Sunday, February 28, 2016

Wizard of Oz Train Ride

The Wizard of Oz Train Ride produced by Warner Brothers Consumer Products and Railway Events Inc. makes it's grand debut with the French Lick Scenic Railway in Indiana on March 23rd.  You'll enjoy an enchanting train ride with all of your favorite characters.  Sounds like great fun for all ages! And quite the interactive experience.  What a great way to introduce children to Oz!  Watch the movie first and then take them to meet Dorothy and friends.  There are plans for more train events around the country so please stay tuned!!  

Press Release:

Rick Olsen
French Lick Scenic Railway
PO Box 150, French Lick, IN 47432

French Lick Scenic Railway Announces Magical Journey 
on THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride This Spring

FRENCH LICK, IN – Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Rail Events Inc., and the French Lick Scenic Railway are proud to announce the debut of  THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride beginning March 23. Licensed by the same team that brought you THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, the two and a half-hour round trip  journey will retell the story of the beloved movie, The Wizard of Oz, on board a real train.   The journey begins in Munchkinland where DOROTHY™ meets GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH™, who suggests she take a train that follows the YELLOW BRICK ROAD™ to see if the WIZARD OF OZ™ could help her find a way back to Kansas. Guests will board the train with Dorothy and several of her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City.     

Along the way, you’ll enjoy refreshments and live on board entertainment featuring Dorothy, SCARECROW™, TIN MAN™, and COWARDLY LION™ set to the sounds of the motion picture. Help them defeat the WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST™ before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ™ himself during a live stage show. You’ll then return to Munchkinland with the characters on board the train and available for photos. Children will receive a special gift for helping Dorothy on her unforgettable journey!

The adventure begins March 23 and runs through April 17 on select dates. Exact dates and excursion times are available by calling 1-800-74-TRAIN, or by visiting Tickets are $33 for adults and children age two and up. Families are encouraged to wear their favorite The Wizard of Oz attire and costumes for the ride!

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Ride
Official THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Rides are licensed by Rail Events, Inc. on behalf of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. Beginning in 2016, Rail Events, Inc. holds the exclusive license to operate THE WIZARD OF OZ™ Train Rides in the United States.

Rail Events Inc. is the industry leader in rail-related special events management. In 2015, we licensed events that hosted nearly one million guests at 50 partner railroads in the US, Canada, and the UK. Rail Events Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Heritage Railways, which is the premier operator of heritage railroads in the United States.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements © & ™ Turner Entertainment Co. (s16)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wizard of Oz Jewelry from 10 PM Fashions UPDATED Special Discount Code

Not only is this company new to Oz, but I believe this is a fairly new company.  Their Oz pieces are darling and the other licensed jewelry looks really nice.  Let's wish them luck in all of their future endeavors!!!

Good Witch/Bad Witch Bracelet Set

Rainbow in a Bottle Necklace

Ruby Red Slippers Necklace

Tin Man Locket
Inside Reads:  Now I know I have a heart because it's breaking - Tin Man

Free Shipping in the United States
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For readers of the Curiozity Corner, 10 PM Fashion is offering a 15% Discount    Enter code curiozitycorner and any Oz product in the shopping cart will be discounted.  

Thank You 10 PM Fashion for your generous offer!!!

Toy Fair 2016 Round 2 Polar Lights Witch model and Madame Alexander

A bit quiet at Toy Fair this year as far as Oz is concerned but we're grateful to see any Oz nonetheless.

First up is the Polar Lights Wicked Witch of the West Resin Figure Model Kit.  It's been a long time coming and I still don't have a definite release date, but it looks like it's going to be totally worth the wait if the newly designed packaging is any indication.  Check with your local hobby and model shops for availability and pricing. 

Next up we have the new Glinda and Dorothy with Toto from Madame Alexander.  Super pretty girls!! During Toy Fair Alexander was still unsure if this was the Toto size they were going to release ultimately. To which I saw PLEASE DON'T CHANGE HIM. He's perfect!!  It's nice to see a suitable Toto. Too many companies skimp on our favorite cairn terrier.  Glinda and Dorothy are the 18 doll size that has become so popular.  They have an SRP of $89.95.

Big Thank you to Dave McKroffterson for taking time out of his busy Toy Fair weekend to take pics for the Curiozity Corner!!! 

R. John Wright Cowardly Lion

I wish I could come up with better adjectives to describe this Lion.  Right now all I can say is WOW!!!!!   I really think in the history of Wizard of Oz collectibles based on the film this is one of, if not the best, representations of the Cowardly Lion.  He has the sweetest, kindest face I've ever seen on a Lion collectible.  I hesitate to even call these dolls anymore.  They are three-dimensional works of out.  The painstaking patience and study that went into producing these is unimaginable to me.  R. John Wright is another artist that has obvious veneration for The Wizard of Oz. He really must be a wonderful wizard to create a collection like that!!  R. John Wright has been featured on many magazine covers and reserved  numerous lauds from the doll community and deservedly so.  

The Cowardly Lion is due out this Summer.  He stands 17 inches tall.  He is all felt and fully jointed.  He'll be produced at R. John Wright's workshop in Vermont.  Only 250 will be made. He is $1575.00

Please see this page for more details and keep an eye out for production photos.  It will be amazing to get a taste of the process that brings these characters to life.  

Here's the gang behind the scenes getting their glamour shots. I SO can't wait to see the final result.  The main characters all together are just breathtaking!!  Courtesy of R. John Wright. 

Mondo Poster Sale Tomorrow 2/18

BEAUTIFUL new Mondo poster by Anne Benjamin.  
24" by 36" 
Edition of 250

Poster will go on sale at a random time tomorrow.  Follow Mondo on Twitter for sale announcement.  This is Mondo's fourth Oz release and they just keep getting better and better.  

I have to say the more I look at this, the more I love it and I loved it at first sight.  I literally gasped.  I love the chosen scene, one of the best from the movie.   The interpretation of the characters is original, yet true.  Toto is just darling.  And I love there is so much purple. I don't get a lot of purple in Oz collectibles so when my favorite color is included, I'm thrilled!  Mondo has done an incredible job with the artist selection for their series of Oz posters.  They pick talent, but also the artists seem to have a respect for the property.  It's always appreciated when a licensee shows such reverence for a property. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Madame Alexander 2016 18" Glinda and Dorothy with Toto

SRP: $89.95 each

Images of actual dolls from Toy Fair.  More to come this weekend. Photos courtesy Dave McKroffterson.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Hallmark 2016 Ornament Sneak Peek

Hallmark currently has a feature on Keepsake artist Orville Wilson which features a sneak peek at an Emerald City Magic Ornament.  Keepsake Ornament Premiere is July 9th - 17th.   Mark your calendars!!  Please see this link to learn more about this wonderful artist and his memories of Oz.