Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Schylling Tea Sets 2011

13 piece porcelain tea set. Ages 8 and up. Retail around $14.99

15 piece Musical Tin set is for ages 3 & up. Wind up the bottom of the tea pot then tip over to hear We're Off to See the Wizard! Retail around $24.99.

How cute are these!?! Coming early next year with more toys to follow. I'll have pictures of the packaging coming soon. Please enlarge photos for detail.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Warner Brothers Parenting Magazine Contest & New Kids Site

Warner Brothers, Parenting Magazine, and Rubies Costumes have teamed up to launch WB’s new Wizard of Oz kids website.
http://www.kidswb.com/wizard-of-oz/ The site’s target audience are kids aged 2 – 11, but kids at heart are welcome too. The site will have games, activities, and downloads. The new characters are adorable and let’s hope we’ll see them on some product!

Speaking of product, Rubies is branching into Oz d├ęcor. This year they have indoor/outdoor legs with feet. They are plastic and measure 18” long.

And the poor Wicked Witch has misjudged her flight plan! The Wicked Witch Flying Into Tree measures 28” high by 24” wide.

Rubies has more items currently unavailable but expected soon such as a Yellow Brick Road floor mat and a Haunted Forest sign measuring 23” high by 27” wide. Keep an eye on Rubies' site for more information.

Parenting magazine and Warner Brothers are having a Wizard of Oz Photo Contest. Details and rules can be found here. The Grand Prize winner will get a trip for a family of four to Hollywood, CA, a VIP studio tour of Warner Brothers, a professional family photo shoot, a private screening of The Wizard of Oz 4-D experience, and Wizard of Oz merchandise. The winners will be announced in December and featured in an upcoming issue of Parenting magazine. Parenting magazine had a beautiful two page spread in the October issue.

Entrants can also win a 48-piece role play dress-up trunk from Rubie’s Costume.

Good Luck everyone!!

Halloween is only 10 days away! Be sure to check out Rubies Costumes for your Oz Halloween needs!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

New Thomas Kinkade Display Options and Gallery Event

One of the best things about Thomas Kinkade is the variety offered to suit many display styles. For those that want a more contemporary look or if you choose to focus on a particular character, there are now vertical vignettes which can be purchased as a set or separately. Another modern look can be found with the canvas wrap. See the various editions of Dorothy Discovers the Emerald City here.

When a highly anticipated piece is introduced galleries are encouraged to host events introducing the new art to collectors and the general public. The Thomas Kinkade Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas, managed by Laura Kinkade, had a ball celebrating the first release in the Wizard of Oz collection. At least 150 attendees were on hand to view and purchase Dorothy Discovers the Emerald City. Laura and staff really put their hearts and imaginations into promoting Oz.

Guests walked through an archway of rainbow colored balloons and followed the yellow brick road straight to the painting.

The yellow brick road was made of very durable yellow duct tape. A life size standee of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion greeted visitors for a photo op.

A pair of ruby slippers on striped stocking feet stuck out from under a cabinet. Laura made the ruby slippers by painting an old pair of shoes red, coating them in spray adhesive, and then applying red glitter. Menacing flying monkeys flew above the painting.

A crystal ball was on display surrounded by tantalizing treats. Laura and staff donned Oz attire and they were pleasantly surprised when a frequent customer came dressed in full Cowardly Lion regalia. The Cowardly Lion handed out heart shaped lollipops to children in attendance.

Another Gallery regular brought her own little Dorothy.

Laura also displayed her culinary skills with an array of Oz inspired sweets. She made cookie lollipops shaped like candy lollipops & Glinda’s wand and ruby slipper cookies. She made three varieties of cupcakes. The yellow brick road was made of fondant and decorated with store bought sugar flowers. The beautiful poppies were made of gum paste and the character cupcakes were iced and the edges rolled in colored sugar. The witch hat’s were made with store bought cookies and Hershey’s kisses. Small lemon cakes from Costco were topped with ruby slipper book markers. The rainbow fruit tray was made up of raspberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, and black grapes. Lastly, Laura found a recipe for Ruby Red punch. Vodka is, of course, optional. All great ideas to adapt for any Oz themed party or event.

Every attendee was given a door prize such as heart shaped tins with candy, hot air balloon day planners, Wizard of Oz books, and chocolate ruby slippers wrapped in red foil made by Laura. The door prizes were mixed with gifts from the Gallery.

Guests could choose a poppy with a color coded stem from a basket. The stem color determined the prizes which were divided into three categories. Green stem: Sorry, you’ve been captured by flying monkeys, but we have this gift to make you feel better.
Black stem: You’ve fallen asleep in the poppy fields, we’re hoping this prize will wake you up! Red stem: Congratulations! The Wizard will see you now because you’ve won the grand prize! Great care was taken to ensure no guest left empty handed. And of course, no Oz event would ever be complete without a continual loop of the film to add to the ozzy ambiance.

Thank you Thomas Kinkade Galleries for the warm welcome to Oz! Please see the Thomas Kinkade Gallery locator to learn more about events near you.

Photos courtesy of Laura Kinkade
Thomas Kinkade Gallery
302 Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817-335-1140 Toll Free: 800-336-0344
Fax: 817-335-1139

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Wizard of Oz Plate Collection

Each issue $44.99 plus $8.99 shipping