Monday, August 15, 2016


I just had to photoshop together this simple tribute.

It was sad to hear the recent news that Kenny Baker had passed away. Of course it was a collaborative group of talented people that helped bring R2 to life, but without Baker, R2 would have been a lifeless prop. In a statement soon after Baker's passing, George Lucas said, "Kenny was truly the heart and soul of R2-D2."

Anyone who discovered Star Wars in their childhood was probably amazed to learn that someone was inside of R2. I know my mind was blown when I found out at age seven. Really? R2 is not a real robot?

My very well-worn and heavily played with R2-D2 figure from childhood.

I'm not sure when or how I learned this amazing true fact. It was probably from the back of a Topps trading card or maybe from a kid at school. Actually, I probably learned there was a person inside of R2 from this article inside Weekly Reader Senior magazine. One of the great things about Star Wars was all the "making of" info being published. It let us kids look behind the curtain to see how the movie was made and because of this; we sort of got to know the people involved with the movie. I suppose this is why it's a bit more sad to lose a person associated with one of your favorite things, even though you don't have a personal relationship with them. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Kenny Baker at a comic convention back in the late 90's or early 2000's. (Sad I can't remember the exact year.) He was the first actor I met associated with Star Wars and it was a thrill to meet him in person.

He will be missed by many and remembered by many! Thanks Kenny for the fun memories and entertainment! Bleep! Bloop!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


It's hard to believe one of my favorite all-time movies hit theaters 25 years ago today. Some people have comfort foods; I have comfort movies and The Rocketeer is one of them. 

I was introduced to the story of The Rocketeer before the film was made thanks to my pal Tim, aka Vlad, back in the late 1980's. He showed me this really cool comic book of a 1930's movie serial type of character and that was all it took for me to become a fan. It was also my intro into the wonderful world of artist Dave Stevens, the creator of The Rocketeer. 

 (I had the honor of meeting Dave Stevens at the 2000 San Diego Comic Con.)

As we all know, Dave's artwork was amazing! One of the best comic artists to draw the female form and the way he told a story between the panels was always exciting and exhilarating! Back when I was in college my comic lovin' pals and I were excited for the movie version of the Rocketeer to premier. It didn't disappoint and we've been talking about the film since its release. I believe it is still one of the best film adaptations made from a comic book. If only the film could have found more success at the box office. Because of this, we were all cheated out of more Rocketeer films.

I've been snooping around on YouTube looking for Rocketeer vids from back in the day and I think you'll enjoy watching these embeds. I know tonight, I have a date with the first lady of Neato Coolville and we'll be watching The Rocketeer once again, just like we did on June 21, 1991...except this time we'll be cheering on the flying hood ornament from our sofa instead of a crowded movie theater.

First up, watch Dave Stevens talk about his hopes at trying to get The Rocketeer made into a movie. (Uploaded by comic artist Greg Theakston)

A 30 second TV spot for the theatrical release of The Rocketeer. (Uploaded by IntermissionSociety)

Next we have a fun "making of" doc that aired on the Disney Channel back in the day. (Uploaded by IntermissionSociety)

Here's clip from Entertainment Tonight that aired one week after the release of The Rocketeer. (Uploaded by IntermissionSociety)

Next up is this segment from the 1992 Discovery Channel TV show, Hollywood FX Masters hosted by Christopher Reeve. (Uploaded by ThePropKing)

An excellent interview with James Horner from 1991 about the Rocketeer soundtrack. (Uploaded by Eyes on Cinema)

Let's visit the South Seas Club and enjoy the sweet sounds of Melora Hardin sing Begin Beguine. (Uploaded by Dr.AtomicThunder)  

The prop display at Disney/MGM studios back in the summer of 1991. (Uploaded by Smithfilmproductions)

The Rocketeer blasting off from Disney/MGM studios. Watch the video starting at the 5:00 mark. (Uploaded by Dillos Diz)

I think I've owned every version of The Rocketeer on home video. Here's a fun promo for the VHS tape. (Uploaded by Coolkennyoptimus6)

(Detail of a Rocketeer VHS video promo sweatshirt from my pal Mike who has owned it since his video store clerk days!)

Happy 25th Rocketeer and a big thanks to Dave Stevens, Joe Johnston and all the amazing men and women that brought The Rocketeer to the big screen. Many fans and myself will always be grateful!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016


What if Blue Snaggletooth was really in the movie Star Wars?

This year for Star Wars day, I had fun creating this Blue Snaggletooth card. Any Star Wars toy collector knows that Blue Snaggletooth was never in the movie and only existed as a Star Wars figure. 

(If you don't know the blue guy's story, you can check it out here.) 

Here's this year's card paired with the Jaxxon card I made for last year. Hmm...I wonder what non-movie Star Wars character I should create for next year's card?

Sunday, March 27, 2016



Here's something neato cool for your Easter basket today! We all have fun memories of decorating eggs and probably most of us used PAAS kits to color eggs. The other day I found an uncommon kit that was available back in 1979 and was created by Current, a company that's still in business and has a neat origin going back to 1950. You can read their story here.

Now check out what kids were using to dress up Easter eggs back in 1979. Enjoy!  

As a fun bonus, I turned this image into a desktop wallpaper. Kinda fun for Spring!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Back in the nifty-fifties, a loaf of bread came in a wax wrapper instead of a plastic bag. On the end of the wrapper was a label that helped keep the wrapper sealed. Some clever bread companies printed up fun labels for kids to collect. Sports figures to Disney characters to popular TV western stars could be found on the end of a bread loaf. Some bread companies had promotions and offered albums to save your end label collection in.

Recently I found four Christmas themed end labels for you to enjoy today. 

Here's an example of how the end labels were used.

A small sample of different end labels. I found these images on ebay and if you want to see more just put "bread end label" in your ebay search.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Earlier this year I was fortunate to find this neato cool piece of original advertising artwork. I have no clue what it was used for. My guess it was probably commissioned for a beer or soda company, maybe for a sign or a grocery store display. It's a great piece of art that was created by some one with a lot of talent. I wonder who illustrated it? Anyway, now this piece of art is ready to go as a Christmas decoration in our house.


Since time got away from me this year, the annual 12 days of Christmas will mostly be shared on my twitter page @NeatoCoolville. This year, I photoshopped Santa hats on characters from the movies. Yeah, kinda random, kinda stupid but hopefully kinda fun. Last night I shared everyone's favorite replicant hunter, Rick Deckard wearing a Santa hat. I won't bother everyone here on the blog with these and will only be sharing the images on my twitter feed.

Tonight's Santa hat will be worn by Scarface!