Neat-Oh! creates toy storage bins for kids and has several licenses including Hot Wheels, Barbie and our favorite, Lego Star Wars. You may have already seen their Battle Bridge Carry Case & Playmat, the Millennium Falcon Minifigure Case or TIE Fighter Carry Case & Playmat at stores such as Toys-R-Us and Target, but in 2013 we’re in for several new products that include some excellent art you may recognize.
Two new Messenger Bags will be in stores shortly. One features the image of Darth Vader on the outside but opens to reveal a piece of Ralph McQuarrie artwork depicting Vader’s Duel with Luke Skywalker on Bespin.
Their Stormtrooper Bag features the classic white Trooper on the outside while the inside is decorated with Tsuneo Sanda’s Stormtrooper artwork.
A third bag, Yoda, was shown in prototype form, note the cardboard ears in the photo, and hasn’t had the interior artwork picked out yet. Joe showed them some photos of Jerry Vanderstelt’s Yoda artwork so maybe we’ll see another well-known Star Wars artist featured in the future.
Neat-Oh! has an X-Wing Backpack coming in the near future and it also includes artwork on this inside, this time by Dave Dorman. The art is taken from the cover of Dark Horse Comics’ “X-Wing Rogue Squadron: The Rebel Opposition” #3.
Also on display at their booth, Neat-Oh! had collapsible storage bins and some of the cases we mentioned above. The bins feature more generic Star Wars graphics while the playmats feature graphics that can be used as a playset for the Lego sets.
Fans of other Lego themes will be happy to know that Neat-Oh! also is producing storage bins for Ninjago, Friends and the new Chima lines.
Pictures and additional reporting by Joe Kersavage
We posted set information yesterday for the August releases of the new Star Wars sets and today, pictures. As we pointed out yesterday, the Count Dooku figure included in the Duel on Geonosis set has the first ever Force Lightning effects and Darth Maul from the Mandalorian Speeder set has mechanical legs.
Photos courtesy of Joe Kersavage
Stopped in the local Target store this afternoon and found that the Star Wars sets were all marked down about 20%. Not a bad deal on a couple of the sets, such as the new Jabba’s Palace (9516) which is only $95.99 this week.
Plenty of the City sets are on markdown also, but some of them aren’t as much as 20% off. Still worth checking out.
Don’t forget, tonight at 8:00 (EST), Cartoon Network will be showing the new Lego Star Wars special; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out.
To warm up, head over to StarWars.com to see the trailer.
If you are Lego VIP member then October’s deal is for you, double VIP points on all purchases. Whether you use Shop@Home or go to your local Lego store, all purchases qualify so only a $50 purchase will snag you a $5 reward.
The offer runs the full month of October so if you’ve been putting off a purhcase, or getting ready for Christmas, that’ll be the time to order.
Next Wednesday, September 26th, Cartoon Network will debut its newest Lego special, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out. Airing at 8:00 PM, the show is a half hour long.
Featuring favorites such as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and even Darth Maul, the show picks up after the destruction of the Death Star and finds Luke the new hero of the galaxy.
Head over to StarWars.com for the full announcement and the trailer.
Today is the Lego Group’s 80th birthday. Ole Kirk Christiansen founded the company back in 1932 and today they’re the third largest manufacturer of play materials in the world.
You can read the full press release on the Lego website here.
Happy Birthday, Lego!
Today is the official unveiling of the new Rancor Pit Lego set. This was announced in a press release a couple days ago, and the picture was leaked yesterday, but it’s now official. The set will be on display today in Lego’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con.
Lego also sent out a little new information today, we now know for certain that this will fit underneath the upcoming Jabba Palace set that’s due later this year.
No set number, price or part count information has been released yet but should be available next week.
Wednesday Lego put out a pre-San Diego Comic-Con press release and announced a new Star Wars Rancor Pit set coming in 2013. While the pre-view was set for Saturday, a picture leaked early on their ow.ly picture feed yesterday.
The set shown includes the Rancor along with minifigures of Luke Skywalker, Malakili and a Gamorrean Guard. It even appears that the set may allow you to stack the upcoming Jabba’s Palace on top of it making a really fun play environment. We expect more details, including the set number and price, on Saturday.
Yesterday’s video of the new B-Wing gave us an excellent look at the toy but Gizmodo has the goods on the toy’s stats. The B-Wing, 10227, will retail for $200 and includes 1,486 pieces. The completed model is 26 inches long and 15 inches wide with the wings open. When displayed on the stand, it’s about 17 inches tall.
The B-Wing Starfighter will be released this October to Lego stores and online via Shop.Lego.com.