Friday, September 28, 2007

Halloween Partyware

Hallmark Expressions now at select WalMarts

Thank you Deb Dwyer for the photo!!!

Halloween and Updates

Lots of news from vigilant collectors today! Ted, a reader of my blog, ordered the Wizard of Oz Village and passed along some info from the Collectibles Today Rep. The rep Ted spoke with referred to the village as The Wizard of Oz Halloween Village. Currently there are 6 shipments scheduled and the final pieces are still in development. The first three pieces are It's a Twister, The Witch's Castle, and The Tin Man's Cottage. Each shipment totals $90 which is payable in three installments. Again the item number for ordering is: 14-00302-001-B2P Please scroll down to see photos.

Speaking of Halloween.....Jim Whitcomb found a package of Tin Man Halloween beverage napkins on eBay. Oz collectors are out in full force searching for them. Details are a bit sketchy as to the characters available but right now it looks as if there are more than just the Tin Man and they have been found at WalMart. Like the birthday cards, these could very well be a regional thing so a lot collectors, myself included, will be scrambling to network to add these to our collections. Tracy Petroski found a Wicked Witch Halloween card at WalMart. WalMart seems to be the Oz Halloween Headquarters. Oz fans will want to keep a sharp eye on WalMart this holiday season it seems.

Karen Owens found a new Oz watch by Avon. The oversized face shows Dorothy on the yellow brick road. Watch features dangling ruby slippers and has a red band. It comes packaged in a snazzy gift box. The watch has been on eBay for some time and has yet to show up in the Avon catalogs but it is expected to officially debut in the Campaign 22 catalog and will probably appear on shortly after.

Jim Whitcomb was notified by Fairy Tales that the Wee Forest Folk Oz line has been expanded. The original set is still available in limited supply and now Glinda joins them along with accessories to accent the little mice, displayers, a sign, and a t-shirt. The lithograph is also still available. All of the Oz Wee Forest Folk are exclusive to Fairy Tales. Please see
for photos and ordering info.

Robyn Bodine has noted a couple of new items on the Current Catalog site. They have really cute personalized notepads and a notepad box.

The Lenox Dorothy ornament is a little differently styled than previously shown here. If you weren't planning to purchase because it looked exactly like the larger figurine you may want to reconsider.

Word is there will be releases of The Wizard of Oz on HD-DVD and Blu Ray within the next couple of years.

Hopefully, I will have more on the Halloween items in the next couple of days. I'll post as I get more info!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Hawthorne Village Ordering Info

FYI if you are planning on ordering the Wizard of Oz Village.......Hawthorne's system is organized by item number not by the name of the piece. When calling to order make sure to give them this number: 14-00302-001-B2P This item number is for the first piece in the series but you can reserve the entire series as well if you wish. Thanks to Jim Whitcomb for the ordering info.

Scroll down to see pics of the village if you have not already done so and keep on moving down for the prints that are sold annually at the Wizard of Oz festival in IN. They are wonderful and sure to brighten up any Oz room.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wizard of Oz Village Collection

New from Hawthorne Village!! Lights, music, and motion! You'll receive a new village piece approximately every other month and the first in the series is "It's a Twister!" a miniature replica of the most famous movie cyclone in history complete with Miss Gulch on her bike and flying cow. How often do we see the tornado in Oz collectibles? Contact Collectibles Today at 1-877-268-6638 to place your order. Thanks to Robyn Bodine for scanning her village ad. Click on the photos to enlarge for detail.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Art of Rick Ewigleben

Rick Ewigleben has become an integral part of the Wizard of Oz festival in Indiana. His vibrant intepretations of the Oz characters are a whimsical delight and each year Oz fans look forward to purchasing a new art piece for their collections. Fans and collectors that, unfotunately, have been unable to attend the wonderful Oz fest can now purchase this fanciful art through mail order. I could do on and on about how much I love Rick Ewigleben's vision of Oz but I'll let the art speak for itself. First a little about the artist:

Be sure to enlarge the order form below and please let Mr. Ewigleben know you saw his art here. He was gracious enough to give permission to post it.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Computer Game on the Horizon

Apparently, there will be a Wizard of Oz game for Wii and Nintendo DS slated for release in March. I have no other details yet but I have written the company. I'm not a gamer but I might have to become one now! Keep checking back and I'll post as details unfold.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Hallmark Trick or Treating in Oz Now Online

For those that are unable to find them at local Hallmarks

Adorable New Doll

Madame Alexander does it again with this darling cloth doll that you can dress up as Dorothy, Glinda, or the Wicked Witch. Available exclusively at FAO Schwarz