In the past couple weeks, we've discussed Past Series that were done by the Walt Disney Classics Collection. One such series was the Portrait Series. This series made its debut in 2001 and was an exclusive to The Disney Stores and Disney Gallery Stores and Limited to Production Year 2001.
Belle & Beast (sold as a set), sculpted by Gwen Dutcher were the only release in this series and have become a much sought after set on the Secondary Market. They were packaged in a WDCC green box, except for one side was a clear plastic vs. the cardboard. The Certificate of Authenticity (COA) includes the following backstamp information:
- "The Disney Portrait Series" with the name of each piece.
- "10th Anniversary Backstamp"
- "Production Limited to Year 2001"
Those who attended the 2004 Celebration of Walt Disney Art Classics held at the Disneyland® Resort (May 14-16, 2004) had the opportunity to see potential releases planned for this series during the Medfield College Alumni Talent Round-Up Luncheon which were Graduation Prizes for some lucky alumnis.
The Portrait Series Graduation Prizes consisted of the following:
- Snow White and Dopey
- Briar Rose and Maleficent
- Lucky and Cruella DeVil
Snow White & Dopey and Briar Rose & Maleficent were sculpted by Gwen Dutcher. Lucky & Cruella DeVil were sculpted by Patrick Romandy-Simmons.
Hopefully some day we'll see this series revisited and those potential releases will actually become a permanent part of the Walt Disney Classics Collection!