Paukenschlag in Billund: Wie der dänische Spielwarenkonzern soeben bekannt gab, hat die LEGO Gruppe für einen nicht genannten Kaufpreis den Online-Marktplatz Bricklink übernommen. Bis Ende des Jahres soll die Übernahme abgeschlossen sein. Die Übernahme umfasst auch den Brick-Hersteller Soho Bricks.
Wirklich überraschend kommt die Übernahme von Bricklink durch LEGO allerdings nicht. Aufgrund zahlreichen Kooperationen und Projekte wurde die Zusammenarbeit in letzter Zeit immer intensiver. Ob dieser Schritt wirklich gut für die Fans ist, bleibt abzuwarten.
Hier die offizielle Pressemitteilung:
The LEGO Group acquires BrickLink, the world’s largest online LEGO fan community and marketplace to strengthen ties with adult fans.
Acquisition will strengthen the LEGO Group’s engagement with its growing community of adult fans.
BILLUND, Denmark, November 26, 2019: The LEGO Group today announced it has acquired BrickLink Ltd, the world’s largest online community of adult LEGO fans from NXMH LLC to strengthen its connection with its important adult fan base.
The BrickLink platform has more than one million members and comprises an online marketplace of more than 10,000 stores from 70 countries; a digital building software where builders can design and showcase their creations; and a vibrant online community where fans share ideas and builds.
The platform was founded in 2000 by Dan Jezek as a way to connect like-minded adult LEGO fans from around the world. It was acquired in 2013 by NXMH, which is owned by Korean entrepreneur Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim. BrickLink is headquartered in Irvine, California.
The LEGO Group CEO, Niels B Christiansen said: “Our adult fans are extremely important to us. They are passionate, committed and endlessly creative. We have worked closely with the community for many years and look forward to deepening our collaboration through BrickLink. We plan to continue to support the active marketplace and evolve BrickLink’s digital studio which allows our talented fans to take their creativity to the next level.”
Jung-Ju “Jay” Kim, owner of NXMH, said: “It has been a privilege to lead the transformation of BrickLink during the past six years. I am grateful to the community for being so welcoming, supportive and constructive. I am constantly amazed by everyone’s endless creativity and their love for building. I am confident the platform will be in good hands with the LEGO Group. As a fan myself, I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
The LEGO Group’s Chief Marketing Officer, Julia Goldin, said: “BrickLink provides the LEGO Group with a unique opportunity to connect with adult fans through new channels and exciting experiences. We’ve recently collaborated with BrickLink on a range of crowd-sourced sets to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the brick. We learned a lot and are keen to explore more ways of working together to create value. We look forward to collaborating further with our adult fans, while retaining and nurturing the independent spirit of the digital platform.”
The acquisition also includes Sohobricks which makes small batches of building elements.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Closing is expected to occur before the end of 2019.