LEGO Group Secures Rights from Warner Bros. Consumer Products to Upcoming SPEED RACER Film

Jan 30, 2008, 00:00 ET from LEGO Group

    ENFIELD, Conn., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- LEGO Group, the world's leading
 construction toy manufacturer, today announced an agreement with Warner
 Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) to secure construction toy rights for the
 upcoming movie release SPEED RACER, the live action feature film adaptation
 of the classic TV series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida.
     Under the agreement, LEGO Group will produce four constructible racing
 playsets under its LEGO Racers brand, scheduled to race onto store shelves
 in April 2008, and ranging in price from $19.99 to $59.99 USD. Builders and
 collectors alike will appreciate the inclusion of multiple authentic racers
 in each set for head-to-head racing and building fun. Many of the SPEED
 RACER characters also will come to life in LEGO minifigure form, including
 Speed, Racer X, Trixie, Spritle, Chim-Chim, Mom and Pops Racer, Taejo
 Togokhan, Snake Oiler, Gray Ghost and Cruncher Block.
     "Warner Bros. Consumer Products has partnered with LEGO on Batman and
 Harry Potter, and we are excited to expand our relationship to include
 products based on the upcoming SPEED RACER film," said Karen McTier,
 Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, for
 Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "LEGO has captured the racing excitement of
 the film in its own unique way."
     "The popularity and universal appeal of SPEED RACER has engaged
 generations of loyal and enduring fans," said Jill Wilfert, Vice President,
 Partnership and Alliance Management for LEGO Group. "Combined with one of
 our most popular lines in LEGO Racers, SPEED RACER has become an awesome
 proposition for our business and consumers."
     The green flag drops on May 9, 2008, when SPEED RACER makes his feature
 film debut in the newest project from writer/directors Larry and Andy
 Wachowski, the creators of the groundbreaking The Matrix trilogy, and
 producer Joel Silver. A live-action, high-octane family adventure based on
 the classic series created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida, the big-screen
 SPEED RACER will follow the adventures of the young race car driver Speed
 (Emile Hirsch) in his quest for glory in his thundering Mach 5. It will
 feature other characters that fans of the show will remember, including Mom
 (Susan Sarandon) and Pops Racer (John Goodman), girlfriend Trixie
 (Christina Ricci) and the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox).
     About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
     Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company,
 is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in
 the world.
SPEED RACER: (C) Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s07) About the LEGO Group The LEGO Group ( 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."
LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. (C) 2007 The LEGO Group. MEDIA CONTACTS: Julie Stern LEGO Systems 860-763-6731 Heather Meeker Warner Bros. Consumer Products 818-954-3821