Bloody hell. There is never a dull moment when you’re a Red Dwarf fan at the moment. Over the last few months, the show has expanded into other media with varying degrees of success, with merchandise, a mobile game and soundtrack albums hitting the virtual shelves. It’s no less than a popular franchise of this age deserves, but it’s still a little surprising after years and years of the brand being under-represented outside of its core fanbase.
Which is why we’re utterly gobsmacked at this photo being posted on the official Lego Dimensions Facebook page, with the simple caption “It’s cold outside…”:
Yup, that’s a Lego version of the Red Dwarf sleeping quarters alright, complete with tiny Lego bazookoid, tiny Lego guitar, tiny Lego cloche helmet, and tiny Lego London Jets posters. Plus, brilliantly, a massive Lego Snacky. This is amazing.
My knowledge of Lego Dimensions is limited to having watched my nephew play it on several occasions, but the gist of the game is that every geeky franchise under the sun has been mashed up into one big Lego-ey platform adventure, where the aim is to build your way through the various worlds in an attempt to restore order to the universe. It’s built on expansion packs, where physical Lego minifigs and models can be purchased in order to add characters, items and levels to the game. And it looks like Red Dwarf is the next property to get that treatment. This is a huge deal for the show, to be included alongside the likes of The Simpsons, Doctor Who, Back to the Future and Ghostbusters. Red Dwarf is now in the Premier League.
Of course, the snag is that it’s a somewhat expensive game to play. The starter pack, with just the basic game and the necessary bits of kit, will set you back £40-50, and each expansion pack is around £20 a piece. I’ve always been interested in giving it a go, but the ever-expanding costs have put me off. But now? The chance to play an official Red Dwarf game on an actual proper console for the first time ever? Count me the fuck in.
UPDATE: As Dave Wallace points out below, it looks like this is likely to be one area within a larger story pack, rather than Red Dwarf having been given its own special expansion. This is a much more believable scenario, and while we’d undoubtedly all prefer our favourite show to get the full treatment, even the smallest cameo is still a pretty big deal. @RedDwarfHQ has teased that all will be revealed, so we’ll be awaiting Friday’s TOS update with great interest.