A new Lego game is looking to compete with Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo's Amiibo figurines by merging physical Lego bricks with console gameplay.

Lego Dimensions is a collaboration between publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, developer TT Games, and The Lego Group, and has players place “minifigure heroes” on a Lego Toy Pad to transport them into the virtual world.

It will see a release on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Wii U on September 28, and fuse together many fan-favourite universes including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Lego Ninjago, and Back to the Future.

“For the first time in any Lego videogame, characters from iconic entertainment franchises join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own.

The Lego Dimensions Starter Pack will include the Lego Toy Pad, bricks to build something called the Lego Gateway, three Lego Minifigures including Lego Batman, Lego Gandalf, and Wyldstyle (The Lego Movie), as well as the Lego Batmobile.

“When kids play with Lego bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favourite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games,” said TT Games founder and creative director Jon Burton.

“Now for the first time in a videogame, Lego fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. Imagine putting Lego Gollum from The Lord of the Rings behind the wheel of the Lego DeLorean Time Machine in New Ninjago City – the creative play is endless.”

Lego Dimensions will allow gamers to customise their experience with additional expansion packs, including “highly collectible” Level Packs, Team Packs, and Fun Packs, which will provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as new game content such as mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities.

All expansion packs will feature well-known properties and provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game with no limitations, said Warner.

Confirmed for release this year are: a Back to the Future Level Pack with a Lego Marty McFly minifigure; a Lego Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures; three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya and Zane minifigures; two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures; three The Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with Lego Gollum, Lego Gimli, and Lego Legolas minifigures; four The Lego Movie Fun Packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters; and a The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a Lego Wicked Witch of the West minifigure.