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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

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A behind-the-scenes look at the R. John Wright Dolls Design Studio in Bennington, Vermont. Written by R. John Wright, hear in his own words how the creative design process unfolds and how the world-renowned RJW dolls and animal characters are readied for production. 

Oz Mice Update—

John Wright

The Wizard of Oz mice have received a resounding thumbs-up from collectors and retailers. So we are fine-tuning the details in preparation to design them. First off are the decisions regarding edition sizes. The reason for this is that certificates and tags, boxes and materials must be ordered and the suppliers require lead time. Among the preliminary design moves is to order the required mohair fabrics from Schulte in Germany, and the glass eyes also from Germany.

The Toy Shoppe - our premiere stockist - has come up with a creative solution to promote the series without having photos of the actual mice. Here is their interpretation of what the mice will look like:

"Dorothy" Mouse

"Dorothy" Mouse

"Scarecrow" Mouse

"Scarecrow" Mouse

"Tin Man" Mouse

"Tin Man" Mouse

"Cowardly Lion" Mouse

"Cowardly Lion" Mouse

We think they did a very good job of imagining them! Kudos go out to Jessica at the Toy Shoppe!

This will be our most ambitious mouse series by far. We've decided that in addition to the four main characters, we will also be designing a 'Wicked Witch' mouse, a 'Glinda' mouse, and a mousey incarnation of 'Nikko' - the leader of the flying monkeys.  It will be hard to draw the line on additional characters. We think a 'Winkie' mouse would be great with his distinctive headdress and spear. And it's awfully tempting to design a group of 'Munchkin' mice! We certainly welcome any input from you Dear Reader. Please add your comments below!