The Minions movies have been a longtime favorite. Fun character development, enjoyable storytelling and a unique perspective on the “Evil Villain” character. For years my phone ringtone has been the Minion Carl’s recognizable siren—”Bee-Do Bee-Do Bee-Do.”
These sets are the first LEGO brick-built (or brickheadz) kits I’ve worked with. They’re a bit outside of my normal build interest and I do look forward to seeing where they show up in future photos. I’m sure the minifigures will be present on future outings and I expect some other fun ideas to percolate, perhaps with a giant Minion tearing through Fredbricksburg.
When the opportunity came up to do a review of these two new sets from Minions: The Rise of Gru,—Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549) and Brick-built Minions and their Lair (75551)—I jumped in. So let’s get on with it.
Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549)
This was a fast and easy build. You can’t go wrong with the minifig Minions! Now onto the big boys…
Brick-built Minions and their Lair (75551)
As I said, I haven’t assembled any of the brick-built (or brickheadz) sets, so there was a nice discovery process along the way. It’s important to note that you can’t build Stuart, Kevin and Bob all at the same time. The box explains this, but I imagine there were a number of folks who didn’t read the details. Speaking of details, there are plenty of surprises inside…
All of the Minion Lair builds have “playable” eyes. That was a fun surprise.
Bob – the undoing of Kevin
Unfortunately for Kevin, he must be destroyed in order for Bob to exist. After building both of them I’ll be ordering the needed parts to keep all three of the brick-built Minions assembled.
Minor color issue
The yellow on some of the hinge pieces was off. In the big picture, this is a minor issue but the first time I’ve experienced such a notable difference in a new kit. The issue was consistent across all of the same side hinge components.
The brick-built Minions (75551) were a fun build with nice surprises along the way, especially with their playable eye movement. The interior details are interesting and playful. Their hands are well articulated and add an especially expressive component to the build. For fans of the Minion movies I think they’re a crowdpleaser. The Unstoppable Bike Chase (75549) is a fun kit even if only for the Minions. Much of my toy photography is minifigure oriented, so I do expect all of these little fellows to have a role in future photos. As for their larger brick-built “Lair” versions, I expect they will crash through my LEGO Creator town at some point.
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