LEGO Minions arriving in 2020!

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LEGO has announced another new theme which will be produced next year, Minions! This teaser image appeared in a video on Facebook and relates to Minions: The Rise of Gru which is also being released in 2020.

This theme joins Trolls as another animated film being represented by LEGO sets next year.

Are you looking forward to LEGO Minions and what do you think the sets might look like? Let us know in the comments.

118 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Haha no way

Uhh looking forward to the figures and new pieces I guess!

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By in United Kingdom,

oh dear, oh well

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By in United States,

Seriously. Minions isn’t too bad, but trolls?

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By in United States,

Finally--Minion mayhem in LEGO, not MEGA! One of my favorite animated characters. I'm just really curious how the Minions will be done. MEGA Construx figures are a lot more articulated than the minifig (more like 2 inch action figures), and so are the MEGA Minions (which admittedly, I bought a few of). The Minions used a rubber piece to represent the eyes/goggles that is slipped over the body.

I'm a big fan of those little guys. They're hilarious.

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By in United States,

I've never hated anything more than I hate minions. I'll just have to pretend it doesn't exist.

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By in United States,

Megablox already did a Minions line of sets. So Lego has stolen yet another license and is just going to rehash a competitors work? Sounds a lot like Lepin.

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By in Canada,

Grooooooan.

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By in United Kingdom,

banana!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

I feel like their collaboration team is living 5 years in the past; LEGO jumps on the bandwagon after it has run its course and is now back at the stables/hitching post/wherever used bandwagons are stored. Angry birds- years late. Trolls- decades late. Minions- years late and after mega construx had a go. In 5 more years, they’ll probably do pokemon. I’m not trying to hate because I’m sure there will be cool pieces and new molds, I’m just confused as to their decisions.

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By in United States,

ooooof... at least we dont see fake lego (mega blocks i think) at the store with the despicable me license

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By in United States,

absolutely not, this theme is going to bomb

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By in Ireland,

Yikes. This line will be an easy pass for me

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By in Hungary,

I'm just gonna grab my popcorn for this one.

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By in Italy,

@Daysali.....let's not forget about Overwatch.

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By in Poland,

As Lord Vader once gently put it, Noooooooooooo...!
IHE will get so mad when he sees it :v

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By in United States,

Come on Nintendo sets pleeeeeeeeeeeeease. And hopefully there will be How to Train Your Dragon sets also!

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By in Netherlands,

Their CGI person needs to learn to play with actual bricks. There's a magic gray 2x2 appearing that cannot sit anywhere. It could be done with 3x3 white cornerplates, and some 1x1s, but not like this.

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By in Netherlands,

How did I survive my childhood, Lego not being based on films but just creative building.

/sarcasm off
I fear something like Angry birds with the figures so I hope I'm wrong and we get some great sets, because I like Despicable me...

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By in United States,

What's the next licensed theme after this? Alvin and the Chipmunks? Twilight?

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By in Canada,

Up next: The Emoji Movie LEGO sets...

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By in United States,

Ewwwwwwww

In all seriousness, I shouldn't be surprised. NBC-Comcast who owns licenses like Jurassic World, Back to the Future, ET, and now DreamWorks Animation so thus including Trolls; has had a fairly decent relationship with Lego the last few years. So it makes sense that once the Minions license expired at MegaConstruct it was going to be moved over to Lego to join the other Universal brands.

But am I glad to see it? No not really. The Minions are a textbook case of a funny supporting cast in their original film, being milked for all they're worth in subsequent sequels. It would be as if Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars was given Jar Jar: A Star Wars Story film and a full on merchandise line. The Minions oversaturated the market and I was hoping they were about to finally exit stage left...

Sidenote... anyone know how the old competitor MegaBlocks/Construct or whatever they call themself these days is doing? They have lost almost all their shelf space to Lego and some Playmobile sets in most of my local stores. I know they still have the Halo, Star Trek and CoD licenses, since I can usually find a few of those stuffed in a corner... but it seems Lego and other building toys are kicking their butt right now just judging off shelf space alone.

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By in Germany,

Why can't we just get some Nintendo sets, Mario, Samus, Link, Kirby, Pokemon, so many wonderful characters.
Why Minions? Nobody wants them anymore.

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By in United States,

Regardless of your personal thoughts on Minions, this is a big get for Lego. It was a major license for Mega Bloks/Mega Construx previously, and if the number of custom Minions sets and figures I've seen at conventions is any indication then there's a lot of potential for success.

Also, between this and Trolls it's great to see Lego's licensing branching out more from the Disney and Warner Bros. mainstays that form the backbone of their licensing portfolio. More established partners makes the chance of potentially more desirable licenses greater in the future.

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By in Norway,

It's official. this will be the year I finally kill myself

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By in Canada,

This coule be interesting as long as it’s not 4+ sets only!

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By in Bahamas,

FINALLY! I’ve been waiting for this for so long.

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By in United States,

I bet there will be at least one Minion Brickhead. Probably a Troll Brickhead too.

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By in Netherlands,

Oh god. They were probably high as a kite when they came up with this idea

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By in United States,

@ELH2806 congratulations on mocking suicide and being absurdly melodramatic

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By in United States,

I'm looking forward to seeing what LEGO comes out with for this theme. My grandson is a big fan of minions, so I have no doubt I'll be buying the sets.

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By in Netherlands,

Never cared about Despicable me (2010) or Minions (2015), and still don't.

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By in Poland,

I am still excited for new pieces even if I DESPISE THEM
SERIOUSLY WHY NO DUCKTALES? OR HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON? OR MIRACULOUS as minidolls theme? Or even continuing Scooby doo? Or Looney toons? As they are getting new shorts and new movie next year?!

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By in Poland,

TLG, what are you doing? Who forced you to do that? Why?

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By in Netherlands,

Hard pass.

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By in Canada,

Well this is totally out of left field. Its about 4 years too late and after other brands have already made minions sets. I don't know why TLG would think this theme will have any kind of success. The only set I'd be interested in getting would be Gru's rocket powered car if they make that as a set.

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By in Germany,

Some thoughts.
Our kids love the whole Despicable Me/Minions universe and we have quite a few of the MegaBloks/MegaConstrux sets that fit in that universe.
I am quite excited to see what LEGO will make of it, even though they are indeed years late, as others have already said.

What I don't get is the hate some people have for MegaBloks/MegaConstrux.
Sure, their bricks are not absolutely on par with LEGO quality-wise, but they are far from bad. They have some very cool pieces LEGO doesn't have (just like Cobi has many really useful, especially SNOT, pieces) and they use only printed pieces. Plus they have or had some cool licences LEGO doesn't.

Their Star Trek line of sets is particularly good. I have several sets and especially the TOS Enterprise is an absolutely awesome set, both in size and quality, with really attractive packaging as well. (https://shop.megabrands.com/de-de/construction-toys/star-trek/uss-enterprise-ncc-1701-dph83)

Perhaps now that LEGO has the Minions licence they might one day get Star Trek too :-)

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By in United States,

@Daysali, you hit the nail right on the head. It reminds me of how huge a hit Disney's Frozen was, and my daughter and all of her friends wanting those playsets, which were quickly sold out at stores that Christmas. A full year or more later and LEGO comes up w/a small, mostly white - not ice, castle for Elsa. It was a mediocre hit at best. Another year later they realized what the kids had wanted two years before, and released a nice sized almost all clear castle. But the boom had gone to bust, and it sat on shelves, before being heavily discounted. It's sad that they seem to have no one employed in the decision making team who has the foresight to realize what themes/movies/shows will be sure-fire hits. Instead they wait, and wait, until the know for sure a theme/movie/whatever is popular and then start planning. By the time the product hits the shelves the demand has already plummeted. Chasing the last pop culture hit dragon shouldn't be LEGO's focus, instead they just need to focus on their own original themes. Or they could hire me and I'd make them a mint, and I'd be happy to be paid in LEGO :)

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By in Denmark,

At least now the ginormous minion plushes in Legoland won't be as much of an eyesore as they have been. Now it's just the gaming booths that's making me grumble. Bloody Merlin!

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By in United States,

Huh. Well, Minions are the one MegaConstrux item we own. They actually made for a really fun summer island set-up. The theme should be more than fine for younger kids.

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By in United States,

No!!! Please no!!! June fools??

This can’t be happening. First trolls now this?? I am so disappointed that this takes up shelf room. Well it won’t take up shelf room in my house I’ll tell you that.

If lego is stealing this license from Mega then perhaps next Star Trek? I guess that’s just wishful thinking.

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By in United Kingdom,

As long as nothing gets thrown under the bus to make room - hard to show in any case - I don't have a problem with this. More brands, more sales, more money to pour into other things.

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By in United States,

Trolls I didn't want. Minions I definitely don't want.
I sleep. Wake me up when we get more original IP sets.

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By in Norway,

Wt* is wrong with most of you? Are you allergic to new themes/things from TLG? You haven’t seen any of the upcoming products yet and NO ONE are forcing you to buy or like anything. Give TLG some slack before judging. If they don’t come up with anything new that will be an issue too I guess. It’s a toy. For kids. Jesus...

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow, this has drawn the entitled side out of so many AFOLs. How dare Lego bring out a line that you don't want. Especially one that is aimed at younger Lego fans.

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By in United States,

*Confused screaming*

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By in Netherlands,

Please Brickset, include an option to block/ignore users.

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By in United Kingdom,

Eh. Minions, I have no opinion on, one way or another. But if this theme means we could get some sets based around Gru and the girls - i.e. the real stars of the franchise - then you've got my attention. Keep your minions, give me the human characters! xD

Though I do have to wonder how Lego picks the movies to work with. While, as a wannabe animator, I can't complain about animated properties taking the spotlight... these are certainly not the ones I'd have picked. Perhaps that's just a matter of taste... but I do find it odd that they'd choose a property that the merchandise market is already quite saturated with?

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By in Russian Federation,

Never could I have imagined I'd be so disappointed with TLG, but here we are.

I'm getting horrible flashbacks of 2015 when you couldn't be either outside or online for five minutes without stumbling upon these annoying things in one form or another.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm hoping they do the figures in Angry Birds style - so pretty much like what Mega already did. Gru in minifigure form.

Plus one large buildable minion set (like the porg).

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By in United States,

I'm not a fan of Minions (since Universal shoves them down your throat), and I don't care for Trolls. But there's nothing wrong with going to new licenses. It has seemed that Disney was their only license outlet as of late, so I'm glad to see them branching out a bit. I don't think it's too late to make sets for them, as they both have new movies on the horizon. That's why they're making sets in the first place. They likely didn't want to make them to start as they didn't know how successful they would be, or if they were viable properties. Lego has had enough licensed themes that didn't perform well, so they're probably more cautious with these things.

The other companies snatch up these licenses when they can because that's all they have. Without them, they have no way to possibly compete for shelf space. So they get whatever license they can.

All of these people screaming that they won't buy these sets? I'm going to guess you were never the target anyways, lol...

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By in Canada,

What's with the outdated licenses?
Powerpuff girls - 2 decades late. That sank like a cement balloon
Angry Birds - several years late. Lots available on clearance
Minions - about 5 years past their prime.
There have been others.

Love LEGO and their product, but the marketing team seems to have an issue.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers:

As far as the hate for MegaBloks, I remember that from way back when I was a kid first discovering Lego fan sites in 2000 or so. Back then, it made sense. The quality that Lego had was much higher, and MegaBloks was definitely seen as second rate.

It was a meme then, and has remained so. However, it makes far less sense recently. Lego has since done things that have cut costs, but potentially decreased quality as well--such as using plain ABS and a coloring agent rather than colored ABS pellets (which led to much of the color mismatches of the late 2000s. Things have improved somewhat now, but I still find sets with colors of wildly different shades) and manufacturing pieces in China. But I remained a Lego purist nonetheless. Until something happened.

My daughter loves Pokémon. So, when she saw that Mega Construx made Pokémon sets, she wanted some. She saved up her money and got a couple--Pikachu and Jigglypuff with pokéballs for storage. It's the first time I had bought Mega Construx (though I had a few floating around my toy box as a kid, and my own kids had some of the larger blocks), and you know what? The quality wasn't that different from Lego. Sure, they've fallen apart a few times from being dropped or squeezed too hard, but that kind of thing happens with her Lego, as well. The clutch power seems pretty good, the colors are consistent, and the prints weren't smudged, blurred, or misplaced (something that I've noticed more frequently with Lego recently). I was surprised to see that it actually seems somewhat comparable in terms of quality.

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By in United States,

As much as I love some of Lego's licensed themes, with Ninjago ending I'm really worried we'll be left with friends/city/creator and nothing else but licensed themes on shelves. I get why pirates/space/castle don't sell as well these days but it really leaves the brand feeling creatively bankrupt.

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By in United States,

So much cringe.

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By in United States,

Epic

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By in Canada,

I know little of Minions not having seen any movies related to them, but I still see this theme and Trolls aimed strictly at kids and will probably only have 1 or 2 set aimed at young Adults.

People complaining about Lego hitting rock bottom; I think rock bottom would be Adam Sandler Movies theme.

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By in United States,

IHE's gonna have a field day with this.

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By in United States,

@Daysali: I’m pretty sure it’s meant as a way of mitigating risks. After all, one of the biggest strength of licensed themes to LEGO is that they depict stuff people already know, like, and care about instead of stuff that LEGO has to create a following around. Taking a risk on brand-new, largely unproven IPs reintroduces the risk that people might stop caring about the IP in a month when the next big thing rolls around.

Therefore, LEGO seems to prefer acquiring new licenses to tie in with sequels or spin-offs to well established brands that have had time to demonstrate a stable following. Even if the new installment is poorly received, LEGO will still benefit from the increased attention it brings to earlier and more well received installments.

@SolidState: Ninjago is still evergreen. What makes you think if’s ending?

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By in United States,

I'm not sure why the freakoutery over Lego getting a Mega Bloks license. MB took TMNT when Lego's license expired. And if I'm not crazy, MB had Lord of the Rings when the movies first came out.

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By in Netherlands,

Hidden Side looks to be the best new original theme for 2019, and at this rate likely for 2020 too.

Trolls license I can possibly get behind if it brings us some nice figs/parts.

Maybe even the new Disney movie "Onward" as well : Mushroom House, Garden Gnomes in "Dutch" designed color scheme (Rien Poortvliet "Gnomes" book, and David de Kabouter year 1), unicorns and others fantasy characters.

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't wait for them to make a Minions Brickheadz just to see how annoyed people get over it XD

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By in United Kingdom,

Have to agree with the majority here. Easy pass for me.

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By in Brazil,

NO GOD, PLEASE NO!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in United States,

I'll have to wait and see what these look like, but this is likely a hard pass for me.

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By in Denmark,

The biggest thing since sliced bread!

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By in United States,

I wonder if the adults of brickset will ever not cry their heads off any time a new license is announced. Overwatch is waaay too violent but Trolls and Minions are too silly and they’re flops (even though they both killed the box office).

Kids buy Lego. Kids love Minions. Minions are insanely popular. The reason most of you hate them is because they’re so popular. There’s a sequel coming out soon. This will make money. You don’t have to buy it. Have fun.

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By in United States,

Count me in as one of the few that enjoy this license. Curious to see what comes out of this

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By in Netherlands,

Creative bankruptcy on the part of TLG management.

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By in Canada,

Well, most of the parts for the minion minifigs are already available (top balloon, cylinder with holes, 2 arms with technic pins - it only needs a bottom balloon with some sort of attachment for the legs - that in itself could be a good part). Unless they go the route of having a big round "costume" around a regular Lego minifig like they do for CMF (that would be awful IMHO). That (and the timing issue) aside, I'm a little eager to see what they will do. From Despicable me, there is Gru's car, Gru's aircraft, Vector's aircraft. From despicable me 2 there is the Lucy Wilde submarine car, El Macho TNT-shark rocket(in red!), all sort of weird purple furry minions. From Despicable me 3 we have the giant mech of Balthazar Bratt, Dru's and Gru's father's car. From minions we have Scarlet Overkill aircraft and rocket skirt, a giant minion, Gru's motorcycle, the station wagon to villain-con. For smaller sets we could have all sorts of weapons from Herb Overkill and/or gadget from Dr Nefarious. I think there is plenty of resources for good fun sets with new parts and new parts color. It won't be fresh but it could add a splash of fun placed randomly in a regular city layout! Besides this is supposed to be coming with a new movie - so it will be somewhat fresh at the time. Any reason for new parts or new part colors is good for me and sometimes you might be surprised by a few good sets...

As far as Trolls go, I have no idea what they could possibly do with that theme. Is this the new Elves??

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By in United States,

Wow, the comments to likes ratio for this article is pretty crazy.

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By in United States,

N00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000!

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By in United States,
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By in Germany,

Keep calm and eat a banana!

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By in United States,

Waiting for HTTYD and LEGO movie sets (oh wait) plus some nice Gojira items.

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By in Norway,

No. No. No no no. Those were my actual, uttered words upon seeing this on the front page. It's one thing that it follows Lego's usual "5 years too late" licensing schedule, but I believe a major reason for the negative reactions is how Minions in the 2010s are the equivalent of Smurfs in the 70s and Garfield in the 80s/90s - they've became the very symbol of overcommercialized franchises, those where the actual creative products (comics/movies) is nothing but a means to sell merch, merch and more merch.

And even if they hadn't jumped the shark by then, I really would have thought the stink about Gmail's 2016 "Mic Drop"* April fools prank should have killed them off for good. As said several times earlier, licenses like this just cheapens the Lego brand - they're spending their hard-earned credibility on giving dying franchises one last breath of life.

Hobbes - Yes, I guess the DM franchise DO have potential for some nice sets (I've only seen the first movie so I'm not familiar with the others), I'd love to see the house as a D2C set and the rocket car is also cool (at least if well-built and not some "4+" nonsense). Unfortunately I'm currently unsure if the license covers the full Despicable Me theme or just the Minions spin-off (the video wouldn't play at my end), in the latter case I feel we would miss out on the good stuff.

*Gmail added a second Send button, which was easy to hit by mistake and sometimes (due to a bug) even activated when clicking the regular button. Not only did this add a silly Minion gif to the (potentially important) message, it also silently deleted all replies without the user necessarily knowing. And yes (at least according to Teh Internets), people DID lose jobs 'cause of this.

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By in United States,

I am curious to see how this is going to turn out, and how they will compare to the sets produced by Mega Brands. It they turn out decent and are reasonably priced I will more than likely have some chasing my banana suit minifig.

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By in United Kingdom,

For me, if the Minions series includes some of the fantastic vehicles and machines from the movies it could be interesting - a bit LEGO movie(ish)

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By in United States,

While I like the idea of some DreamWorks properties getting remade as Lego, Minions wouldn't be my first choice. The sets probably won't interest me, but it is a popular enough franchise that I'm sure there'll be an audience. Hopefully they put some decent effort into the models.

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By in United States,

oh god oh
first trolls and then this
why is lego getting only the worst animated licenses...

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By in Netherlands,

@ axeleng Speaking of smurfs: I would actually like some of those, albeit fourty years late.

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By in United States,

That's unfortunate.

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By in Australia,

“I’m having, a bad bad day, if you take it personal then that’s ok.”

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By in United States,

Posting because I know a lot of you don’t want to hear it:

Minions, Despicable Me 3, and Despicable Me 2 are the third, fifth, and eighth highest grossing animated films of all time, respectively. AND the sequel to Minions next year, which these sets will be based on, will ignite even more interest in the franchise.

This theme is going to sell, whether you like it or not. And I for one am curious to see how they pull it off!

Not to mention, this may be an in for LEGO Nintendo sets; Illumination is currently producing a Mario movie, slated for release in 2022...

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By in Australia,

Thank goodness, another theme I don't need.

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By in United States,

things are about to get gruesome

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By in United States,

I for one am excited for it. I'd take this line over Trolls personally. The icing on the cake for me is that there seems to be a lot of moaning and groaning from the AFOL crowd at the thought of another seemingly kiddy license. Regardless of the hate these things will sell.

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By in United States,

I'm an AFOL and I really like minions. And all the movies in that franchise. I will buy them. They make me laugh. All this drama reminds me of the Space!! NOOOO not Space! CASTLE!!! Boooo castle!!!! arguments of years back. Lighten up, people.

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By in United States,

This seems like a good opportunity to remind everyone that Brickset allows users to block certain themes from search results (
https://brickset.com/profile/themepreferences)
I don’t begrudge TLG its inevitable profits, but I’m gonna pretend like this theme doesn’t exist.

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By in United States,

93 comments! I don’t understand the hate. I love the Minions, and I can’t wait until the sets come out.

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By in Canada,

Can't say I was waiting for this. Lego can't come up with anything original anymore? I guess they did with Hidden Side.

I wish they replaced Elves with something. It had a decent run I figure. No idea though. I liked the sets but even more so all the colour and pieces.

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By in Australia,

Watch this make like the powerpuff girls theme and never even show up in most places

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By in Australia,

The good thing about this is that its one less thing to suck my wallet dry.
The bad thing is when sets I dont like sell really well and sets I do like dont sell so well because that means more sets I dont like and less sets I do like.
At least themes like City and Marvel and Creator Expert are delivering good sets :)

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By in United States,

I don't see why so many people are against this. From my understanding the minions are pretty popular characters. Oh well, I at least am excited. I just hope they aren't 4+ sets.

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By in United States,

I’m glad LEGO is making these. I haven’t enjoyed seeing people get this upset for no reason in a long time. It’s really quite fun to see.

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By in United States,

lol

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By in Puerto Rico,

:(

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By in United States,

@Saysonder Preach, brother. That’s a slightly derogatory way to have stated your point (albeit nothing worse than what seems to be typically going on during Brickset conversations), but it still stands.

As for my actual thoughts on LEGO Minions, I don’t really mind LEGO getting the license. Just hope this means we’ll get sets off of Illumination’s Mario movie— that is, if LEGO and Nintendo get over their feud from the 80s.

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By in Greece,

@Daysali
You are absolutely correct. They have fallen way behind the current trends, at least as far as cartoon characters are concerned. Angry birds came late, Power Puffs came late, Minions coming late. At least make Minions sets 4+ so that kids can enjoy them more than us AFOLs

Let's proceed to the future by backtracking...(that totally doesn't include castle theme)! :P

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By in Germany,

I might be wrong but I think Minions were already produced by some other LEGO-ish producer (Edit: yep, Mattel did them). Guess they got revenche for losing Sponge Bob...
uhm.. whatever, I never cared about them. I saw the memes and I knew this is not my cup of tea. But hey, we might get interesting new parts for MOCs at least

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By in United States,

Minions arent my thing but my little brother likes them. Hopefully it will have some small and fun sets.

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By in United States,

I don't love or hate Minions. But it makes me sad that LEGO is putting out Minions and Trolls sets while it let the Thomas the Tank Engine license go. But just like any other set you may not like, nobody is forcing anyone to buy them.

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By in United States,

I actually like this theme! Hope the Minion-Figures look good! Hopefully one of the sets is a lab with Dr. Nefario, Gru, Minions, and Cookie Robots! I'd really love to recreate the part where Gru says "I said Dart gun not Fart Gun.. O-k!" That would make my day! :)

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By in United States,

The movies are funny, while also a tad annoying. I prefer Despicable Me over Minions because it isn't overloaded with the minions.

I think there is great potential for vehicles and playsets, because the movies have some pretty fun designs.

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By in United States,

@joefarace LEGO Didn't let the Thomas the Tank Engine License go since the early drafts of The LEGO Movie where going to have it in the film, what happened was that Mattel bought the rights to Hit entertainment in 2011 thereby giving them Thomas and then instead of sharing it with LEGO they forced it out of their hands and took it for themselves! Had Mattel not gotten involved we could have had LEGO Thomas all the way up till 2014 easily and maybe even until today.

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By in United States,

Very interesting, will have to see what they look like, but really, Minions: Rise of Gru? They had to have gotten that from Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. If so, I am immensely disappointed. Hopefully this will lead Lego to make Mario sets for the movie that Illumination is releasing next year. Maybe that movie could allow Lego to branch out into Zelda, Metroid, Kirby, Star Fox, Splatoon, Animal Crossing. Maybe they could even find a way to snatch the Pokémon license. Who knows, someday we may be able to play Lego Super Smash Bros.

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By in United States,

Mega Blocks: Makes Minions

Lego: Hold my brick separator.

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By in United States,

There’s 3 things I hate most in entertainment... Frozen, the Minions, and Fortnite... now LEGO has 2 of those 3.

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By in Switzerland,

So no learning from angry birds fiasco?

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By in United States,

@kraken: They have learned—rather than launching themes based on untested movie franchises like that one, Minions (and Trolls) are sequels to wildly successful franchises with an extensive history of popular merchandising.

I swear, the way people lump all kids movie licenses together it's almost as if they're surprised that a toy brand would market things to children.

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By in United States,

no, No, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Why minions? I could deal with trolls as long as they were 4+ sets, but MINIONS?!?! I refuse to go anywhere near these sets.

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By in United States,

Way to save me some money Lego!!!

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By in United States,

And get off my lawn! Rassinfrassin!

Sorry, felt like I needed to get in on the action. Trolls I have zero interest in besides the possibility of new uses for any minifig-compatible hairs they may produce, but Minions I'm actually cool with.

@AgentR2:

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Rise of the Guardians
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Fantastic Four: Rise of that really terrible CGI silver dude
Rise of the Footsoldier (never actually heard of this one)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
300: Rise of an Empire
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Dark Knight Rises

Yup, clearly you landed on the only possibility.

@Lyichir:
They got massively burned on Galidor, so can you blame them? Not only did they acquire a license for that, but they got the _master_ license. That means they paid even more for the right to act as gatekeeper for any other potential licensees. If anyone else wanted to license Galidor sleeping bags, or notebooks, or whatever, they had to contract with The LEGO Company and not the studio that owns the show. Sounded like a great deal, until you consider that nobody cared about the show.

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I know Minions has a fan base. I'm just not in it.
Illumination has several properties, and I genuinely liked Secret Life of Pets. Sing was forgettable. The first Despicable Me was okay.

But do I want sets? No
Minifigures? Maybe.

Having missed Monster Fighters, I am all in for Hidden Side.

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@Galidor was a show?:
Briefly. Very briefly. Wikipedia says it ran 2 seasons with 26 episodes total between 2/9 and 8/24 in 2002, but IMDB only lists 14 eps for S1 and 10 eps for S2, so I'm not sure how Wikipedia's count came up higher by two. The first of three years that I attended NYTF, the two cast members who played Nick and Allegra were just leaving the LEGO showroom (back then they had a private showroom on Broadway rather than being in the Javitz Center with every one else) when I arrived. All I really remember from seeing them is that the girl was asking something about if the Allegra toy would feature karate moves (in-story, Allegra knows karate). And I remember that karate factored into precisely _ONE_ scene in as much of the series as I ever saw (when the character is first introduced, she's doing kata on the lawn).

Anyways, I just looked up both of their credits, and it appears I've seen each of them in precisely one role since then. She played a named role (if I'm right about what role she played, she had all of three lines and less than 30 seconds of screen time) in Dead Like Me: Life After Death, and he played an unnamed officer in a single episode of Turn: Washington's Spies. Oh, and get this: his bio refers to Galidor as a "highly popular FOX science fiction/adventure television series". Heh.

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