Monday, July 11, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad hosts Wizard of Oz Train

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Announces Magical Journey

on THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride This Summer



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- BRYSON CITY, NC – Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Rail Events Inc., and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad are proud to announce the debut of THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride beginning July 14! Licensed by the same team that brought you THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, the 2-1/2 hour roundtrip journey will retell the story of the beloved movie, The Wizard of Oz, on board a real train. The journey begins in Munchkinland where DOROTHY™ meets GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH™, who suggests she take a train that follows the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ to see if the WIZARD OF OZ™ could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.
Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live onboard entertainment featuring Dorothy, SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, and COWARDLY LION™ set to the sounds of the motion picture. Help them defeat the WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST™ before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ™ himself during a live stage show. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey!
The adventure operates July 14-17, 21-24, 28-31 & Aug 4-7. Exact excursion times and ticket prices are available by calling 1-800-872-4681 or by visiting Tickets begin at $48 for adults (13+) and $38 for children (2-12). Upgraded seating is available! Families are encouraged to wear their favorite The Wizard of Oz attire and costumes for the ride!

All Fares subject to a 6% Historic Preservation Fee and 6.75% NC Tax. Schedules and fares are subject to change without notice.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride
Official THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events, Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Beginning in 2016, Rail Events, Inc. holds the exclusive license to operate THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Rides in the United States.
About Rail Events Inc.
Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2015, we licensed events that hosted nearly one million guests at 50 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.
THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s16)
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will have the Wizard of Oz Train event for the next two years.  In addition to the souvenirs on the train ride they will be selling licensed Wizard of Oz merchandise.  When the Wizard of Oz Train Ride debuted in French Lick, Oz fans were delighted to see Dorothy and friends come to life.  The Wizard of Oz Train Ride will be going around the country so stay tuned! For more info on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad and to purchase tickets please see:

For more info on the Wizard of Oz Train and future dates please see:


Friday, June 24, 2016

Wizard of Oz 2017 Calendars

Mead Wall Calendar
SRP: $13.99


Day Dream Wall Calendar
SRP: $14.99
Day Dream Special Edition Calendar
Day Dream Weekly/Monthly Planner
SRP: $16.99

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Hallmark 2016 Keepsake Ornaments

Premiere - July 9 - 10
Emerald City
Lights up, plays 'We're Off to See the Wizard'
4.4" tall by 3.1" wide

Ruby Slippers
Lights up
2.65" tall by 3.72" wide

If I Only Had A Heart
Plays 'If I Only Had a Heart' performed by Jack Haley
4.92" tall by 2.31" wide

It's a Twister
Limited Quantity Miniatures 
1 3/8" tall by 5/8" wide

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tom & Jerry Back to Oz Coming June 21

In 2001 Warner Home Video released the super cute Tom and Jerry Wizard of Oz.  If you haven't seen it you can see more info on this blog entry. WB is releasing a follow up in June that looks equally as adorable. 
JUNE 21, 2016
DVD Will Include Bonus Material​
BURBANK, CA (April 13, 2016) Get set for another oz-some adventure with animation's favorite tussling twosome, Tom and Jerry in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's (WBHE) newest original film, Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz. Available in stores June 21, 2016, this entertaining family film follows everyones favorite cat and mouse as they return to the captivating Land of Oz for another exciting adventure with Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion and their companions. Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz will retail for $19.98 SRP.
 Tap your heels together three times and prepare to journey over the rainbow once again, for another delightful adventure with the cantankerous cat and the mischievous mouse in Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz. The Wicked Witch of the West may have been defeated but its not long before a new villain emerges and threatens the magical Land of Oz! Only Tom and Jerrys brilliant antics are clever enough to take on this new adversary.
 When the Gnome King and his army surface from beneath Oz and capture the Good Witch, the wizard turns to Tom, Jerry and Dorothy for help. He brings them back to Oz to help stop the evil monarch, who has threatened to take control of Emerald City. Having wreaked havoc throughout Oz, the Gnome King and his army need one thing to finalize their conquest Dorothy’'s ruby slippers! Its up to Tom and Jerry to use their quick wits and clever schemes to save Oz. Dorothy's cherished friends, the Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and her little dog Toto too, join in their valiant efforts. Will the Gnome King take over Emerald City or will Tom and Jerry’'s hilarious high jinks save the day? The result is a rip-roaring, fun-filled, magical adventure Tom and Jerry fans won't want to miss!
 The Wizard of Oz and its beloved characters have captured the hearts of fans for generations. With this fun new film, viewers will be able to reconnect with everything they love about Oz but in a whole new story, said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, Tom and Jerry are loved by kids and adults alike. We're delighted to release another beautifully animated film that features the hilarious adventures of these two beloved, iconic cartoon characters.
 Originally created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry emerged during Hollywood’'s golden age of animation and became one of the most popular cartoon series in existence. The shorts focused on the never-ending rivalry between Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse. The plots of each short usually center on Toms attempts to capture Jerry. Jerry however, is clever and quick on his feet, thus ensuring that Tom hardly ever manages to catch him. 
Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz is the second animated Tom and Jerry film based on the classic Wizard of Oz book series. The first film, Tom and Jerry & the Wizard of Oz, was released by WBHE in 2011. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most recognizable brands in family entertainment. Metro-Goldwyn-Meyers 1939 film adaptation starring Judy Garland not only became one of the best-known interpretations of the classic novel but also originated some of the most unforgettable music of all time. Additional films in the Tom and Jerry film series from WBHE include Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse, Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon, Tom and Jerrys Giant Adventure and Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest.
About Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the leading producers of animation in the entertainment industry, producing and developing projects for multiple platforms, both domestically and internationally. WBAs TV series include Be Cool Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show, Wabbit A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network, Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim and the forthcoming Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix. As the home of the iconic animated characters from the DC Comics, Hanna-Barbera, MGM and Looney Tunes libraries, WBA also produces highly successful animated films including the DC Universe Animated Original Movies for DVD. One of the most-honored animation studios in history, WBA has won six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents Choice Award, the HUMANITAS Prize, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).
 Academy Award(s)® & Oscar(s)® are registered trademarks and service marks of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Wish Factory Wizard of Oz Kawaii Cubes Review

Some of the hottest collectibles right now are small, cute Asian inspired plush.  Disney's Tsum-Tsums and Hallmark's Itty Bittys are enjoying tremendous sales right now and collectors are enjoying massive doses of cute and collectibility.  These new plush lines haven't quite reached the mania of the beanie baby craze yet, but you do have to be quick on the draw.  Just ask the Oz fans that missed out on Hallmark's Itty Bitty witches.  Wish Factory adds their interpretation of adorable with the launch of their Kawaii Cubes.  In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much plush and Kawaii Cubes are a very welcome addition. 
Dorothy and the Tin Man will be released in June. Shown here are the 2.5" sizes, but they will also be released in larger sizes of 4" and 8" and more characters will be added.  Looking at these little guys, it's hard not to crack a smile.  Their embroidered faces are very sweet and the Kawaii Cubes are velvety soft.  Their bottoms are weighted so they sit upright and they are designed to be stackable. Children and collectors will have fun reenacting scenes from The Wizard of Oz or creating new ones. Heck, the sequel to Tom and Jerry's Wizard of Oz is coming soon. You can add Tom and Jerry Kawaii Cubes to the mix and engage in hours of imaginative play.  

I'm glad Wish Factory chose to stagger the Oz releases as sometimes it's difficult to acquire whole sets at once, BUT they are limited edition so be sure to add them to your collections as soon as possible.  And it also draws out the enjoyment of collecting.  The affordable price of $4.99 for the 2.5" is a big plus as well.  

The only minor criticisms I have are although the toys are approved for ages 3 and up, I'd be hesitant to give them to young children.  Tin Man's funnel hat is glued on and could come off with a good yank as could the little arms and feet.  I wish Dorothy's hair had been designed a little differently because it tends to block her precious little face.  

All in all, they're great little collectibles and toys and nicely detailed for their small size.  I can't wait to see what other characters are planned.  I'll bet the Cowardly Lion will be beyond adorable and I'd love to see Toto, a Winged Monkey, and a Winkie Guard would be fun!

In addition to The Wizard of Oz, Wish Factory offers a wide range of Kawaii Cubes characters.  I already adore Bugs Bunny and the lavender Catwoman.  When you see these in stores, be prepared to take home more than you intend to!! They'll be sold at F.Y.E. stores and other mass market retailers. You can also support the Oz community by purchasing from all Oz retailer Storyland Collectables

I sincerely hope the success of The Wizard of Oz Kawaii Cubes will encourage Wish Factory to expand the Oz line into other areas. Oz fans really want more toys and plush.

I must thank Wish Factory very sweetly for sending me Dorothy and the Tin Man for review on The Curiozity Corner. And a big thanks for taking on the Oz license and making product collectors will love!!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wish Factory Kawaii Cubes

Wish Factory introduced their adorably engaging plush Kawaii Cubes during Toy Fair this past February.  They have deftly combined two very hot collectible trends, small plush and kawaii (Japanese term meaning 'cute'), into one irresistible creation.  Given the strong character base they have started with, Kawaii  Cubes will catch on quickly and easily be as sought after as Disney's Tsum-Tsums and Hallmark's Itty Bittys.  Kawaii Cubes will be produced in limited quantities assuring their collectibility.  

These stackable plush toys come in 3 sizes.  Small is 2.5" by 2.5".  Medium is 4" by 4" and Large is 8" by 8".  Suggested retail pricing is $4.99, $9.99, and $19.99 respectively.  Current releases include DC Comics Heroes and Villains,  Scooby Doo, Tom & Jerry, The Flintstones, and Looney Tunes. Coming soon are Batman Vs. Superman, Suicide Squad, DC Super Hero Girls, Star Trek, and Dorothy & the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz. 

Dorothy and the Tin Man have hit retailers in foreign countries, but are expected to arrive in the United States in June.  F.Y.E.  is the first retailer to carry Kawaii Cubes, but they will also be available at comic book shops, mass market retailers and And you can show your support for all Oz retailer Storyland Collectables

Photos Courtesy Wish Factory

More Wizard of Oz characters are forthcoming. Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

10 PM Fashion Jewelry Review

**I must apologize in advance for the quality of my photos.  I couldn't capture the quality of the jewelry properly.**

10 PM Fashion recently introduced their Wizard of Oz collection with a soft launch  of four pieces.  It is very much like what you'd find in Hot Topic or Claires.  The jewelry is made predominately of zinc alloy and the necklaces measure 18 inches with 3 inch extenders. Additions to the line are planned and hopefully we'll be a getting a sneak peek soon.  In the interest of full disclosure I was sent the current offerings for review. 

I liked the Rainbow in a Bottle more than I thought I would.  Rainbow glitter is hard to resist and I love the little 'Over the Rainbow' charm accent.  Little thoughtful touches like that make jewelry special.  The rainbow is a symbol of hope that reminds us of our dreams as it did for Dorothy. The Rainbow in a Bottle would make a sweet gift for someone working toward a goal, struggling with personal issues or illness, or just plain having a bad day.  

The Tin Man Locket has a film accurate portrait on the front with the quote "Now I know I have a heart because it's breaking."  Lovely sentiment for a good bye gift. It has a magnet closure so it's easy to open and latch.  And again, I love the little extra touch with the gold toned heart accent.  

The Good Witch/Bad Witch Bracelets are perfect for people who don't like the clinking sound of metal bracelets. These would be wonderful to exchange among friends or to wear according to your mood.  

The Ruby Slippers Necklace is the best seller.  Tiny Ruby Slippers sit atop a yellow brick road in a glass dome which is reminiscent of the Wicked Witch's crystal ball or it looks like you have your own Smithsonian display!  The antique framing and the jeweled accents are really pretty. 

Any Oz collector especially one who loves jewelry would be be delighted to have any of these pieces plus they'd be great for cast members in plays, or for any occasion really. Easter is just around the corner. These would be darling additions to baskets for on the neck or wrist of a plush toy.  

Final verdict:  These are really cute, charming pieces that won't cause cash fatigue especially with the free shipping and the Curiozity Corner discount code for 15% off: curiozitycorner

More of the 2016 Hallmark Gift Line - Coming to Stores Now

Wine Bottle Stopper      $9.95

Gotta Run 16 oz. Ceramic Travel Mug  $19.95

Gotta Fly 16 oz. Ceramic Travel Mug   $19.94

Ceramic Coaster Set     $24.95

Wine Charms    $14.95

Dreams That you Dare to Dream Ceramic Sign

Not Shown: Blue Lollipop Guild Plaque

I apologize for not having the whole line up the first time.  My source wasn't able to get the whole line for me.  These items are showing up in stores now or you can order on
Please see the previous blog entry for the rest of the gift line.  Also on the blog is a sneak peek of the new Emerald City ornament and don't forget the Itty Bitty storybook with new Dorothy and Glinda Itty Bittys coming in August.