TopGear has conducted an interview with LEGO Designer Craig Callum on LEGO designing along with the LEGO Speed Champions McLaren 720S set. Pretty cool that you get a LEGO designer desk along with a designer minifigure. There are also some unique pieces such as the mini model piece that the LEGO designer minfigure can hold. Below are some of the key highlights. The full interview along with additional details can be seen at TopGear. The set will be officially available this Summer in June 2017. Thanks to HothBricks for the news.
The best LEGO cars are the ones with a story to tell
It can take up to two years to perfect the design
The cars are built using standardised LEGO bricks
Each individual LEGO brick has its own name
The instructions are super important
The McLaren 720s LEGO was a head-scratcher
The 720s LEGO set puts you in the designer’s chair
The dream LEGO build? McLaren’s Classic F1
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The official press release for the next LEGO UCS set is now here! Officially available May 4, 2017 exclusively at LEGO Brand Retail Stores and LEGO Shop at Home. If you are a LEGO VIP member, you can get purchase the set in advance beginning April 29 to concide with the upcoming May the 4th LEGO Star Wars promotion.
Ages 14+. 1,703 pieces.
US $199.99 – CA $229.99 – DE 199.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Build the ultimate LEGO® Snowspeeder!
Collect a true Star Wars classic: the T-47 Snowspeeder. This LEGO® interpretation of the iconic airspeeder that fans will remember from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back has all the details you’d expect, including opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun, and an opening cockpit with space for the included Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner minifigures. This model also comes with a display stand and fact plaque, so it can take pride of place in any LEGO Star Wars collection.
Includes 2 minifigures: a Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and a Rebel Snowspeeder Gunner.
Features intricate, authentic detailing, opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun and an opening cockpit with space for the 2 included minifigures.
Attach the Snowspeeder to the stand with fact plaque to display it.
Includes 2 blaster pistols.
Accessory elements include electrobinoculars, a Snowspeeder Pilot helmet and a Snowspeeder Gunner helmet.
Snowspeeder on display stand measures over 8” (21cm) high, 15” (39cm) long and 11” (29cm) wide, and over 4” (11cm) high without stand.
Additional pictures are available on TnB Flickr Photostream. In addition, there is also a Youtube Designer Video for this set which you can view below.
The instructions for the March 2017 LEGO Platypus Monthly Mini Model Build instructions are now available from the LEGO website. Its a neat little creature that you can rebuild from your spare pieces collection. If you are missing the pieces, you can also purchase them at your local LEGO Brand Retail Store Pick a Brick Wall or through the online LEGO website.
March 2017 Monthly Mini Model Build LEGO Platypus Instructions
The April 2017 LEGO Monthly Mini Model Store Build Registration is now open! Next month’s mini model build will be a LEGO Chick. The model is free for you to build and take home and will occur at your local LEGO Brand Retail Store on Tuesday, April 4 or Wednesday, April 5. Available for LEGO VIP members and those aged 6-14 only.
There’s a new unofficial LEGO product that is being developed over at Indiegogo (a crowdfunding website). Nimuno Loops – The Toy Block Tape is compatible with various building toys including LEGO, MegaBloks, Kreo and more. So far, it has already raised over $1.3 million USD. You can read more about it below. Looks like a pretty interesting product! Thanks to Tim for writing in with the news.
Nimuno Loops – The Toy Block Tape
Imagine being able to build around corners, on curved surfaces, or even onto the sides of that sailing ship you’ve just spent hours building. You forgot to engineer a point of attachment for that sweet dinosaur-smashing cannon? No problem. Snip a length of Nimuno Loops, stick it on the hull, mount your cannon and be on yarr way.
Compatible with LEGO® Blocks, Mega Bloks, Kreo and most major toy building block systems. A whole new universe of possibilities when constructing with Nimuno Loops!
This week from March 10-16, Toys R Us Canada will be offering 30% off select LEGO sets. In addition, for a limited time only online, you can get a free LEGO Nexo Knights Portable Shield Collector Case when you spend $40 or more on LEGO Nexo Knights Building sets!
The 2016 Annual Report and Financial Results for the LEGO Group is now out. Profit was 9436 million DKK in 2016 compared to 9174 million DKK in 2015. Net positive change is profit 262 million DKK (~$37 million in USD). LEGO is doing a very good job in financial matters.
In 2016, 335 new LEGO products were launched including new LEGO Nexo Knights theme. The LEGO Group also continues with sustainable growth with 2.9 billion invested in buildings. This includes a new factory in China.
The full 2016 Annual Report can be viewed here. Additional reports including a presentation and the responsibility highlights can be viewed here.
Revenue for the full year increased by 6.0 percent in DKK to DKK 37.9 billion compared with DKK 35.8 billion for 2015.
Revenue for the full year increased 5.5 percent compared with 2015, excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange.
Operating profit (profit before financial items and tax) for 2016 was DKK 12.4 billion compared with DKK 12.2 billion for 2015, an increase of 1.7 percent year on year.
Net profit for the full year was DKK 9.4 billion compared with DKK 9.2 billion in 2015.
Cash flow from operating activities for the year was DKK 9.1 billion compared with DKK 10.6 billion in 2015.
Tax on profit for the year amounts to DKK 3.0 billion, unchanged from 2015.
Significant investments were made in building capacity and capability to deliver the group’s long-term growth ambition.