Minion Headquarters -- The Begining

We get asked all the time, where we came up with the idea for the Minions... I'll tell you the full story in a minute, but really, I think the Minions were inside our boys all the time, we just had to let them out.

The longer story, however, goes more like this:

One evening, many, many years ago, I found an Amigurumi crochet pattern for little oval balls with a white square for eyes and little ears (kinda like a hacky sack--with ears) that I thought was weird and fun and something that my boys would like... they were called Ninja Minions.

So I made a few.

And they loved them.

And they threw them at each other.

And it took approximately 27,000 hours to make each one.

And each time I sat down for just a second the boys would helpfully bring me my yarn and crochet hooks.

Did I mention that they took approximately 27,000 hours to crochet?

And patience?


So after making way too many, I finally told them if they didn't want to give me arthritis, we HAD to figure out a faster, better way to make these things.  Because THIS. WAS. KILLING. ME.

So we tried a few different things:

We tried sewing them from t-shirt material, which resulted in a very fat, very floppy eared slob Minion.

We tried cotton fabric, which worked, kinda, but not really.

We tried fleece... which worked, worked well, and gave us lots of options AND ears that stood up.

I made little eyes, skipped the mask, changed the body shape, ear shape, and added weight at the bottom so they could stand up... and WOW!  The Minion was born!


Then the fun REALLY started happening.  When we first made the Minion pictured above we thought he'd just be a fun little guy to hide in weird places...

But he was orange, just like a traffic cone (which is officially named a pylon), so we named him Pylon.
Soon after, we somehow (again, most of this is in our boys' heads) realized that he was slightly addicted to coffee.
And then he was also the biggest trouble maker because of his "do anything for coffee" problem.
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And because the fabric store had an almost unlimited selection of colors, I took my boys to the store, and we picked out a few more colors.



Bruno was the brown Minion, the color of a coffee bean, which makes Pylon slightly crazy.  
Because my oldest boys can do amazing Russian accents, Bruno became Russian.
And because he has a deep Russian accent, he also became very, very muscular (because the word muscles is just too fun to say with a Russian accent).  And then he became married... to his muscles.


And he had a brother, who was made from white fleece, whose name HAD to be Allinav (there was NO room for any questions here), who had the last name Mallinav (because that's fun to say with a Russian accent --no matter how poorly you do it), and they became 

The Brothers Mallinav
From Murmansk, Russia 

 (Go ahead, say it, like Hans and Franz from the old SNL skits... you know you want to!)

And from there, the crazy, creative, make-me-laugh-till-my-sides-hurt Minion idea took off.

We made a few for friends, who loved them.
We made a few more to give away to the kids at our church's AWANA ministry... and when the kids started swarming with questions on how many Minions were in the prize bag, and would there be more, and could they trade their candy bar prize in for a Minion, no matter how long they had to wait, and when there were a few tears of joy shed over winning one, we thought that maybe, just maybe, this could be a THING.
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There are many, many more Minions that already have names, back stories, personalities, accents, and jobs who have yet to be made.

There are just as many who have been made, but nothing has been made public about their back stories.

There are stories behind the boxes they come in,
the bio cards they are sold with, 
the accessories currently made, and planned.
The books,
the coloring pages,
the unlimited potential they have to be played with, 
taken on hikes, 
adventures,
or just the backyard.

There are awesome stories about the special needs kids who have not stopped talking about them,
the kids who will play with them creatively, unplugged.
The many, many adults who have bought them as travel buddies, taken them on vacations, or across-the-state bicycle riding trips.

There is SO much more to come from the Minions in 2014 and beyond!

This blog is one of the things.
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