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Lego Illustration Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

LEGOLAND New York Resort Now Open

The Orange County Tourism & Film team is incredibly excited to share that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open for fun. The 150-acre park is located in Goshen, New York.

“We are thrilled that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open to all!” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “LEGOLAND® New York Resort will not only benefit Orange County, but it will have a tremendous economic benefit in the Hudson Valley region and the entirety of New York. I know I can’t wait to go explore LEGOLAND® New York Resort!”

After starting construction in 2018, LEGOLAND® New York Resort opened all seven of their themed lands to the general public on Friday morning. Attending the grand opening was Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by other elected officials and regional tourism partners who marked the opening of the theme park by flipping a power switch.

LEGOLAND® New York Resort features a theme park with seven uniquely themed worlds, filled with attractions for the whole family. The theme park also includes a variety of dining options, as well as stores to purchase your favorite LEGO® products. A 250-room resort accompanies the theme park, offering patrons the chance to stay in either pirate, kingdom, Lego Friends or LEGO® NINJAGO® themed rooms. The LEGOLAND® hotel will start accepting reservations on August 6.

The addition of LEGOLAND® New York Resort increases the number of major attractions in New York State that currently reside in Orange County. Sitting 50 miles away from New York City, Orange County provides recreational activities, history, shopping, arts and culture, dining and more for all ages. Enjoy a tasting at one of the numerous wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries or enjoy the outdoors, rafting down the Delaware River or hiking the Appalachian Trail. Orange County provides fun for all ages throughout the entire year, making the area a premier North East destination.

About Orange County Tourism & Film

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at Orange County Tourism and Film. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.

 

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Cicadas Take Over LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

New York City has avoided a major Cicada invasion – until now.

The large insects, which are 1-2 inches long, are part of the largest brood of periodical cicadas in the nation. The last time they came to New York in 2004, they arrived around May 13.

Dozens of LEGO Cicadas have overtaken iconic NYC attractions like the Statue of Liberty in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester‘s MINILAND attraction, a LEGO replica of New York City. Matthew Graham, Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, was able to replicate these intriguing insects with 22 LEGO bricks including bricks like bucket handles for legs. These LEGO creatures will be on display until mid-July for guests to spot.

Also at LEGOLAND Westchester, you can enjoy the ultimate two-story indoor LEGO playground and escape the summer heat! Surround yourself with millions of LEGO Bricks, take flight on Merlin’s Apprentice, blast skeletons on Kingdom Quest ride adventure, see your favorite characters on LEGO 4D Theater, and build epic LEGO creations alongside master builders! More information on LEGOLAND Westchester activities can be found on the official website.

LEGOLAND Westchester is consistent with updated guidance from the state of New York and the CDC, following all COVID protocols. Face coverings for guests who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required, but still recommended.

Hours are 12pm-5:30pm, last entry at 3:30pm. Limited capacity, tickets available here.

photo by John Sullwold for use by 360 Magazine

photo by John Sullwold for use by 360 Magazine

LEGO Lamborghini Image provided by Morgan Theys and Extension PR for use by 360 MAGAZINE.

LEGO Lamborghini Replica

Automobili Lamborghini in collaboration with the LEGO Group has built a life-size replica of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, using over 400,000 LEGO® Technic™ elements. Following the launch of the 1:8 scale LEGO® Technic™ Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 last year, this life-size model replicates the limited-edition Italian super sportscar on a much grander scale. Using 154 different types of LEGO elements, including 20 moulded specifically for this project, the 2,200 kg model embodies the unmistakeable design of the Lamborghini Sián down to the most minute details, perfectly mirroring the car’s dimensions to the millimetre.

“Lamborghini is a dream for people around the world, and LEGO products provide creative inspiration for millions,” said Stephan Winkelmann President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “We’re delighted to have collaborated on this unique edition of the Lamborghini Sián, that will catch the imagination of Lamborghini and LEGO fans alike.”

The collaboration between the two companies’ designers, engineers and technicians, took a team of 15 people 8,660 hours of development work and painstaking construction. The proportion-perfect chassis is identical to the real-life Sián at 4,980 mm long, 2,101 mm wide and 1,133 mm high. The body panels are comprised of an intricate fabric of bespoke interconnecting hexagonal LEGO Technic elements, paying homage to the six-sided shape that is integral to Lamborghini’s design language. The Sián’s name, meaning ‘flash’ or ‘lightning’ in Bolognese dialect, is honored by the LEGO Group’s experts who have ensured that the lights, built entirely from Technic elements, and the sleek lightning bolt that flashes along the body, reflect how the real Sián’s epsilon headlights and hexagonal taillights power up and down. Inside the cockpit the detail continues with a brick-built steering wheel featuring the Lamborghini emblem and Italian flag, LEGO built dashboard controls and racing seats.

This is the first large-scale model from the LEGO Group to have a paintbrush-effect UV colour coating. The colour, which is a perfect match to the 1:8 scale LEGO Technic model, was applied by Automobili Lamborghini’s paint shop.

Lena Dixen, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing at the LEGO Group said: “Our designers love a challenge, so you can imagine their delight when we tasked them to think slightly larger than normal with this model. They jumped at the chance of teaming up with our amazing designers and engineers who build these impressive life-sized models at our Kladno factory’s model production workshop in the Czech Republic, and really pushing the boundaries of what can be done with LEGO Technic. The creativity that the system allows meant it was possible to really do justice to the exceptional design of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.”

In a first-of-its-kind virtual unveiling from the LEGO Group, the model has been rebuilt in a virtual LEGO workshop to give Lamborghini enthusiasts and LEGO lovers the chance to get up close and personal with the full-scale version. Viewers can make their dreams come true by getting behind the wheel of the 1:8 scale edition before being ‘transformed’ along with the model into the full-scale replica revealed today. They can sit virtually in the driver’s seat and hear from the Automobili Lamborghini and LEGO Group designers who made this model a reality.

Visit the Lamborghini website for more information. 

 

 

Book illustration by Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

Idris Elba × HarperCollins

Iconic and multi-award-winning actor, musician, filmmaker, and activist Idris Elba has signed a global multi-book deal with HarperCollins to publish a range of children’s books launching in 2022.

In a major UK/US co-publication deal, world rights were acquired by Ann-Janine Murtagh, Executive Publisher, HCCB UK, and Suzanne Murphy, President, and Publisher, HCCB US, from Crystal Mahey-Morgan at OWN IT! Entertainment Ltd.

Publishing will include picture books and fiction featuring a character and world imagined and developed by Idris and his writing partner Robyn Charteris, who has written numerous live-action drama, pre-school and animation programs for BBC, Channel 4, the Jim Henson Company, and Endemol as well as educational theatre for schools. Idris Elba said, “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris, and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins.”

Executive Publisher HCCB UK, Ann-Janine Murtagh said, “Idris Elba is one of the most iconic and multi-talented creatives of his generation and I am delighted that he is joining the HarperCollins Children’s Books list. From the outset, Idris had a very clear vision of the characters and stories he has imagined and is passionate about creating books that will appeal to all children. Robyn Charteris has a fantastic track record in writing for children, working with some of the biggest producers of children’s entertainment, and I am hugely excited to also welcome her to the world of children’s books. I feel privileged that Idris has entrusted us to bring his stories to life and I cannot wait to share them with children across the globe.”

President and Publisher HCCB US, Suzanne Murphy said, “Idris Elba is a creative force, who has many wonderful stories to tell. We are honored to be working with him and with Robyn Charteris to bring Idris’s rich and imaginative storytelling to the world of children’s books, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the HarperCollins family.”

IDRIS ELBA

Golden Globe and SAG winning Idris Elba captivates audiences as an actor, producer, and director, and continually secures his position as the one to watch in Hollywood. He is the first actor to receive dual SAG awards in one evening.

Idris’s career skyrocketed on the small screen in some of the UK’s top-rated shows. Soon after, he landed the role of Stringer Bell in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire (NAACP Image Award nomination). In 2010, Idris landed the title role on the BBC mini-series Luther, which earned him a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and four Emmy nominations. In 2005, he began his film career; his credits include American Gangster (Golden Globe nomination), Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom (Golden Globe nomination), Beasts of No Nation (SAG Award, Golden Globe nomination), and the Oscar-nominated film Molly’s Game.  He can be seen this April in the Netflix film Concrete Cowboy, which he also produced, and this summer will be starring in The Suicide Squad 2.  Other upcoming films include The Harder They Fall and Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Behind the camera, Idris made his feature-film directorial debut at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with Yardie. In 2013, he founded his production company, Green Door Pictures, to champion diversity of thought. With Green Door, Idris released the documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me, produced the TV mini-series Guerrilla for Showtime, and created, produced, and appears in the Sky comedy series In the Long Run. He also created, produced, and starred in the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie.

ROBYN CHARTERIS

Robyn began her career writing educational theatre for schools and charitable organizations internationally before graduating to television. For television she has written on numerous live-action drama, pre-school, and animation programs for the BBC, Channel 4, the Jim Henson Company, Channel 5, Initial Kids (Endemol), Carlton TV, Gullane, Hit Entertainment, Granada, SABC, Urban Brew, Disney, and M-Net.

Her credits include a BAFTA-winning children’s drama series for CBBC, creating and writing one of the first original 52-episode pre-school series for the launch of the digital channel CBeebies, creative consultancy for Mattel Toys and Lego, and a master’s degree in Playwriting.

ABOUT HARPERCOLLINS
HarperCollins UK is a division of HarperCollinsPublishers, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 17 countries, and was named Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards 2018. With over two hundred years of history and more than 120 unique imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in 16 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins UK has offices in London, Glasgow, Honley, and Manchester and can be found online.

HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN’S BOOKS, UK 

HarperCollins Children’s Books, unprecedented three times winner of Children’s Publisher of the Year (2014, 2015, 2016), is one of the leading publishers of children’s books, recognized for nurturing new talent as well as boasting a reputable list of established bestselling authors. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many children’s classics, including The Chronicles of Narnia, Mary Poppins, the Paddington stories, The Cat in the Hat, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and to some of the biggest names in children’s literature past and present, including Judith Kerr, David Walliams, Lauren Child, David Baddiel, Oliver Jeffers, and Michael Morpurgo.

HARPERCOLLINS CHILDREN’S BOOKS, US: 

HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers such as Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are and The Hate U Give; series including the Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent and Red Queen; and graphic and illustrated novels such as Nimona, Invisible Emmie and New Kid. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children’s Books delights readers through engaging storytelling across a variety of formats and platforms, including the largest young adult (YA) book community, Epic Reads. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollinsPublishers, which is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world, has operations in 17 countries, and is a subsidiary of News Corp.

You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books at HarperCollins Children, Epic Reads, and at HarperCollinsPublishers.

Lego Illustration Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester

BUILDING MEMORIES AGAIN – LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER REOPENS TO GUESTS ON MARCH 26

Attraction Welcomes Nominations for Deserving Family to be VIP Guests on Reopening Day and Invites Guests to Honor Local Healthcare Workers with Ticket Donations for Visits Shared on Social Media

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is thrilled to announce they will officially reopen its doors to guests on Friday, March 26th, welcoming fans back after over a year being closed due to local regulations. Guests can enjoy a day of family fun with signature experiences including MINILAND, LEGO® Racers: Build and Test, and LEGO® 4D Cinema! The ultimate indoor LEGO playground is looking for nominations for a deserving family to be the first to experience the attraction when it reopens. Nominations can be submitted on the attractions Facebook page or emailed to Westchester@LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com

Taking extra precautions for health and safety, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester has implemented enhanced physical distancing measures, new limited capacity 2-hour playtimes, LEGO® bricks just for families to use during playtimes, and stringent cleaning protocols before each playtime following the guidance of local and national health officials.

“The health of our guests and employees is of utmost importance. We are taking proactive steps to provide visitors with a safe, comfortable environment when we welcome them back to LEGOLAND Discovery Center again,” said Laura Whitman, General Manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester. “After over a year spent social distancing, we hope to provide our fans with a day of togetherness, learning, creating, and carefree play.”

As part of the reopening, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester will also honor the tireless work of local medical professionals by donating complimentary tickets to local organizations and their healthcare heroes. For every guest who tags the attraction in a social media post during their visit, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester will donate one ticket to a local healthcare worker from a health care partner to be announced soon.

Families are encouraged to visit https://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester as soon as next week to purchase tickets and check out LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester’s visit safety tips.

ABOUT LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is the ultimate indoor LEGO® playground and has 11 locations across North America including Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Toronto, and Westchester. Geared towards children ages 3 to 10 and their families, the attraction features millions of LEGO® bricks and multiple attractions including Master Builder Academy; Kingdom Quest Laser Ride; Merlin’s Apprentice Ride; LEGO® 4D Cinema; Build and Test; MINILAND™ featuring iconic landmarks; LEGO® Friends Heartlake City, and more.

Visit LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s site for attraction info and locations. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is a part of the Merlin Entertainments Group. 

About Merlin Entertainments plc 

Merlin Entertainments plc is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates more than 130 attractions, 19 hotels, and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries across four continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its 28,000 employees (peak season).

Visit Merlin Entertainments site for more information and follow on Twitter @MerlinEntsNews

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide Ideas:

  • LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender ($199.99): The 2,573-piece LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is something dads can enjoy with every member of the family. The New 2020 Land Rover Defender comes to life with realistic elements and functions, including authentic-looking body panels and rims, four-wheel drive with three differentials, fully independent suspension, a working winch and LEGO Technic’s most sophisticated gearbox yet – all designed to provide an engrossing and rewarding building experience for car lovers and LEGO fans alike.
  • Land Rover and Musto’s Above and Beyond: The Above and Beyond collection of outdoor performance clothing and technical equipment is inspired by the durability and capability of New Land Rover Defender. Designed to take dads anywhere and to take on anything – from hiking with the family to lounging around the house – top items from the range include:
    • Rodinia Hybrid Jacket ($363) – Showerproof and versatile, this softshell jacket is a defense against the elements.
    • Reversible Base Layer ($93) – A Reversible Base Layer that adapts to the seasons.
    • Above and Beyond Flask ($43) – This robust, double-walled steel flask keeps liquids cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 15 hours.
  • Land Rover Experience: With different packages starting at one-hour for $275 per vehicle with up to three people in Carmel, California, Ashville, North Carolina and Manchester, Vermont, guests can look forward to getting behind the wheel of a Land Rover vehicle to develop their driving skills with expert coaching. Whether you’ve never driven off-road or are a seasoned pro, you’ll quickly build confidence, refine your techniques and have fun along the way while create memories with the family.
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Spotted!  – Top Gear’s Stig

Dodges security at LEGO HQ  

He has outsmarted fans for years by keeping his identity under wraps but can the Stig evade capture when he infiltrates the LEGO Headquarters in Billund, Denmark, at night?  

A new video released today shows the lengths that the Stig goes to so he can get his hands on the LEGO® Technic™ App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car and escape without being unmasked.  

Footage captured shows the mystery racing driver teasing security as he designs and builds his own LEGO® Technic™ App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car in the home of the LEGO Group in Denmark – before exiting at speed in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS towards the Top Gear test track. 

“The LEGO® Technic™ App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car was designed to be the perfect car for the Stig, but it’s only an eighth of the size of cars he is used to driving. Let’s see if his talent on the test track translates to awesome manoeuvres when controlling the car using the LEGO® Technic™ CONTROL+ App.” said LEGO Technic designer Samuel Tacchi. 

Slide behind the wheel and take control of this cool LEGO® Technic™ App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car. Built from 463 pieces and controlled using the LEGO® Technic™ CONTROL+ app, you’ll discover a host of neat functions, including realistic sounds and real-time feedback. Take on challenges, earn achievements and access inspirational Top Gear content.   

Watch the video online [here] and see if you can match the Stig’s steering skills once you’ve built your own LEGO® Technic™ App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car.  

The LEGO® Technic™ App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car available now at LEGO.com in-store and online.  

About the LEGO Group 

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words Leg Godt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Its products are now sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.   

About Top Gear 

Top Gear is the world’s biggest and longest-running motoring entertainment shows, spanning 43 years of heritage with a huge global following, across 230+ territories, making it one of the world’s most widely watched factual TV programmes. The latest series of Top Gear featuring Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris has been by far the best performing series of recent years, and as a result of being BBC TWO’s biggest show so far in 2019 will move to BBC ONE in 2020. 

The Top Gear brand also has a proven-track record in consumer products, with the world’s biggest monthly motoring magazine, DVD’s, books and gaming, plus the Top Gear website that attracts 4.5 million unique users per month.  Top Gear’s Social media platforms include profiles on YouTube with 2.6 billion video views and 7m subscribers, 21 million global fans on Facebook, 2 million followers for Twitter and 3.7m on Instagram, its fastest growing social profile.   

About BBC Studios 

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.  

bbcstudios.com 

 

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NEW LEGO® TECHNIC™ TOP GEAR RALLY CAR

First ever LEGO Technic Top Gear collaboration wows the crowds at LA Auto Show

Today, the LEGO Group revealed the first ever LEGO® Technic™ Top Gear Set in partnership with BBC Studios. The new LEGO Technic App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car is an authentic looking GT Rally car for ages 9 years and above and will be available globally from 26th December 2019.

LEGO Technic designers joined forces with the BBC Top Gear team to co-design the body of the car and accompanying stickers to create an ultra-realistic and fast looking racer that fans are sure to enjoy building at home.  

The model is remote controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app and contains functions such as steering, multi-touch control and gyro control as well as different challenges and achievements to deliver a thrilling, immersive play experience. The rally car comes complete with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub. 

“‘It’s  exciting to have collaborated with LEGO Technic on this and it’s  a very natural fit for the Top Gear brand.  The LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car is the result of several months hard work from the LEGO and BBC Studios teams and we can’t wait to see it on the  shelves soon” said Jason Easy, Head of Licensing UK, BBC Studios.

Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director for LEGO Technic added: “We are really excited to finally reveal the App-Controlled LEGO Technic Top Gear Rally Car. The car offers a challenging build for ages 9+ who are into authentic play and intrigued about how things work. The CONTROL+ app gives an extensive play experience with several different play modes and exciting challenges.”

Factsheet:

LEGO Technic App Controlled Top Gear Rally Car
• First LEGO Technic set designed in partnership with BBC studios
• 463 LEGO elements used
• The model comes with 1 large motor, 1 XL motor and 1 Bluetooth controlled smart hub
• Remote controlled via the LEGO Technic CONTROL+ app
• Price: $129.00/£124,99
• The product is available globally from 26th December 2019
LEGO Technic CONTROL+ Functions:
• Driving forwards and backwards, steering with CONTROL+ app
• Multi-touch control
• Gyro control
• Challenges and achievements
• Inspirational videos for play
• The LEGO TECHNIC CONTROL+ app can be downloaded from the App Store or GooglePlay.

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words Leg Godt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.

For more information: www.LEGO.com  

About Top Gear

Top Gear is the world’s biggest and longest-running motoring entertainment shows, spanning 42 years of heritage with a huge following of an estimated 350m viewers globally, across 200+ territories, making it one of the world’s most widely watched factual TV programmes. The latest series of Top Gear featuring Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris has been by far the best performing series of recent years, making it BBC TWO’s biggest show so far in 2019.

The Top Gear brand also has a proven-track record in consumer products, with the world’s biggest monthly motoring magazine, DVD’s, books and gaming, plus the Top Gear website that attracts 4.5 million unique users per month.  Top Gear’s Social media platforms include profiles on YouTube with 2.2 billion video views and 6.7m subscribers, 21 million global fans on Facebook, 2 million followers for Twitter and 3.5m on Instagram, its fastest growing social profile. 

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

bbcstudios.com 

twitter.com/bbcstudios 

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TOP GEAR AND THE LEGO GROUP BUILD A DEAL

BBC Studios sign a deal with The LEGO Group to launch the first ever LEGO® Technic™ Top Gear Set.

The LEGO® Technic™ Top Gear Set for ages 9 years and above will launch globally in early 2020.

Top Gear is the world’s biggest and longest-running motoring entertainment shows, spanning 42 years of heritage with a huge following of an estimated 350m viewers globally, across 200+ territories, making it one of the world’s most widely watched factual TV programmes.  The latest series of Top Gear featuring Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris has been by far the best performing series of recent years, making it BBC TWO’s biggest show so far in 2019. 

The Top Gear brand also has a proven-track record in consumer products, with the world’s biggest monthly motoring magazine, DVD’s, books and gaming, plus the Top Gear website that attracts 4.5 million unique users per month.  Top Gear’s Social media platforms include profiles on YouTube with 2.2 billion video views and 6.7m subscribers, 21 million global fans on Facebook, 2 million followers for Twitter and 3.5m on Instagram, its fastest growing social profile.   

Jason Easy, Head of Licensing UK, BBC Studios said “‘We are extremely excited to have partnered with LEGO Technic.  Both brands enjoy a very close relationship with their fans, it’s certainly a natural fit for both and we’re really looking forward to seeing the LEGO Technic Set hit the shelves next year.” 

The LEGO Group’s mission is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through the power of play. The LEGO System in Play, with its foundation in LEGO bricks, allows children and fans to build and rebuild anything they can imagine. The LEGO Group was founded in Billund, Denmark in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, its name derived from the two Danish words Leg Godt, which mean “Play Well”. Today, the LEGO Group remains a family-owned company headquartered in Billund. Its products are now sold in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Eloise Bradley, Senior Licencing Manager, The LEGO Group said “Bringing LEGO Technic and BBC Top Gear together will be a dream come true for car fans all over the world. We’re looking forward to working with BBC Top Gear to bring some amazing innovative engineering to life – stay tuned!” 

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Harley-Davidson Museum

The party of the summer takes place at the Harley-Davidson Museum® over Rally weekend
Plus, a new exhibit and your last chance to catch “Daredevils” highlight a September to remember

Milwaukee, USA (Aug 29, 2019) – Make plans to join the Harley-Davidson Museum Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 during Rally Weekend for free live entertainment from chart-topping musicians, stunt shows, demo rides of select 2020 motorcycles, LiveWire Jumpstart experiences, the H-D Museum’s Annual Custom Bike Show, acres and acres of motorcycle thrills, and miles and miles of rolling sculptures.

And this weekend marks one of the last chances to see the scintillating “Daredevils” exhibit (closing Sept. 8) while gallery space is cleared away for the arrival of “Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory,” opening Sept. 6. Plus, the life-size LEGO® Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® is reigning supreme as Milwaukee’s must-see attraction and it’s found only at the H-D Museum.

RALLY WEEKEND, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1
The H-D Museum – where Harley-Davidson history and custom culture come to life – will serve as the central rally point all-weekend long. In addition to performances from a variety of national, regional and local musicians and artists – all for free on two separate stages – the H.D. Museum will come alive with stunt shows, pinstriping artists exhibiting their mastery, tattooers spilling ink to create that ultimate souvenir and so much more. All outdoor entertainment – including the live music – is free and open to the public.

Some highlights include:

  • Headline music acts
  • Ill Conduct Stunt Shows featuring Cole Freeman, Thu-Sat at noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sun at 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 3:40 p.m.
  • Milwaukee Rally Women’s Ride, Friday, staging begins at 8 a.m.
    The Milwaukee Rally Women’s Ride is back! Join your fellow female riders for a great day touring the beautiful roads of southeast Wisconsin. Participants receive a fabulous lunch and more. Staging begins at 8 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum®. Instructions and photos at 9 a.m.; kickstands up 9:30 a.m. Ride is limited to the first 116 women, so buy your tickets fast! Preregistration is required.
  • Custom Bike Show, Sunday, Sept. 1 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    You think your bike is HOT, show it off at the 2019 Harley-Davidson Museum Custom Bike Show! Classes include: Antique, VRSC™, Sidecar, Trike, Full Dresser, Stock Sportster, Stock Big Twin, Show Custom, Custom Touring, Radical Custom, Pro Class and Non-H-D Cool Custom. Proceeds will benefit the BUILD Moto Mentor Program.
  • Free Demo Rides, Thu-Sat (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
    Be among the first to throw a leg over select 2020 Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Plus, the all-new, all-electric LiveWire™ will be available on the Jumpstart for those wishing to experience the future of Harley-Davidson and thrill of its twist-and-go throttle.
  • Harley-Davidson® IRONe Demos, Sat (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    The brand-new electric-powered two-wheelers for kids will once again be available for demos. Families are invited to bring the little ones down to take a spin on the first electric-powered balance bikes for kids with parents who want to share their love for riding.
  • This weekend also marks one of the final times you can take in the thrill, chills and spills found in the H-D Museum’s special summer exhibit, “Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” before it closes September 8.

LEGO x HARLEY-DAVIDSON
The LEGO Group recently revealed its latest LEGO® Creator Expert model – a Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® that cruised into LEGO Stores globally and the Harley-Davidson Museum. Developed in collaboration with Harley-Davidson, this detailed LEGO interpretation of the iconic Milwaukee motorcycle captures the beauty of the real-life machine with finishes, surfaces, and design elements crafted to replicate the full-size Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Featuring 1,023 pieces, the model comes complete with solid-disc wheels, teardrop fuel tank, integrated speedometer, and dual exhaust pipes. Visit The Shop to purchase your LEGO® Creator Expert model – Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy.

To celebrate the launch, LEGO Master Builders created a life-size model of the motorcycle, complete with silver coated parts, Wi-Fi animation control, sound and light effects to imitate a real Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® and 6,000 special LEGO elements. The extraordinary creation took 865 hours to build, is made of 69,569 pieces and will be on display at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum for a limited time.

EXHIBITS
“Daredevils: A Century of Spine-Tingling Spectacles” (through Sept. 8)
Step right up and behold amazing displays of danger and derring-do! Daredevils have thrilled audiences for centuries. What began with horse trick riders in circuses inspired new generations of entertainers on bicycles, motorcycles, cars – even flying sofa chairs. From touring thrill shows to Hollywood movie stunt work, “Daredevils” celebrates the exciting history of these death-defying entertainers who spend countless hours perfecting their exploits. Witness how incredible feats from long ago inspire modern-day risk-takers. The H-D Museum cordially invites one and all, children big and small to behold how daredevils are born! Please note: Select photos from the exhibit can be found at this page.

“Building a Milwaukee Icon: Harley-Davidson’s Juneau Avenue Factory” (Opens Sept. 6)
A recently recovered cache of architectural drawings includes plans for the original Juneau Avenue facility. The pencil drawings, along with archival photographs, demonstrate the whirlwind pace of the company’s early growth. While building an international business—going from producing just over 1,000 motorcycles in 1909 to manufacturing 27,000 motorcycles in 1920—the company’s Milwaukee factory experienced near-constant expansion. Construction through this relatively brief period created the buildings that today, a century later, are still the proud home of Harley-Davidson.
“Building a Milwaukee Icon” provides a snapshot of Harley-Davidson’s formative years and illustrates a chapter of Milwaukee history when the city was known as the “Machine Shop to the World.”
We invite you to explore our collaboration with three Milwaukee area museums, featuring #MilwaukeeMade exhibits. http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/milwaukee-made/

EVENTS
BIKE NIGHTS
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m.
All bikes unite every Thursday at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Grab your bike (or whatever wheels you favor). Join your fellow riders (and non-riders) for free live music from some of Milwaukee’s favorite bands, fun and drool-worthy rolling sculptures. Enjoy food and drink specials inside and outside MOTOR Bar & Restaurant®, including the Budweiser® Bike Night Koozie Special all-season long (koozies available at The Shop on the Museum campus) and Bulleit® Bourbon Signature Cocktails.
Sign up for the H-D Museum Bike Night Loyalty Program, to receive a chance to win exclusive experiences, tours and more at the end of the season (for more details and the full entertainment lineup, visit H-DMuseum.com).
Sept. 5 – (Chopper Bike Night) – Them Guilty Aces
Sept. 12 – (Urban Bike Night) – DJ Shawna
Sept. 19 – THE PLAYLIST
Sept. 26 – (Final outdoor Bike Night of the season) – The Big Al Wetzel Band

THE CROSS COUNTRY CHASE, Saturday, Sept. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
On Saturday, September 7th, 2019 a group of approximately 100-adventerous souls on antique motorcycles will take America’s two-lanes by storm and the world is invited to cheer on the excitement and stop at the Harley-Davidson Museum – come check out the vintage rolling sculptures. 
The Cross Country Chase, America’s newest antique motorcycle touring challenge, is brought to you by the tried-n-true crew at the Motorcycle Cannonball in partnership with Legends Motorcycle Museum. This down-n-dirty endurance run will prove out the “who’s who” of antique motorcycling.  Not only will the winner be crowned a “Legend” and have bragging rights for life after successfully completing the arduous run, but as a bonus, a cash prize will also be awarded. The cross-country challenge is for riders over 18, motorcycles manufactured between 1930-1948, and will be an extreme test of endurance, speed, navigation, and knowledge.

Autism-Friendly Day, Sat Sept 14, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Join Autism Speaks at the Harley-Davidson Museum for its second annual Autism-Friendly Day, Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Just mention “Autism Speaks” at the front desk to enjoy discounted tickets, specials at The Shop and MOTOR Bar & Restaurant and fun activities for the whole family. Families will have the option to purchase $14 tickets for adults and $5 tickets for children ages 5-17; kids under 5 are always free. While the Harley-Davidson Museum has made efforts to make the venue as accommodating as possible, please note that some motorcycles may be riding on to campus during this day.

SAVE THE DATES:
Free Museum Admission (Gallery Night), Oct. 18, 5-9 p.m.
Skulloween Bike Night, Oct. 31
Veterans Day Appreciation, Nov. 9-11
Black Friday Beerfest, Nov. 29

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum™ is one of Milwaukee’s top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum™ is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. Make your plans to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum® at H-DMuseum.com.