NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- LEGO Group, the world's leading
construction toy manufacturer, today announces a partnership with
Lucasfilm Ltd. to produce building sets based on the Indiana Jones
franchise -- one of the most globally successful movie series
Three worldwide blockbuster films, and the highly anticipated
May 2008 premiere of the new Indiana Jones movie, will provide
inspiration for a series of highly iconic and action-packed build-and-play
adventures of the rogue archaeologist and hero.
"There is such a natural synergy between
Lucasfilm and LEGO enthusiasts of all ages that makes combining
our stories with the LEGO play pattern an easy decision,"
said Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing. "We
are thrilled to have a chance to share the history and success
of LEGO Star Wars with another Lucas franchise."
Four playsets based on the classic trilogy are slated to launch
in January 2008. Three sets based on iconic scenes from Raiders
of the Lost Ark include: Temple Escape ($49.99 USD) which
brings the legendary rolling boulder scene to life in LEGO form
as Indy faces spiders and poisoned darts in his search for the
Golden Idol of Fertility. With Race for the Stolen Treasure ($29.99
USD), kids build two desert vehicles and recreate Indy's truck-hopping
fight to save the treasure. Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb ($19.99
USD) recreates the eye-popping suspense of Indy rescuing Marion
from slithering snakes in an Egyptian tomb. And based on Indiana
Jones and the Last Crusade action, Motorcycle Chase ($9.99
USD) depicts the scene where Indy and his father escape with the
map to the hidden temple.
Four more constructible playsets based on the fourth movie will
launch in May 2008, with suggested retail prices ranging from
$9.99 to $79.99 USD.
"We are thrilled to be bringing yet
another blockbuster Lucasfilm property to life for LEGO kids and
adult enthusiasts," said Jill Wilfert, vice president,
partnership and alliance management for the LEGO Group. "The
marriage of strong story, well-known characters, dynamic vehicles
and action-oriented movie scenes with the classic LEGO play pattern
is a proven winner, and Indiana Jones lends itself perfectly to
the build-and-play world of LEGO building."
For more than 25 years, audiences have been enraptured by the
exploits of Indiana Jones. The film trilogy -- Raiders of
the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,
and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade -- garnered 14
Academy Award nominations, won 7 Oscars, and grossed over $1,182,000,000
at the box office. The films are among the most popular movies
ever made and have become a legendary part of film history.
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group (www.lego.com)
is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark.
It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's
leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO
Group is committed to the development of children's creative and
imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased
in more than 130 countries, and its employees are guided by the
motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only
the best is good enough."
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