2015 has been deemed the ‘year of the blockbuster’ and next summer contains some picks of the bunch. There’s Minions, Avengers: Age of Ultron, a new Pixar movie and Shaun the Sheep’s big screen debut amongst others. And if the films are as good as the following tie-in products, 2015’s going to be a belter. Billy Langsworthy takes a look.

Scene stealers: A look at the toys accompanying next year’s biggest summer movies

Mega Brands

Next year, Mega Brands has ranges based on two of 2015’s biggest family films in the form of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and Minions.

Mega Brand’s new multi-year partnership with Universal Partnerships & Licensing will see a new Despicable Me kids construction toy line market wide. Hitting stores in January 2015, the Mega Bloks Despicable Me construction sets will allow fans to build iconic characters, locations and vehicles inspired from the hit franchise.

The Mega Bloks Despicable Me spring/summer 2015 range will consist of eight new products that focus on the Minions.

The line includes a collection of six buildable Minions at the pocket money price point of £2.49 each, a Despicable Me Party Packs assortment and Despicable Me Lab play-sets.

Elsewhere, Mega Bloks Despicable Me themed figure packs consist of three buildable Minions in fun themes with a small display build.

The collection also includes the Mega Bloks Despicable Me Minion Mobile, complete with two buildable Minions and interchangeable parts including goggles and accessories.

Furthermore, in the summer of 2015, Mega Brands will be offering movie related product inspired by the Minions movie.

On the SpongeBob SquarePants front, fans will have the opportunity to build on their already wacky underwater worlds with Mega Brands’ new range of construction toys based on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants Micro Action Figures Series II boasts eight popular characters to collect as they are seen in next year’s movie, including Post-Apocalypse Mr Krabs and a secret rare figure.

Elsewhere, the Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants movie assortment features the Photo Booth Time Machine and the Pickle Tank Attack, complete with collectable figures and accessories, while the Post-Apocalypse Figure Pack includes six unique characters, a buildable donut sign as well as working launcher.

Fans of Bikini Bottom’s most famous resident can also build the Burger Mobile Showdown, which includes a buildable boat, an ice cream launcher and two exclusive SpongeBob SquarePants movie characters.

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For 2015, Rubie’s is working on a licensed range for Minions following on from the success of its Despicable Me 2 line. Other ranges include one for Marvel’s new Avengers: Age Of Ultron film.

Rubie’s also has an exciting new-look range for both adults and children of the heroic key characters including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Thor, as well as a great new costume of the antagonist, the mighty Ultron.

The forthcoming Kenneth Branagh-directed live action version of Cinderella starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Cate Blanchett and Lily James is due for release by Disney in the spring of 2015 and Rubie’s will have new licensed dresses for girls and adults based on costumes featured in the new movie.

2015 will also see the return of Frozen’s Anna and Elsa in a new Disney animated short film, Frozen Fever, for which Rubie’s will also be unveiling a completely new line of dresses.

The new Cinderella and Frozen Fever licensed costume ranges will expand on Rubie’s popular line of Disney Princess dresses and accessories.

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Posh Paws

Posh Paws has products on the market for two of the biggest children’s films of 2015 in Universal’s Minions and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out.

For the much-anticipated Minions movie, Posh Paws is launching a range of backpacks that reflect scenes from the upcoming animated film.

The Minions backpack collection will offer something for everyone from pre-school kids to teens and travellers.

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, the first of two Pixar movies landing next year, hits UK cinemas in July 2015, and the movie takes viewers on a journey inside the mind of an 11 year old girl called Riley where her emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, reside.

These emotions are the stars of the film and Posh Paws has a plush range based on all these characters.

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Sambro are looking forward to another successful year in 2015 with a bumper selection inspired by a summer of movie releases.

The firm’s 2015 licensed ranges spans arts and crafts, games and puzzles, outdoor, wheeled, stationery and bags.

Sambro’s new movie collections will include Spongebob Squarepants, Minions, Cinderella, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, Avengers Age of Ultron, Big Hero 6 and the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Rainbow Designs

The Shaun the Sheep Movie hits cinemas on February 6th, 2015 and lands on DVD and Blu-ray in the summer.
Rainbow Designs has a new range to appeal to fans of the popular woolly character.

The collection includes Shaun the Sheep Movie soft toys featuring Shaun, Bitzer and a Baahing Shaun the Sheep feature plush that sees Shaun bleat six phrases when his tummy is squeezed.

The firm also has a Catapult Shaun the Sheep that has springy extending arms that can be used to catapult Shaun into action, a Shaun the Sheep Card Game, a Shaun the Sheep 100-piece puzzle and a Shaun the Sheep Snakes & Ladder Board Game.

The Shaun the Sheep Movie collection will run alongside the firm’s Shaun the Sheep classic collection which includes Shaun the Sheep keyrings, Shaun the Sheep soft toys, and a Shivering Shaun.

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