A few days ago, a new theatrical poster for The LEGO Batman Movie was released. Today, the IMAX poster for the movie was also revealed. It’s nothing too spectacular as it only shows Batman, Batgirl, and Robin in a darker setting. Hopefully there will be some cool collectible glasses that you can keep. Will you be seeing the movie in standard or IMAX?
There are now official images of the upcoming promotion for the LEGO Seasonal Gingerbread Man (5005156) minifigure box. You can get it for free with purchases of $50 or more at LEGO Stores and on [email protected] from December 12-18. The box is similar to the Easter Minifigure (5004486) but decorated to his theme. The Gingerbread Man himself is not exclusive as he was released back in 2013 with Series 11 Collectible Minifigures (71002). The only difference is that this one does not have the red “Dunk Me” cup as an accessory.
For those who missed him a few years ago or got into LEGO after that set retired, next week is you best chance of getting him if you’re still doing some holiday shopping. Of course you can also BrickLink him but he commands around $10 for just the minifigure.
Continuing with my reviews of The LEGO Batman Movie sets, the next one I’ll be doing is the Scarecrow Special Delivery (70910). This set contains 204 pieces and retails for $19.99. The contents of the box include two numbered bags, the instruction booklet, and a small sticker sheet.
Earlier today, LEGO has released two press releases regarding the future of management at the company. The first one is in regards to LEGO appointing a new CEO to replace Jørgen Vig Knudstorp in 2017.
The LEGO Group has announced that Bali Padda, current Chief Operations Officer, is appointed CEO of the company as of January 1, 2017.
Bali Padda takes over from Jørgen Vig Knudstorp who will head up the new entity LEGO Brand Group.
Bali Padda has been with the LEGO Group for 14 years and is at present heading up Operations while at the same time being overall responsible for people and organisational development. During the past ten years, he has been a member of the LEGO Group’s top management.
Commenting on the appointment of Bali Padda as CEO, Niels Jacobsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the LEGO Group, says:
“Bali Padda has a fantastic track record in the LEGO Group with more than 14 years of experience especially within supply chain functions, but more recently also focusing on people and organisational development. Bali has demonstrated an ability to drive the changes required in operations through the significant growth we have experienced during the past years. I am confident that Bali will continue to develop the company in close cooperation with management.”
Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, fourth generation owner of the LEGO Group, comments:
“Bali possesses the right LEGO mindset. He has a deep knowledge of our entire company, a very clear sense of what we need to do to take the company to the next level, and he is a true ambassador for the LEGO® Idea and the LEGO brand.”
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp is very pleased to hand over the management of the LEGO Group to Bali Padda:
“I have learnt a lot from Bali’s great leadership and execution which he has displayed through all of his career here. I have worked closely with Bali for many years and I am confident that we will continue to build on that close collaboration in our new roles,” says Knudstorp.
Commenting on his new role as CEO, Bali Padda says:
“I am extremely honoured by this opportunity. It is a huge and exciting task, and I look forward to the challenge. I have a strong passion for our product and brand, and I look forward to continuing the strategic direction we have set for the company. With the great collaboration in our management as well as the support from Thomas and Jørgen, I am confident that we can continue the success of the LEGO Group and reach many more children in the future with high-quality play experiences.”
The other press release that LEGO put out today is that current CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp will be moving on to a new LEGO brand entity to focus on the long-term brand potential.
Jørgen Vig Knudstorp to head up LEGO brand entity to increase focus on the long-term brand potential
Based on a strong commitment to continued active family ownership, the Kirk Kristiansen family, owners of the LEGO® brand, have decided to establish a new entity, the LEGO Brand Group.
The LEGO brand is built on a simple idea with endless possibilities; an idea that has proven its durability and timelessness, not least demonstrated by the unparalleled growth the LEGO Group has achieved over the past 12 years. With this in mind, the owner family firmly believes that there is still untapped potential in the LEGO brand.
“Our family ownership is deeply rooted in the LEGO Idea, which is about learning and development through play and a unique, creative play system that offers endless possibilities. With our recent growth and globalisation come new and exciting opportunities for the brand, and we establish the LEGO Brand Group to look into these new opportunities,” says Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, fourth generation owner of the LEGO Group.
The LEGO Brand Group will thus facilitate the owner governance of all LEGO brand related activities. This includes activities such as the LEGO Group and LEGO Education, and also how the brand is being expressed by entities such as LEGO Foundation and in LEGOLAND® attractions (by Merlin Entertainments Group). Therefore, the purpose of the LEGO Brand Group is also to protect and develop the LEGO brand.
Current CEO of the LEGO Group, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp will chair the new entity in close partnership with deputy chair, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.
“It has been very exciting to make these preparations for the future – not just for the next generation but also for generations to come. I am very pleased about the partnership between Thomas and Jørgen because I am convinced that their joint efforts and skills support our mission to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow in the best possible way,” says Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, third generation owner of the LEGO Group and Chairman of KIRKBI A/S.
As a consequence of his new role in the LEGO Brand Group, the Board of Directors of LEGO A/S will nominate Jørgen Vig Knudstorp to become Chairman of the Board in May 2017.
Niels Jacobsen, present Chairman of the Board of Directors of LEGO A/S, will continue in his role as Deputy Chairman in KIRKBI A/S. Commenting on Jørgen Vig Knudstorp’s new role, he says:
“Over the past 12 years, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp has developed an outstanding knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and challenges for the LEGO Group and the LEGO brand. Now is the right time to use Jørgen’s capacity in a broader role. I look forward to continue working with Jørgen in the future and to continue my work with Kjeld and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen in the KIRKBI A/S Board of Directors”.
Commenting on his new role and the new entity, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp says:
“I really look forward to this new challenge together with Thomas. I have enjoyed being the CEO of this great company, because I have a lifelong passion for the LEGO Idea. The role and the job have changed very much over these years, and this is the natural next step, as I am a firm believer in the value of active family ownership.”
Bali Padda, currently Chief Operations Officer in the LEGO Group, has been appointed to replace Jørgen Vig Knudstorp as CEO, and he will take on his new role as of January 1, 2017.
The Vintage Tram project by kevinszeto is the latest one to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. It is a tribute to the ones in Porto. The project proposes 664 pieces with minifigures but without tracks. The tram has a removable top to access the passenger carriage that holds up to 8 sitting minifigures.
The Vintage Tram now joins Boat Repair Shop, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “The Bus” Hulkbuster UCS, LEGO Store Modular Version, Red Dwarf, and Landrover 4×4 as the projects that qualify the Third 2016 Review Stage.
Amazon is having a new sweepstakes to find the Golden LEGO Brick for a chance to win some really nice prizes. All you have to do is to go through the LEGO retail pages and search for a product page with a golden brick under the product information seen in the image above. Once you find the brick, click on it and it’ll take you to the online entry form. You must have a free Amazon.com account to enter. The sweepstakes end on December 10, 2016 at 11:59:59pm. There will be four prizes given out:
First Prize: One (1) LEGO Super Heroes the Tumbler building Set (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $199.00).
Second Prize: One (1) LEGO Star Wars Rogue One Complete Collection (ARV: $384.92).
Third Prize: One (1) LEGO Brick-Built 18” Tall Doctor Who Figure. Item is custom built by LEGO master builders (ARV: $2,000.00).
Fourth Prize: One (1) prize package which consists of a trip for one (1) winner and up to three (3) guests to visit either the LEGOLAND California Resort or LEGOLAND Florida Resort (ARV: $1,200). The prize package consists of:
– Roundtrip economy class airfare for winner and up to three (3) guests departing from an airport near the winner’s residence (as determined by Sponsor and Lego in their sole discretion) and arriving at an airport in or near Los Angeles, CA or Orlando, FL (as determined by Sponsor and Lego in their sole discretion) (the “Airport”);
– Four (4) 2-day tickets to either the LEGOLAND California Resort or the LEGOLAND Florida Resort (the “Tickets”);
– Two (2) nights standard hotel accommodations for winner and up to three (3) guests at a
While you’re on Amazon, why not do some shopping as well as there are still a number of sets that have some good discounts.
Some of The LEGO Batman Movie sets are now available in stores and online and one of those sets include The Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906) which was first revealed during San Diego Comic Con. The set has 433 pieces and will retail for $49.99. The contents of the box include three numbered bags and two instruction booklets.