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
If you are interested in any of Gentle Giant’s 2012 San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, and didn’t make it to the show or pre-order as a Premier Guild Member, then today is your day.
The McQuarrie Stormtrooper and Admiral Motti mini busts and the Jumbo Blue Snaggletooth are now in stock and ready to ship. You can also order their other exclusives which include Thanos, Mars Attacks and the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth.
In our first post we mentioned that there would be three tribute prints to Ralph McQuarrie available at Celebration VI. Now we have the third and final print.
By Tsuneo Sanda, this print celebrates all of Ralph’s work including Star Wars, but also his history in the aircraft industry and other sci-fi projects such as Battlestar Galactica. This print, as with the others, will be limited to 250 pieces and will sell for $50. Signed by Tsuneo Sanda, the print will be available in The Art of Ralph McQuarrie booth at Celebration VI.
Brian Rood and Mark Raats have each created a piece of art in tribute to Ralph McQuarrie and both pieces, along with a third that hasn’t been revealed yet, will be available at Celebration VI.
Both prints are limited to 250 pieces, signed by the artist, and will sell for $50 at The Art of Ralph McQuarrie booth. The third piece, along with other plans for Celebration will be coming soon.
Friend of the Holocron, Joe K., pointed out an interesting page on Gentle Giant’s website yesterday; a test page for a McQuarrie Stormtrooper Mini Bust.
There’s been a lot of speculation about this year’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusive and a McQuarrie Stormtrooper bust would fit with the trend of the past three years. While there is no photo and you can’t actually add the item to your cart, or be interested for $9,999, it’s possible that this page gives us a good idea at GG’s plans for SDCC, especially since we’re only about a month away from that event.