Munchkinland Playset

The Wizard of Oz Munchkinland
Playset (item No. 51512):

Pictures and Comments by Mikeoz

munchin land play set by Mego

Hands down, The Wizard of Oz Munchkinland is the most movie accurate playset produced in the Mego Wizard of Oz line. Mego chose to use a green castle (artwork taken from a child’s pop-up book) for the Emerald City and convert a castle originally designed for the Super Knights into the Witch’s Castle. Yet, for some reason, decided to use movie artwork for the Munchkinland playset.

munchin land play set by Mego

The Munchkinland playset is constructed using typical Mego techniques. It is basically a heavy-duty cardboard box enclosed in vinyl with a carrying handle on top. One side of the box depicts the outside of Dorothy Gayle’s Kansas farmhouse, and the other side includes artwork of three Munchkins that Mego produced along with the words “Welcome To Munchkinland.”

munchin land play set by Mego

The farmhouse side of the box opens to the inside of Dorothy’s house. And the Munchkinland side opens to reveal the Munchkins’ houses (complete with balcony) and the beginning of the Yellow Brick Road. This playset includes the Munchkin Mayor (he was also sold separately) and a plastic bed. Also, the playset uses a “cyclone transporter” (okay, it’s the Star Trek Enterprise’s transporter cast in different colors) to spin Dorothy from Kansas to the Land of Oz. Stickers applied to the transporter unit are supposed to give the impression of a spinning tornado.

munchin land play set by Mego

munchin land play set by Mego

munchin land play set by Mego

This play set was not a heavily produced item, and therefore, no known variants to it exist. Even though it is somewhat rare, it’s not real popular, so complete boxed playsets can be had on ebay for under $100.