I always loved the 1939 MGM version of The Wizard of Oz and as I child I grew up like many others watching it when it was shown once a year. I'll admit to being afraid of the wicked witch and hiding behind my father whenever she would come on screen, especially the close up of her in the crystal ball. I grew out of this fear and the Wicked Witch became one of my favorite characters along with the Cowardly Lion...and Toto too.
As an adult the musical Wicked and the book that it is based on rekindled my interest in Oz and lead me to want to know more about the original and the evolution of the story in all its forms. From there it was a small step to the beginning of my Oz collection (or obsession) depending on who you ask. My first acquisition was, as you might imagine, the Wicked Witch. I found her in a Kay Bee Toy Store in Missouri. It was the last one along with the flying monkey. I bought them both.
Since them I have acquired 8 complete sets from various collections ranging from the tiny Poly Pocket Oz to the larger Tonner Oz dolls. Each set has it's own quality and place in my heart though I do have my favorites. I know it's favorable to keep things boxed and in mint condition but having them displayed in their full glory for myself and others to enjoy means more to me then future resale value.
As a joke one day my brother suggested to me that I should put the Yellow Brick Road on the floor of my living room where I keep my collection. Being an artist and always looking for a challenge I decided to see if I could do it. I live in an apartment so I couldn't do anything permanent or anything that would damage the wood floor. Then I saw yellow duct tape in a discount store and 7 rolls later I had a Yellow Brick Road ( okay so it was a Yellow Tape Road but...you get the idea).