Friday, July 31, 2009

Carousel and Iluminations of Oz Collection

Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Illuminated Carousel from the Bradford Exchange #0108742-001 LEDs shine from beneath the canopy and the carousel plays "We're Off to See the Wizard" 22K gold detailing and faux emeralds surround the 70th anniversary logos and film scenes with glittering rainbows at the base Carousel stands 10 inches tall $239.95 including shipping payable in 6 installments Edition of 5000 Call 1-877-268-6638

First piece in the Illuminations of Oz Collection. A total of 8 pieces are planned. You can order the Wicked Witch here If you want signed up for the collection you may have to call and specify. The Wicked Witch stands at 14 inches. Flip the switch to emit a green glow from within the acrylic tower. Edition of 5000

Photos and Info courtesy Jim Whitcomb

Thursday, July 30, 2009

DVD and Blu Ray Inserts & Trade Ad

Beautiful trade ad for upcoming Blu-ray and DVD releases
Please click on photos to enlarge. Photos courtesy of Scott Brogan The Judy Room
Be sure to visit the Judy Room's Oz pages as they are updated frequently.
Be forewarned. Photos are HUGE.

Reverse insert for Dvd Set

Reverse insert for Blu-ray set

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

IMPORTANT message re: Amazon Pre-Orders

If you pre-ordered the Blu-ray or DVD Ultimate Editions from Amazon you need to re-check your order and make sure it is still valid. Scott Brogan from The Judy Room, alerted me to a message posted on a Judy Garland yahoo group, The Judy Garland Experience.

"Heads Up If You Pre-Ordered the Wizard of Oz Blu Ray from Amazon.....or the DVD set before they made the deal for the exclusive version. Contact customer service and have your order corrected to avoid problems.The rep who fixed mine said he would pass it on TPTB to fix other peoples orders but better safe than sorry. Avoid the "that item is no longer available-mail" come shipping day.The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition with Digital Copy and Amazon Exclusive Set of 4 Collectible 8x10 Character Posters) had to be added to the order and the original item removed. It linked to a non existent page. The correct/current item didn't show that I'd ordered it."

I checked my Amazon account and sure enough I was taken to a non-existent page as well so I cancelled just to be safe and re-ordered.

Thank you Scott and drealyea

Monday, July 27, 2009

Barnes and Noble

Many of you know last year Barnes and Noble had a wonderful Wicked promotion. (For those that didn't see it. It was great to see Wicked merchandise in stores all over the country and a lot of excitement generated among Barnes and Noble patrons. Thinking since last year was so successful, they might be tempted to do an encore I searched the Barnes and Noble site last night and found two new Wicked Calendars to be released this month: A wall calendar (not pictured) and engagement calendar.

We know Barnes and Noble will have the Illustrated Companion to the Wizard of Oz book which looks incredible. Here's a sell sheet posted on The Judy Room for those that haven't seen it yet. I have to wonder if Barnes and Noble might be planning a promotion similar to last year's Wicked promotion. I found these dolls on the Barnes and Noble website made by Madame Alexander. No pricing or release info as yet. These dolls are not featured on Madame Alexander's site which leads me to conclude these dolls could be Barnes and Noble exclusives. Please click on the photo to enlarge. Each doll is 9" tall.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Updates...Teleflora, Monchhichi, and More!!!

Lots of Updates!!! I imagine it’s only going to get busier from here. The “official” anniversary date is three weeks away and then the new DVD and Blu Ray sets in September. I’m expecting heavy advertising and point of purchase promos.

The Hallmark Wicked Witch ornament is sold out from Hallmark. Individual Hallmark stores should still have stock from their distributors but once they’re gone, they’re gone. And stores that carry Hallmark like Walgreens may have them if you need to find them later. If you are planning to purchase this ornament, try to do so soon. Many Hallmarks offer layaway if you’d need it.

Lenox will be releasing a figurine of Dorothy and the Scarecrow dancing. It stands at 7 ½” inches tall and it’s priced at $98.00. Karen Owens expects to have a photo soon. Right now Karen has flip flops in stock. Watch her site for more 70th anniversary updates.

The new Wicked Witch themed fabric from Quilting Treasures is arriving at stores and you can also order from Karen. The colors are very deep and rich making the fabric look almost like a tapestry.

The Wonders of Oz figurine series is now shipping Glinda – Glittering Goodness.
I will have photos of the rest of the series soon.

Aunt Em’s Farm from the Halloween Village is shipping

The Jasmine Becket-Griffith Scarecrow Fairy is now shipping.

Thanks to Jim Whitcomb and Lou Berrillo for keeping me updated regarding the Collectibles Today companies. I’ll have photos and updates on other pieces including the new 70th anniversary carousel coming very soon.

Annalee has added two more mice to it’s Wizard of Oz collection for 2010. You’ll want to pick up the Wizard and Glinda to add to your collection.

Xseed Games will have The Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road for Nintendo DS this fall.

Kurt Adler erroneously sent out an email to their retailers announcing the Winged Monkey novelty nutcracker had been cancelled when in fact they were referring to it's more expensive counterpart the Steinbach. The novelty nutcracker should be more widely available very soon.

The 2010 Andrews McMeel calendar should be arriving any day now.

Teleflora will have a promotion this fall. There’s a figurine on eBay and I can imagine there’s a bouquet to go with it. I’ll post more information as I have it.

The Kansas State Lottery has 70th Annivesary Wizard of Oz scratch-its. Many Oz fans will remember for the 60th anniversary, people out of state were allowed to request sample tickets. That practice has been discontinued. Samples and tickets are only available within the state of Kansas.

Details on this next item are a little sketchy, I apologize. I can’t read Portuguese and the google translator only takes you so far. A shoe designer named Melissa in Brazil has a line of shoes or a company names Plastic Dreams and just like it sounds her shoes are made from recycled plastic. She has Wizard of Oz inspired shoes. Naturally the red pair has been the most popular. She has an English site but the Oz shoes don’t appear to be on there. Sometimes due to licensing restrictions items can’t be sold out of the country that produces them.

The Wizard of Oz Teacup Collection is handsculpted with glitter accents. Dorothy and Toto is the first sculptural teacup in the series followed by Scarecrow, Tinman, Cowardly Lion, and more. Hopefully, that means the witches. The series is from the Hamilton Collection and the cups are 5” tall and $29.99 each plus shipping. Contact to order. Thanks to Lou Berrillo and Robyn Bodine for the scans and info.

And now…………….what we’ve all been waiting for……………….oh yes………Wizard of Oz Monchhichi. Some of us will remember these little guys from our not so distant childhoods. And you know, whether you want to admit or not, you remember the theme song at least in part. . These will be in stock mid - late August. However, it looks like that Glinda may have been misidentified as she is not part of the Wizard of Oz set. Sorry witch fans. Please email Stu Carter of Atamaii Anime Toys for more information.
Check out his site for other fun non- Oz Asian toys.
And please tell him you saw the Monchhichi here.

Thanks to Jane Albright for the heads up and thanks to Stu Carter for the photos. Hopefully, I’ll catch a lead on these little darlings very soon.

Please stay tuned to the Curiozity Corner for more updates and surprises as we continue to celebrate the 70th anniversary!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fall Tonner and Madame Alexander Dolls

Madame Alexander's Dorothy and Me is perfect for the little girl who takes her Dorothy doll everywhere. Shipping in November. Just in time for the holiday season. Suggested retail price is $79.95

Tonner continues the new series based on the film personalities.
Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch Open edition Suggested retail price $224.99

Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch Open Edition
Suggested retail price $249.99
Flower Pot Spectator, The Coroner, and Lullaby Munchkin stand 12 inches tall and are limited to 500. Suggested retail price is $139.99 each