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Universal, Illumination and LEGO partner for Despicable Me building sets

Universal Brand Development, Illumination and the LEGO Group have detailed the further expansion of a licensing partnership to launch a collection of Despicable Me LEGO building sets in 20202.

The partnership with the record setting Despicable Me franchise has been drawn ahead of the relase of the upcoming feature film, Minions: The Rise of Gru.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Universal Brand Development to introduce the first LEGO sets based on Illumination’s Minions and the Despicable Me franchise,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for LEGO Group.

“The films have become global blockbusters and are beloved by fans of all ages, and we believe the characters and scenes lend themselves to a creative and engaging LEGO play experience.”

Coming to theatres worldwide in summer 2020, Illumination’s Minions: The Rise of Gru is the highly anticipated next chapter in the Despicable Me franchise, the highest-grossing animated film franchise in box office history to date.

“Universal is committed to giving fans richer, more engaging experiences through best-in-class consumer products, and we are thrilled to further expand our partnership with the LEGO Group to include Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise,” said Joe Lawandus, senior vice president and general manager, global toys and hardlines, Universal Brand Development.  

Illumination’s Minions, with their bigger-than-life personalities, are global pop-culture icons, and the LEGO building sets will open up new opportunities for fans to recreate and relive their favorite moments from Minions: The Rise of Gru.”

Details of the LEGO collection will be revealed at a later date.

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Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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