LEGO has unveiled five new tie-in sets for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming Despicable Me prequel Minions: The Rise of Gru which are set to arrive in stores this April ahead of the movie’s July release; check out the official promotional images here…
75551 – Brick-Built Minions and Their Lair
Kids who love Minions will go wild for this LEGO building toy for kids (75551). First, they can build an eye-catching, brick-built version of Kevin and Stuart. Then they can turn the models around to reveal the room playset inside, complete with accessories, such as tools, hats and weapons, plus figures for role play. Kids can construct 2 toy Minion models at a time and then rebuild Kevin into Bob. Young Minion fans will love seeing all the intricate details inside the rooms. Each one matches a different Minion’s unique personality and all feature turning eyes. Kids can create inventions in the lab with Kevin or watch Stuart take a nap in his bedroom. Kevin rebuilds into Bob, who’s practising kung fu.
75549 – Unstoppable Bike Chase
Give your young Minions fan an action-packed ride with this LEGO Minions Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549) buildable toy motorbike set. With 3 figures – Gru, Bob and Stuart – the action starts fast and never slows down. Fans will love building the motorbike before role-playing favourite scenes from the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie. Kids will love putting Gru on the motorbike. Minions Bob and Stuart can sit up front, ride behind Gru or take a trip on the rocket skates.
75547 – Minion Pilot in Training
If you know a kid who loves Minions toys, this toy plane from the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie will make a great birthday present or anytime gift idea. Building the plane is just the start; there’s lots more to discover as Minions fans recreate their favourite movie scenes. With 2 figures and a removable plane roof, creative fun begins right away with this LEGO Minions: Minion Pilot in Training (75547) buildable plane set. There’s also a planeload of accessories, with a toy suitcase, banana, hotdog, peanut bag and, of course, the famous Minion fart blaster – perfect for letting imaginative fans create their own Minion mishaps.
75550 – Minions Kung Fu Battle
Take Minions fans on a journey to remember as they recreate thrilling scenes from the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie. This awesome LEGO® Minions (75550) Minions Kung Fu Battle toy set lets kids role-play epic Chinese New Year scenes at the temple. There’s lots to discover as they help the Minions practise their kung fu moves. Kids will love seeing Otto appear out of the temple as he’s revealed to the other Minions. And with accessories including a golden banana, weapon rack, weapons, rotating training dummy, a Chinese dragon, medallion and shooting ‘fireworks’, there’s plenty to inspire young imaginations.
75546 – Minions in Gru’s Lab
Let Minion fans join their favourite characters in Gru’s basement. With this LEGO® Minions in Gru’s Lab (75546) buildable toy lab set, they’ll have fun building Gru’s underground lair. The fun continues as they play with the Minion figures and accessories to recreate scenes from the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie. There’s plenty for kids to discover in this buildable toy set. They’ll love seeing the Minion figures drop down the slide before using the ramp to test the vehicle they’ve built. With Otto and Kevin Minion figures, fence and tools accessories, plus the toy bananas, creative play is easy.
In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.
When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.
Minions: The Rise of Gru arrives in cinemas on July 3rd in the US and on July 12th in the UK and features the voice talents of Steve Carell, Taraji P. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, RZA, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews and Alan Arkin.