Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW Hallmark Ruby Slippers Ornament!!




This is not a Keepsake Ornament.  This one is part of Hallmark's B-line which is sold at Toys  R Us, WalMart, Target, Kmart and Kohls during the holiday season.  These may show up at other regional stores around the country.  Look for stores that carry Hallmark product.  

This is arriving at Toys R Us stores now for $7.99 and they do not come boxed.  You can also order online at Walmart.com for $7.47 and those are gift boxed as shown below.  

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hallmark-Wizard-of-Oz-Ruby-Slippers-Christmas-Ornament/38378340




**Thank you Hallmark friends for tracking this down for me!!**

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Leading Ladies of Oz Prices Realized




And the gladiators in suits pull off another stunning victory!!!  A grand total of $17,701.87 was raised with 100% going to Habitat for Humanity.  There were a total of 787 bids.  The big seller was the Wicked Witch of the West by Lyn Paolo & Kerry Washington.  Congratulations to the winners! 

 The auction ended September 14, but the dolls are currently on display at Bloomingdales 59th Street New York City until October 9. 

61 Bids
$2125.00

28 Bids
$1600.00

38 Bids
$1535.00

18 Bids
$1525.00

50 Bids
$1390.00

Donna Karan Atelier
17 Bids
$1205.00

Jenny Packham
18 Bids
$860.00

Colleen Atwood
33 Bids
$810.00

Betsey Johnson
49 Bids
$760.00

Reem Acra
24 Bids
$760.00

Trina Turk
82 Bids
$685.00

Bryon Lars
29 Bids
$679.00

Carmen Marc Valvo
43 Bids
$659.99

Anna Sui
40 Bids
$611.88

Herve Leger
32 Bids
$601.00

Charlotte Ronson
37 Bids
$560.00

BCBGMAXAZRIA
35 Bids
$431.00

Carlos Falchi
71 Bids
$330.00

Chris Benz
43 Bids
$319.00

Douglas Hannat
39 Bids
$255.00


You can still support the There's No Place Like Home Campaign by donating here:


Kudos to the Tonner Doll Company, the fabulous designers, and Warner Brothers for supporting families in need! 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

R. John Wright Nikko Winged Monkey Mouse









Measuring just 2 3/4 inches tall and made of blue mohair, Nikko - the leader of the Wicked Witch's Flying Monkeys - comes authentically costumed a felt jacket with a short cape embellished with a detailed felt applique pattern. Corresponding felt strips cross his chest and wrap to the back and a matching cap sits over one ear. Wings made of alpaca 'feathers' complete his menacing look!

Edition of 200
SRP: $450.00


















Wednesday, September 10, 2014

R. John Wright Wicked Witch Mouse and New Addition!!!




Measuring just 3 inches tall and made of green mohair, the Wicked Witch comes authentically costumed in a Victorian-style black cotton dress with a laced waistcoat and a flowing cape fastened at her throat. A classic witch's hat with attached silk veil completes her trademark ensemble. In one hand, the Wicked Witch carries a detailed wood and straw miniature of the broom as seen in the film. 

**The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary series of mice has proven so popular R. John Wright has decided to extend the series to include the Wizard! Very exciting news as long time Oz collectors know the Wizard is a much neglected character.**




Thursday, September 04, 2014

Tonner Leading Ladies of Oz Auction Begins TODAY


BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Tonner Doll Company, Inc. today unveiled haute couture dolls by high-end fashion and costume designers. Inspired by Dorothy Gale, Glinda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West, designers including Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan Atelier, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Betsey Johnson and more created one-of-a-kind looks for Tonner's 22-inch collectible dolls. The glamorous Leading Ladies collection is on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and available for bidding on eBay Giving Works at WizardofOzDollAuction.com until September 14. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity as part of the "There's No Place Like Home" campaign. 


"From the Ruby Slippers to the gilded crown, the iconic styles in The Wizard of Oz have inspired generations. We are honored and excited to showcase how haute couture meets classic film, as these world-renowned designers re-imagine the look and feel of The Wizard of Oz's three leading ladies," said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "Through this collaboration, we're celebrating the creativity of film and fashion in support of the ongoing work of our partners at Habitat for Humanity."

The stylish roster of designers who infused fashion and a modern flare into the beloved ladies of the iconic film include Reem Acra, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Erickson Beamon, Chris Benz, Carlos Falchi, Douglas Hannant, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan Atelier, Byron Lars, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Jenny Packham, Charlotte Ronson, Anna Sui, Trina Turk, Carmen Marc Valvo and Sue Wong, as well as acclaimed costume designers Colleen Atwood, Ruth Myers, and Lyn Paolo, in partnership with actress Kerry Washington. Each participant selected one muse – Dorothy Gale, Glinda the Good Witch or The Wicked Witch of the West – and created a single haute couture costume and overall look for the doll. There are 20 dolls in the special milestone anniversary collection.


"We are positively delighted with the dolls – they are brilliant! The designers have done astounding work," said Robert Tonner, CEO and doll artist of the Tonner Doll Company. "Inventive, captivating and quite simply bewitching, this collection is unlike anything you have ever seen – these iconic dolls will leave you spellbound!"


The Leading Ladies collection is on display at The Museum at FIT and each doll can be bid on through eBay Giving Works at WizardofOzDollAuction.com. The online charity auction, managed by Auction Cause, will continue until September 14, with proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity's work to create decent, safe and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. On September 12, following the display at The Museum at FIT, the haute couture dolls will move to the Bloomingdale's 59th Street flagship in New York City for additional public viewing on the third floor until October 9, when they will be sent to the charity auction winners.

"Habitat for Humanity is so grateful for the support of Tonner Doll Company and all the designers lending their artistic vision and expertise to this effort," said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director, Corporate, Foundation and Institutional Relations, Habitat for Humanity International. "This exciting auction further enhances our partnership with Warner Bros., helping to create affordable housing around the world."




Warner Bros. and Habitat for Humanity's "There's No Place Like Home" campaign began in 2013 with themed initiatives and events in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. The ongoing program, which brings the most memorable line from the classic film to life, offers a dedicated website where consumers can support the campaign, which can be found at TheWizardofOz.com/Habitat.

To join the conversation, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheWizardOfOzMovie

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 Tonner Doll Company, Inc.
Headquartered in Kingston, New York, Tonner Doll Company, Inc. develops and markets high quality collectible Character Figures and Dolls like TWILIGHT, Marilyn Monroe, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, DC Stars, and more, as well as fashion dolls such as Tyler Wentworth™, Antoinette™, Deja vu™, and Cami & Jon™.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.

About Auction Cause
Auction Cause, a premier cause marketing agency, works with top brands, celebrities and nonprofits on their cause marketing and social media programs. For more information, please visit auctioncause.com or call them at 323-655-0554 to learn about their unique services.

About FIT
The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. Providing students with a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Visit fitnyc.edu.

About Bloomingdale's

Bloomingdale's is America's only nationwide, full-line, upscale department store and a division of Macy's, Inc. It was founded in 1872 and currently operates 34 Bloomingdale's stores and 13 Bloomingdale's, The Outlet Stores in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, New Hampshire, California, and Texas. In addition, Bloomingdale's has an international presence with a location in Dubai. Be sure to follow @bloomingdales on social media, become a Loyallist, and for more information, or to shop any time, visit www.bloomingdales.com

WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.


Hallmark Itty Bitty Dorothy is a Best Seller!!!!!


Hallmark itty bittys® Flying Off Store Shelves
More than 1 million itty bittys sold nationwide


KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Hallmark itty bittys® may be just four inches tall, but they are bringing big customer demand to Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide. Conceived by a Hallmark designer while doodling during a brainstorm, itty bittys are tiny plush collectible characters with big consumer appeal. Hallmark has sold more than 1 million itty bittys in the United States and has increased production to keep up with retail demand. This year, sales to date of itty bittys in Hallmark Gold Crown corporate stores are 600 percent higher than 2013. 




itty bittys In Good Company
The Hallmark itty bittys collection has grown from eight characters at launch to more than 50 popular characters from a variety of licensors and properties, including DC Comics™, The Wizard of Oz™ and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® (available in October), as well as favorite super heroes, princesses and characters from popular movies.

"We've tapped Hallmark's extensive licensing portfolio to create themed collections of popular characters in a format that is cute and fun … and with a big 'aww' factor," said John X. Watson, president – Hallmark Retail. "This feels very similar to the crazes of the '80s and '90s with the rapid increase in sales, some characters selling out, and the requests from consumers for what new itty bittys we should add to the line."

New itty bittys characters are released throughout the year and will eventually be retired. Some itty bittys are limited editions, such as Glinda the Good Witch™ and the Wicked Witch of the West™ (in stores now), which are available only for a limited time and often sell out quickly. Seasonal releases tied to holidays, such as Valentine's Day, Easter and Christmas, also are sold for a limited time.

This holiday season, Hallmark also is partnering with Toys for Tots to provide customers a small way to make a big difference. For every purchase of an individual Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®, Santa Claus, Clarice® or Bumble® itty bittys character, Hallmark will donate $1 to Toys for Tots.


The 'Favorite' itty bittys 

The most popular itty bittys of 2014 so far are:

  • Batman™
  •                                         Superman™
  • Wonder Woman
  • Dorothy™
Hallmark's robust itty bittys collection will grow even more in 2015 with new characters and licenses, plus new products, such as itty bittys BIGGYS — a larger versions of itty bittys standing 10½ inches tall — and additional line extensions.


The Big Deal About itty bittys 
Individually priced at $6.95, with collector sets priced at $29.95, itty bittys are available exclusively in more than 2,400 Hallmark Gold Crown stores nationwide. itty bittys provide a convenient, affordable and fun gift, and they appeal to collectors and fans of the different licensed characters.

"Our customers purchase itty bittys for everything from birthdays to holidays, and there are some characters that sell out as fast as we stock them," said Cindy Peck, Hallmark Gold Crown store owner in Portland, Oregon. "Because they are small, soft and washable, itty bittys make great kids gifts. They fit in backpacks, Easter baskets, Halloween bags, Christmas stockings and more. Plus there are plenty of fans of all ages who just love the characters and want to collect them."

For more information or to locate a Hallmark Gold Crown store, visit Hallmark.com/itty-bittys.

BATMAN, SUPERMAN, THE FLASH, WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s14)

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co. (s14)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer © & ® The Rudolph Co., L.P. all are elements under license to Character Arts LLC. All rights reserved.



About Hallmark Cards, Inc.


Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what's in their hearts and connect in emotional ways with others. In the U.S., innovative Hallmark greeting cards and gifts are sold through leading mass retailers, the network of Hallmark Gold Crown® specialty stores and online. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. Millions of households enjoy family friendly television programming offered by cable's top-rated Hallmark Channel and fast-growing Hallmark Movie Channel. Hallmark's Crayola subsidiary inspires artistic creativity in children through Crayola® crayons and markers as well as other innovative art tools, crafting activities and creative toys. Privately held Hallmark is based in Kansas City, Mo., and continues to be led by members of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Tonner Leading Ladies of Oz Charity Auction REMINDER - UPDATED




September 4th is fast approaching and we've been treated to succulent teasers of these amazing one of a kind creations.  Now there are images of some dolls previewed by USA Today and the LA Times.  All I can say is WOW, WOW and WOW!!  The sketches do not prepare you for the magnificence of the actual doll. Get those wallets ready!  Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. Bidding is Sept 4 - 14th through eBay.  If you'll be in the New York area the dolls will be on display at the Fashion Institute of Technology Sept 4 - 10th.  From there the dolls will go to Bloomingdales until October 11th.  



More coverage and doll photos from USA Today , LA Times , and more exclusive photos from Marie Claire

Lucky Magazine photos of Anna Sui Wicked Witch of the West



Friday, August 29, 2014

New Wizard of Oz Online Store



The Anniversary celebration continues with the launch of the official Wizard of Oz online store.  

The site is currently stocked with quality product from Culturenik, Advanced Graphics, CafePress, USAopoly, Trendsetters & Thomas Kinkade and Ripple Junction.  The shop is also proud to feature the hot new bangle bracelets from Angelica.  

Be sure to visit often as new items will be added regularly and there are plans to integrate exclusive product you won't find anywhere else.  And of course you can watch The Curiozity Corner for updates.  Click on banners to begin shopping.










Gemmy Wizard of Oz Airblown Inflatable Wicked Witch of the East


At long last!!  More Halloween decor!! 

This light up airblown is 2.29 feet high and 6 feet long!!  It is made mostly of polyester and lights up!  Available exclusively at Lowe's for $59.99.  Check with your local store or order online


Gemmy also has the lifesize Wicked Witch of the West animatronic still available.  She is available at Lowe’s, BJ’s, At Home, Home Depot, and online with Spirit.  Pricing varies from $149.99 to $199.99.  


Images and info courtesy Gemmy
More product is planned for 2015
Stay Tuned!!



R. John Wright Glinda Mouse



Measuring just 3 inches tall, Glinda comes authentically costumed in a lovely gown created of fine China silk, silk organza, and tulle accented with pearls and tiny silver stars. Her crown is constructed of translucent vellum embellished with stars, jewels and glitter. In one hand Glinda holds her magic wand topped with a gem-encrusted star.

Edition of 200
SRP: $450


Info and photo courtesy R. John Wright