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    Starting January 1st, 2017, the LEGO Group will be getting a new CEO. Bali Padda (currently a Chief Operations Officer) will be replacing Jørgen Vig Knudstorp.  Currect LEGO CEO Jørgen Vig Knudstorp will be responsible for a new LEGO Group entity working with Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.

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    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.”

    You can read more about this press release here.

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    Jørgen Vig Knudstorp to head up LEGO brand entity to increase focus on the long-term brand potential.

    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.

    You can read more about this press release here.

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    Amazon America currently has LEGO Marvel Super Heroes The Helicarrier on sale at $299.99 (reg.$349.99). Savings work out to be 14% off.

    Target America has also made several reduces to their LEGO Star Wars sets with great savings. Many of the Fall 2016 LEGO Star Wars sets have also been reduced by 20% off as well such as LEGO Star Wars Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle. If it is not available for purchase in-stores, you can also try in-store pickup. Amazon America has also price matched most of these sale prices as well.

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    Thanks to forum member MrVEP for the news.

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    New 2016 LEGO Factory Opens in Jiaxing, China

    A new LEGO Factory in Jiaxing, China has recently opened with an area of 165,000 m2. The factory will employ more than 1200 people and is expected to supply up to 80% of all LEGO products in Asia. Here are some quick key facts regarding the new LEGO Factory!

    Facts about the factory

    • The factory covers an area of approximately 165,000 m2.
    • The land where the factory is located covers 315,000 m2.
    • 45,000 m2 area for packing.
    • 25,000 m2 manual warehouse.
    • 10,000 m2 area for decoration and assembly.
    • 35,000 m2 moulding facility.
    • 6,500 m2 automated high bay warehouse. 24 metres high with a capacity of more than 400,000 storage boxes.
    • More than 1,200 people are currently employed at the factory.
    • The investment amounts to a 3-digit million Euro figure.

    You can found out more through LEGO’s full press release here.

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    LEGO has released official box art images of the upcoming LEGO Ideas Cartoon Network 21308 Adventure Time set. As mentioned earlier on the LEGO Ideas blog, the set will be available for purchase beginning January 1st, 2017. Contains 495 pieces and will be priced at $49.99 USD. Thanks to Brickset for the news.

    LEGO Ideas Cartoon Network 21308 Adventure Time

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    LEGO December 2016 Offers & Promotions

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    Welcome to the month of December! There’s lots of great offers this month including a free a gingerbread man minifigure and more at LEGO Brand Retail Stores and and LEGO Shop at Home (USA | Canada | Europe/UK). Free shipping on orders above $35 for North America or GBP 30 with LEGO VIP. See What’s New: US | Canada | UK

    North America Offers
    -Free Exclusive 2017 Wall Calendar with purchases of $75 or more (November 28 to December 11)
    -Free Gingerbread Man with purchases of $50 or more (December 12-18)
    -Double VIP points on all purchases (December 10-11)
    -Sales & Deals Items: US | Canada

    Europe & United Kingdom Offers
    -Free LEGO Christmas Snowglobe with purchases over 60 GBP (November 25 to December 10)
    -Free Gingerbread Man with purchases over 25 GBP (December 11-20)
    -Free LEGO Star Wars Rebel Pilot Minifigure with Star Wars purchases over 25 GBP (December 11-31)
    -Sales & Deals Items: UK
    *Euro pricing thresholds may vary depending on your country

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    atmail35 reports finding two seasonal Christmas holiday LEGO polybag sets at her local Target store in America! The first is 30474 Reindeer while the other one is 30399 Friends Bowling. That LEGO 30474 Reindeer set will definitely make a great Christmas LEGO stocking stuffer. The Friends Bowling set looks quite interesting too. ( :

    LEGO Creator 30474 Reindeer

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    LEGO 30399 Bowling

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    Three new LEGO Star Wars 2017 set images have been revealed. These appear to be remakes of LEGO classic sets that were released earlier in the past. What do you think of these upcoming LEGO Star Wars sets? The piece count for Luke’s Landspeeder is only 149 pieces which makes it quite a small set! Thanks to Hoth Bricks for the news.

    LEGO Star Wars 75173 Luke’s Landspeeder

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    LEGO Star Wars 75174 Desert Skiff Escape

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    LEGO Star Wars 75175 A-Wing Starfighter

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    A new, special edition LEGO Speed Champions set is coming out soon! This exclusive 2016 LEGO Speed Champions Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 set will be available for purchase beginning March 1, 2017. Retail price will be €34.99 (£29.99). See below for the full press release!

    Designed to Inspire Tomorrow’s Racing Drivers, Engineers and Designers – Ford’s Le Mans Victories in LEGO® Bricks

    • Ford race cars that won 1966 and 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours will be available as part of the exclusive LEGO® Speed Champions range of models
    • New kit brings to life iconic Ford GT40 and today’s Ford GT race car. Minifigures, chequered flag and trophy will help to bring famous victories to life again and again
    • Designing the exclusive kit was a “dream project” for LEGO design lead Craig Callum, a former car designer who races Fords in his spare time

    COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016 – It’s a gift 50 years in the making that could set your child on the path to becoming a racing legend. The iconic Ford GT40 and new Ford GT that won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 and 2016 are being brought to life in LEGO® bricks.

    The new LEGO Speed Champions set will include both cars as well as racing driver minifigures, a chequered flag and even a trophy to make it easy to recreate those history-making victories.

    “Many people in my team grew up with the legend of Ford’s history-making 1966 victory – and experienced the excitement of building and design for the first time through LEGO bricks,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. “This kit is a powerful way to tell our Le Mans story, and will hopefully inspire the race drivers, engineers, and designers of the future.”

    Ford won at Le Mans earlier this year after returning to the scene of what was a historic 1-2-3 clean sweep 50 years previously. The LEGO Group worked closely with Ford’s design and licensing teams on every detail of the 1966 winning car, and the new Ford GT race car.

    “This was a dream project – with a lot of pressure. The Ford GT40 is one of the most iconic race cars of all time, and the new Ford GT is just incredible,” said Craig Callum, head of design, LEGO Speed Champions. “Designed for children, but with grown-ups fans in mind too, we know these models will be closely scrutinized for authenticity.”

    Callum, who in his spare time races a Ford Model A hot-rod, and started out as a designer of full-sized cars, helped develop ten prototypes before the final versions of each model were selected, all created from existing LEGO bricks.

    You can watch Callum assemble the new kit in record time here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbEVCyOGbW0

    The new 2016 Ford GT and 1966 Ford GT40 set will be available to order at LEGO.com/shop from March 1, 2017, with a recommended retail price of €34.99 (£29.99). A Ford Mustang set is on sale now, alongside a Ford F 150 Raptor with trailer and Ford Model A hot rod.

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    Editor’s notes

    • Le Mans 2016 race win

    The #68 Ford GT of Sébastien Bourdais (FRA), Joey Hand (US) and Dirk Müller (GER) crossed the finish line as the winner in the GTE-Pro class of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours.

    • Le Mans 1966 podium sweep

    The #2 Ford GT40 Mark II driven by Bruce McLaren (NZ) and Chris Amon (NZ) took first place at Le Mans in 1966 – leading a Ford clean sweep of the three podium positions. The 1966 race was Ford’s first ever win at Le Mans, and the first of four successive victories at the iconic endurance race.

    • The 2016 Ford GT

    The ultra-high-performance Ford GT supercar is the most advanced Ford production vehicle ever, featuring the latest in lightweighting, aerodynamics and EcoBoost engine technology – an innovation showcase for the Ford brand.

    • The 1966 Ford GT40 Mark II

    The Ford GT40 Mark II featured a lightweight aluminium chassis, rear-wheel drive and a 7.0-litre Ford V8 engine. The car was named the GT (Grand Touring) with the 40 representing its height at the top of the windscreen in inches.

    • LEGO® Speed Champions

    LEGO Speed Champions puts children in the driver seat, as they build and race some of the most famous cars ever produced, with authentic designs and exciting accessories to inspire young imaginations.

    About Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

    Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 53,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and approximately 68,000 people when joint ventures and unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 24 manufacturing facilities (16 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and 8 unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

    LEGO, the LEGO logo and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2016 The LEGO Group.

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