When it comes to toys and Despicable Me 3, it's all about the Minions. These infectiously adorable characters have inspired all kinds of toys and laughter.
Fans of the Minions won't be disappointed as a whole new crop of toys comes to market, joining some unusual hits like Despicable Me Pie-Face We've reviewed and collected all the coolest new products based on the movie. To see more, click on any of the products below. You'll see a complete video review of the toy and find out all you need to know. When you make TTPM reviews your first stop when you're shopping, you can use them to build your collection.
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More About Minions...And Why Kids (And Adults) Love Them!
Since they first appeared in the 2010 film Despicable Me, The Minions emerged as stars of screen—and the toy aisle. The multi-generational appeal of these little characters stems from their innocence, the propensity for slapstick humor and the sheer volume of them.
Kids love the cuteness, and have certainly made the toys a hit, whether from Thinkway, Mega Bloks or recently WowWee. Of course, the Minions are always getting to scrapes and difficult situations as they strive to serve the most evil person on earth, and kids can relate to that, as well as the silliness of all the things they get into.
Adults love the slapstick, too. (Think The Three Stooges but amped up a lot.) They'll also recognize bits of more than 6 languages in what appears to be babbling from the Minions. In fact, one of their favorite expressions, "kan-pai," which they use in a celebratory way, is a homophone for the Mandarin toast, "kam-bei," which means "Cheers!" (Or literally "drain the cups." In China, if someone raises a glass and says "kam-bei," it's customary to finish the drink in one go, which, come to think of it, is what the Minions would do.)
So, while you're thinking about Minions, here are 10 things we bet you didn't know about them:
- Evil Minions are almost completely indestructible, and they're purple. Purple is the direct opposite of yellow on the color wheel.
- There are a total of 899 Minions in all.
- Minions do not need oxygen, and they can be frozen without being hurt.
- In real world terms, Minions are about 42 inches tall on average. The single-eyed Minions are usually shorter.
- Minions are neither boys nor girls. In fact, they are the consummate gender neutral characters. (Though some would say their comedy tends to be more boy-like.) And to date, they've only had traditionally male names. (We do know an Irish girl named Kevin, though.)
- When a Minion wants ice cream, it says, "gelato," which is basically ice cream in Italian.
- If you shake hands with a Minion, you'll see it has only three fingers on each hand.
- Minions always serve the most evil entities on the planet throughout history. They're not always that effective. According to the legends, they were responsible for the demise of Dracula, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and even some of the dinosaurs.
- Peter Coffin, who is the director of the Despicable Me films, is the voice of the Minions.
- Even before Despicable Me 3, the movies have made more than $1 billion at the box office, thanks in large part to the appeal of the Minions.
Now that you know all this, you probably want to bring some Minions home. Scroll up and start shopping for great toys from the films!