Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Westland Giftware Spring 2016

Wizard of Oz Wall Clock
12.5 inches tall

Wicked Witch Cylindrical Night Light
12 inches tall

Wizard of Oz 40 Ounce Teapot
6.75" tall

Four Friends Tube Lamp
10.5" tall

Wicked Witch 14 Ounce Mug
4.25" tall

Dorothy And Scarecrow Cookie Jar
11.5" tall

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Snowbabies History and Checklist 1998 - 2015

Snowbabies figurines originated in the 1890s influenced by the birth of Marie Peary.  Her father was Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary who would later be credited with the discovery of the North Pole.  At the time of her birth her father was exploring northwest Greenland. Greenland natives had never laid eyes on a Caucasian child and they affectionately dubbed her "snow baby".

In turn, Kristi Jensen Pierro drew inspiration from these historical events, childhood memories, and the antics of her own children reveling in wonderment of winter. Department 56 enraptured by Kristi Jensen Pierro's charming illustrations of cherubic imps romping through Frost Frolic Land, chose to render them in three dimensional form.  Five bisque figurines were introduced in 1987.  Snowbabies became Department 56's most endearing line and was expanded to included waterglobes, ornaments, accessories, and animals.  

In 1998, Snowbabies began entertaining visitors from other lands with the introduction of the immensely popular Guest Collection.  Their first dignitary dropped in on her way home from Oz.  

Since Dorothy and Toto's first visit, The Wizard of Oz has been introduced regularly into the Snowbabies line. Let's hope the tradition continues for 2016. 

1998 - 2001
I Have A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore   #56.69900

1999 - 2004 
They're Coming From Oz, Oh My!    #56.69010

2001 - 2004
Make Room For Toto Lift Top Box    #56.69922

2001 - 2005
And Toto Too      #56.69921

No Place Like Home     Avon Exclusive 

Dorothy & Toto    Ltd. Commodities Exclusive 

Snowbaby and Globe   Ltd. Commodities Exclusive 

2009 - 2014
 No Place Like Home, Toto (Avon Reissue)   #808707

You're So Smart, Baby     #808708

You've Got Heart, Baby       #808709

You've Got Courage, Baby      #808710

You're a Good Witch       #808711

You're a Bad Witch        #808712

2011 - 2013
Lullaby Girl            #4024873
Winged Monkey        #4024875
Wizard of Oz          #4025941
Lollipop Boy            #4025942

2011 - 2014
Dorothy in Dress           #4024877

2012 - 2014
Over the Rainbow          #4027735

2012 - 2015
Wicked Witch of the West         #4027468

2013 - 2014
There's No Place Like Home     #4031843

2013 - 2015
Yellow Brick Road          #4035759

2013 - Current
Oil For Tin Man    #4031845

2014 - Current
King of the Forest          #4042504

Surrender Dorothy        #4042505

Dorothy Picks Apples       #4042506

Give Me Your Hand           #4042507

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Krone Limited Edition Wizard of Oz Pen Set

Krone just introduced it's five piece rollerball Wizard of Oz boxed set.  Each pen is crafted from Italian resin and modeled after Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West.  The clip resembles the Emerald City and the band on the cap boasts The Wizard of Oz logo.  There are only 88 sets issued worldwide.  

Big thank you to Mike Lykins!!  

Monday, October 12, 2015

2016 Hallmark Itty Bittys with Storybook

No pricing info as yet, but the Itty Bittys are usually $6.95 so I'm guessing these sets will be in the $20 or so range.  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Missouri and Maryland Lottery Scratch Its

Two new scratch it lottery games have started during the past week.  I'm not sure if it's state or federal law but lottery tickets can not be sold out of the issuing state.  Time to get the Oz network rolling!!!  Good luck to the residents of these two states. Click on the names to visit the official lottery websites to learn more. 


Friday, September 11, 2015

Walgreens Debuts Wizard of Oz Line

For the past 3 or 4 years Walgreens has carried an exclusive, very successful Nightmare Before Christmas gift line for Halloween.  This year, they've followed it up with the Wizard of Oz.  Right now there are 6 items, but hopefully the line will grow.  

Wicked Witch Travel Cup  - $7.99
Flying Monkey Travel Cup - $7.99
Wicked Witch, Dorothy, Flying Monkey ceramic latte cup - $9.99
Dorothy Wicked Witch ceramic latte cup - $9.99
Dorothy Wicked Witch Musical Snowglobe - $14.99
Wicked Witch Trick or Treat Bucket  - $2.99

The ceramic latte cups are really nice!!  One has a handle of the legs of the WWE and the other has a handle of a Flying Monkey tail.  Cute!!!!!!  And clever.  

The snowglobe is cute for the price.  It's a good size at about 6 inches tall and 4 inches wide.  It plays 'Funeral March of a Marionette' aka The Alfred Hitchcock theme.  Appropriate for Halloween! The music box might stick and appear to get stuck, but if you wind it up and then work it gently with your fingers it'll play just fine.  

The Trick or Treat bucket is a cardboard box type thing. Best used as decor as it doesn't seem sturdy enough for serious trick or treaters. If you want to use it for it's intended purpose you might want to reinforce it a bit.  For some reason, this is the rarest item of all.  Stores seem to be getting only 1 or 2 and they are mixed in with other character buckets so they don't immediately stick out.  There is 1 four sided bucket with a different photo on each side. 

It looks like most Walgreens are getting these items in.  Oz should be coming with the general Halloween items. I was horrified to learn however that a store that had taken my number to notify me upon arrival of the new items said yesterday that all stores may not be getting Oz. Some Walgreens are smaller than others and get very minimal stock. I'm glad I called to check up! I'd been waiting a week to hear something.  So go to and use the store locator to call around. 

Also, and I'm treating this as a rumor until I hear otherwise, the store clerk was under the impression that this is only the beginning for Oz at Walgreens. She seemed to think they'd get 3 or 4 shelves of items.  So if it's convenient, keep a sharp eye on your local Walgreens. 

Thanks to Walter Krueger for sharing this on his Wizard of Oz Collector's United Facebook page.