Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wizard of Oz at Sonic Drive In 10/20 - 11/23





Sonic is now running a Wizard of Oz promotion in 3500 locations across the country in honor of the 3D release on home video November 23rd.   Each Sonic Wacky Pack comes with 3D glasses, 3D trading cards, a pop up Emerald City, collectible stickers and a game piece to play the Winged Monkey Dash Game on mywackypack.com.  Collect all 5 game pieces to unlock all of the playable characters.  Each pack also comes with a $3 off coupon for the Wizard of Oz on Blu Ray 3D.  








HAPPY COLLECTING!!!!  

And don't forget to download the ADORABLE coloring sheet from mywackypack.com



Monday, October 20, 2014

Connections from Hallmark Ruby Slipper Charm




Hallmark Wizard of Oz items are very, very popular and it's been a delight to watch Hallmark expand the Oz line over the years from greeting cards to ornaments to gifts and plush and now jewelry.   The jewelry is produced by Jacmel.  Oz fans should remember Jacmel from the wonderful line of jewelry they created for QVC and the Walmart exclusive 75th Anniversary Dorothy piggy bank.  The Ruby Slipper charm is exclusive to Walmart.  Since the Oz jewelry line has done so well for Jacmel it wouldn't be surprising to see more from them soon.  

The charm is $18.00 and can be ordered on Walmart.com or you can search your local Walmart store for availability.  



Please see these previous blog entries to see more info on Hallmark and Hallmark's history with The Wizard of Oz.




And don't forget the sneak peek for next year! 



Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tonner Truly Wicked Wicked Witch of the West



Tonner never seems to amaze me with the imagination, ingenuity, and amazing depth and beauty they are able to infuse into their dolls.  Each one is continually more stunning than the next.  Now that I've picked my jaw up off the floor, I can post this doll!  

Dressed doll
Face includes hand-painted details
Fine quality vinyl and hard plastic
American Model™ head sculpt
22" American Model™ body
Wicked skin tone
Brown inset eyes with applied eyelashes
Black rooted saran hair
Black shantung bodice with an organza and feather collar and satin belt with rhinestone buckle
Black shantung  and sequin lace skirt
Black broom
Black shantung hat with black and green crinkle chiffon and feather decoration and silver buckle
Black faux leather shoes
Nude pantyhose
Stand
LE 100
SRP: $399.99 plus shipping  









Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wizard of Oz Playing Cards by Albino Dragon







A Kickstarter campaign has launched today for the production of really beautiful sets of playing cards.  All cards will be an artist rendering.  No film stills.  It's wonderful to see original artwork on Oz product!!   These will be the same quality as the Bicycle playing cards you've used for years.  Albino is working diligently to bring us these marvelous little works of art.  There will be a unlimited deck with black and white illustrations and a limited edition 75th Anniversary set in full technicolor and packaged in a foil tuck box.  This Kickstarter campaign seems to be a fun way for Oz fans and playing card collectors to take a proactive part in production.  

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1460165270/wizard-of-oz-playing-cards-by-albino-dragon


Funding starts today and ends November 6
Please visit this link for more details and to support Oz!!


And visit Albino Dragon to see the fantastic artwork on their Princess Bride, GhostBusters, and Goonies sets!!! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Black Milk Clothing



More great fashions from Australia! 

Wicked Witch of the West Reversible Crop Top 
XXS - XL
SRP:$50.00 plus shipping





Wicked Witch of the West Reversible Skater Dress
XXS - XL
SRP:  $90.00 plus shipping 






Wicked Witch of the West Scoop Skater Dress
XXS - XL
SRP: $90.00 plus shipping




You can order from their U.S. website here:



Posted by Heidi Seaky on the 

Tonner 22" Glinda the Good Witch of the North




Dressed doll 
Face includes hand-painted details 
Fine quality vinyl and hard plastic 
American Model™ head sculpt 
22" American Model™ body 
Cameo skin tone 
Blue inset eyes 
Classic red non-removable saran wig 
Pink glitter tulle mermaid style dress with butterfly rhinestone brooch and detachable train 
Pink glitter tulle gauntlets 
Rhinestone bracelets 
Pink horse hair hat with butterfly rhinestone pin
 Nude pantyhose 
Matching pink glitter faux leather shoes 
Stand 
LE 150 
SRP:  $324.99






Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wizard of Oz Children's Museum Traveling Exhibit



The Merry Old Land of Oz has been condensed into a 2,500 square foot sensory immersion experience courtesy of Warner Brothers Consumer Products, SPARKS, and the Miami Children's Museum. After two years in development, the traveling exhibit debuted February of 2010 in Miami. The tour has proved so popular some venues had repeated bookings.

Visitors are greeted by the emblematic ruby slippers and a theater marquee with posters inspired by vintage advertisements leaving no doubt you are on your way to Oz. First, at the "Meet the Movie" station, you can introduce children to The Wizard of Oz or remind them of the movie they are about to experience hands on.  You can read along while pressing a button to light up the corresponding scene.





Then the land of Oz is divided into six sections with activities tailored to that particular area.  The Gale Farm is  naturally geared towards farming, nature, and illusion.  There is a "petting farm" for children to feel animal hides and hear the sounds they make.  There's a cow to be milked and children can gather eggs for Aunt Em.  Professor Marvel's wagon is there to illustrate the magic of optical illusion.  Just before you enter Dorothy's house here is a simulator where children can get an up close look at a tornado.  The floor in Dorothy's house is slanted giving a feeling of slight disequilibrium. There's a wheel to crank to spin the house through the tornado and a ball that rolls up.  A really cute touch is Dorothy's bookshelf with titles such as The Encyclopedia of Little Dogs, Classic Prairie Tales, Life in Tornado Alley, and 1001 Gingham Dress Patterns.




Munchkinland focuses on the arts.  There's Munchkin huts with little activities inside, a music station, a mix and match station, you can build Glinda's crown, listen to yourself with the Munchkin voice enhancer, and there's a rainbow that can be taken apart and reassembled.



Upon leaving Munchkinland, you come to the Crossroads to meet The Scarecrow, The Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.  In this area children can discover personal strengths and values just like Dorothy's friends in the movie.  Children can put faces on the Scarecrow or work through a maze or challenge themselves with the book of brain teasers.  The Tin Man is waiting for someone to set his heart alight.  Bravery can be tested with a crawl through a dark tunnel.  In another wonderful touch of cuteness, children can brush the Cowardly Lion's mane.




Then we come to the spooky, not scary, castle of The Wicked Witch of the West.  This area is for physical challenges. Children can scale the walls with climbing stones or ropes. They are able to crawl inside to find the broomstick or they can pedal Miss Gulch's bicycle.  One of my favorite things about the exhibit is the Wicked Witch is referred to as a bully. Especially since bullying is such a problem in schools. Hopefully children can learn by Dorothy's example and are encouraged stand up to bullies too.  




We end the story at the Emerald City with lessons in light, wonder, and science.  There are kaleidoscopes and prisms to bend or reflect light and make rainbows.  Children can wave a wand to make the great and powerful Oz appear.  They can also mix colored lights to produce varying hues for the Horse of a Different Color. 


 

Signage with educational messages and values from movie moments are displayed throughout the exhibit.



The Wizard of Oz Traveling Children's Exhibit is currently at the Portland Children's Museum in Portland Oregon. Their target ages are 2 - 6, but any child who likes The Wizard of Oz should enjoy it. This would also be a marvelous way to introduce children to the movie.  In the hour to hour and a half we were there, the room got pretty crowded and children seemed to be having a ball running from area to area.  We even saw some Dorothys in costume. All in all it looks like a great experience for little ones.  

Unfortunately, my photographs can not do this exhibit justice. You step into the display area and it's immediate Oz sensory overload.  Colors and marvels  and sounds, oh my!  It's always beautiful to see Oz brought to life and I'm forever overwhelmed.  I needed a minute to acclimate myself.  

Before you get to the museum exhibit area, museum staff took it upon their clever selves to make some decor of their own. They yellow brick road starts on the floor and winds up and along the walls. The cloth tornado was really ingenious.  



The one major drawback is that there was no exclusive merchandise created to accompany the exhibit.  Part of the endurance of Oz is the memorabilia children can carry with them and cherish. That aside, it is my sincere hope the experience of this exhibit will create fond and lasting memories of the Wizard of Oz.  

The exhibit is here until January 18 2015.  Portland Children's Museum, 4015 SW Canyon Rd. Portland,OR 97221   (503) 223-6500      Located in Washington Park right next to the Oregon Zoo.

A BIG THANK YOU to Emily Dang at the Portland Children's Museum for taking the time out of her day to give us a tour and answer our questions.  And to Mike Neufeld from the Miami Children's Museum for tour dates and really beautiful exhibit photos which can be seen here:    http://www.jasonkoerner.com/Other/Miami-Childrens-Museum-Wizard/26473206_HVXvjx

Future Tour Dates:

Spring and Summer 2015       Glazer Children's Museum    

Fall and Winter 2015       Miami Children's Museum 

Spring 2016      Orlando Science Center 

Summer 2016    Minnetrista 

Fall and Winter 2016      still open

Spring 2017     Mayborn Museum Complex 

Summer 2017     tentative Minnesota location

Fall and Winter 2017      Final Exhibition   Miami Children's Museum

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