Video games a 'key factor' in Lego's revival

Lego video games generated a "tremendous interest" in physical toys, says UK and Ireland GM Drew Brazer.
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Lego has said its video games helped it beat the economic downturn.

The video games – which include Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Harry Potter, Lego Batman and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean – have been top sellers since 2005.

Lego’s VP and general manager for UK and Ireland Drew Brazer said: “If I go back to 2008 and 2009, that’s when our business really started to take off. And we weren’t exactly sure why, so we did some consumer research to understand this. What’s really explaining this meteoric rise in sales?

“One of the key factors was the synergy between the Lego video games and the products. Boys were playing these games, engaged in Lego, seeing Lego products come to life in the video game, and it created tremendous interest for them to go out and buy the physical product.”

Lego Lord of the Rings is due on November 23rd.

Story originally appeared on MCV.

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