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LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru 40511 Kung Fu Training [Review]

LEGO sets usually accompany new movies right before they hit the theaters, but the Minions theme has been the exception, in part due to the pandemic disrupting the film’s normal theater release, having been pushed back all the way to July of 2022. In the meantime, we’ve been getting various LEGO sets since early 2020, and now yet another will be making their way to store shelves. Today we are able to get a first look at 40511: Kung Fu Training (54 pieces). The price is not yet confirmed, but we expect it to retail for US $12.99 | CAN $16.99 | UK £11.99 when it’s available starting July 1.

Even though Minions 2: The Rise of Gru won’t be arriving on the silver screen until Summer 2022,  you can still enjoy all of the dastardly villain fun with LEGO Minions sets. Several have already been released, such as 75546 Minions in Gru’s Lab, 75547 Minion Pilot in Training, and 75550 Minions Kung Fu Battle. This new accessory set adds to the chaos with a young Gru minifigure, the new Belle Bottoms minifigure, and two Minions.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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LEGO BrickHeadz Minions: 40420 Gru and 40421 Belle Bottom [Review]

Minions 2: The Rise Of Gru, the sequel to the 2015 film Minions, and the fifth film in the Despicable Me franchise was originally scheduled to premiere on July 3rd, 2020. But like so many other movie and video game releases in recent years, it has been delayed, and delayed again. Now slated for July 2022. So while you may be bummed to have to wait another 15 months to see the movie, you can still get a fix of sorts with these two additions to the LEGO BrickHeadz line. LEGO BrickHeadz Minions 40420 Gru, Stuart & Otto includes 244 pieces, is available now on LEGO.com for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99; 40421 Belle Bottom, Kevin & Bob includes 309 pieces, and is available on LEGO.com for US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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The Minions have arrived! LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru 75546, 75547, and 75550 [Review]

Banana! In preparation for the much-delayed cinematic release of Minions: The Rise of Gru later this year, The Brothers Brick was given a sneak peek at three LEGO Minions sets, so today we’re taking a quick look at 75546 Minions in Gru’s Lab (87 pieces | US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99), 75547 Minion Pilot in Training (119 pieces | US $29.99 | CAN $39.99 | UK £29.99), and 75550 Minions Kung Fu Battle (310 pieces | US $39.99 | CAN $49.99 | UK £34.99). These sets were revealed by LEGO more than a year ago and are now finally making their way to store shelves. All three sets will be available beginning April 26.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with early copies of these sets for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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LEGO 75551 Minions: Brick-built Minions and their Lair [Review]

We’ll have to wait until July 2021 to see Minions: The Rise of Gru in theaters, but in the meantime we can at least play with the LEGO sets. We’ve already taken a hard look at 75549 Minions: Unstoppable Bike Chase and found a lot of problems there. But what about the other currently available offering? 75551 Minions: Brick-build Minions and their Lair retails for US $49.99 | CAN $69.99 | UK £44.99 and spans 876 pieces including three Minion minifigures. That sounds pretty good on the surface…but is it? Let’s find out!

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LEGO 75549 Minions: Unstoppable Bike Chase [Review]

The Minions: The Rise of Gru movie has been pushed back to a 2021 release date, but don’t count 2020 out just yet: LEGO managed to release two themed sets before the cinematic world went into a holding pattern. Today’s we’re looking at the smaller of the two: 75549 Minions: Unstoppable Bike Chase (US $19.99 | CAN $24.99 | UK £17.99) This 136 piece set is available now and comes with an exclusive Gru minfigure, two Minions and two small vehicles. These Minions sure are cute, but are they enough to build up some hype? Read on and see!

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LEGO Minions sets now available including brick-built Stuart, Kevin and Bob [News]

Two new LEGO sets based on the upcoming animated film Minions: Rise of Gru are now available from the LEGO Store online. The sets include brick-built minions and their lairs (w/ 2x VIP points for May) as well as a motorbike with Gru and various Minions minifigures. LEGO had originally planned on releasing five Minions-themed sets, though it has postponed launching three of them more closely based on the movie which was delayed until next year due to COVID-19.

You can see all five Minions sets from our live coverage of Toy Fair New York, or take a look at all the other new LEGO sets launched in the month of April. More LEGO Minions set photos, piece counts and prices are included after the jump.

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Hands on with LEGO Minions: Rise of Gru sets at Toy Fair New York [News]

Live from Toy Fair New York, we have close-up photos of the five upcoming LEGO sets from Minions: Rise of Gru announced yesterday. The sets include buildable Minions complete with fun interiors, a Chinese temple, new minifigures, and more.

These five Minions sets range in price from US $19.99 to $49.99 and will be available starting April 27th.

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LEGO reveals five new sets based on Minions: The Rise of Gru [News]

Ramping up to the New York Toy Fair this weekend, LEGO has revealed five new sets based on the upcoming film Minions: Rise of Gru. The sets include a quirky lab, a plane, and a bike, a small “Kung Fu” temple, and two large buildable Minions. The sets range in piece count from 87 to 876 pieces, and will be available April 27th ahead of the movie premiere in July.

Notable features include colored bananas, new elements for the Minions minifigures, and a nod to the successful Chinese New Year sets launched earlier this year. The brick-built Minions feature Kevin and Stuart who can also be dissembled and built into Bob as an alternative build.

Take a closer look at each of the five new LEGO Minions sets

LEGO Minions are coming in 2020 [News]

In case you needed more Minions in your life, here is some exciting news: LEGO has announced Minions as a new product theme beginning in 2020. A short teaser featuring a brick-built yellow face and a pair of eyes appeared today in the company’s Twitter feed. The LEGO products will accompany the release of Minions: The Rise of Gru, which is scheduled for July 2020.

LEGO Minions are joining another animation-based theme announced a couple of weeks ago, LEGO Trolls. More details about the new products will follow soon, but both themes shall be available around spring 2020.

Minions Star Wars characters are unbearably adorable

Minions are adorable. And now that we’re going to get another true Star Wars movie, we can all like Star Wars again. So what happens when Spanish builder car_mp mashes up the two? Well, Minion Yoda, of course.

MInion Yoda

And check out this Minion Darth Vader lording it over Minion Han Solo in carbonite!

Minion Vader and Minion Solo

My wife’s reaction: “I want Minion Star Wars. I’m going to cry now if I don’t get Minion Star Wars.” Sounds about right.

Back in 2011, we featured car_mp’s Star Wars + Family Guy mashup of Stewie as Darth Vader. Check it out.

Ba-ba-ba, Ba-banana...

Many of the brick-built Despicable Me minions we’ve featured have been rather flat, so it’s wonderful to see this adorably round minion by BricksBen (Benjamin Cheh & Jeffrey Kong). He looks like he’s singing the Banana/Potato Song.

BricksBen - LEGO Despicable Me Minion - 0

Thanks for the tip, Bruce!

These Despicable Me minions know how to have a good time

Everybody’s favorite super-villain returned to movie theaters this past weekend, assisted by an army of minions. Joachim Klang (-derjoe-) has created a series of photos featuring the adorable minions from Despicable Me 2. One of my favorite scenes from the first movie is when Dave the minion blows up several of his colleagues with a rocket launcher.

Minion with rocket launcher

Here they are suggesting that you head back to theaters again later this year.

Despicable Me Minion Party

And finally, a little something for those of you who’ve seen the movie.

Despicable Me 2 Minion's (dark purple)

Though not as bitingly hilarious as the first movie, I thought Despicable Me 2 certainly lived up to its predecessor in sheer entertainment value — my wife and I laughed so hard several times tears were streaming down our faces.