D23, the first official community for Disney fans was launched yesterday (03-10-09) and included at Boutique 23 was a General Limited-Edition figurine from the Walt Disney Classics Collection.
Before Mickey came to be, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit hopped to animated stardom from the pen and ink of the early Disney Brothers Studio. This dapper Walt Disney sculpture celebrates his seminal success with the happy-go-lucky hare.
Plussed with pewter ears, it is presented on custom hardwood base with inlaid porcelain plaque commemorating "Walt Disney and Oswald'' in a vintage art font. The sculpture can be removed from its base. Sculpted by renowned Disney artist Ruben Procopio, the sculpture is a General Limited Edition of 1,500.
400 of the General Limited Edition will be produced with an exclusive Walt Disney Archives Collection/D23 backstamp and ready to ship in July. This special backstamp version is available only at DisneyShopping.com.
The remaining portion of 1,100 will be available to authorized WDCC retailers and will begin shipping to them in September.
Special Update: Ruben has recently updated his blog, Masked Avenger Studios with concept sketches and unpainted resin images of Walt Disney and Oswald (click on image at left).