LEGO® Minifigures in 75549 and 75551
As for 75551, this set features Kevin in the traditional costume, while Stuart and Bob have different outfits: Light Royal Blue/ Bright Light Blue pyjamas and a Flame Yellowish Orange/ Bright Light Orange rubber suit with Black stripe, respectively. Note also that their eyes are different prints from 75549. The trio also come with incongruous headwear: a construction helmet, a conical Asian-style hat and there's also a fire helmet, not pictured.
Pulling them to bits, you can see their bodies echo earlier LEGO elements like Star Wars droid bodies, but those would be challenging to use in a creation of your own. There’s more interest in their other constituent parts however, so let’s go through those now.
LEGO Minion heads
The 'minifigures' created for sets based on existing IPs frustrate many builders as the heads are so specialised but in the case of the Minions, the heads sit surprisingly well within the LEGO System. And you know what, you might even find a practical use for them. They are essentially 2x2 domed parts in Bright Yellow/ Yellow ranging in height, but with Black goggles that comprise of a headband with side-studs.
- The shortest – Minifig Head Special, Minion, Low, 2-Eyed Goggles (6309132 | 68986) which is used for Bob – is equivalent to a 2x2 dome (30367) with 2x2 round plate underneath.
- Then comes Stuart who is is the same height as the ‘bell jar’ piece (30151). There are two printed versions of Stuart: 75551 has Minifig Head Special, Minion, Medium, 1-Eyed Goggles, Smile, Hair print (6310573 | 69101) while 75549 has the variant Open Mouth Smile print (6310455 | 69073)
- Finally the tallest – Minifig Head Special, Minion, High, 2-Eyed Goggles, Smile print (6310330 | 69061) used for Kevin – sits 2 plates higher than the bell jar and 4 plates higher than a regular dome.
Those rounded eyes inspired me to locate similarly rounded LEGO elements, which became a fun exercise in creating Minion binoculars and... monoculars?
LEGO Minion arms
If arms like these, which seem to be becoming more common, strike you as
being too specialised to use in your builds then perhaps reconsider
them as being an angled connector with a Technic pin at one end and a
clip at the other. The angle is around 110°.
Other notable parts in 75551 Brick-Built Minions and Their Lair
- 8x Slope Curved 2 x 1 Inverted (6308097 | 24201) which now also comes in Super Mario 40414 Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set
- 16x Slope Curved 2 x 2 Inverted (6307924 | 32803) which now also comes in 71377 King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set
- 4x Bracket 1 x 1 - 1 x 1 Inverted (6307926 | 36840) which currently remains exclusive to this set
- 8x Brick Round Corner 3 x 3 x 2 Dome Top in Yellow (6299762 | 88293) which also now appear in 43179 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters and 71368 Toad's Treasure Hunt Expansion Set
- 4x Tile 2 x 2 Corner in Yellow (6308099 | 14719) which also appears in Mickey & Minnie
- There is 1x Equipment Boomerang in Brick Yellow/ Tan (6289810 | 25892) which remains exclusive to this set.
- Plate 1 x 6 in Medium Nougat (6295464 | 3666) appears in a couple of other 2020 sets, and you get 4 here.
The completed set 75549 Unstoppable Bike ChaseAs mentioned earlier there is little of interest in this set for adults. It comprises a post-apocalyptic-esque bike plus a smaller vehicle that really looks like it should be able to propel itself... yet needs to be towed along by the bike? I’m sure the movie will explain everything in a logical and clear manner.
The completed set 75551 Brick-Built Minions and Their LairThis set is much more fun, coming in at 876 elements and although it is a basic, relatively unremarkable build I found an innate satisfaction in building curved LEGO walls and topping the lot with quarter-domes. Despite the differences between the Minions' insides, it does get repetitive if you build all 3 yourself so this is definitely a good one to share with friends and family.
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Here is the official artwork showing Kevin’s fully stickered interior.
Striking a nice balance between playability and cost effectiveness, you can deconstruct Kevin and construct the much smaller Bob from his parts (much to Stuart’s amazement). I’ve read many comments online about people’s frustration that all 3 Minions cannot be built from just one copy of this set but I like the fact that it strongly encourages kids to rebuild their LEGO set.
And if you own a copy of LEGO Architecture 21045 Trafalgar Square you can recreate the climactic scenes from the first Minions movie. Yes, I watched it. I was left with the thought that if you put a monkey in a room for an infinite amount of time with a typewriter and an awful lot of sugar, it would eventually produce the script for the Minions movie. Probably pretty quickly actually. I can confidently say I won’t be seeking out The Rise of Gru in cinemas next year, but its effects on LEGO System will be welcome in my parts collection forever.
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