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Brick Fest Live Announces Philly Brick Fest 2017

Our friends over at Brick Fest Live has released a press release for their flagship LEGO show, Philly Brick Fest 2017.

Philly Brick Fest® LEGO® Fan Convention April 20 – April 23, 2016

Oaks, PA

Philly Brick Fest, the 4-day Fan of LEGO Convention returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center April 20th – April 23rd, 2016 in Oaks, PA.

2017 marks the 4th year for Philly Brick Fest. Once again the event will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and will occupy 140,000 square feet of space, making it the largest fan-created LEGO event in North America.

LEGO builders from around the globe are invited to showcase their fan-built creations, learn building techniques from one another, interact with other fans, participate in building challenges and activities, and most of all enjoy a fun-filled weekend with like-minded LEGO Maniacs!

“In 2017 we are doing something different” said Chad Collins, founder of Learn With Bricks Inc., the production company behind Philly Brick Fest and the largest touring LEGO event in America, Brick Fest Live.

“This year, for the first time ever, 100% of all registration dues will be used to build a LEGO-themed classroom in a Kenya, Africa with the charity World Teacher Aid. We are always looking for ways to support great causes and have run several success campaigns with the Make-A- Wish foundation, the 501st Legion, and Extra Life. Now we have a chance to introduce LEGO to a new group of children that have never been exposed to it before. It’s the looks on their faces that I’m looking forward to the most.” said Collins.

Amy Mclaren, founder of World Teacher Aid said “We are honoured, thrilled and very grateful not only to the team at Philly Brick Fest, but also to the many families who will take part in the event. The money raised from this initiative will construct a classroom that will help change the lives of thousands for years to come.”

This 4-day Philly Brick Fest experience is open to all LEGO enthusiasts, interested in connecting with other builders and having their creations on display for the public to enjoy during the weekend public hours of Brick Fest Live.

For the first time, Beyond the Brick, the popular YouTube channel dedicated to the LEGO Fan community will be broadcasting from the event. "Beyond the Brick is very excited to be covering Philly Brick Fest in 2017! This will be our first Brick Fest event and we can't wait to meet the amazing LEGO fans that will be at the show. If you’re a fan of Beyond the Brick make sure to say hi if you see us at the show!" said show host Joshua Hanlon.

Registration information for the 4-day event is located at BrickFestLive.com

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Chad Collins

[email protected]

Brick Fest Live LEGO® Experience April 22nd & 23rd, 2017

Brick Fest Live returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on April 22 – 23, 2017. Get inspired, educated, and entertained with LEGO bricks! Play with huge attractions built to set your imagination free and witness mind-blowing creations made entirely of this timeless toy at Brick Fest Live.

With 140,000 square feet of LEGO goodness, Brick Fest Live will have millions of LEGO bricks on display and ready for play. See life-sized LEGO models and cities come to life that are created by world-renowned builders who have been featured in countless books, blogs, YouTube videos, and publications.

“It’s the one show we have circled on our calendars all year long,” said Chad Collins, founder of Learn With Bricks Inc. and producer of Brick Fest Live. “The Philly show was the one that started it all for Brick Fest Live back in 2014.

These events for LEGO Maniacs new and old, to let them experience LEGO in ways that can only be done at these large-scale events. You can see amazing creations built by LEGO fans just like you, and then immediately put that inspiration to work at one of many building stations on the show floor”.

The 2017 spectacle will also feature characters and movie props from several LEGO themes including Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Jurassic World.

In addition to the thousands of creations on display, the event includes hands-on building attractions and the largest variety of LEGO-themed merchandise under one roof.

Attraction Include:

● The Brick Show Experience: Meet popular YouTube LEGO show hosts from The Brick Show and be featured on in an upcoming video

● Brick Fest Derby: Build and race your custom built LEGO derby car down one of our 35-foot long timed tracks

● Collaborative Building Activities: Contribute to large-scale mystery floor mosaic

● Robotics: LEGO and machines collide to create moving remote controlled creations to see and use

● Inspiration Stations: Add to existing LEGO cities and make them your own by building custom creations

● Video Game Arena: Have a favorite LEGO video game? Come challenge your family or make new friends in the Brick Fest Gaming Arena playing your favorite LEGO title head to head

● Mini Golf: A miniature golf course built to inspire! Take your game to the next level on the Brick-Links

● Brick Fest Theater Trivia & Entertainment: Participate in LEGO trivia all while taking a break from what will be an overwhelming amount of awesome

● Jaw-Dropping Mosaics: Help build a Guinness World Record-setting mystery floor mosaic and use 1×1 LEGO bricks to create your own mini-masterpiece

● Shopping: Find new, vintage, rare, and custom LEGO sets and merchandise from any of the many merchants in attendance

Register for Ticket Pre-Sale Now brickfestlive.com

Website http://www.brickfestlive.com

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/brickfestlive

Instagram & Twitter @brickfestlive

Additional Dates: Nashville, TN (January 21 – 22), Atlanta, GA (February 25 – 26), Charleston, SC (March 18 – 19),

Philadelphia, PA (April 22 – 23), Charlotte, NC (June 3-4), Buffalo, NY (June 24-25), Kansas City, MO (July 8-9),

Pittsburgh, PA (July 15-16), Scottsdale, AZ (July 22-23), Austin, TX (July 29-30), Denver, CO (August 12-13), Portland,

OR (August 19-20), Pasadena, CA (August 26-27), Sacramento, CA (September 23-24), Houston, TX (October 21-22)

More dates added regularly at brickfestlive.com

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Learn With Bricks Inc. is not associated with the LEGO® Group of Companies and is the independent producer of Philly Brick Fest® and Brick Fest Live. LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group. Philly Brick Fest® is a registered trademark of Learn With Bricks Inc. © 2016 Learn With Bricks Inc.

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The LEGO Group Management Role Changes

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.

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LEGO January 2017 Store Calendar Promotions & Events

Our friends over at PromoBricks has found an image of the January 2017 LEGO Store Calendar. I’ll upload a higher quality of it when it becomes available. Here are the more notable things that will be going on in the month. Not surprisingly, it’s mainly focused on The LEGO Batman Movie as the rest of the wave will be available at the beginning of the month.

December 27-January 15 – Free The LEGO Batman Movie Mini Batwing polybag with purchases of $35 or more.

January 16-31 – FREE LEGO Nexo Knights Knighton Rider polybag with a Nexo Knights purchase.

January 1 – The LEGO Creator Assembly Square (10255) will become available for purchase.

January 3-4 – The VIP Monthly Mini Model Build will be a Narwhal.

January 14 – Winter Igloo Building Event

January 17 & 24 – Technic Tuesday

January 21 & 28 – LEGO Life Meeting

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Bricks on the Dollar LEGO Adventurers Oasis Ambush (5938) Giveaway

Our friends over at Bricks on the Dollar is doing another giveaway for a sealed set. For November they have the LEGO Adventurers Oasis Ambush (5938) from 1998. All you have to do is to sign up at their link and the winner will be chosen on December 1 so follow their site to see updates.

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LEGO Leicester Square Lester Official Minifigure Revealed

LEGO Lester

Back in September, it was revealed that UK’s new flagship LEGO Brand Store in Leicaster Square with have a mascot named Lester. There is now an image that has been released of Lester in actual minifigure form coming from LEGO’s social media sites.

Anyways, Lester looks pretty much exactly like what we saw in the reveal image with him having a suit with the Union Jack design and a bowler hat. The image also shows with with an umbrella and a camera but I’m not sure if they come with it, if it is released. There’s still no word on how you can obtain the minifigure but I’m sure LEGO will be announcing something as we get to the store opening date of November 17.

**Via Bricks Fans**

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The Brick Fan October 2016 Monthly Recap

October is coming to a close and in case you missed it, here are some of the more popular posts from the month on the October 2016 Monthly Recap.


LEGO Dimensions The Goonies Sloth Minifigure Revealed – TT Games has revealed the Sloth minifigure from the LEGO Dimensions The Goonies Level Pack.


Three LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Sets Revealed – LEGO revealed three of the upcoming LEOG DC Super Hero Girls sets.


Three New The LEGO Batman Movie Sets Revealed – LEGO officially revealed three of The LEGO Batman Movie sets.


Last Three LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Sets Revealed Plus NYCC Press Release – LEGO officially revealed the last three LEGO Super Hero Girls sets from the initial wave.


LEGO Ideas First 2016 Review Stage Winner Announced – LEGO Ideas announced the winner of the First 2016 Review Stage and the Old Fishing Store will become an official set next year.


Lepin Moves from LEGO Sets to LEGO Fan Designs – LEGO bootleg company, Lepin, has started copying designs from the LEGO fan community and producing sets from them.


LEGO Ideas The Beatles Yellow Submarine (21306) Officially Announced – LEGO officially revealed the LEGO Ideas The Beatles Yellow Submarine (21306) which will be available starting tomorrow.


LEGO Super Heroes Summer 2017 Set Numbers and Rumors – There’s some new details of the summer 2017 LEGO Super Heroes sets for both Marvel and DC Comics.


LEGO Star Wars Summer 2017 Rumored Sets – There are some new rumors of the sets for LEGO Star Wars for summer 2017.


LEGO Creator Assembly Square (10255) Modular Officially Announced – LEGO officially announced their 10th anniversary modular set with the LEGO Creator Assembly Square (10255).


LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Official Box Art Images – The box art for the November release of the LEGO Super Hero Girls sets are revealed.


LEGO December 2016 Store Calendar Promotions & Events – The December 2016 LEGO Store Calendar is now available and it shows some of the promotions that we’ll be getting for the month.


LEGO Disney Moana on the High Seas (41150) First Look – We have our first look at one of the LEGO Disney Moana sets from the December 2016 LEGO Store Calendar with Moana on the High Seas (41150).


LEGO [email protected] Sets Retiring Soon 2016 – LEGO [email protected] UK has updated their Retiring Soon page to show some of the sets that may be going away in the near future.


LEGO Seasonal Christmas Toy Soldier Ornament (5004420) Official Images – We now have a clear look at the LEGO Seasonal Christmas Toy Soldier Ornament (5004420) which we can get starting tomorrow.


LEGO Seasonal Christmas 2016 Sets Official Images – The official images for the LEGO Seasonal Christmas sets are now available.


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BrickLive Birmingham 2016 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment/TT Games Press Release

BrickLive Birmingham 2016 is happening this week across the pond and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games will be on hand to show off some of their LEGO game franchises. They have sent over a press release for some of the game franchises that will be at the convention.

WARNER BROS/TT GAMES AT BRICKLIVE!
NEC BIRMINGHAM, 27-30 OCTOBER 2016

LEGO STAR WARS
The No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise triumphantly returns with a fun-filled, humorous journey based on the blockbuster film. The game will also feature brand new story content from the Star Wars Universe that explores the time between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Get hands on with LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens at BRICK Show, on one of sixteen kiosks with PlayStation 4.

Also, don’t miss the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Videogame Exhibition, available to view in the UK for the very first time, the exhibition features exclusive artwork and gameplay scene recreations from the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Videogame!


LEGO DIMENSIONS
With more characters joining in on the fun, get ready for the wildest mash-ups this side of the Multiverse. Play through full-movie experiences of the year’s biggest blockbusters with immersive 6-level Story Packs, and prepare for battle in all-new Adventure World Battle Arenas where you can challenge friends in 4-player competitive split-screen. So grab your favourite characters and make room for the new ones to continue the LEGO® Dimensions™ adventure. You are going to need a bigger imagination!

Get hands on with all new LEGO Dimensions Accessory Packs at BRICK Show, on one of sixteen kiosks with PlayStation 4! You will be able to play all new multiplayer Battle Arenas, as well as levels from the new Ghostbusters Movie and from Mission Impossible. Playable characters will include Harry Potter, Ethan Hunt from Mission Impossible, Abby Yates from Ghostbusters, Lord Voldemort, Finn and Jake from Adventure Time, Gizmo and Stripe from Gremlins, and many more!

You will also have the opportunity to add the exclusive character Green Arrow to your roster, with a fun LEGO Dimensions Character Card collection taking place throughout BRICK Show, whereby if you collect all 20 Characters, you can claim your Green Arrow minifigure. Make sure you check either the LEGO Dimensions stand, or your Show Guide for full details, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!


LEGO WORLDS
EXPLORE. DISCOVER. CREATE. LEGO® Worlds is a galaxy of procedurally-generated Worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks which you can freely manipulate and dynamically populate with LEGO models. Explore each World and unlock new discoveries: from cowboys and giraffes to vampires and polar bears, to steamrollers, race cars, and colossal digging machines! Use the multi-tool to shape environments and alter any World to your liking: raise the terrain to create vast mountain ranges, or enter the Brick-by-Brick editor to build anything you can imagine. Save your creations to build with them again. LEGO Worlds enables you to populate your Worlds with many weird and wonderful characters, creatures, models, and driveable vehicles, and then play out your own unique adventures. Probably not worth upsetting the Skeletons though…


LEGO SCOOBY-DOO
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the all new LEGO Original Movie ‘LEGO Scooby-Doo! Haunted Hollywood’ we are excited to reveal that there will be two special events held at the BRICK Show this October. We will be encouraging fans to get involved in a Spooktacular Scooby Scavenger Hunt where visitors to the show have the chance to meet the Scooby-Doo! and Shaggy costume characters, alongside helping Scoobs and the gang solve another mystery by finding all the Hollywood Stars, scattered around the show. By taking part in the hunt fans could be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes. Alongside this, there will be a special, exclusive screening of the new movie ‘LEGO Scooby-Doo!: Haunted Hollywood’ held at the show, where LEGO Scooby himself will also be on hand for selfies!


STAGE PRESENTATIONS
LEGO Worlds 1pm daily. In a galaxy of procedural worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks, join Chris Rose and Loz Doyle from TT Games as they Explore, Discover and Create within LEGO Worlds.

LEGO Dimensions 2pm daily. Join Mark Warburton from TT Games who will be showing you some of the amazing new features, characters and gameplay that are arriving in LEGO Dimensions this Autumn.

BRICKLIVE will be held from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th October. General admission tickets are £20 or upgrade to a Premium ticket for £35. For more information as well as booking details, visit www.bricklive.co.uk

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