LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) Back on Amazon Again

LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192)

For those who are still looking for it, Amazon currently has the LEGO Star Wars UCS Millennium Falcon (75192) in stock at the retail price of $799.99. It seems that Amazon is the place to keep an eye on as they seem to be getting more stock and on LEGO [email protected] itself. There’s also free shipping for Prime members as well.


The LEGO Group 2017 Annual Report Results

The LEGO Group Annual Results 2017

Today The LEGO Group has released the 2017 Annual Results and the results weren’t as good as they had expected. The consumer sales remained flat throughout the year as they sold out of inventory as compared to 2016 but trended upwards towards the end of the year. This is the first time in 12 years that profits has declined and net profit dropped 17%.

The top selling themes for 2017 include LEGO City, Star Wars, DUPLO, Creator, Friends. Star Wars remains a popular novelty theme and remains in line with their expectations.

Digitalization remains a high priority as LEGO Boost was on a lot of kids’ wishlist during the holiday season. The LEGO channel on YouTube is the number one brand channel on the site. LEGO Life continues to be a popular app among kids which gives them a safe place to share their creations.

– Revenue for the full year decreased by 8 percent to DKK 35.0 billion compared with DKK 37.9 billion in 2016. Excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange, revenue for the full year declined 7 percent compared with 2016.

– Operating profit (profit before financial items and tax) for 2017 was DKK 10.4 billion compared with DKK 12.4 billion for 2016, a decrease of 17 percent year on year.

– Net profit for the full year was DKK 7.8 billion compared with DKK 9.4 billion in 2016.

– Cash flow from operating activities for the year was DKK 10.7 billion compared with DKK 9.1 billion in 2016.

– Decline in revenue was driven in part by clean-up of inventories across the value chain. Global consumer sales were flat and trended upwards in the final months of 2017.

Niels B. Christiansen, the LEGO Group CEO said: “2017 was a challenging year and overall we are not satisfied with the financial results. However, we ended the year in a better position. In December, consumer sales grew in seven of our 12 largest markets and we entered 2018 with healthier inventories. In 2018, we will stabilise the business and invest to build sustainable growth in the longer-term.

“During 2017, revenue in our established markets declined, primarily due to actions we took to clean up inventories. This decline impacted our operating profits. We also simplified and reduced the size of the organisation to meet current business requirements and these difficult actions are now complete. Our balance sheet, cash flow and profitability, remain sound.

“We started 2018 in better shape and during the coming year we will stabilise the business by continuing to invest in great products, effective global marketing and improved execution. There is no quick-fix and it will take some time to achieve longer-term growth.”

While revenue in established markets in North America and Europe declined in 2017, total consumer sales across a number of these markets improved, particularly in the final months of the year. The LEGO Group sees opportunities to return to growth in these regions and will work closely with retail partners to bring LEGO® play experiences to more children.

The Group also sees strong potential in China, where revenue grew high double-digits in 2017. It recently signed a partnership agreement with one of the country’s largest internet companies, Tencent, and has plans to further expand its presence in this strategic market. The company also will open an office in Dubai towards the end of 2018 to support efforts to expand operations in the Middle East and Africa.

Across the LEGO portfolio, performance of classic LEGO ranges was satisfactory and LEGO® City, LEGO DUPLO®, LEGO Creator and LEGO Friends continued to perform well, demonstrating the timeless appeal of LEGO play. LEGO NINJAGO also benefited from the release of the movie in September. LEGO Star WarsTM products, released in the second half of 2017, performed in line with expectations.

‘Planet Promise’: our commitment to children, communities and the environment

During 2017, the LEGO Group continued efforts to achieve its ambition to bring LEGO play to more children around the world, and deliver on its ‘Planet Promise’ to have a positive impact on the planet and communities of which it is a part.

Christiansen said: “We remain committed to our mission to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, and our ambition to reach more children with LEGO experiences is more important than ever. Being purpose-driven is important to children and parents who enjoy our products and to our colleagues around the world. We will continue to invest in activities that positively impact the lives of children, our local communities and the environment.”

The LEGO Group continued to partner with UNICEF to promote the benefits of play in children’s development. It supported UNICEF’s World Children’s Day efforts in November 2017, which aimed to give a voice to children around the world.

In May 2017, the company achieved its ambition to balance 100% of its energy consumption with energy from renewable sources, three years ahead of target, and the first toy company to do so. In 2018, the company will continue its partnership with WWF and aim to reduce CO2 emissions across its supply chain. It will also continue working towards its ambition to use 100% sustainable materials by 2030. In March, the Group announced the launch of its first elements made from plant-based materials. Botanical elements, such as leaves and trees, made from plant-based plastic sourced from sugarcane will be introduced to sets during 2018.

Summary text for LEGO.com post:

The LEGO Group reported a decline in revenue and operating profit for 2017, but ended the year in a better position. Global consumer sales for 2017 were flat. In 2018, the Group will stabilise the business and invest to create a platform for sustainable longer-term growth.


The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526) Available at Toys R Us

The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526)

If you’re looking for The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Ultimate Batmobile (30526), you may want to check out your nearest Toys R Us store as there are reports that they have started to show up there. The instructions show you how to build the regular Batmobile but there are additional instructions for the Bat-Tank and Batwing. The only downside is that you get enough parts in one polybag for one of the vehicles so you’ll have to purchase three polybags to create the complete thing. Like with the larger 70917 counterpart, you are able to connect all three together to create The Ultimate Batmobile.

In addition to Toys R Us, the polybag has also been seen at Fred Meyer as well as LEGOLAND parks/Discover Centers. The only upside to TRU is that they are more widespread than the others, minus the ones that are closing.


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Guardian’s Ship (30525) Polybag Review

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Avengers: Infinity War The Guardian's Ship (30525)

The Milano was featured extensively in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and 2 however for Avengers: Infinity War, there’s a new ship called The Guardians’ Ship. LEGO has released a few sets featuring the new ship one of which is in the Thanos: Ultimate Battle (76107) and the other with this polybag. It has 69 pieces and the only way to get it so far was with purchases of $75 or more on [email protected] during the LEGO Marvel: The Universe Unites promotion.

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The LEGO Group Announcing Annual Results 2017 Tomorrow

The LEGO Group Annual Results 2017

The LEGO Group will be announcing their 2017 Annual Results tomorrow at 10:00AM CET (1:00AM PST). Last year at September, they released the financial details for the first half of 2017 and it showed that revenue was down compared to the same period in 2016. As a result, LEGO had to restructure the company which meant that they had to move some people around as well as trimming about eight percent of their workforce.

The press conference tomorrow will be revealing the numbers for last year as well as the top LEGO themes and sets. Hopefully, they’ll go into details of what contributed to the lost revenue at least in the first half of 2017. Maybe the second half of the year with the holiday shopping season helped balance everything out but we shall see. I’ll try to stay up for it but I’ll probably get knocked out because I have to work early tomorrow morning.


LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Teen Groot (5005244) Available at Target

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Teen Groot (5005244)

It was only just a few days ago when we found out about the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Teen Groot Keychain (5005244) but there’s a report that they’ve already made their way to the US. According to Fikinbricks, he has found them at his local Target store today. They are $5.99 each with no purchasing restrictions and the DPCI# is 204-00-2181. They haven’t showed up here in San Diego yet and they aren’t online but we should expect to see them soon.


Last Day for LEGO Marvel: The Universe Unites [email protected] Promotion

Barring any extension by LEGO, today is the last day of the LEGO Marvel: The Universe Unites promotion on [email protected]. The Ron Lim sketch art is sold out but the promo items are still available including the colored Marvel print with a purchase of $25 or more and The Guardian’s Ship polybag with a purchase of $75 or more.

Most of the sets are still available however the Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown is on backstock and will ship in 30 days along with The Hulkbuster: Ultron Edition which will ship by March 17.

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