Friday, June 09, 2017

American Greetings Debuts New Wizard of Oz Greeting Card

It was announced a year ago that American Greetings would be expanding their partnership with WB to include the Wizard of Oz starting January first of this year.  Joy! Rapture!  Oz fans LOVE greeting cards!!! 
Finally we get our first release for graduates of 2017.   I am hoping this is the start of long, beautiful friendship that will eventually expand beyond greeting cards. 
Inside reads:
"When you have the courage to use your brain and the smarts to follow your heart, there's nothing you can't accomplish. Congratulations and well done"
I apologize my camera didn't capture the overall prettiness of the card.  The gold filigree design is a nice touch. The words on the front are outlined in a shiny green and the photo on the card is covered in a pearlescent sheen.  American Greetings are sold at a variety of locations. Some Walmart groceries, some Walgreens, Target, Kroger branded stores are a few.  You can also order this card from Amazon.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tonner Dolls Plans New Oz Releases!!!!!

Best collector news award of 2017 goes to the Tonner Doll Company!!!  Although their hiatus was brief, they were sorely missed. Now it seems a return trip to the Emerald City is in order.  Tonner released the glorious announcement yesterday.  There will be "surprises in early fall from the Wizard of Oz they will show this summer."  Along with some other really cool licenses!  I'm too thrilled for words really so all I can say is WELCOME BACK OVER THE RAINBOW!!!

Masterpieces Puzzle Company Extends Wizard of Oz Line

As if we weren't blown away by the releases at Toy Fair, Masterpieces will be adding more to the Oz line including a Barnes and Noble exclusive!!!!!!  Press release below: 

MasterPieces Inc. will transport you from your living room to the Yellow Brick Road with a new line of The Wizard of Oz themed puzzles and games done in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

 Led by the new MasterPieces' The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly (MSRP $29.99 for ages 8 and up), the classic story of The Wizard of Oz is played out in a fun new opoly-style board game. 

 David Rolls, President of MasterPieces, said, "It's a pleasure to be working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and to represent the iconic film and characters from The Wizard of Oz. Our new products use the images and likenesses of the characters and scenes from the movie in an engaging and entertaining way for all to enjoy in fun game and puzzle formats."
 In The Wizard of Oz Emerald City-Opoly players will appreciate MasterPieces intricately detailed six pewter playing pieces, including Ruby Slippers™, as well as fun facts, movie moments, and character quotes on the back of each property card, as they make their way along the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ board on an EMERALD CITY™ adventure. In the game, players can collect favorite characters, including SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, COWARDLY LION™, and many others, while trying to avoid the castle of the WICKED WITCH™ and her field of poppies, as they prepare to meet the famous WIZARD OF OZ™ and discover THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME™ to win the game.

 The new Emerald City-Opoly is joined by MasterPieces The Wizard of Oz puzzles that include the company's award-winning (Dr. Toy 2016) panoramic style puzzle scape and two of MasterPieces specially designed book box packaged products.

 The panoramic style puzzle in The Wizard of Oz line is Emerald City (MSRP $15.99), a 1,000-piece landscape oriented (19" x 27') vividly colored collage of famous scenes from the movie. 

 The book box Journey to Oz and Emerald City (MSRP $15.99 each) are 1,000-piece puzzles made of recycled materials that arrive inside keepsake boxes with a magnetic closure. With a full page of the entire image located on the inside flap of the box to help guide any puzzle maker, the enchanting puzzles ignite the imagination and are reminders that dreams do come true. The book boxes are attractive storage that can be displayed on bookshelves and decorative room d├ęcor. 

 Due to the extremely high interest and early sales of the MasterPieces The Wizard of Oz products, which currently includes an exclusive puzzle image for Barnes & Noble bookstores, the company plans to expand the line and introduce even more puzzles this summer and fall.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products:
 Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About MasterPieces:
 MasterPieces Inc. was founded by David Rolls, former 8-year professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers organizations, in 1995 with a passion to serve diverse retail markets and partner with evergreen brands and top puzzle artists. Twenty years later, MasterPieces has established itself as the market leader for combining the best quality products with the best value. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, MasterPieces reputation for producing innovative and high-quality products has propelled its global growth and the company's commitment to ensuring great value and superior customer support has earned its dedicated, worldwide customer loyalty. MasterPieces creates some of the world most elegant puzzles and innovative packaging, as well as toys and gifts, while also partnering with brands such as John Deere, CAT, John Wayne, Tetris, Animal Planet, Hershey's, and sports licensing with MLB, NFL, NCAA, NHL organizations. For more information about MasterPieces, visit the company website at MasterPiecesInc and for the most immediate information and interaction with the company, please like and follow MasterPieces on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube

 THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s17)

Thank you Barb Huddleson for the heads up!!

Wizard of Oz Hallmark 2018 Limiteds, Keepsake Ornaments and Real Life photos of Club Ornament

Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Premiere 
July 15 - 23

Two limited special edition miniature ornaments this year of Dorothy and the Scarecrow.  

1 1/2" tall

1 1/2" tall

Cowardly Lion 'If I Only Had the Nerve' Musical Ornament
4.3" tall by 2" wide

3.9" tall by 3.5" wide

4.5" tall by 2" wide

Hallmark Keepsake Club Exclusive 
Madame Alexander Wicked Witch of the East
Porcelain and fabric
2.62" tall by 4.64" wide

Club ornament pictures courtesy Dell Matheson

Wizard of Oz Calendars for 2018

Wall Calendar   SRP: $14.99

Deluxe Wall Calendar   SRP: $17.99

Softcover Weekly Planner SRP: $16.99

Mass Market Wall Calendar  SRP:$13.99

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz Cartoon headed to WB Subscription Service Boomerang

Latest original content from Warner Bros. Animation – Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and all-new Wacky Races – to make international debut on Boomerang linear channel from June 2017

Following the recent announcement of a stand-alone US Boomerang premium subscription streaming service, Turner International has today revealed details of two highly-anticipated WB Animation original new series, Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races. The two series will join the line-up of classic and contemporary animation for the company’s second flagship international kids channel Boomerang from June 2017. In the US, they will exclusively be shown on the US streaming subscription service.

Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz is an uplifting comedic fantasy series based on the classic L. Frank Baum book series, and set soon after Dorothy and her friends have defeated the Wicked Witch of the West. Following the original story, Queen Ozma has appointed Dorothy the Princess of Emerald City and, practically born for the role, Dorothy tackles her royal duties with enthusiasm, bravery and farm girl feistiness.

But it’s also a whole lot of responsibility, because Oz is pretty chaotic. There are Witches, Wizards, Munchkins, Flying Monkeys and a whole menagerie of mystical creatures. More often than not, magic falls into the wrong hands and that’s where Dorothy comes in! As Princess of Emerald City, Dorothy feels responsible to rein in the chaos. She loves to track down whichever magical person, place, or thing is causing mischief in Oz and put a stop to it. But it’s not always easy: make a mistake in Kansas and it’s usually not a big deal; make a mistake in Oz and a Wicked Witch or two come after you.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, EMEA Kids & International Kids Strategy, Turner commented: “The introduction of these iconic shows and stories is very well timed, as we continue to build Boomerang as our second flagship to Cartoon Network and a strong kids and family brand across international markets. Dorothy and Wacky both perfectly capture the inherent values of Boomerang and we’re confident that new and existing fans of the channel will love this latest offering from our sister-company.”   

Dorothy & the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races join Boomerang’s portfolio of fun and funny, multi-generational shows, which include Warner Bros. Animation’s The Tom and Jerry Show, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, Bunnicula and Looney Tunes, new Boomerang Original production The Happos Family, as well as global and international acquisitions such as  Grizzy and the Lemmings  and Mr Bean: The Animated Series.

About Boomerang International:

Turner’s Boomerang is a 24-hour digital cable and satellite network offering the best in classic and contemporary animated entertainment. Boomerang targets boys and girls aged 4-7 and their families, offering an exciting mix of light-hearted and fun family favourite cartoons such as Scooby-Doo, The Tom and Jerry Show, Garfield, Inspector Gadget and Looney Tunes.  Boomerang has localised services throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America where it is available in 25 languages in more than 100 countries and in over 126 million homes. Boomerang is a brand owned by Turner, a Time Warner company.

For more information and to subscripe to Boomerang please see:

Big thanks to  Angelo Thomas for the heads up!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments 2017

A Few Bad Apples
Magic Ornament
Plays dialogue from the scene
If I Only Had the Nerve
Magic Ornament
Plays a version of If I Only Had the Nerve
There's No Place Like Home

Don't forget there's also the porcelain Madame Alexander Wicked Witch of the East which you can see here.  She, however, is a Hallmark Keepsake Club Exclusive and you have to be a member of the Club to purchase.
These ornaments will be available during Hallmark Premiere July 15 - 23.
Judging by the descriptions, Hallmark is not using any dialogue or music from the film.  Keep in my mind there may still be a limited ornament yet and who knows what we may find in mass market retailers during the holiday season.  Stay Tuned!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Nesting Dolls from PPW Toys

The fine folks from PPW Toys who you'll remember gave us the Wizard of Oz Potatoheads, have produced another surefire hit.  During Toy Fair, they debuted a darling set of nesting dolls.  I believe these are only the second licensed nesting dolls to be produced.  These use beautiful character imagery and will be a great addition to everyone's Oz or nesting doll collectionThey are packaged nicely and will display well.
Per PPW Toys:  These beautiful, solid-wood, collectible Wizard of Oz Nesting Dolls are a must-have for every fan!  Each set includes six wooden nesting dolls representing Dorothy, her three friends, the Wicked Witch, and even a tiny Toto!  Each detailed and beautifully decorated doll fits inside the next. Dolls range in size from 1"- 5.5", perfect for displaying!
They will be available this June from specialty stores and online.  You can pre-order NOW direct from PPW Toys.
Also the Dorothy and Wicked Witch Mrs. Potatoheads will be available again for in limited numbers. Also in June for $20.
Thank you to PPW Toys for photos and info!!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

TOY FAIR 2017: Masterpieces Puzzle Co., Madame Alexander, and BLEACHER CREATURES

Glinda was introduced last year but didn't make it out. She's still coming.  Oz doll fans just have to be patient a little longer.   Unfortunately, the new 7 inch dolls were not on display.

Masterpieces Puzzle Company had their two new puzzles and the FABULOUS Emerald City-opoly!!!  All are shipping to stores now. 

And Bleacher Creatures has revealed four of their 5 Wizard of Oz characters.  The Cowardly Lion must have been true to his name and chosen to hide away from the crowds. I've been waiting a year to see these and they were totally worth the wait!!!  I'm sure they'll look even better in person.  I hope they'll add a Toto, Glinda, Winged Monkey, a Winkie Guard, and the Wizard, but especially Toto!!!  Coming around September and should be priced in the $20 range. 

BIG HUGE GIGANTIC Thanks to my Toy Fair photographer Dave McKroffterson!!!