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Despicable Me Minion Blind Bags!


Despicable Me 2 opens in theaters  on July 3. But Despicable Me 2 toys are now in stores. Today I spotted Minion Surprise Blind Bags. The bags are silver and slightly larger than most blind bags. Since they are called Minion Surprise You might think that only minions would be in the bags,  the variety of minions in Despicable Me would make a great basis for their own collection. But there are other characters in the bags.  Gru, Dr Nefario, Agnes, Margo,  Edith, the unicorn plus a few others are also available.

I bought a couple of bags, There are numbers stamped on the bag but they were the same so no help in guessing what’s in the bag. There’s also a card surrounding the figures making it hard to guess by touch. You can see the card here. It’s the same image as on the bag.

Despicable Me minionsOh Hi Carl. wait just a minute and I take your pic. I promise. As You can see my first mini Minion is Carl.

Despicable Me minionsSee Here’s the card. Like I was saying the card image is similar to the bag itself. A list a characters in on the other side. The card opens and the figure rests inside.  You might be able to feel through the card and tell if the figure is short and bulky or thinner.  That won’t tell you which mini is in the bag.  But may help narrow it down. Many of the figs have the same general shape. Gru and Antono  are narrow and the bottom and wider at top. Minions and unicorn are short and squat.

Despicable Me minions

Hi Carl. Just a minute. He’s ready for his close up. The figures come with a small display base.

Despicable Me minionsThere I Told you I’d get to you, Carl. My Other surprise figure was Dr Nefario.  Carl!

Despicable Me minions Here is Carl and Lego Cyclops to show you how big the Surprise minion figures are.

Despicable Me minions lego cyclopsThe Blind bags are $2.99 each and are pretty cool. They are made by think way toys. They were larger Despicable Me figures for $9.99(at Kmart and TRU). Later found at Target for 7.99

http://despicableme.com/

I saw the Despica blimp a few weeks ago. Sadly I didn’t have my camera with me.

There are also minion toys in some cereal and at McDonald’s. I forgot what brand of cereal I saw them but they had rings on their heads so they might be zipper pulls for backpacks or key /phone fobs. The surprise bag fig look better than the cereal toys. I need to see the happy meal toys before I make a judgment on those.

psst that was post #400! plus closing in on 20,000 views.

UPDATE: Toys r Us has a 10 pieces set of these for $20. There are 14 shown on the bag so you don’t get them all. Carl is not included in the set. Niether are 3 new characters from the sequel.


These mini legs are made for walking.


Mini Action Legs by Brick Fortress

Hobbits can’t run, at least LEGO hobbits and other short character can’t run. Normal short LEGO legs are not moveable so the smaller characters cannot move, or sit. The mini-action legs offered by Brick Fortress allow poseability for the minis in either in your MOCs or stop motion films.

lego frodo comparisson

Left:Frodo with Action Legs Right: Frodo with standard Legs

I just bought a few of these and would like to share my thoughts on them. The legs are nicely made and feel similar to LEGO. They feel solid and move easily without fear of breaking like some knock off brick brands. The colors are near to LEGO colors. They are available in five colors now, others will be offered in the future, more on that later. Current color options are black, gray, dark blue, reddish-brown, and tan.

lego evil dwarfslego evil dwarfs

Here we can see side by side comparison using the Evil Dwarf from series 5. The dwarf on the Left has mini-action legs, the dwarf on the right has the standard legs.The legs have some curve to them rather than the straight look of LEGO legs. There is a center piece to the legs that allows the movement. And the legs are slightly taller due to the hips.

mini LEGO Legs

rear view of mini action legs, Dwarf with reddish brown, Yoda w/tan, Frodo in normal, and Bildo with dark blue.

rear view: Dwarf w/ reddish brown, Yoda w/tan, Frodo in normal, and Bildo w/ dk blue.

Price: The legs are listed for $1.25 each but currently sold for $1.15 each with price breaks at higher volumes order 20 or more and the price drops to $1.00 each and order 100 or more and they drop $0.95 each. Shipping is cheap. Plus They fill orders fast. I ordered on the 31st the legs were shipped on the 2nd and arrived the 4th.

LEGO Yoda

The tan legs match Yoda and allow the Jedi to Move.

The next color will be.. up to you. Brick Fortress held a survey for most requested colors. The top four are now up for voting. The choices are: Dark Green, Green, Dark Tan and Dark Brown. You’ll notice in the Frodo and Dwarf pics the color don’t match the original that because they figs were made with dark brown legs. Dark brown is not offered yet so I used the reddish-brown legs. I need my Hobbits to match. Frodo and Samwise can’t complete their mission if their outfits are not color coordinated. So vote dark brown Frodo needs action legs so he can simply walk into Mordor.

Voting ends April 30th so be sure to get your votes in by then! Choose your color and vote!

LEGO Frodo
Frodo cannot walk he needs mini-action legs. Don’t let Sauron win vote dark brown legs!

Summary:The legs are well made and look great. They function like the regular size LEGO legs. I can see these being used in stop motion films. You should try a few and give your figs added poseability.

Brick Fortress

LEGO Frodo on horse back

UPDATE:they are still taking votes for the new action leg color. This color vote will end the night of A̶p̶r̶i̶l̶ ̶3̶0̶t̶h̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶3̶ [not decided]