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Lego Dimensions' guide to spending money

Lego Dimensions is a wonderful game, a solid entry in a quickly growing genre. But the best part is that it's a game that mashes up some of the most beloved sci-fi properties in the world.

In Lego Dimensions, Doctor Who, Scooby-Doo, the Ghostbusters and the Wicked Witch are all mashed up with a multitude of other characters and settings in an outlandish, dimension-hopping adventure.

But all of those brands aren't delivered for free.

First off, because the game is powered by Lego bricks and minifigs, the starter pack alone — which includes Gandalf, Wyldstyle and Batman minifigs; the game; a Lego portal; and a Lego Batmobile — comes in at $100.

While that brings with it a ton of content, it also opens the door for waves, literally waves, of wallet-busting add-ons. The expansion packs are broken down into three types and will arrive in stores in waves that already stretch into 2016.

Fun packs include one minifigure and a vehicle or gadget. If it's your first minifig for a dimension — like, say, the Wicked Witch — that figure will also unlock the dimension for exploration.

Team packs include a pair of minifigs and a vehicle or gadget. As with the fun packs, these minifigs can be used to unlock a dimension.

Level packs include a minifig, a vehicle and a gadget. They also include a mission-based game level. These also grant you that extra mission-focused level to play and unlock the dimension for open-world play.

Lucky for you, we've decided to spare you the need to think through exactly how much money you want to spend for which level packs, team packs and fun packs.

With the help of this handy guide to spending, you can click your way to the "appropriate" amount of cash to spend. Fingers crossed that you don't end up grabbing the full set at nearly $500.

Oh, and this is just for wave one of the toys. The waves that haven't launched yet will just increase your spend.