Ozian Collectibles

Mattel Barbie dolls (Photo source: Mattel)

Knickknacks and tchotchkes and trinkets, oh my! For avid Hollywood fans, props, memorabilia and any item that serves as the hallmark to a classic film is a must-showcase in the home. And if you are a die-hard fanatic, chances are you will have literally anything with the cast on it. From figurines and clothing to buttons and posters, The Wizard of Oz logo and iconic images run the gamut of collectibles.

Dolls

Mattel’s collection of Wizard of Oz Barbie dolls were collectors’ items when they came out in the 1990s and 2000s, but now they are even more rare. Although the characters have been redesigned a few times, Barbie and Ken still star as Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch, The Tin Man, The Cowardly Lion, The Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch of the West. While you can view the dolls on Mattel’s website, you may have to search eBay and other collectors’ sites to buy them, however.

Figurines

If you collect Lenox, then these figurines are a must-add to your collection. With a hefty price tag of $1,600 for all four, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin Man have been crafted of hand-painted Lenox Ivory China and accented with 24 Karat Gold.

Music Box

Relive one of your favorite tunes from the film with this gorgeous music box by Ardleigh Elliott and the Bradford Exchange. Available for $59.99 at www.lifetimecollectibles.com. Expertly crafted of the finest materials, including richly finished wood, metals with brass finishes, artist’s resin and crystalline, the music box plays to the beloved melody of “We’re Off To See The Wizard.”

Plates

This Porcelain Masterpiece Collector Plate is a lovely addition to your china cabinet. Handcrafted of heirloom porcelain, this limited-edition collector plate showcases the film’s entire cast as well as features a montage of eight scenes from the movie. Other details include a yellow brick road outer border that is embellished with 22K gold and an emerald-green inner border with 22K gold filigree. Available for $149.99 on the Bradford Exchange website.

Book Collection

When the first Oz book was published in 1900, it was unlike anything in the history of American culture. L. Frank Baum’s literary treasure is now available in the form of an entire series—15 volumes to be exact. The replica series of Wizard of Oz books is authentic to the first editions of The Wizard of Oz book series. It also includes a three-piece Wizard of Oz bookend set. Issue One, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is also hand-signed by Baum’s great-grandson. Published by Charles Winthrope & Sons, this collective set is available for $49.99 on the Bradford Exchange website.

Book Ends

The perfect way to complete your Wizard of Oz collection is, of course, with a pair of ruby red slipper bookends. These ceramic bookends are available for $21.95 each at Walmart.

Ruby Red Slippers

Every little girl had a pair of ruby red slippers growing up and now, you can get an adult pair for yourself. This heeled version is available at Target for $31, but for those who want to keep to the comfier side of the yellow brick road, check out Amazon for these Snoozies Ballerina sequin slippers for $14.99.

Pins

It’s the most magical place in all of Oz. The bright green city is full of glitter and features the iconic poppy fields and wizard’s hot air balloon. This Emerald City pin is available from seller DustandPages for $10.99 on Etsy.


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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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