Illumination’s global icons, the Minions, team up with famed graphic designer Verdy to celebrate the capsule collection

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Verdy x Minions Launch Party at Universal Studios Hollywood

Verdy x Minions Launch Party at Universal Studios Hollywood

Verdy x Minions Launch Party at Universal Studios Hollywood

Verdy x Minions Launch Party at Universal Studios Hollywood

Verdy x Minions Launch Party at Universal Studios Hollywood

Verdy x Minions Launch Party at Universal Studios Hollywood

Verdy x Minions capsule collection

Verdy x Minions capsule collection

Verdy x Minions capsule collection

Verdy x Minions Limited Run Drops Exclusively at Universal Studios Hollywood on June 17th
and Universal Studios Japan on June 24

Illumination’s new movie, Minions: The Rise of Gruhits theaters July 1

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inspired by the new film Illumination, Minions: The Rise of Gru, the Minions, in collaboration with Universal Brand Development, have teamed up with graphic artist Verdy, founder of streetwear labels Girls Don’t Cry and Wasted Youth, to launch the Verdy x Minions capsule collection exclusively at Universal Studios Hollywood, from June 17, and at Universal Studios Japan, from June 24.

To celebrate the initiative, celebrity guests were treated to a preview of the collection at a private party at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, June 16, which included music from DJ Zack Bia, access to “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride and the Super Silly Store, where the collection will be available for purchase, as well as photo ops with the Minions of Illumination and the character of Vick de Verdy, exclusive cocktails, appetizers and more!

Combining two global brands, both of which are highly appealing, the Verdy x Minions collection brings together the playful Minions with Verdy’s iconic character, Vick, following a record-breaking, sold-out collaboration between the two style icons in 2020. The limited run will include t t-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, hats, accessories and skateboards brought to life with graphics featuring the new Minion Otto paired up as a duo with Vick. Additional designs include the larger-than-life Minions featured on long-sleeved t-shirts, as well as graphic t-shirts and jackets featuring a reimagined design of Verdy’s yellow rose in a box with the Minions creating mayhem around from her.

Verdy x Minions is available exclusively on Hollywood Universal Studiosfrom June 17 and Universal Studios Japanstarting June 24, 2022, with a special limited edition launching July 1, the same day Minions: The Rise of Gru hits theaters.

“I am happy to continue my relationship with the Minions of Illumination,” said Verdy. “Making my character Vick a mascot and interacting with the Minions characters at Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood and Japan feels unreal. It’s a dream come true.”

“The Enlightenment Minions are global icons and have had a profound influence on pop culture and fashion around the world,” says Scott Schiraj, Director, Franchise Management, Universal Brand Development. “Our first Verdy x Minions collab sold out in less than 60 seconds. Fans are asking for more, we are delighted to collaborate with Verdy on a new capsule inspired by Minions: The Rise of Gru and we’ve strategically partnered with our Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood and Japan, to launch the collection as an exclusive – super fan-service with early access to these coveted limited-edition drops.

About Illumination Minions: The Rise of Gru
This summer, from the biggest global animation franchise in history, comes the origin story of how the world’s greatest supervillain first met his iconic Minions, forged the team cinema’s most despicable and faced the most unstoppable criminal force ever assembled in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

In the suburbs of the 1970s, Gru (Oscar® contestant Steve Carell) is just a 12-year-old boy, plotting to take over the world from his basement. When the infamous super-villain group, the Vicious 6, ousts their leader, Gru interviews to become their newest member, but instead finds himself the deadly enemy of the pinnacle of evil. While Gru is on the run, the Minions try to master the art of kung fu to save him, and Gru finds that even the bad guys need a little help from their friends.

About Lighting
Illumination, founded by Academy Award® nominated Chris Meledandri in 2007, is one of the entertainment industry’s leading producers of animated event films, including Despicable Me, the most successful animated franchise in film history. The company’s releases include two of the top 10 animated films of all time, and its iconic and beloved franchises, steeped in memorable and distinct characters, global appeal and cultural relevance, have grossed more $6.4 billion worldwide.

Illumination, which has an exclusive financing and distribution partnership with Universal Pictures, is the creator of the world of Despicable Me. The deductible includes Minionsthe fourth-highest-grossing animated film of all time and the highest-grossing film in Universal’s history, as well as the Oscar®– nominated Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3which grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Illumination launched two additional original franchises that captivated audiences around the world. The first one The secret life of pets the film achieved the best opening for an original film, animated or otherwise, in US history, and the studio followed up that success in 2019 with The secret life of pets 2. The resounding success of Illumination, To singhas now become the studio’s latest global franchise with Sing 2 in December 2021. Additionally, Illumination’s The Grinch of Dr. Seuss continues to hold the record for the biggest opening weekend of any Christmas-themed movie in history. Upcoming Illumination films include Minions: The Rise of Gru on July 1, 2022 and a new Super Mario Bros. in April 2023.

About UNIVERSAL BRAND DEVELOPMENT
Universal Brand Development drives the global expansion of NBCUniversal’s intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content and consumer experiences. In addition to franchise brand management, Universal Brand Development’s core businesses include consumer products and digital games and platforms based on the company’s extensive portfolio of intellectual properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination, DreamWorks Animation and NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. Universal Brand Development is part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. www.universalbranddevelopment.com.

About VERDY
VERDY is a graphic designer from Osaka, Japan, currently residing in Tokyo. He is best known for his iconic projects Girls Don’t Cry, Wasted Youth, and more recently his characters Vick and Visty. VERDY has worked with brands such as Nike, Human Made, Instagram, Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, Dover Street Market and many more. In 2021, he entered the world of contemporary art with his first solo exhibition at Takashi Murakami’s gallery, Kaikai Kiki in Tokyo. His creative endeavors continue to flourish, earning him worldwide recognition.

About Universal Studios Hollywood
Hollywood Universal Studios includes a full-day cinematic theme park and studio tour. As a premier global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood offers highly themed, immersive lands that translate into real-life renditions of iconic film and television shows. Attractions include the highly anticipated immersive land, “SUPER NINTENDO WORLD”, which will open in early 2023, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which includes a bustling Hogsmeade village and critically acclaimed rides like “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” the mega attraction “Jurassic World—The Ride” featuring the spectacularly lifelike Indominus rex dinosaur and the award-winning ride “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” Other immersive lands include ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ and ‘Super Silly Fun Land’ as well as ‘Springfield’, the hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located next to the award-winning ‘The Simpsons Ride™’ and the DreamWorks Theater with “Kung Fu Panda Adventure. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, taking guests behind the scenes of the largest and busiest in the world, where they can also experience thrill rides such as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3-D. Universal CityWalklocated adjacent to the theme park, features popular restaurants such as NBC Sports Grill & Brew, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Voodoo Donut, as well as vibrant shopping and entertainment options including Universal Cinema, with luxury reclining seats in screening room quality cinemas.

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