Minions: The Rise of Gru

Stow away your shrinking rays and hide your fire extinguishers, because super-villain Gru and his sidekicks are back on the big screen in Minions: The Rise of Gru. We are pleased to have Minions as a part of our licensing portfolio to make interesting designs for the minion world.

Steve Carell’s uber-baddie is now shown at a formative age, the story now taking place in the 1970s. The ever-loyal Minions are by his side as the young Gru attempts to go against the dastardly Vicious 6, a group who know an evil scheme when they see one.

Ahead of seeing the movie, here’s your introduction to the Vicious 6 and the noted actors voicing them:

Belle Bottom

Belle Bottom is the nefarious, seventies-styled leader of the Vicious 6. She appointed herself leader after ousting the group’s previous chief, the nefarious Wild Knuckles (voiced by Alan Arkin).

Belle Bottom’s voice actor Taraji P. Henson was Oscar-nominated for her moving role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.


You need a seemingly invincible super-villain to square off against Gru, so who do you call? Naturally, it’s Rocky V and Masters of the Universe star Dolph Lundgren who, in his role as Svengeance, gleefully sends up his action movie image.


Danny Trejo is famous for the likes of the Machete series, a low-rent franchise fuelled by retribution. He also turned up in Michael Mann’s acclaimed crime drama Heat. In Minions, he voices the muscular and moustachioed Stronghold, and like Dolph Lundgren, demonstrates a game willingness to parody his screen image.


Cult Xena Warrior Princess star Lucy Lawless voices the relentless Nunchuck, and she has a habit of causing destruction.

Jean Clawed

This match-up between actor and character name is surely one of the best gags in the new Minions movie. Hard Target and Sudden Death star Jean-Claude Van Damme voices the crab-like antagonist who snaps to attention.

Minions: The Rise of Gru will be in cinemas on 1st July.

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