guuuuuys!", when meeting the Goonies. He also tries to help re-enact their movie's closing scene, in which the Goonies watch One-Eyed Willie's ship sail away, but his rocket boots accidentally blast a hole in the ship.
  • Robin sings "Untitled Self Portrait" while confronting the gargoyle.
  • The end credits have Puffy AmiYumi's English theme to the 2000s Teen Titans animated series play in the background.

     Vehicles and Character Interactions 
  • Vehicles and Gadgets
    • The first alternate skin for the Batmobile is the black-and-red color scheme from the 1960s Batman series.
    • The unlockable skins for Benny's spaceship reference three classic LEGO Space themes: M-Tron, Ice Planet 2002, and Classic Space Police.
    • One of the TARDIS' skins patterns it after its original console room.
    • The icon for the Turret Speed upgrade is the silhouette of a Level 1 Sentry.
    • One of the skins for the Companion Cube is the Discouragement Redirection Cube, which its second upgrade functions like.
    • The third unlockable skin for Marty's Hoverboard gives the black-and-red Pit Bull color scheme; the red color can be more easily seen near the later two upgrades' jet engines.
    • The third skin for Cyborg's Cyber-Guard is based on his design from Teen Titans.
    • Just like in Back to the Future Part II, the Hoverboard goes to a stand-still if it crosses over water while in its non-upgraded form.
    • One of the unlockable skins for Homer's Car changes its colour scheme to resemble Mr. Plow.
    • The skins for Homer's Taunt-O-Vision change the picture on the TV screen to advertisements for Krusty-O's, Buzz Cola, and Powersauce.
    • The second skin for Krusty's Clown Bike is based on Sideshow Mel, who is otherwise absent from the game.
    • One of the paint jobs for Ecto-1 is that of Ecto-1A from Ghostbusters II.
    • The second unlockable skin for Doc Brown's time train gives it a black-and-blue color scheme with a skull on the front, making it resemble the Twisted Time Train.
    • One of the skins for The Wicked Witch's Winged Monkey changes its colours to resemble Diddy Kong.
    • When Sonic rides the Tornado, rather than sitting in the pilot's seat, Tails appears to pilot it while Sonic stands on the wing, the same way he rides it in the main Sonic games.
    • E.T.'s Phone Home gadget summons Elliot on his bike, which can fly when ridden, referencing the most famous scene of that film. A more obscure reference is the gadget's second form, which not only resembles the device E.T. built and successfully "phoned home" with, but actually summons a miniature version of E.T.'s spaceship.
    • The Sonic Speedster's three alternate skins give it the color schemes of Metal Sonic, Shadow and Super Sonic respectively.
    • The Swarm Weapon, Spinning Weapon, and Mine Weapon upgrades for many of the vehicles make reference to their home series:
    • KITT's first alt skin is based on The Knight Industries 4000 Model from Knight Rider 2000.
    • The IMF Scrambler bike has a light-up skin that makes it look rather like the vehicles from TRON.
  • Character Interactions
    • Gandalf may ask Eris if she knows Landroval, one of the Great Eagles in Lord of the Rings.
    • If there are two Wyldstyles active, she'll admit that from the outside she does look like a DJ.
    • Wonder Woman may say the TARDIS looks like something Superman would change outfits in, referencing the idea of him changing in a phone booth.
    • If he starts driving the Batmobile, Emmet will declare that he is now "dark and brooding". During The LEGO Movie, Emmet tried to say he could be dark and brooding like Batman when they met, only to be distracted by a rainbow.
    • Doc Brown will recognize Homer if the two are together, a reference to Doc Brown's cameo in the pre-show queue video for The Simpsons Ridenote  at Universal Studios.
    • If the Doctor and Doc Brown are active at the same time, the Twelfth Doctor will remark "You may be a doctor, but I am The Doctor. The definite article, you might say."
    • If Aquaman and Homer Simpson are both on the toy pad, Aquaman will wonder if he knows anything about the three-eyed fish he saw earlier.
    • If Batman and Krusty are together, Batman will mistake him for the Joker. While he wasn't the Joker, Krusty actually has played one of Batman's enemies.
    • If Krusty and Harley Quinn are together, the former will call the latter "Little Miss Scene Stealer" and tell her he's the star of the show.
    • Superman will relate to Chell about being captured by an evil computer, likely referring to Brainiac.
    • Superman will recall going to an island full of dinosaurs if he and Owen are together.
    • If Superman is with the Doctor, he'll nervously dismiss the idea of being able to time travel, most likely reference to the infamous ending scene from Superman: The Movie in which he somehow turned back time by flying around the world fast enough to spin the Earth backwards.
      • Either that or the fact that Silver Age Superman could time-travel, though he couldn't interact with anything while in the past.
    • Aquaman will use a paraphrased line from Gollum's fishing song if the two are together.
    • Green Arrow comments to the Doctor how familiar Captain Jack Harkness seems, in a nod to his sharing an actor with Malcolm Merlyn.
    • When Green Arrow interacts with Homer, he offers to take him to Big Belly Burger, the fast food chain featured in the Arrowverse, in exchange for helping him track down Hank Scorpio.
    • The Gamer Kid may ask Marty McFly if he should be collecting clocks, a reference to the universally-panned Back to the Future (1989) game that consisted mainly of doing just that.
    • On being summoned, Aquaman will occasionally remark that things look "outrageous".
    • When the Gamer Kid drives the Batmobile, he'll note how chicks dig the car.
    • Using the Sonic Screwdriver on an enemy Dalek will cause it to shudder and eventually explode. According to War of the Daleks, holding the Sonic Screwdriver to a Dalek's casing while active could destroy its brain.
    • Gamer Kid references two terms used in World of Warcraft, calling enemies "trash mobs" and wondering if Gimli's Axe Chariot can be used in a "raid".
    • Gamer Kid sometimes exclaims "Game over, man!" while dropping out.
    • E.T. may occasionally ask the Gamer Kid, "E.T. game...good?"note 
    • When respawning, Sonic may ask, "Why can't I hold all these rings?"
    • If Sonic and Cyborg are together, Sonic will ask if he was roboticized.
    • When Sonic and Lumpy Space Princess are together, Sonic will make passing reference to the last time he met a princess...before quickly becoming uncomfortable and claiming he can't remember.
    • When Sonic teams up with Marceline, he'll ask if she's ever turned into a werewolf and add "I sure know that feeling..."
    • If Sonic and Bart are together, Sonic will tell Bart that if he sees a gold brick, he should "Just take it! Take it, take it, take it, take it! TAKE IT!"
    • When Sonic and one of the Ghostbusters are together, Sonic will tell them about a creepy doll that looks like Tails.
    • When Green Arrow is with Sonic, he'll give him suggestions of new arrow-themed names for Green Hill Zone, Emerald Hill Zone and Mystic Cave Zone.
    • If two Sonics are together, he'll either say, "Found you, faker!", "I'll make you eat those words!", or "Hey! That's my line!"
    • If E.T. jumps in the Sonic Speedster, he (very slowly) says: "Got to go fast."
    • K.I.T.T. will mention to Sonic that Shadow wanted to buy him once, either a reference to his vaguely KITT-like vehicle in Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed or the vehicle mechanic from Shadow's story in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
    • Superman will threaten to fight his duplicate in a junkyard, if he does anything evil.
    • If two Homers are together, the first one will say, "This man is my exact double!"
    • If two Krustys are together, the first one will welcome the second one to the noble family of skilled Krustations.
    • If Homer and Michael Knight are together, Michael will question why Homer thinks he's 'Knight Boat".
    • If Michael Knight and Marty are active together, Michael will mention how Marty's jacket does look like a life jacket, and that he should know since he knows about being a lifeguard. This is a reference to David Hasselhoff's work on Baywatch.
    • If Lego Movie!Batman and Superman are together, the former will groan that they'll have another awkward conversation about the fact that both of them have a mother named 'Martha'.
    • When Hermione hops on the Tornado, she'll mention that she's "floating around at the speed of sound".
    • If Hermione and Newt Scamander are together on the Toy Pad, she'll mention how her friends and her "made so many notes" in his book. The original Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book is filled with various remarks from Harry and Ron, with a few from Hermione herself.
    • Betelgeuse calls DC Batman, "Birdman", referencing a movie starring Betelgeuse's original actor, Michael Keaton. He also recalls, "...I tried that gig a couple of times", referring to Keaton's stints as the Caped Crusader in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (directed, like Beetlejuice, by Tim Burton).
    • When Raven and Bubbles are active together, the former states that the latter must be hardcore on the inside.
    • When TTG!Robin and Bart are both active, Robin will mention how he heard that Bart doesn't know who he is.
    • Mouth from The Goonies feels like he's seen Gizmo somewhere before. Mouth's original actor, Corey Feldman, also played Pete Fountaine in Gremlins.
    • Mikey from The Goonies wonders why Gollum keeps calling him a hobbit. Mikey's original actor, Sean Astin, also played Sam in the Lord of the Rings movies.
    • If Blossom and Wonder Woman are together, Blossom will say "Looks like we're teaming up again, Wonder Woman!" Likewise, If Buttercup and Aquaman are partners, Buttercup will ask if he needs to be saved again. This is reference to an old Cartoon Network bumper which the two were captured by the Legion of Evil and saved by the girls.
    • Bubbles riding the Sonic Speedster also exclaims, "Gotta go fast!"
    • If Wonder Woman and Homer are together, Wonder Woman comments to Homer about him being a fan of hers.
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     Trophies and Achievements 
  • Clearing the "Aperture Science Enrichment Center"/"GLaD To See You" main story level in 25 minutes grants you an achievement named "Speedy thing goes in...", a reference to GLaDOS's Layman's Terms explanation about momentum in the original Portal.
  • The achievement for clearing the Portal 2 level pack is titled "It's been fun. Don't come back", GLaDOS's last line to Chell in Portal 2.
  • The achievement for collecting a minikit in the Portal 2 level pack is titled "When life gives you minikits...", a reference to Cave Johnson's infamous "When Life Gives You Lemons..." speech.
  • The achievement for clearing the Doctor Who level pack is titled "Our destiny lies in the stars".

     Miscellaneous 
  • When coming up against a boss, Batman may ask Oracle how to beat it.
  • When solving a puzzle, Gandalf may mention the Blue Wizards, or refer to himself as an Istari.
  • Legolas has the ability to rail grind, referencing when he slid down the Oliphant's trunk in The Return of the King.
  • The Red Brick for the Simpsons Adventure World is named "All Hail King Homer", and it turns the player characters to gold much like Homer in the scene it's named after.
  • The Twelfth Doctor may, when faced with a puzzle situation, shout "Everybody shut up! I need to think! Shut up, Shut up! Shuttity up, up, up!" Similarly, he reaffirms his statement from that episode that "The eyebrows say I'm in charge here" when faced with something that directly involves one of his abilities.
  • Not only are all incarnations of the Doctor up to the Twelfth Doctor playable from his minifig, but every time the Doctor dies, he will "regenerate" into the next incarnation of the Doctor. If the player has chosen to play as the Second Doctor and dies, he will respawn as the Third Doctor, then the Fourth Doctor, and so on.
  • In a nod to their original weakness, moving the playable Cyberman into a gold item will cause it to take damage.
  • During a loading screen, Gamer Kid may ask where the flight rings are, which references the LEGO Adaptation Game practice of spawning rings of studs to collect when the player is put into free-fall. Naturally, this practice also happens in-game, but only in story levels and Adventure Worlds, not the loading screen.
  • Parseltongue gates use the glowing interaction dot from the LEGO Harry Potter games, rather than the white circle used everywhere else.
  • One of Harry's idle animations has him take out the Marauder's Map and read it, only to get distracted by Scabbers.
  • Ethan Hunt sneaks past security cameras by hiding behind a projector screen.
  • Marceline sometimes leaves by reciting the incantation used to open a portal to the Nightosphere.
  • A good number of Sonic's fighting moves (particularly his Three-Point Landing move) are taken from his appearances in Super Smash Bros.. The name on his Level Pack box is taken from one of his victory animations Brawl: "Sonic's the name, speed's my game!"
  • When being placed on the Toy Pad, Sonic may exclaim, "Oh yeah! This is happening! ...that sounded better in my head."
  • When faced with a puzzle he can't solve, Sonic will say, "Shoot. Not my day."
  • If Sonic is left idle, he will become impatient and start tapping his foot, like in the classic games. Continued idling will have him recline on the ground, ala Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Even more idling will have him fall asleep and dream of himself running, with his sprite from Sonic the Hedgehog appearing in the dream bubble.
  • When travelling through a portal into another dimension, Sonic may quip: "Where am I? A Special Stage? Where are the Rings? There's usually Rings!!!"
  • In his adventure world, Sonic may quip: "Man, I can really feel the sunshine. It's brightening up my day!"
  • Sonic wears a lifejacket when entering water, much like how he did in water-related events at the olympics.
  • The life gauges for each franchise are different, and some relate to the franchise in a special way.
    • Sonic's life gauge is represented with 1-up monitors from Sonic the Hedgehog.
    • Chell's life gauge uses Weighted Companion Cubes from Portal.
    • The Doctor's life gauge is represented by two overlapping hearts in place of each other character's single heart, referencing how Time Lords have two hearts.
    • The life gauges for DC Comics, Lord of the Rings, and LEGO Movie characters use the same designs as their corresponding LEGO Adaptation Game.
  • LEGO Movie Batman's Detective Mode ability works almost exactly like the one seen in the Batman: Arkham Series.
  • Sometimes LEGO Movie Batman's Merch-Gun shoots apparel with the logo of the animated series The Batman.
  • Andy's boom box plays an instrumental sounding similar to "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", which also accompanies some parts of the Goonies level and Adventure World.
  • When Betelgeuse finds a Gold Brick, he exclaims, "We've come for your Gold Bricks, Chuck!", a variation on his demand to Charles Deetz for Lydia.
  • Ethan can breathe underwater; a reference to the underwater scene from Rogue Nation, where he had to hold his breath for six minutes.
  • Ethan has little suction cups that he uses to climb up special blue walls. His right suction cup also tends to lose grip occasionally.
  • If left idle, LSP will either sing "These Lumps", or don a plastic bag dress and some cherry lipstick.
  • One of Green Arrow's idle lines is about needing to update the picture on his business cards, since he's still wearing "that old Robin Hood style hat".
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