Here’s something that’s making headlines today which was first reported over on by Brickset yesterday. If you want to give LEGO sets for Christmas as presents, you might want to purchase them now because there might be a shortage this coming holiday season. LEGO spokesman Roar Trangbaek notes:
“We will not be able to deliver all of the new orders coming from customers in the remainder of the year in some markets in Europe”
The report only mentions Europe at this time but who knows if this shortage will be affecting the States later this year. We have seen a little bit of this shortage mainly with the LEGO Jurassic World sets they have been out of stock on Shop@Home for a while and has had limited quantities in stores ever since the movie came out in June. Another example of a potential shortage may be the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets especially when the movie is released in December. I have a feeling these sets will be flying off the shelves starting Black Friday weekend and will probably be hard to get for a while.
Overall sales have grown by 18% in the first half of 2015 and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. LEGO CFO John Goodwin notes:
“The high demand also puts a strain on our factories around the world.”
As a result, LEGO has announced that they are planning to invest in factories around the world including Mexico, Hungary, and Denmark to match the demand of LEGO products but that project won’t be ready until 2020.
Again this is only affecting Europe at this time but if you’re worried about this piece of news, don’t take chances and waiting a few more months as some LEGO sets might not be on the shelves by then. Also try to take advantage of Double VIP points as there are only 10 days left in the promotion as of this writing.
**Via CNN Money**
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