We haven't made any new mice for 2014 and so we began thinking of a 'mouse-related' project that would be different from any we'd done before. Suddenly, it came to us: Wizard of Oz Mice! Since we're so embroiled in making the Oz dolls, the mice seemed like they would be an natural addition to the 75th anniversary year celebration of the release of the original movie.
Quickly, our heads began spinning as we envisioned how the mice could look. First, we decided that the main 4 characters were begging to be made in mouse form: Dorothy; Scarecrow; Tin Man; and Cowardly Lion. Even if we attempted further characters collectors would always want the main ones. We decided that the first 75 sets of the 4 main characters would be boxed separately to commemorate the anniversary. [Note: The special commemorative sets are SOLD OUT] To limit the editions that severely would leave too many heartbroken customers. So the higher-numbered mice would be sold separately. In this way, collectors would have the option of picking their favorite if they so chose.
There seemed to be 2 different ways to go with the design of the mice. One way would be to simply accessorize the mice without going further on the costume. But that didn't feel satisfying enough.... So we have decided to costume them more fully. We can't outfit them to the extent that the dolls are because of the restrictions of mouse 'anatomy.' But we will try our best to recreate the beloved characters just as if they were....well....Mice!
We must get back to the drawing board so we can have something to show. Look for images to begin to appear in the next few weeks. It's an exciting and fun project to be involved in.