Monday, May 27, 2013

Funko 2013 Pop! Additions

Coming soon.......SRP: $9.99 each


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wonderful World of Oz book and Farnsworth Museum Exhibit

News coming from film critic and Oz fan extraordinaire Ryan Jay: 
*cover art not final*
It’s the Ozzy compendium of the new millennium! In his new book, The Wonderful World of Oz: An Illustrated History of the American Classic, best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning producer John Fricke celebrates the 75th anniversary of MGM's The Wizard of Oz, along with all other aspects of L. Frank Baum's classic series of "American Fairy Tales." The deluxe pictorial chronologically travels through more than eleven decades of Oz books, productions, and memorabilia and will be published on October 1, 2013, by Down East Books.

Fricke is widely regarded as the preeminent Oz and Judy Garland historian, and his latest book makes its debut in conjunction with several major events in the greater Oz community. Foremost among these is the similarly-titled exhibition, The Wonderful World of Oz, opening on Saturday, October 12, 2013, and running through spring 2014 at The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME. The art for the book and the items for the Farnsworth show have been drawn from the holdings of Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite, which comprise the most comprehensive Oz collection in the world.

The Farnsworth ( is the only nationally-recognized art museum mounting a six-month Oz anniversary retrospective. Via Carroll and Wilhite, both the exhibition and Fricke's The Wonderful World of Oz will illustratively detail the entire 114 year arc of Oz-to-date: from the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 to the 2013 film, Oz The Great and Powerful, which has grossed a half-billion dollars world-wide since its premiere in March. Highlights include such MGM collectibles as one of "Dorothy's" test dresses and original blouse; the costume of a Munchkin member of the "Lollipop Guild"; and one of the hourglasses of the Wicked Witch of the West.

Concurrent with the book and exhibition, Warner Home Video will debut (on October 1) its latest deluxe DVD release of the legendary Garland motion picture, The Wizard of Oz. For the film's 75th anniversary, the studio has remastered the 1939 musical in 3D and will market it in a variety of lavish packagings with a host of additional features. Paramount among the latter is producer/director/writer Gary Leva's new "making of" Oz documentary, in which Fricke is featured. For Warner Bros.' use, Fricke has also prepared a one-hundred point "time line," tracing the history of the MGM Oz film from preproduction in autumn 1937 to the Academy Award ceremonies in February 1940.

Among other 2013 Oz-related appearances, Fricke will serve as host and lecturer at the annual OZ-Stravaganza! festival in Chittenango, NY (hometown of Oz author Baum) from Friday, May 31st through Sunday, June 2nd. He will fulfill similar duties as "master of ceremonies of special events" at the Oz Festival in Wamego, KS, from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th. (Additional appearance information, plus specifics of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, are forthcoming.)
And more details per Down East Books:
160 pages
Releasing early October
Table of Contents:
1900s: Down the Yellow Brick Road
1910s: The Royal Historian of Oz
1920s:An American Phenomenon
1930s: A technicolor Show of Shows
1940s: Oz Around the World
1950s: Oz Comes Home
1960s: Off to see the Wizard
1970s: Ease on Down the Road
1980s: Return to Oz
1990s: Rainbow Road
2000s: Wicked Wonderful
**please note this information is subject to change prior to publication**
About author John Fricke:  John Fricke is the author of The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic, The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversay Pictoral History, Judy: A Legendary Film Career, Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer. He is a two time Emmy Award-winning producer for PBS American Masters and A&E biography documentaries about Judy Garland. He lives in New York City.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary 3D Blu Ray and DVD

More details still to come and box art is subject to change, but Amazon has listed 4 home entertainment editions of the 75th Anniversary Blu Ray, Blu Ray 3D and DVD.   The Amazon 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition includes an exclusive 4GB Wicked Witch of the East flash drive. 
Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition
Bonus Features:
Hours of extra content including:
-Sing-a-long feature with the film
-Complete Magic Cloak of Oz silent shorts (60 min)
-All-new making-of Documentary
-The Dreamer of Oz TV Special (101 min)
-Munchkins at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Featurette (20 min)
-Patchwork Girl of Oz (60 min)
-6 hr. MGM Documentary When the Lion Roars (exclusive to Blu-Ray)

Exclusive Promotional Items:
-48 pg Hardcover Photo Book
-Ruby Slippers Sparkle Globe
-Collectible Award Pin Set by The Noble Collection
-Frameable Map of Oz

Amazon exclusive Promotional Item:
-4 GB "Wicked Witch of the East" flash drive
Blu Ray 3D/Blu Ray
Blu Ray


Friday, May 03, 2013

Jersey Jack NOW Shipping!!!!

Greetings JJP Fans:

Today marks one of our biggest milestones as Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc. proudly announces that it has begun shipping Wizard of Oz Pinball Machines! 

While the proverbial yellow brick road may have been a bit longer than anticipated, we are absolutely thrilled to be shipping games now. In these coming weeks the game code will continue to evolve with regular updates as Keith and Ted implement more modes and rules.....If you "tweet", we have created a special Twitter Page to announce code updates when they're ready. We will also announce when code updates are available on on the Jersey Jack Pinball Facebook Page.  

We are completing more games daily and shipping them as they go through burn-in and final testing. The games are shipping in the queue in which orders were placed.       
Whether you have been following our journey since day one, or have recently found out about our company, Thank You. This experience has been extremely special and we could not have imagined abundance of support we have been given. JJP couldn't be more thrilled that The Award Winning game has begun to make its way to amusement centers, taverns, truck stops, amusement parks and home game rooms around the globe!  

A billion ideas, thousands of parts and millions of dollars have created this game for you!  

Photo Credit: Martin Ayub of Pinball News
Left to Right: Top Row - Joe Balcer, JP DeWin, Chris Granner, Matt Riesterer, Keith Johnson, Bryan Hansen
Bottom Row: Butch Peel, Eric Meunier, Jack Guarnieri, Not Pictured - Jim Thornton

Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc
1645 Oak Street
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(800) 473-5225 (Direct)

All Rights Reserved 2012, Jersey Jack Pinball, Inc.

As a fan and collector, I want to thank Jersey Jack for sharing their journey with us.  It's truly been amazing to see a spark of imagination come to fruition.   If you're just now discovering my blog or if you just need a refresher, please use the search feature to pull up my blog entries to see all the incredible effort and talent put into this game.



Bradford Exchange Update

Canvas Print Collection
Issue 1 Poster Style A
Item no: 903596
$39.95 each plus $7.99 shipping
Indoor Wind Chime
Wizard of Oz Indoor Wind Chime
Item no: 117511001
$99.95 plus $12.99 shipping
Over the Rainbow Swarovski Crystal Bracelet
Item no: 112226001
$149.00 plus $9.98 shipping

Ohio Lottery Wizard of Oz $5 Instant Game

A couple states in the past have had Wizard of Oz lottery scratch off tickets and now they've come to the buckeye state!!!  Very exciting to see these in my home state.  In addition to the designs shown there are a Tin Man, Wicked Witch with Dorothy & Glinda, and a Cowardly Lion.  


Thursday, May 02, 2013

Dynamic Forces Toaster

ETA: August 28 2013
SRP: $50.00
*box art may not be final

Department 56 75th Anniversary Snowbabies

Off to See the Wizard
2.25in H x 4in W x 6in L
ETA:  October 15 2013
SRP: $45.00
Pre-order now

Hallmark Giftware Additions, Stationery, and Canvas Tote

New Giftware
ETA: July
Travel Mugs
I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore, There's no place like home, and Follow the yellow brick road
$19.95 each
There's no place like home pillow
9" by 9"
Ceramic Bezel Boxes
2 1/4" by 2 1/4"
There's no place like home
Dreams do come true ruby slippers
$12.95 each
Emerald City framed print
9 1/2" by 9 1/2"
Giftware photos courtesy Digital Dreambook
Four Stationery Items
Journal $11.95,  Desk Set with pull out drawer $14.95, set of 2 notepads $7.95, and notepad set in case $8.95
Stationery photo and info courtesy Louis Berrillo
Wizard of Oz canvas tote
 Tote says "The dreams you dare to dream really do come true" and is illustrated with the ruby slippers sitting on the yellow brick road
 $19.95 or $12.95 with any purchase until May 12th

Lionel Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary

Two new cars to celebrate the upcoming anniversary!!  Both are traditional O Gauge and will coordinate with the train set released in conjunction with the 70th anniversary and the Thomas Kinkade boxcar. 
Wizard of Oz Aquarium Car
Graphics on circling interior belt appear to move inside the car
Interior lighting
10 1/2"
Wizard of Oz Anniversary Boxcar
10 1/2"

Advanced Graphics 75th Anniversary Additions

Dorothy holding Toto cardboard stand up
61" by 24"

The Wicked Witch of the West
70" by 59"

Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Books

The Making of The Wizard of Oz Updated and Expanded 75th Anniversary Edition
By Aljean Harmetz
Foreword by Margaret Hamilton
Chicago Review Press
376 Pages
October 1 2013
The Wizard of Oz Collectible Set: A Commemorative Trip Down the Yellow Brick Road
Running Press
64 Pages
September 24 1013
 "For anyone who was ever enthralled by the story of Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, this the perfect keepsake celebrating some of the most popular elements from The Wizard of Oz.
Miniature ceramic commemorative plate with easel
A Ruby Slippers pendant
A 9 x 12" The Wizard of Oz poster tied with ribbon
64-page book: A "75 Years of Oz" introduction is followed by a novelization of the story, illustrated with full-color photos from the movie."

The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the West Light-Up Crystal Ball
Running Press Miniature Editions
32 Pages
September 10 2013
Kit includes figurine of the Wicked Witch of the West with a light-up crystal ball that glows green.
Wizard of Oz Twister Kit - Cancelled
The Wizard of Oz Official 75th Anniversary Companion
William Stillman and Jay Scarfone
Harper Design
160 Pages
September 9 2013
No Cover Art Available At This Time
"An over-the-top, beautifully designed book that commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Officially licensed by Warner Bros., this collectible edition features a host of never-before-seen ephemera, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and ten removable features.

Written by the foremost authorities on the subject-Jay Scarfone and William Stillman-and designed in close collaboration with Warner Bros., The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion delivers an entertaining and interactive experience, transporting readers over the rainbow and into the wonderful Land of Oz. The authors detail filmmaking secrets-the inspiration behind the film's realistic tornado; why Dorothy's shoes were ruby-colored; and how the filmmakers got a fleet of monkeys to fly-and reveal never-before-seen artwork from their personal collection, including, but not limited to, rare stills, Technicolor test frames, and costume and set illustrations.

Additionally, the book will contain ten removable features as well as several innovative graphic components. More than your average anniversary edition, this book promises to be the most definitive look at The Wizard of Oz yet. It is comprehensive in its scope yet accessibly written and beautifully designed-perfect for The Wizard of Oz fans, film buffs of all ages, and collectors."
The Wizard of Oz Crochet
By Kristen Rask
Thunder Bay Press
November 12 2013
"We all loved the movie as children, and most of us still love it as adults. A classic film coupled with a classic craft provides all the warm fuzzies anyone needs to end up with lovable, huggable creations. Embrace your inner child and follow the step-by-step instructions to create your very own characters from Oz, including Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, a flying monkey, the good witch, the wicked witch, and more!

- Beautiful photography along with step-by-step instructions.
- Perfect for film buffs, crafters, yarn enthusiasts, and lovers of all things Oz.

The Wizard of Oz Crochet brings a whole new life to a classic favorite!"