Our friends at Playing Mantis displayed their line of toys based on the Rankin/Bass classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the New York Toy Fair recently. These exclusive pics show the fantastic display room that was created to showcase these great figures! These guys really know how to do R/B right! In 2001, in addition to the same figures as last year, PM plans a SANTA'S CASTLE to go with the PVC set! It will look much like the prototype seen here. Also look for a LARGER BUMBLE that roars! Hats off to the creative folks at Playing Mantis toys! (photos by Bob Plant)

A very HAPPY EASTER to all! HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL is out on video in an SP format this year (w/ the same poor art on the box) BUT will see a DVD release next year (With photo cover). This Christmas we have THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY and SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN on DVD to look forward to. GOLDEN BOOKS will also be releasing a couple of cartoon classic DVDs this summer: 1. UNDERDOG (Vol. 2) 2. FELIX THE CAT (Trans-Lux version)

Speaking of SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN, we heard from ROBIE LESTER (Voice of Jessica Kringle)! She has shared much info and photos with us and we will be featuring her in our SPOTLIGHT section very soon! She is going to be appearing at a LUM & ABNER festival soon, details to follow. We will be offering a signed JESSICA photo soon on our website! Yes, Robbie is the beautiful voice behind the song "My World Is Beginning Today."

Another signed item we will be offering is a RARE 'RUDOLPH' postcard signed by 'RUDOLPH' TV SPECIAL designer Tony Peters. We have a very small amount available, so order yours quick! It is $15 + $3.95 shipping & Handling (Insurance is optional). This postcard was the first promo card I had printed to advertise my book, when it was called THE WACKY WORLD OF RANKIN/BASS, in 1995. It is a super clear copy off the transparency.

Another signed item we will be offering soon is a signed edition of the RETURN TO OZ poster. It will be signed by DOROTHY herself, SUSAN CONWAY. This will also be $15 + $3.95 shipping & Handling (Insurance is optional).

We have also produced a limited-edition promo copy of THE NEW ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO CD and will be offering a few for our Spring raffle in May at the end of the month! Everyone who makes a purchase gets entered in the drawing. Don't forget about our Raffle this month for EASTER! Two winners will get the CRICKET ON THE HEARTH/'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS CD combo!

I am happy to say I finished up the 'RUDOLPH' Book rough and shipped it off to TIGER MOUNTAIN today (03-28)! Everything is on schedule and looking good! My NEW Promo postcards are coming tomorrow w/ a RARE 'PUNCH & JUDY' photo on them. One goes out with every order from our website...any product.

Keep an eye on our AUCTION section! We have a MAD MONSTER PARTY Lobby card (#5), A Knickerbocker Marionette of PINOCCHIO, Another large PINOCCHIO Knickerbocker doll, Another KING KONG hand puppet (MATTEL) and a 1964 2-page GE/RUDOLPH advertisement to auction off! Sorry that section has been unattended to for a while....we got swamped with book orders galore!

AGAIN, Have a Holly Jolly EASTER! Keep an eye out for the specials THE FIRST EASTER RABBIT and THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' TO TOWN on cable. DISNEY usually airs both. WARNER BROTHERS issued THE EASTER BUNNY IS COMIN' in a clamshell last year with EXCELLENT graphics .