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  • Annoying Video-Game Helper:
    • After the player rebuilds X-PO, he develops a tendency to snark at the player, while displaying pop-ups that remind him/her which Adventure World and/or Level each character on the Toy Pad unlocks. For players who don't have trouble remembering this info, this habit could become obnoxious. Players who frequently hit the Hint Stones have to hear X-PO's snarks even more often, as he delivers one while the hint appears.
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    • Omochao in the Sonic Level Pack and Adventure World, although this time it is intentional.
      Omochao: You can jump across those fallen stones!
      Sonic: Thanks... And here I was thinking I'd just stroll through that lava.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
    • The Midway Games Level Pack might have this for gamers who don't fall into the niche of feeling old enough to remember the heyday of arcades, but not too old to play toy-to-life games.
    • The Ghostbusters (2016) Story Pack dedicates six levels, an Adventure World, and a Portal Build to an Overshadowed by Controversy Box Office Bomb with a So Okay, It's Average critical reception. It doesn't help that said movie had a polarizing reception before it even came out, a misfortune that the game often acknowledges.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • For the convenience of players who didn't enjoy playing whole levels over again for one Minikit and/or the Citizen-in-Peril, one of the first Year Two updates added the option to skip to a particular checkpoint, with symbols on the selection screen designating which one to use in order to find the missing Minikit and/or Citizen.
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    • While Ghostbusters (2016) didn't show Abby and Erin feeling that much guilt over their book inspiring Rowan to allow ghosts to "pester" New York, the Story Pack shows Erin feeling at least a little embarrassed over it, and hiding Rowan's copy of the book from her teammates. Plus, unlike the movie's Theatrical Edition, the Story Pack doesn't completely skip over the part that actually shows Erin separating from the other Ghostbusters in between Rowan's apparent death in the Mercado basement, and his unleashing multiple ghosts on the city.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Voldemort has some appeal due to his large number of abilities, but some Harry Potter fans also find it unfair that Harry's worst enemy would become playable sooner than his buddy Ron Weasley would.
    • The Powerpuff Girls taking inspiration from the reboot also sounds like a mixed blessing. One one hand, it disappoints players who prefer the Classic series. On the other, it gives them at least one power they only have in the reboot: the Lantern Construct ability, making Buttercup's Fun Pack the cheapest way to get this rare powernote .
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    • Lumpy Space Princess has her fans, due to her hilarious lines and animations, the former taken from then-new recordings by Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward. However, many people think that she wasn't needed, since she's a minor character at best and is usually uninvolved with the plot. Some would've prefered to have Princess Bubblegum or the Ice King in her place.
    • Excalibur Batman is liked for his cool design and interesting gimmick. Then again, he is regarded as a wasted character slot, since he's too similar to Batman, it's believed that he's only in the game since he couldn't get a physical release otherwise and some people think he took Alfred's place in the game. His vehicle, however, is less disliked.
  • Broken Base:
    • The amount of licenses. Some like them for the Massive Multiplayer Crossover aspect, while others are disappointed at the lack of many original properties in LEGO's long history. The fact that licenses still outnumber the original properties in Year 2 probably doesn't help.
    • The fact the Sonic The Hedgehog Level and Adventure World is mostly consisted of stages from the original 16-Bit trilogy with only one stage and boss from The Dreamcast Era (Being Emerald Coast and Chaos) and the Modern Era completely missing has caused a bit of debate amongst fans. Many are happy that they are sticking with the classics, while many fans of the Dreamcast and Modern Eras (who have been annoyed by many of the Classic Era throwbacks SEGA has already done) are disappointed that the Sonic games they grew up with aren't getting their recognition and spotlight as well.
  • Crack Ship: In the "Who's Got Talent" trailer, Allison Brie suggests Princess Unikitty x The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, saying they're both misunderstood.
  • Creator's Pet: The Ninjago theme is this for some, since it got seven characters in Year 1, the only franchise with more characters is DC. Especially since only three of the characters have unique movesets, while Kai, Cole, Nya and Lloyd largely share the same moveset, despite the potential for more.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of the humour in any of the Portal levels, but especially where Cave Johnson is concerned. And especially the mantis-men quest.
  • Dancing Bear: Outside of the Massively Multiplayer Crossover aspects, it's just another Toys to Life game with the gameplay of a typical LEGO Adaptation Game and a gimmick based around relocating the figures on the pad.
  • Ear Worm: The BGM of the Adventure Time World is recognizable Chip Tune versions of various songs from the show. Expect to get Jake's "Bacon Pancakes" ditty in your head as you cross the overworld.
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  • Game-Breaker: The drop-in-drop-out aspect of gameplay can cheat a few of the puzzles. One good example is a gold brick found in the Portal 2 World, with the puzzle designed for Slimer (a wave 5 character), as there is a small hatch leading to the dark room.note  However, the puzzle can easily be solved with only Wave One characters. Simply enter the dark room with a short character, and place an illuminating character on the pad, and they'll be teleported into the dark room with the player. The rest is fairly simple, and you only need to remove the tall characters from the pad to get them out of the room.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • A glitch in the Mystery Dimension allowed you to play as any character in the game, even those you haven't bought. Unfortunately, it only worked within the Mystery Dimension, and any characters not on the pad get removed when you leave.
    • Another glitch allowed you to Hire a Hero indefinitely, and bring him/her to any dimension.
    • A Gold Brick in the A-Team's Adventure World appears to require Raven to obtain, but with precise timing, any character can jump out of the TARDIS, and land within reach of the Brick.
  • Growing the Beard: For the most part, the newer Level Packs have received stronger praise than the first ones (Back to the Future, The Simpsons, and the better-received Portal 2), with their longer levels and progressively more immersive Adventure Worlds. The Adventure Worlds in general became more vast in Year Two.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Clara Oswald's presence in this game after her death and then sort-of revival in the final stretch of Series 9 of Doctor Who, which unfolded less than two months after this game's release and just weeks after the release of the show-specific level pack. To turn the screw even tighter for fans, Clara's final words in the main game are "Run you clever boy, and remember me," which fall into tearjerker territory for those familiar with the outcome of Series 9.
    • The fact that the first two Adventure Time packs were released around the same time the show's creators announced the series will end in 2018 could be seen as this.
    • An infamous meme that Valve "cannot count to three" becomes this when Portal is included ingame since Year 1, and come late 2017, when the game was officially confirmed to be cancelled without release of Year 3.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight:
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This isn't the first time Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and/or Harley Quinn have crossed paths with Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. infamously assisted the Adam West and Burt Ward incarnations of Batman and Robin in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies, Shaggy and Scooby (...and Weird Al) cameoed in a Cold Open in one episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and Superman, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn have all asked for the team's help in separate issues of DC's official Scooby-Doo! Team Up comic.
    • Seeing Lex Luthor struggling to solve Master Chen's maze is especially funny when you consider how he put Superman into the same predicament.
      • Speaking of that... the optional vehicle races are similar to the opening level's ring gimmick, only they're actually playable this time.
    • Alison Brie's Unikitty X Stay Puft note becomes this when you remember Unikitty cites "Marry a marshmallow" as one of the last things Lord Business would expect a Master Builder to do.
    • Didn't Sonic fight a being that could warp time AND space before? (Omochao even initially believes that the dimensional portals were the work of the Time Eater.)
    • In the Name of the Doctor, after Strax finds out the concept of a weekend off, he regulary travels to Glasgow to fight Violent Glaswegians for fun. Cue Groundskeeper Willie.
    • This exchange between Jobina and K.I.T.T. in "A Nice, Indecent Little Town" when he was incapacitated by being fooled into backing on top of a bottle jack and sandwiched against the ceiling:
      KITT: If you'd be so kind as to put me down.
      Jobina: Down?
      KITT:: My dear, I'm a car, not a plane.
      Jobina: Oh, yes, of course you are.
      • One of K.I.T.T.'s rebuilds is a plane.
      • Much earlier, Michael in the pilot episode confused the term of being K.I.T.T.'s "pilot" of meaning that the latter can fly.
    • The three Cartoon Network shows in the game are Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls (2016) and Teen Titans Go!. Funnily enough, they were THE exact three CN shows that were airing on British public childrens' channel CITV at the time of The Shard's announcement.
      • The presence of Ninjago on the channel's schedule just exaggerates this statement.
    • Gamer Kid demonstrates the ability to become a giant. The year after the release of his Level Pack, his voice actor, Josh Keaton, became Marvel Animation's go-to VA for Ant-Man II/Scott Lang, who can also become a giant.note 
    • Some Steven Universe fans have expressed hope for that show to become part of LEGO Dimensions. It doesn't seem likely anymore, but Michaela Dietz, the VA of the Big Eater Amethyst, did voice Chunk from The Goonies, who also has a huge appetite.
    • One of Sonic's vehicles, the Sonic Speedsternote  becomes this when he makes a car named exactly this.
      • Which is made even better since its debut episode featured background music which was the Knight Rider theme.
    • This popular fancomic features Superman running into the TARDIS to change into his costume, and now with this game Superman actually can travel inside the TARDIS.
    • To give you an idea on how fast the Weeping Angels are, the Doctor in his Level Pack tells you to "think of the fastest thing you could think of, then forget it because they're (the Weeping Angels) even faster". Many players likely thought of Sonic.
    • Many of the Disney-owned properties that had previous LEGO video games such as Marvel Super Heroes, Star Wars, and Pirates of the Caribbean, were not involved in Dimensions due to them appearing in rival game Disney Infinity. At the end of 2017 Disney purchased 20th Century Fox and most of their properties including The Simpsons, meaning that a Disney property still technically ended up appearing in this game after all.
    • KITT, Ecto-1 and the DeLorean are featured here. In 2045, these iconic cars would inspire someone to create Ecto-88.
    • Unikitty's vehicle in the game is the Cloud Cuckoo Car, which was created specifically for this game. Come her own spin-off series in 2018, and she now has a vehicle with a similar name and appearance.
    • One of the Simpsons levels having a secret area based on The Flintstones is this now that, thanks to LEGO Ideas, The Flintstones is getting an actual LEGO Set.
    • This game first shows Wyldstyle as she wins a dance contest in Cloud Cuckoo Land, set to "Everything is Awesome". After The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part revealed her as part of the band that originally sang "Everything is Awesome", it seems that she's had a lot of experience dancing to that song.note  GLaDOS mocking Wyldstyle's hair also gains some hilarity, when The Second Part reveals it as a cyan and magenta hairpiece scribbled over with a black marker.
      "I used to sing and dance, and have colorful hair, and I even loved 'Everything is Awesome'!"
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: The Back to the Future Level Pack's Story Mode has received this complaint, cutting out so much of the plot that one can play through the four areasnote  in only 30 minutes. Doubles as They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot for serious BTTF fans. Thankfully, the Level Packs from Doctor Who onwards are considerably longer.
  • Junk Rare: Green Arrow's abilities are Target, Pole Vault, Grapple, and Acrobatics. Kind of underwhelming for someone who's limited edition.
  • Just Here for Godzilla
    • It's been confirmed that the Minifigures are still usable as toys, so there is the likelihood people will actually skip the game itself and get the Minifigures, particularly since there are Portal, Doctor Who, and Wizard of Oz themed characters (although a Doctor Who building set was released later, the figure for the Doctor used in Dimensions is actually different, so for collectors wanting both versions, plus K-9, a Cyberman, and a mini-TARDIS, none of which are included in the other set, buying the LEGO Dimensions packs is the only option).
    • The announcement of the Sonic the Hedgehog level pack inspired a lot of Sonic fans to pick up the game. Given the pedigree of Traveller's Tales's LEGO games, and the inconsistent quality of Sonic games, many Sonic fans proclaimed this to be the best Sonic game released in years.
  • Last Lousy Point:
    • The certain puzzles that can only be solved by a character with that ability and the ability to dive due to their underwater placement.
    • Generally any ability exclusive to vehicles and/or gadgets can count as this if playing with no additional content as they can't be bought with Hire-a-Hero.
    • Before Lego finished releasing all of the characters, any Gold Brick or Minikit requiring someone whose release date seemed either far away, or unknown, could cause frustration.
  • Most Wonderful Sound
    • The TARDIS materializing, especially when the Doctor pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment at the climax of the game.
    • All of the sound effects that return from the Portal games, like the Aperture Science switches, the portals and portal gun, the turrets, and GLaDOS herself.
    • Every single sound-effect from the Sonic Dimensions level or from Sonic himself.
    • In LEGO City, a snazzy guitar riff goes off whenever the player obtains a Gold Brick.
  • Older Than They Think: It's not the first time Traveller's Tales has worked with Sonic - they were behind Sonic 3D Blast and Sonic R.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Amy showing up to give the last Chaos Emerald to Sonic at the end of his campaign.
  • Porting Disaster: The Wii U Version became this after The Shard Update. If you don't have a external USB hard drive for your Wii U the game can be stuck in the Battle Arena 4 player split screen in regular levels and adventure worlds. Even with a external hard drive the game's frame rate can stutter and lag. It doesn't help matters that the game won't connect to the LEGO Dimensions server either which means you can't download the content for any Wave 6 on wards pack you buy. YouTuber Just2Good demonstrated these issues in a video and you can see quite a few Wii U players experiencing these issues on the LEGO Dimensions Miiverse as well. Several versions of the game have become this as well starting following post-Shard updates, with users on multiple platforms reporting frequent game crashes and even some cases of progress-blanking and save file corruption.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Fans of Alfred do not like Excalibur Batman.
  • The Scrappy: Abby Yates got this status, because of her haughty remarks towards the original Ghostbusters and Harry Potter, and sounding nothing like her original actress. Despite these, her status as the first character with the Charge Transfer ability makes her necessary for 100% completion.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The hopping roulette bricks (officially called "Stud Chests") that appear everywhere, especially in the open worlds. Timing it properly can get you lots of studs and a huge edge on the level/world's "Rule Breaker" goal, but more often than not, you'll only get silver studs that hardly make a dent in your meter instead of the truly helpful purple studs. Without these bricks, it can take over 30 minutes to achieve Rule Breaker in the open worlds, as practically everything will need to be destroyed and some puzzles might have to be redone for the purple-stud reward. A Red Brick found in LEGO City helps slow down the roulette, making obtaining purple studs a matter of patience rather than timing.
    • Some argue that the Toy Pad only having seven slots is this, as it makes specific puzzles more difficult than they should be with seven characters. Others point out that this is exactly the point, since the game never encourages the player to clutter the Toy Pad. However, both sides tend to agree that the middle section really is too small in comparison.
  • Special Effect Failure: Vigo in the Ghostbusters world looks more like a sepia video screen due to lacking a background in the portrait and having the same 3D shading as the outside characters.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song:
    • The actual Simpsons theme tune doesn't appear in this game due to legal reasons pertaining with FOX.
    • The music that plays in the arcade basement in Retro Wreckage sounds a lot like the Super Mario Bros underground theme.
    • Barring one exception, none of the Genesis-era Sonic the Hedgehog music tracks appear in the game, as the rights to them are owned by the composer and not SEGA themselves. Thus most of the music was either this or simply taken from Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, or Sonic the Hedgehog 4.
    • "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" and the Beetlejuice theme don't sound exactly the same in this game — even though Warner Bros. owns both of those movies.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Omochao shows up in the Sonic Level Pack. As per tradition in later games, a lot of physical violence ends up heading their way.
  • That One Level: Collecting all the Gold Bricks in Sonic the Hedgehog's Adventure World can prove a challenge, depending on how quickly you can learn to speed Sonic through the wildly varying terrain. The camera's movement also often becomes janky.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Fans of someone playable only through the Character Switch ability (e.g., Doctors #1-12, a Ghostbuster who didn't get top billing in his or her respective movie) would probably feel disappointed if they can't find a physical minifigure of that character, or if completing a franchise's team seems either more costly or less convenient than if Lego sold more Fun or Team Packs for the franchise in question.note 
    • Some people thought that Beast Boy's ability to shapeshift, similarly to Jake, would save him from being an annoying character. Too bad that he doesn't have the shapeshift ability, but rather turns into the respective animal whenever he encounters a specific puzzle, or a bird when the player pushes "jump" twice. The removal of his gorilla form is also heavily criticized, since it's his most iconic form.
    • Generally, pick any character that isn't playable yet, despite the importance of them in their respective media. Especially for the worlds that have only one character, like The Wizard of Oz or Midway Arcade. As a singular character, the absence of a playable Alfred has gotten the most criticism, because of his importance in The LEGO Batman Movie and the franchise overall.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • Some fans' feelings towards the game is that LEGO is wasting what could have been a big crossover between their own original themes (including fan-favorite "evergreen" themes such as LEGO Pirates, LEGO Space, and LEGO Castle) by instead focusing almost entirely upon licensed themes. The only exceptions included Ninjago, Legends of Chima, The LEGO Movie, and LEGO City Undercover.
    • A race scene featured in the Goonies Level Pack features several vehicles including a few guests from participating franchises taking part. While some vehicles that can be used ingame were given a larger redesign making them more detailed, some fans were disappointed by the fact that K.I.T.T. still appears in his ingame form, despite K.A.R.R. in the Knight Rider Adventure World having a larger and more realistic model.
    • The worlds of Jurassic World, Legends of Chima, and all of the Year Two franchises don't actually factor into the story. While Jurassic World was the last LEGO Adaptation Game, not being able to summon the T-Rex with the Locate keystone is downright criminal.
    • The plot point of Gamer Kid turning into George at the end of the Midway Arcade Level Pack could've actually been part of Gamer Kid's moveset. George could've been utilized as his Super Mode, or alternatively, every single ability could've been provided by a different character note , making Gamer Kid a Voluntary Shapeshifter.
    • Harry Potter's charge attack is the Patronus Charm, and the Harry Potter world includes the tunnel where the dementors attack in the fifth book. Despite this combination, no dementors appear.
    • The thought of having male and female Ghostbusters fight evil side-by-side sounds less appealing when the only interactions they have include Abbynote  insulting the original jumpsuit and Ecto-1.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Marty McFly is often mocked for his uselessness relative to the rest of the cast, as he only has one ablility: Sonar Smash, an ability most of the other characters have in addition to their other abilities, and which the Batmobile (which comes in the starter back) can also be upgraded to have. He's not even worth using for the DeLorean's time traveling abilities, as Doc Brown's Time Train also has that ability.
    • When Year Two came around, Power Creep hit most of the Year One characters hard. Most characters come of as one-trick ponies, since many of the newer characters introduced straight-up overshadowed them in terms of options. Only a select few originals actually got updated with new abilities, though they still have to fight for a spot on the portal.
  • Tough Act to Follow:
    • The Starter Pack's Story Mode ties most of the Year One dimensions together in such an epic Massive Multiplayer Crossover, that several collectors have expressed disappointment that for Year Two, the developers seem to focus more on simply adding new dimensions, then on linking them together. It doesn't help that none of the new levels expanded on The Stinger of the Story Mode. (Denizens of other dimensions at least often appear in the cutscenes, but mostly in a brief and inconsequential manner.)
    • The LEGO Batman Movie Portal Build, modeled after the Bat-Computer, disappointed collectors who found it less intricately detailed than the Builds included with the Starter Pack (Vorton's interdimensional Gateway) and the two previous Story Packs (backdrops modeled after Zhu's Chinese Restaurant and MACUSA). Apparently the budget for the LEGO Batman Story Pack allowed for two minifigures, or a large Bat-Computer, but not both.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • While it was arguably intentional for the original character, the brick-built Stay Puft in the Ghostbusters Level Pack looks incredibly off and less like the smooth marshmallowy character represented by the movie and the minifigure version.
    • Sonic's head on a minifigure's body, while not particularly disturbing, is very strange-looking, especially since the game has characters with figures which have molds designed specifically for them. This may also be due to the fact that Sonic stands the same height as every other character, when in the Sonic series proper he and the other animal characters are about half the height of most humans.
    • Sticking giant Powerpuff Girl heads onto short-legged minifigure bodies produces some surprisingly creepy-looking results.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Chell and The Doctor both have their own packs and levels. The first in particular, due to already being in her own series of games. The Wizard of Oz was another unexpected license, especially since the sets were rejected in the LEGO Ideas phase.
      • Speaking of Doctor Who, while appearances from fan favorite monsters like the Daleks, Cybermen, and the Weeping Angels were expected and characters from the 12th Doctor's era such as Clara or Missy were guaranteed, nobody would have expected an appearance from Captain Jack Harkness, as he hadn't shown up in the main series since the 10th Doctor's tenure.
    • And in terms of non-playable characters, HAL 9000's cameo in the Portal level.
    • As for unexpected locations, the two Simpsons levels (main story and Level Pack) have TARDIS stations that lead to the homes of The Flintstones and The Jetsons, respectively.
      • Speaking of unexpected locations, who would've predicted a secret area in the Fantastic Beasts pack based on Red Dwarf?
    • In the Sonic the Hedgehog Adventure Pack, one of the boss battles has Sonic facing Robo Sonic, who hasn't been seen since Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and Mecha Sonic, who hasn't been seen since Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
    • The Mission: Impossible level has Benji Dunn as the Citizen-In-Peril, even though he didn't appear until Mission: Impossible III. Adding to the surprise, the player doesn't hear his cries for helpnote  until after he/she actually finds him.
    • While people who have seen The LEGO Batman Movie first would know that the guest villains, including Agent Smith all show up, the story pack contains one extra cameo that didn't occur in the film: Morpheus, escaping from a gang of Agents.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: The impersonators for actors either expensive, dead, or too old generally have a hit-and-miss quality, in terms of how well they can emulate the original vocals. In particular, the voices for The Wizard of Oz characters sound very off: Scarecrow has an exaggerated Simpleton Voice, Tin Man sounds very gruff for some reason, and Cowardly Lion has a honky "Brooklyn wise guy" tone.

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