When I first heard about this movie (the earliest I found in my records is an article from 2006), I was excited for many reasons. At the time it was called Dorothy of Oz, Dorothy and Toto are my favorite characters so HOORAY!!! Even better it was to be based on a book of the same title by the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, Roger Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in public domain so anyone can pen an Oz book based on those characters, but it especially gladdens my heart that a family member chose to carry on the tradition. Who better???? It's been a long time since I've read the book, but I remember being utterly charmed by it. Furthering my excitement was learning that it was to be released in theaters and not straight to video. And being a long time Oz collector, some of my very first thoughts were about merchandising, most especially dolls. Oh please, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease let there be cute dolls. Here we are in 2014, we are almost a month away from the May 9th release date and lo and behold...............some of my fondest wishes come true!!!!!!!
I can not being to put into words the exhilaration of walking into Toys R Us and seeing Oz toys on the shelves. That doesn't happen nearly often enough. And being the emotional person I am, yes, I did tear up right there in the store.
These particular toys are by Bandai. You can see my Toy Fair coverage if you keep scrolling through. Cute, cute, cute does not begin to describe! The Dorothy dolls have the loveliest faces and beautiful auburn hair. She has the familiar blue gingham on her dresses. My only real gripe is that she was given blue eyes when I would have preferred brown. But A.) I'm biased and B.) that would be the fault of the film makers not Bandai. Bandai did an incredible job with this line. And one of my particular joys is the Toto with sounds. For years, I've wanted a barking Toto and now I have one!! Toys R Us didn't get very many Totos and I was lucky enough to get in there quick. Speaking of Toto, I do have one more gripe. All of the dolls except the basic fashion doll should have come with a Toto. Dorothy ALWAYS needs Toto. But that said, all of the toys are super precious and I think kids will love them.
15" Large Dorothy
Dorothy Basic Fashion Doll
Dorothy & Toto Fashion Doll
Dorothy Singing Fashion Doll
She sings snippets of Work With Me and One Day
Dorothy and Classic Friends Figures
Plush Toto with Sound
Toto pants, licks, and barks
These toys and more available at Toys R Us stores nationwide and Toysrus.com
Bandai toys will also be available at Target and Kmart.
See the movie in theaters May 9