Despicable Me 2 is in production and making its way to theaters next year, and I just learned that a toy line is brewing for 2013. Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L), Illumination Entertainment and Thinkway Toys announced earlier this month that they'll partner on the global production of toys based on the highly anticipated follow-up to the blockbuster hit Despicable Me.
Thinkway Toys has been awarded the master global toy license for Despicable Me 2, and will develop a wide variety of toys featuring the Minions and other key characters including interactive toys, figures, plush, dolls, playsets, vehicles, role play and novelty items.
Despicable Me 2 arrives in theaters July 3, 2013. The toy line will arrive on store shelves in summer 2013.
Despicable Me came out in July 2010, grossed more than $543 million at theaters worldwide, and went on to become the 10th-highest-grossing animated film in U.S. history. Despicable Me also debuted on Video on Demand in January 2011 and has become the No. 1 most ordered animated film since that time.