It may not seem like that long ago but the term “World Wide Web” was coined less than 30 years ago. Today is LEGO.com’s 20th Anniversary on the internet and they have posted a page showing some of the different iterations of the site. The simplicity of the site in 1996 is just pure nostalgia as I remember seeing other websites looking similar when I first got online in school. Ah, who remembers using good ol’ Netscape as your browser back then and that dial-up modem sound. If you want to actually use the older versions of LEGO’s site, head on over to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine and you can still browse around.
At the bottom of the page, there’s a matching game and if you match up five things, you get to download wallpapers from various classic themes like Town, Western, Technic, Trains, Time Cruisers, Pirates, Aquazone, Space, Castle, and a MOC using classic parts. If you know a browser trick, you don’t actually have to play the game and directly download the images but where’s the fun in that?
Here’s something for fans of the LEGO Digital Designer software. A few months ago, there was a report that LEGO would continue to support LDD with its functionality with updates coming from time to time. It looks like that time is today.
LEGO has updated the software to version to 4.3.9 with 318 new bricks from newer themes like Speed Champions and Nexo Knights. The update also fixes some issues for people who are using Mac OSX.
Head on over to the LDD site to download the latest version.
Earlier today, LEGO ReBrick announced the relaunch of the site. Currently, there isn’t much to see on there but they do have a contest going called the Build for the Sky: LEGO Worlds Challenge. The contest revolves around building something creative in the sky. The only caveat is that you must build your entry in LEGO Worlds.
The deadline to submit your entry is April 4, 2016 and the winner will have their creation in the game and the model will be recreated by a known Brick Artist and displayed at the LEGO Worlds booth at E3 Expo in June.
Just a short while ago, The LEGO Group wrapped up their 2015 Annual Report and the numbers show you why they are still one of the top toy brands in the world.
The top themes for 2015 were in random order DUPLO, Ninjago, City, Star Wars, Ninjago, Friends while the best selling sets were Elsa’a Sparkling Ice Castle, Millennium Falcon, City Police Station, Mindstorms EV3, and Heartlake Grand Hotel.
- Revenue growth excluding foreign exchange impacts was 19% year over year on a local currency basis.
- Revenue increased by 25% in DKK to DKK 35.8 billion against DKK 28.6 billion in 2014.
- The year’s operating profit increased to DKK 12.2 billion against DKK 9.7 billion in 2014 – an increase of 26%.
- Net profit was DKK 9.2 billion compared to DKK 7.0 billion in 2014 – an increase of 31%.
- Injury rate per million work hours was 1.4 compared to 1.7 in 2014.
More than 90% of waste from production sites recycled.
- The number of employees in the LEGO Group increased from 14,762 at the end of 2014 to 17,294 at the end of 2015.
It looks like LEGO has expanded into Italy as there will be a new LEGO Certified Store opening there this summer. The store will be ran by Percassi House of Brands which has worked with other major name brands of products.
If you’re not familiar with what a LEGO Certified Store is, it’s basically a store owned and operated by a third party with an agreement with LEGO sort of like a franchise. You’ll mostly find these stores in countries where LEGO does not have their own stores in.
Thanks to Andrea from Mattonito for the email.
If you’ve ever been on ReBrick, you may feel that it might not be the most effective bookmarking website for fans. Initially, it was a place for fans to share creations and unfortunately, it didn’t work out as planned with various issues hampering the user experience.
LEGO has been at work to do a relaunch on the site on March 1st. They have shared a short video of how ReBrick will work. It’ll still focus on fan creations but will also have more contests for you to enter to win hard to find sets, signed sets, or trips.