Saturday, July 22, 2017

Funko Oz Sneak Peek From Comic Con

Funko is overall one of my very favorite collectible companies.  The quality and imagination they put into their product is just awesome!!  I'm very happy to see them return to the Land of Oz!! 
No release date or pricing info as of yet, but stay tuned.  
Funko just prior to Comic Con announced the addition of a new line of product called Vynl.  The first sets debuted were Jason/Freddie of horror movie fame, Masters of the Universe He-Man and Trap Jaw, and Nightmare Before Christmas' Sally and Jack.  Funko announced more releases and previewed the concept art for Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow. They should be about the size of Funko's popular Pop line and it looks like they will come in packs of two.  Or three, since it looks like Toto will be included.  I hope Funko expands Oz into more of their vinyl and plush lines!! I can't express enough how thrilled I am Funko is producing Oz again!!!!!

Info and Photo Courtesy Mr. Kroffty.  Thank you SO much for allowing me to spread this joyous news!! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hallmark Ornament Premiere 2017

 I was there just before store opening, I grabbed my limited Scarecrow, did a quick browse and waited in line a solid hour just to check out.  Sadly,  I may have been one of only a couple people purchasing the Scarecrow.  They had a lot left when I checked out and I didn't see many people with any Oz ornaments at all.  I didn't see very many non Oz collectors buying ornaments online either.

It's sad to say the overall quality in the Hallmark Oz ornaments has really gone down over the years.  There has also been a lack of originality in the line.  The Apple Tree ornament is wonderful to see and people have been wanting that particular scene for a long time, but still the quality isn't great and the audio clip is just awful.  I would much prefer the ornaments to stay silent if they are unable to acquire the actual film clips.  Sentiments expressed by many in the Oz community for a long time and I finally have to agree.
On the Hallmark website you can click on the individual ornaments and there is a place for reviews and comments.  I VERY strongly urge their opinions.  Let Hallmark hear you.  Don't be belligerent but please do leave constructive criticism and let them know the audio has been unsatisfactory for some time now. They would be better to focus on overall quality and originality of the ornament.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz on Boomerang NOW & DVD Release

I haven't had an opportunity yet to watch online.  I'm planning to hold out for the DVD but the clips and the characters I've seen so far are beyond ADORABLE!!  Have a look below.


Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz: Season 1 Vol. 1
November 28
SRP: $9.99


San Francisco Music Box Witch Hat Waterglobe

San Francisco Music Box has just re-issued one of their best pieces.  Great news for those of us that missed it the first time.  The Witch Hat Waterglobe plays Optimistic Voices as the Winged Monkeys and Dorothy rotate inside.  The piece measures 11" tall and 10" wide. 
SRP: $140.00

Bradford Exchange Wizard of Oz Ornament Collection

Ornaments measure 4" to 5" high.  
Each Issue $59.99 plus $9.99
Item no: 904958

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hallmark Premiere Reminder and Correction

Wow, time goes fast!!!   Hallmark Ornament Premiere is THIS weekend.  Check with your local Hallmark store for hours and get there early for best selection.   There were to be two limited ornaments this weekend but "due to unforeseen circumstances"  the Dorothy miniature has been pushed back to Ornament Debut in October.   All other Oz ornaments are releasing as scheduled.   

Monday, June 26, 2017

James R. Eads Wizard of Oz Prints from Dark Hall Mansion on sale tomorrow!!

Available to purchase 12:30 PM Pacific Time
All Prints Measure 18" by 24"
Standard Version
Edition of 280
Variant Version
Edition of 50
Foil Edition Based on Standard Version Colorway
Edition of 10
Foil Edition Based on Variant Version Colorway
Edition of 10

Friday, June 09, 2017

American Greetings Debuts New Wizard of Oz Greeting Card

It was announced a year ago that American Greetings would be expanding their partnership with WB to include the Wizard of Oz starting January first of this year.  Joy! Rapture!  Oz fans LOVE greeting cards!!! 
Finally we get our first release for graduates of 2017.   I am hoping this is the start of long, beautiful friendship that will eventually expand beyond greeting cards. 
Inside reads:
"When you have the courage to use your brain and the smarts to follow your heart, there's nothing you can't accomplish. Congratulations and well done"
I apologize my camera didn't capture the overall prettiness of the card.  The gold filigree design is a nice touch. The words on the front are outlined in a shiny green and the photo on the card is covered in a pearlescent sheen.  American Greetings are sold at a variety of locations. Some Walmart groceries, some Walgreens, Target, Kroger branded stores are a few.  You can also order this card from Amazon.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tonner Dolls Plans New Oz Releases!!!!!

Best collector news award of 2017 goes to the Tonner Doll Company!!!  Although their hiatus was brief, they were sorely missed. Now it seems a return trip to the Emerald City is in order.  Tonner released the glorious announcement yesterday.  There will be "surprises in early fall from the Wizard of Oz they will show this summer."  Along with some other really cool licenses!  I'm too thrilled for words really so all I can say is WELCOME BACK OVER THE RAINBOW!!!

Masterpieces Puzzle Company Extends Wizard of Oz Line

As if we weren't blown away by the releases at Toy Fair, Masterpieces will be adding more to the Oz line including a Barnes and Noble exclusive!!!!!!  Press release below: 

MasterPieces Inc. will transport you from your living room to the Yellow Brick Road with a new line of The Wizard of Oz themed puzzles and games done in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

 Led by the new MasterPieces' The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly (MSRP $29.99 for ages 8 and up), the classic story of The Wizard of Oz is played out in a fun new opoly-style board game. 

 David Rolls, President of MasterPieces, said, "It's a pleasure to be working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and to represent the iconic film and characters from The Wizard of Oz. Our new products use the images and likenesses of the characters and scenes from the movie in an engaging and entertaining way for all to enjoy in fun game and puzzle formats."
 In The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly players will appreciate MasterPieces intricately detailed six pewter playing pieces, including Ruby Slippers™, as well as fun facts, movie moments, and character quotes on the back of each property card, as they make their way along the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ board on an EMERALD CITY™ adventure. In the game, players can collect favorite characters, including SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, COWARDLY LION™, and many others, while trying to avoid the castle of the WICKED WITCH™ and her field of poppies, as they prepare to meet the famous WIZARD OF OZ™ and discover THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME™ to win the game.

 The new Emerald City-Opoly is joined by MasterPieces The Wizard of Oz puzzles that include the company's award-winning (Dr. Toy 2016) panoramic style puzzle scape and two of MasterPieces specially designed book box packaged products.

 The panoramic style puzzle in The Wizard of Oz line is Emerald City (MSRP $15.99), a 1,000-piece landscape oriented (19" x 27') vividly colored collage of famous scenes from the movie. 

 The book box Journey to Oz and Emerald City (MSRP $15.99 each) are 1,000-piece puzzles made of recycled materials that arrive inside keepsake boxes with a magnetic closure. With a full page of the entire image located on the inside flap of the box to help guide any puzzle maker, the enchanting puzzles ignite the imagination and are reminders that dreams do come true. The book boxes are attractive storage that can be displayed on bookshelves and decorative room d├ęcor. 

 Due to the extremely high interest and early sales of the MasterPieces The Wizard of Oz products, which currently includes an exclusive puzzle image for Barnes & Noble bookstores, the company plans to expand the line and introduce even more puzzles this summer and fall.

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 MasterPieces:
 MasterPieces Inc. was founded by David Rolls, former 8-year professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers organizations, in 1995 with a passion to serve diverse retail markets and partner with evergreen brands and top puzzle artists. Twenty years later, MasterPieces has established itself as the market leader for combining the best quality products with the best value. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, MasterPieces reputation for producing innovative and high-quality products has propelled its global growth and the company's commitment to ensuring great value and superior customer support has earned its dedicated, worldwide customer loyalty. MasterPieces creates some of the world most elegant puzzles and innovative packaging, as well as toys and gifts, while also partnering with brands such as John Deere, CAT, John Wayne, Tetris, Animal Planet, Hershey's, and sports licensing with MLB, NFL, NCAA, NHL organizations. For more information about MasterPieces, visit the company website at MasterPiecesInc and for the most immediate information and interaction with the company, please like and follow MasterPieces on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube

 THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s17)

Thank you Barb Huddleson for the heads up!!

Wizard of Oz Hallmark 2017 Limiteds, Keepsake Ornaments and Real Life photos of Club Ornament

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere 
July 15 - 23

Two limited special edition miniature ornaments this year of Dorothy and the Scarecrow.  

1 1/2" tall
**Dorothy has been pushed back to Ornament Debut October 7th**

1 1/2" tall

Cowardly Lion 'If I Only Had the Nerve' Musical Ornament
4.3" tall by 2" wide

3.9" tall by 3.5" wide

4.5" tall by 2" wide

Hallmark Keepsake Club Exclusive 
Madame Alexander Wicked Witch of the East
Porcelain and fabric
2.62" tall by 4.64" wide

Club ornament pictures courtesy Dell Matheson

Wizard of Oz Calendars for 2018

Wall Calendar   SRP: $14.99

Deluxe Wall Calendar   SRP: $17.99

Softcover Weekly Planner SRP: $16.99

Mass Market Wall Calendar  SRP:$13.99