If Hallmark stays on the current schedule you'll want to start looking the last week of July. These are both limited edition like the Wicked Witch and Glinda. The Wicked Witch and Glinda disappeared from stores VERY quickly! I expect no less for the Winged Monkey and Toto.
And see this previous entry for a plush Tin Man coming soon for Valentine's Day 2015:
Ashton Drake recently released their Glinda doll as part of their continuing Oz series. The series includes Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Cowardly Lion, and Glinda.
Undoubtedly one of the main attractions to the Wizard of Oz is the gorgeous, talented Judy Garland. Forty-five years after her passing and she still remains one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known and continues to draw legions of fans. The MGM Wizard of Oz film would not exist without her. For that, we could never possibly repay her. All that can be done is to keep her legacy alive for future generations. One of those carrying the torch is Scott Brogan. He runs the Judy Room website and Facebook pages. One of his regular features is the Garland for Judy newsletter which is a really beautiful, sumptuous labor of love. And they are all downloadable for free. Judy Garland fans will love Scott's amazing work. Scott recently posted the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Great to print out and leave around the house for hints! I am very proud to say in this issue Scott has given my blog a whole page! I can not put into words what Oz and Judy Garland mean to me and it feels incredible to be featured in his latest endeavor.
Thank you Scott!!
Please see the links for below for Judy Room sections on this newsletter, past newsletters, and The Wizard of Oz.
Hallmark has released a third Ruby Slippers ornament this year. Number 3 is blown glass and available in a box at Barnes and Noble for $12.95 or $8.00 at Target with only a hang tag.
Hallmark also released a set of porcelain Ruby Slippers in October that are only available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores for $17.95. A resin ornament is available for around $7.99 at Toys R Us, Kohls, Walmart, Kmart, and regional stores that carry Hallmark product.
Two magazines or bookazines rather, have been released in acknowledgement of the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. For those that aren't familiar, bookazines are more than magazines, but not quite books. They are usually printed on heavier stock than average magazines and they have beautiful glossy pages. I love that two American institutions such as Reader's Digest and CBS have chosen to honor Oz in such a way. As much as I enjoy the writings of the Oz experts, it's nice to see points of view from authors other than the usual suspects. They're on newsstands everywhere. The CBS issue is about 100 pages long and it's retail price is $9.99. It'll be on sale until January 5, 2015. CBS delves into a little general Oz history. There's chapters on director Victor Fleming, the cast, the making of the movie, the legacy of Oz which goes into the annual showings of The Wizard of Oz on CBS, and the Oz museum featuring the collections of Willard Carroll and Tom Whilhite.
Reader's Digest is also about 100 pages and it's retail is $10.99. It's on sale until December 29. Like it's CBS counterpart Reader's Digest features chapters on the cast of The Wizard of Oz, but here there's bonus points for including a section on Toto. Also included are pages on costume designer Adrian, the ruby slippers, Oz since the 1939 movie, and some history with the Macy's parade.
For the life of me, I don't know why they didn't do features on collecting and the 75th anniversary items. There are a great many people that enjoy Oz as a movie and leave it at that, and that's perfectly fine, but for others of us, a big part of Oz is collecting. The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind are the two most collected films and yet hardly anyone addresses that. That nitpick aside, I do highly recommend them both for Oz fans. They offer enough to keep both the seasoned and budding aficionados happy.
Sonic's Wizard of Oz promotion started on October 20th. There's some confusion, but I think I have almost everything so I'll try to clarify. Please call your Sonic especially if you are travelling a long way. Some Sonics have not started Oz yet. They didn't have much for point of purchase displays. All I saw were menu translites and drive-signs. They may also have Oz graphics on their Wacky Pack bags. The location I went to had not received them yet.
Some are selling the premiums separately, some are not. Also pricing may vary. Mine were 99 cents each. It's at the discretion of the owner I assume. The packaging is in four different colors but does not reflect the contents. I bought 7 packages and I still need one more game piece. The packaging comes in green, red, silver, and gold.
Package contents are one game piece, one sticker sheet, 3D glasses, a pop-up Emerald City, four 3D trading cards, a $3 off coupon for The Wizard of Oz 3D Blu-Ray, and a card for the online game Winged Monkey Dash. The game can be played at mywackypack.com Contents from one package are shown below.
There are FIVE different game pieces. (Scarecrow not shown. I still need him.)
Four Sticker Sheets
Ten Trading Cards
Promotion runs until November 23rd. Happy Hunting!
If anyone has any different trading cards or stickers please drop me an email.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone at the Sonic on SW 99 in Tigard, OR. YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!!! Thank you ever so for your patience and help.
Sonic is now running a Wizard of Oz promotion in 3500 locations across the country in honor of the 3D release on home video November 23rd. Each Sonic Wacky Pack comes with 3D glasses, 3D trading cards, a pop up Emerald City, collectible stickers and a game piece to play the Winged Monkey Dash Game on mywackypack.com. Collect all 5 game pieces to unlock all of the playable characters. Each pack also comes with a $3 off coupon for the Wizard of Oz on Blu Ray 3D.
And don't forget to download the ADORABLE coloring sheet from mywackypack.com