The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon by ck80 is the latest project to achieve 10,000 supporters on LEGO Ideas. It is a very detailed build of the vehicle and the size is the same as other LEGO Creator vehicle sets like the VW Camper Van, Beetles, and BMW Mini.
LEGO has revealed the new LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S (75880) over on their Facebook Page. There isn’t much information on it but it does say that it will be available in June. I’m assuming that it will be the same size and the $14.99 price point as the individual Speed Champions vehicles.
Update: DriveTribe has more images of the McLaren 720S. The set will also include a McLaren designer instead of a driver and his design office desk.
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.
The LEGO Speed Champions theme is still going strong in 2017 and one of the new sets I’ll be reviewing is the Bugatti Chiron (75878). The set retails for $14.99 and has 181 pieces. The contents of teh box include four un-numbered bags, one of which is a bag of rims, the chassis, instructions, and sticker sheet.
News on The LEGO Movie Sequel has been somewhat quiet since it’s been pushed back to 2019 a new interview might be shed some new details for the movie. The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay appeared on the Shanlian on Batman podcast and he revealed that The LEGO Movie Sequel could be a lot different from the first.
LEGO 2 is going to be this big musical and space action movie. They need a lot of the writing, a lot of development, not only with script development, but development with songwriters. So it was very ambitious to get that movie out.
If the sequel is indeed going to be a space action musical movie, there will no doubt feature a lot of Benny the Spaceman, voiced by Charlie Day in the first movie. Of course, this could very well change again between now and 2019 so don’t get your hopes up too high since there has already been a lot of changes already so far.
LEGO Worlds is now available on PlayStation 4, XBox One, and Steam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has sent over the press release as well as some screenshots of the game. LEGO Worlds has been available on Steam Early Access but it now is available for various systems.
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES
AND THE LEGO GROUP LAUNCH
For PlayStation®4, Xbox One and STEAM
Players Can Create Anything Imaginable and Define Their Own Adventures
In Customizable Open Worlds Made Entirely of LEGO Bricks
Burbank, Calif. – March 7, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO® Group today announced that LEGO® Worlds, a galaxy of imaginative worlds made of digital LEGO bricks where players can explore, discover and create together, is now available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Worlds will be available for Nintendo Switch™ later this year.
In LEGO Worlds, players embark on a creative adventure to become a Master Builder and uncover hidden treasures in environments that range from fun to the fantastical, where worlds come to life with a dizzying variety of vehicles and creatures – from gingerbread men riding elephants to cavewomen scaring polar bears, to swamp police helicopters, hot air balloons and arctic snow scooters. Gamers can embark on a quest to become a Master Builder by helping other LEGO characters along the way – find a sword for an Egyptian Queen, protect a fisherman from a giant troll invasion, or build a home for a cyclops. Environments and creations are brought to life in any way fans can imagine, either by building brick by brick, placing down enormous prebuilt LEGO structures, or by using wondrous tools that let them paint and shape the landscape. LEGO Worlds’ online multiplayer functionality allows players to explore each other’s worlds together and engage in cooperative and competitive play experiences that players can build themselves.
A LEGO Agents pack, featuring new characters, vehicles, weapons and more from the Agents range of play materials, will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 for a limited time.