Friday, April 22, 2011

Cardew Design

Since 1991, Cardew Design has created unique tea ware, gift ware, and dinnerware to suit the discriminating collector. The gorgeous new Wizard of Oz line has been met with much enthusiasm and demand is high already. Stock is expected by the end of June. It's possible the first shipments may sell out quickly and it's no wonder. It's refreshing to see the characters represented in the original artwork of Paul Cardew. Please enlarge photos for detail. If this line proves successful there will be additions to look forward to in 2012. You may email ahead of time to reserve pieces direct from Cardew Design or you can reserve with Karen Owens. Please visit the Cardew Design website to see more pieces.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Coloring Books!!

I love to see coloring books! Ones licensed for the movie seem very few and far between. The last ones I can remember are from 1989. The downside is these are very hard to find. For whatever reason, they seem concentrated in the Chicago area. If you can find them, they're only a $1. These were first posted on the Facebook group Wizard of Oz Collectors United by group founder Walter Krueger. Join up if you enjoy ozzy chit chat!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fun With Tonner Dolls and Scrapbook Pages

I always admire people who know how to have fun with their collections and photograph them beautifully. I enjoy seeing other collectors really enjoy their passion. Johanna was strolling through Michaels and found the new Paperhouse Production Scrapbook Paper Pad. She was inspired to take the photos below and was more than willing for her photos to be shared here. Thank you Johanna! You can see the paper pad in another entry below. I've listed the dolls below the photos for those not familiar with the Tonner Doll Company's wonderful Wizard of Oz collection.

Dorothy 2005

Miss Gulch

Glinda the Good Witch of the North 2005


Tin Man

Cowardly Lion

Lady Ozmopolitan

Winged Monkey

Wicked Witch of the West 2005 re-dressed in Winkie Business ensemble which was sold separately

Wicked Witch of the East

Many of the dolls are sold out from the Tonner Doll Company but can be found on eBay and doll stores. The scrapbook pad is currently at Michaels for $14.00 or can be ordered from Karen Owens. You can also contact her to order or for more info on the Tonner dolls.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Dorothy of Oz by IDW Publishing

Wondercon attendees were given a glimpse into the new Dorothy of Oz film with the limited edition debut of a five part comic series by IDW Publishing. The comics serve as a prologue detailing events between the end of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to the beginning of the Dorothy.

The movie is based on the first of many marvelous new adventures created by L. Frank Baum's great-grandson Roger Baum. Dorothy is about a malevolent jester wrecking havoc on the land of Oz and Dorothy & Toto must return to put an end to his misdeeds.

The movie won't be released until next year but you can follow the film's progress on the official Dorothy of Oz site and Facebook page.

Dorothy of Oz is also regularly discussed on the International Wizard of Oz Club Forum.

More information about forthcoming comics (and hopefully other merchandise!) will be posted here as it becomes available.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Hallmark Optimistic Voices

Photo Courtesy

Please scroll down to see other Hallmark ornaments and merchandise. Pretty hefty line up this year!!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Toto Miniatures by Bridget McCarty

Officially licensed by Warner Brothers Consumer Products

Yakovetic Productions proudly presents The Wizard of Oz™ and Gone With The Wind™

Miniatures by Bridget McCarty

Limited Edition, one-of-a-kind miniatures from The Wizard of Oz™ and Gone With The Wind™ include a Certificate of Authenticity

Currently, the only miniatures of their kind Licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products Limited Availability.

Come have a first look at Chicago International,

Chicago show is THIS weekend! Go have a look at Toto and Bridget McCarty's other wonderful pieces! More Toto pieces can be found on and her Facebook page.

Hallmark Premiere Limited

It's All in the Shoes

Measures 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" by 3"

Ornament reads "There's No Place Like Home"

Pull the string to click the ruby slippers together


Premiere Date July 16

Vote for Adora DOTY and new 18" Dolls

Time to vote for the Adora People's Choice DOTY industry award winner Cowardly Lion. You can vote online here. You can also vote via snail mail with a ballot in the May issue of Doll Reader. Winners will be announced in the Aug/Sept. issue. Please show your support for Adora and Oz!!! Pictured below are the forthcoming 18" dolls. Please enlarge photo for detail.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Over the Rainbow Ginny

The Jersey Shore Doll Club celebrated The Wizard of Oz with their Over the Rainbow Luncheon November 7, 2010. Guest speaker Jerry Chadwick gave an informational talk about The Wizard of Oz and displayed some of her Oz collection. The Vogue Doll Company made the Over the Rainbow Ginny souvenir doll especially for the Jersey Shore Doll Club event. The Vogue Doll Company dates back to the 1920s, but Ginny made her official debut in 1948. She was sculpted by noted doll designer Bernard Lipfert who is best known to Oz fans for sculpting the 1939 Judy Garland as Dorothy doll for Ideal. Despite many ups and downs and the current trend of high end fashion dolls, Ginny has withstood the test of time and she is still a much beloved doll today. Ginny stands at 8 inches. Her costume is similar to the frock designed in 1938. Her dark brown hair isn't exactly like Judy Garland's but it is braided in typical Dorothy fashion. She comes with a black plush dog. Only 100 dolls were made and at $40.00 (plus shipping), Over the Rainbow Ginny is an inexpensive quality doll that would make a darling addition to any Oz or doll collection. Please contact Jersey Shore Doll Club president Rachel Martirano at to order.