Thursday, February 04, 2016

Hallmark 2016 Ornament Sneak Peek

Hallmark currently has a feature on Keepsake artist Orville Wilson which features a sneak peek at an Emerald City Magic Ornament.  Keepsake Ornament Premiere is July 9th - 17th.   Mark your calendars!!  Please see this link to learn more about this wonderful artist and his memories of Oz.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Steiff Mini Wicked Witch of the West

North American Exclusive
5.6 inches tall
Edition of 1939
Steiff white ear tag with gold plated button in ear
5 way jointed
Made in Germany 
SRP: $ 155.00

“What are you going to do with my dog? Give him back to me!“ “All in good time, my little pretty, all in good time.“ “Please, give me back my dog!“ “Certainly, certainly...”

With these famous lines we conjure up one of the greatest antagonistic villains of all times - Wicked Witch of the West. Over the decades, audiences have grown to love this colourful character -- making her second only to Dorothy in terms of popularity.

As part of the hugely popular series which celebrated MGM’s 1939 film classic “The Wizard of Oz”, by far the most famous adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s novel, Steiff are delighted to offer all Oz fans a wonderful Wicked Witch who flies in the villainous footsteps of her predecessor.

Allow her to cast her spell on you, you won’t regret it!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Hallmark Gift Line Sneak Peek 2016

Coming Mid August  

Are You a Good Wine and Are You a Bad Wine? Wineglasses 
$24.95 each

Glinda the Good Witch Retro Lunch Box

Courageous,  Brainy, and Bighearted Mug and Coaster Sets
$16.95 each

Tin Man Tin Bank

Good Witch/Bad Witch Door Hanger

There's No Place Like Home Frame
holds 4 by 6 photo

Winged Monkey Infinity Scarf
14" by 32"

Coming in March
Wicked Witch and Glinda Cubeez

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Jim Shore Wizard of Oz Ornaments 2016

Expected release is July 1.  No pricing info available as yet.  I imagine these will be slightly smaller than the mini figurines (4.5 inches) which are $30 and Jim Shore's regular unlicensed ornaments are $20 so I expect the price will fall somewhere in between.  

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Westland Giftware Spring 2016

Wizard of Oz Wall Clock
12.5 inches tall

Wicked Witch Cylindrical Night Light
12 inches tall

Wizard of Oz 40 Ounce Teapot
6.75" tall

Four Friends Tube Lamp
10.5" tall

Wicked Witch 14 Ounce Mug
4.25" tall

Dorothy And Scarecrow Cookie Jar
11.5" tall

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Snowbabies History and Checklist 1998 - 2015

Snowbabies figurines originated in the 1890s influenced by the birth of Marie Peary.  Her father was Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary who would later be credited with the discovery of the North Pole.  At the time of her birth her father was exploring northwest Greenland. Greenland natives had never laid eyes on a Caucasian child and they affectionately dubbed her "snow baby".

In turn, Kristi Jensen Pierro drew inspiration from these historical events, childhood memories, and the antics of her own children reveling in wonderment of winter. Department 56 enraptured by Kristi Jensen Pierro's charming illustrations of cherubic imps romping through Frost Frolic Land, chose to render them in three dimensional form.  Five bisque figurines were introduced in 1987.  Snowbabies became Department 56's most endearing line and was expanded to included waterglobes, ornaments, accessories, and animals.  

In 1998, Snowbabies began entertaining visitors from other lands with the introduction of the immensely popular Guest Collection.  Their first dignitary dropped in on her way home from Oz.  

Since Dorothy and Toto's first visit, The Wizard of Oz has been introduced regularly into the Snowbabies line. Let's hope the tradition continues for 2016. 

1998 - 2001
I Have A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore   #56.69900

1999 - 2004 
They're Coming From Oz, Oh My!    #56.69010

2001 - 2004
Make Room For Toto Lift Top Box    #56.69922

2001 - 2005
And Toto Too      #56.69921

No Place Like Home     Avon Exclusive 

Dorothy & Toto    Ltd. Commodities Exclusive 

Snowbaby and Globe   Ltd. Commodities Exclusive 

2009 - 2014
 No Place Like Home, Toto (Avon Reissue)   #808707

You're So Smart, Baby     #808708

You've Got Heart, Baby       #808709

You've Got Courage, Baby      #808710

You're a Good Witch       #808711

You're a Bad Witch        #808712

2011 - 2013
Lullaby Girl            #4024873
Winged Monkey        #4024875
Wizard of Oz          #4025941
Lollipop Boy            #4025942

2011 - 2014
Dorothy in Dress           #4024877

2012 - 2014
Over the Rainbow          #4027735

2012 - 2015
Wicked Witch of the West         #4027468

2013 - 2014
There's No Place Like Home     #4031843

2013 - 2015
Yellow Brick Road          #4035759

2013 - Current
Oil For Tin Man    #4031845

2014 - Current
King of the Forest          #4042504

Surrender Dorothy        #4042505

Dorothy Picks Apples       #4042506

Give Me Your Hand           #4042507

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Krone Limited Edition Wizard of Oz Pen Set

Krone just introduced it's five piece rollerball Wizard of Oz boxed set.  Each pen is crafted from Italian resin and modeled after Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West.  The clip resembles the Emerald City and the band on the cap boasts The Wizard of Oz logo.  There are only 88 sets issued worldwide.  

Big thank you to Mike Lykins!!