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The LEGO Group Announces Program Lead and General Contractor for Virginia Factory

The LEGO Group has announced the program lead and general contractor for the new Virginia factory location. Starting in April, Preben Elnef will be leading the project which includes the factory construction and opening. Elnef was previously at the Vietnam factory location where it is scheduled to begin production next year.

The company has also named Gray|Hourigan as general contractor who will prepare the location to start work later this year.

If you’re local and are interested in working at the factory, make sure you check out the dedicated hiring page to see what LEGO will be offering.

The LEGO Group announces program lead and appoints general contractor at its Virginia, USA site

Preben Elnef named permanent program lead.

Gray|Hourigan selected as general contractor.

Virginia, USA, February 15, 2024: The LEGO Group today announced it has appointed a permanent program lead and general contractor as it advances work on its more than US $1 billion manufacturing site in Chesterfield County, near Richmond, Virginia.

Preben Elnef named permanent program leader

Preben Elnef will assume program leadership from April 2024, and will be responsible for all aspects of the project, including the factory’s construction and opening. He takes on this new role after three years with the company’s Vietnam business, where he established an operating unit and oversaw the construction of the company’s second new factory, which is scheduled to begin production in 2025.

Preben has worked for the LEGO Group for the past 10 years and brings extensive experience leading large-scale investment projects and expertise in engineering,

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LEGO Teases Wicked Movie Set

Super Bowl LVIII is going on right now and during one of the commercial breaks, Universal Pictures showed off their trailer for the upcoming Wicked movie starring Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande. LEGO on their social media accounts without any pictures posted “Wonder if LEGO bricks could defy gravity…💚👀”. Also, a reply to the Wicked account on X/Twitter, they posted “Emerald City here we come!”

This seemingly suggests that LEGO could be releasing a set for the movie in the future. Wicked premieres in theaters this Thanksgiving so if there is a set made, it wouldn’t be released until around the holiday time. If LEGO does make a Wicked set, what do you want to see in it?

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BrickLink Designer Program Series 4 Fan Vote Live

Just like that, the BrickLink Designer Program Series 4 crowd vote is now live to pick the sets that you want to see produced. As of this post, there are 237 projects in the running for your support and the top five will go on to be reviewed and the finalists will be announced on March 18. The fan vote itself will run until February 16.

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LEGO Officially Announces Piece by Piece Movie with Pharrell Williams

LEGO has officially announced a brand new movie called Piece by Piece which will be in theaters on October 11 telling the story of Pharrell Williams’ creative genius one LEGO brick at a time. The movie partners LEGO with producers Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdés, and Shani Saxon (i am OTHER) and directed by Morgan Neville.

Focus Features Partners with Pharrell Williams’ i am OTHER and the LEGO Group on ‘Piece by Piece’ a Groundbreaking New Film From Academy Award® Winning Director Morgan Neville

Studio Sets October 11, 2024 Theatrical Release Date

PIECE BY PIECE is an unparalleled motion picture experience that captures the magic and brilliance of Pharrell Williams’ creative genius, one LEGO® brick at a time. Uninterested in making a traditional film about his life, Pharrell set out to tell his story in a way that would set audience’s imaginations free. Developed from his singular vision, PIECE BY PIECE defies genres and expectations to transport audiences into a LEGO® world where anything is possible. From Focus Features, PIECE BY PIECE was directed by Academy Award® winner Morgan Neville and produced by Neville and Caitrin Rogers (Tremolo Productions) alongside producers Pharrell Williams, Mimi Valdés, and Shani Saxon (i am OTHER). Jill Wilfert and Keith Malone are executive producing for the LEGO Group. The film will debut in theaters on October 11, 2024.

Said Focus Features Chairman Peter Kujawski, “Pharrell Williams is a true trailblazer whose influence across music, art and fashion continually reshapes global culture with an undeniable sense of joy. In partnering with the inimitable

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LEGO Announces Monkey Palace Board Game

The LEGO Group and game publisher Asmodee have announced their first jointly-crafted board game called Monkey Palace. Available starting on October 3 at Spiel Essen and select retailers around the world, Monkey Palace is a jungle-themed game of light strategy for two to four players that incorporates both collaborative and competitive elements. Players must strategically work together to construct the Monkey Palace while competing for the highest brick income and points.

Introducing Monkey Palace – A Playful Board Game Collaboration by the LEGO Group and Asmodee

Billund & Boulogne-Billancourt – January 25, 2024 – Today, the LEGO Group and Asmodee announced their first jointly-crafted board game, Monkey Palace. The game will be officially unveiled to retailers and industry partners at the Nuremberg Toy Fair and will be available for purchase from October 3 at Spiel Essen, the world’s largest board game convention, and from select leading retailers around the world.

Monkey Palace was created by game designers, David Gordon and Tin Aung Myaing, and provides family fun for all ages. It is a jungle-themed game of light strategy tailored for two to four players, that incorporates both collaborative and competitive elements.

Players must strategically work together to construct the Monkey Palace while competing for the highest brick income and points, all under the watchful gaze of the Monkey. The palace gradually takes form, resulting in an impressive construction using LEGO elements that players can proudly display at home. The iconic LEGO System in Play means that each time the board game is played, the building experience

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BrickLink Designer Program Series 4 Submissions Ending Soon

If you want to get your submissions to the BrickLink Designer Program Series 4, you have about five days left to enter. Submissions will end on January 26 and the crowd support for the projects will start shortly on February 5 where fans can vote for what sets they want to buy. BrickLink will do an internal review for the top ones and the final five designs will be announced in March.

As we can tell from the Series 3 sets, you don’t need to create huge sets to be selected as there can be smaller ones that can make the final cut as well.

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LEGO Releases Paper Packaging Behind the Scenes Video

A few years ago, LEGO announced that sets will be having paper bags for packaging and so far there have been various sets that have achieved that. They have just released a behind the scenes video of the manufacturing process from the factory showing LEGO bricks being packaged in the bags. Europe and Asia have already had sets with the paper bags and the Americas will be coming soon.

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