Category: Lego Storage

Organizing and Storing Lego can be one of the most challenging aspects of owning a number of Lego sets.

Parents of young Lego fans are constantly stepping on or vacuuming up loose blocks, figures, wheels, cogs and other related Lego pieces.

It makes it hard to want to encourage your kids to use Lego by buying them another set when you know parts of it will eventually end up under the bed.

So What Is The Best Lego Storage Solution?

As parents who have gone through various phases of our kids’ addiction to Lego we recognize that all kids are different and so they use their Lego in different ways.

One solution that is brilliant for one child might not work for another.

So we have put together an easy guide to the options and products available based on our experiences and feedback from other parents and kids.

Lego Millennium Falcon Bag

Lego Bags – The Millenium Falcon Messenger Shoulder Bag

Lego Millennium Falcon BagIf someone asked you what would be the coolest way to carry Star Wars Lego around, surely you would reply:

“In a Lego Millennium Falcon messenger shoulder bag“.

Well maybe you wouldn’t say that, but now that you know one actually exists, I bet you are thinking about it right?

Neat-Oh’s Lego Millennium Falcon Messenger Bag

I am familiar with Neat-Oh’s licensed Lego storage solutions and have written about their range in the past.

They make high quality Lego-themed storage cases that also serve as playmats and play-environments, decorated inside with “minifig-sized” backdrops and images. They are practical, cool and stand up to a high degree of use, which is something you would hope from a licenced Lego product.

However this particular case caught me by surprise as it is actually a bag, meant to be carried around with you rather than stored in a cupboard. It was love at first sight for me and once I checked the bag out, up close I could see the ingeniousness of the design, in terms of size, portability and looks.

I should state upfront that I love messenger bags, they are my preferred alternative to handbags. And while, as a 30+ year old mother of two, I probably wouldn’t buy this for myself, I know it is something my kids would adore and as a parent I could appreciate for it’s attractive practicality.

Great For Family Trips

Lego Millennium Falcon Case Inside

As a family I know a bag this size would serve us well on trips away, where a small amount of Lego would go a long way in keeping the kids engaged and entertained.

More to the point, once opened it would also serve as a mat to keep the Lego in one place, or at least operate as a point of interest to play around.

Interestingly Neat-Oh has also produced a smaller Millennium Falcon bag, to keep a smaller amount of Lego or, specifically, minifigures in.

While I think that is also a great idea I think having the smaller bag in a different shape would have been a better idea.

Perhaps shaping it in the form of a Gungan sub or another flat, roundish ship. I appreciate that the Millennium Falcon is both a nice shape for a bag (as opposed to say an x-wing) and it is also one of the most iconic ships in the Star Wars garage.

However having both cases moulded as the same ship doesn’t really encourage families to buy both, even though they both serve a highly useful purpose in their own right.

Small gripe aside I love these bags and only wish (not for the first time) that I was 20 years younger so I could sling one over my own shoulder…outside the house.

Lego Large Millennium Falcon Messenger Bag Description

This Large Millennium Falcon™ Messenger Bag holds your favorite LEGO® Star Wars® figurines and approximately 500 LEGO(R) bricks. The sturdy shoulder strap lets you easily bring them anywhere in the galaxy.

The detailed artwork creates an awesome play experience and Playmat on the inside and outside of the case! Race through space and dodge the pursuing Tie Fighters, all while keeping your figurines neatly tucked away.

Weighs just over half a pound and wipes clean with a damp cloth. Ages 3+.

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Lego Zipbin Storage Case & Lego Mat (Neat-Oh) – Guide For Parents

Lego Neat-Oh ZipbinsNeat-Oh produces a range of high quality Lego Zipbin storage cases that also double as a Lego Mat. 

The zipbins are portable Lego storage bins/cases that both store Lego pieces and also unzip at the top and sides to form a playmat. Both as a case and a playmat the zipbin is highly colorful and decorated with Lego theme based images.

These things are amazing and kids love them!

The zipbins give children a sense that “this is my area” and may encourage kids to take pride in clearing up and packing away. Kids love to have a defined area they are responsible for, especially one which is colorful/playful and easy to pack up.

Sigh! Just another Lego creation I wish I had when I was a kid :0)

You can find the full range of zipbins here.

Lego Zipbin

Lego Zipbin UnfoldingBy thinking outside of the box, the Neat-Oh company has hit on a wonderful way for parents to contain a child’s Lego collection but also give them a play area that is vibrant and multi-dimensional.

The Lego zipbins are all solid and very durable and feel nice to touch under the fingers (important if your kids are going to be playing with them for hours at a time).

Another important note for parents is they are easy to clean, just wipe clean for most low-grade stains and the materials meets child safety standards.

The zipbins are sealed using big zippers and, in some cases, velcro. Some models are stackable while others are not so much. The square/rectangular, box shapes are the most sturdy if you want to store these on top of each other.

The zipbins are also portable, coming with a handle to hold or sling over your shoulder. When you get to your destination (be it Grandma’s house, the doctor’s surgery or the Bahamas) just unzip the box and you have a ready-made play area.

If you don’t need the zipbin for a while or want to ship it separately from the Lego pieces, the whole thing folds down to a small flat pack.

The zipbins are available in a number of sizes, theme-styles and shapes and while we take a look at a few below, this is only a small selection of the full range of Lego Zipbins.

Lego Star Wars Zipbins

Lego Zipbin Star Wars Medium

LEGO Star Wars ZipBin Medium 

  • Dimensions Bin 13.5 x 12 x 8 inches Mat 29 x 26
  • Recommended Retail Price $19.99 (Cheaper on Amazon)

This bin is great for storage and stacking, due to it’s rectangular shape. The outside has colorful images of Lego Star Wars characters from the Original Trilogy, that is Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Darth Vader etc.

Inside the playmat depicts a scene from A New Hope, in the Death Star Hangar. Kids can use this space to launch or land space vehicles or interact with characters in the scene.

Depending on how large your child’s collection is you can fit alot of Lego in this sized zipbin, just make sure your child likes the Original Trilogy Star Wars theme before buying :0)

Other Star Wars Zipbins are available in “less standard” sizes and shapes. The Battle Bridge version folds out into a multi level playmat. These are great for play and storage but not so great for stacking.

Star Wars Zipbin Storage Cases

Lego City Zipbin

Lego City ZipbinThe Lego City Zipbin is similar to the Star Wars Medium Zipbin above.

  • Dimensions Bin 13.5 X 12 X 8 inches Mat 29 X 26 inches”
  • RRP is $19.99 (Cheaper on Amazon)

Product description: Dread the sound of thousands of LEGO pieces being poured out in the next room? Take on the urban environment with the LEGO CITY ZipBin Storage Toy Box.

The cityscape background and construction foreground let you explore your city with whatever LEGO you desire. When the work is done, pack it all inside and store it for another day.

With the capacity to hold thousands of bricks, it stores just about any mess. LEGO Blocks not included.

There are a number of other Lego City Zipbins available in larger/smaller sizes and with different case and playmat images.

What Others Are Saying About the Lego Zipbins…

  • “I recently purchased this item for our son to use for storage for Legos but also to use as a playmat. He was so excited when it came in the mail and hasn’t stop playing with it. It is very easy to unzipper and use. He really has liked the images on the playmat; he says he thinks it is like being in the Death Star.”
  • “I wanted something to store our son’s legos. This is perfect. It holds all of them, he can zip/unzip it himself, and it gives him a more even surface to build on than our carpet.”
  • Me and my son love this lego box playmat we take it every where we go and it doesn’t take a lot of space up. He puts his lego in it every night when done playing with them.”

How Does A Zipbin Work?

A zipbin is one of those hard things to describe in words -storage…zips out…playmat…huh? :0)

Luckily for me the Neat-Oh company made a video to give us an idea on how the storage bins work. The video depicts their dinosaur zipbin, which is not Lego, but it gives a pretty good idea of how the zipbin-to-playmat-to-flatpack function works.

Lego Zipbin Gallery