What can i say about this magnificent set, Truly Rare , Nowhere to be found, Only 300 of these were ever made worldwide and this number is 251, , This set is made by Star Jars no longer in existance, Now you have seen their cookie jars made of each Wizard Of Oz Character and very very Rarely do you see this piece, This set is in excellent condition with no chips, no hairlines, no damage at all, it includes all the characters which are actually salt and pepper shakers as the chess pieces, the cookie jar itself is extremely heavy maybe 35 pounds or so, i also have the boxes that the salt n pepper shakers came in, no box for the actual board cookie jar, An absolute must have for the serious Wizard Of Oz Collector, as i stated in excellent condition, shipping charges are high due to the weight of the item and also it will come insured, insurance alone comes to $65 without the weight of the package itself, In 1993, Peter Gemmi founded Star Jars. Gemmi came from the Fine Arts Industry, and brought a wealth of information to the fledgling company by utilizing his expertise in collectibles. Peter, knowing that the major Hollywood Studios were apt to give licenses to companies that could create and enhance their licensed characters, set forth on a mission to discover a product that would utilize his Art Gallery background. Knowing that most licenses were taken, Peter decided that no manufacturer had secured the licenses for "upscale" limited edition numbered cookie jars.
In fact, early on in 1993 before Peter had chosen a name for the company, he was quite sure that having the license to Star Wars characters from Lucas Films would be pivotal for launching the new company. With that in mind, Peter choose Star Jars in order to impress Lucas Films. Though the initial attempt to win the license from Lucas failed, eventually Star Jars was given rights to Star Wars.
Star Jars first success came via Turner Entertainment, holders of the license for the Wizard of Oz. Treasure Craft was chosen as the company to manufacture the eleven piece series, which quickly became the industry standard for excellence. In 1995, the Tin Man was the first jar to be distributed.
In addition to the limited edition numbered cookie jars, Star Jars has created the same in Salt & Pepper Shakers,