Friday, August 29, 2008
Gregory Maguire's third book in the Wicked saga A Lion Among Men will hit stores October 14.
Coming next month is Defying Gravity: The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz from Godspell to Wicked by Carol de Giere. Original Glinda Kristin Chenoweth is penning her memoirs, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages, to be released next spring.
Other forthcoming Wicked items include perfume and a For Good waterglobe.
On September 12th, the Broadway Bear Glinda in her Popular dress will be shown with props and costumes from Wicked. The bear will be auctioned in February 2009.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Chassé down the YELLOW BRICK ROAD, a Dorothy ballerina, and 2008 Basic Wicked Witch of the East. Robyn Bodine emailed me a Tonner article a few weeks ago and it mentioned the Dorothy ballerina. They were still working on her costume so I assumed I had until next year. Personally, I'm very excited. Since I started seeing the Disney ballerinas years ago, I wanted a Dorothy ballerina. Enough of my girlish blathering. Here's the dolls!!
Be sure to scroll down for lots more Oz news. The Charming Tails Collection, A Dorothy Bratz doll, a figurine of Karl Slover from the Yellow Brick Road Shop in Indiana, and the McDonalds Happy Meal toys. It's a great time to love Oz isn't it??? More surprises are sure to be in store so please keep checking back.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Oh my goodness, how cute is this??!! Just some freak thing I happened to come across today. Unfortunately, I know nothing about Bratz, but I believe she'll retail for around $9.99. As of now, I don't know where to find her, but I wanted to get the word out. She could be at Target, WalMart, Toys R Us, Kmart, wherever Bratz are sold it seems like. Once I get more info, I'll update this post. You'll want to look for Bratz Babyz Storybook Collection. Phoebe in Dorothy's Lil Joke.
I did some searching yesterday and I found last year's Storybook Collection styles at Toys R Us. The other stores didn't have a lot of Bratz merchandise but with the holidays approaching that could change. I received an email from the company today and was told they could not comment on merchandise that has not been formally introduced. Odd, because the photo above is from Bratz.com
Updated August 28 After being told by the company that they can not give info on dolls that haven't been released yet, I've been told by two different people these dolls have been out for months. Someone found one in the bargain aisles at WalMart for $6.99. Another person that is a Bratz collector as well as an Oz collector said the doll has been out since February. I searched last night for one for my collection and came up with nothing.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Please scroll down to see a very special collectible coming from Michael Roche and the Yellow Brick Road Shop in Chesterton, IN.
Thanks to Jim Whitcomb for finding some pre-sales on eBay that picture the FABUL'OZ new toys. I think these are 10 times better than last years' set and I can't wait to see them in person!!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Karl Kosiczsky was born September 21 1918 and was a seemingly average child until the age of four when he stopped growing. Karl endured a few grueling, feeble minded attempts to force him to grow, but thankfully saner heads prevailed before serious injury occurred. In 1927, Karl accepted a job with the famed Singer Midget Troupe under the tutelage of Leo Singer. They eventually made their way to the United States and performed in almost every state even spending 3 years in Hawaii. In 1938, MGM Studios contracted Leo Singer to provide the little people needed to inhabit Munchkinland in the Wizard of Oz. Enough little people couldn't be found and some played multiple parts to fill in the gaps. Karl was the first trumpeter to herald the arrival of the Mayor of Munchkinland, a soldier, a sleepyhead, and one of the Munchkins urging Dorothy to follow the yellow brick road.
Around this time, Chesterton and the surrounding areas of Northwest Indiana suffered multiple factory closings and lay offs resulting in a depressed economy and low morale overall. Jean Nelson’s generous nature propelled her into action. She invited munchkin Parnell St. Aubin and his wife Mary Ellen to attend an afternoon Wizard of Oz event in 1982. The St. Aubin’s helped Jean recruit more munchkins and the festival grew by leaps and bounds. A quaint three hour afternoon affair expanded into a mammoth three day festival jam packed with ozzy celebrities and activities to enthrall the young and young at heart. Jean’s efforts in bringing the last surviving cast members of the MGM film to the forefront have earned her the title “Mother of the Munhkins.” Jean Nelson retired in 2000 and the Yellow Brick Road Shop fell under the new ownership of Marilyn Zengler who works tirelessly to continue Jean’s extraordinary vision.
The Oz festival relocated to nearby Valparaiso in 2006, but festival attendees still flock in droves to the Yellow Brick Road’s Munchkinland Market Days.
Michael Roche figurine and Yellow Brick Road Store photos courtesy of the Yellow Brick Road
Wizard's State Fair Balloon opens to reveal Dorothy & friends rotating around the Emerald City. 7" tall. $59.98 plus $8.99 shipping. Payable in two installments of $29.99
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
13" tall rotating sculpture with 25 characters in 12 different movie scenes. The piece also lights up and plays "We're Off to See the Wizard" Limited to 5000 pieces. Priced at $149.95 plus $19.95 shipping. The $149.95 is payable in monthly installments of $29.99 WOW!!!!! This is probably one of the best Oz pieces we've ever seen. Please enlarge the photos for a better look.
A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
Before the Yellow Brick Road: The Life of Billie Burke by Grant Hayter-Menzies
Thanks to Jim Whitcomb for the heads up on the above books.
Wicked's original Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth is working on her autobiography for an April '09 release. A Little Bit Wicked:
Life, Love, and Faith in Stages
Wonderful Wizard of Oz comic from Marvel Comics December release
Wizard of Oz Jigsaw Puzzle book by Sian Bailey
Wizard of Oz Storybook puzzle by Bill Bell. This puzzle may also be sold at Toys R Us
Linda Sunshine, editor of the All Things Oz book will have a puzzle and book of notecards early next year.
Andrew McMeel Publishing
Thanks again to Jim Whitcomb for the Linda Sunshine and calendar info. Please keep checking back. I'll be making more updates over the next few days.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
New additions to the Annalee line
He's going to be a super fast seller, no doubt in my mind. The Glinda and Wicked Witch ballerinas are almost sold out from Tonner. You can order these great dolls from Karen Owens firstname.lastname@example.org But do so quickly. They won't last.