The LEGO Group Achieves 100% Renewable Energy Target Three Years Early

Earlier today, The LEGO Group has announced that they have reached their 100% renewable energy target three years ahead of schedule. After spending about a DKK 6 billion/£700m investment over four years into offshore wind farms, the output from these projects have exceeded the energy use from the LEGO factories, offices, and stores globally. Their latest investment in the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm will provide power for more than 230,000 British households. You can read more about this milestone in the link above.

Facts about Burbo Bank Extension

The Burbo Bank Extension wind farm is a joint venture between DONG Energy (50%) and its partners PKA (25%) and KIRKBI A/S (25%), parent company of the LEGO Group.
The wind farm is located 7 kilometres off the coast of Liverpool and has a capacity of 258 megawatts, enough to supply renewable energy to 230,000 British households.
The wind farm consists of 32 MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW wind turbines.
KIRKBI A/S invested approximately DKK 3.3 billion (GBP 375 million) in the construction of the wind farm, bringing the total amount invested in building offshore wind power to over DKK 6 billion (GBP 680 million).

Facts about the LEGO Group’s 100% renewable energy milestone

Since 2012, KIRKBI A/S has invested approximately DKK 6 billion in renewable energy on behalf of the LEGO Group, equivalent to 162 megawatts.
In addition to Burbo Bank Extension, KIRKBI A/S owns 31.5% of the Borkum Riffgrund 1 offshore wind farm in Germany, which can produce 312 megawatts and provide clean energy for 320,000 households.
20,000 solar panels will be installed on the roof of the LEGO® factory in Jiaxing, China. The panels will produce almost six gigawatts of energy per year. This is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 6,000 Chinese households.


LEGO World of Creativity Tour Announced

LEGO has announced a new interactive experience tour for the United States called the LEGO World of Creativity Tour. There are five cities that will be part of the tour including Savannah, GA (July 7-9), Albuquerque, NM (August 4-6), Tacoma, WA (September 8-10), Boise, ID (September 29-October 1), and Madison, WI (October 13-15). Tickets can be purchased at https://worldofcreativity.lego.com/. Check out the full press release below.

ENFIELD, Conn. (May 10, 2017) – Kids and adults alike are in for a “bricktastic” adventure as LEGO Systems, Inc. kicks off the LEGO® World of Creativity tour. This new, hands-on LEGO building experience will tour the United States offering creative adventures for families across the country. LEGO World of Creativity will make five stops in 2017, launching in Savannah, GA July 7-9. Additional tour stops include: Albuquerque, NM (August 4-6), Tacoma, WA (September 8-10), Boise, ID (September 29-October 1), and Madison, WI (October 13-15). Tickets on sale now at worldofcreativity.lego.com. The tour will continue in 2018, with markets and dates to be announced at a later date.

Packed with innovative activities all centered around the endless possibility of the LEGO brick, LEGO World of Creativity gives children and parents a chance to imagine, build and play together. Featuring new interactive building activities, as well as proven family-favorite experiences, LEGO World of Creativity is designed for the whole family to explore the world through imagination and creativity. Families will be captivated by the variety of build and play experiences available in hands-on building zones, such as The Big City, where they can build custom LEGO vehicles and test them down race ramps, The Ocean, where they are invited to build sand castles on a LEGO brick beach, and Outer Space, where customized LEGO creations are put to the gravity test. Other building activities, games and challenges will round out each stop.

“We can’t wait to be back on the road to bring a brand new LEGO building experience to families,” said Vince Rubino, senior manager, event marketing for LEGO Systems. “We know how much families enjoy the time they spend together at our brand-in-hand events. The LEGO World of Creativity tour combines some of the most popular official LEGO event experiences with a new slate of interactive activities centered on open-ended creative building that are sure to surprise and delight kids and adults alike.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with LEGO Systems on the LEGO World of Creativity tour and we’re excited to bring the classic LEGO brick building experience to families across the country,” said Eddie Newquist, EVP and chief creative officer for global events company, GES. “With GES’ long history of connecting brands with the families who love them, we are sure that the LEGO World of Creativity tour will be a wonderful addition to the roster of official LEGO experiences.”

Seven sessions – each three hours in length – will be held at each tour stop over three days. The event requires a timed-entry ticket and visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets early to ensure entry during their desired date and time.


Win Tickets to LEGO House Grand Opening

The LEGO House in Denmark opens this September and LEGO is giving everyone a chance to win tickets to the grand opening. To enter, you must be 18 years old and just sign up for their newsletter by May 31, 2017 and you’re entered. There will be 50 winners randomly drawn from the newsletter sign ups between now and the deadline.

Note that the prize is only for tickets to the LEGO House Experience Zones and does not cover travel, hotel, or meal expenses.


LEGO Voltron Minifigure Shirt Re-Released on Ript Apparel

Last year, Ript Apparel released a LEGO Voltron minifigure shirt which turned out to be pretty popular and they have re-released it again for those who missed it the first time. The shirt will go for $13 and will be available for 24 hours.

You can help support The Brick Fan by purchasing the shirt using the links above.


The AFOL Poster Subscription Service Releases New April 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 latest release, Galaxy Squad by Joe Cerniglia.

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 Monster Fighters and more. Pick your favorites or sign up for the subscription to never miss a poster!

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New Chinese Brick Company Producing AFOL Sets

Here’s something that has popped up on my feed and also readers emailing in about it but I questioned whether I should post about it or not. You may have heard of a few well-known builders in the LEGO community like The Arvo Brothers, Firas Abu-Jaber, Paul Boratko (CrowKillers), and Bangoo H, many of which have been featured on The Brothers Brick and other LEGO sites. Their LEGO builds are an envy of many builders who have tried to replicate themselves or take inspiration from.

The 29th Guangzhou Toy & Hobby Fair kicked off yesterday and there’s a Chinese “new” brick company who has appeared to be making sets based on the designs of some of the builders I’ve named above. In a post on Facebook, there are images of a company called Xingbao (星堡) who is owned by Meizi Model (美致模型), which is the same company that owns LEPIN, at the convention displaying some of the sets based off of the AFOL designs including The Arvo Brother’s Kaneda’s Bike and Alien, Bangoo H’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky music box, Fira’s Volkswagen Beetle, Ford GT, and Rolls Royce Springfield Roadster, and Paul’s Balisong supercar, just to name a few. It also appears that some of the designers have confirmed to have licensed their models out to the company.

This new company is essentially helping AFOLs who want their models become easier to obtain by their followers who do not have time to BrickLink the parts or whatnot. This whole thing brings on a whole bag of worms with licensing to intellectual properties but more importantly, morals. For LEGO purists, they will most likely not purchase these off-brand sets and try to recreate the models using official LEGO parts to their best of their abilities.

There’s also one other side of the story. If you remember from last year, I did a post about LEPIN starting to produce AFOL designed sets. The designer would basically have their models stolen and would get no compensation whatsoever. Basically Xingbao is reaching out to AFOLs and asking them if they want their models produced and paying them compensation which is a step up but at the end of the day, they are still a knockoff brand. Chances are if you’ve been contacted, they’re already planning on making it through LEPIN.

If you didn’t know yet, BrickLink has a service going for a while where you can sell your MOCs which uses actual LEGO parts. Now that LEGO Ideas has somewhat cracked down on restricting active licenses, will this sway AFOLs to Xingbao who want their models available to the public in an easier way?


The Brick Fan March 2017 Monthly Recap

March has passed and there was some pretty interesting LEGO news for the month, especially towards the end of the month.

The LEGO Group Ranked Second as Most Regarded Company in 2017 – The Reputation Institute released their annual RepTrak 100 survey and The LEGO Group was ranked second as the most regarded company in the world.

The LEGO Movie Sequel to be a Space Action Musical? – During the Shanlian on Batman podcast, Chris McKay stated that The LEGO Movie Sequel is going to be a “big musical and space action movie.”

The LEGO Group 2016 Annual Results – LEGO released their annual results for 2016 and it was reported that the company had the highest revenue in their history.

LEGO Brand Stores to Start Carrying Store Exclusive Sets – My source has told me that LEGO Brand Stores will start carrying every set from a particular theme and the there will no longer be any store exclusive set.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Silent Mary (71042) Review – I did my review of the newest set for the upcoming and it is now available at LEGO Stores and on [email protected].

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales The Silent Mary (71042)

LEGO Dimensions Coming to an End? – There was a report by Bricks to Life that LEGO Dimensions is at the end of its life and will be cancelled.

LEGO Dimensions Year 2

The LEGO Ninjago Movie D2C Ninjago City Set Coming? – My source has told be that there will be a Direct-to-Consumer set for The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 18 Rumored to be Costume Party Theme – There’s a rumor on Eurobricks that the Series 18 LEGO Collectible Minifigures will be themed around costumes.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144) Officially Announced – LEGO announced the next LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Series set with the Snowspeeder (75144) which will be coming out on April 29 for LEGO VIP early access and May 4 for the general public.

LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (75144)

LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (30611) to be May the 4th Promo Polybag – My source has told me that the LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (30611) will be the May the 4th promotional polybag which was confirmed on the May 2017 Store Calendar.

LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 (30611)

LEGO Ideas Apollo 11 Saturn-V Rocket Officially Revealed – LEGO released a first look at the upcoming LEGO Ideas Apollo 11 Saturn-V Rocket which will be coming out in June.

LEGO Ideas Apollo 11 Saturn-V Rocket

LEGO DC Super Heroes Wonder Woman Warrior Battle Revealed – The set will have 286 pieces and will be available on May 1 with a reported price of $29.99.

LEGO DC Super Heroes Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (76075)

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