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.