Got this today from Hadley Scrowton:
In May, the force will be with us here at Aston’s Auctioneers! Our May 18th toy auction includes a huge Star Wars and sci-fi collection.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (well, 1977 in the USA…) the first Star Wars film was released to become the highest grossing film of the time. The Kenner toy line was released shortly afterwards and was a huge hit with fans, many of whom are still collecting Star Wars toys today.
Lego - the most popular toy of all time?
I am really looking forward to cataloguing this fantastic collection of original artwork we have received from a local vendor. It comprises hundreds if not thousands of A4 sized 'storyboard' sheets produced by Stourbridge based Data Design Interactive. The company traded from 1983 to 2009 and produced the Lego Rock Raiders game amongst many other titles.
It's going to take a while to go through all of the works and sort them properly for sale, but here's one of the first few I have looked at to whet your appetite! These images show a 3-page pen and ink storyboard for a Rock Raiders in-game movie sequence.
The Rock Raiders game was released on the Microsoft Windows PC platform in 1999, then the following year for Playstation.
When it comes to construction and building toys, one name says it
all, and that name is Lego. It is almost universally accepted that Lego
owns and dominates the arena of building sets for kids and enthusiasts.
The reason for this is easy - Lego makes outstanding products. We love
them, you love them, and most importantly, the kids love them. But what
do you do if you are a competitor of the Lego juggernaut franchise?
You'd better have some good ideas under your belt, because we have a
feeling that Lego is not going to make it easy for you...laugh.
Thankfully, MegaBloks has some smart ideas and the last few years
they have been seeing them come to fruition. MegaBloks is not a new
company, they've been around for years, and they have a solid brand name
that is instantly recognizable. Traditionally, they have been satisfied
occupying the role of building toys for the early childhood market. The
bigger, giant building blocks for children under three. That's great
and they've done very well there for years. For the most part Lego has
seemed content to let MegaBloks have that arena and stay there.
The last few years MegaBloks has been brewing up some new ideas, to
the benefit of their company and the customers that are shopping the
shelves. So what has MegaBloks been doing that is so smart? The first
and most beneficial has been their improved licensing. We guess it's
true what they say, you've got to spend money to make money. The last
four years has seen MegaBloks putting some great franchises on the
shelves, like Spiderman, Iron Man, Pirates of the Caribbean and Halo.
These licenses have the draw and power to pull MegaBloks out of the
early childhood market, and into more direct competition with Lego. Take