Friday, February 29, 2008


2008 is turning out to be quite a year and we're only two months in!! Karen Owens recently updated her site with an exciting variety of new items. Photos are posted below of the highlights. Please see the links that follow to see the rest of the lines and for ordering info. Please click on the photos to enlarge.

Poster cards

Sababa Toys Uno & Scrabble games!!!!!

Games, puzzles, posters, and poster cards

Kurt Adler

Mini nutcracker set, plush dolls, teddy bears, book ornament, and Steinbach nutcracker.
Jun Planning

These Pullip dolls have been forthcoming for about two years now and I've been hesitant to post until I have more concrete info. I still don't have a definite release date, but the dolls have been displayed at doll shows during late 2007/early 2008.

New greeting cards for Easter from Hallmark. There's three altogether and I wanted to wait to post all three cards but the third card continues to elude me and Easter fast approaches. The Glinda card is very pretty with glittery accents. I apologize for the darkness of the photos.

A frequent visitor to the International Wizard of Oz Club posted about a new comic series based on the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Be sure to scroll down for Oz artist Eric Shanower's comments.

Coming late August Mary Engelbreit illustrates The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some of you may be familiar with her charming artwork. No photo available yet.

The past few years have been incredible for Oz collectibles and I expect things to get even better and more exciting as we follow the yellow brick road to MGM's Wizard of Oz 70th anniversary next year.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Two Oz Lines From Gentle Giant

Oh my.......that's all I can say. Gentle Giant is known for their unique bust and interpretations of film characters from huge properties like Star Wars and Harry Potter. The Oz line is detailed in the last paragraph along with photos of Dorothy, Glinda, and Wicked Witch busts. Just when I think this year can't get anymore amazing.....

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Muffy VanderBear Wizard of Paws

If you think you heard a scream just now........that was probably me. As a doll and bear enthuiast one of my favorite companies has been North American Bear. NAB has given us wonderful plush Totos, dolls, and my very first Oz purchase as a "collector", the V.I.B. ( Very Important Bear) Judy Bearland. NAB also very generously provides the bears for the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids Broadway Bears yearly auctions. I'm sure a lot of you remember the wonderful Wicked bears. One of NABs most popular lines is Muffy VanderBear. Over the years Muffy has gone on many adventures and portrayed many characters. I've been biding my time waiting for an Oz bear. My wait is over! The Muffy Goes to the Movies Collection will be bringing us Muffy in the Wizard of Paws. Slated for a fall release she should retail around $50. Teddy Bear collectors will not want to miss this one.

I'm sure she will also be available at our favorite Oz retailers.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day Tin Man Fans!

No matter how the Tin Woodman has evolved since 1900, the genial man made entirely of tin remains a favorite Oz persona. His look may change, but his core does not. The man, who laments his lack of a heart, turns out to be nothing but heart. The Nick Chopper of Baum's books was very brave, loyal, and kind. The Tin Man of the MGM film movie is love and compassion personified. The latest incarnate, Wyatt Cain, from Sci-Fi's miniseries Tin Man, discovers he still has the love and compassion within him that he presumed lost forever.

In honor of the DVD release of Tin Man and the sentimental spirit of all tin men, past, present, and future, I kick off a year long salute to the character of the Tin Man. Every month, on or about the 14th, I plan to feature different Tin Man collectibles. What better day to start than Valentine's Day?

Shown below are different portrayals of the Tin Man from 1900 - 2007 and an assortment of Valentines. Click on photos to enlarge.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Three New Releases From San Francisco Music Box

Rainbow Laquer Box Measures 8" L x 5.5" W x 3" H Plays Over the Rainbow Priced at $70.00

Good Witch/Bad Witch Waterglobe Measures 7" L x 4.5" W x 4.5" H Plays Witch's Fanfare Priced at $70.00

Wicked Witch Carousel Measures 5.5" L x 2.5" W x 9.5" H Plays Optimistic Voices Priced at $120.00

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Disney Wizard of Oz Pin

Adorable! Picture and ordering info on this page:

Please note you can not order until March 4th.