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LEGO April Fool’s Day 2017 Roundup

April Fool’s Day is pretty much over and the LEGO community again this year came together to spread hoaxes and playing jokes on their readers. There’s a little recap of some of the things that happened today around the LEGO community. You can see from the list below, there’s similar topics from various sites. If there’s something that I missed, let me know and I’ll try to add it to the list.

For my annual joke, I reported that I would start reviewing LEPIN sets but that will never happen. Many of you guys caught on which isn’t that surprising.


Adeel Zubair

A reader named Adeel made The Simpsons The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop (71062) and made it seem that LEGO tweeted it out.


BrickFinder

They reported that Beijing would be opening up the first LEPIN certified store.


BrickLoot

The announced the MEGA Brick Loot box which contains a build that had over 20,000 pieces.


BrickNerd

BrickNerd also put out a “new” LEGO Star Wars set with The Destruction of Jedhi (040117) that only consisted of tan bricks and would only be available during the May the 4th promotion.


Brickset

They had two posts for April Fool’s with the first one being a new LEGO Game of Thrones theme complete with set descriptions.

Their other post was “confirming” a new UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) with an image of [email protected] with an image and pricing of the set.


BricksFans

They did a post of Google & LEGO joining together for a Google Build Assistant.


Bricks to Life

They released a press release announcing three new LEGO games with LEGO Deadpool, LEGO Flintstones, and LEGO The Twilight Saga.


Google

They put the Beatles as minifigures crossing Abbey Road on Google Maps.


Jay’s Brick Blog

They released a press release about LEGO completing their acquistion of LEPIN


Pockyland

They reported of Pockyland branded brick separator.

A member has reported on a UCS Brick Separator.


Pop Culture Uncovered

They released a press release announcing a Star Wars expansion for LEGO Dimensions.


Reddit

There was a made up image of The LEGO Batman Movie Wayne Manor (70918) that could’ve been believable if the user didn’t do a similar post so close together.

CM4Sci created a nice mock up of the rumored UCS Millennium Falcon (75192). This one is hard to figure out if it’s real or not because there is a legit rumor that one is actually coming.


The Brothers Brick

TBB’s post says that LEGO is a worse investment than gold. This is an exact opposite of reports from a few years ago from many major world news sites such as Time that reported LEGO was a better investment than gold.


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The Brick Fan Expanding to LEPIN Set Reviews

There’s a point in time where you have to take a step back and see where you are in life and at this point, I’ve decided to expand The Brick Fan. A few people have asked me whether I would do this or not but I think it’s about time that I do so. I’ve decided to go ahead and also review LEPIN sets.

We’ve all seen a company called LEPIN which many call a knockoff company. Essentially, they take official LEGO sets and make bootleg sets out of them with subpar plastics. There aren’t that many reviewers of LEPIN sets and I feel that I should take this opportunity to test them out and let the public know how I feel about them. I’ve set up a website called The LEPIN Fan for my the reviews and I encourage you to head on over and check it out.

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PFx Brick LEGO Kickstarter Project

There’s a new LEGO Kickstarter project that has been launched by Michael Gale and Jason Allemann (JK Brickworks) that may interest you. This project is called PFx Brick which is used to add advanced lighting, sound, and motor control to your LEGO models. There’s lot of information about PFx Brick to list so head on over to the Kickstarter page above to check out the details.

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The AFOL Poster Subscription Service Releases New March Artwork

Interested in LEGO Art? The AFOL Poster Subscription Service from Bricks on the Dollar has begun its mission to bring you original LEGO Artwork every month with their second release, 6543 Sail N’ Fly Marina by Marcin Surma.

Every month a new artist will create distinctly LEGO-themed art in their own style. 11”x17” posters are available from the AFOL Poster Service website. Posters are tube-shipped to their recipients. For only $10 per month you will get the newest poster tube-shipped to you on the 1st of each month. Subscribers also get a short bio about the artist and the artwork as well as an official LEGO Minifigure from the depicted theme! If you want to pick and choose, the posters will be individually available on the 15th of each month for $13 shipped.

Check out the posters which are available right now. A new poster will be available each month while supplies last. Upcoming themes include Galaxy Squad and more. Pick your favorites or sign up for the subscription to never miss a poster!

**Sponsored post**

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LEGO Brand Stores to Start Carrying Store Exclusive Sets

The LEGO Batman Movie The Penguin Arctic Roller (70911)

Have you walked into a LEGO Store looking for a particular set but end up finding out that it is an exclusive set to another store? One example is The Penguin Arctic Roller (70911) which is actually a Target exclusive so you can only find that set there.

After many customer complaints, what I am hearing is that there will no longer be store exclusives and LEGO Stores will start carrying all the sets from a particular wave. This means that stores like Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us will no longer be the place to go for one set. Of course you can buy the set on [email protected] but if you’re already at a LEGO Store, why wait for shipping on it.

There’s no word on when the change will take effect but I’m already seeing the Arkham Asylum (70912) at LEGO Stores which was previously a Toys R Us exclusive.

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The LEGO Group 2016 Annual Results

A few hours ago, LEGO released their annual results for 2016 and not surprisingly, it was the highest revenue in company history. However in the US, sales were flat despite a large increase in marketing spending from in the second half of the year.

There were 335 new products last year and the main themes that contributed to that revenue was LEGO City, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, LEGO Technic, LEGO Creator, and LEGO DUPLO. You can read more of the highlights below as well as the full report here.

– Revenue for the full year increased by 6.0 percent in DKK to DKK 37.9 billion compared with DKK 35.8 billion for 2015.
– Revenue for the full year increased 5.5 percent compared with 2015, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange.
– Operating profit (profit before financial items and tax) for 2016 was DKK 12.4 billion compared with DKK 12.2 billion for 2015, an increase of 1.7 percent year on year.
– Net profit for the full year was DKK 9.4 billion compared with DKK 9.2 billion in 2015.
Cash flow from operating activities for the year was DKK 9.1 billion compared with DKK 10.6 billion in 2015.
– Tax on profit for the year amounts to DKK 3.0 billion, unchanged from 2015.
– Significant investments were made in building capacity and capability to deliver the group’s long-term growth ambition.

During their presentation, LEGO gave some key figures and production fun facts:

– 0 product recalls since 2009.
– 60 different colors used in production.
– 130 LEGO Brand Retail Stores worldwide.
– 3,700 different types of LEGO elements were produced.
– 19,000 employees from more than 80 nationalities.
– 700 million tires were produced.
– 75 billion LEGO elements sold in more than 140 different countries.

If you want, you can also check out the press conference here.

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LEGO Easter 2017 Building Campaign

LEGO has a pretty cool Easter building campaign that has kicked off today and there are some prizes for winners. All you have to do is build something Easter related and share your images online using the hastag #LEGOEaster. To enter the raffle, you must share your image to the Flickr Pool and follow the rules there. For your RLUG/RLFM affiliation, make sure you state that you’ve come from The Brick Fan and post a comment below with the Flickr link to your photo or you won’t qualify. If you’re a winner of one of the raffles, LEGO will contact you directly via Flickr Mail. Read the full rules below.

Our colleagues creating global campaigns have asked us to ask you to particpate in this years #LEGOEaster campaign and share your amazing pictures online using the #LEGOEaster hashtag!

As a special treat the Community Managers have decided to add a little raffle chance to win for those of you participating. So we’ve created a flickr account where we would like everything to be pooled and also hashtagged. (The Flickr pool is right here – https:[email protected]/)

Once we pass Easter, we will do a Lucky Draw between all the pooled images.
We will pick 10 raffle winners, each getting a goodie bag with LEGO related Easter awesomeness and a medium sized LEGO set on top.

What’s required?
-Take a Easter themed LEGO picture (inspiration can be found using an internet search engine or by taking a look at the work done by Stuck In Plastic and Toy Photographers or some of the other instagram communities we have here on LAN).
-Upload and share the image online (Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook etc), using the hashtag #LEGOEaster
-Share the image in the Flickr Pool “RLUG #LEGOEaster Campaign” as a raffle ticket for the Lucky Draw.
-Add your first name and RLUG/RLFM affilitation along with the #LEGOEaster hashtag in the comment for the image to validate your Lucky Draw entry.
-One entry ticket per picture shared in the Flickr pool – please note that you can only participate once with each image – taking pictures from different angels and uploading them does NOT give additional tickets for the Lucky Draw.

Once the Lucky Draw has been completed the winners will be contacted via Flickr Mail asking for their full name which the Ambassador for the given RLUG/RLFM then will be asked to approve as a member of their community before the prize ships.

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