*This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures.
The Minions are coming! The Minions are coming!
Coming to theaters on June 30, 2017 is the latest addition to the popular Despicable Me franchise, simply entitled Despicable Me 3.
In the new film all of our favorite characters return – Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes, Gru’s new wife Lucy and of course everyone’s favorite – the Minions!
A new character will be introduced in this film, Gru’s long lost brother Dru.
Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.
After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.
Check out the film’s trailer.
It look like a lot of fun. I cannot wait to see it in the theater with my family.
If you would like to learn more about the film you can visit the Official Website. In addition you can “like” the film on Facebook and follow the film on Twitter and Instagram. You can even check out GruTube.
The official film hashtag is #DespicableMe3.
In honor of the film’s release, a company called Thinkway Toys has released super adorable mini Minions that sign, dance and talk. They are called Mini Music-Mates.
They talk! They dance! They are Despicable Me 3 Mini Music-Mates! Each Minion comes with 3 different song clips with original voice and sound effects. Press the button on the base and watch it go! All Mini Music-Mates come with colorful backdrops. Connect multiple bases together and they dance in perfect unison! It’s a Minions dance party! The assortment includes Dave, Stuart, Tim, Carl and Mel! Even Gru and Agnes. Add to the fun with Jail Time versions of Tom, Tim and Carl. Each sold separately.
I was sent one of the Minion Mini Music-Mates to try out for myself. I received to review “Dave” to review.
There is nothing you need to do to enjoy playing around with this toy. It comes with batteries. You just have to press the button for a few seconds to move it from test mode to full play mode.
The toy talks, sings and dances, just like in the description. As he move his eyes move too, so it looks like he’s looking around as he’s talking, singing and dancing.
The volume is decent too. It’s not too loud or too low (there is not a volume control).
Each one comes with a different backdrop. Mine came with Dave in various dancing positions. You can choose to use it or not. You could even make your own backdrop.
Check out this video of my Dave Minion Mini Music-Mate toy.
It’s super cute.
These retail for $19.99 each. They are made for children ages 4+ up (or “big kids” like me).
If you would like more information about these toys please visit ThinkwayToys. You can also check out the hashtag #ThinkwayToys on social media.
I have a fun prize package for a lucky winner. The winner will receive:
- $15 iTunes gift card to purchase the new Despicable Me 3 soundtrack
- Despicable Me 3 Mini Music-Mate
The prizing is compliments of Universal Pictures and Thinkway Toys.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 7, 2017. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me if you are planning to go and see Despicable Me 3 – OR – who is your favorite character from the franchise?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.
* I received the same prize package, compliments of Universal Pictures and Thinkway Toys. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.