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 WBshop.com. 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
$19.95

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 hallmark.com
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. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Wizard of Oz Train Ride





The Wizard of Oz Train Ride produced by Warner Brothers Consumer Products and Railway Events Inc. makes it's grand debut with the French Lick Scenic Railway in Indiana on March 23rd.  You'll enjoy an enchanting train ride with all of your favorite characters.  Sounds like great fun for all ages! And quite the interactive experience.  What a great way to introduce children to Oz!  Watch the movie first and then take them to meet Dorothy and friends.  There are plans for more train events around the country so please stay tuned!!  



Press Release:

Contact: 
Rick Olsen
French Lick Scenic Railway
PO Box 150, French Lick, IN 47432
812-936-2405

French Lick Scenic Railway Announces Magical Journey 
on THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride This Spring


FRENCH LICK, IN – Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Rail Events Inc., and the French Lick Scenic Railway are proud to announce the debut of  THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride beginning March 23. Licensed by the same team that brought you THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, the two and a half-hour round trip  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 on board 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 begins March 23 and runs through April 17 on select dates. Exact dates and excursion times are available by calling 1-800-74-TRAIN, or by visiting www.frenchlickscenicrailway.org. Tickets are $33 for adults and children age two and up. Families are encouraged to wear their favorite The Wizard of Oz attire and costumes for the ride!

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.

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)






Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wizard of Oz Jewelry from 10 PM Fashions UPDATED Special Discount Code


Not only is this company new to Oz, but I believe this is a fairly new company.  Their Oz pieces are darling and the other licensed jewelry looks really nice.  Let's wish them luck in all of their future endeavors!!!


Good Witch/Bad Witch Bracelet Set
$15.00


Rainbow in a Bottle Necklace
$17.00


Ruby Red Slippers Necklace
$17.00


Tin Man Locket
$16.00
Inside Reads:  Now I know I have a heart because it's breaking - Tin Man


Free Shipping in the United States
Order here: http://10pm.nyc/collections/wizard-of-oz

For readers of the Curiozity Corner, 10 PM Fashion is offering a 15% Discount    Enter code curiozitycorner and any Oz product in the shopping cart will be discounted.  

Thank You 10 PM Fashion for your generous offer!!!

Toy Fair 2016 Round 2 Polar Lights Witch model and Madame Alexander


A bit quiet at Toy Fair this year as far as Oz is concerned but we're grateful to see any Oz nonetheless.

First up is the Polar Lights Wicked Witch of the West Resin Figure Model Kit.  It's been a long time coming and I still don't have a definite release date, but it looks like it's going to be totally worth the wait if the newly designed packaging is any indication.  Check with your local hobby and model shops for availability and pricing. 




Next up we have the new Glinda and Dorothy with Toto from Madame Alexander.  Super pretty girls!! During Toy Fair Alexander was still unsure if this was the Toto size they were going to release ultimately. To which I saw PLEASE DON'T CHANGE HIM. He's perfect!!  It's nice to see a suitable Toto. Too many companies skimp on our favorite cairn terrier.  Glinda and Dorothy are the 18 doll size that has become so popular.  They have an SRP of $89.95.






Big Thank you to Dave McKroffterson for taking time out of his busy Toy Fair weekend to take pics for the Curiozity Corner!!! 



R. John Wright Cowardly Lion




I wish I could come up with better adjectives to describe this Lion.  Right now all I can say is WOW!!!!!   I really think in the history of Wizard of Oz collectibles based on the film this is one of, if not the best, representations of the Cowardly Lion.  He has the sweetest, kindest face I've ever seen on a Lion collectible.  I hesitate to even call these dolls anymore.  They are three-dimensional works of out.  The painstaking patience and study that went into producing these is unimaginable to me.  R. John Wright is another artist that has obvious veneration for The Wizard of Oz. He really must be a wonderful wizard to create a collection like that!!  R. John Wright has been featured on many magazine covers and reserved  numerous lauds from the doll community and deservedly so.  




The Cowardly Lion is due out this Summer.  He stands 17 inches tall.  He is all felt and fully jointed.  He'll be produced at R. John Wright's workshop in Vermont.  Only 250 will be made. He is $1575.00

Please see this page for more details and keep an eye out for production photos.  It will be amazing to get a taste of the process that brings these characters to life.  




Here's the gang behind the scenes getting their glamour shots. I SO can't wait to see the final result.  The main characters all together are just breathtaking!!  Courtesy of R. John Wright. 




Mondo Poster Sale Tomorrow 2/18


BEAUTIFUL new Mondo poster by Anne Benjamin.  
24" by 36" 
Edition of 250
$50

Poster will go on sale at a random time tomorrow.  Follow Mondo on Twitter for sale announcement.  This is Mondo's fourth Oz release and they just keep getting better and better.  


I have to say the more I look at this, the more I love it and I loved it at first sight.  I literally gasped.  I love the chosen scene, one of the best from the movie.   The interpretation of the characters is original, yet true.  Toto is just darling.  And I love there is so much purple. I don't get a lot of purple in Oz collectibles so when my favorite color is included, I'm thrilled!  Mondo has done an incredible job with the artist selection for their series of Oz posters.  They pick talent, but also the artists seem to have a respect for the property.  It's always appreciated when a licensee shows such reverence for a property.